Congratulations! Beautiful razor.
What a great find! I love its' back story too!Thread bump as I have now joined the fraternity. I have taken over this very nice Popular which actually came originally from a former Sheffield Darwin works employee - who clearly loved it and used it extensively. When this gentleman passed, his grandson took it over and then subsequently passed it on to the chap that I have now acquired it from. Shaves nice!
Not a lot of Popular owners in this thread, as far as I can see!
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No worries, the price can be found on the bay anyway, I assume. We were only 3 bidders and yes, you are in the right ballpark but I did not pay nearly the numbers that have been seen lately. And no, the blade holder was missing.I didn’t see that one on the bay. Did you get it for north of 700 US??? If you don’t wanna say, I understand. Did it come with the tortoise blade holder? I got my deluxe with the case about a year ago on the bay. But it didn’t come with the blade holder.
Thanks Sledge - that makes my count 5 Popular owners: Yourself, me, @mjclark, @Henrik and @ironfist. Your leather travel set, which razors does this hold?Congratulations on a very nice set. I have a Popular and a leather travel set somewhere. If I can find them I'll post a pic.
I agree with the theory that the Popular is more rare today because it has a simple standard design. The others are beautiful to behold in comparison. Sexy curves vs. not.
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I have become the custodian of yet another Darwin, a Deluxe no less. This follows a nail biting bid on the bay based on a non-descriptive text along with blurry low-pixel pictures that did not convince that this was a specimen worth investing in.
During my considerations I consulted Chris Evatt whose insight (great as always) on this particular model was that even if these cobalt steel razors are very sturdy they are also very hard to refurbish once damaged. Still, after a few more pics from seller - and her reassurances of the condition, along with her fast and very open replies in general - I decided to take a chance and go ahead with it. And thankfully I won it for a far lower than expected price.
I received it today, anxious as never before, but I must say that it is in fine shape. For sure there are some marks on the topcap but other than that it is superfine. I took a few fast pics (below) including a few comparison pics with my beloved Aristocrat #15 OC.
Even if I was mainly after the razor itself, a nice sideeffect is that this specimen came with the original ‘coffin style’ case, also in good shape (but no latch, of course, nor blade bank. But who’s counting).
First shave up tomorrow (of course, duh!), I really look forward to trying it out. But in no way do I expect this to merit the cost of this razor, and honestly compared to the OC Crat I don’t find it as beautiful. The art deco handle for sure makes it stand out and call for a “0 or 1” reaction, either you really like it or you really don’t.
Me, I like it a lot on first glance. And the main difference actually is more subtle - when you hold the razor there is really something about that cobalt steel feel, it feels unique in a way I haven’t felt with other razors
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Congrats on that beauty! It’s always been on my wishlist but missed one on the bay in a bid war in the last 3 seconds.
Let us all know how it shavesz
Thanks so much Frank & Connie - it’s been a while since I was so excited to try out a new razor. Will report my impressions for sure!Congratulations!
Yea, it is really hard to describe just how great the Darwin Deluxe feels and looks in hand.
Found it! Darwin Standard. The travel set has a sharpening stone and a pouch with original blades. Here are some pics of it and the Popular. I think the Darwin Standard/Deluxe is a work of art but the Popular is rather mundane looking.
Wow, that is a fantastich pouch with honing stone and everything - what a catch. As for looks I actually really like the Popular’s understated design. Yours is in much better shape than mine plating-wise. Still mine shaves perfectly with 100% mechanics.Found it! Darwin Standard. The travel set has a sharpening stone and a pouch with original blades. Here are some pics of it and the Popular. I think the Darwin Standard/Deluxe is a work of art but the Popular is rather mundane looking.
Since I dug them out I plan on using them next couple of shaves.
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