You'll note that this one didn't have a box.I didn't realize it was the cobalt steel model. This is the Deluxe, no?
Doesn't that make the price slightly more sensible?
Pictures or it didn't happen.You'll note that this one didn't have a box.
As it happens, the higher the prices for Darwins the happier I am. I picked up a NOS Darwin complete with a box a while back. It seemed to go under the radar as it were.
I also have a carton of NOS blades from that era. The wrapping is rather incredible.
Pictures or it didn't happen.
The Darwin, especially the deluxe is my favorite razor. It has a design that is truly unique in the world of razors. It gives an excellent shave. It is the only razor new or old that I know of made of cobalt steel. With moderate care a Darwin should last several life times with no concern for plating loss. When you consider that the Feather All Stainless razor cost from $179 to $315 and the Pils DE razor runs $239, I'm really not surprised that they are starting to go for high prices on Ebay.
David, Haiku, or anyone else that has had the opportunity to shave with a Darwin, what is your opinion of how it shaves?
Sorry for the confusion, The Darwin Deluxe is solid cobalt steel not plated. I also have a Standard Darwin and as near as I can tell that is solid stainless steel also though I don't know if it is cobalt steel.I just got my Deluxe in the mail today! I knew it would finally come today, because I shaved last night. I'm getting ready to clean it right now.
As for the plating coming off... I thought the Darwins were solid. Aren't they?
I don't know if you can date code them. The Darwin Deluxe reg. number on the head dates the British Pat. to 1927, but I don't know if they were put into production prior to the early 30's. The other number on the standard's also dates them to 1927. I think I found this infor. from an old thread courtesy of AsylumGuido.From what I understand there are 2 different versions. Only being Carbon Steel the other all Stainless Steel. Correct me if Im wrong here, please.
The one I have has date codes dating back to 1921 I believe and I think it is the Stainless Steel version, so I dont know which is rarer.
There is an old thread that has the date codes for the British patents. I can find it with a little searching, I know because I checked the date code when I first bought the razor.I don't know if you can date code them. The Darwin Deluxe reg. number on the head dates the British Pat. to 1927, but I don't know if they were put into production prior to the early 30's. The other number on the standard's also dates them to 1927. I think I found this infor. from an old thread courtesy of AsylumGuido.