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East German razors: DE in the DDR!

I've just got hold of these two new old stock three piece DE razors from the former German Democratic Republic (DDR): the "Golf" and the "LM68".

I haven't seen any of these on the boards yet (does anyone have one?) and I'm planning, in the name of real existing socialism and the benefits of shaving science, to test these out shortly and put up a review.

They are basically a bit like a Tech, but are made out of a favoured material in the former DDR - very cheap aluminium alloy! As a Trabant driver (honestly), I can assure you all that these razors dutifully uphold the typical build quality traditions of East German product design.

Anyone who can speak German here will appreciate the "Ein Qualitätsbegriff" slogan on the Golf packaging (it means a high quality or high class concept). Indeed. If nothing else, it shows the Germans do actually have a sense of humour...
 
sounds like marketing is marketing a product....like Gillette selling their blades to consumers..a shaver is only as great as his knowledge n his weapons to be used.
 
The packaging image on the 'Golf' is a bit misleading too. The picture looks like a high quality Merkur Slant or HD.
 
I am the proud (mweh) owner of two "Golf"-razors, both with a (probably) PVC safety bar part. I had to use a file to make the blades fit and the shave was far from pleasant.

The package also says; "bewärt seit 1909" and maybe back in those days they were pretty good, but not yet GDR-made offcourse.

Off topic but the east-germans got a few things right; after using colemans, whisperlites and a few others my favourite gasolene-stoves are the Juwel Benzinkocher, both the 34 and 84. They rust and make some noise but even below -30 degrees (celsius) they burn like hell. Indestructable stuff.
 
yep, I don't expect the shaves to be particularly good. Agree with you about some of the GDR stuff - even the Trabi is commendable in many ways...if you look at it from a particular perspective. World's first car built of recycled materials (old russian socks/Duroplast). They also make some noise and burn like hell, but don't rust:)
 
I almost bought a Wizamet Junior from an eBayer in Poland just for the handle. The Wizamet is constructed similarly to these, but it has been reviewed here on B&B and the reviewer seemed pleasantly surprised by the results.

Price on eBay for the Wizamet including shipping converted to about $9-10.

I found a Lord "Tech" instead for $6.99 delivered, and have been using the handle with a Travel Tech head from 1964. I won't use Treet carbon steel blades in a 3-piece razor, but otherwise it may become my new go-to razor.
 
Sounds interesting and all, but I am more interested in you still driving a Trabi. You should post some pics of it in the Barbershop or one of the "Everything Else" spaces. There are a few automotive posts around there and I am sure people would get a kick out of it. Let us know how the shaves with your new razors go.

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=87295 -what do you drive post
 
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yep, I don't expect the shaves to be particularly good. Agree with you about some of the GDR stuff - even the Trabi is commendable in many ways...if you look at it from a particular perspective. World's first car built of recycled materials (old russian socks/Duroplast). They also make some noise and burn like hell, but don't rust:)

The Trabant 601S was my dad's 1st car and I was 3 at that time. A lot of more "free market" cars followed but none of those ever gave me that strong feeling of being alive as the Trabi did.

BTW corrosion is one of the main Trabi problems. Not the duroplast (did Russians actually use cotton for their socks? :devil: ) but the weldings of the framework keeping the panels sticked to the car.
 
Actually I bought one -and I've been pleasantly suprized (so chalk up at least 2 happy owners!). Considering it is very, very cheap, I thought the quality was quite good. The blade alignment on mine was 100% (of course, I could have got the one when that Eastern European worker under the yoke of Communism was having a good day). It was a little dull when I got it, but I polished it up with some auto polish and it looks quite nice.

One negative -or positive -is that the thing is very light being made out of Alu. But the bottom line is that it shaves really nicely. It reminded me of using a disposable razor because of its weight -again, that could be good or bad depending on your opinion.

I tour on a bicycle where any kind of weight savings is a good thing -and this razor is perfect for that. Even if I did lose it, I'd only be out $9-$10, so it's perfect for this. It's sort of a nice curiosity thing to have as well as being cheap and practical -I would recommend it certainly for the role of an expendable backup razor.



I almost bought a Wizamet Junior from an eBayer in Poland just for the handle. The Wizamet is constructed similarly to these, but it has been reviewed here on B&B and the reviewer seemed pleasantly surprised by the results.

Price on eBay for the Wizamet including shipping converted to about $9-10.
 
Trabants!? DDR!?

I wouldn't trust anything made in/by a State that couldn't manage its economy and intervened in the free market to the point of even having nationalised car manufacturers.

Oh, er, wait a minute . . . .

:blush:
 
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I have two DE razors from the times of the German Democratic Republic.One of them is Golf 71 with a white handle on the pictures below.I did not know the model name for the second razor.Until now, I used a few times Golf 71 and I can say that looks interesting.
Maybe the quality is not top notch, but the razor gives me a good and smooth shave in 3 passes.

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I have this Bakelite Slant from Germany. It has no brand name.

As far as I can determine, it dates to the 1930s, so it was before the East-West split.
If you think of the movie "Cabaret" it would have been from that era.
 
I have a few Golf razors in the collection and they do offer nice shaves even if they don't have the build quality of their western counterparts. The 71 single edge razor that uses double edge blades is my favorite in both design and use.
 
I have two DE razors from the times of the German Democratic Republic.One of them is Golf 71 with a white handle on the pictures below.I did not know the model name for the second razor.Until now, I used a few times Golf 71 and I can say that looks interesting.
Maybe the quality is not top notch, but the razor gives me a good and smooth shave in 3 passes.
Does the lever on the white one flip open the top?

Thread needs more pictures! :thumbup:
 
Those Triton R3 blades are really good btw. Much better imo than what Feintechnik puts out these days (Bolzano/Croma/Elios and probably Merkur). In the mean time I tried the LM68 (also by Feintechnik) from the GDR/DDR and that one is not bad at all. At least for shaving; the looks, build quality and finish are not too great and you have to like light razors but the shave is really ok.
 
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