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I struck genuine gold this week...

Last weekend, out exploring local antique stores and flea markets, I saw what appeared to be a Merkur 34C clone. I took a look at it - CAD $30 - and thought to myself, nah. Happy as I am.

Next day I was pondering the 34C clone and decided to look it up on the interwebtubes. All I could remember was that it had the word 'Eclipse' written on the side, so I googled 'Eclipse Razor'. I was genuinely floored when the results came up and I took a closer look. Razor Emporium has one in stock, in original condition, and there are a couple here and there on eBay and Etsy. The prices the Eclipse is going for are... well; it surprised the hell out of me.

The curious can google as I did.

The store didn't open again until today, but the first opportunity I had, I drove back down and bought it. I'm now the owner of a British Eclipse Red Ring, in very, very good condition, for CAD $30. No cracks in the tube, magnet in the base, a small bit of grime, but its cleaned-up an absolute treat. This is, most likely, the rarest and most collectible razor I now have in my collection.

I used the Eclipse with a fifth use Perma-Sharp blade for today's shave. My first pass was with the razor slackened to its '3' position. There's a slight amount of blade feel, and it does feel like an open comb razor, but is much smoother. Efficiency is excellent; I'd compare it to a 7 on a Gillette Slim. I got good stubble removal on the first pass, and tightened the razor down fully for the second, XTG pass. Much smoother on its mildest setting, and I was surprised at how much difference a slight tightening of the mechanism made. I got a great shave on this pass, with a very smooth result on my neck, under my lip, and around my usual trouble zones. Touch-ups were a breeze, and no weepers or nicks. The alum feedback was about a 2.5 on a 5 scale: this is a deceptively efficient razor, and a bit more aggressive that it first feels. For me though, that's a good thing: I prefer a little more aggression over mildness as I prefer a two-pass shave, so want that stubble removal on the XTG pass.

I really, really enjoyed this shave. The Eclipse Red Ring is a little-known classic, and it rivals the vintage Gillettes in build quality, shave quality, ease and comfort. It brings something new to the table: innovative design, adjustability, easy loading, and different head style that, for me, makes it a true open/close comb design. I have a new favourite vintage razor, and that it is British, like me, and made in Yorkshire, like me, means it's obviously perfect in every single way. Of course, I still adore my vintage Gillettes, but the Eclipse is in my top three razors and I am so glad I stumbled on this very rare find. Fate smiled, and I'm smiling too.
 

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Beauty! I've seen many photos of these, but none where the ring was actually red--I guess it washes out over time. If you had a little Testor's enamel...

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I'm tempted to add the red ring, but knowing me I'd mess it up!
Nail polish might work and you can always clean it off with polish remover. It is a particular shade of red and almost transparent as I recall, I would liken it to the red cellophane they wrap candy in. You could give it a go with a red sharpie medium tip which will leave a mostly transparent, even line. WD40 will take it off quickly if you don't like the outcome. I think I will try it on one of my red-less red rings.
 
Very nice razor. I see these come up occasionally and they usually are quite high priced.

Could anyone please tell me what are the Eclipse Red Ring made from? Are they like old Gillette typically of brass construction or something else? I was just curious if it would be straightforward to get them replated if it poor shape?

Many thanks,
 

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Very nice razor. I see these come up occasionally and they usually are quite high priced.

Could anyone please tell me what are the Eclipse Red Ring made from? Are they like old Gillette typically of brass construction or something else? I was just curious if it would be straightforward to get them replated if it poor shape?

Many thanks,
As far as I know all Eclipse Red Ring razors are brass and the earliest were silver plated; it should be obvious to you if you have such a razor. All later models are nickel plated brass, with a chrome plating on top of the nickel. I stress that I could be very wrong here and am happy to be corrected 👍 I would not replate an Eclipse unless it was in extremely poor shape.
 
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