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How much is your shave property value?


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I have downsized and minimalized my shave den quite a bit over ten years. But the first few years, I had quite a bit of shave stuff.

The value of my itemized shave den now? Let’s see:

The two most expensive razors I have, are the two I use the least. A Dovo Bismarck I got as a gift, it’s about $180 now, but I think the wife paid $150 then. I also have a Fendrihan stainless steel MKII I got back in the day when the all SS modern razor craze began. It only cost me $40 at the time, but SS razors are too heavy for my liking.

The few razors I have in my den I use the most are either vintage DE and SE or shavette’s, none of them cost much money. So,

Dovo Bismarck $150

Sanguine R5 $17
Luxor Pro $14

Fendrihan MKII Stainless $40
Merkur 33C in Case $23
Gillette Flair Tip Super Speed in Case. $25
Schick Krona in Case. $25
Chinese Gillette Super Blue $3

GEM Micromatic in Case. $10
GEM Push Button $5

Vintage Trac II in Case. $40

Razor Total: $353

100CT Polsilver Super Iridium $30
100CT Wizamet Super Iridium $30
100CT Gillette Silver Blue $30
100CT Gillette Platinum Blue $15
100CT Israeli Red Personna $25

Blades Total: $130


4 new Arko and 1 used Sticks $12
1 new and 1 used puck Haslinger Shafmilch $12.75
1 Half Kilo discontinued Klar Kabinett $20
20 La Toja shave sticks new 2 used $105
1 barely used puck L’OCCITANE Cade $12
4 Tubes Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Cream $24
2 Tubes C.O. Bigelow (rebranded Proraso) $15

Soap/Cream Total: $201

Plisson La Madison du Barbier synthetic $40
Omega S-Brush $8
Omega Mighty Midget mixed boar/badger $10
Omega #10029 ‘Baby Pro’ $12
Maggard’s Timberwolf 18mm synthetic travel brush $15

Brush Total: $85


This is going to be impossible to itemize, since I have a collection of around 200 modern and vintage aftershaves. All moderns are purchased new and many are in a used state, but also have new back stock stored away.

A lot of my vintage stuff was purchased in new old stock condition, while others were already opened bottles from antique, stores and malls and thrift stores and swap meets.

So I’m just going to estimate it all at $500, because the itemized research even for price estimations of worth would be exhaustive.

200 aftershaves vintage & modern $500.

Total Shave Value: $1,275.00

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Well, I don't know what it's currently worth, but I know precisely what I've spent.

Let's just say there is a certain detailed spreadsheet that would definitely trigger an annoying conversation with the War Dept.

Granted, if one is going to shave at all, any method (cartridge, electric, DE, SR) will involve costs. The portion above and beyond what the typical "non-enthusiast" would spend is what can get us into trouble. :cool:

Of the money spent in total, here's the percentage breakdown by year.

51% 2014
7% 2015
0% 2016
5% 2017
3% 2018
2% 2019
9% 2020
2% 2021
20% 2022

For a while there I was mainly just replenishing supplies, not expanding. This year I am back into an exploratory mood. A friend gave me a Merkur 34C she was no longer using, all nice and sanitized, but I already had a 34C, so I ended up giving it to a coworker along with a few other supplies. I think I have him on the wet shaving path now, and he has raved about his initial shaves.

I don't really have any major hardware goals right now. Sometime, though, I should probably explore the vintage DE stuff. Maybe a birth year (1969) razor? I don't have anything like that.
I just added 4 new soaps in the past couple weeks.... and I've added a couple brushes this month... one more will show up eventually... part of a FB group order.

I seem to be slowing down for the moment. I was able to fight off the urge to buy a soap based on a thread looking into their new releases over the past 8 months or so. I did take almost a whole Mark Knopfler album to read the thread start to finish, though.

I don't like the first two soaps I bought before I knew anything. I'll pass those on to the son who got me into wet shaving. He only shaves his neck and cheeks up to his beard line.

So, I'm guess I'm in around $1k at the moment. I'll run the numbers.
One gifted razor...and razor I purchased so

2 razors @ $160 purchase price

5 brushes: ~ $230

8 soap (with a couple extra for stock): ~ $300

Blades: $200

Bowls and other misc.= $150

Close guess: total $1040.00
Value is what you get. Price is what you pay.

I get a perfect shave with ARKO, a VDH razor an AstraSP blade, and a Cremo horsehair brush. There is nothing with a higher "value." Plenty of things with a higher price.
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