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Hello @amateur,I liked your razor. Write about it in more detail
Greetings to you. I didn't expect such a detailed answer to my short question. And I learned a lot of new and interesting things for myself. Maybe I'll try a similar razor someday, too. Although it is difficult to buy. Thank you.Hello @amateur,
I'm writing the beginning of this reply after writing the end of it. The reason is to be clear up front that I have limited experience with this razor. That said, I have tried to distinguish facts (as I know them to be), experiences, and opinions from each other.
The razor is a butterscotch Enders Speed Shaver. It uses a proprietary carbon steel blade, but it can be adapted to use modern injector format blades. Manufacture of Speed Shavers and the proprietary blades both ceased quite some time ago, but I do not know exactly when.
I am aware two ways of using modern injector blades with this razor. The way I use is to mount the injector blade on an adapter sold by Hendrix Classics & Co. I like this method first, because blade insertion is precise and repeatable, and second, because it is quick and easy for me. OTOH the last time I checked, the adapter cost $30USD, which is something to keep in mind. IIUC the other method involves reusing a single vintage blade as a platform on which to mount an injector blade. The injector blades can be replaced when they become dull, but the single vintage blade is reused. I believe some modifications to the vintage blade must be made for this method to work, and I think blade insertion/removal may require a bit more concentration than with the adapter, but you should double-check those last assertions.
There are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a Speed Shaver. You see Speed Shavers in black on eBay, but the other colors do not appear that often. Listings often include one or more blades with the razor, and listings for blades only appear from time-to-time. You need to be careful, especially if you are buying blades separately, but there are some things you can watch for. The Enders Speed Shaver was manufactured by Durham-Enders Razor Corp., so you will see Durham-Enders Speed Shaver in most listings. OTOH, the only branding on the two razors I own is "ENDERS SPEED" embossed on the handle. The correct blades I have seen always come in a green box marked "DURHAM-ENDERS" in large print and "SPEED BLADES" in smaller print.
I am aware of one other Durham-Enders safety razor and two incompatible blade formats. The DURHAM DUPLEX, aka the "T-Type", was also made by Durham-Enders. The packaging I've seen for both the razor and blades is orange, and marked with "DURHAM ENDERS" and "DURHAM DUPLEX". Finally, there are blades that come in cream colored packs marked "ENDERS" and which are compatible with some older Christy & Buffalo razors (whatever they are). In any case, neither these nor the Duplex blades work in the Speed Shaver.
The one downside that I have run across - and it is big but addressable - results from the fact that like many vintage razors, the Speed Shavers were not manufactured to the strict tolerances achieved by many modern razors. In my limited experience, this has not affected the ability to load the vintage proprietary blades, but it can impact the loading modern injector blades (at least when using the Hendrix adapter; I'm not sure about the other method). With vintage injectors, the blade is inserted on one side of the head and pushed from side to side between the cap and the guard. With Speed Shavers, the (proprietary) blade is inserted at the back of the head and and slid underneath the cap from back to front. As the blade slides forward, blade wings eventually encounter stops, which click in and secure the blade at the designed gap/exposure point. Some Speed Shavers are a smidge too narrow to allow a modern injector blade to slide all the way through to the front. I solve this problem with a Dremel tool by grinding 0.5mm off of each end of an injector blade (Proline P-20s or Chinese Schicks for me). This does not affect the cutting edge. I did a four blade batch, and it was quick, pleasant, and easy enough work for me. However, I do think there are important safety concerns: I always wear eye protection (my glasses) and a cheap disposable face mask, and ensure good ventilation; I don't want any bits of ground razor blade in my eyes, lungs, etc.
Last - because it's personal opinion - but perhaps most importantly: I love shaving with this razor. To begin with, I'm a big injector fan - both the razors and the blade format itself. Next, the shape, handle texture, and weight of the Speed Shaver (34g loaded) place it neck-and-neck with the the handful of most nimble razors I've ever shaved with. Third, although it is subject to change, I have been deliberately shaving with mild razors recently, and the Speed Shaver with the Hendrix mild version adapter excels at efficiency considering how very mild it is: Three out of six shaves were BBS, and the others DFS. That good result is partly due to the clear feedback this razor provides. And finally, truth be told, the fact that the butterscotch Speed Shaver is eye candy is also a big and satisfying plus.
Well, that should get you started @amateur. Searching for "Enders Speed Shaver" on this and other shaving forums will turn up more information.
The bowl is very beautiful. But how practical is it?SOTD 20230924
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