So true! I could usually find all kinds of stuff at Goodwill and Salvation Army stores but haven't found much of anything lately. A manager at a Goodwill store I frequent told me a couple years ago that they aren't putting many personal hygiene items on the sales floor any more. I think some antique stores have realized there is a market for vintage shaving equipment and are trying to capitalize on it. I saw a beat up old Tech with a nasty blade in it with a price tag of $45 on it setting out in the open at an antique store. I told the owner it was kind of dangerous with the blade in it since a kid or someone not familiar with it could get cut handling it so I offered to remove the blade. She declined, saying the vintage blade made it more valuable so I put it back and left.Micromatic Monday Approaches!!! Not too long ago I picked up a Yankee lather catcher for (what I thought at the time) was a very reasonable price (at least these days). Thinking about Tom (@HoosierTrooper ) and other veterans of the "earlier days" of this hobby, when you could find a $2 Double Ring in the wild and the proprietor would toss in a couple of complimentary "unidentified razor-like objects" like a Gem Zinn or Yankee lather catcher, since no one would pay the $0.50 price. I'm sure it wasn't THAT awesome....but that's how my jealous mind paints it.
Anyway, back to the Yankee. As the predecessor of Ever-Ready, which is one of our ASR brands, I figured I'd sneak it in for a GEMonday. My Yankee has a slight mechanical problem -- it originally had a push button type latch which held the clam-shell body together, and allowed you to open the body up (presumably for ease of cleaning?). So I was disappointed -- and annoyed with myself for not looking closely enough -- but the good news is that it's easy enough to "wire" the body closed, so the razor is completely usable....and I don't really see the need to flip it open for cleaning (although I could take the wire off, if I needed to).
I'm also going to use a different handle than it's "original". There's nothing wrong with the original, but honestly, the ultra-short Lather Catcher handles just aren't my favorite. I prefer something in the low to mid-80's (millimeters, that is), and I'm okay with going as high as 92mm (although that is starting to push the envelope for my preferences).
Same as the one I’m using now. I have a bunch of freebies included by vendors with vintage razor purchases. The vendors say they are PTFE, but who’s to know as GEM (Personna) don’t place any markings on the blade.I am starting to doubt there is any PTFE on this one. It came included with a vintage razor lot. No pedigree.