So I purchased this razor off B&B. I'm pretty excited, as this is my first vintage DE razor in this good a condition. However, it's also the most I've ever spent on a razor, so I'm paranoid about if it really is as nice as it looks. So, I have some questions about quality (that are sprinkled all over this post).
If you look at just the head, it looks like this is a near-mint razor. It's highly polished; the shine hurts my eyes a little. Besides the very minor scratches, there is one itty bitty scuff. However...
The shine is limited to the outside. The sides that hold the blade are matte. Is that normal?
The handle does not appear to be nearly as shiny. The only shine is at the top end of the handle ( ) ( portion), and even that doesn't shine as much as the head. The shaft and ball seem to have a matte finish. Is this normal?
There is this red gunk in the grooves above and below the ball and at the base of every tooth on one side of the head. It's seems pretty fragile, as I can pick off what I can reach. What is it? What can I use to get it off without damaging the finish?
Lastly, how do I get myself to shave with it!? I bought it to shave with, but I didn't expect it to look so nice...
Thanks in advance.