Apollo razor at last
Many months ago, I saw the above poster on eBay, being sold with an Apollo razor. I immediately leapt on it, only to discover that the razor was not the razor pictured in the poster. So I set up a “favorite search” for Apollo—and man, do a lot of Apollo razor blades come up for sale—and finally hit the razor itself, being sold in Germany. I bid, and today the Apollo Mikron arrived:
(Click each photo for enlargement.)
It was in a nice leather case with zippered lid, two heavyweight brass blade holders, and a brass bullet-shaped holder for a styptic pencil, still there. It’s in beautiful shape, and I’ll shave with it tomorrow.
The top comes off to load the blade—just like the Merkur Progress—but you can put the top on either way. (For the Progress, you have to put the top on correctly for the “1” position to line up with the indicator dot.) The Apollo cleverly has two indicator dots, on opposite sides of the handle, so when you tighten the top over the blade, the “1” will be lined up with one of the two dots. 🙂 (The poster suggests that the top has one correct orientation—line up the red dot on the top with the red dot on the base—but that presumably is an earlier mode. The one I have doesn’t have any dots on the top or base, and the two dots on opposite sides of the handle make those unnecessary.)
It’s a hefty razor, and I can’t wait to try it.