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Those razors from the good old days: Not quite so good as all that

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I do treasure my tub of J.M. Fraser shaving cream. I have enough to last, thankfully. (It’s no longer made.) It’s a very effective shaving cream, though its strength is in its performance, not its fragrance (which is pleasant but not remarkable). What a job it does! The lather using my Edwin Jagger synthetic was excellent.

The shave was another story. I had to recognize that, as much I like this Gillette 1940’s Aristocrat, and as comfortable as it is, it just is not so efficient as a good modern razor. I thought it might be the blade, so I switched from the Astra Keramik Platinum that was in it — carefully saving the blade to try in a modern razor — to a brand new Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge, but it didn’t help all that much. I got a good-enough shave but good modern razors do better, and a surprisingly high proportion of modern razors are good. It may be that I am picky in what I buy, but almost always, a new razor is extremely comfortable and extremely efficient. There are exceptions (iKon OG-1, for example: long on efficiency, short on comfort), but I did not get such a high proportion of winners when I was using vintage razors.

A splash of Booster Aquarius, and here we already are, a week into September and halfway through the current week.

Written by Leisureguy

8 September 2021 at 9:33 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. The charm of yesterday’s classic safety razors paralleled the attractiveness of the styling of yesterday’s automobiles. The modest efficiency of yesterday’s razors also tended to parallel the moderate performance and dependability of yesterday’s cars.

    What does that mean to us? Well, it shows we were fortunate to have lived at a unique time, when we bridged performance and styling, while witnessing the evolution of two large and popular technologies.


    Steve Riehle

    8 September 2021 at 5:35 pm

  2. Michael, I have a follow up comment on the 1940s Gillette Aristocrat.

    Do you have much experience with the British Gillette Aristocrat line of razors? As to shaving efficiency, are they about the same as their American relatives, or are they better?


    Steve Riehle

    9 September 2021 at 2:24 am

  3. I had a couple of Gillette British Aristocrats, which I liked a lot in terms of build quality and aesthetics. They had spiral engraving on the handles and were rhodium plated, so quite a knockout: very silvery shiny. The shave was perfectly good — at least as good as the US Aristocrat and President, perhaps a smidge better.



    9 September 2021 at 7:01 am

  4. The Wilkinson Sword blades work best in my President



    9 September 2021 at 7:14 am

  5. Interesting. Thanks. I’ll put one in the Aristocrat and see what happens.



    9 September 2021 at 7:19 am

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