Edmonton, AB, Great White North
(This post was last modified: 10-27-2015, 12:18 AM by cmbcne.)
Hi all.  Please allow me to introduce myself:

My username is cmbcne, so you can call me “cmbcne”, or you can call me “Mike”; just don’t call me late for supper <silly grin>.

I just joined today.

Even though I joined several forums a few months ago I have, for the most part, been a lurker.  My life is quite hectic and my time for shaving forums is limited.  I must admit that I spent quite some time on one specific forum and made a number of posts.  I am now finding that other forum is, perhaps, not as welcoming as I first thought.  As a result, I am now reaching out to others in the shaving community hoping for a more pleasant experience.

To continue my self-introduction:

I have been shaving with brush and blade for over 50 years (I am over 70).  Unfortunately the “blade” part was whatever multi-blade #%$^% that Gillette, Schick, et al decided was good for me.

I had an epiphany in January this year (2015). After having a particularly bad shave on day 3 of a Gillette Fusion cartridge, I was on the ‘net and stumbled upon a forum discussing wet shaving in general (I can’t recall which one) and DE razors specifically. It was an eye-opener.

My father (RIP) had a Valet Auto-Strop, but I haven’t a clue as to what happened to it. My wife, bless her soul, remembered that her father (also RIP), had some shaving stuff in a box in our basement. We found it and discovered a Gillette Slim Twist (made in England – a.k.a. “The Knack” in the USA), and a couple of dispensers of Wilkinson Sword (made in England) blades. I already had a cheap badger brush I bought back in the 1960s and some Williams Mug soap, so I was all set.  

After spending some time browsing several forums, I came down with a bad case of RAD.  Since February of this year, I have accumulated a collection of 45 DE razors (12 modern and the rest are Vintage Gillette) and 10 brushes (Badger, Boar, Synthetic, and Horse).  I have at least 20 different types of soap and creams and 21 different After Shaves and Balms.  Blades? Don’t ask!  Large Rubbermaid box full!

Many of the vintage razors were chosen specifically to commemorate “Milestone” dates in my life:
[M=Birth] 1937 Coronation of George VI Ball End New Type OC  – Purchased from a vendor in Yorkshire, England who swears it was originally owned by a man in Yorkshire (I was born in Yorkshire in 1943, so My Father could very well have used such a razor).
[M=Arrival In Canada] 1952-X4 Super Speed in original case
[M=Coronation of Elizabeth] 1953-Y2 Tech Coronation of Queen Elizabeth set #45 (not really a milestone in my life, but I already had the coronation razor for one English monarch during my life, so why not complete the set)
[M=High School Graduation] 1961–G2 Gillette "Fat Boy" TTO Adjustable
[M=Canadian Citizenship] 1963-I2 Flare Tip Super Speed
[M=Wedding] 1967–M4 Gillette Aristocrat Gold Plated Slim Adjustable
[M=Honeymoon] 1967–M4 Travel Tech
[M=Birth of first daughter] 1969–O3 Black Handled Super Speed
[M=Birth of second daughter] 1971-Q1 Short Black Handle Super Adjustable (The “Q” razors from 1971 are relatively rare)
[M=Graduation with RIA accounting designation] 1980-A4 Long Black Handle Super Adjustable

I am having a friend develop an Access Database to catalog all my razors and brushes.  What type of information should I capture?


Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
Welcome to DFS, Mike, and what a great introduction. Smile

Los Angeles
Mike, welcome! Cool intro Smile

Austin, TX
Great profile Mike- welcome!

Super Moderator
Hi Mike, welcome to DFS from a fellow Albertan. I admire your enthusiasm and I especially like your practice of collecting personal milestone razors - I have been considering doing something similar but I find the aftermarket sales arena a bit daunting. Do you have any tips based on your own experience on things to look for or avoid?

Thousand Oaks, CA
Welcome to DFS Mike!

expert shaver
Welcome to the forum.

Colchester, UK
Hi Mike and welcome. Sounds like you got the bug bad.

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Charleston, South Carolina
Hello and welcome aboard!

Eleven shaving
Welcome aboard! Look forward to seeing you around.


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