Monday, May 17, 2010

Asking for a Little Help!

I’ve had this razor for years.
I love it. I love the weight of it, the look of it, and the fact that I’ve been able to hold onto it for so long.

However, I haven’t been able to use it for years because they just don’t make blades for that type of head anymore.

So I need a little help. Where can I get the head of this razor reworked to fit the new standard blades?

And for the ladies, a great Father’s Day gift might be a classic, reworked razor. All of us guys need some type of razor and today’s options are usually less than chic.

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  1. The Photodiarist

    May 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hmm . . . You'll have to wait for the guys to comment on this one. Nice still-life photography, though.

  2. Ben

    May 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

  3. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I'm sure if you google hard enough, you will find a suitably fancy replacement. Life's too short to waste time finding someone to "rework" an old razor, seriously. But I do admire your determination. Then again, it's just a razor…

  4. Caro

    May 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Next time you're in Milan take with you your razor and go to Lorenzi (http://www.o-lorenzi.it/ENG/prodotti/cat.asp?cat=Toilet). Maybe they can help you out with the blade and the head.

    Before getting there write them an email just to be sure about the details.

    Anyway next time visit the shop, it's an amazing experience.

    Ciao!

    Carola

  5. Betty Darling

    May 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

  6. Chiara

    May 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

    You should really try Lorenzi – Montenapoleone st, Milano – if You didn't do already .. I'm quite sure they can help you out with your razor : )

    Have a nice day !

  7. Maarten

    May 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Maybe these gents will be able to help you out…

    http://www.merkur-razor.co.uk/

  8. mer

    May 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Mmmm… I remember a small shop in London, near Picadilly St full of this kind of razor… i think this is the site: http://www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk/
    Hope you find it!

    mer / http://www.galletasdeante.com

  9. Designer-Vintage

    May 17, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Probably at the most fascinating Men's gift store of the world, G. Lorenzi at Via MonteNapoleone 9 in Milano. http://www.lorenzi.it/. We love that store!

  10. Brianna!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:24 am

    :) this is fantastic
    I love holding onto things like this.

    good luck finding a place to rework it!

    xoxo
    bB

  11. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I gave this one to my man last year and he's been using it ever since:

    http://www.theartofshaving.com/shop/product/67003/11

  12. Christian

    May 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Not exactly what you're after but Edwin Jagger makes some nice handles for modern razor blades.

    http://www.edwinjagger.com/

  13. A. Morgan

    May 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    It

  14. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 8:35 am

    You have to try at "Coltelleria Lorenzini" in via Montenapoleone in Milan.
    They sell any type of knives and razors.

  15. Jess

    May 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

    it's not so much of a solution but an alternative – after years of shaving with modern razors, i bought my other half one of these for christmas – http://www.executive-shaving.co.uk/shaving/safety-razors/Futur-safety-razor-760.php – he now swears by it (especially as the blades last forever and cost practically nothing!) – it has a lovely weight to it as well.

  16. Karolina

    May 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Awesome razor. x

  17. Dominica

    May 17, 2010 at 8:46 am

    there's a specialized shop that sells but only blades and Swiss knifes and he even does workshops on how to shave oldskool :
    http://www.koordenwinkel.eu/shaving/scheerdemo-nat-en-glad-pg-34.html

    You could send him an email maybe and ask for any help with yours. I know it's in Antwerp Belgium but I'd like to help and send any blade if he doesn't do overseas shipping ..

  18. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Get a Merkur Futur – it's a safety razor which takes some getting used to, but it gives a much closer shave than your modern 27 blade razors and it's anything but "less than chic".

    http://www.timothyedwards.co.uk/uploads/images_products_large/154.jpg

  19. Colin

    May 17, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Scott,

    Does the head section unscrew? It looks like it may be threaded.

    If so (or even if not), you should be able to take it to any competent machinist, and they should be able to make you a new screw on head that will accept a more readily available blade. It may seem a bit excessive, but if you really love it, it's probably worth it!

    -Colin

  20. Lena

    May 17, 2010 at 8:53 am

    It looks like an old Dovo…

    http://www.thedifferentscent.de/index.php?cPath=2_21&sort=2a&filter_id=19

    This store in Berlin sells perfumes and razors…he has an online store as well.

  21. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

    What you need is a "Merkur 38C". While you are at it, learn to shave properly here: http://www.badgerandblade.com

  22. aj

    May 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

    You might find a new razor to your liking here: http://www.muehle-shaving.com/shop/classic/sophist/razors/99/8/1

    They are designed in various classic shapes, yet use the newest 3/5 blade heads which are generally available in every drug store.

    I find them both stylish and easy to use.

  23. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I've been using probably the most popular brand safety razor out there, and found it incredibly easy to get used to and quite an attractive piece.

    Called simply the Merkur Double Edged Safety Razor. They come in Long and Heavy – myself preferring the later.

    In case you wanted to give the old guy up and go for non-cartridge razors.
    cheers,
    Xan

  24. David

    May 17, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Scott. I can't help with getting a new head on that razor. However, there is a whole world of classic razors out there. check out shavemyface.com

    I must point out my favourite safety razor, a 1969 Wilkinson Sword 'Sticky', which was designed by the famous industrial designer Kenneth Grange and produced in limited numbers. It's so chiq in the flesh and very innovative – the nickname 'sticky' comes from the fact that the unique and innovative plastic coating gets sticky when wet – aiding grip. You can get blades for these anywhere in the world and very cheap. Examples of this razor appear on forums and ebay occasionally – it is perhaps the most prized collectors item. They usually sell for about $100+ however I got mine for less than half of that on ebay.

    http://www.shavemyface.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10494/normal_IMG_2099-small.JPG

    Another object of beauty is the traditional Japanese non-folding straight razor, made by sword makers. Mine is a Tosuke, like this: http://www.ehamono.com/zakka/img/kamisori/toumaki2.jpg

    However, it requires sharpening etc. I think given your lifestyle (travel etc) the chiq Wilkinson Sword Sticky would be worth looking at.

  25. Dennis

    May 17, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Check badgerandblade.com. If you post s query, someone can likely source some blades for you. There are also craftsmen that may be able to rework your handle. A conversion to a DE style looks simple. I doubt a conversion could be made to another cartridge format. You also have an option of getting similar handles from current suppliers like Edwin Jagger in the UK.

  26. Macthomson

    May 17, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I feel for you, having faced the same conundrum. I grew a beard!

  27. David G.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Not sure where to find these but please let me know if you do. My barber is straight razoring me as of now, I'll need an alternative.

  28. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Try Taylor of Bond Street, on Jermyn Street, in London.

  29. Dan Peake

    May 17, 2010 at 9:20 am

    The only place I know of is in London: http://www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk/index.html

  30. Adrian

    May 17, 2010 at 9:20 am

    @Ben, funny blog post :)

    My friend uses one of those "Merkur heavy duty safety razors" and he loves it, the cost of the blades are so cheap. He said the only real difference is that you have to be more careful using it than the traditional Mach3+ but you get use to it quickly.

    Certainly seems to fit the style your looking for

  31. Citroen2cv

    May 17, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I am female, and have a beautiful razor like yours — with the same problem. Same head, exactly. Mine is silver and has a patina built over 20 years, and I love its weight and the graceful way it's balanced. No one (jeweler to machinist) will take my modification request seriously –

  32. cherylline

    May 17, 2010 at 9:21 am

    You could try etsy.com
    maybe someone like this could help you.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TurnedDesignsByJamie
    good luck.

  33. Thornproof

    May 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

    You might want to try someplace like this to see if they know anyone who can rework your razor. On the other hand, I would start by contacting Classic Shaving.com to see if they know of blades (or a conversion kit) that would work on your razor.

    Cheers!

  34. Farah

    May 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Is that a safety razor? I'm a woman, so can't tell for sure…

    The Art of Shaving (http://www.theartofshaving.com/) kind of specializes in nicely designed razor handles that fit the current gilette blades. they also sell safety razors and the replacement blades. Most are kind of expensive, but might be worth it to you. If anyone knows where/how you could get yours refitted, it's probably them.

  35. TA Thebes

    May 17, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I understand you want to keep it, however it seems it's more about the classical razor for you: try something like theartofshaving.com – I'm sure they have what you're looking for :)

  36. Gerontius

    May 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

    You can still get blades for this in London. It looks like a standard fitting for fixed twin-blades, which you can get in packs of five or ten at main UK pharmacies and supermarkets. Gillette still make them, and Boot's own-brand will fit as well.

  37. D4V

    May 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Potentially here..

    http://www.classicshaving.com/Home.html

    Then again you could always go with a simple safety razor. :)

  38. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Googled and found this e-shop http://www.classicshaving.com/Safety_Razors.html
    /M

  39. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Philip Crangi.

  40. Davidikus

    May 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Have you tried to see whether you can fit in the heads of disposable razors? In some cases you can. Otherwise, there is a shop in London on St James's St that can probably refit it for you, or that may store generic razor blades that would fit.

    It would help to know the brand etc. Get in touch if I can be of any more help!

    http://davidikus.blogspot.com/.

  41. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

    is there a curve on the head?
    otherwise you can find those blades easily in France.

  42. Gloria

    May 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Sorry that I can't help but I admire your taste in quality in everything from sartorial cuts to everyday items. @photodiarist: I love your work!

  43. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

    the razor is too cool and fits a sharp man…the problem if i understand correctly is finding blades that fit…so we'd have to simply cut off the bottom of yours and attach that of one me those new gillette razors…i'm definately not much of a handy man…being a woman that usually has handy men doing all the hard stuff…but do you have any jewelery designer friends that might have the right instruments to accomplish this deed?

  44. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Once again, you are going too far (I remember the post about the tailored pyjamas!!!) – I feel like saying 'get a life' but that would imply suggesting you are superficial, so I would not do it…

  45. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Send it to a 'Lost Wax' artisan. Get the old T-bar taken off with a saw. Take a 'Lost Wax' mould of the (modern) mechanism that the blade attaches to. As long as the bits where the blade snaps on are identical the rest of the mould could be carved to work with the old handle. Have it cast in a metal of your choice and then attached. Voil

  46. Kevin

    May 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Actually, that looks like a standard Merkur twin blade. You can buy cartridges everywhere. Just do a search.

  47. mispapelicos

    May 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I will tell you if you tell me where I can get a bikini like your gradmuther

  48. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

    http://www.emachineshop.com/

    maybe someone like these people can help. It could cost, but if you love that tool, maybe this is a solution. It sounds like they can do one of a kind parts.

    I see that the angle of the blade is critical as well as the way it would attach. A dremel could easily and cleanly cut the tip off, then the new part could be attached. Maybe a jeweler could do it too.

    Good luck, I do appreciate your love of the tool.

  49. elizabethf70115

    May 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Try Aidan Gill for Men: http://www.aidangillformen.com….they may be able to help you with this.

  50. Marcos

    May 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

  51. Daniel

    May 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Get a Merkur safety razor. They are very affordable. Take the head parts of the Merkur and bring those and your razor to a machine shop. Ask them to remove the head of your old razor and cut a thread so it will accept the Merkur parts. Done.

  52. Javier Lentino

    May 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    track II cartridges will fit. I am almost certain. Perhaps the head will need to be straighten a bit but they slide in. So should work.
    Let me know

  53. Nancy K

    May 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    My dh has a great metal razor that he can't get blades for any more too, so if you find some place that does this, please post it.

  54. Raf

    May 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6SglZopfmk

    the guy also says where to buy stuff (in case you don't have much time to be watching the whole video, he says you can get blades in bed bath and beyond)

  55. Chris

    May 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I highly recommend the Merkur Futur http://merkurfutur.com/ ;-)

  56. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

    If these folks can't help you, I don't know who will: http://www.fendrihan.com/

  57. King Ankylosaurus

    May 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I think if you took this, and another razor into a machine shop; you could have them cut the heads off of each razor, and have them braze or weld the new head onto this razor.

    The only thing is, you will lose the chrome plating around that area, but you could have it plated again, and it probably would not cost much given its size.

  58. Cynomys Jack

    May 17, 2010 at 10:40 am

    The top website for straight razors is http://www.StraightRazorPlace.com, and they have a lot of users with knowledge about the type blade you picture. The top website for the type razor you pictured, double-edge razors, etc, is http://www.BadgerAndBlade.com. I would start a query on their discussion forums asking your question, posting your picture(s.) I would be surprised if you don't get a pleasant and complete answer. (In your note, tell them LarryAndro (screen name) sent you!!)

  59. General Hogbuffer

    May 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I would make my first port of call Geo F Trumper, next time you're in London, they should at least be able to point you in the right direction. last time I checked, they had customised shavers that took Gilette Fusion etc heads, so maybe they can re-customise your handle.

  60. viejecita

    May 17, 2010 at 10:44 am

    http://jsilvela.wordpress.com/resources-for-wet-shaving/

    This link gives you lots of addresses on-line and also traditional shops for people who like wet shaving. Maybe if you tried they could help you find the blades you want.

  61. Jonathan

    May 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Have you considered looking online for blades? It looks like it might be compatible with the old Gillette Trac 2 blades, which can still be found for sale online. I'm afraid that won't help your ability to attach newer blades but it will keep it working for you.

  62. home4eco

    May 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Looks like a nice shaver.

  63. Katie

    May 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

    You may be able to find a razor that fits at this website.

    http://www.classicshaving.com/Home.html

  64. VisteLaCalle

    May 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

    No idea about where to find that type of blade, sorry!
    It is definetly a wonderful razor!
    Good luck with that :)

    Cheers!

  65. FASHION SNAG

    May 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Good photograph of the razor. I can't help you with this one.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  66. Anthony

    May 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

    If you don't get a direct answer here, I would check out http://badgerandblade.com/vb/ — a community dedicated to shaving and the love of shaving products. I learned everything I needed to make the switch from my mach3 to a double-edge razor. These guys are pretty good at refurbishing vintage equipment or tracking down obscure products.

  67. gem twin

    May 17, 2010 at 11:10 am

    At least men's are still some variation of silver and black. Women have the most atrocious easter-egg pastels to choose from. A rude awakening in the morning and not pretty in my shower so I buy the mens. I will be watching this to see if anyone has a good answer!

  68. Mark Cone

    May 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

    It looks like you have a vintage twin blade razor. I have attached a link to the types of cartridges that might fit yours.

    http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/6887218/368690.htm

    But if you are looking for a great shave I would invest in a safety razor, it has changed my life, and they are super sustainable, very little waste.

    Good luck!

  69. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Scott,
    You should contact your local machine shop. Machinists are handy folks. Show them the razor blades you want to use and see what they can do. katebate

  70. Brian

    May 17, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Not that tough. I have an old school handle with the same head and I can still find refills at my local drugstore.

    You could try here:

    http://www.razorsdirect.com

  71. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

    the folks at the badger and brush forum should have your answer if you ask

  72. stefano.serafin@serafin.sm

    May 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

    lorenzi in Milan,via Montenapoleone corner via Verri

  73. Katras

    May 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Don't know about re-working the razor head, but maybe you can find more razors at the Vermont Country Store – they specialize in hard-to-find things.

  74. stefano.serafin@serafin.sm

    May 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

  75. Licia

    May 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Maybe you have to go to Montenapoleone, Milan at the G.Lorenzi shop.

    http://lorenzi.it

    Licia_The Maison Happiness
    http://www.liciaflorio.it/blog/

  76. belvedere beads

    May 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I wish you had shown a picture of the blade that you need. Many types of old style blades are available at good art supply stores. Also any good antique dealer, who picks estate sales, can find unused blades for you.

  77. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Try the Vermont Country Store online. They have a similar razor and also sell replacement injector-style blades that they claim fit a variety of models. The VCS specializes in hard-to-find items. They even sell Lemon-Up shampoo!

  78. George A.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I'd check out shaving websites like this: http://www.classicshaving.com/Safety_Razors.html – they have old-school safety razors like the one you have and if you contact them I'm sure they might be able to work something out for you. In the meantime, good luck with whatever temporary shaving system you've got going! Make sure you use a shaving brush too, haha.

  79. Craig

    May 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I would highly recommend a Merkur. I use their classic double edge safety razor.

    http://www.fendrihan.com/merkur-razors-c-8.html

  80. Nansosi

    May 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Scott, rather than reworking the head of the razor maybe the blades can be found in another country. Since you travel so much it may be easier than you think to find the blades. (Somehow I'm thinking Spain or Portugal.)

  81. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

    if money is no object i would take the full modern razor assembly you use (razor and disposable head) to a small metal machine shop

    there is a good one on crosby between houston and prince

    ask them to custom mill you the an exact replica of the head assembly of your current (modern) razor

    brass would be a good option as its easier to work with then steel and would look good against the old steel or aluminum knurled handle

    make sure to ask them to resolve how the new milled head will fit into your old handle

    from the picture it looks like the top unscrews and the head fits inside

    your new milled head must have that transition between the new head and the old handle resolved
    both mechanically and aesthetically, the toughest challenge of this retrofit..

    good luck

  82. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

    That is the Ralph Lauren razor in sterling silber. I bought one myself 1990. You can buy some blades still in Germany at the DM durgstore.

  83. Modou Fox

    May 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Hmmm – could you define "new standard blades"?

    Are you looking to use standard safety razor double-edged blades, or some other kind?

    With just the razor dock and no razor head alongside, it's hard to see what you might be wanting to use.

  84. Claudia

    May 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I work at ICI PARIS XL, a beauty store in Holland and we have them! The store is in almost every city in Holland and I heard you where in Maasmechelen today so maybe you can get one there..

  85. Jakob

    May 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Well, I totally get your point but it's quite complicated if not "nearly impossible", I'd say.
    If you don't mind the hassle and the money, you could just try find a good locksmith/metalworker and let him cut the old head off and add a new thread to accept the new head.
    Thing is, since your razor seems to be chrome-coated it's never going to look as good as before when it's cut plus the whole procedure is going to be quite expensive.
    I can highly recommend the classic and sort of similar styled MERKUR razors for standard double-edged razorblades, though. Give it a shot with a pic search, might be what you're looking for.

  86. Claudia

    May 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I'm sorry, the store is also in Belgium. Maasmechelen is so close to Holland :)

  87. Benoît

    May 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I use this razor, and I can find blades in all shops ;)

  88. Rainer

    May 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Razor Help

    http://www.manufactum.de/Kategorie/172501/2/Rasur.html

    maybe they can help, when you're in Frankfurt call them.

    kind regards from Frankfurt

  89. jocondedujour

    May 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    i wouldn't give up on finding the blades. have you tried ebay?

  90. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Really, Mach 3 is the only way to go. There are some nice handles made for these. Some can get a bit expensive, but nice nonetheless. Example: http://www.thecompleteman.co.uk/mach3%20razors.html

  91. William

    May 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Contact these chaps – http://www.trumpers.com/contact.cfm

    If anyone can, they can.

  92. christine

    May 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I had one of these razors! I remember the feel of the handle. Some things you never forget. If you have a friend who is a jeweler, they may be able to rework it for you.

  93. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I'd ask here: http://www.classicshaving.com/Safety_Razors.html
    Their Merkur twin blade razor includes 3 adaptors for popular razor cartridges – maybe those would fit yours or this place could point you in the right direction.

  94. Polly

    May 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Maybe a small company of jewellery maker might able to help you, they work with metal (sorry stating the obvious here) and probably have handy tools to cut to size and mould. Hope this helps. Polly

  95. Ben W

    May 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

  96. Micah

    May 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    There are many firms in London, especially around Jermyn Street that repurpose their line of razors to work with Gillette and Azor replaceable blades. I would contact George F. Trumper (Curzon Street), and ask how much they would charge to re-purpose your blade to fit contemporary makers or if they use a particular workshop to do the same thing for their business.

  97. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    This is an alod "Trac 2" style head and Merkur of Germany makes blades to fit this today. Do a Google search on "Merkur Trac 2" or buy the blades here:
    http://www.emsplace.com/shaving/fixed_head_razors.aspx

    Chris

  98. Andres

    May 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I've recently run into the same problem; however, here in Mexico (as I imagine happens in other developing nations) Gillette aparently still makes these sorts of blades. So next time you hop on a plane to the third world, get directions to a local drugstore. It seems to be worth the gamble.
    luck!

  99. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Go for the DOVO Futur rasor. Its teh best one you can get since years. Its still produced in Germnany and use this ultrasharp classical Gillette blades (you get everywhere). But with their MERCUR blades its the best you can get for you money.

  100. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I don't know the answer, but I'm sure George F. Trumper will, if anyone!

    http://www.trumpers.com/

  101. Arash Mazinani

    May 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I wouldn't mind a decent chic razor where the blades don't cost the earth!

    http://www.arashmazinani.com

  102. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Sartorialist, you surprise me. As an appreciator of the classic and true blue you should shave with a vintage gillette fatboy, tech, or superspeed with a nice english badger brush. it'll be the best shave of your life.

    Anyway, I can't really tell from the picture but it looks like it accepts a razor cartridge that slides in from the side:

    http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/6887218/195992.htm

    But if you want to get a better shave and you like the look of that razor, get a Merkur 38c.

    and to the female readers: date men who shave in the classic style. they have smoother skin, understand using good products, take better care of themselves, and have excellent taste. ;)

  103. Sarah Couto

    May 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Nothing wrong with Garance style posts, but this blog could do with some structure and perhaps the help of a designer. What is brand Sartorialist all about again?

  104. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Nice piece!! I have a golden solid brass Ralph Lauren shaver that was part of a gift set that looks to be the same design about the head…could you let us know where you got the blades for this? I would love to be able to use it again.

  105. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    my suggestion: outsource it to an industrial designer friend! they'd probably be excited with the challenge and it's their job to figure things like this out…! good luck!

  106. Jason

    May 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I purchased an old Gillette safety razor many years ago and used it up until recently when I purchased a safety razor from The Art of Shaving company made by Merkur I believe. I highly recommend a safety razor, so much so I bought my best friend one as an engagement gift!

    Surprisingly enough you can still find blades for them at Walgreens or another comparable store.

  107. guillermo

    May 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    For this, look to Third World countries. We're behind at least 10 years in shaving technology. You should be able to find blades for your razor in any hole in the wall, neighborhood store, not in department stores.

  108. soender

    May 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Scott, your only option (that I can approve), is to stop by G. Lorenzi the next time you are in Milan.
    All traveling gentlemen should know this shop.

  109. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I can fix it – I am a metal worker. You are welcome to email me and I can replate it (to bring back its shine), engrave your initials on the tail, modify its clasp to fit a type of blade you want to use, and or simply craft a bracket to hold a blade on it.

    Let me know! If not, good luck…

    My email: Dariusmoj@hotmail.com

  110. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I think it's better to use a modern razor from the drug store.

  111. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    step 1: just unscrew the top blade section. step 2: buy new blade holder. step 3: screw in. voila!

  112. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    gillete G-II. I

  113. Luca

    May 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I'm a super fun of your blog; if you travel in Europe and close to Turin, the city where I live, this cutlery has everything you're looking for

  114. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    dont shave.

  115. the paper bicycle; Peter Scarks

    May 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Robert Lee Morris in Soho. He can make anything. Other than that: metallurgist college in Hoboken.They can also make anything

  116. tiptoe down to the holy places

    May 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Check out the German brand Merkur. Elegant, typical German craftsmanship, nicely-weighted, and above all – an amazing shave.

    I just recently started shaving with one of their double-edged razors and it's changed my outlook on life; now I start the day with a smooth, irritation free face!

    Not to mention that in the long run you'll save $$$$$$ over a cartridge razor.

  117. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    MERKUR from Solingen Germerny will fit perfectry. I have same one. from Tokyo.

  118. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Be aware that airlines,or the TSA, will not let you carry the blades for a standard safety razor (ala Merkur or old Gilettes)on board in you carrr-on luggage.

  119. CW

    May 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    This looks like an Atra head, in which the blade cartridge slid into the head of the handle.

    I have seen those blade cartridges under Persona, Wilkinson, Schick and Bic. However, the cartridges are far more expensive than the long handle disposables which give an equally good shave.

    Switch to an electric shaver. Less risk of a nick, and now they really do shave as close as a razor. Best to alternate rotary shaver one day then foil shaver next.

  120. mchristie

    May 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I bought my husband the exact same razor from The Art of Shaving. There is also a brush and stand that goes with it. http://www.theartofshaving.com
    The razor takes fusion blades I think.

  121. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    As far as I can see, the blades Gillette G II may fit and they are still available (here in Germany). I use them for my oldschool-razor too. Greatings from Hamburg, I would like to see you here sometimes. Ole

  122. Mac

    May 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I would recommend looking at 'art of the shave' stores if anyone is looking for a new one, or baxter of california. As to reworking your razer, I would try talking to a smith or tooler. Sounds like you need someone who's good with turning metal or proficient in a metal shop.

  123. Louis

    May 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I'm not a fashion know-it-all, but shaving I know.

    Replacement Trac razor blades can be found at a bunch of places. As mentioned Merkur makes them. (see bottom of page)

    http://www.qedusa.com/razors-blades-c-22.html

    Now if you want to enter the whole world of wet shaving with a safety razor there are so many options its not even funny. For how-to and info see Manic's videos.

    http://www.youtube.com/mantic59

    As for razors and blades, here are some of the guys I love to use.

    http://www.qedusa.com/
    http://www.leesrazors.com/
    http://www.westcoastshaving.com/

    And if you feel like having a razor custom made, there's always Bob. The man is a God.

    http://sites.google.com/site/bobsrazorworks/razor-handles

  124. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    On German street in London behind the arcade there is a famous shaving shop. Next time you are there.

  125. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

  126. Samantha

    May 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Another rec for http://www.aidangillformen.com/ Even if you've already found a solution, this is a place you might like to visit. Enjoy, and good luck!

  127. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    "What is brand Sartorialist all about again?"

    I literally feel vaguely nauseous.

    Beautiful photo and description. It gave me the illusion of being able to pick the object up and feel it. Fascinating comments too.

    Elaine

  128. Ulla

    May 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    if you are still in berlin, you can find blades for this type of razor in drugstores.

  129. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    i have a razor with the same head and I found that CVS sells them under their brand. They're very inexpensive but do a decent job.

  130. Giulia

    May 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Yes, Lorenzi…so that's three of us that have said it…must be true:) Hope so. I totally understand why you want to rework it. The person who said life is too short, I get it, but if you don't have that gene, you don't have it. I do, I get it. You're in Italy (it seems) often enough…to find out if they can do it. And yes, email them first…see if you can get someone to translate it into Italian though. Good luck.

  131. Derrick

    May 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Keep the razor! I have the same one and I do not want to give it up either. Gillette TRAC II Plus slide onto it. I get them at Target for about $12 (pack of 10).

  132. jonzak

    May 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Scott, I fabricate and build prototypes for a living. Contact me, I can do it for you. Plus I have a zillion creatives at my disposal to triple check any problem solving ideas I initial come up with. Check out my site http://www.jonbozak.com and reach me thru my email there.

  133. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 5:23 am

    It looks like one of mine. Was it made by Ralph Lauren about 20 years ago?

  134. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Duct tape, man! That shit can fix anything.

    Sorry. I had to.

  135. Liesbeth

    May 18, 2010 at 6:38 am

    My dad, he is 90 years, used this razor his whole life!

  136. Le Comité de lecture

    May 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Eh bien je crois qu'ils doivent avoir

  137. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 9:13 am

    My father uses the same style of razor. In Canada we can still get the heads to fit them (though they are cheap and mostly plastic) in any pharmacy (my father's come from Superstore/Loblaws).

  138. Charles

    May 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I use a Merkur safety razor. Gives you a better shave than a modern style 8 bladed wonder. They make some plain ones, and some very chic looking classic models. Used with a shaving brush and cream like Proraso, gives a much better shave, and is far more enjoyable than slathering gel on your face and inflicting cheap blades on your face.

  139. Charlotte

    May 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I recommend Geo F Trumpers on curzon Street: http://www.trumpers.com, a brilliant traditional mens barbers, i am sure someone there would be able to point you in the right direction!

  140. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I can help!
    http://www.thischarmingman.com.au
    I would love to do some modification for you

  141. Suzi

    May 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

    There are companies that specialize in restoring silver vanity items ? placing new brush-heads in the silver backings, repairing hand-mirrors, etc. I would think one of those might know who could rework your razor. (You didn't say if it is silver.) If you decide to search for a new one, there are many, many choices (both single-edge and cartridge) on http://www.classicshaving.com ? good luck!

  142. Madame Martine

    May 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

    if you are still in Berlin, go to "the different scent", Krausnickstrasse 12, they are real "shaving experts" and do have almost everything, they can help you either way!

  143. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    A nice modern (it accpets Gilette blades), but classy Italian option is the razor by Acqua di Parma (http://www.acquadiparma.it/it/acquadiparma.html)
    go: Acqua di Parma/Collezione Barbiere/Rasoio da Barba

    Best

  144. lorelei

    May 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Get in touch with the guys at straightrazorplace.com or badgerandblade.com. Quite a few of them do restoration work and should be able to get you taken care of or at least headed in the right direction.

  145. Angela Zhu

    May 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    There is a shop right by moorgate tube station in London next to the London Met Uni building that specializes in men's grooming. They're a cute old fashioned shop with similar razors like yours- I looked through the window as I was walking to class. You will def have better luck in that store.

    :) I hope you find it!

  146. Siena

    May 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    The men in my life go to Taylor of Old Bond Street, in London, if you get the chance. Surprisingly, it's on Jermyn St, not Old Bond.

  147. Fiend's Brave Victim

    May 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I wanted a good looking razor and was looking here:

    http://www.trumpers.com/

    They have some great ones that take Gillette blades. But I ended up stumping for one of these:

    http://wilkinsonsword.co.uk/men/showroom/quattro_titanium

    They do it in rather fetching black too. Not great looking, but not ridiculously space aged and boyish either. Very ergonomic, nice white detailing, and the blade is so good the bristles basically don't even need to be cut, they just run screaming in terror from your face.

  148. Dave

    May 19, 2010 at 3:08 am

    You could try getting in touch with Momentum Grooming in Vancouver, I've talked with the owner before and I'm convinced he knows everything there is to know about razors

    http://www.momentumgrooming.com/

    Not sure why you'd want to modify it, seems like it would be better to find the blades and keep using it the way it was intended.

  149. Anonymous

    May 19, 2010 at 6:23 am

    In Portugal we can still get the blades to fit them. Come to Lisbon one day and get a big stock.

  150. Dan H

    May 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I'm sure Taylor of Bond St (on Jermyn Street actually) would be able to help.

    Otherwise I've been using an Acqua di Parma razor for the past few months and absolutely love the weight and feel of it. It also comes in a set version with a brush.

  151. Eli Ankutse

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

    There are many brands that offer luxury handles to cartridge razors, but few of them are able to capture the essence of what makes razors like yours so special to use.

    One day perhaps we shall see the likes of the Apollo Mikron, or Gillette?s Fatboy make a return with cartridge like heads. Conversely, maybe we?ll see the day the Gillette Fusion handle is reworked to hold a double edged razor.

    I for one sincerely hope not; just because something can be done, doesn?t mean it should be.

    http://www.apetogentleman.com

  152. Anonymous

    May 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Your razor is just like my father always used. He was born in 1908, and died in 1993. I was amazed on the quality of feelings this little detail brought into my mind. Thanks.

  153. Patti G

    May 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

    The art of shaving is great, but they don't have old blades like the one you need. If you are in Europe, there's this little store in Lille, Fr. right where the Place du G

  154. Philip Scott

    May 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I wish you good fortune in finding someone to fashion a new 'head' for this razor. My favorite razor is one my step-father bought me when I was heading to Europe for the first time on my own in 1973. It is a Hoffritz, double edge with a twist. The head is actually twisted slightly so the blade never strikes the hair straight on, but at a slight angle. I get a great smooth shave and my blades tend to last longer. Thank goodness you can still buy double-edge razor blades.

  155. stolen identity

    May 21, 2010 at 5:15 am

    My father uses the same type of razor… or rather he keeps it on the shelf in the bathroom, since he doesnt have any new blades for it.

    Thanks to your comments I found a package of ten blades – on sale!
    I'm ordering them for my father immediately.

    http://www.razorsdirect.com/catalog/item/1734559/6838948.htm

  156. forc.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Dear Mr. Sartorialist
    I'm a resident of Berne, Switzerland, where there is a wonderful little shop called "Nassrasieren" (wet shaving). They specialize in traditional shaving products and I wouldn't be surprised if they could cater to your needs.
    There is a website with online shop (www.nassrasieren.ch). However, I would recommend you pay a visit to Switzerland. Berne is worth a visit.
    Regards, the forc.

  157. richard wang

    May 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This is hilarious!!! 153 comments and not one response to the Schuman's question.

    Ok Scott, if you're reading this, here's what to do.

    Get yourself an aluminum Art of Shaving Gillette Fusion, @$100 it's the iPod of razors, not the powered one. Or go the low price option and get an aluminum body Atra.

    You can probably do this yourself if you're handy with tools, or just take it to a machine shop.

    1. Saw the head of the new razor.

    2. Tap threads into the bottom of the new razor head.

    3. Cut the head of the old razor at it's base.

    4. Using a die cut thread on the old razor's stem.

    5. Screw together and maybe use some marine epoxy.

  158. Anonymous

    May 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Hey
    I appreciate your site very much so I thought I would share this. There is a fellow who custom makes razors – Bob's Razor Works https://sites.google.com/site/bobsrazorworks/
    I love the one he made me a few months ago. He might either be able to fix or re-create your razor. Service is very fine and the product I have is one of the nicest razors I have ever seen. So best of luck.

  159. Jonathan

    May 22, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Scott,
    E.R. Butler on Prince Street can do anything in metal. Try them?

  160. bawkbawk

    May 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    In the photograph the head like it slants into a V – does it? if its just straight and they slide on then you can still get the blades for them from the shavershop in melbourne. 356 lonsdale st, CBD or email them melbourne at shavershop.net.au and just ask for fixed head slide-on blades (in the red or blue packets)- tell them i sent you (i worked there for 2 years until heading overseas just recently! aha) A 10 pack is $10 or something so its worth a try, but im 90% sure theyre the right ones!

  161. Jennie

    May 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    If you still haven't found what you are looking for, I saw a very similar razor( It may be the same one) at Freeman Sporting Club, 8 Rivington St in NYC!!

  162. Anonymous

    May 26, 2010 at 1:33 am

    This reminds me of my father's when I was little. I used to play with it, I love the texture of the handle and the weight too. Nostalgic.

  163. Anonymous

    May 26, 2010 at 2:11 am

    This looks like my Dad's razor from the 70's. Pretty sure he got it at Trumpers, there is one around St James or one on Curzon St. I got replacement blades for him there.

  164. David Blaze

    May 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I don't know where you can get a new one, but caswell-massey makes similar razors that fit on a gilette fusion blade

  165. Ariane

    May 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Why don

  166. Anonymous

    June 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    if you really want to keep using it:
    buy or get a new head custom made at a metal workshop, then weld it unto the handle.

  167. Evan Jones

    June 5, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I'm a bit late with this suggestion, but I believe your razor uses ATRA, Trac II or Double Trac blades, all of which are available at razorsdirect.com. I don't believe anyone else mentioned them.

  168. couponboa

    June 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    This looks cool!!!

  169. Christina

    June 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    http://www.baxterofcalifornia.com/

    saw this brand at a shop in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn called epaulet:

    http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/StoreFront

    they had razors and blades

  170. J Crane

    June 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Don't get it reworked – just start using a safety razor. I've been using this Merkur for years http://bit.ly/dhXSyj and it's great. With Nancy Boy shaving cream and a brush. It's perfect – a better shave than "modern" razors, and better looking too. Nice and hefty, good weight. There's a great shaving blog here: http://bit.ly/a4hjqt

    Seriously, safety razors are the peak of razor technology. The new multi blade plastic things are just ripoff exercises in moving units. Anyhow. good luck!

  171. Anonymous

    June 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    One of the best shop in Brussels :)

    "Coutellerie du Roi,
    North Passage 27
    Brussels"

    And the people are very nice with good advices!!

  172. Nathan

    July 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

    You have likely solved your conundrum. However if you are still seeking a solution. I agree with the sentiments of conversion to a current double-edged safety razor head. I use a Merkur Progress adjustable – well actually I use the "Mergress" which is a progress, retrofitted with custom steel know, and calibrated.

    If you want to hang onto your old friend, and can't get blades where you are, then get one of the adapters: http://www.emsplace.com/shaving/razor_information.aspx#adaptor

    then you can use currently available blades on your old friend.

    Feel free to contact me if you need a contact.

  173. Matt

    July 14, 2010 at 12:16 am

    ..Lorenzi is the right one..here the link I found: http://www.viamontenapoleone.org/eng/Inside_the_store.php?id=17

  174. Nick

    July 22, 2010 at 8:20 am

    just stumbled upon this site, and it reminded me of this post, perhaps this is what you're looking for?? http://www.themandonstore.com/product/32/product-details.html

    or

    http://www.themandonstore.com/gift-guide/gift-under-50/product-list.html

  175. sassafras

    August 11, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Hi Scott,

    I was in Antwerp earlier this summer and happened upon this lovely antique razor store by my hotel: http://www.koordenwinkel.eu/shaving/. I bought a gorgeous vintage razor and boar's hair brush for my father, and I'm sure they'd have some idea – if not the product itself – of what you're looking for.

    Good luck!
    Amanda

  176. miniego16@hotmail.com

    August 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

    actually here in greece they sell this type of razor heads almost everywhere.my father uses one of those for hiw everyday shaving. if you like any further informations let me know,my name is my e-mail address too.

    chrysa from greece

  177. Anonymous

    September 15, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I believe that fits a Trac2 cartridge. You can still find, here's a link to a store I found.

    http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=27401&aid=336064&aparam=trac%20II%20razors&scinit1=trac%20II%20razors

  178. Anonymous

    October 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    My father uses a similar razor. I love that he does! Perhaps you could try a local hole in the wall barber shop? That's where my father finds his blades.

  179. Maddie

    November 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful!
    Should you come to Uruguay (little country next to Argentina, you've been in Bs Aires I have seen), you could buy blades for that razor, even but those razors and find more than 10 barbers that still work with these.

    3rd world? Traditional and conservative I should state for this case. Love my country.

    Amazing blog.

    Maddie.

  180. shaving products

    December 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Having this shaving razor would be very ideal for some perfect result. Thanks so much for sharing such info in this one.

  181. Anonymous

    March 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    to put a more modern standard of head on this classic razor bring the type of razor head and a blade along with this one; find a goldsmith that has experience working with stainless steel, they would have no trouble doing this…

    Regards,
    Roland

    Canada

  182. nunovelez

    July 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Here in Portugal you will find them in any pharmacy or barber shop.
    So come to Lisbon and you will be able to use your razor again.

    Best Regards,
    Nuno

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