... with the warning to only accept sealed blades!
Prised open ...
... and revealed in all its 100 year old glory!
Even today, it has a bite. No, it's not as keen as a fresh GEM by Personna, but it is as keen as a twice or thrice used GEM by Personna, and so I think it will be a super shave! I have had little success with NOS blades, but one I did have a joyous shave or two from was a thick spined Ever Ready from (my guess being) around 100 years old. I have high hopes for this blade. I'll use my stropper (as advised on the packaging) and see how we go.
Marcus , As you know have received my Blade, but will have to use it virgin as not experienced enough to Strop blade [ nor do i have the kit ]. Am starting off the trial /comparison by using my Gem with a Modern S/S.I cannot get on with Carbon Ones. Mike
Morning all, A WARNING " DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE LABEL" ! Being perhaps being a bit stubborn, without a means of stropping the Damaskeene Blade sent to me by Marcus. I unwrapped it, and to naked eye was pristine , so decided to use it [See SOTD]. Do Strop it before use ,and HAPPY SHAVING.
I think palm stropping or jeans stropping could be the answer Mike. Also there's face stropping: the blade will settle in with subsequent shaves - these old carbon steel blades are notoriously tuggy on first use but are stropped by your face when you shave. The old practice of turning the blade over for each shave (although nonsense for thin stainless DE blades) actually makes sense for blades like this.
A Damaskeene stropper for the Damaskeene blade for the Damaskeene razor.
On a related note, while waiting for the Damaskeene blade to make its trip across the pond I decided to try a NOS blade in my Valet Auto-Strop VB1. The blade, marked "rustless finish," looked fine under the microscope, almost identical to a new Feather. So, I decided to try it right out of the package, with no initial stropping.
It was a very tuggy shave, and I may have subconsciously tried to compensate with more pressure. I ended up with what was actually a pretty close shave, but with more irritation and razor burn than I have experienced in a very long time. Lesson learned.
So, the Damaskeene blade will receive a thorough stropping prior to its first use.
GarnerPW: I was not conscious when I was shave. They slipped me a mickey.
Sept 16, 2017 10:46:48 GMT -6
birdlives: They probably did that because they had a ninja shaver armed with an unmentionable contracted from B&B to make the shave....get your attorney to get full disclosure and video of the shave. If you were touched by a unmentionable, 'sic Fuzzy on them!!
Sept 16, 2017 14:02:47 GMT -6
RocketMan: My wife is a nurse at a local hospital and brought me home a razor they use for such fun - it is an UM style (unmentionable!) made of plastic and dull as a a Derby blade run over some sandpaper - maybe one of those was used???????
Sept 17, 2017 18:28:54 GMT -6
wchnu: Yup Ibet your right. Prolly gave him koodies too.
Sept 17, 2017 18:39:39 GMT -6
wchnu: If I liked him more I might actually feel bad about that.
Sept 17, 2017 18:54:02 GMT -6
wchnu: Did I type...THAT... Outloud???? Oops
Sept 17, 2017 18:54:28 GMT -6
birdlives: I hear nothing....I see nothing.....Hospital Koodies.......Yeaagh!!!! A DE with a Derby!!! NOPE!!! I hear nothing...I see nothing...If I go under the anesthesia, I'm taking someone I can trust to WATCH all that business....I can trust you guys, RIGHT ?
Sept 17, 2017 19:18:03 GMT -6
wchnu: Why yessss you can...uhhuh,..sure can...most the time anyway.
Sept 17, 2017 19:35:00 GMT -6
birdlives: What about that Canadian Rocket Dood? Can I trust him too?
Sept 17, 2017 19:38:22 GMT -6
wchnu: Hard to say....but prolly so.
Sept 17, 2017 22:40:17 GMT -6
GarnerPW: I just read what you wrote there Fuzz or should I say Mr. Fuzz. And all this time I thought you liked me.
Sept 18, 2017 4:38:29 GMT -6
GarnerPW: Don't trust him there Bird. You know what they say, "You can't trust the Man/Fuzz". The Canuck, is alright though.
Sept 18, 2017 4:43:20 GMT -6
birdlives: I don't know......Have you seen what that crazy Canuck does in a bath tub?
Sept 18, 2017 13:31:26 GMT -6
GarnerPW: No what???
Sept 18, 2017 13:33:24 GMT -6