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Hoffritz

efsk

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Founded in New York by a mr Hoffritz, an American of German descent, Hoffritz sold Solingen Razors and cutlery under their own name. Where they got their cutlery from, I don't know, but their razors were rebranded Merkur.

Here's my first Hoffritz, a 37:
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efsk

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A travelrazor. The razor itself is not branded, the rear of the case is:
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benedetto

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My Hoffritz by Merkur:
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Benedetto.
 

gvw755

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A while back, @efsk told me about an extremely slanted Merkur that was quite rare. Only through many searches did I find a picture of one and it definitely was an extreme slant. I did not even search for one as I knew I would not be able to find one and if I did, it would probably cost a mortgage payment.

Recently I came across something that was listed as a Hoffritz Double Slant and took a look at it. It had that same extreme torqued head as the Merkur, however the Merkur had a faceted cap similar to the 37 (but more extreme) and was a design where the base was attached to the handle, also similar to the 37.

I received the Hoffritz Double Slant today and immediately noticed that the cap was domed and not faceted, and the razor was a regular three piece design.

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I noticed on one side of the cap there was a round indentation. I believe it was for the purpose of blade flipping and not because it was a differential side razor.

I loaded a blade and shaved wit it tonight. The WTG pass was very smooth and efficient. When done, I realized that this could be a one pass plus touch up shave, which the only other razor I own that could do that was my RR Wunderbar. I decided to do a full ATG pass just to see how well the razor could shave with almost no whiskers left. I ended up with a two pass and no touch up BBS.

I am definitely impressed with this razor. Now I hunt for the Merkur version.
 

efsk

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Nice one. A bit jealous as it's on my wantlist :)
The indentation is the same as on the Fasan slants. Matter of fact, these are almost as slanted as this razor and I've tested on my Merkur Double Slant: nearly interchangeble caps. Also comes in long screw version, which is what my Merkur is.
 

FvL

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My Hoffritz Slant: SAM_2353.JPG SAM_2355_cr.jpg
It's silver but I with a coating. Haven't tried anything to clean or polish it because of the coating (Advice?), I Did shave with it once, but as it is a merkur (which I have) I didn't find it different. The Razor emporium guy mentions it often and even made a Youtube.
 

gvw755

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I recently came across a three piece Merkur slant similar to the Merkur 36, however it had a different handle and came in a Hoffritz case. the seller believed that this was not a real Hoffritz slant because it did not say Hoffritz on the band and was a three piece. the handle also had me stumped, but I was absolutely sure the head was the vintage Merkur slant head of that time. I asked @efsk about it and he directed me to a post in the Pomco thread that had the exact same razor but in a Pomco case. He had mentioned that even though there is nothing written on the band, he has seen it happen enough times with a Pomco case that he believes the razor/handle/case combination is authentic. Using that reasoning, I am believing that the same razor was also presented in a Hoffritz case sometime in the past also:

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efsk

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Merkur sold their (own and rebranded) silverhandled razors with a thin layer of varnish so it wouldn't oxidize. With use, that would rub of so you'd get dark/black spots from worn varnish, with heavy use worn silver, or oxidation. The oxidation you can counter with the alufoil/bakingsoda trick, but I'm not sure what that would do with the rest of the varnish, which on your razor still seems to be in real good condition.
 

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Looking at the offerings of Pomco and Hoffritz, Hoffritz always stuck to the Merkur-variations of razors, where Pomco experimented with other types as well, see Pomcomatic or Lady Pomco. This model I've never seen as a Merkur, which is why I think it's a late (their experimenting took place 60s-70s) model Pomco and not a Hoffritz. Not an absolute certainty though.
 

efsk

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Thanks to @Clouds I'm now the owner of a Hoffritz SuperSlant, the short-screw variation. Comes in leather case, where the slot that takes the head nicely shows how slanted this razor is.
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