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Matador

efsk

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Matador was a Swedish razormaker, known for their DE's. After I found out they made their own version of the Apollo/Ben Hur Mikron, I was searching for one. Took a few years but end of November I found one, bought it, and waited. The damn thing entered Dutch customs December 3rd, and finally was delivered to me December 24th. When unpacking I found possible reason for this: in the package were three capsules with indeterminate contents, as well as two smaller capsules, one filled with black, the other with grey powder.
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An injector was also included, but that was a Schick razor so probably harmless.

The razor came in its original outer box, teaching us it was called the Micro, but without the blades the box advertises (apart from a used one in the razor) and there is nothing to hold the razor in place in the box. No idea if there should be.
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Apart from the razor, there is a brush for cleaning, and a key for making adjustments.
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As you can see, very much a clone of the Apollo/Ben Hur Mikron. One side of the head has "Import" imprinted on it. That would suggest it was not produced in Sweden. Whether that means it was made by the Herckenrath Ben Hur Rasirmesserfabrik is unknown.
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When putting it together, you set the dial to "1", place the topcap so that the red point is aligned with the red on the baseplate, and tighten. Fully closed the razor will be in position "1".
Should that not be the case, the knob can be removed completely, showing two notches in the handle where the key fits. You should be able to adjust alignment that way, haven't tried it yet.
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gvw755

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Beautiful razor. This is in the best condition I have seen of an Apollo Mikron except for the ones that @Jake has, but he has a hidden time machine to go back and get them when new. I especially like the red paint trim! :daumenhoch

So have you determined what those mystery objects contained? Not to worry, I believe Anthrax is white and a powder.;)
 

Northstonehill

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Wow, Richard, it does look fantastic, so happy for you that you got it. And the price weren’t too shabby either!

Looks indeed like a AM even down to the small cleaning brush. I am the content owner of the similar AM set:

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efsk

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Very happy with this beautiful Matador DeLuxe, even when the carton has one flap torn off. Rather heavy, well built, looks stunning.
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gvw755

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I'm sorry @efsk, but you gave me the opportunity to show off my Matador Diplomat, which I call my Kermit razor because this is how I received it:

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Took a while, but it eventually ended up looking like this:

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I don't know what it is about the Swedish design, but the Matador and the Swing are two of my smoothest shavers, and the Speed is quickly becoming my favorite diagonal slant.
 

efsk

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Found a Matador Diplomat, in shipper and case, what has seems to be a DeLuxe razor in it. Some searching is in order here. Blades were added by me. Case is very shiny :)
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Jake

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You have so much -- missing one little case... Big deal. And thanks for the team's upgrade of the S-U site. No more problems for me -- uploading images and sharing what I can. I'll try to participate more -- as the pandemic drives us into areas of substance. Thanks.
 

efsk

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Form someone who loves bakelite and lightweight razors, this is a great find.
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efsk

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One fabulous travelset Peter. I love how even the stypticpencil ist still Matador branded!
 

ehv

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Sorry for the low quality pictures. I have a problem with my camera so I used my low grade smartphone camera.

I found this matador. When I opened the box I thought it was a franken razor. This of the fit of the top cap with the base plate. But on
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I found the same one. Maybe it is older then your models. There is no inscription on the baseplate.

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efsk

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A very early Matador is this model. At first, the interesting thing is the bottom of the baseplate, which is flat and has Matador on it in a different script than usual. Then, looking at it from the side, you see the angular construction of the head, and how massive the baseplate actually is. Then, the top of the baseplate comes into view, showing the weirdest latherslots I've ever seen.
I may have to use this razor soon.
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efsk

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Here's the Matador DeLuxe M103 again, this time with handle matching the print, and a M103-branded bladepack
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efsk

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Matador DeLuxe M105 OC razor. No markings anywhere. This is a very pleasant razor, not the least aggressive, and reasonably effective.

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