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rattlerviper

Active Member
I purchased a shave ready gold dollar #108 off of ebay for 13 dollars. It has been a few years since I shaved with straight so I figured what the heck for 13 bucks I would give it a try, though I wasn't expecting much. It arrived via post this AM and I must admit it is the ugliest razor I have ever seen. The scales look like they should glow in the dark and where the shoulder of the blade was fixed you can see the grind marks from the power tools. Not one to be scared away from something I proceeded to enter my bathroom, wash my face and then lather up. Said my prayers that I wouldn't bleed out, stuck the razor to my skin and...and was SHOCKED. The blade was sharp, smooth and forgiving. It almost seemed like a smart blade that forgave my rusty skills and knew the difference between my whiskers and my skin.

WAIT before you rush out to buy one of these razors I give the credit to the person who sharpened the razor, not the company who made a razor with such huge defects.

At any rate I sent a message to the seller asking him what honing process he used and what finishing stone he used. He responded within a hour. The magical stones that he used...wait stone that he used. Any guesses? "The finish was on a yellow coticule".

Gentlemen without even knowing anything to do about the sharpening process and being somewhat doubtful on the quality of the razor I received the best shave of my life. There is no possibility of me being prejudice and favoring the Coti because it was a coti. The darn things really are that good in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing!

Charlie
 

Paul

Well-Known Member
Great story, Charlie. :thumbup:

Your description of the way the shave went was a dead giveaway of the process to those who have experienced what a coticule edge can be. Very cool!
 

rattlerviper

Active Member
Just had my second shave with it. 25 laps on linen and 50 on leather. The quality of the steel is nowhere near the quality of that in my dubl duck dwarf (big suprise right?). I suspect with the way the second shave went (still comfy as heck)that this razor might be good for 4 or 5 shaves before I need to take it to my balsa strop (thanks for the quick shipping Ray!) with chromium oxide on it.

I am also unsure that this will be a good razor to learn to hone on. It has a half smiling blade (if that makes sense) at the toe. For actual shaving though it's the way I prefer my blade to be, probably due to the previously mentioned dubl duck which I learned to shave on. But try to learn to hone on it I will as soon as I get a coti.
 

danjared

Well-Known Member
Gold Dollars/Double Arrows are notorious for needing extra attention (to compensate for their poor grind and large stabilizer). But once you learn how to hone one, you should have some good experience behind you.

By the way, do you have any pictures of it? I'm trying to understand what you mean about the toe.
 

tat2Ralfy

Well-Known Member
Wonderful :thumbup:

I have 2 DA's and a Gold Dollar that I use for honing practice, experiments etc, and they all deliver the most wonderful of shaves, Rescaled in Antique Scales, shoulders reworked and coticule finished of course ...lol

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My Best Regards
Ralfson (Dr)
 
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Paul

Well-Known Member
Robin,

Thanks for sharing that picture. I can see why you claim them to be every bit as good as vintage Solingen and modern German razors :sleep: It looks like you have some work ahead of you working that out! :p

Let us know how that goes :lol:

Paul
 

tat2Ralfy

Well-Known Member
Well for the record I put out an offer to anyone who wanted to buy 2 of these,
if they sent them to me in return for 1 of them I would make them shave ready.
The result was that a member took me up on it, the gold dollars duly arrived,
1 needed a fair bit of work to correct a slight frown ( nothing like Robins)
and the other was sent back for replacement as the blade had a small
crack near the stabiliser, it's replacement came, and after reworking the bevel
now serves me well for testing, honing practice and even shaving.
So I guess you take a chance when you buy one, I have seen 3 so far and as stated
only 2 were any good, they both required work on my 400/1000 grit whetstone
and now live happily ever after.

Best regards
Ralfson (Dr)
 

rattlerviper

Active Member
:scared: Oh dear. After seeing the review that elaborates on what I was actually seeing in the photo I don't think I would buy another one. I think I should consider myself lucky to have received a decent one. Frankly I don't really find it all that interesting of a razor anyhow. It has no history behind it. It is not a work of art. It is merely a tool, and for that mine works.
 
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