Grandpa’s New Improved Razor

Shave of the Day
September 28, 2013

•Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood soap
•Kingsley badger brush
•Gillette New Improved Standard (1922)
•Kai Stainless Steel blade (1)
•Old Spice aftershave

Today is a special day.  Not only is it my wife’s birthday, but also my grandfather, Robert C. Griscom’s 123rd birthday (if he were still alive).  

I have what I believe to be his razor.  He died the year my parents were married.  

He was a record presser for Victor Talking Machine.  His hands were so toughened by his work that he could place a boiling tea kettle on the palm of his hand and not get burned.

He also played the violin. I always picture my grandfather playing the violin while my grandmother played the piano, and the two of them sang together.

The razor has been dropped several times over the years, all four corners have bent teeth.  The case is well worn. The blade I found in the razor was from 1932 (C2 blue blade).

The bent teeth did not present any problem shaving.  The New Improved is a great razor.  The Kai blade worked well ; a great combination.

So happy birthday grandpa. Today you are remembered.


Gem Micromatic

Shave of the Day
August 29, 2013

•Taylor of Old Bond Street Lavender soap
•Ever-Ready 200M boar brush
•Gem MMOC razor
•Gem “Ted Pella” PFTE coated stainless steel blade (5)
•Old Spice aftershave

The soap smells nice and lathers great. The MMOC is super efficient. The Ted Pella blade is smooth. Finished with Old Spice.

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EverReady 1924 Shovel head

Shave of the Day
Gem/Everready Week
July 19, 2013

•Proraso green tub soap
•Kingsley badger brush
•EverReady 1924 shovel head razor
•Treet blade
•Old Spice aftershave

A great finale to Gem/Everready week. My newly acquired 24 in gold. The 24 is an aggressive razor, but it is easy to open (and dry this carbon steel blade).

The shave starts cool with the Proraso and ends spicy with Old Spice.