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Finding Vintage razors in London?

Discussion in 'General Shaving' started by sefwow, Sunday May 13, 2018.

  1. sefwow

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    Hi all,

    Was wondering if anyone knew of any decent markets to visit in looking for vintage equipment?

    So far I plan on visiting old spittalfields on Thursday but was wondering if anyone knew of any other markets/stores in London.

    Cheers
    Sef
     
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  2. SeanC

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    I've tried:

    Spitalfields
    Bermondsey
    Crystal Palace (Haynes Lane & Church Road)
    Bromley Antiques

    Unfortunately nothing except a few Techs and travel sets

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  3. Bazz

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    You could try the Portabello road i suppose, last time i was there all sorts of vintage stuff was being flogged, though i must admit i wasn't looking for any shaving gear. That said i expect you'd pay a premium being a slightly trendy area, probably better off using ebay.
     
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  4. EBay EBay..Most Antique Shops in the UK & London Wont Touch Razors or Sell Em on the High Street..And..There are No Restrictions or Health & Safety Rules on Dealing with them as Some Tell Ya..As..I Asked an Antique Dealer in Glasgow..The Blood Borne Virus Scares in the 80s Scared a Lot of Folks Off Dealing in them Due to Misunderstandings of Blood Borne Viruses..o_O

    A Lot of the Dealers on EBay are Antique Dealers Of Course..Also..Its a Very Small Market..;)

    Billy
     
  5. Sezer1974

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    Depending on your time, places you live/visit/work/wonder around etc.. it always worth a visit to antique and collector shops, antique and flea markets, carboot sales, charity shops. Other source can be House clearance companies(usually a self employed van driver and his mate helping him)
    I did come across to shaving stuff(straight, DE and SE razors, hones, strops, shaving bowls etc..)
    No harm at asking, especially if you ask nicely saying like: I collect old barber tools and shaving memorabilia... Sometimes you may get the odd looks but who cares? and as @Fergiebilly mentioned E-bay can be good but I very occasionally get lucky, usually getting outbid by 10p only seconds before the auction finishes.
    Good Luck with your search and findings
     
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  6. sefwow

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    Hey guys, visited old Spittal fields and picked this up for a tenner, how did I do?

    https://imgur.com/a/LwRN0sw

    Can anyone date it and tell me what it is exactly?

    Thanks
     
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  7. riverrun

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    1966 Slim Adjustable. You did very well.
     
  8. Electrif

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    2nd quarter of '66. Case condition looks great as well. Good find.
     
  9. sefwow

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    I was debating whether I should keep it or sell it.

    If I keep it, any ideas on how to maintain its quality? I want it looking great
     
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  10. jimmyc

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    Keep it and use it. It's what it was made for. if you sell it you may regret it.
    Oh, and it is cracking looking. Good score
     
  11. sefwow

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    I figured I could get a normal slim adjustable or black beauty with whatever I could get for this. I don't mind the way it looks too much am more interested in the functionality. Possibly open to trades, the owner said it was an unwanted gift and hasn't been used and I don't know if I am the right person for it then.

    Just out of interest, how long would a razor like this last?
     
  12. sefwow

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    Also could keep it for a few months and give it a shot. Am very curious as to how an adjustable performs.

    Any tips for maintaining it appreciated
     
  13. jimmyc

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    years and years and.... Well you know. it will last you and your son. And probably his as well. The plating may wear off but it would still be perfectly usable.
    Oh and its far cooler than a slim or black beauty. :)
     
  14. SeanC

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    The gold plate is thin but obviously doesn't oxidise. Just rinse with water and then dry off with a soft cloth

    A toothbrush is ideal for shifting any stubborn soap if necessary

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  15. Cracking find, keep it, use it , enjoy it and then pass it to your son / nephew when the time is right . A tenner! You did very well indeed. P.
     
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