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Monday, May 17, 2010

Asking for a Little Help!

I've had this razor for years.
I love it. I love the weight of it, the look of it, and the fact that I've been able to hold onto it for so long.

However, I haven't been able to use it for years because they just don't make blades for that type of head anymore.

So I need a little help. Where can I get the head of this razor reworked to fit the new standard blades?

And for the ladies, a great Father's Day gift might be a classic, reworked razor. All of us guys need some type of razor and today's options are usually less than chic.

Comments on "Asking for a Little Help!"


Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (7:59 AM) : 

Hmm . . . You'll have to wait for the guys to comment on this one. Nice still-life photography, though.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:01 AM) : 

See this article:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:05 AM) : 

I'm sure if you google hard enough, you will find a suitably fancy replacement. Life's too short to waste time finding someone to "rework" an old razor, seriously. But I do admire your determination. Then again, it's just a razor...


Blogger Caro said ... (8:08 AM) : 

Next time you're in Milan take with you your razor and go to Lorenzi ( Maybe they can help you out with the blade and the head.

Before getting there write them an email just to be sure about the details.

Anyway next time visit the shop, it's an amazing experience.




Blogger Chiara said ... (8:14 AM) : 

You should really try Lorenzi - Montenapoleone st, Milano - if You didn't do already .. I'm quite sure they can help you out with your razor : )

Have a nice day !


Blogger elodina said ... (8:14 AM) : 

You might find some info here,

or here,


Blogger Mer said ... (8:16 AM) : 

Mmmm... I remember a small shop in London, near Picadilly St full of this kind of razor... i think this is the site:
Hope you find it!

mer /


Blogger Maarten said ... (8:16 AM) : 

Maybe these gents will be able to help you out...


Anonymous Designer-Vintage said ... (8:19 AM) : 

Probably at the most fascinating Men's gift store of the world, G. Lorenzi at Via MonteNapoleone 9 in Milano. We love that store!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:25 AM) : 

I gave this one to my man last year and he's been using it ever since:


Blogger Brianna! said ... (8:25 AM) : 

:) this is fantastic
I love holding onto things like this.

good luck finding a place to rework it!



Blogger Christian said ... (8:31 AM) : 

Not exactly what you're after but Edwin Jagger makes some nice handles for modern razor blades.


Blogger Ángela said ... (8:32 AM) : 

It´s nice- vintage.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:35 AM) : 

You have to try at "Coltelleria Lorenzini" in via Montenapoleone in Milan.
They sell any type of knives and razors.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:40 AM) : 

it's not so much of a solution but an alternative - after years of shaving with modern razors, i bought my other half one of these for christmas - - he now swears by it (especially as the blades last forever and cost practically nothing!) - it has a lovely weight to it as well.


Blogger Karolina said ... (8:44 AM) : 

Awesome razor. x


Blogger Dominica said ... (8:46 AM) : 

there's a specialized shop that sells but only blades and Swiss knifes and he even does workshops on how to shave oldskool :

You could send him an email maybe and ask for any help with yours. I know it's in Antwerp Belgium but I'd like to help and send any blade if he doesn't do overseas shipping ..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:50 AM) : 

Get a Merkur Futur - it's a safety razor which takes some getting used to, but it gives a much closer shave than your modern 27 blade razors and it's anything but "less than chic".


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:53 AM) : 


Does the head section unscrew? It looks like it may be threaded.

If so (or even if not), you should be able to take it to any competent machinist, and they should be able to make you a new screw on head that will accept a more readily available blade. It may seem a bit excessive, but if you really love it, it's probably worth it!



Anonymous Lena said ... (8:54 AM) : 

It looks like an old Dovo...

This store in Berlin sells perfumes and razors...he has an online store as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:55 AM) : 

What you need is a "Merkur 38C". While you are at it, learn to shave properly here:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:55 AM) : 

I've been using probably the most popular brand safety razor out there, and found it incredibly easy to get used to and quite an attractive piece.

Called simply the Merkur Double Edged Safety Razor. They come in Long and Heavy - myself preferring the later.

In case you wanted to give the old guy up and go for non-cartridge razors.


Blogger aj said ... (8:55 AM) : 

You might find a new razor to your liking here:

They are designed in various classic shapes, yet use the newest 3/5 blade heads which are generally available in every drug store.

I find them both stylish and easy to use.


Blogger David C said ... (9:01 AM) : 

Scott. I can't help with getting a new head on that razor. However, there is a whole world of classic razors out there. check out

I must point out my favourite safety razor, a 1969 Wilkinson Sword 'Sticky', which was designed by the famous industrial designer Kenneth Grange and produced in limited numbers. It's so chiq in the flesh and very innovative - the nickname 'sticky' comes from the fact that the unique and innovative plastic coating gets sticky when wet - aiding grip. You can get blades for these anywhere in the world and very cheap. Examples of this razor appear on forums and ebay occasionally - it is perhaps the most prized collectors item. They usually sell for about $100+ however I got mine for less than half of that on ebay.

Another object of beauty is the traditional Japanese non-folding straight razor, made by sword makers. Mine is a Tosuke, like this:

However, it requires sharpening etc. I think given your lifestyle (travel etc) the chiq Wilkinson Sword Sticky would be worth looking at.


Anonymous Dennis said ... (9:02 AM) : 

Check If you post s query, someone can likely source some blades for you. There are also craftsmen that may be able to rework your handle. A conversion to a DE style looks simple. I doubt a conversion could be made to another cartridge format. You also have an option of getting similar handles from current suppliers like Edwin Jagger in the UK.


Anonymous David G. said ... (9:11 AM) : 

Not sure where to find these but please let me know if you do. My barber is straight razoring me as of now, I'll need an alternative.


Blogger Macthomson said ... (9:11 AM) : 

I feel for you, having faced the same conundrum. I grew a beard!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:18 AM) : 

Try Taylor of Bond Street, on Jermyn Street, in London.


Blogger Dan Peake said ... (9:20 AM) : 

The only place I know of is in London:


Blogger In Ferrum Veritas said ... (9:21 AM) : 

I am female, and have a beautiful razor like yours -- with the same problem. Same head, exactly. Mine is silver and has a patina built over 20 years, and I love its weight and the graceful way it's balanced. No one (jeweler to machinist) will take my modification request seriously --


Blogger Adrian O'Connor said ... (9:21 AM) : 

@Ben, funny blog post :)

My friend uses one of those "Merkur heavy duty safety razors" and he loves it, the cost of the blades are so cheap. He said the only real difference is that you have to be more careful using it than the traditional Mach3+ but you get use to it quickly.

Certainly seems to fit the style your looking for


Anonymous Thornproof said ... (9:22 AM) : 

You might want to try someplace like this to see if they know anyone who can rework your razor. On the other hand, I would start by contacting Classic to see if they know of blades (or a conversion kit) that would work on your razor.



Blogger cherylline said ... (9:22 AM) : 

You could try
maybe someone like this could help you.
good luck.


Anonymous TA Thebes said ... (9:26 AM) : 

I understand you want to keep it, however it seems it's more about the classical razor for you: try something like - I'm sure they have what you're looking for :)


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:26 AM) : 

Is that a safety razor? I'm a woman, so can't tell for sure...

The Art of Shaving ( kind of specializes in nicely designed razor handles that fit the current gilette blades. they also sell safety razors and the replacement blades. Most are kind of expensive, but might be worth it to you. If anyone knows where/how you could get yours refitted, it's probably them.


Blogger Gerontius said ... (9:29 AM) : 

You can still get blades for this in London. It looks like a standard fitting for fixed twin-blades, which you can get in packs of five or ten at main UK pharmacies and supermarkets. Gillette still make them, and Boot's own-brand will fit as well.


Blogger D4V said ... (9:40 AM) : 

Potentially here..

Then again you could always go with a simple safety razor. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:41 AM) : 

Googled and found this e-shop


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:43 AM) : 

Philip Crangi.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:47 AM) : 

Have you tried to see whether you can fit in the heads of disposable razors? In some cases you can. Otherwise, there is a shop in London on St James's St that can probably refit it for you, or that may store generic razor blades that would fit.

It would help to know the brand etc. Get in touch if I can be of any more help!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:54 AM) : 

is there a curve on the head?
otherwise you can find those blades easily in France.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:56 AM) : 

Sorry that I can't help but I admire your taste in quality in everything from sartorial cuts to everyday items. @photodiarist: I love your work!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:58 AM) : 

the razor is too cool and fits a sharp man...the problem if i understand correctly is finding blades that we'd have to simply cut off the bottom of yours and attach that of one me those new gillette razors...i'm definately not much of a handy man...being a woman that usually has handy men doing all the hard stuff...but do you have any jewelery designer friends that might have the right instruments to accomplish this deed?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:01 AM) : 

Once again, you are going too far (I remember the post about the tailored pyjamas!!!) - I feel like saying 'get a life' but that would imply suggesting you are superficial, so I would not do it...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:04 AM) : 

Send it to a 'Lost Wax' artisan. Get the old T-bar taken off with a saw. Take a 'Lost Wax' mould of the (modern) mechanism that the blade attaches to. As long as the bits where the blade snaps on are identical the rest of the mould could be carved to work with the old handle. Have it cast in a metal of your choice and then attached. Voilà.

Zanzan Eyewear


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:06 AM) : 

I will tell you if you tell me where I can get a bikini like your gradmuther´s!!!
Andalucía- Spain


Blogger Kevin said ... (10:06 AM) : 

Actually, that looks like a standard Merkur twin blade. You can buy cartridges everywhere. Just do a search.


Blogger elizabethf70115 said ... (10:12 AM) : 

Try Aidan Gill for Men: may be able to help you with this.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:12 AM) :

maybe someone like these people can help. It could cost, but if you love that tool, maybe this is a solution. It sounds like they can do one of a kind parts.

I see that the angle of the blade is critical as well as the way it would attach. A dremel could easily and cleanly cut the tip off, then the new part could be attached. Maybe a jeweler could do it too.

Good luck, I do appreciate your love of the tool.


Anonymous Daniel said ... (10:18 AM) : 

Get a Merkur safety razor. They are very affordable. Take the head parts of the Merkur and bring those and your razor to a machine shop. Ask them to remove the head of your old razor and cut a thread so it will accept the Merkur parts. Done.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:18 AM) :


Blogger Javier Lentino said ... (10:20 AM) : 

track II cartridges will fit. I am almost certain. Perhaps the head will need to be straighten a bit but they slide in. So should work.
Let me know


Blogger Raf said ... (10:29 AM) :

the guy also says where to buy stuff (in case you don't have much time to be watching the whole video, he says you can get blades in bed bath and beyond)


Blogger Nancy K said ... (10:29 AM) : 

My dh has a great metal razor that he can't get blades for any more too, so if you find some place that does this, please post it.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:33 AM) : 

I highly recommend the Merkur Futur ;-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:38 AM) : 

If these folks can't help you, I don't know who will:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:39 AM) : 

I think if you took this, and another razor into a machine shop; you could have them cut the heads off of each razor, and have them braze or weld the new head onto this razor.

The only thing is, you will lose the chrome plating around that area, but you could have it plated again, and it probably would not cost much given its size.


Blogger Cynomys Jack said ... (10:40 AM) : 

The top website for straight razors is, and they have a lot of users with knowledge about the type blade you picture. The top website for the type razor you pictured, double-edge razors, etc, is I would start a query on their discussion forums asking your question, posting your picture(s.) I would be surprised if you don't get a pleasant and complete answer. (In your note, tell them LarryAndro (screen name) sent you!!)


Blogger General Hogbuffer said ... (10:42 AM) : 

I would make my first port of call Geo F Trumper, next time you're in London, they should at least be able to point you in the right direction. last time I checked, they had customised shavers that took Gilette Fusion etc heads, so maybe they can re-customise your handle.


Blogger Jonathan said ... (10:45 AM) : 

Have you considered looking online for blades? It looks like it might be compatible with the old Gillette Trac 2 blades, which can still be found for sale online. I'm afraid that won't help your ability to attach newer blades but it will keep it working for you.


Blogger viejecita said ... (10:45 AM) :

This link gives you lots of addresses on-line and also traditional shops for people who like wet shaving. Maybe if you tried they could help you find the blades you want.


Anonymous Katie said ... (10:47 AM) : 

You may be able to find a razor that fits at this website.


Anonymous home4eco said ... (10:47 AM) : 

Looks like a nice shaver.


Blogger VisteLaCalle said ... (10:53 AM) : 

No idea about where to find that type of blade, sorry!
It is definetly a wonderful razor!
Good luck with that :)



Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (10:58 AM) : 

Good photograph of the razor. I can't help you with this one.


Anonymous Anthony said ... (11:03 AM) : 

If you don't get a direct answer here, I would check out -- a community dedicated to shaving and the love of shaving products. I learned everything I needed to make the switch from my mach3 to a double-edge razor. These guys are pretty good at refurbishing vintage equipment or tracking down obscure products.


Blogger gem twin said ... (11:10 AM) : 

At least men's are still some variation of silver and black. Women have the most atrocious easter-egg pastels to choose from. A rude awakening in the morning and not pretty in my shower so I buy the mens. I will be watching this to see if anyone has a good answer!


Blogger Mark S. Cone said ... (11:11 AM) : 

It looks like you have a vintage twin blade razor. I have attached a link to the types of cartridges that might fit yours.

But if you are looking for a great shave I would invest in a safety razor, it has changed my life, and they are super sustainable, very little waste.

Good luck!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:13 AM) : 

You should contact your local machine shop. Machinists are handy folks. Show them the razor blades you want to use and see what they can do. katebate


Blogger Brian said ... (11:15 AM) : 

Not that tough. I have an old school handle with the same head and I can still find refills at my local drugstore.

You could try here:


Anonymous said ... (11:17 AM) : 

lorenzi in Milan,via Montenapoleone corner via Verri


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:17 AM) : 

the folks at the badger and brush forum should have your answer if you ask


Anonymous Katras said ... (11:19 AM) : 

Don't know about re-working the razor head, but maybe you can find more razors at the Vermont Country Store - they specialize in hard-to-find things.


Anonymous said ... (11:21 AM) :


Blogger Licia said ... (11:24 AM) : 

Maybe you have to go to Montenapoleone, Milan at the G.Lorenzi shop.

Licia_The Maison Happiness


Blogger belvedere beads said ... (11:26 AM) : 

I wish you had shown a picture of the blade that you need. Many types of old style blades are available at good art supply stores. Also any good antique dealer, who picks estate sales, can find unused blades for you.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:27 AM) : 

I would highly recommend a Merkur. I use their classic double edge safety razor.


Blogger George A. said ... (11:27 AM) : 

I'd check out shaving websites like this: - they have old-school safety razors like the one you have and if you contact them I'm sure they might be able to work something out for you. In the meantime, good luck with whatever temporary shaving system you've got going! Make sure you use a shaving brush too, haha.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:27 AM) : 

Try the Vermont Country Store online. They have a similar razor and also sell replacement injector-style blades that they claim fit a variety of models. The VCS specializes in hard-to-find items. They even sell Lemon-Up shampoo!


Anonymous Nansosi said ... (11:32 AM) : 

Scott, rather than reworking the head of the razor maybe the blades can be found in another country. Since you travel so much it may be easier than you think to find the blades. (Somehow I'm thinking Spain or Portugal.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:36 AM) : 

That is the Ralph Lauren razor in sterling silber. I bought one myself 1990. You can buy some blades still in Germany at the DM durgstore.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:36 AM) : 

if money is no object i would take the full modern razor assembly you use (razor and disposable head) to a small metal machine shop

there is a good one on crosby between houston and prince

ask them to custom mill you the an exact replica of the head assembly of your current (modern) razor

brass would be a good option as its easier to work with then steel and would look good against the old steel or aluminum knurled handle

make sure to ask them to resolve how the new milled head will fit into your old handle

from the picture it looks like the top unscrews and the head fits inside

your new milled head must have that transition between the new head and the old handle resolved
both mechanically and aesthetically, the toughest challenge of this retrofit..

good luck


Anonymous Claudia said ... (11:38 AM) : 

I work at ICI PARIS XL, a beauty store in Holland and we have them! The store is in almost every city in Holland and I heard you where in Maasmechelen today so maybe you can get one there..


Anonymous Modou Fox said ... (11:38 AM) : 

Hmmm - could you define "new standard blades"?

Are you looking to use standard safety razor double-edged blades, or some other kind?

With just the razor dock and no razor head alongside, it's hard to see what you might be wanting to use.


Anonymous Claudia said ... (11:40 AM) : 

I'm sorry, the store is also in Belgium. Maasmechelen is so close to Holland :)


Anonymous Jakob said ... (11:40 AM) : 

Well, I totally get your point but it's quite complicated if not "nearly impossible", I'd say.
If you don't mind the hassle and the money, you could just try find a good locksmith/metalworker and let him cut the old head off and add a new thread to accept the new head.
Thing is, since your razor seems to be chrome-coated it's never going to look as good as before when it's cut plus the whole procedure is going to be quite expensive.
I can highly recommend the classic and sort of similar styled MERKUR razors for standard double-edged razorblades, though. Give it a shot with a pic search, might be what you're looking for.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:56 AM) : 

I use this razor, and I can find blades in all shops ;)


Blogger Rainer said ... (11:58 AM) : 

Razor Help

maybe they can help, when you're in Frankfurt call them.

kind regards from Frankfurt


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:03 PM) : 

Really, Mach 3 is the only way to go. There are some nice handles made for these. Some can get a bit expensive, but nice nonetheless. Example:


Blogger jocondedujour said ... (12:03 PM) : 

i wouldn't give up on finding the blades. have you tried ebay?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:03 PM) : 

Try Merkur.



Blogger Unknown said ... (12:06 PM) : 

Contact these chaps -

If anyone can, they can.


Anonymous christine said ... (12:09 PM) : 

I had one of these razors! I remember the feel of the handle. Some things you never forget. If you have a friend who is a jeweler, they may be able to rework it for you.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 PM) : 

I'd ask here:
Their Merkur twin blade razor includes 3 adaptors for popular razor cartridges - maybe those would fit yours or this place could point you in the right direction.


Blogger Polly said ... (12:19 PM) : 

Maybe a small company of jewellery maker might able to help you, they work with metal (sorry stating the obvious here) and probably have handy tools to cut to size and mould. Hope this helps. Polly


Blogger Micah said ... (12:20 PM) : 

There are many firms in London, especially around Jermyn Street that repurpose their line of razors to work with Gillette and Azor replaceable blades. I would contact George F. Trumper (Curzon Street), and ask how much they would charge to re-purpose your blade to fit contemporary makers or if they use a particular workshop to do the same thing for their business.


Blogger Ben W said ... (12:20 PM) : 

Your problems, resolved:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:21 PM) : 

This is an alod "Trac 2" style head and Merkur of Germany makes blades to fit this today. Do a Google search on "Merkur Trac 2" or buy the blades here:



Blogger rivadandres said ... (12:24 PM) : 

I've recently run into the same problem; however, here in Mexico (as I imagine happens in other developing nations) Gillette aparently still makes these sorts of blades. So next time you hop on a plane to the third world, get directions to a local drugstore. It seems to be worth the gamble.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:36 PM) : 

Go for the DOVO Futur rasor. Its teh best one you can get since years. Its still produced in Germnany and use this ultrasharp classical Gillette blades (you get everywhere). But with their MERCUR blades its the best you can get for you money.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:43 PM) : 

Sartorialist, you surprise me. As an appreciator of the classic and true blue you should shave with a vintage gillette fatboy, tech, or superspeed with a nice english badger brush. it'll be the best shave of your life.

Anyway, I can't really tell from the picture but it looks like it accepts a razor cartridge that slides in from the side:

But if you want to get a better shave and you like the look of that razor, get a Merkur 38c.

and to the female readers: date men who shave in the classic style. they have smoother skin, understand using good products, take better care of themselves, and have excellent taste. ;)


Anonymous Arash Mazinani said ... (12:43 PM) : 

I wouldn't mind a decent chic razor where the blades don't cost the earth!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:43 PM) : 

I don't know the answer, but I'm sure George F. Trumper will, if anyone!


Blogger Sarah Sá Couto said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Nothing wrong with Garance style posts, but this blog could do with some structure and perhaps the help of a designer. What is brand Sartorialist all about again?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:50 PM) : 

Nice piece!! I have a golden solid brass Ralph Lauren shaver that was part of a gift set that looks to be the same design about the head...could you let us know where you got the blades for this? I would love to be able to use it again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:57 PM) : 

my suggestion: outsource it to an industrial designer friend! they'd probably be excited with the challenge and it's their job to figure things like this out...! good luck!


Blogger Jason Wednesday Miller said ... (1:19 PM) : 

I purchased an old Gillette safety razor many years ago and used it up until recently when I purchased a safety razor from The Art of Shaving company made by Merkur I believe. I highly recommend a safety razor, so much so I bought my best friend one as an engagement gift!

Surprisingly enough you can still find blades for them at Walgreens or another comparable store.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:13 PM) : 

For this, look to Third World countries. We're behind at least 10 years in shaving technology. You should be able to find blades for your razor in any hole in the wall, neighborhood store, not in department stores.


Anonymous soender said ... (2:35 PM) : 

Scott, your only option (that I can approve), is to stop by G. Lorenzi the next time you are in Milan.
All traveling gentlemen should know this shop.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:49 PM) : 

I can fix it - I am a metal worker. You are welcome to email me and I can replate it (to bring back its shine), engrave your initials on the tail, modify its clasp to fit a type of blade you want to use, and or simply craft a bracket to hold a blade on it.

Let me know! If not, good luck...

My email:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:38 PM) : 

I think it's better to use a modern razor from the drug store.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:47 PM) : 

step 1: just unscrew the top blade section. step 2: buy new blade holder. step 3: screw in. voila!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:59 PM) : 

gillete G-II. I´m almost sure that this reference will fit on your razor. My father have used this brand for 40 years and he still uses it.


Blogger lagoria said ... (4:04 PM) : 

I'm a super fun of your blog; if you travel in Europe and close to Turin, the city where I live, this cutlery has everything you're looking for


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:22 PM) : 

dont shave.


Blogger the paper bicycle said ... (4:28 PM) : 

Robert Lee Morris in Soho. He can make anything. Other than that: metallurgist college in Hoboken.They can also make anything


Blogger tiptoe down to the holy places said ... (4:46 PM) : 

Check out the German brand Merkur. Elegant, typical German craftsmanship, nicely-weighted, and above all - an amazing shave.

I just recently started shaving with one of their double-edged razors and it's changed my outlook on life; now I start the day with a smooth, irritation free face!

Not to mention that in the long run you'll save $$$$$$ over a cartridge razor.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:49 PM) : 

MERKUR from Solingen Germerny will fit perfectry. I have same one. from Tokyo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

Be aware that airlines,or the TSA, will not let you carry the blades for a standard safety razor (ala Merkur or old Gilettes)on board in you carrr-on luggage.


Blogger CW said ... (5:46 PM) : 

This looks like an Atra head, in which the blade cartridge slid into the head of the handle.

I have seen those blade cartridges under Persona, Wilkinson, Schick and Bic. However, the cartridges are far more expensive than the long handle disposables which give an equally good shave.

Switch to an electric shaver. Less risk of a nick, and now they really do shave as close as a razor. Best to alternate rotary shaver one day then foil shaver next.


Blogger mchristie said ... (6:01 PM) : 

I bought my husband the exact same razor from The Art of Shaving. There is also a brush and stand that goes with it.
The razor takes fusion blades I think.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:02 PM) : 

As far as I can see, the blades Gillette G II may fit and they are still available (here in Germany). I use them for my oldschool-razor too. Greatings from Hamburg, I would like to see you here sometimes. Ole


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:18 PM) : 

I'm not a fashion know-it-all, but shaving I know.

Replacement Trac razor blades can be found at a bunch of places. As mentioned Merkur makes them. (see bottom of page)

Now if you want to enter the whole world of wet shaving with a safety razor there are so many options its not even funny. For how-to and info see Manic's videos.

As for razors and blades, here are some of the guys I love to use.

And if you feel like having a razor custom made, there's always Bob. The man is a God.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:18 PM) : 

I would recommend looking at 'art of the shave' stores if anyone is looking for a new one, or baxter of california. As to reworking your razer, I would try talking to a smith or tooler. Sounds like you need someone who's good with turning metal or proficient in a metal shop.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:28 PM) : 

On German street in London behind the arcade there is a famous shaving shop. Next time you are there.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:48 PM) : 

It looks like an old Gillette Trac II style head. Search on eBay. I found plenty of blades there.


Blogger Samantha said ... (7:24 PM) : 

Another rec for Even if you've already found a solution, this is a place you might like to visit. Enjoy, and good luck!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:30 PM) : 

"What is brand Sartorialist all about again?"

I literally feel vaguely nauseous.

Beautiful photo and description. It gave me the illusion of being able to pick the object up and feel it. Fascinating comments too.



Blogger Ulla said ... (8:03 PM) : 

if you are still in berlin, you can find blades for this type of razor in drugstores.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:27 PM) : 

i have a razor with the same head and I found that CVS sells them under their brand. They're very inexpensive but do a decent job.


Blogger Giulia said ... (9:48 PM) : 

Yes, that's three of us that have said it...must be true:) Hope so. I totally understand why you want to rework it. The person who said life is too short, I get it, but if you don't have that gene, you don't have it. I do, I get it. You're in Italy (it seems) often find out if they can do it. And yes, email them first...see if you can get someone to translate it into Italian though. Good luck.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:59 PM) : 

Keep the razor! I have the same one and I do not want to give it up either. Gillette TRAC II Plus slide onto it. I get them at Target for about $12 (pack of 10).


Blogger jonzak said ... (10:51 PM) : 

Scott, I fabricate and build prototypes for a living. Contact me, I can do it for you. Plus I have a zillion creatives at my disposal to triple check any problem solving ideas I initial come up with. Check out my site and reach me thru my email there.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:23 AM) : 

It looks like one of mine. Was it made by Ralph Lauren about 20 years ago?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:28 AM) : 

Duct tape, man! That shit can fix anything.

Sorry. I had to.


Anonymous Liesbeth said ... (6:38 AM) : 

My dad, he is 90 years, used this razor his whole life!


Blogger Le Comité de lecture said ... (8:50 AM) : 

Eh bien je crois qu'ils doivent avoir ça rue de Castiglione à Paris, dans l'officine qui est en face de l'Intercontinental... Enfin bon, à voir, mais il y a des chances !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:13 AM) : 

My father uses the same style of razor. In Canada we can still get the heads to fit them (though they are cheap and mostly plastic) in any pharmacy (my father's come from Superstore/Loblaws).


Blogger Chuck B. said ... (10:00 AM) : 

I use a Merkur safety razor. Gives you a better shave than a modern style 8 bladed wonder. They make some plain ones, and some very chic looking classic models. Used with a shaving brush and cream like Proraso, gives a much better shave, and is far more enjoyable than slathering gel on your face and inflicting cheap blades on your face.


Blogger Lottie said ... (10:17 AM) : 

I recommend Geo F Trumpers on curzon Street:, a brilliant traditional mens barbers, i am sure someone there would be able to point you in the right direction!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 AM) : 

I can help!
I would love to do some modification for you


Anonymous Suzi said ... (10:55 AM) : 

There are companies that specialize in restoring silver vanity items – placing new brush-heads in the silver backings, repairing hand-mirrors, etc. I would think one of those might know who could rework your razor. (You didn't say if it is silver.) If you decide to search for a new one, there are many, many choices (both single-edge and cartridge) on – good luck!


Blogger Madame Martine said ... (11:46 AM) : 

if you are still in Berlin, go to "the different scent", Krausnickstrasse 12, they are real "shaving experts" and do have almost everything, they can help you either way!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 PM) : 

A nice modern (it accpets Gilette blades), but classy Italian option is the razor by Acqua di Parma (
go: Acqua di Parma/Collezione Barbiere/Rasoio da Barba



Blogger lorelei said ... (2:16 PM) : 

Get in touch with the guys at or Quite a few of them do restoration work and should be able to get you taken care of or at least headed in the right direction.


Anonymous Angela Zhu said ... (4:03 PM) : 

There is a shop right by moorgate tube station in London next to the London Met Uni building that specializes in men's grooming. They're a cute old fashioned shop with similar razors like yours- I looked through the window as I was walking to class. You will def have better luck in that store.

:) I hope you find it!


Anonymous Siena said ... (5:14 PM) : 

The men in my life go to Taylor of Old Bond Street, in London, if you get the chance. Surprisingly, it's on Jermyn St, not Old Bond.


Blogger Fiend's Brave Victim said ... (5:35 PM) : 

I wanted a good looking razor and was looking here:

They have some great ones that take Gillette blades. But I ended up stumping for one of these:

They do it in rather fetching black too. Not great looking, but not ridiculously space aged and boyish either. Very ergonomic, nice white detailing, and the blade is so good the bristles basically don't even need to be cut, they just run screaming in terror from your face.


Blogger Dave said ... (3:08 AM) : 

You could try getting in touch with Momentum Grooming in Vancouver, I've talked with the owner before and I'm convinced he knows everything there is to know about razors

Not sure why you'd want to modify it, seems like it would be better to find the blades and keep using it the way it was intended.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:23 AM) : 

In Portugal we can still get the blades to fit them. Come to Lisbon one day and get a big stock.


Anonymous Dan H said ... (6:48 AM) : 

I'm sure Taylor of Bond St (on Jermyn Street actually) would be able to help.

Otherwise I've been using an Acqua di Parma razor for the past few months and absolutely love the weight and feel of it. It also comes in a set version with a brush.


Anonymous Eli Ankutse said ... (10:21 AM) : 

There are many brands that offer luxury handles to cartridge razors, but few of them are able to capture the essence of what makes razors like yours so special to use.

One day perhaps we shall see the likes of the Apollo Mikron, or Gillette’s Fatboy make a return with cartridge like heads. Conversely, maybe we’ll see the day the Gillette Fusion handle is reworked to hold a double edged razor.

I for one sincerely hope not; just because something can be done, doesn’t mean it should be.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:55 PM) : 

Your razor is just like my father always used. He was born in 1908, and died in 1993. I was amazed on the quality of feelings this little detail brought into my mind. Thanks.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:23 AM) : 

The art of shaving is great, but they don't have old blades like the one you need. If you are in Europe, there's this little store in Lille, Fr. right where the Place du Général de Gaulle (Grand Place)is. I went like five years ago, and bought some blades like the ones you want for my boyfriend who loves that kind of old looking razors. I only remember that it was right next to a bakery. Hope you can find it!


Anonymous Philip Scott said ... (11:19 PM) : 

I wish you good fortune in finding someone to fashion a new 'head' for this razor. My favorite razor is one my step-father bought me when I was heading to Europe for the first time on my own in 1973. It is a Hoffritz, double edge with a twist. The head is actually twisted slightly so the blade never strikes the hair straight on, but at a slight angle. I get a great smooth shave and my blades tend to last longer. Thank goodness you can still buy double-edge razor blades.


Blogger Miss Understood said ... (5:15 AM) : 

My father uses the same type of razor... or rather he keeps it on the shelf in the bathroom, since he doesnt have any new blades for it.

Thanks to your comments I found a package of ten blades - on sale!
I'm ordering them for my father immediately.


Anonymous forc. said ... (5:28 AM) : 

Dear Mr. Sartorialist
I'm a resident of Berne, Switzerland, where there is a wonderful little shop called "Nassrasieren" (wet shaving). They specialize in traditional shaving products and I wouldn't be surprised if they could cater to your needs.
There is a website with online shop ( However, I would recommend you pay a visit to Switzerland. Berne is worth a visit.
Regards, the forc.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:26 AM) : 

This is hilarious!!! 153 comments and not one response to the Schuman's question.

Ok Scott, if you're reading this, here's what to do.

Get yourself an aluminum Art of Shaving Gillette Fusion, @$100 it's the iPod of razors, not the powered one. Or go the low price option and get an aluminum body Atra.

You can probably do this yourself if you're handy with tools, or just take it to a machine shop.

1. Saw the head of the new razor.

2. Tap threads into the bottom of the new razor head.

3. Cut the head of the old razor at it's base.

4. Using a die cut thread on the old razor's stem.

5. Screw together and maybe use some marine epoxy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:19 PM) : 

I appreciate your site very much so I thought I would share this. There is a fellow who custom makes razors - Bob's Razor Works
I love the one he made me a few months ago. He might either be able to fix or re-create your razor. Service is very fine and the product I have is one of the nicest razors I have ever seen. So best of luck.


Blogger Jonathan said ... (10:50 AM) : 

E.R. Butler on Prince Street can do anything in metal. Try them?


Blogger bawkbawk said ... (4:08 PM) : 

In the photograph the head like it slants into a V - does it? if its just straight and they slide on then you can still get the blades for them from the shavershop in melbourne. 356 lonsdale st, CBD or email them melbourne at and just ask for fixed head slide-on blades (in the red or blue packets)- tell them i sent you (i worked there for 2 years until heading overseas just recently! aha) A 10 pack is $10 or something so its worth a try, but im 90% sure theyre the right ones!


Blogger Jennie said ... (4:31 PM) : 

If you still haven't found what you are looking for, I saw a very similar razor( It may be the same one) at Freeman Sporting Club, 8 Rivington St in NYC!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:33 AM) : 

This reminds me of my father's when I was little. I used to play with it, I love the texture of the handle and the weight too. Nostalgic.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:11 AM) : 

This looks like my Dad's razor from the 70's. Pretty sure he got it at Trumpers, there is one around St James or one on Curzon St. I got replacement blades for him there.


Blogger David V said ... (5:18 PM) : 

I don't know where you can get a new one, but caswell-massey makes similar razors that fit on a gilette fusion blade


Blogger Ariane said ... (4:06 PM) : 

Why don´t you try this:

They deliver everywhere. I´m from Brasil and bought it for my husband..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:29 PM) : 

if you really want to keep using it:
buy or get a new head custom made at a metal workshop, then weld it unto the handle.


Anonymous Evan Jones said ... (12:50 AM) : 

I'm a bit late with this suggestion, but I believe your razor uses ATRA, Trac II or Double Trac blades, all of which are available at I don't believe anyone else mentioned them.


Anonymous couponboa said ... (11:42 PM) : 

This looks cool!!!


Blogger Christina said ... (3:59 PM) :

saw this brand at a shop in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn called epaulet:

they had razors and blades


Blogger J Crane said ... (1:40 PM) : 

Don't get it reworked - just start using a safety razor. I've been using this Merkur for years and it's great. With Nancy Boy shaving cream and a brush. It's perfect - a better shave than "modern" razors, and better looking too. Nice and hefty, good weight. There's a great shaving blog here:

Seriously, safety razors are the peak of razor technology. The new multi blade plastic things are just ripoff exercises in moving units. Anyhow. good luck!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:49 PM) : 

One of the best shop in Brussels :)

"Coutellerie du Roi,
North Passage 27

And the people are very nice with good advices!!


Blogger Nathan said ... (3:01 AM) : 

You have likely solved your conundrum. However if you are still seeking a solution. I agree with the sentiments of conversion to a current double-edged safety razor head. I use a Merkur Progress adjustable - well actually I use the "Mergress" which is a progress, retrofitted with custom steel know, and calibrated.

If you want to hang onto your old friend, and can't get blades where you are, then get one of the adapters:

then you can use currently available blades on your old friend.

Feel free to contact me if you need a contact.


Anonymous Matt said ... (12:16 AM) : 

..Lorenzi is the right the link I found:


Blogger Nick said ... (8:20 AM) : 

just stumbled upon this site, and it reminded me of this post, perhaps this is what you're looking for??



Blogger sassafras said ... (12:52 AM) : 

Hi Scott,

I was in Antwerp earlier this summer and happened upon this lovely antique razor store by my hotel: I bought a gorgeous vintage razor and boar's hair brush for my father, and I'm sure they'd have some idea - if not the product itself - of what you're looking for.

Good luck!


Anonymous said ... (10:04 AM) : 

actually here in greece they sell this type of razor heads almost father uses one of those for hiw everyday shaving. if you like any further informations let me know,my name is my e-mail address too.

chrysa from greece


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:25 PM) : 

I believe that fits a Trac2 cartridge. You can still find, here's a link to a store I found.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:58 PM) : 

My father uses a similar razor. I love that he does! Perhaps you could try a local hole in the wall barber shop? That's where my father finds his blades.


Blogger Maddie said ... (2:54 PM) : 

Should you come to Uruguay (little country next to Argentina, you've been in Bs Aires I have seen), you could buy blades for that razor, even but those razors and find more than 10 barbers that still work with these.

3rd world? Traditional and conservative I should state for this case. Love my country.

Amazing blog.



Anonymous shaving products said ... (7:45 PM) : 

Having this shaving razor would be very ideal for some perfect result. Thanks so much for sharing such info in this one.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:26 PM) : 

to put a more modern standard of head on this classic razor bring the type of razor head and a blade along with this one; find a goldsmith that has experience working with stainless steel, they would have no trouble doing this...




Blogger nunovelez said ... (8:00 AM) : 

Here in Portugal you will find them in any pharmacy or barber shop.
So come to Lisbon and you will be able to use your razor again.

Best Regards,


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