Rolls Razor

Well I got it, the Rolls Razor (see previous post).

I am not sure why I decided to give it a try. I had seen them over the years in junk shops and had thought them quaint. I eventually decided to read about them so looked them up on line. I found instructions here and also read that some people still used them and thought them good, in spite of the modern novelty razors available from manufacturers such as Gillette.

My verdict? I had a go and found it okay. As it is quite an open, unprotected blade I had to go slowly and carefully in case I cut myself. I can not see myself using it as practical daily razor as it is too slow to prepare (it has to be stropped every use) and too slow in use. I will stick to my old fashioned safety razor.

I can see why the safety razor eventually superseded the Rolls. The safety razor can take any of a huge range of super sharp double edge blades which will each last about a week. Of course the modern variety are coated with various coatings including chrome, ceramic, platinum, etc to keep a sharp edge.

Today the range of double edge blades available to me would be small were it not for the internet. Most shops have little more than only one or two brands. There is a huge range of double blades blades at Connaught Shaving, most of which I never knew existed until I discovered their web site. They are not necessarily the cheapest though, it is difficult to beat Shaving-shack for price.

At the moment I am using the Gillette 7 o’ clock Sharp Edge. I have to get them online as I have never seen them in a shop. I fancy trying some new ones and may send off for one of the sample packs from Connaught Shaving. For £8.95 I can get:

  • ASCO Super Stainless (5)
  • Big Ben Super Stainless (5)
  • LORD Cool Super Stainless (5)
  • LORD Extra Super Stainless (5),
  • LORD Platinum (5)
  • LORD Super Chrome (5)
  • Shark Super Chrome (5)
  • Shark Super Stainless (5)
  • Silver Star Super Stainless (5).

That is 45 blades, none of which I have ever tried. Almost enough to last a year.

2 thoughts on “Rolls Razor

  1. I have a Rolls Razor which belonged to my father. I do not know how old it is. I just found it with some of his belomgings. He past away in 1992. I am going to try it out to see if I can get a good shave with it.
    I hope you can get back to me.

    • Hi Charles. Sorry it has taken me few days to reply, perhaps you have already tried it by now. How did it go?

      I used mine very briefly as id decided that the very short strop meant backwards and forwards. I started to think that a blade held some other way stropped over a long strop would be easier to maintain. I then realised I was thinking of a straight/cut-throat razor. So I ended up going in that direction and have been shaving with a cut-throat for over a year now and loving it. No blades to buy and a super smooth and close shave. My Rolls Razor has been it the box gathering dust. Perhaps I should put it on Ebay and let someone else enjoy it.

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