I am presenting the Wester Safety Razor - circa 1911-1916?
I haven't a lot of information on this razor, but I picked it up from our very own Hoosier Trooper and thought it should be my first razor post here at the improved site! It is a fabulous shaver and holds a modern SE very well. It was built for wedges, but as a wafer shaver it rocks!
It seems that Wester Bros was a company founded in New York in approx 1902 by Charles and Max Wester, the sons of August Wester, who was an owner at the time of the renowned German cutlery company, Wester & Butz (founded in 1832). The two sons essentially came at an opportune time in the razor/cutlery business, opened their doors in New York, and had an excellent supply of wares from dad. So very likely, this particular razor was sold in the early 1910s right in the heart of the Big Apple.
The Rapide was a German razor which the Wester Bros essentially copied once the US 1894 patent for the Rapide expired in 1911. This model of Wester Bros razor was most certainly put into competion with the Rapide, and the other 'copies' by Henckels, Wostenholm and other makers looking to take advantage of the expired patent.
Last Edit: Feb 5, 2012 1:33:11 GMT -6 by RocketMan
I'll tell ya, I'm a softy with old folks. If it had of been his car and he needed it again after a miracle cure from cancer, or his walker cuz he could finally afford shoes again - I would be the first to return his stuff. But, My Gawd Man - it is the sweetest little razor don't ya think? He can always learn to knit a goatee or something!!
Is that brass-looking clip spring loaded, or how does it work?
If you notice a section of the shaft under the head is threaded and a female threaded disk/wheel is in place. As the disk threads up or down, the curvature of the retaining clip moves the clip either up and forwards, or down and away from the blade base. Really, and if I can use this phrase here, an elegant design don't ya think?
So, you turn the disk to tighten or loosen the clip. It is probably the nature of this design element that allows to accommodate modern SE blades so well - they tighten in like a charm!
Well - it is in the top list of shavers for me. It is really a sweet tool to use. The knurling on this is so well done that it is just a treat to grip. The head presents the blade really well - shaving around the nostrils, which can be a bugger with some of the others, is a snap with this one. She drives just fine!!!
Sorry to bump this thread to the top after a year, but in my search for a wedge blade stropping handle, I ran across a complete travel set of a wester bros razor, blades and handle. I'm going to give it a try this morning, and I'll be sure to post lots of pics and my results as well.
I'm glad you did bump it. I missed this thread when it first posted. I've never seen a razor like this before and really, really, really like it. I think I'll start to go on the hunt for one. Please let us know how yours shaves!
Wow!! I'm so glad this got bumped aswell....Man, this is a super design....the way you can tighten up that spring or lossen it if you ever decide to go the stropped wedge blade route....Its just too cool for school...and so modern looking!....This is something...
So Tom...what was the guy you got it from like....did he know alot about razors?
"Music is my mistress and she plays second fiddle to no one.".....Duke Ellington
"Because I prefer the clean sweep of the tempered steel as it glides...."...Cary Grant describing why he prefers a Schick Injector's Shave.
So right after I posted this, I discovered that, sadly, the blade catch was broken off on the Wester Bros. I'll still post up the pics this evening when I get back, but there will be no "field test" unfortunately.
Here is a pic of the travel set I got on the 'bay.
Unpacked, here's what fits in that little box:
As can be seen here, the blade stop on the left is missing, and the blade moves around a bit.
This picture is the Wester Bros side-by side with my 2 Henckels. A Rapide, and a Wotan. THe Rapide is in Gold, and the Wotan, Silver.
Unlike the Henckels razors, that the Wester seems to be a copy of, this particular Wester has a removable head and handle.
One thing that was immediately apparent on this particular razor, was just how much of a "copy" it felt like. Compared to the Rapide or Wotan, the handle feels much lighter, and feels - I hate to use the word - "cheap."
The specimen that the OP posted on the thread looked to be of a much higher quality than this one.
If anyone is up for a restoration, and is willing to give this razor some love and get it back into rotation, PM me, and I'll be happy to send it your way. I bought it for the stropping handle, and that's what I ended up with.
RocketMan: Possum may just be recuperating from an accidental Microjunkamatic shave.
Oct 6, 2014 23:44:30 GMT -6
wchnu: I work in a casino so the weekend is the busy time. That being said things are good in the river hood!!! I am loving my time here in Baton Rouge.
Oct 12, 2014 20:43:09 GMT -6
prometeo: Happy week beginning for all fellow forum.
Oct 13, 2014 14:20:34 GMT -6
wchnu: The week is starting off great here !!!! Stormy weather and some cooler!!!!
Oct 13, 2014 20:26:59 GMT -6
birdlives: Thanks...Great week so far here....Everyone told me Seattle rains all the time. I've been here since April 1st, and the weather has been perfect every single day since I got here...Best to everyone else....Sound Off....
Oct 17, 2014 1:06:10 GMT -6
birdlives: Yo RM....when are you coming back down this way....Have a great gig coming up on the 30th in Issaquah....A really nice, hip, place...I think you would dig it....No more incognito...I want to buy you a drink so I can see that 1909....ha,ha!
Oct 17, 2014 1:10:18 GMT -6
merwtje: Hi all, I will give my Schick Injectors some more shaving time coming weekend!
Oct 17, 2014 3:41:32 GMT -6
mpf9ret: just joined,SE shaving a week now. Using English !912.
Oct 17, 2014 8:45:32 GMT -6
RocketMan: I would love to make your gig Birdlives - but things are pretty tied up right now. Welcome to the new folks! Injectors and 12's - this be da place! : )
Oct 17, 2014 17:37:26 GMT -6
RocketMan: And Birdlives - the rain - this has been a record breaking year for sunlight hours out this way. Don't you worry!! That will change! Muahahahahahahahahahaaa
Oct 17, 2014 17:38:00 GMT -6
birdlives: Yo RM....I think you're avoiding Seattle cause you don't dig other cats passionately eyeballin your 1909.Thats Cool. If you don't dig it I promise to keep my eyes on my own razors....but could you please post some more 1909 razor porn, for the new guys.;)
Oct 24, 2014 1:45:32 GMT -6
birdlives: Just kidding Rocket Dood....the razor porn request is actually for me. the pre 1924 shovelheads, like your 1909 and the Star Super Six are VERY interesting. Don't worry bout the gig. Anytime you can make the scene, we'll whip up something special }:^)
Oct 24, 2014 21:27:11 GMT -6
wchnu: Up early watching an old Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton movie called "Where Eagles Dare". Not bad at all.
Oct 29, 2014 4:31:08 GMT -6
coolbus18: @wchnu-- wow, I saw that when it came out.Now you gotta watch ,The Dirty Dozen, again.
Oct 29, 2014 12:49:55 GMT -6
wchnu: love that one too. Savalas and Bronson top the list in that one to me,and Marvin is outstanding.
Oct 29, 2014 23:58:56 GMT -6
coolbus18: I want to see, Fury, also. When I was a kid I knew Tankers. Bunch of brave, crazy guys going against those 88's. Lee Marvin is one of my favorite. Cat Ballou, what a performance! Oh and Jim Brown chuckin' grenades down the pipes and Sutherlands goof ball .
Oct 30, 2014 11:34:29 GMT -6
birdlives: Savalas was the Phycho in that one...What a performance....whew, even as a kid I new that character was trouble....gave me the creeps....ha,ha..What an ensemble....
Oct 31, 2014 0:46:10 GMT -6
birdlives: Yep, CB, I remember Cat Ballou as a kid....Lets see, Jane Fonda...I remember the way she wore those jeans...what an actress...was Lee Marvin in that? Ha,ha..come on, I had just turned 13...
Oct 31, 2014 0:58:19 GMT -6
birdlives: Lee marvin....."The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence"......I think I see "Tip of the hat" scenes and cliches borrowed from that film in just about every Western that followed it...An Icon for sure..That was when I first started digging how great Lee Marvin was
Oct 31, 2014 1:08:58 GMT -6
wchnu: yea. They do not make them like those guys any more..
Oct 31, 2014 21:12:17 GMT -6