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 4, 2012 19:33:11 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: Yo Bird. I would love to try and make it down. A Thursday will be really tough to spring. I'm the new guy in a new gig and I may be 96 before I get time off lol! I will look at the calendar and see if something could be worked. I would be thrilled to come
Sept 8, 2015 17:45:35 GMT -6
birdlives: Hopefully there will be more action for the new group than the one hit, };^)) I'll book it as much as I can, with hopes that I can catch you on a night off...ha,ha!
Sept 8, 2015 21:11:16 GMT -6
RocketMan: You'll take the northwest by storm, be in great demand, and come to play in Vancouver. With our dollar right now though, maybe not. It would be nice to come down for a weekend sometime.
Sept 10, 2015 15:58:02 GMT -6
birdlives: Lots of the Vancouver cats come down here and gig...It's only fair to return the gesture....I hope you're right, I'm into it...How far are you from the city of Vancouver?
Sept 10, 2015 21:31:43 GMT -6
RocketMan: I'm on vancouver island which is still a ferry ride. It would be fun to get a room on a Friday or Saturday night and sit front row with a great big beer. Please arrange for it! : )
Sept 15, 2015 18:24:08 GMT -6
birdlives: I'll get right on that Sir. It would bring me great pleasure....
Sept 15, 2015 21:40:59 GMT -6
wchnu: Nice echo in here!!! I can not check in to the shout box on my phone app.
Oct 21, 2015 15:33:34 GMT -6
birdlives: HELLO O O O o o o o o o. o
Oct 25, 2015 20:41:40 GMT -6
wchnu: How are things out there? Very wet down South these days.
Oct 26, 2015 8:34:08 GMT -6
RocketMan: I'm just up the coast from the bird. It isn't too wet around here yet. Has been a very decent fall so far.
Oct 28, 2015 19:23:24 GMT -6
birdlives: Yep....this Autumn has be Stellar, Enjoying every minute....How about you RM...? Have you been enjoying the Great Outdoors lately?..We've cut the firewood for this year, but the weather hasn't gotten chilly enough to fire it up. We're waiting patiently...
Oct 28, 2015 20:02:38 GMT -6
foto43: Me presento. Soy aficionado al afeitado clásico y después de probar todo tipo de maquinillas, me decanté por las de un solo filo porque son las que mejor me van y mas me gustan. Espero encontrar aqui compañeros de afición. Saludos a todos.
Oct 28, 2015 21:09:57 GMT -6
RocketMan: I've mostly been working. What summer? Oh well. Careful what you wish for I suppose.
Oct 30, 2015 19:01:15 GMT -6
RocketMan: I did pick some fresh wild chanterelle and oyster mushrooms last week though.
Oct 30, 2015 19:02:00 GMT -6
RocketMan: Saludos foto43!
Oct 30, 2015 19:02:24 GMT -6
prometeo: Bienvenido foto43... espero que te animes a registrarte en el grupo y compartir fotos y afeitados... un saludo!!!
Oct 30, 2015 22:03:42 GMT -6
paolo: Hi everybody, I'm an Italian shaver from Como. Some people of "Il rasoio.com"informed me about this very interesting forum. I hope to be able to help in future, so as this forum helped me at the present. Best shaves to everyone!
Nov 1, 2015 4:43:52 GMT -6
RocketMan: Thank you Paolo. It is wonderful to have you here at TOST! Best shaves to you!
Nov 3, 2015 18:57:25 GMT -6
paolo: Thank's Rocketman: I like very much your witty remark "so many razors-so little time!!" Ah,ah,ah! it's really true!
Nov 4, 2015 10:13:38 GMT -6
RocketMan: It is true!
Nov 6, 2015 20:18:34 GMT -6