Posted by Marissa Neel on 20th Dec 2016
Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements' owner/operator Douglas Smythe has a passion for Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydrid, aka Bakelite!
"Bakelite has such a rich history in the USA where it was born in 1907, created by Leo Baekeland! Did you know during the war effort, we almost minted our pennies in Bakelite, but eventually went with steel?
Pool Balls were even made out of Bakelite, if that tells you anything about durability. Our auto and aviation industries grew up along side Bakelite and we'd probably be 25 years behind if it wasn't for the stuff! The stuff was and is AMAZING and truly has 1000 uses...STILL!"
Bakelite safety razors can be found online, they are in high demand and this can drive up the cost greatly. In addition, buying vintage goods from online auction sites is accompanied with added risks. Inspired by the nostalgia and impressive function of Bakelite, Douglas set out to give the wet shaving community access to these shaving treasures without the risk of vintage or cost of scarcity.
"I approached many different Bakelite Manufacturers all over the world... none of them had ever heard of a Bakelite Razor, much less a Safety Razor and for the life of them couldn't understand why it had to be done in Bakelite when a modern plastic would be cheaper and easier to work with... I remained steadfast. Through much trial and error... we proceeded until we nailed it! My first test shave was BBS, and though bias, possibly the best shave ever!"
Enter: the Phoenix Open Comb Slant Safety Razor, inspired by the Fasan Twist, this razor is a three piece and comes in three different colors (black, white, ox blood.) The razor is 3.25 inches long and weighs 18 grams. Slant razors have become renowned for their smooth shaves and are perfect for anyone suffering from the combination of a coarse beard and sensitive skin. If you haven't already ditch the cartridges, quit the shave club, and pick up this razor today!
When we first started restoring safety razors in August of 2010, the initial aim was to bring back to life razors that needed mechanical and aesthetic revamping. The initial choices of metal finishes to offer closely reflected what Gillette had offered for their safety razors over the course of their 70+ year history. One of the [...]
WHY WAS 'MADE TO ORDER' CREATED? Razor Emporium is constantly buying and selling the highest quality vintage shave supplies to wet shavers and collectors. Sometimes safety razors do not make the cut due to brassing, patina, or other aesthetic reasons. These razors are Revamped and sold to wet shavers looking for a gorgeous refurbished [...]
It's no secret that many shaving companies were bought and sold throughout their golden years including Schick and even Gillette, but few know that the last Schick razor to be manufactured and sold without the accompanied 'Eversharp' name is one of the rarest and most collectible of the Schick line: The New Improved Schick Injector Razor Type F [...]
These kits are perfect for those who have always wanted to try double edge razor/ traditional wet shaving but were not certain of where to start.We understand it can be overwhelming seeing so many varieties of shaving supplies out there. That is why we have gathered the perfect shave kit made for those who may [...]
And we were blown away by the responses! Thank you to everyone who responded. Your connection with the past, better shaves, saving money, and enjoying a quality shaving experience are why we work each and every day to preserve vintage razors. Here are a few of the responses:P. Sawyer "I get to use my grandfather's brush. [...]
We LOVE helping our customers get the most out of their shaving experience! Kyle L. from Manroe, WA wrote these kind words:"Good afternoon,Thanks for sending me the invitation to review your Tune-Up service. I was more than happy to do so, and share my joy with the finished product with all of the visitors to this [...]
Another great success story with this 1940's Gillette TECH Double Edge Safety Razor. It came to us after a tired life, years of plate loss, corrosion, pitting and damage. Our new FACTORY Nickel finish was able to help reduce the appearance of these imperfections and apply a protective finish, just like it came from Gillette years [...]
Hearing great feedback from our customers is fuel in our tank- thanks Derek S. for the kind words!"I don't have a question I just wanted to say that I bought a straight razor from your website and just love it. So thanks for doing a great job honing and re-scaling one of the ugliest use-able [...]
We get asked often about what to expect with our Razor REVAMP service. The original intention was to salvage razors that had bad mechanical or aesthetic conditions so that they could be used once again for daily shaving. Many times when antique shopping or visiting an estate sale, great vintage razors can be had for a great [...]