November 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Marines!

Today's shave was a tribute to the Corps, on their birthday.

Rooney small style 1 brush
Truefitt & Hill Luxury Shaving Soap
Illinois #127 strop
Clauss USMC razor
Harris Face milk

The Corps seems to have made two major straight razor purchases, both from Clauss and both of the same type of razor.  One batch had the USMC etched on the blade, and used plain carbon steel.  The second batch had the USMC stamped on the reverse side of the shank, and seems to have used chrome-plated carbon steel.  I believe the unchromed batch probably dated to the Spanish-American war, and the chrome-plated batch to WW1 (the marines having learned the value of rustproofing in the extended Philippine campaigns).  I have two USMC razors, one from each production run.

This morning's razor is from the earlier Spanish-American war production run.  It's pitted and ugly, but still shaves great.

My other USMC razor is below the fold:

Posted by: mparker762 at 09:15 PM | Comments (7)
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1 Hey. I am fascinated with these USMC straight razors. I was wondering if you'd mind selling one or steering me in the right direction for buying one. 

Posted by: Josh at May 11, 2008 10:19 PM (+yY5F)

2 Unfortunately I've sold both of these to a Marine stationed in Hawaii.  They show up on ebay every now and then.  Best way to find them is to set up a favorite search for "Clauss Razor" and check for Marine markings.  There are too many nicknames for the Marine so if you try to get too specific you'll miss them.

Posted by: mparker762 at June 22, 2008 09:22 AM (/HIxs)

3 I have a "like new"U.S.M.C.marked razor for sale in the box.Any info on value or interested buyers give me a shout.

Posted by: dj at August 14, 2008 12:40 PM (dZUTl)


Posted by: professional seo at August 15, 2010 11:34 PM (S0wf4)

5 b

Posted by: real soft at August 15, 2010 11:35 PM (S0wf4)

6 let me know if any one finds one I am a marine now medically retired. 

Posted by: Harold Newhouse at August 15, 2012 10:03 AM (bBTR2)

7 I will buy it! 

Posted by: Harold Newhouse at August 15, 2012 10:04 AM (bBTR2)

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