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    Default Cen-Penn here...

    Just wanted to introduce myself, and say thanks for all the great info.

    I've been on this site a few times, directed here through searches where I've gained a plethora of knowledge...

    So yeah, Hi, and Thanks...

    Reason for finally signing up, aside from just joining the community there is an ulterior motive; I'm on the look out for a Sherman Cutlery Co. Straight razor, (keyport, NJ early 20th century)...
    Reason being, I'm a jersey boy, and from a sentimental standpoint I like the newwark brands like Electric Cutlery's, A.F. Bannisters, and the likes, and keep an eye out for those as well, as my father and his father were rooted in Newark; but they then relocated to Union Beach when my dad was still young, a small bay town right next to keyport, and some of my earliest (and fondest) memories are fishing off the keyport pier. So I'd love to own a piece of local nostalgia from there, and what better then a straight razor!?

    Also, on the hunt for a P. Eiseman (Lancaster, PA early 20th century) since that is the area in which I relocated to at a young age, and while I spent time back and forth, and am a jersey boy at heart, I spent more years out this way and it is where I currently reside with my family, so local nostalgia from this area would also be a nice add to my "family" for heirloom qualities to hand down to my son after I teach him to shave "properly" (and strop, and hone).

    Never heard of either until recently looking up information on other brands, and stumbling across them both on a brands list, and saw their place of manufacture...

    Any interesting piece will do, even a shot "junk" blade as a conversation piece to start, with no scales would be ok...

    These are currently my two "grails".
    (I never even actually seen one, and I'm going purely off research and words at this point, though a lot more antiquing may be in order in both PA and during my visits back to the shore).

    I actually haven't been shaving much lately save for shape ups, I currently have a good 3-4" beard going on, possibly longer, but I'm still on the hunt, diligently, and who knows, maybe a good Sherman blade, a little TLC to bring it back to an edge, (new scales if needed), would be the motivation to go full baby face again!? I think it shall actually... Mark my words, you heard it here first, when I get my hands on a Sherman and get it shave ready, (or buy it that way), I WILL go all in with a baby smooth face...

    Hopefully some of you good and more knowledgeable folk can direct me down the right path. Thanks in advance!

    (though it should be noted I'm not keen on paying an arm and leg for one either, just ftr, I'm just a good ol' regular blue collar guy, struggling middle class, so I keep an eye out for reasonably priced blades, I'm not "that" sentimental to ruin Christmas, lol... Maybe i would ask santa for one i found that was out of my price range; I'd rather spend less on an oldie and do the restore myself to make it a goooie, then spend some of the prices "vintage" pieces i see go for in some circles: example, my typical "max" on any vintage pieces I see and Like in auctions is capped around $30-40 w/ shipping... And those are the ones I really like! And im OK not winning many of those bidding wars, knowing someone else obviously wanted it more, however I really want these two makers so, idk what my max would be dependant on condition).
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    G'Day and a very warm welcome to the best wet shaving site on the interweb IMHO.
    You might like to edit your profile and let us all know where you live - there may be a member just around the corner.
    Hang on and enjoy the ride...

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    Welcome aboard, I know how you feel. Im in ohio and have collected a few of my state razors. All have been top notch shavers.
    My best answer for you would be to check antique stores in your area.
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    Dammitt, Strat, that's a bunch to read!
    Penn is the place to be to collect local razors. Tons made and sold there back in the day. Lots of members up there as well!
    Welcome!
    Look at the Movember auctions in the BST!
    Buy and/or sell for a good cause!
    http://straightrazorplace.com/movember-auctions/

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    Welcome aboard. You will find a wealth of information here. I think I had a P. Eiseman razor once, I might have sold it but if I come across it, will find this post & let you know. If you have any questions just ask. There are many knowledgable members here to answer all your questions. Here are a few things you might like to check out.
    You might want to start with the Beginners Guide in the Library above or here is a direct link to it:

    http://straightrazorplace.com/member...eginners_Guide

    You will need to learn mainly how to strop a razor first which you can look in the Library at the top or you can go here:

    http://straightrazorplace.com/srpwik...gory:Stropping

    You can also practice stropping by using an old wide leather belt & a butterknife to keep from cutting up a new one, but if that happens, you can glue it back down with CA (super glue) or rubber cement or just sand it down with sandpaper.

    If you don't have a good straight razor yet, you can buy a good, quality & affordable one here along with a strop which is a must. Lynn, the forum owner is also part owner of Straight Razor Designs & he personally hones & strops each straight razor before going to its new owner plus you get a free honing for when it needs it. If you do buy one from there, you also have the option to upgrade your strop from a 2" to a 3" wide one which is a good idea but it's personal preference plus it depends on your money situation:

    http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/...oducts_id=1912

    Here's the Monthly Beginner's Tips:

    http://straightrazorplace.com/member...une-2015-1975/

    You can also search for others in your area who might be able to help you get started. You can go to this page, enter your town or city & state & click search:

    http://straightrazorplace.com/memberlist.php?do=search

    I think there is another way but I'm trying to find that now. If there is, I will come back & edit my post here. You might even look for meetups in your area by looking here:

    http://straightrazorplace.com/get-togethers-meetings/

    BTW, you will also need shaving soap, a shaving mug & a good brush to apply your soap. A good thing to have is Lynn's dvd but you can also see his YouTube video's here which cover a lot:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/LynnSAbrams/videos

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    Dammitt, Strat, that's a bunch to read!
    Penn is the place to be to collect local razors. Tons made and sold there back in the day. Lots of members up there as well!
    Welcome!
    Lol, wanted to be thorough with post #1, thanks for reading though...
    Time > money

    And engine46, thanks, if you would happen to stumble upon the Eiseman, it would be much appreciated... I actually am not a novice (nor a pro for that matter) at honing, stropping, sharpening, (grinding), nor actually shaving with a straight. I currently own an electric cut, a droescher, a duble duck, 2 oxfords, and a w&b, as well as somewhere between 50-75 Knives not counting kitchen Cutlery, and i recently gave my Shapleigh and a Shumate to my brother from another mother since he's a barber by trade, and he's from St. Louis. I haven't been using 'em much these days and he certainly appreciated them.

    So yeah, New to this site (as a member) is all, not necessarily new to the "trade/hobby/lifestyle" or subject matter of sharp steel (including straight razors). Definitely not a pro, but certainly not a novice buuy any stretch, and as i mentioned ive been redirected here many times through online searches and there is certainly an appreciated wealth of a lot of great info here. Since I actually haven't been shaving much lately myself, I've been in the market for a few new razors for my brother, as a wedding gift idea, and I was researching as well as refreshing some knowledge on certain brands and models I came across a list and saw those 2 brands I mentioned in the op... I've added them to my search short list (for myself) but so far I've come up short and that's what finally led me to join, hoping through the channels here I may get closer to finding them... Figured If anybody can help, its you fine people who are passionate about straight razors...

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    Quote Originally Posted by strategy8 View Post
    Lol, wanted to be thorough with post #1, thanks for reading though...
    Time > money

    And engine46, thanks, if you would happen to stumble upon the Eiseman, it would be much appreciated... I actually am not a novice (nor a pro for that matter) at honing, stropping, sharpening, (grinding), nor actually shaving with a straight. I currently own an electric cut, a droescher, a duble duck, 2 oxfords, and a w&b, as well as somewhere between 50-75 Knives not counting kitchen Cutlery, and i recently gave my Shapleigh and a Shumate to my brother from another mother since he's a barber by trade, and he's from St. Louis. I haven't been using 'em much these days and he certainly appreciated them.

    So yeah, New to this site (as a member) is all, not necessarily new to the "trade/hobby/lifestyle" or subject matter of sharp steel (including straight razors). Definitely not a pro, but certainly not a novice buuy any stretch, and as i mentioned ive been redirected here many times through online searches and there is certainly an appreciated wealth of a lot of great info here. Since I actually haven't been shaving much lately myself, I've been in the market for a few new razors for my brother, as a wedding gift idea, and I was researching as well as refreshing some knowledge on certain brands and models I came across a list and saw those 2 brands I mentioned in the op... I've added them to my search short list (for myself) but so far I've come up short and that's what finally led me to join, hoping through the channels here I may get closer to finding them... Figured If anybody can help, its you fine people who are passionate about straight razors...
    Ha,ha..............I say that same quote to "my brother from another mother"!
    An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~Benjamin Franklin

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    Hi and welcome. Good luck with your search.
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