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    Default Rolls Razor

    Does anyone use/or has used a Rolls Razor?
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    I own, and very occasionally use, a Rolls. That looks like a nice one.
    I have found that they take a long time to hone and strop because the stroke allowed by the mechanism is very short, and for that reason I don't get it out often. I always enjoy it when I do, though.

    You'll find a small coterie of Rolls fanciers here and over at B&B, where someone has posted a full set of the original instructions for the Rolls.

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    what blades do they take? Ive seen loads of these but never quite understood how they work with a strop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scipio View Post
    what blades do they take? Ive seen loads of these but never quite understood how they work with a strop

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    The square of steel you see in the right side of the case in Clockguy's pic is the blade. It is honeable and stroppable, it carries it's own guard and snaps directly into the handle. The case contains a mechanism like a lever that when operated, draws the blade across the leather strop attached to the underside of the lid. The underside of the other lid (the Rolls has two) carries a fine hone which operates in the same way as the strop. The Rolls, in short, doesn't take commercial blades at all. It came with a single reusable proprietary blade that was designed to last virtually forever.

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    There is a detachable lid on each side, one has a Strop and the other the Hone. There is a carriage in the middle that moves back and forth and automatically hones/strops the blade. When buying a Rolls Razor make sure that the strop and hone are in good condition, it is difficult to find replacements...but new blades can often be found.

    There are several types of material used for the cases. Often a Rolls Razor can be found with original instruction booklet and original box.

    In the case in my picture there is a second blade laying over the original blade.

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    I own and use a rolls razor and can say honestly that it is a very good shaver. As goshawk already mentioned the hone and strop mechanism are very short and meant to upkeep an already sharp blade not bring a dull one back to life.

    The very first SE (single edge) safety razors all had wedge blades (kinda like a piece of a straight) that were meant to be honed and stropped just like straights. The rolls was an attempt to modernize the honing and stropping process with its built in mechanism.

    if you are interested in SE razors like the Rolls I recommend checking out theoriginalsafety it is a wetshaving forum dedicated to SE razors.

    something worth mentioning about the Rolls is when sharpening the blade using the hone be sure to be gentle and not just slap the blade back and forth on the hone. This can crack the hone or chip the blade. 2 audable clicks should be heard the first when the guard on the blade touches the hone and the second when the guard colapsses and allows the blade itself to come into contact with the hone.
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    The instructions that were packed in the Rolls Razor case:
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    Picture of blade & handle. The Rolls Razor has given me smoth shaves, and I enjoy using it on occasions. I have about a dozen of them.
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    You are lucky one.

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    Default Question about the Rolls

    I just got one, and had my first shave with it today... and it was SUPERB! I keep seeing here not to slap the blade on the hone, which makes sense.. but the instructions clearly say to use the strop pretty quickly.. the instructions state 60 double trips per minute... how can I NOT slap the blade when doing it that quickly on the strop? Or does it not matter as much on the strop side?

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