I honestly never ever thought I’d get me one of these - my holy grail razor. But here it is en route to the Northstonehill headquarters Meet the Davies Rythmic adjustable razor.
According to Waits the Davies Rythmic was patented in the UK on 15 january 1936 by William James Davies, British patent number 466228. And it was subsequently manufactured at the Davies Razor Company, Central Chambers, 93 Hope Street in Glasgow Scotland. Material is chrome plated brass and it weighs in at around 75 grams.
And yes, it may look like a freak but a most fascinating one; and it is reportedly a mighty fine shaver. Even takes standard blades. I attach some older photos (not my razor) of the functionality when mounting the blade: The bottom plate lowers and then rotates 90 degrees so that you can load the blade. Reversing the action pushes the blade upwards and flexes it and thereby giving it rigidity. There is a dial just above the opening knob where you do the adjusting. The adjustability is infinite like on a Gibbs or a L’Essor Le Supreme.
This specimen appears to be in superb original condition as is the gorgeous original bakelite case with stainless steel hinge. Only things missing are the cream colored blade banks, but who is counting