02-27-2013, 09:20 AM
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  • vferdman
  • Artisan
  • Western Massachusetts
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I've been intrigued by the Gillette Goodwill razors because of their weird head design. Most of them (#160 heads, anyway) seem to be New LC design, but I am not 100% sure about it. Can anyone guide me in the Goodwill world? I know there were many different heads, but the most common, #160 seems to be a New LC with "bumps" used by Gillette in their "blade wars" to make sure only their blades fit that razor. I am wondering about shave characteristics. Does it shave like a New LC? Will appreciate any info.

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 02-27-2013, 09:58 AM
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GoodWill, uses different combo like #175 blade guard, #160 cap. Many creative cap and guard designs were made in the 1930s by Gillette and Probak (by then a division of Gillette). The Gillette variations were dubbed Goodwill razors and they gave away 3 million of them free when you bought a $1 package of 10 New Gillette blades. This is a beautiful Gillette Goodwill razor! One of Gillettes models they produced before settling on a new design after the three hole blade patent ran out.
Also a chg created by the Great Depression.

Have a couple. Mild shave.

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 02-27-2013, 11:02 AM
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  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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I have a few different Goodwills and they shave remarkably similar to the LC New. I really like the design of the models that have the base plate that molds into the top cap but I'm no expert and don't know all the fancy numbers.

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 02-27-2013, 03:04 PM
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  • Attila
  • The Hungarian Blade
  • Vancouver, Canada
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I have heard from someone who replates them that the Goodwill is a bit more "efficient" than the Gillette Long Comb new. But similar in smoothness.

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 02-27-2013, 05:37 PM
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  • vferdman
  • Artisan
  • Western Massachusetts
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Interesting comments, guys. I really like the New LC and am considering adding a Goodwill because of its curious and unique design. They seem to e more of a collectable than anything. The #175 guard looks very similar to the New LC. If there is no particular shaving advantage I may pass on the Goodwill. It's a curious piece, though for sure.

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 02-28-2013, 10:44 AM
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FWIW the shave I get from the Goodwill and LC New are as nearly identical as I can ascertain. If you have the LC then I would pass on the Goodwill unless you want it. When I found my Goodwill I traded my LC New for a SC New, and then followed the rabbit hole to the Fatip. All four are great razors.

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