07-26-2013, 04:39 AM
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  • Teddyboy
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  • NYC
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I pulled out my old trusty Gillette Red Tip just to stay in touch. I ended up with the best shave I've had in awhile (with a Polsilver blade and BDF Exclusivo soap). I always have to ask why I spend time trying to optimize the performance of other razors when the Red Tip never fails me.

In fact I would recommend the Red Tip as the best "beginner" razor. I believe it is noticeably better than the Merkur 38C and the EJ DE89 (or Muhle R89)in that it is in-between the two in aggressiveness. The proper blade angle is a cinch to find. Truly a must have, IMHO.

While I'm here, I'll give a shout out to the BDF Exclusivo (made by TFS), which is a superb soap.

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 07-26-2013, 05:58 AM
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  • Grumpy
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I like the Red Tip too and have been using it quite a bit lately.

It is really not as agressive as the other two razors from what I recall. I think that the blade gap is greater for those two razors.

But, I think I have to work on the Shaving Angle I am using with my Red Tip because, the other day I pulled out my Gillette New and got a much closer shave with it than my Trusty Red Tip.

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 07-26-2013, 06:04 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I agree. I wish I still had mine.

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 07-26-2013, 07:51 AM
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  • Teddyboy
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  • NYC
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(07-26-2013, 05:58 AM)Grumpy Wrote: I like the Red Tip too and have been using it quite a bit lately.

It is really not as agressive as the other two razors from what I recall. I think that the blade gap is greater for those two razors.

But, I think I have to work on the Shaving Angle I am using with my Red Tip because, the other day I pulled out my Gillette New and got a much closer shave with it than my Trusty Red Tip.

When you say "New" do you mean the long comb? If so, that is also a terrific, albeit more aggressive razor than Red Tip. I love having both in my rotation.

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 07-26-2013, 08:07 AM
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  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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Gentlemen, I have two Red Tip DE razors in sparkling condition both set aside for my two grandsons. Also one each a Fatboy and an Aristocrat. Yes, the Red Tip is a fine razor, although I still prefer my Edwin Jaggers.

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 09-28-2013, 04:45 AM
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  • Coyote
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  • Hondo, TX USA
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I just picked up a '59 Red Tip and had my first shave with it.
It was great: smooth, close, nick and burn free.

I also used a Rapira Swedish Supersteel for the first time this morning: sharp and smooth.

Bob

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 09-28-2013, 06:37 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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Gillette's best super speed ever.

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 09-28-2013, 11:09 PM
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If I were to use a double edge razor, my favorite is the Barbasol razor. My second choice would be the Gillette red tip SS.

The fact is, that my preference is for the older Gem single edge models. My favorite is the Gem Junior Bar razor and the Gem 1912 is my second choice. I use the bar razor every day.

Regards,
Tom

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 09-28-2013, 11:19 PM
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The Red Tip is a superb shaver. The creme de la creme of the superspeed lineup.

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 09-29-2013, 04:58 AM
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  • Coyote
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  • Hondo, TX USA
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It did even better today. I am getting the "feel" for it.
....and even better shave: close, nick and burn free.

Life is good!

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 10-01-2013, 09:07 PM
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I used a Red in the beginning of my shave journey, but opted for the Slim instead.

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 12-10-2013, 12:36 PM
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  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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(07-26-2013, 04:39 AM)Teddyboy Wrote: I pulled out my old trusty Gillette Red Tip just to stay in touch. I ended up with the best shave I've had in awhile (with a Polsilver blade and BDF Exclusivo soap). I always have to ask why I spend time trying to optimize the performance of other razors when the Red Tip never fails me.

In fact I would recommend the Red Tip as the best "beginner" razor. I believe it is noticeably better than the Merkur 38C and the EJ DE89 (or Muhle R89)in that it is in-between the two in aggressiveness. The proper blade angle is a cinch to find. Truly a must have, IMHO.

While I'm here, I'll give a shout out to the BDF Exclusivo (made by TFS), which is a superb soap.
That's funny, I find that it's more aggressive than either. Easily. I have a Blue Tip too, both are my birth year, and I get as close a shave and even more comfortable out of it, although I have to go one more pass with it.

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 12-10-2013, 12:44 PM
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I had a beautiful Redtip but I sold it. In my opinion, it didn't do anything my Fatboy didn't do; if anything, I liked the Fatboy slightly better.

Still have the Fatboy in my rotation. Size-wise, weight-wise, and head shape-wise, there are a lot of similarities between the Redtip Superspeed and the Fatboy.

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 01-26-2014, 12:18 PM
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I just had an old school shave this morning with my red tip, clubman bay rum, and Proraso cream. I think Grumpy nails it when he talks about the "shave angle," I'm so used to more aggressive razors that I can barely tell I'm even cutting through whiskers sometimes. It's solid as an everyday, touch up razor that won't eat my face, but if I go to long without a shave I'll lean on my Futur or 37c to chop down the beard.

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 01-26-2014, 02:28 PM
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  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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I have British Red Tip Super Speed. Really good. Pointed side caps. Rare shaver, apparently. I am told that it shaves better than the US model, but can't compare, as I have only tried the Brit. I think it should be called The Red Coat Smile

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 01-26-2014, 03:01 PM
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  • Alpha
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  • Central Wisconsin
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The Red Tip was my favorite SS that I tried but it was still too mild for me. Even with a Feather loaded in it.

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 01-27-2014, 11:37 AM
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i like the red tip, shaves comfortably, but it is far too mild and a touch too in-efficient for my hair type.

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 02-02-2014, 08:16 AM
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For looks and shave, the red tip is my favorite Gillette.

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 01-19-2015, 03:39 PM
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  • ddyer248
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  • Detroit, MI
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Recently purchased a 1955 Red Tip and took it for a spin today. Very smooth and forgiving. Glad I picked up this classic.

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 01-19-2015, 08:04 PM
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  • chazt
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  • Bayside, NY
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I've got a '56 (B2) waiting in the queue with Chris at Razor Plate.

This thread is getting me anxious to see its return!

Good things come to those who wait.

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