02-22-2014, 02:27 PM
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Hello friends,

Please forgive me if this has been covered but I have not seen a thread on this topic.

I searched for "Gillette Safety Razors" on eBay and came up with 1200+ hits. I'd like to shop for one but I don't know enough about the various types to make an informed decision.

I realize the quality was there (at least originally) and individual preferences are all over the map. But what I'd like to know is what are Gillette's grades from top to bottom?

Also, should I restrict myself to Made in the USA or are razors from some of the other countries worth a look?

Thanks in advance,

Musikmann

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 02-22-2014, 02:57 PM
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I'm sure others can speak to a lot of this but I'll offer what I can. You are pretty safe with a super speed for starters, it's more middle of the road to get started. The blue tips are less aggressive and the red tips are more aggressive. Once you get into the higher end models including aristocrats and the like it gets harder to dial in. Another option is an adjustable which can be a good way to start but they're more expensive. British gillettes have a reputation for better quality but the US versions are no slouches!


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 02-22-2014, 04:03 PM
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Agreed, a US made Superspeed is a good place to start, and quite inexpensive. Once you are comfortable with that (maybe a few months?), you might consider a nice adjustable, like a "Super Adjustable" or a Slim.

The English Gillettes tend to be more expensive, but in general really don't shave any better than the American made ones.

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 02-22-2014, 04:06 PM
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Lutebro, I appreciate your reply. I took a chance and bought a British made Gillette on eBay. I was the only bidder and got it for $18.70 including shipping. It is in pristine condition with a long slightly tapered black (plastic?) handle and it is a TTO. It was marked as an L-4 but I have no idea what that means.

I'm pretty OCD so I bought a 5-pack of Gillette Platinum blades to start.

Thanks too david201 I'll keep an eye out for a US made Superspeed.

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 02-22-2014, 04:11 PM
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L 4 = last quarter 1966

look up gillette date codes here:
http://gillettedatecodes.com

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 02-22-2014, 04:52 PM
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If you want to post an image of the razor when you get it, we can identify the model for you.

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 02-22-2014, 05:35 PM
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Congratulations on the new purchase!

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 02-23-2014, 06:49 AM
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(02-22-2014, 04:52 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: If you want to post an image of the razor when you get it, we can identify the model for you.

Thanks for the offer. I already have it and I have a digital camera and the appropriate software but first I need to figure out how to post a photo on here.

(02-22-2014, 04:11 PM)tonsorius Wrote: L 4 = last quarter 1966

look up gillette date codes here:
http://gillettedatecodes.com

Much appreciated tonsorius.

(02-22-2014, 05:35 PM)celestino Wrote: Congratulations on the new purchase!

Thanks celestino.

Searching for Gillette Super Speed Safety Razor lowers the hits to 190, that's a little more manageable.

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 02-23-2014, 07:57 AM
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Lutebro you mentioned red tips as aggressive and blue tips as less so. I also see some black tips, where do those fall on this scale?

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 02-23-2014, 08:07 AM
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Black tips are in-between, and nice and mild. Good place to start!

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 02-23-2014, 01:05 PM
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(02-23-2014, 08:07 AM)david1201 Wrote: Black tips are in-between, and nice and mild. Good place to start!

Thanks david1201 I have my eye on a couple.

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