05-10-2012, 08:32 PM
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The Birth Razor

Everyone wants one,
But does everyone have one?

Does it have to be the right quarter as well as correct year?

Don't be shy about inadvertently giving away your age...
Share your birth razors
or at least your attempts to uncover one...


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 05-10-2012, 08:35 PM
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Not sure I will be able to find a birth razor. Not sure how many decent razors were made in 77...

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 05-10-2012, 08:38 PM
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(05-10-2012, 08:35 PM)cjokrap Wrote: Not sure I will be able to find a birth razor. Not sure how many decent razors were made in 77...

I'm no vintage Gillette expert, but perhaps a "Super Adjustable"...?

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 05-10-2012, 08:58 PM
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Thanks for starting this thread. It's not something I've given a lot of thought to but you have me curios now. Was Gillette still making DE razors in 1985?

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 05-10-2012, 09:01 PM
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(05-10-2012, 08:58 PM)tgutc Wrote: Thanks for starting this thread. It's not something I've given a lot of thought to but you have me curios now. Was Gillette still making DE razors in 1985?

Yes...

And here it is... (thanks to Mr Razor)

The 1985 (F1) Super Adjustable

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 05-10-2012, 09:06 PM
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I don't actually have one, though I have quite a few old Gillettes. Mine would be a W4, as I believe 1951 (W) was the first year Gillette started dating razors in this manner.

I have several undated Techs (1950 or before; my favorite Gillettes), a notched-bar undated Super Speed (1948 - 1950) and a cased Aristocrat of the same vintage, but after that they jump to 1954 and above.

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 05-10-2012, 09:12 PM
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Never really contemplated picking one up for March 1967 as my birthday is not very significant for me anymore. Since you are the expert, Ben, what was around for that year?
i have made up for not finding a birth year razor by amassing quite a few from different years, so does that count? Hehe.

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 05-10-2012, 09:19 PM
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(05-10-2012, 09:12 PM)celestino Wrote: Never really contemplated picking one up for March 1967 as my birthday is not very significant for me anymore. Since you are the expert, Ben, what was around for that year?
i have made up for not finding a birth year razor by amassing quite a few from different years, so does that count? Hehe.

How about...
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1967 M1

Or one of my favourites...
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1967 Aristocrat

(05-10-2012, 09:06 PM)CMur12 Wrote: I don't actually have one, though I have quite a few old Gillettes. Mine would be a W4, as I believe 1951 (W) was the first year Gillette started dating razors in this manner.

I have several undated Techs (1950 or before; my favorite Gillettes), a notched-bar undated Super Speed (1948 - 1950) and a cased Aristocrat of the same vintage, but after that they jump to 1954 and above.

- Murray

Murray, how about...
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1951 (W4) Black Tip Super Speed

Just wanted to clarify that the pics with the red background are not my pics.

To investigate your Gillette birth razor I recommend looking at:

http://www.mr-razor.co

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 05-10-2012, 09:41 PM
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Here's one, I have yet to find any Gillette from 1988. Mr Razor only goes up to '86 or '87. Pretty sure I'm way out of luck on a nice birth year for me.

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 05-10-2012, 09:42 PM
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My Birth Razor...

It's nothing fancy and commanded a very modest investment.

But it's the right year and quarter too!

U1 (1974, first quarter) Gillette Black Super Speed Safety

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Pictured with a periodical from the month and year of my birth

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 05-10-2012, 10:03 PM
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I'd be all over a birth year SE if there were any made in '78. Though given how most SEs got milder as the years went on I'm not sure I'd really like a '78 version Gem SE.

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 05-10-2012, 10:14 PM
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I never under stood the "birth" razor. What is the fascination with it? I would think that most people would search for a razor made the year they first started shaving. I wish you all luck on your quest though.

Does anyone (Merkur, EJ etc) date code their razors anymore or is everyone born after 1987 out of luck?

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 05-10-2012, 10:16 PM
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(05-10-2012, 09:41 PM)Tonality Wrote: Here's one, I have yet to find any Gillette from 1988. Mr Razor only goes up to '86 or '87. Pretty sure I'm way out of luck on a nice birth year for me.

1988 was the year EDWIN JAGGER was founded, perhaps you are looking at the wrong brand of razor...?

Otherwise these were produced in the 80's and early 90's...

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G1000

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G2000

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G3000

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 05-10-2012, 11:02 PM
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(05-10-2012, 10:14 PM)SteelTown Wrote: I never under stood the "birth" razor. What is the fascination with it? I would think that most people would search for a razor made the year they first started shaving. I wish you all luck on your quest though.

Does anyone (Merkur, EJ etc) date code their razors anymore or is everyone born after 1987 out of luck?

It's a collector thing, I think. I don't care for Gillette razors and I'm not a collector, so it's not something I'd do. I don't think any manufacture other than Gillette date coded their razors.

I always watch birth razor threads to see if I can help someone out. Off the top of my head I have:
K1, K3 & I3 Slims (1965) & (1963)
E1 Fat Boy (1959)
C4 Blue Tip SS (1957)
F2 Flare Tip SS (1960)

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 05-10-2012, 11:07 PM
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(05-10-2012, 09:01 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(05-10-2012, 08:58 PM)tgutc Wrote: Thanks for starting this thread. It's not something I've given a lot of thought to but you have me curios now. Was Gillette still making DE razors in 1985?

Yes...

And here it is... (thanks to Mr Razor)

The 1985 (F1) Super Adjustable




Thank you! This definately is another to add to my wish list.

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 05-10-2012, 11:24 PM
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The closest i have got is 1981 which is the same razor as that one in 1985.

I know they did some black handled flair tip's in my birth year (1983 Q4) but never seen one for sale!

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 05-11-2012, 01:45 AM
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I use mostly Gem, Ever-Ready and Star razors. But, I did find a B3 blue tip which is my year and quarter. I am on the look out for a B3 red tip.

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 05-11-2012, 02:02 AM
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(05-10-2012, 08:35 PM)cjokrap Wrote: Not sure I will be able to find a birth razor. Not sure how many decent razors were made in 77...

Of course there are! Here's my birth year razor (2nd quarter of 1977 - date code X2). Cool
I bought it on ebay, but have only noticed the detail of the "birth year razor" thing after its arrival. it was a fortunate coincidence.

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 05-11-2012, 02:18 AM
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(05-11-2012, 02:02 AM)oversaturn Wrote:
(05-10-2012, 08:35 PM)cjokrap Wrote: Not sure I will be able to find a birth razor. Not sure how many decent razors were made in 77...

Of course there are! Here's my birth year razor (2nd quarter of 1977 - date code X2). Cool
I bought it on ebay, but have only noticed the detail of the "birth year razor" thing after its arrival. it was a fortunate coincidence.

[Image: 418180568tp.jpg]

[Image: 418180683tp.jpg]

Must be fate, congratulations Emanuel on your lucky find!

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 05-11-2012, 02:37 AM
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Does it have to be a Gillette?

Here is my 1946 Schick G1

   

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