09-19-2014, 06:16 AM
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Introducing my latest razor; a Gillette Khaki Set from WW1 - aka the Great War, the War to End All Wars (that sentiment didn't pan out). Thanks to DaveL, this 96 year old soldier will once again return to active duty - although this time it will hopefully just be for various exercises and when I'm on the Go, and not the muds of Flanders.

The serial number under the guard is a crisp J4173, which according to my source places it as an reasonable early production military razor, manufactured in 1918. Another source claims that the single button closure is a rare variant; perhaps experience proved that a two button closure was more stable.

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There is a minor crack in the handle - but from what I can tell online that is both common, repairable and not influencing the shave with these old, classic Gillettes. The mirror has gone AWOL at some point in the life of this old soldier, but my Gobag already have a small, unbreakable mirror in it so I'll manage (unless someone has a spare khaki-set mirror they need to get rid off...). The blade holder should fit one or two modern blades on the diagonal, so I'm set in that regards provided I remember to refill. The fabric and seams are in surprisingly good condition considering the age of this set - the only thing worn is the print on the inside of the flap.

I've yet to shave with this baby, but when I do I'll be sure to share my impressions.

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 09-19-2014, 07:07 AM
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Very nice set. The carrying case looks to be in excellent condition.

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 09-19-2014, 08:51 AM
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That's nice Hans. Awesome to have classic things!

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 09-19-2014, 09:09 AM
  • refles
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That's an exceptionally young looking 96! Superb condition, hoping it still is able to see some service in your gobag! Enjoy!

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 09-19-2014, 11:51 AM
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Congrats!!! Been looking for something like that too. Enjoy!!

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 09-19-2014, 11:53 AM
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Nice set, congratulations, Hans. It's great to see this old stuff being used again.

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 09-19-2014, 04:34 PM
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Beautiful set, Hans, and I hope you enjoy it! Smile

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 09-19-2014, 05:17 PM
  • Mike.CDN
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Nice condition, I like the military sets.

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 09-20-2014, 12:59 PM
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My favorite razor. Nice find, great shaver!

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 09-21-2014, 03:14 PM
  • kav
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If you haven't, check out the various reenactor groups. Some of those people do everything but contract consumption to be authentic and find the most amazing stuff. I sold a WW1
mauser 98 to one. He showed up in a Picklehaube helmet and
the whole kit.

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 09-22-2014, 11:09 AM
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Nice little kit you have there.

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 09-22-2014, 03:03 PM
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Very cool. I have one if the other khaki sets. They are a good shave.

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 09-22-2014, 03:44 PM
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Nice set!

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 09-27-2014, 09:43 AM
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Love that folding case. I have a Khaki in the "box" case, which is in execrable shape. That one is really nice.

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