09-17-2015, 03:47 PM
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Picked these up from an estate sale today. Any good tips on cleaning them up? Are any not worth my time? Some are in pretty rough shape. Also any insight as to what I got would be amazing!

Thank you 

Tom


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 09-17-2015, 04:19 PM
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Looks like you got several Fat Boys. Better sell them for $80 each on eBay.

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 09-17-2015, 04:28 PM
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The first one is a 1947 Gillette Aristocrat by the look and the case, when you open it up there should be wings on the centre blade bar if not it is post 1948
The second one is a Gillette Goodwill early 1930s believe it is a #160 
The third is a ball handle Old Style Gillette open comb  - probably the most aggressive shave of the bunch 
The fourth is a 1940s Gillette thick handle Gold Tech 

To clean gold razors a  long soak in hot water and dish detergent  should do the trick to loosen the grime, then I light cleaning with a soft tooth brush to get into the nooks and crannies,repeat as needed ,I would not use any chemical cleaners as the gold wash on these old razors is thin .You could use a little mineral oil on the TTO mechanism of the Aristocrat to make it turn smoothly .

Nice score,they are all great razors and good shavers and look in fairly good shape they should clean up well. 

Glenn

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 09-17-2015, 04:34 PM
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(09-17-2015, 04:28 PM)hobgoblin Wrote: The first one is a 1947 Gillette Aristocrat by the look and the case, when you open it up there should be wings on the centre blade bar if not it is post 1948
The second one is a Gillette Goodwill early 1930s believe it is a #160 
The third is a ball handle Old Style Gillette open comb  - probably the most aggressive shave of the bunch 
The fourth is a 1940s Gillette thick handle Gold Tech 

To clean gold razors a  long soak in hot water and dish detergent  should do the trick to loosen the grime, then I light cleaning with a soft tooth brush to get into the nooks and crannies,repeat as needed ,I would not use any chemical cleaners as the gold wash on these old razors is thin .You could use a little mineral oil on the TTO mechanism of the Aristocrat to make it turn smoothly .

Nice score,they are all great razors and good shavers and look in fairly good shape they should clean up well. 

Glenn

Thank you Glenn for all the help with finding out what exactly I have! I paid $53 for these so I'm hoping I did well. When I get back from my trip this weekend I plan on cleaning them up. I'll post before and after pictures when I do.

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 09-17-2015, 05:24 PM
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Great haul!! You have some lovely razors there and you should be able to clean them up, nicely! Thumbsup

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 09-17-2015, 06:18 PM
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So would this be a 1947? [Image: LP4Efbp.jpg]

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 09-18-2015, 06:11 AM
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Yes those are the wings ,it's a 1947

Glenn

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 09-18-2015, 06:16 AM
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge and helping me figure out what exactly I got here!

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 09-18-2015, 03:11 PM
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If I may add.  Glenn already recommended a cleaning technique and stated not to use a chemical cleaner. I would also not use a polish. It will polish the gold to a high gloss, but as Glenn stated, the gold plating is very very thin. You will also polish the gold plating right off. I've polished the gold plating off of many vintage razors with very little effort. The plating on these razors was almost gone, so this was intentional. The plating on your new razors seems to be in very good shape.

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 09-18-2015, 03:51 PM
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Thank you Gabe! I'll be careful not to go through the plating. Almost seems that I should keep them the way they are. I fear ruining them

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 09-19-2015, 05:37 PM
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There's waiting list but could send them to razor plate.com for restoring or custom finish.


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 09-24-2015, 08:23 AM
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(09-18-2015, 03:11 PM)Gabe Wrote: If I may add.  Glenn already recommended a cleaning technique and stated not to use a chemical cleaner. I would also not use a polish. It will polish the gold to a high gloss, but as Glenn stated, the gold plating is very very thin. You will also polish the gold plating right off. I've polished the gold plating off of many vintage razors with very little effort. The plating on these razors was almost gone, so this was intentional. The plating on your new razors seems to be in very good shape.

Unfortunately I learned it the hard way with my English Gillette NEW LC, Oxford set... Let's say the cap was really lousy.

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 09-25-2015, 10:52 AM
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Great score for $53!  

You found more in one sale, than I've ever found in the wild.

Have you tried any of them yet?

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 09-25-2015, 11:15 AM
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(09-25-2015, 10:52 AM)kansaskyle Wrote: Great score for $53!  

You found more in one sale, than I've ever found in the wild.

Have you tried any of them yet?

I've shaved with the fat handled tech twice now! Since buying these I've bought 3 more vintage Gillettes  Facepalm

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 09-25-2015, 07:34 PM
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Looks like they're lacquered. I'm not sure, but I imagine that the damaged lacquer could be removed and re-applied. Might be worth some additional research.

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 09-25-2015, 07:50 PM
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(09-25-2015, 11:15 AM)MHWood Wrote:
(09-25-2015, 10:52 AM)kansaskyle Wrote: Great score for $53!  

You found more in one sale, than I've ever found in the wild.

Have you tried any of them yet?

I've shaved with the fat handled tech twice now! Since buying these I've bought 3 more vintage Gillettes  Facepalm

Vintage Gillette's are great razors.  I kept some from my big lot because they don't make them like that anymore.

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