04-17-2016, 11:09 PM
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What do we know about Red tip Gillettes C2, 1957, with the ++ stamp? They are infrequent and appear to be a bit more aggressive relative to the unmarked Red tips. Am I wrong here? The only relevant discussion I have found is at http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread....n-Red-Tips.

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 04-18-2016, 05:10 AM
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(04-17-2016, 11:09 PM)a-strong Wrote: What do we know about Red tip Gillettes C2, 1957, with the ++ stamp? They are infrequent and appear to be a bit more aggressive relative to the unmarked Red tips. Am I wrong here? The only relevant discussion I have found is at http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread....n-Red-Tips.

Interesting.  I hadn't heard of "++" marked Red Tips.  I'd also be curious to know if the consensus is that they are more aggressive than unmarked ones.

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 04-18-2016, 07:33 AM
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  • chazt
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Will check my Red Tips when I get home...

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 04-18-2016, 12:45 PM
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  • Shaun
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So not English red tips then?

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 04-18-2016, 01:49 PM
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  • srgjazz
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Mine is a C4 ++. Great shaved. Quite a bit more effective than my 1948-50 Aristocrat.

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 04-18-2016, 03:07 PM
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I think, and I'm just making this up, that when the + and - signs were being used it was for sorting.

My speculation is that at some point along the production line, literally, the pieces and parts were mixed together during one process or another. Maybe buffing, tumbling, or polishing?

They needed an obvious way to keep from mixing up the red tip and blue tip parts later down the line say during final assembly.

I suspect that later when the red tip and blue tip reached a certain level of demand they were able to justify a complete run of each thus negating the need for plus and minus signs to differentiate between them.

I've shaved with plus sign, minus sign, and sans both versions of the blue and red tips and can't tell any differences myself.

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 04-19-2016, 12:56 PM
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  • Mouser
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Mine has the + +. Never noticed it before

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 04-19-2016, 03:04 PM
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I actually just read the linked post in the first post.

I didn't realize it's the later ones that are stamped that way, not the earlier ones.

Same thought here, just the other way around. Maybe when demand died down or production methods changed they processed parts of different razors together.

Like the English Gillettes that had Roman numerals under the heads.

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 04-19-2016, 03:54 PM
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  • chazt
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better late than not...

A3 no ++
B2 no ++
E1 yes ++

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