08-07-2016, 05:57 AM
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  • gp569900
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  • Franklin, TN USA
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I've been watching all the posts about vintage Gillettes. Until this point, I have not owned a vintage razor. I'm a newbie to the vintage side of shaving and need your guidance. What should I get?

Some of my current favorite razors are ATT S1, R1, SE1, and M2. I also like my Feather AS-D2, but find it a bit mild like an EJ.

What would you guys recommend? I've looked at the following Gillettes: Aristocrat, New Short Comb, Red Tip SS, Red Tip Rocket.

Give me your opinions.

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 08-07-2016, 06:02 AM
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  • nikos.a
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  • Athens, Greece
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I recommend you the Slim Adjustable. It's a very nice razor and you will be able to find the adjustment you prefer for your shave.

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 08-07-2016, 06:09 AM
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Me? I would look for a Red Tip. Not adjustable, but a terrific shave and pretty easy to get a nice one at a reasonable price.

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 08-07-2016, 06:40 AM
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I have a post war gold tech , 58 ss , 60 fatboy and a 66 slim not a bad
razor in the bunch but the fatboy is my favorite .


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 08-07-2016, 06:42 AM
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Buy em all!

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 08-07-2016, 06:58 AM
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Slim or fatboy would be nice. I've got a 40s style superspeed that is a nice albeit mild shaver. And my red tip is great, more towards the aggressive side.
I've got a rocket hd which is a great daily shaver, a bit more aggressive than the superspeed for me. The Gillette New was fine. Not as aggressive as I imagined, but nice all the same. Somewhere in the middle of the pack for me.
So, my advice? Watch prices and look for deals.

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 08-07-2016, 07:15 AM
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I really enjoy the Gillette old type open comb, I think the slimmer base plate version is more efficient than the later models with similar aggression.

Gillette new standards are nice and smooth with medium aggression as well.

Confession though I haven't tried any of the mid century Gillette's , just the early stuff. They really surprised me I was fixated on CNC this, stainless that when I first started wetshaving

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 08-07-2016, 07:22 AM
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If you like something more aggressive than the Edwin Jagger and the like, get an adjustable or a red tip. If you want to get even more aggressive then an Old Type is definitely for you!

Good look in your search and be sure to come back and show us pictures of your haul.

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 08-07-2016, 10:02 AM
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I always recommend a Tech to newcomers.

- Cheap
- Easy to find
- Mild and efficient

From there you can go a couple of different ways:

- Become a Tech-addict and play Pokemon with all the Tech variants
- Try out an adjustable
- Explore TTOs like the Super Speeds
- Aristocrat hunting ($$$)

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 08-07-2016, 11:14 AM
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I am not a fan of the TTO razors and stay away from them.

If you are looking for a razor more on the mild side, a tech, new deluxe, or new improved would be my choices.

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 08-07-2016, 12:57 PM
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I'd recommend the Slim or Red Tip.  I can't seem to get a similar great shave with my Fat Boy.  The Red Tip is my favorite of all the vintage Gillettes I've tried, and I think I've tried six different models.

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 08-07-2016, 01:01 PM
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British Aristocrat, Slim Adjustable and Fatboy are my favorites.


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 08-07-2016, 02:06 PM
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I lIke the 40's style Super Speed.  A mild shaver, yet it handles my tough beard just fine.  Also available in good condition at reasonable prices.

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 08-07-2016, 02:19 PM
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Agreed with the techs, I love my prewar and flat bottom techs. Another vintage razor I really like is the Rocket HD

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 08-07-2016, 05:31 PM
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A FatBoy

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 08-07-2016, 06:32 PM
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Late 40's no date super speed is my go to...

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 08-07-2016, 08:20 PM
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If you want a TTO, I think your best bet is the 46-47 era Super Speed, Tech Ranger, Milord, or Aristocrat.  The blade angle and gap are a bit closer, and more efficient, while also remaining more rigid.  The late 30s era open comb TTOs, Sheraton, Senator and Aristocrat would be next best.

For the simply smoothest and most comfortable shave, get a mid to late 70s Super Adjustable and don't look back.  Not as iconic as the Fat Boy or Slim, the it leaves them in the dust for comfort.  

For a non-TTO, I think the best is a NEW Standard by quite a bit in terms of efficiency and comfort and weight.  For ease of use and value, get a Tech.  The Tech is simple and good, no more and no less.  As an icon, get an Old Type: very efficient, simple as well.  Nice and rigid blade position, no messing around, it allows one to really employ different techniques for a good shave.

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 08-08-2016, 05:57 AM
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Everybody has an opinion.  I have one, too.  I've pretty much tried all the vintage Gillettes.  My favorites: 

1) Tech in any variety (Hybrid, Canadian pre-war, American post-war, American pre-war, in that order)
2) NEW in any variety (SC, LC, RFB), with the NEW Deluxe in last place
3) New Improved
4) Fatboy, Slim, Superadjustable (in that order)
5) Slim Twist or Knack (highly underrated, in my opinion; a really nice shaver)
6) Superspeed in any variety (Red tip, flare tip, blue tip, in that order)
7) Old Type

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 08-08-2016, 06:22 AM
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You should definitely try both a 3 piece and a TTO. I've converted more friends with a early Gillette Tech (3 piece) more than any other razor.
As far as Gillette TTO razors I prefer late 40's early 50's Aristocrat, Diplomat and President non adjustable razors. Solid construction, beautiful knurling and great feel on the hand. 
Gillette RFB (Raised Flat Bottom), Flat Bottom New, LC and SC also make for great razors. 
The fun is in trial and discovering what you like. 
Have fun and enjoy the shave.

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 08-11-2016, 01:51 PM
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  • chazt
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My favorite TTOs are Red Tips. They give me awesome shaves. I find them to be much more efficient than standard Super Speeds. Techs are fine razors as well. My favorite is a black and gold Contract Tech with triangular holes in the base plate. User grade vintage Gillettes are inexpensive. Try one of each Biggrin

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