02-13-2017, 09:14 AM
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I have three vintage Gillettes--a 1951 Aristocrat, a 1952 made-in-Canada Tech, and a 1974 Super Adjustable. I have been rotating them. Although I sometimes think one is better than the others--most recently the Tech--in reality, they are all excellent and in the end not much different. I wonder whether collecting (and using) vintage razors is more about the sense of history and workmanship than performance. I still covet an open comb, but other than that, I wonder whether acquiring many more makes sense. Proraso, a good badger brush and any of my three razors--what more can one want?

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 02-13-2017, 11:27 AM
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  • DayMan
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You already said it, an open comb.

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 02-13-2017, 12:45 PM
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  • chazt
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In my experience with over 2 dozen vintage Gillettes come and gone, there is a definite difference in how the razors feel and shave. I just couldn't get a good shave with any of the adjustables or Super Speeds. Otoh, Techs and Red Tips just knock my socks right off! Of course, YMMV Smile

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 02-13-2017, 03:12 PM
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It may be that I don't see a great difference because I don't have a very heavy beard. What is fascinating about the vintage Gillettes is how much better they are than the current Gillette cartridge razors. The very fact that a 1951 Arristocrat still works perfectly is a testimony to the quality of the product. Researching the various models is half the fun.

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 02-13-2017, 03:32 PM
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  • doc47
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You would enjoy an open comb 1938 British #15 Aristocrat, in Rhodium. It would round out your collection for a few minutes...

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 02-13-2017, 03:48 PM
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(02-13-2017, 03:32 PM)doc47 Wrote: You would enjoy an open comb 1938 British #15 Aristocrat, in Rhodium. It would round out your collection for a few minutes...

Thanks. I will keep an eye out for it.

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 02-13-2017, 03:57 PM
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(02-13-2017, 03:48 PM)Ilnones Wrote:
(02-13-2017, 03:32 PM)doc47 Wrote: You would enjoy an open comb 1938 British #15 Aristocrat, in Rhodium. It would round out your collection for a few minutes...

Thanks. I will keep an eye out for it.
And the "for a few minutes" remark is good. You obviously have my number. Biggrin

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