03-14-2017, 03:36 PM
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Anyone with even passive interest in collector DEs knows the Gillette Double Ring is high on the bucket list of many.  Is this still true?  Who out there possesses one of these legendary razors besides (lucky) me?  I've recently seen at least a couple of owners so let's hear from ya...

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 03-14-2017, 03:55 PM
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Not at the current market rate, but I'd pay a reasonable amount for one. I love Gillette old types, so it would be very welcome in my den. Yours looks to be in great shape. How does it shave? Is the head the same as a Single ring?

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 03-14-2017, 04:02 PM
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As far as I recall, the Single Ring head was a carry over from the Double.  They shave great, yes a bit aggressive (insert definition here) but capable of an extremely close shave in as little as two passes.  I compare the shave to some modern razors like the wider blade gap ATTs, Plissons (but smoother to be honest), the R41 (again smoother in my experience).  Combine this with shaving with a razor that is more than a century old and you have quite an experience.

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 03-15-2017, 02:45 PM
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Much respect is due to the original Gillette safety razor, but it isn't one that I'm chasing.  Sure I'd snag one at below market rates, but would probably flip it.  The bulldog has always been more intriguing to me, but I have passed on the opportunity to get those as well.  I do think the Old models and even the News are the best razors that Gillette produced, but my Gillette collection itch was scratched years ago and I tend to chase foreign brands.

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 03-15-2017, 03:10 PM
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Shaved with my Single Ring this morning (double shims). It's the only Gillette with a permanent place in my den. Fat Boy, meh. Would I pay crazy price for a Double Ring that shaves exactly the same? No .

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 03-15-2017, 04:21 PM
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Nice!  I personally don't see the reason for shims since it's such a direct shave already but glad you keep it in your rotation.   Thumbup

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 03-15-2017, 06:52 PM
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(03-15-2017, 04:21 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Nice!  I personally don't see the reason for shims since it's such a direct shave already but glad you keep it in your rotation.  
Pretty simple, I get a closer shave with them then without. I prefer a very aggressive DE for my head shave and the shims do the trick. Not really necessary for my beard. As I imagine you know the blades the razor was designed for were quite a bit thicker than modern blades and shimmed blades get closer to the intended approach, so many here have argued..

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 03-15-2017, 07:03 PM
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(03-15-2017, 06:52 PM)jmudrick Wrote:
(03-15-2017, 04:21 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Nice!  I personally don't see the reason for shims since it's such a direct shave already but glad you keep it in your rotation.  
Pretty simple, I get a closer shave with them then without. I prefer a very aggressive DE for my head shave and the  shims do the trick.
Well, simple for me would not be shaving my head with a shimmed Old Style but more power to ya!  Tongue

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 03-15-2017, 07:14 PM
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(03-15-2017, 07:03 PM)TexBilly Wrote:
(03-15-2017, 06:52 PM)jmudrick Wrote:
(03-15-2017, 04:21 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Nice!  I personally don't see the reason for shims since it's such a direct shave already but glad you keep it in your rotation.  
Pretty simple, I get a closer shave with them then without. I prefer a very aggressive DE for my head shave and the  shims do the trick.
Well, simple for me would not be shaving my head with a shimmed Old Style but more power to ya! 
It shares the honors with a couple dozen other razors but there's nothing very complicated about loading two blades at a time to get a better shave with a particular razor. Less complicated than changing plates on a Rockwell 6S. And it's a Single Ring, not an Old Style, let's not confuse matters.

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 03-15-2017, 07:24 PM
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Interesting, and thanks so much for your helpful correction on my oversight.  Looking forward to your productive threads on shaving methods and Gillette razor history.  Wink

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 03-15-2017, 08:35 PM
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I'm not a big guy for the older razors but I do have a Double Ring. I recently got it on eBay. I don't have my own photos yet so here are the ones from eBay. It is from 1904 and has no serial number.

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 03-15-2017, 09:28 PM
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(03-15-2017, 07:24 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Interesting, and thanks so much for your helpful correction on my oversight.  Looking forward to your productive threads on shaving methods and Gillette razor history.  Wink
Thanks Billy.

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 03-15-2017, 10:01 PM
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Looks like that one comes with the shims gillette made for old types.

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 03-16-2017, 12:00 AM
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Hey,
If you want to know all you might about that razor,without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable people I have met so far is     


Matt Pisarcik of Razor Emporium. Also easy to talk to and quick to answer  an email. 

You might check out his youtube show on old  Gillette it is called I'd  Lather Be  Shaving.

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 03-16-2017, 12:02 AM
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I would love a double ring. I have a single ring that I use fairly often, and several Olds. I too do not use shims in the single ring. I am not sure it would be worth the ching required to get one though as I have been told the shave is not that different from the single ring.

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 03-16-2017, 01:37 AM
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(03-16-2017, 12:00 AM)grayhane Wrote: Hey,
If you want to know all you might about that razor,without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable people I have met so far is     


Matt Pisarcik of Razor Emporium. Also easy to talk to and quick to answer  an email. 

You might check out his youtube show on old  Gillette it is called I'd  Lather Be  Shaving.

http://razoremporium.com

I was once critical of the methodology RE uses to strip the plating off razors they revamp. I just found another firm's methods retains more details. We spoke on the phone about it to clear the air. Maybe he was right. Then later he asked me to provide one of the rarest Gillette Adjustibles in my collection, a $6000+ razor, on loan to his shop for photo's for his website and I didn't want to take any risk with it, mail and such, so I refused. I don't think he likes me as much any more. Two strikes and you are out - something like that. I recently reached out to him with an email, the new photo of my Gillette Adjustible collection, but no response. Maybe I don't have his right email anymore? Matt has done a lot for razor collecting and his efforts to gather and preserve Gillette Razor history are phenomenal!! I wish him the best of luck. Ha ha... "razor collecting drama". Who knew. I even bought this pricey razor from him once too:
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 03-16-2017, 01:45 AM
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(03-15-2017, 10:01 PM)lloydrm Wrote: Looks like that one comes with the shims gillette made for old types.

Yes that shim is pretty interesting. Professionally made. No markings though. I have a Single Ring and might try it out in that.

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 03-16-2017, 08:20 AM
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I would think the shim was designed specifically for the thicker blades of that era.  Or maybe not, just an option for shave quality?  Pretty cool either way, not sure I've ever seen one in a set, assuming it's original.

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 03-16-2017, 08:40 AM
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(03-16-2017, 08:20 AM)TexBilly Wrote: I would think the shim was designed specifically for the thicker blades of that era.  Or maybe not, just an option for shave quality?  Pretty cool either way, not sure I've ever seen one in a set, assuming it's original.

Billy it probably isn't original. The NOS blades that came with the set when I got it were added later too based on what I've read about the date codes on them and markings changes over time. I agree it is cool though.

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 03-16-2017, 04:47 PM
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1905. Birth year of my Grandpa. I don't know if he ever shaved with one, but I love thinking about him when I'm holding it. [Image: ba390860f5e01baf72b57728ceddb49d.jpg]

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