09-05-2017, 12:37 PM
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Dear friends,

I've read some good things about the Gibbs adjustable DE especially how smoothly it shaves. Some people rate it above the FatBoy and slim, I made an e-bay search and it came out with two adjustables. A no. 15 and a no.17. What is the difference between the two and which is the best adjustable gibbs to buy. Is there somewhere I can read about the Gibbs razor and inform myself?

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 09-08-2017, 02:16 AM
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From other discussions, I found, owners rate it above the 6S for smootheness and efficiency, so I bought a no.17. When it arrives I'll post my experience.
The blade although it has to be modified to fit, I've been assured that it's very easy to do.

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 09-08-2017, 08:44 AM
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The 15 comes in two versions, a lightweight gold anodized aluminum version, and chromed versions which are essentially identical to the 17. The only difference between my chrome 15 and my 17 is the black resin knob on my 15 (pictured at right below). More commonly the chrome 15 have the same knob as the 17. The No 15 is identified as such on the baseplate. The 17 often carry no such identifier.

By far the best source of information on the Gibbs razors is the French forum linked here, where you'll find many threads dedicated to these razors. You're out of luck when it comes to English language resources.

http://www.rasage-traditionnel.com/t1300...oirs-gibbs

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 09-08-2017, 04:28 PM
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(09-08-2017, 02:16 AM)kyproset Wrote: From other discussions, I found, owners rate it above the 6S for smootheness and efficiency, so I bought a no.17. When it arrives I'll post my experience.
The blade although it has to be modified to fit, I've been assured that it's very easy to do.
$10 heavy duty 1/8" circle punch works perfectly.
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 09-09-2017, 12:14 AM
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I have so many tools around, I think this one my girlfriend will use and misplace like the rest of them, so I'll try a pair of scissors

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 09-09-2017, 04:06 AM
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I use cuticle scissors and cut off a little bit of blade on each side. You will have to pay attention to making sure the blade stays aligned when tightening, however once tight the blade will not move. A great benefit to this method for me is zero blade overhang, which means in a rushed shave you don't have to worry about nicking yourself. All in all, I feel like I say this with so many razors Smile but this is one of my favorites and could be my favorite adjustable. Gibbs is seriously underrated and under appreciated IMO.

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 09-09-2017, 04:45 AM
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Shavemonkey, this is a brilliant idea, I take my hat off to you sir.

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 09-09-2017, 04:56 AM
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(09-09-2017, 04:45 AM)kyproset Wrote: Shavemonkey, this is a brilliant idea, I take my hat off to you sir.

You are too kind. Many thanks for the kind words!
I hope you enjoy the Gibbs. Please do report back and let use know your thoughts.

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 09-09-2017, 07:17 AM
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(09-09-2017, 04:45 AM)kyproset Wrote: Shavemonkey, this is a brilliant idea, I take my hat off to you sir.
Laziness is the mother of invention I guess. Doesn't strike me as a great idea given the cheap, secure alternative -- baseplates have posts for a reason --, but I'll give it a try.. True I've used simple compression to secure my blades in hacking my SE razors but it's not a better solution as I've discovered on more than one occasion. Having to align the blade edge with your finger while tightening is certainly more risky than cutting yourself with the sides of the stock untrimmed blade . Of course your ears may vary. :-)

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 09-09-2017, 07:36 AM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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I have had a few GIBBS adjustable razors -one that took a proprietary blade and two that took standard blades. If you can find a GIBBS that takes standard blades, snatch it up.

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 09-09-2017, 08:15 AM
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I see some non adjustable Gibbs razors for sale, are they all the same and do they have the same head configuration like the adjustable?

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 09-09-2017, 08:35 AM
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(09-09-2017, 08:15 AM)kyproset Wrote: I see some non adjustable Gibbs razors for sale, are they all the same and do they have the same head configuration like the adjustable?
The 14 and 16 with the +/- on the cap are supposed to be similarly configured.

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 09-09-2017, 08:36 AM
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(09-09-2017, 08:15 AM)kyproset Wrote: I see some non adjustable Gibbs razors for sale, are they all the same and do they have the same head configuration like the adjustable?

I don't know. I had what was called the Plus/Minus and that head was different than the head on the adjustable (thinner profile). I cannot speak about other Gibbs models.

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 09-09-2017, 08:44 AM
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(09-09-2017, 08:36 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(09-09-2017, 08:15 AM)kyproset Wrote: I see some non adjustable Gibbs razors for sale, are they all the same and do they have the same head configuration like the adjustable?

I don't know. I had what was called the Plus/Minus and that head was different than the head on the adjustable (thinner profile). I cannot speak about other Gibbs models.
Hmm ok. I guess I'll see when my 14 arrives. If your +/- took standard blades it would be a later, different head than the 14/16 using the notched Gibbs.

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 09-09-2017, 08:50 AM
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  • bullgoose
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My +/- took proprietary blades so it must have been an older one. I am going off memory as I sold it several years ago.

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 09-09-2017, 09:15 AM
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(09-09-2017, 08:50 AM)bullgoose Wrote: My +/- took proprietary blades so it must have been an older one. I am going off memory as I sold it several years ago.
Here are the two side by side, similar but not identical.[Image: 33514ad369102c92b538ca453b076500.jpg]

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 09-09-2017, 11:32 AM
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(09-09-2017, 07:17 AM)jmudrick Wrote:
(09-09-2017, 04:45 AM)kyproset Wrote: Shavemonkey, this is a brilliant idea, I take my hat off to you sir.
Laziness is the mother of invention I guess. Doesn't strike me as a great idea given the cheap, secure alternative -- baseplates have posts for a reason --, but I'll give it a try.. True I've used simple compression to secure my blades in hacking my SE razors but it's not a better solution as I've discovered on more than one occasion. Having to align the blade edge with your finger while tightening is certainly more risky than cutting yourself with the sides of the stock untrimmed blade . Of course your ears may vary. :-)

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 09-26-2017, 02:00 AM
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My Gibbs arrived today and I already had a shave with it.
Thankfully it's in very nice user condition and better than described.
The grooves on the dial and bottom screw were filthy, nothing that the ultrasonic bath couldn't fix in 5 minutes.
I had some trouble tracing the original blade for cutting the slots to make it fit, but thanks for the brilliant idea of Shave Monkey, next time I'll cut the sides clean off, to make it fit.
The shave with the Feather was outstanding. Being such an efficient razor I cut myself for initially using it on 6. Down to N and it was a breeze. It's a smooth razor and intent to put it on the rotation. 


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 09-26-2017, 06:46 AM
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Glad you are happy with it. I agree that going wide open at 6 or even 5 seems unnecessary. I got a perfect head shave on 3 this morning after finding 4 on my beard more bladey than I needed.

No question cutting off the blade sides will work, I'm sticking with the punch as being more secure and not being any more work than using a scissors.

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 09-26-2017, 08:46 AM
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(09-09-2017, 08:50 AM)bullgoose Wrote: My +/- took proprietary blades so it must have been an older one. I am going off memory as I sold it several years ago.

yah I bought it..does take the Gibbs blades but I use regular blades and just press them into the head with a piece of wood with a 1/4' hole drilled in it...I also have the click model or perhaps flip head which uses regular blades..quite mild however.

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