12-06-2021, 08:57 PM
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…give him Gillette.

At least that held true seventy years ago. The plastic monstrosities they sell these days? They will likely break in twenty five years or less, and I can’t see Gillette continuing to make the carts much beyond the lifespan of their patents. The razors they sold in ’53 on the other hand?

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Gillette advertisement from The Australian Women’s Weekly, dated 16th December 1953

I got a Gillette’s from the fifties – a ’58 TV Special – as well as several even older Gillettes. Guess what? They still shave great, and I can still get blades for them. A vintage safety razor can get you years, decades, or even centuries of shaving pleasure. After all, I’ve gotten almost a decade out of the TV Special so far, and I’m not the first one to enjoy it.

So if you’re still pondering what to get that special someone on your life for the midwinter holiday, why not get them a vintage safety razor? They are fun, lasts forever, and – as an added bonus – good for the environment too.

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 12-06-2021, 09:44 PM
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This advert is the source of the claim that the #58 is an Aristocrat (Jr) which in my view it is not. If you ask me, it is an upgraded version of the HD500, with which it shares far more characteristics, save for the prettied-up, very distinctive handle. It is a very good razor, still, absolutely.

But why should we believe what an advert states, and only the once as far as I know? 

But anyway, yes; plastic in landfill? No.

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 12-07-2021, 01:08 AM
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(12-06-2021, 09:44 PM)Shaun Wrote: But why should we believe what an advert states ... ?

If you believe the adverts, you might as well try to shave some sandpaper... Tongue

But yes; it's a beautiful razor from back when things were made to both last a long time and to look good.

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 12-07-2021, 01:26 AM
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(12-07-2021, 01:08 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(12-06-2021, 09:44 PM)Shaun Wrote: But why should we believe what an advert states ... ?

If you believe the adverts, you might as well try to shave some sandpaper... Tongue

But yes; it's a beautiful razor from back when things were made to both last a long time and to look good.
Biggrin

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