01-05-2013, 03:41 PM
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I just purchased a 1960 Gillette Tech razor on eBay and I'm pretty excited about trying it out when it gets here. I'm curious how many of you fine folks use a vintage razor on a regular basis and if so, what kind(s) do you use?

This razor seems to be in beautiful condition and the seller says it's been sanitized: what should I do to it to make sure any germies or microbes are good and perished before I use it?

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 01-05-2013, 03:48 PM
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All I have are vintage razors, a couple Gillette Old Types, a floating head Barbasol, and a pair of ocmm. My newest razors are from the 30's.

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 01-05-2013, 04:02 PM
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  • MickToley
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I think that majority of us shave with vintage razors.

I use vintage straight razors mostly, however, I do have an open comb micromatic, two ever ready razors, a gillette tuckaway, and a gillette new standard.

Enjoy.

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 01-05-2013, 04:04 PM
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'59 Gillette Fatboy, '61 Gillette slim, 2- 1930's Gillette New's, '53 President, '37 Gillette Sheraton, and a '40's Gillette SS. Gillette Fat handle Tech.

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 01-05-2013, 04:06 PM
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A majority of my razors are vintage, though I actually have a large variety of brands. I only have a couple modern razors, a Weber and a Muhle, and they are both great shavers as well.

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 01-05-2013, 04:07 PM
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  • GregDR
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My go-to is my 1960 Gillette Adjustable (fatboy). Also in the rotation is a Gillette Fat Handle Tech, Gillette Long Comb "New" and a Gillette Tuckaway head matched up with various other handles (iKon,UFO,T1 etc)

They work just as good if not better than anything new. But that's not to say I haven't had a bout with RAD (razor acquisition disorder) I have a few modern models as well.

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 01-05-2013, 04:20 PM
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Biggrin

I have 21 razors in my shave cabinet. That means I somewhat regularly use these reazors. I have far more than that tucked away in storage or the boneyard. Of those 21 razors exactly 1 is modern and it's a Muhle R41. My oldest razor (patent date) makes it 112 years old. It's a fantastic shaving instrument.

LB, if you like your Tech, you're in very good company regarding the use of vintage razors. I agree with what's already been written. I suspect the vast majority of folks on the forum use at least 1 vintage razor, some of us many more than that.

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 01-05-2013, 04:20 PM
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  • ben74
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I regularly use a variety of vintage Gillette heads on modern handles including New Long, Short and Deluxe.

I occasionally use a Gillettte Aristocrat, FatBoy and 1974 (U1) Black Super Speed (which is an uninspiring razor, but it's my birth year and right quarter too).

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 01-05-2013, 04:45 PM
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I figured the Tech would be a good choice because it's cheap, readily available, and is supposed to be a mild razor. As someone new to wet shaving and a sufferer of sensitive skin, I thought it would be the perfect choice for me. Plus, I seem to remember that ball end razor in my grandfather's house back in the 70s.

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 01-05-2013, 04:54 PM
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  • ben74
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(01-05-2013, 03:41 PM)Lightning Boy Wrote: I just purchased a 1960 Gillette Tech razor on eBay...

...what should I do to it to make sure any germies or microbes are good and perished before I use it?

I soak secondhand razors in Barbicide prior to using...

   

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 01-05-2013, 04:59 PM
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Up until a few years ago, besides a Merkur, everyone used a vintage razor daily.

Weber, ATT, Tradere, iKon are all newer companies.

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 01-05-2013, 05:11 PM
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(01-05-2013, 04:45 PM)Lightning Boy Wrote: I figured the Tech would be a good choice because it's cheap, readily available, and is supposed to be a mild razor. As someone new to wet shaving and a sufferer of sensitive skin, I thought it would be the perfect choice for me. Plus, I seem to remember that ball end razor in my grandfather's house back in the 70s.

I mostly shave with vintage razors! The tech is a great choice, its one of my favorites.

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 01-05-2013, 05:26 PM
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  • CMur12
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I have quite a cache of vintage Gillette razors, many of which I haven't yet tried. I also have old Schick Injectors and some GEM SE razors.

I originally learned to shave on a Schick Injector, and later a Gillette adjustable. Since I joined these forums, however, I restarted DE shaving with a Merkur, which was just too aggressive for me. I switched to a very mild Weishi, which worked much better, and then I moved on to a Gillette Tech, which I used almost exclusively for three-and-a-half years. I, too, have very sensitive skin.

I experimented with other razors that would easily give me a closer shave: Edwin Jagger, Weber, GEM Featherweight and Heavy Flattop/G-bar. These have given me a closer shave, but they have also given me more irritation. So now, I'm moving back in the direction of milder razors. I'm mostly using a second-generation iKon three-piece with safety bars, which is at least as mild as a Tech, and I'm thinking of picking up the Tech again, as well as some of my other vintage Gillettes.

- Murray

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 01-05-2013, 05:34 PM
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All but two of mine are vintage. I enjoy using them every bit as much as the two very new moderns I have purchased.

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 01-05-2013, 05:39 PM
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like ben said, all my used razors get a 10min barbicide soak to disinfect them, regardless of who or what the previous owner has said.

most of my razors are vintage, with the exception of my Feather AS-D1 and my Muhle R89.

my daily razors are the Gillette Slim and a SS Rocket, both of which are built like tanks and rival or surpass any modern DE razor in terms of performance and build (yes, even the $150+ stainless razors).

the vintage gillette razors win every time in terms of style, there is no comparison.

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 01-05-2013, 06:06 PM
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  • Kavik79
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LOL I think asking who uses a modern razor here would be the shorter thread.

The razor I reach for most often is a straight from around 1840, that's past "vintage", right? Tongue

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 01-05-2013, 06:26 PM
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I only have 2 new razor a merkur futur and a cadet. All my others are 5 straights a fatboy,superspeed, a gillette sheraton, a Gem 192, another gem, and a gold techBiggrinBiggrinBiggrin

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 01-05-2013, 06:28 PM
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I shave with straights only.

The only new razors I have are customs. Although I do have a NOS Le Grelot blank.... so that's still old right?

My go to razor atm is a Platipus brand razor. No, really, it's got a platipus on the tang. Just looks cool, nothing special about it other than that.

As for disinfecting, nothing you should be fearful of survived the trip via USPS and all those years sitting around. That said, a dunk in 70% alcohol will kill anything but spores. Maybe some extremely hardy bacteria, but the CDC hasn't listed anything.

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 01-05-2013, 06:59 PM
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  • Songwind
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I also have one modern razor and a few vintage. I do, however, use my EJ DE89 most of the time.

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 01-05-2013, 07:09 PM
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  • DaveL
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I currently own 20+ vintage Gillettes. There are three modern razors in my collection but they don't see much use.

I have other modern razors but they're destined for B/S/T.

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