Brillant de Luxe, an East Germany adjustable

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by IAmTheJody, May 26, 2012.

  1. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    An interesting acquisition. The brand is Brillant de Luxe. They were made from the 1960s though early 1980s in East Germany, in a town called Zella-Mehlis - which for you firearms enthusiasts, is also the location of the original Walther weapons factory.

    This is an early 1980s version as the full black handle portion is plastic. The earlier versions, the handle was all aluminum. As you can see, it is an adjustable. I also found it interesting that the head resembles the head of a Wilkinson Sword "Sticky" DE razor.

    These are very rare and nearly impossible to find according to a razor collector in Germany - which I didn't know and which wasn't the reason for buying it. I just liked the way it looked and that it was an unknown-to-me adjustable. It was only after my purchase that I found out its history and rarity. It's not even in the Waits' Safety Razor Compendium.

    The Swish Stainless blade is from India and not an original part of the set.


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  2. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Eccentric Razor Collector Staff Member

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    How does it shave?
  3. awake2shave

    awake2shave Crazy Sharp Melon Baller

    Is the adj. part of the tto or is it independant in its function?
  4. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Awaiting its arrival in the mail, still. :)
  5. Slivovitz

    Slivovitz Well-Known Member

    Razors from former Warsaw Pact nations could be a whole new area of specialization for collectors. Or razors from countries that no longer exist. It's been quite a while now, but I still remember my amazement as the Berlin Wall came down.

    It looks like an interesting razor. I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a good shaver, but a good display item regardless.
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  6. alpla444

    alpla444 That's sweet!

    Looks nice enough, good find:)
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  7. Neolithium

    Neolithium I am Canadian, eh

    I can see why you jumped on it without research. That is beautiful! I've noticed a lot more Eastern Bloc razors hitting the market - I've of course had my eye on the straight razors ;)
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  8. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    Interesting acquisition...
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  9. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

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  10. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    I was able to find a pic of an earlier one from the 1960s, with the anodized black aluminum handle and black adjustable/TTO knob:

  11. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Finally arrived from Ukraine today. The TTO knob opens the doors and lowers and raises the blade bed for the adjusting. Really neat design... but feels very cheap. I'll be giving it a spin around Jody-face Alley soon.


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  12. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

  13. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    Very nice score!
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  14. tomnat

    tomnat accepting applications

    Nice. I look forward to hearing how she shaves.
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  15. battle.munky

    battle.munky Has the menthol.munky on his back!

    Really cool!
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  16. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    You know, I always wondered what would happen if a Wilkinson, a SuperAdjustable and a bottom dial Fatboy had a threeway. Now I know.

    Is the adjuster independent of the TTO knob? I'd think it'd have to be but they look one-piece from here.
  17. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    No, it's not independent which is why I think it's an interesting design. Unless it's independent somehow inside the handle, which I can't see.
  18. awake2shave

    awake2shave Crazy Sharp Melon Baller

    Are my eyes tricking me , your going to try one of your new arrivials. Granted I haven't been here long but this is the first I have hurd of you using one. :D I was starting to think you had a beard that touches the ground!
  19. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    lol You should have a look at my gear thread in the Medicine Cabinet section... I've got 5 vintage Gillettes I use in my regular rotation. ;)
  20. lindyhopper66

    lindyhopper66 Well-Known Member

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