Gillette to release NEW DE razor for the holidays

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  1. MrEE

    MrEE Half Naked Shave Stalker

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    @RyX, It took closer to 15 min in the Muriatic acid to remove the chrome. I tried to add another layer of nickel but it failed due to not all the chrome being removed. More time in the acid fixed it. Will gold plate when I get a hard 24k gold electrolyte.

    Nickel Gillette Heritage next to a Chrome Edwin Jagger DE89. I really like the look of nickel better, but it is not as durable for sure.

    Nickeled NEW and Heritage

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  2. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool..
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  3. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    Looks like same head on DE89.

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  4. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    It would be the R89 as it was confirmed by Gillette the head was made in Germany.

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  5. cliffb599

    cliffb599 Well-Known Member

    Mine just came in.

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  6. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool..
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  7. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    Mine came in too. [​IMG]

    I compared the R89 (left), the DE89 (center) and the Gillette (right). The are almost an identical match, but the Gillette may be slightly thinner and the cap doesn't sit the same. Or it could just be bad light and my eyes.

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  8. Tim Spencer

    Tim Spencer Well-Known Member

    OMG! Jealous! I'm not getting mine until tomorrow! :angry017:
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  9. Pilotcld

    Pilotcld Well-Known Member

    Is everyone who received theirs, liking it? I’m thinking about ordering one so I have an alternate to my Gillette Tuckaway that I current bring with me.

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  10. Tim Spencer

    Tim Spencer Well-Known Member

    They are currently sold out. If you like a DE-89 head then it's very likely you will get the same exact shave experience. I nearly passed on the purchase, but I guess I'm a sucker for the limited edition type of stuff. I had ordered too hastily and only afterwards realized that it basically shaves the same as my EJ Kelvin razor does. The DE89 head will give a high quality shave so it's by no means a rip off. It's worth what they sold it for IMO.

    ***EDIT - not sold out anymore. Back in stock.
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  11. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    Had my first shave with the Gillette Heritage this morning. It performs very much like the DE89, smooth, comfortable and surprisingly efficient. It's a nice razor. My only complaint, as it was mentioned above, is that it's a bit head-heavy. With that weight distribution the handle feels short and insufficient. That being said, I like it already.

    Guess I'll sell off my R89 and keep this one.

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  12. cliffb599

    cliffb599 Well-Known Member

    My first shave was Absolutely BBS.
    NICE LITTLE RAZOR. Will keep it safe in My Shave Den.

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  13. xiletero

    xiletero Member

    Still available
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  14. chevyguy

    chevyguy Well-Known Member

    Gillette didn't need to early on because they were making money off blades, and razors, due to still holding patents. Later on in the seventies they did the Gillette-II Injector razor.

    Maybe stock some of the Gillette Russian Blades?.


    I would like to see the Spoiler or the Swede back in production. The Russian blades come very close. The answer may just be retooling the equipment in the Russian factories. Just like a jig, or a mold is only good for so many uses when it comes to making quality parts. Better yet make em in Boston, MA. again with new equipment.


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  15. brit

    brit in a box

    yes sir.that would be grand..i would pay the extra for swedes do you mean the blue/white pack platinum blades?
  16. Tim Spencer

    Tim Spencer Well-Known Member

    Got it! :D

    This will be my first shave with this special edition razor:

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  17. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool..
  18. Tim Spencer

    Tim Spencer Well-Known Member


    Notes from my shave:
    2 pass + extensive clean up. BBS. Very mild shave. Comparable to the Merkur 1904 razor. No aggression whatsoever. Once this blade is finished I will use a Feather in this razor in the future. The razor covers and holds the blade so tight and the mass of the razor is such that I didn't get any audible feekback on my shave. I could 'barely' hear any cutting, but it was definitely cutting hair. So, bear these in mind if you are considering buying this razor. It's a nice 'show' razor, and a fine shaver, but it's not quite as much fun to use as others. Aside from the lack of audible feedback, this would be an excellent beginner's razor. Not much of a chance for mistakes because of the mildness of the shave.

    All in all it's a nice razor.
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  19. Tim Spencer

    Tim Spencer Well-Known Member

    When I wrote that they were out of stock. I just checked yesterday and they came back into stock again. :)
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  20. xiletero

    xiletero Member

    Here is a link to an interesting video on how this razor shaves!
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