Vintage Gillette Shave

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by brit, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    what is your vintage razor of the year?
     
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  2. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Today's shave set at 1. If I had to compare it to another Gillette somewhere between a 50s flare tip and blue tip. It is not as mild as a blue tip or aggressive as a 50s flare tip on this setting. I'd like to say it is more aggressive than a Tech of the same time period at a 1 setting but it has been awhile since I used one. This gave me some irritation under the nose on the ATG pass on the 1 setting something that a Tech doesn't do so that is my basis for saying that.
     
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  3. stuartganis

    stuartganis Well-Known Member

    Gillette Blue tip / Sputnik blade [​IMG]

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  4. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    nice blue tip..
     
  5. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Up for the next 3 days shaves on the 9, 5 and 1 settings. The Super 84 Black Beauty.
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  6. Somnos

    Somnos Well-Known Member

    I have an 01 which I love! Great razor and shaves just a little better than my 64 Slim or 66 A’crat. Would love to pick a minty 109 but the shorty is a favourite....
     
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  7. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    I don't know if they are different shave wise but the BB razors came in 2 specific base plate styles. The earlier style is shaped like the Slims and later styles are squared. The 109 I was using is the later style this one the 84 is the earlier style.
     
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  8. Somnos

    Somnos Well-Known Member

    For me it’s the weight distribution on my 84 that makes it a fine shaver. I find it to be just slightly head heavy and just balances beautifully and glides down the face.
     
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  9. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Here is what I mean by the base plates.

    Here is a Slim
    slim.jpg

    Here is a BB with the same style of plate
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    Here is the later squared version that they started using in 76 until 85 to maybe 88 depending when they exactly stopped production of the BB adjustable. The last one piece DE they made was in 88 as far as I know. I've never seen a BB dated beyond 85 though.
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  10. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    no a huge fan of adjustables myself,have a cased birthyear slim thats mint and a very clean fatboy, but i prefer to pick up one of my hand picked favorites when the mood and need arises.i feel the adjustables are nice to use once in a while, but they are substitutes..
     
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  11. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The 84 and Slim are the same razor as far handle length, weight distribution. Gillette also made a hybrid Slim Super Adjustable. It had the Slim handle with the Super Adjustable base plate. They are rare to come by and were only produced for one quarter dated N 3 in 1968.
     
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  12. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    i like how the 58 tv special shared the same knurling as the newly introduced fatboy or 1.95 adjustable..
     
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  13. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

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  14. stuartganis

    stuartganis Well-Known Member

    Gillette Flare tip / Gillette platinum [​IMG]

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  15. Droo78

    Droo78 Well-Known Member

    [​IMG]

    Pears Transparent Soap (preshave)
    Palmolive Classic Shave Stick
    Miusco Badger Brush
    Late 40's Gillette Superspeed
    Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Platinum (4)
    Thayer's Original Witch Hazel
    Proraso Red Aftershave

    For my skin/beard, I think this blade reaches it's final usable output at 4 shaves. I finished with needing too many touchups for my liking. Completed the shave with a BBS, but resulted in red irritation on the lower neck. I guess it matches the natural tone of the back of my neck now...

    Music provided by:
    Lynyrd Skynyd ~ Live at the Cardiff Capitol Theatre - Cardiff, Wales November 4, 1975
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  16. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    like the music with the set ups, cool..nice shave ..
     
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  17. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Unless this is one of those outlier shaves this razor at 9 outperformed just about every Gillette I can think of. It shaves nothing like the other BB with the square base plate. Lot of blade feel and audible feedback unlike the other. Very efficient also, no nicks or weepers or irritation. This could be possibly due to my whiskers being a bit longer than normal because of yesterday's shave not being that good when all is said and done.

    Tomorrow's shave will tell me if this a characteristic of this base plate and if it is like a Slim or not. Up next the Slim with a fresh blade on 9 then this razor on the next 2 passes at 9 also. No need to dial it down if it performs this well all the way through. If it is a handle thing I'll know when the gold BB is up for shaving. It should shave that same feel and feedback if it is the same base plate thing.
     
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  18. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

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  19. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    Great looking Blue Tip, original case as well!

    My black beauty is an 85 model.not quite my birth quarter, bit still I birth year!
    If your technique is not in point, an adjustable razor is either going to tear you up, or make you feel that you have better technique than you actually do.
    I like my black beauty, I just set it at a 9 and go to town!
    I wish I could have gotten that scent from the Proraso Single Blade collection, but every time I tried to order it, they were all out of stock on Amazon! I did manage to score the Azure Lime scent balm, just wish I could have tried that one as it was my first choice!
     
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  20. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    they sell all 3 flavors of the single blade collection at italian barber,creams, balms and cologne. sold out but restocks regularly..
     

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