... Vintage Gillette Shave...

Discussion in 'Shower or Shave of the Day' started by brit, May 23, 2021.

  1. brit

    brit in a box

    ...Hello Gents,post you Gillette shaves here.All Gillettes welcome..Happy shaves...
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    ...Please add a description and what you liked about the razor...
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    ...I'll start it off...
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    K-C-G razor
    K-C-G
    AP Shave Co tuxedo
    Pure
    Cool Wave​

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    Well Gents,I finally broke down and bought one..
    $10 off ,manager's pick sale mind you;).
    Fine shave indeed,smooth,efficient,did the job..
    Am i glad Gillette has a new DE razor? Yes..they did invent the de blade and should have a handle to which they can use their current blades in.only fitting imo..
    Did Gillette make this razor? Yes.In theory.they currently don't own equipment to manufacture razors anymore but it contains it's original old type design traits,and in reality,how many Gillettes were really their design after the old type..so many acquisitions during the 30s made for many mixed designs..
    Is this razor genuine? .Yes..while many will say Gillette is trying to re-enter and make $$ from others ,why shouldn't they?.they invented the very market over 100 years ago with their same business model.
    Will it replace my old razors?.No,i love my vintage Brits for many reasons as well as their shaves..but that is my bias..

    One can judge Gillette for many reasons both good and bad..but they built great shavers that worked for the masses,generations of clean shaves.they gave razors/blades in both world wars and for many veterans their wartime razors were used for years afterwards.i am glad to see Gillette DE razors back in stores.Still one of the best in the business..:):eatdrink047:
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2021
  2. Shaver X

    Shaver X Well-Known Member

    That is the new Gillette safety razor? Wow, purty! I agree completely with your sentiments regarding Gillette. Judging by the reviews on their website, the King C. Gillette safety razor is introducing many people to traditional shaving.

    I have used three tubes of the Pure shaving cream. That stuff is good!
     
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  3. Rusty blade

    Rusty blade The Good Humor Man

    I think it's great that Gillette is re-entering the DE market. After all, they made DE shaving what it is today. I have one of their new DE razors, but not the one you show in the picture. Now where did I put my credit card? :sad027:
     
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  4. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    As far as I know, they have released two new DE razors in recent years. Below is the other, in 2019. The Gillette Heritage. Both are available on Amazon and other retailers. The Heritage info card included says the blades are made in Russia, travel case is made in China and doesn't say where the handle and head pieces are made. The newest, the one Brit has featured, says the blades are made in Russia, handle made in China and doesn't say where the head pieces are made.
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  5. Shaver X

    Shaver X Well-Known Member

    I also have the Gillette Heritage. It makes a nice, handy package for travel, and gives good shaves. Its Amazon page states "A premium, chrome plated handle brings a historic design to your daily shave", so it seems aimed at traditional wetshavers in general. The FAQ there also says "The blades are manufactured in Russia, the handle is made in the USA and the capguard is made in Germany."

    The Heritage does not appear on Gillette's website, at least not that I could see. The King C. Gillette Razor is shown, but in the Beard Care & Body section. The Razors and Trimmers section has only cartridge razors. It is described as "A single blade razor designed for edging sideburns and strong beard lines to help you achieve your perfect look." Maybe they want to get into the growing safety razor market, but are worried about it cannibalizing more profitable cartridge razor sales? Anyways, it is good to see Gillette selling safety razors again. The return to traditional shaving is now about 20 years old, and so definitely not just a passing fad.
     
  6. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Definitely.

    The Heritage DE was made and released as a limited edition model as a nod to their history, and it is no longer in production. A Christmas season 2019 offering. It was probably also Gillette testing the waters on getting into the safety razor game again. They aren't fools and I'm sure they have been paying very close attention to the wet shaving resurgence and all of the quality razors being made now by many different companies. They want a piece of that money pie, too. Hence the KCG DE...

    The KCG DE is their continuous DE offering for people walking through the shaving aisle in the local big box retail store, see it and buy it on an impulse because lately they've been hearing a lot about safety razors. Basically Gillette decided they might as well try and get some of that wet shaving resurgence money in the same Walmart aisle as their cartridge razors. And if it is someone shopping online for a safety razor, hops on Amazon, and happens to see that whoa, Gillette still makes them... The name Gillette alone no doubt draws in purchases. "That's Gillette. I know that name. That's the one I'm going to buy."
     
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  7. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Technically they've been selling DE razors since at least 2013 just not in the US unless you buy these on ebay.
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    You can get them for under $7 shipped.
     
  8. Shaver X

    Shaver X Well-Known Member

    That is what I thought. It is back on Amazon, though, or maybe never left.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XPRRV9Y/?tag=thshde-20

    Not sure if they are selling them out of stock or if it is currently in production. Maybe they are made in batches as needed?
     
  9. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    It would seem 2018. Is that a date above the barcode, PKD (packaged) 09/18 (September 2018)?

    Also note it's manufactured by Care Utility Products, Marketed by Gillette India Limited.
     
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  10. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    The head looks similar to the DE89. Is that approximately how it shaves?

    I have a knurled short handle Edwin Jagger and am not sure this would be enough different to justify a purchase.
     
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  11. stingraysrock

    stingraysrock PIF'd away his custom title

    I agree on this point. The EJ89 was a good shaver, IIRC, but it has been a decade since I used one. The Big Boss brand has an EJ head, if I am not mistaken. I only bought the BB for the handle though.
     
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  12. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    The bottom of the base plate is concave (curves upward), whereas the DE89 has a convex base plate. And as the head pieces are made in Germany, it's probably sourced from Merkur.
     
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  13. brit

    brit in a box

    i have seen somewhere it was a merkur piece..:)
     
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  14. brit

    brit in a box

    old type shave
    1920s canadian old type/laurel handle
    k-c-g
    custom badger
    handsome grouse wild mint
    razo-rock puros

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    good day gents,​
    a fine near bbs today with the canadian old type/laarel handle/k-c-g blade combo.not as smooth to me as its later counterparts but fun all the same.no mucking about with this razor ,it will bite you if you don't respect it.for me it's probably due too using it so infrequently.1940s canadian gaylord green glass mug houses the now discontinued hansome grouse mint soap,wonderful lather built by Keith's custom badger.razorock puros aftershave caps it off,decanted into the 1915 ish 7 sisters bottle.
    old for old's sake and fun again.one day i want to be able to do 1920,s/30's/40's shaves etc with all the right bits.:D..​
     
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  15. awk-m4

    awk-m4 Well-Known Member

    That’s a great review! I’m glad to seeing that they’re paying attention to DE renaissance!
     
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  16. brit

    brit in a box

    french friday
    #44 brit/french market new rfb
    platinum
    opal f200 best badger
    pdp 63

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    absolutely fabulous french friday shave
    awesome..
    have a fine day everyone..
    :):eatdrink047:
     
  17. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Very nice shaver. Absolutely one of the best in my rotation... 10 years ago I purchased what I thought was a NOS #88 set. Didn't really pay attention to the details of the razor itself because everything was so mint... Retail box screaming "88" from the end, case, razor, everything... and it was going for a very good Buy It Now price. So I snapped it up and didn't think anything else about it until it arrived to me from the UK. Inside was not a #88 razor but a mint, never used #44 razor. So mint that the knurling on the handle looks white. Today I still wonder how a brand new never used #44 razor got mismatched in a mint #88 set and case. I ended up putting the #44 head pieces into my rotation on a different handle and the #44 handle and #88 set missing the actual razor are just sitting in my display cabinet. Hopefully one day I'll be able to find a very nice to mint condition #88 razor to put into the case.
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  18. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you Jody.:)very interesting..being there were so many variants possible..a mint new rfb 2 piece shouldn't be hard to find..ask @tonich
     
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  19. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    No, they aren't hard to find. They just cost an arm and two legs. lol
     
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  20. brit

    brit in a box

    Andon might trade..;):eatdrink047:
     
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