I say, why go through that? We protect the detail and lettering and will always maintain those above minor imperfections. This version of Aristocrat features an notched center bar on the inside of the razor head that was produced shortly after predecessor with the unnotched center bar and slightly different handle. I headed there at once and started to browse around. Being a razor that has no date code, I can only narrow its production to the era between 1939 and 1951. On further inspection, I still missed some areas.
With , ProGlide responds to contours and gets virtually every hair. In the picture above are the two types of Slims. The Chrome Toggle has only one date code stamp - it was manufactured in the fourth quarter of 1960 for a date code of F-4. The Fat Handle is currently drying from being cleaned and will be used with my first Astra blade use tonight. . I know that some have been replated in chrome, but I am unsure if it was offered in chrome plating originally, so if anyone has this knowledge please let me know. Same basic design, similar arching forces against the blade.
There was no hint that it was skating over the stubble. Heck, I've seen some folks write that this vailidates your point that their razor actually works better with pressure. As far as rarity, the Black Dial 1-5 type is the most rare; maybe four of these exist. However, the one smooth band on the lower portion of the handle and notched center bar leads me to believe this razor was manufactured between 1948-'51. This razor is a wonderful shaver and well regarded throughout the wet shaving community and prized for Long Comb Base Plate. But the razors are identical except for the plating.
A well made and mild razor is a decent starting point for most guys. From the front you can see two horizontal bars. The idea with the Gillette Tech was to create a good quality, no-frills razor for the average workingman. Because of individual differences in whisker thickness and facial skin types, one size fits all did not work well to capture a broad base of consumers with a single product. It is nickel plated and lightly shorter than the Red Dot Fatboy. One guy even immediately sent me a private message.
The cap had lost some of its gold layers at one edge. For our best shave, use with razor and shave gel. Handles were made from both aluminum and steel, but all Travel Tech razors have caps. Look for Triangular holes in the safety guard. This case opens and closes properly and is in excellent condition. This technique was patented as , filed 9 Aug 1938 and issued 20 Jan 1942, and gave the Tech its characteristic diamond-indented guard plate. I do not consider that a major change.
This razor is absolutely stunning and in shave ready condition. This razor is an excellent shaver and a favorite of many wet shaving enthusiasts. The third characteristic is generally the model name as identified by Gillette or the common slang name given to that model. Please note there were slight manufacturing changes that were made to the Standard Fatboy. Each is unique in a special way.
Feel free to contact me about any type of vintage safety razors you are looking for and if I have it I will be more then happy to share photos and give a description. Even though these two razors have identical component parts lists, Gillette made a big deal about differentiating these two razors. That said, you have a point. Just to get you started I included an unopened blade or you can Drop in one of your favorite blades and experience a Gillette Tech shave for yourself. You will find a small letter on one side of the baseplate's under side. This razor is a wonderful shaver and well regarded throughout the wet shaving community as one of the best 3-piece razors made by Gillette.
A Pivoting Heads provides incredible closeness. Have a Gillette Tech, and you're wondering when it dates from? I guess they are forgiving in the sense that they won't murder you in your sleep if you aren't vigilant about blade angle. This corresponds to the time King Gillette was directly associated with the business, and may have been at his insistence. I think a moderately dialed-down Slim Adjustable would have done it too. Where and what kind do you recommend I get one of these shavers? These each have the same parts Bill of Materials but are distinguished by their plating type. And finally, the Serial Toggle has a serial number stamped on the base plate; the Standard Toggle and the Chrome Toggles have their date codes stamped there. It has done more for my technique in 10 days than the previous 2 months of practice have.
The top row is the Serial Toggles; the middle row is the Standard Toggle; and the bottom row are the Chrome Toggles. Again razor 8 was originally nickel plated but I didn't have an example of an original nickel plated Bottom Dial so I used a replated version for the photo. Buy with confidence and thanks for looking! This razor has a good amount of heft to it and is very comfortable to handle, making it is very easy to navigate around the contours of your face. I welcome any comments, corrections, insults, etc. If your looking for a beautifully restored vintage safety razor that you can pop a blade into and use immediately after receiving then look no further. Not all razors can be made to look brand new with a mirror finish.
The Final tier is the Standard Toggle. It is like the pattern doesn't fit the thin handle just as well. If it has a solid guard bar, go to 7. These cracks are typical to this style of razor. I found a tall pill botttle and the Tech will break down and fit with a boar brush and a couple blades for a nice travel set.