If anything, the adjustable feature of a safety razor gives you lots of control. By the way, these are the four standards of shaving in descending order of quality. The only other type is a single-edge, which means that 1 of the sides is exposed for use. Razor Serial Numbers were impressed on all Gillette razors from 1904 until 1921, and on deluxe models from 1921 until 1931 except for a period in 1927-28. Some have commented that it requires extra cleaning should hard water be used when shaving. If you do go to an antique store, go armed with information about models, years, and styles of razors. This design is called a butterfly safety razor because you twist the handle to open the head, and as the head opens it somewhat resembles a butterfly with its wings open.
Best Vintage Safety Razors The key to buying a vintage razor that you can still use is the blades it requires. This was the birth of the toggle lever. Thin Blade black and white wrapper red print. Best Entry Level: The Valet Auto Strop safety razor is a single edge open comb instrument that was originally produced by the Auto Strop Safety Razor Company beginning in 1903. A Selection of Awesome Gillette Models L-R : the 1949 Superspeed, a British Superspeed, the Presidente, the Adjustable Fat Boy.
I switched to a metal safety razor this year and this is the coolest thing ever to have entered my bathroom, except for baking soda maybe. In many cases, the razors were put away dirty and wet, and left to corrode and even rust. So, I don't have multiple different Standard Fatboys in the photo which are slightly different. As it turns out, the steel used in the manufacturing of safety razors is of a higher quality than the metal used in manufacturing cartridge razors. Knowing that there is no one perfect razor, or blade, or combination in a once size fits all characterization is something I was so thankful to have found out early on in my search for items that would fit, or work best with my face, my whisker type and growth patterns. However, it wasn't until 1904 when King Camp Gillette was granted a patent that we really started to see the design of the safety razor that we still see today. Also, they are great for lazy days off and weekends when you may not feel a need to get an extra clean shave.
We recommend ordering 3 or 4 packs of 10 of different brands that are popular and take them each through a trial run. Yes, there are a few, but the vast majority and the most popular in the market are double-edge. While vintage razors are generally high quality, as with most things, there are good and bad brands and models. Most single-edge razors use double-edge blades anyway so we recommend staying with double-edge as it gives you two edges to shave with. You can get a relatively quick quality shave without focusing all your attention.
While I have many vintage razors and in many cases two or three of each I'll start with only a few Gillette Red Tip 30. This design provides more protection for the shaver and ensures a smoother shaving surface for the blade. Will vintage razors work for shaving body hair? If the blade is not held in place with cones going from the cap through the base, go to 5. In this year only De Luxe models were numbered, starting with 1-D, and often the final D was omitted. Both are 2-piece double edge safety razors. They are aggressive, but not overly pretty to look at.
Wait's Safety Razor Compendium is one Krumholtz's The Complete History of the Gillette Safety Razor is another amazing reference. Please pass on any corrections or additions:. The earliest were date code A3 or serial numbered. I have not optimized the site for a phone display yet and while it does work on a phone it is best to use a large format monitor at this time to view the site. In 1950 this was expanded to include razors, too see below.
Options include a safety bar and both an open and closed comb. The Super-84 short black handle and Super-109 long black handle were produced from 1968 to 1976. Thanks for all the great information too!. However, if the blades get too close, they can irritate your skin. In essence, one could change handles but the heads are still the same. Since my man is a huge shaving aficionado, I interviewed him to make a little guide for anyone who wants some pointers on buying a razor. Gillette Super Speed: One of the is the Gillette Super Speed, which was a very well-known and widely circulated post-war model, peaking during the mid 50s making this a particularly popular model among baby boomers or people who are enamored with nuclear-family Atomic Age kitsch.
After you prepare your face for shaving, use strokes that go with the grain of your facial hair. So we commend you for taking the initiative to start researching what else is out there, and this first step of learning and researching is easily the most overwhelming and difficult part of the switch. Maybe that's why I have several of them. Smoothest: Derby Double Edge Razor Blades are one of the smoothest blades on the market. Next came the Slim Adjustable and they were produced from 1961 to 1968. It is a very heavy headed razor that was designed to tackle the heaviest beards in the world. So please do not be confused.
Merkur 43C is comfortable to hold and is a favorite choice of tall men with big hands. Many find that a handle with knurling — a pattern intertwined with the metal of the razor — allows a more confident grip and greater control. Razor Head Options Alright it's time to talk about fixed versus adjustable. What blades should I get? Safety razors were originally single-edged and the blade was very thick and very sharp, which resulted in very close but aggressive shaves. For an incredible shave, use with and. Date codes on blades see above also continued through this period. What am I doing wrong? Therefore, if the weight of the razor is too light, you will probably have to apply pressure and will not get a good shave.