Gillette Aristocrat #22

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Nottingham
Next weekend I'm going to be looking for a new razor to treat myself to. I have always loved the look of the Aristocrat #22 so I have set my heart on that.

My question is, are they easy razors to come by? And what is a good price range for one? I'm looking for one in as best of condition I can get my hands on. I'm very new to buying vintage razors, so have no idea what is a good price for one.

Also if I cannot locate a #22 is there a similar one to that?

Thanks


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£50 - £80 depending on condition and add another £10 to £20 if there's a case

These razors are almost built like tanks, the main fault is worn plating (not easily corrected as their is nobody currently offering a replating service in the UK).

Next weekend I'm going to be looking for a new razor to treat myself to.
Unless you have money to spare for overpriced 'Buy It Now' items on eBay or strike lucky, this is not a good option. Need to be checking eBay daily and bidding tactically.
 
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Mr.Draper87
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Nottingham
£50 - £80 depending on condition and add another £10 to £20 if there's a case

These razors are almost built like tanks, the main fault is worn plating (not easily corrected as their is nobody currently offering a replating service in the UK).


Unless you have money to spare for overpriced 'Buy It Now' items on eBay or strike lucky, this is not a good option. Need to be checking eBay daily and bidding tactically.
Thanks for the advice. Do you think it would be wise to put a want to buy, in the buy, sell section?
 
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New Westminster, BC, Canada
the #22 set comes either with 3rd and 4th generation aristocrats.
The 3rd gen is the better shaver in my book.


Taken from the internet:

The long and the short of the British Aristocrats is that there were four main generations (with some minor variations within):

  1. Crimped handle, thick guard plate, open comb
  2. Crimped handle, thick guard plate, guard bar
  3. Rocket handle, thick guard plate, guard bar
  4. Rocket handle, thin guard plate, guard bar
 
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Mr.Draper87
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I am now the proud owner of an Aristocrat #66 had my first shave with it last night and was the smoothest shave I've had in a very long time. So glad I finally got myself one of these razors.

Thanks to Steve for selling me such a great razor and being an absolute pleasure to deal with.
 
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I am proud owner of a #16 and, guys, it is such a great shaver that when I haven't the time to shave with a straight razor I absolutely choose it amongst the few DE I still have (and there is a vintage chrome Progress in the lot)
 
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Hampshire, UK
I’ve owned multiples of each ‘generation’ of British Aristocrats. Each shaved differently - even the three #16s had different characters. My favourite was a #22 (‘fourth gen’) and the only one I kept. The best shaver, for me, even if not quite as pretty as the solid plate.

 
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Weird I never noticed them before, my '48 US Aristo has them, but my UK #22 don't. The #16,15 & 21 have different mechanisms. It looks to be part of the centre bar, so when you tighten it up they show if you look carefully at the underneath........Glad you are enjoying the razor .....:)
 
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I have a very nice and complete #22 set with original instructions that I have never actually shaved with. This thread has made me think about giving it a try. Didn't know that it was a 4th generation. Is it supposed to be a very mild razor?
 
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