name me some good gillette razors, bit confused

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The razor a Gillette tech .. doesn't look or feel like a great razor , but you will be surprised at how well it shaves . They normally go for £5 to £15 ish and your one looks like it's in very good condition. Not sure about the stand or how much it's worth
So on the whole you've done ok in my eyes
 
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The razor a Gillette tech .. doesn't look or feel like a great razor , but you will be surprised at how well it shaves . They normally go for £5 to £15 ish and your one looks like it's in very good condition. Not sure about the stand or how much it's worth
So on the whole you've done ok in my eyes
Yea I'm happy with that tbh

What Gillette vintage razors do you have?
 
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Yea I'm happy with that tbh

What Gillette vintage razors do you have?
Slim , fatboy and 109 super adjustable black beauty are my favourites , aristocrat, flair tip , open comb ( too aggressive for me ) , single ring and couple of techs
After a 84 super adjustable, gold super adjustable and a red tip and (that's) me never buying another razor , honest , hand on heart
 
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hello people, anyone got any experience with the gillette black beauty? looks amazing imo

in regards to the gillette black beauty, how do these compare to the slim, fatboy etc?

any ideas whats the going rate on these in the uk?

@Caltech
 
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just got the gillette tech through the post, omg whats shocked me the most is the size it looks small (the handle),
think it must be the smallest razor out the ones i got, not that i got many lol!

anyways it looks in excellent condition and the stand is nice too, very happy with the price i paid

Here's a pics but I'm rubbish at taking pics lol

p.s also just got the edwin jagger kevin (with de89 head) through the post with the astra green blades, will post pictures when i get a chance :)

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Give it a wash in hot soapy water with tooth brush and if you have a dish washer run it through hot wash that will sterilise it and then you'll be surprised how well it shaves . I like short handle razors although at first it took me couple of shaves to get used to them
 
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Give it a wash in hot soapy water with tooth brush and if you have a dish washer run it through hot wash that will sterilise it and then you'll be surprised how well it shaves . I like short handle razors although at first it took me couple of shaves to get used to them
yea the size really threw me tbh, looks like a toy lol
 
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so i just used the gillette tech with a astra green sp blade, wowwwwww what a shave!

honestly really enjoyed it, the handle has a very good grip even when it was drenched in lather/water etc is just felt tight in my hand and i felt confident it wouldnt slip out my hand tbh

so i thought i used the gillette hd500 rocket with a astra green sp blade so i thought i'd use the gillette tech with an astra green sp de blade too,

you know to see how it compares, iny my eyes imo and experience of just using it i found that the gillette tech to be much better and more efficient then the rocket hd500, when i say much better it didnt feel as mild it just took everything off,

when i used the rocket hd500 with the astra green sp i felt i could get abit rougher and use more pressure,

but with the tech and the astra green sp i just let it glide along and do its thing, thoroughly enjoyed it tbh

bare in mind im a head shaver but i do think the hd500 rocket maybe suited better to a sharper blade and the tech will work well with more razors imo anyways thought i'd put that out there and what to hear what your thoughts are peeps :)
 
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Good, good! You're on a roll now ...

Great that you like the Tech. The late ones like you have are indeed light, but still very efficient - remember, that model is the last of a long line of Techs developed over decades and decades. Sure, some folks will say the early ones are better, others the middle ones, others the brass ones and other the flat bottom, etc. You get the picture. Techs are damn good razors.

Great also that you have a Rocket HD500. Of all of the "twist to open" models, this is the one I kept. I think it's a great example of a heavy razor and a shining example of Gillette's butterfly razors. I think you're right about sharpness as the heavier models perhaps suit sharper blades more as you have to compensate for the heaviness by giving it a lighter touch. That gives a very good shave with a sharp blade. In a light razor, yes, perhaps you're inclined to press more which can lead to irritation, rough spots and even weepers/cuts.

Save the Tech for good quality stainless steel blades and perhaps the HD500 for platinums and chromes?

Now you have three good baselines: the Gillette green, which is a great example of a good, middle tier stainless blade; the Tech, which is a great example of a daily shaver; the HD500 which is a great example of a heavier razor.

You can use this experience to build new experiences around ...

What else is out there? Well, there are earlier/heavier Gillette Tech razors - my preference is for the British "flat bottom" which I like because it is the same shape/geometry as the 'New' model with an open comb. Those two would make a great addition to your collection and give you two new experiences. For blades, maybe start to build around the Gillette brand? There's the yellow pack, which is platinum ... so one for the HD500? You'll find Silver Blues (GSBs) are well spoken of and the Super Platinums also. Gillette have a number of factories around the world, but most are made either in Russia or India, and folks do seem to find a difference between them. One to consider is the PermaSharp Super, which is a Gillette blade made in Russia for the Turkish market - it's top tier, seethingly sharp and also sold in single edge format for shavettes, popular with "Turkish" barbers.

Indeed! You're on a roll now ...
 
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Good, good! You're on a roll now ...

Great that you like the Tech. The late ones like you have are indeed light, but still very efficient - remember, that model is the last of a long line of Techs developed over decades and decades. Sure, some folks will say the early ones are better, others the middle ones, others the brass ones and other the flat bottom, etc. You get the picture. Techs are damn good razors.

Great also that you have a Rocket HD500. Of all of the "twist to open" models, this is the one I kept. I think it's a great example of a heavy razor and a shining example of Gillette's butterfly razors. I think you're right about sharpness as the heavier models perhaps suit sharper blades more as you have to compensate for the heaviness by giving it a lighter touch. That gives a very good shave with a sharp blade. In a light razor, yes, perhaps you're inclined to press more which can lead to irritation, rough spots and even weepers/cuts.

Save the Tech for good quality stainless steel blades and perhaps the HD500 for platinums and chromes?

Now you have three good baselines: the Gillette green, which is a great example of a good, middle tier stainless blade; the Tech, which is a great example of a daily shaver; the HD500 which is a great example of a heavier razor.

You can use this experience to build new experiences around ...

What else is out there? Well, there are earlier/heavier Gillette Tech razors - my preference is for the British "flat bottom" which I like because it is the same shape/geometry as the 'New' model with an open comb. Those two would make a great addition to your collection and give you two new experiences. For blades, maybe start to build around the Gillette brand? There's the yellow pack, which is platinum ... so one for the HD500? You'll find Silver Blues (GSBs) are well spoken of and the Super Platinums also. Gillette have a number of factories around the world, but most are made either in Russia or India, and folks do seem to find a difference between them. One to consider is the PermaSharp Super, which is a Gillette blade made in Russia for the Turkish market - it's top tier, seethingly sharp and also sold in single edge format for shavettes, popular with "Turkish" barbers.

Indeed! You're on a roll now ...

yea sounds a like a plan

its amazing how different a de blade performs from razor to razor, i mean i wasnt that impressed with the astran green sp in the hd500 rocket buy boy in the tech it was amazing tbh, smooth and sharp too

got a 1964 ball-end Tech, a 1954 SuperSpeed, and a Black Beauty (long handle) on its way over to me from a generous member on a different forum

cant wait to try the black beauty in particular

i mean from all the vintage gillette razors i love the look of the black beauty the most and also its the long handle one so should be good for head shaving hopefully

well i just got a sample pack of 130 de blades today so will try out the gillette ones,
cant tell which one is the gillette rubies, should be there somewhere though hopefully

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