A safety razor is a shaving implement with a protective device positioned between the edge of the blade and the skin. The initial purpose of these protective devices was to reduce the level of skill needed for injury-free shaving , thereby reducing the reliance on professional barbers. Protective devices for razors have existed since at least the s: a circa invention by French cutler Jean-Jacques Perret added a protective guard to a regular straight razor. Safety razors were popularized in the s by King Camp Gillette 's invention, the double-edge safety razor.
Guide to Vintage Gillette Razors: An Overview For Beginners
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So far on this blog when discussing vintage Gillette razors I have mentioned the basic Tech model. This simple but effective 3 piece design has a two piece head, clamping the blade, which is held together by screwing in the handle. I have also written a brief history of the more upmarket Super Speeds, which are a one piece razor with butterfly doors in the head operated by a Twist To Open TTO mechanism. But top of the heap of the three main Gillette models were the adjustables. The adjustable razors have a clever mechanism that allows the user to adjust the blade exposure, or aggression, of the razor very quickly. On these Gillettes this consists of a moveable ring going round the handle just under the head though a small number were built with it near the bottom of the handle which is numbered though some rarer models were Virtually all the Gillette adjustables were also TTO.
The History of Gillette and Schick Razors
Read on! Vintage Gillette safety razors, like all safety razors, might be a little intimidating to the novice user. If you think safety razors are old-fashioned or too complex, have no fear. People were getting a great shave using safety razors since before your grandpappy was conceived in a night of lustful passion. Some blades come individually wrapped, some in a small box, some in a little spring-loaded magazine.
Spanning approximately 70 years, the Aristocrat nameplate was the longest running of the Gillette line of DE razors and, in my opinion, was their flagship razor. True, more upscale and pricier sets were made, but only for short periods of time, while the Aristocrat enjoyed fairly steady production until a decade long break from to This appears to have been a very popular razor in its time, as there are usually several of these on auction at eBay on any given day, and is far more commonly seen than the other higher quality U.