Dating gillette super speed

Dating gillette super speed

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Your birth razor, the Gillette razor dating system

Log in or Sign up. After having posted this information in bits and pieces I felt I would be, with recent prompting I know there are a couple of other quirks that I will add over time. And, please, if anyone comes up with new or better info let me know so I can add to or update. This is a work in progress. Anyway, on to the Super Speeds! You really can't go wrong with the 40's, 50's, 60's or the 70's styles.

They'll all give you a good starting point to let you know if you want, or need to go more aggressive or more mild. Here's some sample shots of the many types available. These razors did not have the date code on the underside of the base until the fourth quarter of The SS can be uniquely identified by the lack of a notch at the end of the center bar. In the notched bar was introduced to make the auto-loading of the new dispenser blades easier.

The razor shown below is an example of the no notched Note the "wings" at the ends of the center bar. According to several users this razor is milder in nature than the later notched versions. Below is pictured a ''50 notched Super Speed for comparison. The reason you will see these referred to as ''50 is that without the identifying date code there is no way to nail down the exact production year beyond that range. Here are the two variations side by side along with directions for use with the newer notched version.

There was a variation of the 40's style known as the Black Tip. It came in the aluminum handle bottom and the standard handle top. In the third quarter of date codes Z-3 and Z-4 Gillette gave the 40's style Super Speed its last hurrah with a special limited edition re-release promoting the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports. Once again thanks to Achim for the image as I no longer have mine with the case.

The razor itself is identical to the latter 40's styles. The 50's style also comes in a more aggressive model called the Red Tip. This one is a favorite among many wanting that aggressive shave. And a more mild version called the Blue Tip which had an aluminum handle and was a favorite of the ladies of the day before the Lady Gillette of 25 years later. This brings to light another subtle variation with the Blue Tip.

Notice the shorter TTO knob on the E-4 on the left. There is only one horizontal ring as opposed to the two on the B-1 on the right. Thanks to Shave Den member scottydoint for this picture. I hope to come up with more clarification and will update here as this muddiness clears. Another very special variation of the 50's style Super Speed was the TV Special which was released as another promotion for the American television show, The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports. Note the vertical knurling as opposed to the "checkered" or bi-lateral knurling of the standard 50's style.

Pictured below is the '58 TV Special with its case. Also note the lower profile head. And finally, what I like to call the 70's style, the black handle Super Speed. It is lighter weight and delivers a nice shave as does it's predecessors. I will add to this post as I have in hand new and different Super Speeds.

I know, I haven't even touched on the Rockets European and Canadian versions of this great razor. AsylumGuido , Nov 26, Beautiful and timely dissertation. Thank you for putting this together. Wishoot , Nov 26, PatrickA51 likes this. Very nice! Thank you I'm sure I'll be coming back to this thread now and again to refresh my memory. That's odd about the blue tip The Zook , Nov 26, This would be a good sticky. PatrickA51 and Douglas Carey like this.

MTgrayling , Nov 26, Hiya Guido, Hey, thanks for posting that here I learned a few things myself. The superspeeds aren't for my face sadly , but I do like looking at the pics Thanks you also Chris for the extra bit of info. This will come in handy here, Martin. Thanks Guido! Being a big fan of Super Speeds surprised? I wanted to add a couple of nuances. It's late here on the East Coast, I'm not sure of the exact dates, and I have no pictures, but: Wonderful information, thank you all --Morrie.

SuperSpeed , Nov 27, Padron , Nov 28, Excellent Guide! Great Post! SlagleRock , Nov 29, This is very interesting thread. I bought '55 Red tip on bay Can you tell me how much this red tip would cost after you? Attached Files: Gentleman , Dec 21, Queen of Blades , Dec 21, Gentleman , Dec 22, AsylumGuido , Dec 22, Robyflexx , PatrickA51 , Douglas Carey and 1 other person like this.

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In the third quarter of (date codes Z-3 and Z-4) Gillette gave the 40's style Super Speed its last hurrah with a special limited edition. This page documents what we know about Gillette safety razor serial numbers and date codes. Razors made in , 40s Style Super Speed.

Well I still shave with my H code. Who knew I was shaving my old face with an antique, then again, the face ain't so new either. Got that razor from a friend in when I started shaving. Collected razors at one time, still have them all. Rolls, Valet, Gillette, Ator and some I don't remember.

Razor Serial Numbers were impressed on all Gillette razors from until , and on deluxe models from until except for a period in

This is something rather nice that you can do with traditional, real shaving. Gillette have been the dominant manufacturer of shaving equipment on planet earth for about a century. During all of that time they made fantastic, well engineered, very high quality double edged safety razors.

Gillette razor dating

Last update Regent Tech 66g. Milady-Tech 48g, 6. Aristocrat "L3" on blade 67g. Ranger Tech with 5 Blue Blades. Ranger Tech with endcaps 55g.

Your birth razor, the Gillette razor dating system

I have written on here before about the Gillette Super Speed razors, but mainly the Flare Tip version that was available from to and its short lived Red Tip aggressive and Blue Tip mild derivatives that were available from to These are excellent razors with Twist to Open TTO mechanisms and they are part of the bedrock of the real shaving movement today. However they were preceded by a model which is known as the s Super Speed. This was made in small quantities during World War 2, from to and production was ramped up in and kept going till Interestingly this was one of the razors that saw the introduction of date codes, stamped on the bottom of the razor head, from the third quarter of These codes run from 1 to 4 for the quarter of production and have a letter for the year. There were two anomalies of s Super Speed production. The first was that when they replaced the standard nickel plating with gold plating they renamed the razor.

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AsylumGuido's Guide to Super Speed Identification

But—speaking for myself—there are just too many unknowns about the true mechanical condition of a vintage razor for me to be confortable with recommending them to someone just getting into traditional shaving with a DE. That said, I think there are two models of vintage DE razors that deserve at least a little love from me for the beginner: However it is generally though definitely not universally! How can you tell when a SuperSpeed was produced? A letter and a number: You can see a list of codes, along with some other notes and information, HERE. The Jagger is a little on the mild side for me. The Feather shaves close, but I prefer a little more heft. The Shavecraft, at least for me, is like shaving with a chainsaw, no matter what blade, angle of attack, or amount of pressure I use. The Adjustable on 5 with a Feather blade is about as close as I have come to a perfect shave.

Gillette Super Speed

Skip to main content. Gillette Super Speed Refine Results. Browse Related Browse Related. Also shop in Also shop in. The razor is in good condition. The aluminum handle is in good condition. The blade doors open and close smooth with a twist of the TTO knob at

The 1940s Gillette Super Speeds. My birth razor

Log in or Sign up. After having posted this information in bits and pieces I felt I would be, with recent prompting I know there are a couple of other quirks that I will add over time. And, please, if anyone comes up with new or better info let me know so I can add to or update. This is a work in progress. Anyway, on to the Super Speeds!

If you understand the terminology or part names, you will be able to enjoy this site more fully. Please take a moment to scan the following Adjustable Razor Anatomy photo. The Trio of Super-Speeds: Here is the complete family of Gillette Adjustable double edge razors. There are 18 different types or models in all.



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