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mullard
02-08-2010, 09:30 PM
I recently picked up two unused metal Gillette razor containers at a pawn shop. One is a white container that says "spoilers" on it and the other is white and black. Both are made in the USA Gillettes. Both the blades and the containers read "Made in USA." I have used the recent "supersharp" Gillettes and also the Swedish made versions. I was very pleased with the Swedish made Gillettes. I do not know how old the blades are that I bought at the pawn shop, but I do know that they are the best Gillettes I have ever used. They are very sharp and smooth. I was very surprised. I thought blade technology would improve the quality over the years, but quality has gone down. In fact, I shaved with a feather after the USA Gillettes and I could not tell that the Feather was any sharper, but the Gillettes were far smoother. I am going to start paying attention whenever I visit pawn shops or the like for unused Gillettes that are Made in the USA. They are the best blades I have tried and I have tried just about everything mentioned on this site. Anyone have thoughts on the USA made Gillettes? Appreciate it...Mullard

mmack66
02-08-2010, 09:37 PM
Those blades were 30-40 years old. IMO, the late model NOS blades are unsurpassed in shaving quality. I got a hold of some NOS Schick blades and it was ridiculous how well they cut and how smooth they were.

Stubblefield
02-08-2010, 11:56 PM
Anyone have thoughts on the USA made Gillettes? Appreciate it...MullardI love em. One of the better NOS blades out there. I think pawnshops are a good bet, eBay prices are trending upwards. Gillette made a ton of these, so I suspect there are still decent stocks out there.

Straight Arrow
02-09-2010, 04:17 AM
The blades you have are very, very good. Just be aware that all US made Gillette blades are not created equal. The old carbon Blue Blades (blue cardboard package) or Thin Blades (red cardboard package) may not be as face friendly as the Spoilers.

mullard
02-09-2010, 09:32 AM
I hear about corking blades such as Feathers. I do not see a need to cork the USA made Gillettes that I have. They are very smooth.

Blondie
02-09-2010, 10:48 AM
You have stumbled across some of the best blades out there my friend. Enjoy them!

canoesota
02-15-2010, 08:21 PM
I would like to find some of those old NOS Gillette blades, but would only consider stainless steel. Old carbon steel blades could be wicked to shave with!

Stubblefield
02-15-2010, 08:33 PM
Old carbon steel blades are wicked to shave with, and will likely result in injury or death!Fixed it for ya.

luvmysuper
02-15-2010, 08:37 PM
I love Spoilers.

Sigh. I only have one left.

Looks like I'm gonna start hitting the pawnshops in addition to the antique malls.

Strikermike
02-15-2010, 08:42 PM
I missed out on 100 NOS spoilers today on the bay. I think they wnt for 50.00 dollars.

slickster514
02-23-2010, 12:11 PM
How do the "Spoiler" compare to current Gillette DE blades?

mmack66
02-23-2010, 12:13 PM
How do the "Spoiler" compare to current Gillette DE blades?

IMO, They don't. The Spoiler blades are far superior.

slickster514
02-23-2010, 12:16 PM
Really? The spoiler or other stainless steel Gillettes from that same era?
I tried a Blue Blade (carbon steel), and it wasn't that face friendly lol. Still better than a Merkur though.

Hawkeye5
02-23-2010, 12:17 PM
A sad commentary is that blades from the late 60's through the 80's were perhaps the best ever made. I still have close to 30 Personna 74 blades and they are super smooth and sharp.

haiti222
02-23-2010, 12:40 PM
Gillette made blades in the US until around 1989-90....I have Thins and Super Blues from then, even (both Carbon Steel and shavable if you like that kind of blade).......The Super Stainless also was made that whole time. It was supplemented by the Platinum, which seems to have been quietly phased out. Production then went to France and onward to other lands......

Stubblefield
02-24-2010, 07:45 AM
Really? The spoiler or other stainless steel Gillettes from that same era?
I tried a Blue Blade (carbon steel), and it wasn't that face friendly lol. Still better than a Merkur though.The stainless steel blades of that era are far better then the carbon blades. Stainless steel will be pretty much better across the board.

slickster514
02-24-2010, 07:49 AM
This morning I cracked open a 1966 Gillette Super Stainless steel blade I had (see pic below), this being the second generation SS for Gillette. Used it in a Tech razor. Results were good. Difficult to guage if better than a Feather in the same razor, will wait for day 2 for that. However, I hear that later versions of SS such as the Spoiler blade gets even better......is that true?

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xillion
02-24-2010, 08:09 AM
I just picked up some NOS Spoilers and they due live up to their reputation. For me they were as sharp as Feathers but smoother. I found them better than my beloved 7 O'clock Yellow Sharp Edge and Iridium Super Stainless.

mullard
02-24-2010, 04:48 PM
The Spoilers in my opinions are MUCH better performers than the 7 o' clocks. I feel that many people only buy new production blades and do not realize how much better some of the NOS blades really are. Mullard

Stubblefield
02-24-2010, 06:58 PM
This morning I cracked open a 1966 Gillette Super Stainless steel blade I had (see pic below), this being the second generation SS for Gillette. Used it in a Tech razor. Results were good. Difficult to guage if better than a Feather in the same razor, will wait for day 2 for that. However, I hear that later versions of SS such as the Spoiler blade gets even better......is that true?
I have not heard that later versions are better, to be honest.

Neat packaging on that blade, too bad Gillette didn't keep that design.

haiti222
02-24-2010, 07:30 PM
Having tried a lot of different blades from the 60s-80s, I would characterize the arc of the different companies as follows:

Personna-
Early 60's blades from Scotland were ok. The first US made blades were a little better, then POW, the Personna 74 was one of the best blades ever (even Consumer Reports said so at the time). When profits did not materialize, Phillip Morris dumps ASR in a Leverged Buyout. The huge debt load causes an immediate decline in quality and innovation. The non-private label business really shrinks as management strives to pay off the debt. Starting in then 90s, after about 15 years of mediocrity, ASR manages to merge with the company that has the Israeli plant. Quality and profits start to improve.....

Schick-
Starts having DE blades in 1963 with the Krona edge. By the end of the year, they have brought out Stainless blades. They too are just OK at first. They have plants in both Sweden and the US making their blades. Quality improved faster, and by 1967, the Schick blades are awesome. Their quality continued throughout the 70's and 80's, but they lacked innovation in their DE line. The Krona, an excellent razor, continued to be sold and given away through the 90's. Their was a slight loss in quality in the late 90's that picked up around 2000, until production was transferred to Germany.

Wilkinson Sword-
They start having great success with their DE stainless blades in 1962 or so. Their quality is better than everyone else's at first and they keep up excellent blades throughout the 70's. In the 80's, they are a better selling brand than Personna in branded blades. They ended up being indirectly controlled or influenced by Gillette, until they were forced to divest as the condition of a merger. Market presence in the US shrinks. They end up with Schick. Quality was still pretty darn good until production transferred to Germany.

Gillette- The Silicone coated Super Blue Blades that came out in 1958 are still usable today. They increased their quality by changing to a teflon-like coating around 1964. Even the Blue Blades made in the late 60-s to mid-70s had this coating. Gillette thought this blade would take them far.

After stainless shook up the market in 1963, Gillette rushed to bring out its Super Stainless (Super Silver in UK). The first iteration is fine. The second is a little better. Then, the Spoiler came out. It was beloved and set the standard for Gillette Blades. The Platinum joined it in 1969-70. It was a slightly different blade that had adherents, but was not hoarded like the Stainless. It was discontinued in the US with a wimper.

Gillette made many of these blades in the US longer than reference sources indicate. The quality continued to be excellent. I personally have Blue Blades from 1974 (teflon coated), Super Blues from 1988, Thins from 1989, and Stainless from the mid 80's. The most unsolved question for me is when did the Platinum stop being produced in the US. It seemed to quietly disappear from Shelves. In 1990 or so, when production was switched to France, I have seen Super Blue, Super Stainless, and Thin Blades produced in France for the US market.

Quality continued to be very good for these blades until the end of US production. French production was slightly better. Then, there were blades from Brazil,Mexico, India, and Russia of varying quality.....