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namonarpos
03-10-2011, 08:31 PM
On Tuesday, I received in the mail two of my firsts in the same razor - an open-comb DE and a Gillette. This was a 1920 (Patent year) Gillette Gold Tone razor, made in Canada. By the way, what's the proper name for this razor? It's like the one in the picture here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/22508161/1920s-antique-gold-tone-gillette-razor .

Anyway, after cleaning it up (it was in pretty fantastic condition to start), I put a Feather in it, lathered up with my Omega 636 and Col. Conk Bay Rum, and went to work.

This razor GLIDED. I'd discovered last week that I loved Feathers, but putting them in this razor made the action absolutely phenomenal! I'd used a Parker 22R (a TTO) until now for my DE, and that's quite an aggressive shaver, so I'm told (and so my face tells me). The Gillette gold made me feel like I wasn't shaving at all. At first, I thought that I was getting the blade angle wrong, but I could hear the hairs being sliced, just like I'd hoped to hear. Moreover, the balance of the razor and its head size made it extremely maneuverable. So I was very happy with it!

The only downside I've seen is something that's plagued me with both DEs I've now tried - that getting the five or six hairs directly under my nose is extremely hard (though better with the Gillette than the Parker). I usually do WTG and then XTG (nose-to-jaw), but for some reason, even with all the contortions I make with my upper lip, those hairs are VERY hard to get. The funny thing is, this is not the case with the couple of SEs I've tried. Both of those (Gem G-Bar and Ever Ready 1924) have gotten those pesky hairs on the first try. So even on days when I shave with a DE, when I'm in a hurry, I'll still reach for the SE to get those spots rather than take the 4 or 5 tries with a DE. I'm going to wager that this is something that'll get fixed with practice (I'm only just over a month into DE shaving), rather than a function of the DE razors.

So back to the jubilation - the cherry on top was that this razor-blade combo gave me a 2-pass bloodless, nickless DFS with ZERO irritation. If I can repeat this tomorrow, the Gillette will undoubtedly become my favorite DE. :thumbup:

Captain Pre-Capsize
03-10-2011, 08:35 PM
I LOVE the one I've got - it will become a favorite in your rotation. Congrats!

insomniac
03-10-2011, 08:38 PM
On Tuesday, I received in the mail two of my firsts in the same razor - an open-comb DE and a Gillette. This was a 1920 (Patent year) Gillette Gold Tone razor, made in Canada. By the way, what's the proper name for this razor? It's like the one in the picture here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/22508161/1920s-antique-gold-tone-gillette-razor .

Very briefly, if it had the diamond shapes in the comb, then it's probably a Goodwill. Otherwise it'd be a New. It may be worth going to Mr. Razor (http://mr-razor.com/Rasierer/Gillette%20Rasierer.htm)to see if you can find exactly what you have.

Both are terrific razors and I'm not surprised you got a fantastic shave! :thumbup:

Hoos
03-10-2011, 08:55 PM
If the cap and base plate look like the ones pictured in the Etsy link, it is a Goodwill. I think they're the nicest open comb razors.

Otherwise, it could be a New model, which are also popular, excellent razors.

Either way, you're off to a great start. Congratulations on a terrific start to wetshaving (and RAD :laugh: ).

BrianK
03-10-2011, 11:27 PM
So back to the jubilation - the cherry on top was that this razor-blade combo gave me a 2-pass bloodless, nickless DFS with ZERO irritation. If I can repeat this tomorrow, the Gillette will undoubtedly become my favorite DE. :thumbup:

Yeah, that's why I have no curiousity about what other razors will do for me, except the SE GEM Lightweight that I already had (another great shave) and my granddads old SE Valet, another great shave with a Feather razor BTW.

namonarpos
03-11-2011, 12:32 AM
Thanks for the link and the points, gents. Comparing pictures to my razor, it looks like I've got my hands on a 1930's New. I'm trying (in vain, possibly), to stave off RAD...

GeorgeMason
03-11-2011, 06:12 AM
Thanks for the link and the points, gents. Comparing pictures to my razor, it looks like I've got my hands on a 1930's New. I'm trying (in vain, possibly), to stave off RAD...

It aint going to work, once it starts it has to run it course:blush: I stuck it out for 6 months with only one razor, then I caught RAD and now I have 15 in hand with the 16th on the way, and I have only been wet shaving for a year now. Ironically it started about the same time I joined B&B:001_huh: