The Gillette "Toggle" Adjustable
Photo courtesy of our own mr razor
This week I would like to take a look at and discuss another of the unique shavers to the wet shaving world, the Gillette Toggle Adjustable.
The Gillette Toggle Adjustable hit the shaving scene in 1958 as a limited regional test. The patent was first brought about by Meyer J. Shnitzler, Brookline, Edward Michael Lewiecki, Hingham, and Joesph Muros, Newtonville, Mass assignors to Gillette Company, Boston, Mass. A corparation of Delaware. Application November 1, 1955, Serial No. 544,226.
It re-appeared again in 1960 in the third and forth quarter for the Christmas season and then it was to be made no more. The Toggle came in the familiar hard case as well as the lesser known soft case or pouch.
The Toggle is 4” in length Gold plated and weights in at 3.1 oz. It as a flip open head design, bottom tip of handle works as a lever to pull tight a metal shaft which runs up the inside of the handle and pulls the head doors closed.
The Toggle adjustable was designed so that the shaver could adjust the razor i.e blade edge exposure to their own beard conditions. The thought behind this was as follows;
1,2, and 3 where designed for people with the lightest of beards and tender skin
4,5 and 6 where said to be for folks with average skin and beard and used by the majority of shavers
7,8 and 9 was thought to be for the shaver with the most dense, hard-to-shave beards.
Here is a close-up look at the rare 1958 prototype that sports the red dot and the digits 1 through 5 only.
Most all of the Gillette razors came with an instruction booklet. Here is a photo from the 1960 set. As shown in our very own WIKI page.
Here is my SOTD for today 11/23/2008
Information and pictures have been collected from various sources including the net, (mr razors page), Thank you Achim. The Complete Gillette Collectors Handbook, By Phillip L. Krumholz, The B&B Wiki and my personal thoughts and opinions (which may not be a reflection of the management).
Any and all information about this razor is more than welcomed.
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