Sometimes patent dates are a help, but they give you the front end of the date scale, and not always too exactly. Some razor makers put serial numbers on their razors, but we don't always have the key to how the serial numbers fit to dates of manufacture. Gillette is one manufacturer for whom we have information on serial numbers and later date of manufacture codes that we can link to time. Other makers included serial or manufacturing codes, but we do not have the keys. AutoStrop and Rolls are two well known manufacturers who serial numbered their razors.
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Guide to Vintage Gillette Razors: An Overview For Beginners | GentlemanHQ
In the fall of , Stan Hickam was a radiology technician in a small town in the rolling, rural Northeastern corner of Tennessee with an innocuous hobby: He collected old, corroded Gillette razors that no one wanted anymore, cleaned them up, and sold them on eBay. Unbeknownst to Hickam, the world of manly men at that time were discovering the virtues of vintage shaving gear with rapidly growing gusto. His razors quickly sold, he refurbished even more; they sold at even higher prices, and before he knew it Hickam had a new business on his hands. After his something son-in-law told him exactly what you'd expect "You need a website" , his business started gaining attention. Under the catchy name "Above The Tie," Hickam and Matt Cole the son-in-law started to sell not only refurbished Gillettes but also select shaving accoutrements: packs of double-edge razor blades which the old razors all require ; tubs of old fashioned shaving soaps; and fine brushes made with badger hair, which he had made under his own brand name. As business grew, and Hickam kept refurbishing more razors, he noticed some patterns in the ones he liked best.
See how Gillette innovation has produced better shaves for more than a century. This gave men the power of the first twin-blade cartridge with a pivoting head, which allowed the blades to better follow the contours of the face for an even closer shave than before. Incorporating this strip above the blades improved the glide of the safety razor over the skin, increasing the comfort level of the shave.
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