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    Hi folks,

    Hope you're having a nice Sunday afternoon! I just bought this Gillette DE on the bay. I'm not sure what it is, but it looked in fairly good nick. I got the guy down to $10 so im not so fussed if it turns out to be awful! Any ideas would be great!

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    Looks like a 50's Flare Tip to me. I have a Red Tip. Nice Shaver.
    Grandpa used to have one
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    Yup Flare Tip Super Speed. Looking at the razor like in picture #2, under the head of the razor, you should see a letter on one side and a number 1-4 on the other. Using that code you can determine when the razor was made. FWIW, I have a 1960 model of this razor and it's not at all awful, in fact, it's a damn fine shaver. So good in fact that I recently purchased one for my brother as a birthday gift. His was made the 3rd quarter of 1956 just like him

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    Thanks both, that's really helpful! I'm really looking forward to receiving it. It's coming from Tennessee though, and I'm in the UK, so I won't see it any time soon!!

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    I suspect it is a '60s flair tip SS. I believe Gillette stopped putting the grooves on the twist knob after the end of the '50s. See this one on Mr-razor http://www.mr-razor.com/Rasierer/One...Speed%20L2.jpg. (1966 SS)

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    Here's a handy link to Gillette date codes for when you get the razor Gillette Date Codes for Safety Razors and Blades The letter is for the year and the number (1-4) is the quarter of that year that the razor was made. For example H-3 would be 3rd quarter 1962. Cool factor aside, I've figured out that using razors older than me results in remarkable shaves (unless I do something to make it otherwise (i.e. use a dull blade, poor technique, etc.) enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1OldGI View Post
    Here's a handy link to Gillette date codes for when you get the razor Gillette Date Codes for Safety Razors and Blades The letter is for the year and the number (1-4) is the quarter of that year that the razor was made. For example H-3 would be 3rd quarter 1962. Cool factor aside, I've figured out that using razors older than me results in remarkable shaves (unless I do something to make it otherwise (i.e. use a dull blade, poor technique, etc.) enjoy!
    Aha, that explains all the Gem use then...

    Just kidding mate!
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    Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Birnando View Post
    Aha, that explains all the Gem use then...

    Just kidding mate!
    They say 50 is the new 25 so by that standard I'm only 40 years old

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    Nice find, looks just like my favourite shaving weapon. It'll polish up nicely too. I'm sure there was a de-gunking trick along the lines of "line a pan with tinfoil, fill the pan with water, put the razor in and boil away for 5-10 minutes". One good trick is to brush the razor with non-gel toothpaste and an old/unused toothbrush.

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    Limosos,
    Yes, as everyone has noted, that's the Gillette Flare Tip from the late fifties or the early sixties. These are good shavers, and on the mild side. Like everything else Gillette made in the early days, they are well built, and will last forever. Good find.

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