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Thread: 1963 Gillette TTO Adjustable Razor

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    Default 1963 Gillette TTO Adjustable Razor

    Gentlemen,

    I was looking through a drawer and found a Gillette TTO Razor that was given to me a few years ago. The Date Code is I-2, and adjust from 1 thru 9 (no red dot). The overall length is 3 3/4 inch. I don't know if it is a fatboy or a slim.
    My question it is showing rust spots in different areas, is it worth it to recondition and replate it.
    Razor Emporium shows $55 for basic nickle plating and reconditioning more for rhodium. So as not to ruin its value should I do nickle or rhodium?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi Alewine,
    According to this chart, you have a "Slim" adjustable. The "Fatboy" was only manufactured from 1958 to 1961.

    Are you asking whether you could sell it for a price higher than the cost to replate it?

    You might want to check eBay to see what Slim adjustables have been selling for (the chart I referenced above will give you all the date codes). Either way, should you decide to replate it, before considering rhodium plating, according to Wikipedia, in early 2010, the price of rhodium was twice that of gold. For my money, if nickel plating wasn't good enough for a project of mine, I'd go with gold, since it's much prettier (and costs less) than rhodium.
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    The were plated brass so the rust is from blades being left in them when wet. AFAIC plating an old DE is a waste of money unless the razor has sentimental value. In that case I would certainly leave it as is, or clean it up and use it. You could probably buy a couple of excellent + or better slims for the price of replating that one. BTW, when they plate they have to buff first and you inevitably lose some of the lines or whatever detail in the metal.
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    I would clean it up and use it, old razors have character!
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    Thank you.
    No the razor has no sentimental value, so I will take your suggestion and just clean it up and use it.
    Thanks again.

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    Is it showing rust spots or is if green tarnish from playing wear and brass showing through? One of the techs I recently picked up is through the plating in a few spots.

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