Gillette razor dating guide

Dating Gillette Razors and Blades: "How old is this razor? 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.

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Last year of the rhodium-plated "Gillette Executive", Gillette's only USA-made fully rhodium-plated razor.

Also, the 1950 Executive came with a blue-colored 10-blade "Blue Blade" dispenser and two 20-blade dispensers sealed in foil with a picture of the blue dispenser printed on each whereas the previous year, the 1949 Executive - same razor - came with a cream-colored 10-blade "Blue Blades" dispenser and two 20-blade dispensers each sealed in foil with black text printed on each.

Date code legend: A 1/2/3/4 First year of the rhodium-plated "Gillette Executive", Gillette's only USA-made fully rhodium-plated razor.

Date codes weren't used at this time so dating is from old magazine advertisements and included-blades date codes.

First known year of the "Gillette Adjustable" aka "Toggle".

Known specimen has a serial number of 2605 instead of a letter/number date code.

Some refer to these as prototypes but prototypes wouldn't be sold at retail with warranty cards and price inserts as these were. First year of the gold-plated "Gillette Executive" adjustable, aka "gold Fat Boy".

Also first year of the "Gillette Adjustable" aka "Fat Boy" aka "red dot Fat Boy".

There were no razor serial numbers from 1931 until 1950.

Razor Date Codes began in 1950 and used the same system blades had used since 1930, a code that identified the year and calendar quarter of manufacture.

The blade system adopted in 1931 is still in use today, and was used on razors as well after 1950. Much of the information on this page has been extracted from the excellent books: "Safety Razor Reference Guide" by Robert K.

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