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    Okay, fess up. When you started this year you had enough shave soap in the house to last at least a year

    Yep. I started the year with 10 years' worth of soap/cream and still bought 10 new shave sticks and traded for an eleventh since the quarantine! I think it's a s(t)ickness. Tom

    Fatboy Blade Bank

    And year! Last half of 1958 halfway through 1961. Look at Achim's page here: http://www.mr-razor.com/Rasierklingen/Rasierklingen.htm for 1958 through 1961. There were different metal blade dispensers during each year. Although, do not overlook Adam's comment above; Gillette may have limited...

    Who Uses Blade Dispensers?

    A couple of years ago (no more than five) Sally Beauty had the Personna Platinum blades in a thumb-dispenser. I bought a pack then, but haven't been back in almost as long. I also have a fairly new thumb-dispenser pack of German Wilkinson blades. Tom

    PIF Fatip Classic Grande Open Comb

    This is a wonderful PIF, but I'm sorry; I'm not in. I already have a 2009 Muehl R 89 (which is a Fatip Grande), and I am humiliated to confess that I have no story that starts out, "It ain't much..." The winner, however, will wind up with a really great razor. Tom

    Gillette Red and Black Set - NEW SHORT COMB SC

    I think if I were going to preserve a Short Comb, I would want it to be one with the squared stand-offs at the corners of the cap and the square shoulder on the bar handle. But that's just me, and it is an opinion. Tom

    Aluminum razors. Which ones do you use or would you like to try?

    Some interesting info here on the Razorock SLOC 2.0 Aluminum: https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/rr-sloc-2-0.577883/ I was not crazy about the feel of the razor with the steel handle, but like it much more now with an aftermarket aluminum handle. Tom

    RR sloc 2.0

    Aluminum handle from the B/S/T at another forum. I don't know very much else about it. Tom

    Gillette Trac II (and equivalent) Carts?

    Thank you, @Sabre , are those from India? Tom

    Gillette Trac II (and equivalent) Carts?

    I have Trac II carts from the US, from Mexico, and from Poland. I have seen GII carts from Spain and from Germany, and PII (7 O'clock) carts from India (also Wilman [Gillette-Wilkinson?]). Is there a consensus on which blades are sharper, smoother, longer-lasting? I am asking about Gillette...
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    I have total DE Razor analysis paralysis

    Hey, @ElonsMusk , more than three dozen really good and comprehensive answers here, and you know why? The responders have all done the field work you are currently overwhelmed by, and even though we will all happily share our findings with you, ours will probably not match yours - not now, and...
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    Found Gillette razor

    Yours is an early one - premerger, or up to about mid-1932; there is no "Reissue" patent number on the underside.
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    Gillette blades on fishing expedition...

    I bought a dispenser of Personna Platinum in Sally Beauty Supply about 18 months ago, and six dispensers of German Wilkinsons on eBay just a couple of months ago. On a slightly different note, I just finished a 1969/70 dispenser of vintage Wilkinson Super Swords - the last two came out glued...
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    If you were to purchase a Gillette Adjustable 195 - Best date code for quality

    From Glenn Conti's site: "The models from 1958 D-3 through 1960 F-2 are especially popular because they are more easily taken apart to be cleaned. This is because the retainer cap in the end of the handle has two service notches that allow for partial disassembly. Another change occurred during...
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    If you were to purchase a Gillette Adjustable 195 - Best date code for quality

    Please spend some time with Glenn Conti's comprehensive site: http://gilletteadjustable.com/ As with all things Gillette, there are anomalies, overlaps, and different changeovers at different plants, so, just be aware. Tom
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    If you were to purchase a Gillette Adjustable 195 - Best date code for quality

    Although it seems they are always for sale somewhere, I think the D3 195 is less common than most of the rest of the run. I don't think 3Q '58 was a nationwide distribution, and it was produced and released concurrently with the D3 Executive (almost the same razor!), so I believe there are...
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    Gillette NEW nothing else

    I think I have posted this picture before, but it represents fewer than half of my Gillette New razors: and the one on the left, here, is the English Flat Bottom Round-pin New: I like the Gillette New probably best of all, but I still have, like, and use many other razors! Tom
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    Razors that you had a chance to buy and regret you didn't

    If I miss out because I am not yet knowledgeable enough, or otherwise too slow, I never look back - no regrets. But when I have researched something and make the decision to pass, and then reassess value vs desire and change my mind and it's too late, then I regret. For me, that was the...
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    Best DE Razor knurling.

    I felt the very early Triad handles had the best grip. I had four of Toby's early turnings and loved them. Notice the serrations at the edge of each groove. Some people might not have liked them as much as I did, but they were slip-proof. Two have moved on but I still have two. Tom
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    Any idea on the date on this Made in England DE Gillette?

    The OP's "S" plate (blade guard) has notched corners, indicating post-1961. Tom