great post and collection, Peter. Thanks for sharing.
I'm blushing, my friend!For sure far from all the British made Aristocrat sets are inhere - over in the big leagues my razor collecting friend and role model Dan holds 31 different sets (and counting) so there’s still a ways for me to go!
Adam, that was news to me - great info, thanks a lot! Very interesting that already back then Gillette were talking about shaving “systems”!Hello Peter, nice collection. The change from metal blade banks to plastic dispenser was not an economical decision, it was the selling point of the gen3 design.
This is why gen3 Aristocrats in No 15 cases make little sense to me. These metal cases won’t fit the dispenser, wich was part of the “shaving system”.
Thanks Thomas, both for your kind comments and for letting me have the 2nd generation maroon! You are a true gentleman, sir!Peter, this is why B&B is such a wonderfully informative and addicting forum. Because of members like you, members like me spend a small fortune trying to emulate your collection! All kidding aside, I am so impressed with your collection and the knowledge you have shared with the B&B community. A great read.
I have owned all four generations of British Aristocrats. I am the opposite to you in that I enjoyed the gen 2 shave the most of the 4 generations. This is why for anyone reading this post, don't assume that one generation of Brit Crat will be best for you, buy all four and enjoy.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and collection. It will serve to educate members for years, I have no doubt.
Thanks for the great pic's and corresponding history lesson.
Thanks for the information and photos!!
Pat, BigJ, Tehnothing, thanks deeply for your kind comments. And yes, that Aida is a hoot!Great, now I have to search for an Aida! Love me my fourth gen. Great post.
I'm blushing, my friend!
I still wish we knew what those other 31 cases were really called...
Andon and Dan, just putting honor and praise where it is due, guys!!Thanks, Peter!
Bob, I also found the Popular to be smoother than the 1st Gen OC — though both are incredible shavers.Excellent and informative post, Peter. I've owned all 4 generations of Aristocrats because, like you, I figured that I should find my favorite. I've disposed of my 3rd and 4th gen razors and am trying to decide what to keep between my 1st gen, 2nd gen, and #47 Popular set.
From an aesthetic standpoint, I agree that the 1st gen OC is my favorite razor (perhaps of all time). However, my #47 may give me a slightly better shave. I'll probably use the better part of February to explore those three razors to discern my favorite(s).
I'm looking forward to seeing the complete set when you've assembled it.