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Gillette Aristocrat Primer

Hello All,

I'm looking to purchase my first Gillette Aristocrat. I would like to educate myself on the Aristocrat first before deciding on a model. Is there a good primer on this site or somewhere else that would be a good place for me to start?

Thanks Much
 
Start by googling gillette aristocrat and go from there.

First thing to figure out is whether you're a USA or UK Aristocrat fan....I am the latter
but there is no hard and fast rule.
 
I've had a number of UK and US Aristocrats and I'd say that in general the quality and finish of the UK ones is a bit better. The rhodium plated UK Aristocrats are particularly good to look at. However, the 1934 US Aristocrats were also of fantastic quality, and I like the way they shave, so that's the one I've kept.
 
Thanks for the info. I collect English Super Speeds and Rockets and concur- the build seems to be a bit better. Having said that, the US counterparts are excellent razors as well.

Just get a ‘34 and be done with it.
I'll have to take a look at them. Also, what years were the Aristocrat open combs?

Thanks
 
Thanks for the info. I collect English Super Speeds and Rockets and concur- the build seems to be a bit better. Having said that, the US counterparts are excellent razors as well.



I'll have to take a look at them. Also, what years were the Aristocrat open combs?

Thanks
No expert here. I appeal to @Hannah's Dad as the resident expert, but I think there was a 1934 and a 1936 model. There were other open comb TTO types like the Sheraton (gold) and the Ranger (silver/nickel?) during the 1930's.

I've just always considered the '34 as Gillettes finest creation and the 1930's as my favorite Gillette decade exception noted for the Single Ring era.
 

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There are some members with vastly more knowledge than me; but I agree with Charles (@Twelvefret ) that the ‘34 is special. It was Gillette’s first twist-to-open razor, though certainly not the first open comb. It was, according to ads at the time, made to watchmakers’ standards and was built to last ‘forever.’
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There was a 1936 iteration as well, known as the ‘Deluxe’, which has a higher profile head. I prefer the slimmer ‘34 profile personally.
 

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Then there are the First Generation British Aristocrats — on the left is a silver-plated ‘One Piece Aristocrat’ and on the right a rhodium-plated #15 set. Both are incredible shavers and really cool to use. I suggest you find one of these!
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There are some members with vastly more knowledge than me; but I agree with Charles (@Twelvefret ) that the ‘34 is special. It was Gillette’s first twist-to-open razor, though certainly not the first open comb. It was, according to ads at the time, made to watchmakers’ standards and was built to last ‘forever.’
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There was a 1936 iteration as well, known as the ‘Deluxe’, which has a higher profile head. I prefer the slimmer ‘34 profile personally.
Remind me again, is my Sheraton more similar to the '36 or '34? I used it last week and loved the shave it provided.
 
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Hey guys, since we're on the subject, here's an aristocrat that i just found on the bay. There's no date code on the razor, but it came with a blade inside. Can you provide any info? Thanks.
 
Im assuming the W3 on the blade will be the appropriate date, but haven't gotten around to researching it properly.
 
Looks like a '48-51. Hard to be more specific since they didn't have date codes.

I have one that is in rotation this week. I put it as slightly milder than a Red Tip...very similar feel.
 

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Im assuming the W3 on the blade will be the appropriate date, but haven't gotten around to researching it properly.
W-3 would make it a '51 which would have a date code like this one of mine ... it's a little earlier. Nice case!
 
I have them all, find the British to be of better quality/build. They are all decent shavers, my favourite to shave with is the #21.
 
In a typical B&B fashion I'd say you should buy them all and then decide which one you like the most. :001_302:
This. If you are truly bold and awash with extra coin seek both, UK & US makes, otherwise pick one or the other. As a Left Coaster, you might find the least resistance with the US Aristocrats.
 
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