Overall, a good bargain for a Muhle r89 with a nice case and a nice tuck of blades. But you do not get a Gillette razor, only a Gillette case.
Look at it this way, if Gillette doesn't want to mark their new razor as a Gillette, than I will agree with them and I also won't call it a Gillette.
Well I guess it depends how you look at history.
So, way back in the late 1920s Gillette acquired Rotbart company from Germany.....they had a closed scalloped comb razor. The DE89/R89 is based on that design.....In essence Gillette has come full circle with the heritage razor being a razor head inspired by a company they owned in the 20s in some weird way
“Rotbart was an independant European (German) maker bought out by Gillette in 1927 and continued to produce as Rotbart under the Gillette ownership for a time..... This buyout allowed Gillette to use many of the Rotbart designs and patents, and for a period of time after WWII, it was not clear whether Rotbart (still existing as a brand name) was copying the Gillettes, or Gillette copying the Rotbarts.”
All this to say, Gillette has its fingerprints all over it. So to say it’s not a Gillette MAY be incorrect.
Below is the Rotbart from Gillette....all this to say R89 was a “heritage” inspired scalloped bar from the 20s.
So Gillette is commissioning in essence their razor if you look at it that way.
Does anybody say that the TTO super speeds are really Valet Autostrop razors when they acquired Gillette and used their own engineers to design the TTO?
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