Mr Razor I have bought a Gillette Set #59 from Ebay. This razor did not sell on the 1st auction. On the second auction, the seller removed the reserve and give it a buy it now price of £20 delivered. I couldn't resist.... The auction photos were not promising. The razor looked dull and dirty and the case equally filthy and worn. However, i like user grade vintage stuff. I get to use pieces of history for cheap, and I don't have to mind them or fret over preserving them. So i took a punt. Here is a picture of the set from the auction: It arrived just like this picture tbh. Completely gross. In the name of basic hygiene for future use, i decided to try and clean up the crud whilst limiting any new damage or wear and tear to a minimum. I did my best to get the tray out of the bottom of the case but gave up for fear of really damaging it. I decided i had to try and clean it in situ. What i did was use gentle soap, hot water and a toothbrush, avoiding the lettering and embossing. I have a super soft battery toothbrush which is great for this work. The crud from the case was disgusting. Not cleaning is this was not an option. It went ok tbh not without some issues but not terrible. So then i went at the razor. Equally disgusting and i was somewhat concerned that under the crud, i would find it unusable or damaged beyond repair. This thing had 50 years of hard encrusted Old Spice soap in it. Again i used dish soap, hot water and the soft toothbrush to clean it. Once the crud was off, a soak in hot water and a careful oiling with Liquid Parafin BP. followed up. Results: I am ok with the case. I dont mind any new wear and tear i may have caused in order to get the worst of the crud off and i am happy enough with the result The new dark spots which have appeared from cleaning will fade once its dried out fully. I am utterly stunned with the razor. It has a few, tiny flea bites here and there and some very light and small tea staining but apart from that, it is fantastic. Straight as a die and as tight as. The cleaned up condition is a real treat. I can't wait to use it! I can't believe the quality of its construction. Even though i have never seen one, I thought this was an aristocrat! This #59 is a step below the #58 which is a step below the #66 so God only knows how good those must be. The TTO mechanism, Knurling, Fit, Finish and feel are many leagues above any razor new or old i have currently. It is jewel grade. I am obviously delighted. The poor #59. The razor nobody wanted. Now adopted by me, given a bath and polish and fit and ready for another lifetime of service. Well done Gillette!