Along with the rise of the straight razor came the barbershop, whose employees were carefully trained in the art of maintaining a sharp blade by honing or stropping them on a leather or canvas strip.
To soften a beard for shaving, towels were heated in a steam cabinet and wrapped around a man’s chin; to minimize nicks and razor burn, foaming soap suds were mixed in a shaving mug using a brush made from badger or hog whiskers.
Here at Razor Emporium, we wish to not only be the best source for vintage Gillette products, but to also educate our customers as well on the history, innovation and mechanics of Gillette's expansive catalog of products.
Below is a list of the various styles and changes that have taken place since Gillette's inception.
This razor has been polished down to the bare metal and then professionally re-plated with a commercial grade jewelry plating machine.
This razor has been plated to a thickness twice of that used when rhodium or gold plating jewelry and has a brilliant shine.
In the 1964 movie Goldfinger, we get a close look at Bond's shaving gear.
He uses a Gillette slim handle adjustable razor when he is shaving in Goldfinger's plane on the way to America.
The online shaving store The Executive Shaving Company usually has a few of these original 1960s razors in stock as well (see their current Vintage Gillette Slim listings).Although the clean-shaven look has been in style periodically since at least the 12th Egyptian Dynasty, or around 2000 B.C., the earliest recognizable razors date to the 17th century in Europe.This razor has a good amount of heft to it and the longer handle makes this razor very comfortable to handle and it is very easy to navigate around the contours of your face, the option to dial your shave up or down to your liking is the icing on the cake.Recent estate sale find is this Gillette Long Black beauty Handle double blade safety razor.