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Gillette Black Tip Super Speed Safety Razor from 1951


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This is a somewhat rare vintage safety razor. In the early days of the Super Speed, Gillette experimented with different materials in various models. This "Black Tip" was made with a steel or aluminum handle. Both models had a black, plastic TTO knob. Apparently, this wasn't very popular and didn't last long. It is a transitional design between the all-metal 1940s Super Speed and the again all-metal 1950s Super Speeds. Gillette wouldn't use plastic in their razors again for decades.

This is the aluminum version. I don't have production numbers, but I do know these aluminum ones don't survive well. For that reason, I consider them to be the more rare variant. The date code of W3 indicates it was made in 1951 (which, incidentally is the first year of putting date codes on razors). In terms of shaving, it uses standard Gillette style double edge blades, and performs much like a 1940s Super Speed.

As you can see in the photos, it's in excellent condition. For its type, it's amazing. There is less discoloration in the aluminum handle than I've ever seen. The plating on the head has some slight scratches, but looks about perfect in toyr hand. Overall, a very good looking razor,  Something a bit more than our standard light cleaning and sterilization might make it even better.

Interesting variation to use or collect.

  • Model: Razor582-GilletteBlackTipW3-1951
  • 1 Units in Stock

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