Dating vintage gillette razors
These serial numbers were on the top of the guard, or sometimes the inner barrel.
Vintage, double-edge razors have a single blade that cuts the hair, which is less irritating to the follicle.They are badass, it's true, but in the end, a vintage safety razor is probably your best bet as a gift for all but the most dedicated shaving nerds.They are fairly inexpensive, relatively easy to use, and offer a very nice shaving experience. In fact, they're often better than modern razors if the person you're buying for suffers from ingrown hairs or irritation when using normal razors.Trying to figure out a gift for your partner/groomsmen/dad? They're eco-friendly, economical (both for you to buy and for the recipient purchase blades for), built-to-last, and damn cool. Unfortunately, straight razors are extremely high maintenance.Since my man is a huge shaving aficionado, I interviewed him to make a little guide for anyone who wants some pointers on buying a razor. They require special (usually professional) sharpening, they're not quick and easy to use (and therefore, probably not something that will get daily use), and somewhat surprisingly, they don't offer the closest or smoothest shave.