My First Vintage Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor
I just got a Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor from a lot of razors that I bought. I would like to give you a review of this beautiful adjustable safety razor.
How I got Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor
Remember that I wrote a post on how I got my first Gillette safety razor? Yes, I got it from a friend at Badger and Blade forum. You can read all about here.
That Gillette turned something on inside my head and heart. I suddenly want to have all these beautifully designed safety razors. I learned a lot by sticking around shaving forums and asking around. I learned that the best place to get a vintage safety razor is a flea market or eBay.
So in the heat of the moment, I lurked around eBay and found there are tons of these beautiful safety razors. Not just Gillette. There are GEMs, Micromatics, Valet, and some other safety razors. I-have-not-heard-of-the-name safety razors. They got them all.
So I bought my first Gillette. It was not Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor. It was a Gold Tech Gillette. It came with its original box. The plating is still nice after all these years. I was ecstatic when it finally arrived. I used it immediately. But I was not impressed.
For me, the 1920’s Gillette Open Comb performed better than the Gold Tech.
Then with the newly got passion, I hunted for another Gillette. I crawled eBay and found a girl that listed a lot of safety razors. That lot has a Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor. It caught my eyes.
Soon I started to negotiate the price and the shipping fee. We had a good talk and immediately agreed on the transaction. I sent the payment and the next day she shipped the razors.
Now the waiting game had begun. I had to wait and wait. From patiently waiting to impatiently check the tracking code. I was so afraid that the lot got lost in the shipment. It took more than a month when it finally arrived at my doorstep. Yes. A MONTH!
The lot got held up by the custom. They want me to pay taxes for “importing” the razors. Since I new to the eBay transaction, I thought this was crazy. I ended up paying another 20% of the price for import tax. Lesson learned. Never buy an item over $50. Or at least, let the seller stated the price less than $50. Above $50, the custom will inspect the package and charge additional taxes.
After the not so much happy moment of parting with my money, I happily received the package. Much to my dismay, the razors were dirty and needed repeating cleaning. But I immediately was happy that the Gillette slim adjustable safety razor is in working order. Dirty but works.
How I clean Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor
Now I had to do some research on how to clean a vintage safety razor. I already posted how to do it in here. Or you can see a variation here on how I cleaned the Gillette slim adjustable safety razor.
I took all the razors and soaked them in hot soapy water. Soaked it until the water became warm and I can put my hands inside the soapy water.
I took my dedicated-to-razor toothbrush and started to brush off all the previous soap scums from the razor. It was dirty alright. The water immediately turned blackish.
Oh.. I forgot. The seller left a used blade inside the razor. The blade had rust that stained the razor. Luckily with a bit of polish, the rust was sent running away.
How I use Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor
Now I have a beautiful and clean adjustable safety razor. This is one of my dream razors. I just can’t wait to try it. (I received and cleaned the razor while I just had my shave with my 1930s Gillette OC).
The next day was the first time I use it. I set the adjustable to a number 5. Right in the middle.I thought I will try a more aggressive setting first. Why? It is because I love the Open Comb more than the Gold Tech. I found Gold Tech is too mild for my taste.
And I was right. The setting was an immediate “planets were aligned together”. The brightest full moon that gives werewolves their energy.
I can feel the force was flowing through me while I used the razor. The razor was gliding. This was the first time I felt the razor can glide. I did not change the setting of my shaving supplies. Only the razor that had changed.
It cut so smoothly that I have to look again at the razor to see if it really cut my whiskers. It did. The razor was messy with my mustache. In just one glide WTG, I saw that all my hairs were cut so close. So smooth.
I just couldn’t believe my eyes. The razor was so efficient that I only need another pass to have a DFS. Then I did touch up passes. That was all. I was finished.
The surprising thing came next. When I put my aftershave, I did not feel a feedback from it. It means that I didn’t have a razor burn at all.
Why I consider Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor is the best
Definitely because of the adjustable feature. You can adjust your blade aggressiveness by just turning the dial to a number that suits you. Number 1 is the mildest and number 9 is the most aggressive.
Mind you that when I used this for the first time, I still used the previous blade from the Gillette Open Comb safety razor. I think with the slim adjustable safety razor, the blade was in the third use phase. The blade felt so smooth and sharp. Even after the fourth use, too. I used Astra SS DE blade.
So, I think the Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor prolongs the life of DE blades. I will try the blade for another two rounds or more. Until I find that I cannot stand it anymore, then I will change the blade.
Another reason is that I can save my aftershave. I will only use a bit of it from now on. The razor gives no razor burns at all. The performance was and is excellent. This will give me another problem. I still have other razors from the same lot. I might reach them much later because now I am inclined to use this beautiful adjustable safety razor.
I use this setting for a while now. I really love how they compliment each other. It is really a good combination.
You should try all of them:
- The Body Shop For Men Maca Root Shave Cream.
- The Body Shop For Men Maca Root Razor Relief
- The Body Shop Synthetic Shaving Brush
Do you have a Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor? Do you love it?
Share it with me down below.