Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor

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.

Vintage Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor


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.

Vintage Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor

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.

Vintage Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor

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.Vintage Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor

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.

My setting

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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:

Do you have a Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor? Do you love it?

Share it with me down below.


10 Replies to “Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor”

  1. Very informative post, Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor is one of the best of all time, I find it strong and long lasting. So it’s definitely a better choice compared to many other new designs out there. I remember my dad using it back in the days. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It is a work of art. It stood the test of time. And it performs really well, too. I love my vintage Gillette slim adjustable safety razor.

  2. hey thank you for reviewinggillette slim razor. Your article is so informative and enjoyable to read. I have tried some razors too. I have some questions. How much this shave cost? is it worth the buying? is it bang for the buck? what I just buy some cheap razor? what is the difference from cheap razor?

    1. You can find them at a broad price range. Some could go over $50 but most are below that.

      If you can find one in a mint condition, it will have a prove range near $80-100. But it will worth your money. It is because Gillette slim adjustable safety razor can outlast you. The performance is amazing.

      You may find it your one and only safety razor.

  3. Very great article man! really amazing! for the contemporary man in this crazy world. For those people like us that are always looking for a good shave and the way to maintain our beard clean and elegant, this is an amazing opportunity. I like the fact that you offer an easy link to buy the whole set, it´s gonna be very useful for me, thanks for share this information.

    1. You are welcome, Alfred. We need to escape the crazy fast world with a zen time in traditional wet shaving. I hope you find the set to your liking.

  4. I love this topic. I have just started to get back into wet shaving and when I saw your post, I thought back to when my dad had a razor just like the one in your post. I can remember him saying it was the closest shave he had ever had. Thanks for bringing back memories and for your interesting review. i will have to check out the products one by one, but they sound great! Thanks!

    1. I’m glad that I helped you bring back good memories. Your father was right. Gillette slim adjustable safety razor will be able to give you the closest shave ever.

  5. Hi, Arief. Thanks for this post. I appreciated it even if I don’t shave myself. It felt like I was reading a novel and it was exciting and adventurous. I couldn’t wait to read the next line.

    1. Thank you so much, Tove.

      I tried to give a comprehensive report and yet are fun to read. You just confirmed that I am able to do that. LOL.

      Can you recommend this post to a person that does shave? That person might enjoy the Gillette Slim Adjustable Safety Razor, too.

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