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The adjustables are great because they have a do-dad on the handle that adjusts the distance of the safety bars from the blade, which allows the shaver to adjust for the task at hand; are they chopping off a thick beard, or are they trying to get a close shave on a delicate area of skin?
Desirable models from Gillette include the Adjustable, the Super Speed (no date code or British models only) and the Aristocrat or Presidente (see pics).
To figure out the year of production, look under (or inside) the head of the razor for a letter and a number.
Then look up that code on this page, and you can find the production year.
Instead, Crabtree and Evelyn offers a "Best Badger" brush which is a great compromise between quality and cost, if you really want to get one.Vintage, double-edge razors have a single blade that cuts the hair, which is less irritating to the follicle.While vintage razors are generally high quality, as with most things, there are good and bad brands and models. The best vintage razors were produced by Gillette from the 1940s to the 1970s.Detail of the Adjustable — has a turnable wheel jobby under the head with different settings for different shaving qualities.
This type of razor should always be adjusted with the blade doors open, then close the doors on the blade afterward.There are tons of great razors laying neglected in antique shops! Fifty bucks for a razor is the tops I would pay for a really, really nice one with the original case.