How to weigh down a vintage Gillette

Discussion in 'Workshop and Restorations' started by Belfont, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Belfont

    Belfont Forum GOD!

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    I like the vintage Gillette, but I find them a little light,
    you'll tell me, put on a heavier modern handle,
    yes, but it's not really a vintage Gillette anymore ...

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    28 g lead for fishing in the Common Bar Handle
    only 13 in a Ball End Handle
     
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  2. jmudrick

    jmudrick Forum GOD!

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    Los Angeles
    That's probably the model most in need of weight gain. It's terribly head heavy as delivered by Gillette.
     
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  3. But why weigh down? To me , the whole idea of vintage is keeping them 'as was'. ,
     
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  4. jmudrick

    jmudrick Forum GOD!

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    That's one idea. Others of us are more sport shavers than collectors, and for me I don't understand the reluctance to improve the shave experience with a tweak here and there.

     
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  5. Belfont

    Belfont Forum GOD!

    Location:
    Lorient
    Yes, I understand your point of view.

    but I buy this kind of razor to use.
    and this razor with a heavier handle and more pleasant to use
    and the appearance remains the same
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2018
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  6. HMan

    HMan Guru

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    Helsinki, Finland
    Nice idea. I actually love the weight of that razor just as it is. It’s my all time favorite handle..But more power to you, if you use it and like it heavier.

    Does the lead rattle around inside?
     
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  7. les24preludes

    les24preludes Senior Member

    There are two problems with these vintage handles for me - the weight and the size. I almost think the size is even more important. I like my titanium handle which is 16mm diameter though only 53g. I could go down to the standard 12.8mm (1/2") diameter, but 9.5mm diameter and 80mm length on my Ball End is just too small to be of any use to me.

    OK - these are "collectable". But most of these Old Types are cheap and plentiful, it's not like you're depriving the world of a rare classic. But yes - they are nice razors nevertheless. The base plates and top caps are usable in various ways for Frankenrazors. An Old Type top cap mates with a Fatip baseplate and allows you to use M5 handles. And so on. I think the prettiest Gillettes are the brass and copper ones, and if you polish the heads and add a brass or copper handle that can give you a nice looking razor, Charcoal Goods style. Something like this, which was posted on a Frankenrazor thread - this has personality and is probably nice to use too.

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