Gillette New Improved

Shave of the Day
OC tober 7, 2013

DR Harris Windsor soap
Ever-Ready 200M boar brush
Gillette New Improved Razor
Shark Stainless Steel blade (2)
Pinaud Clubman aftershave
A nice close shave from the New Improved, but a bit more tug.  Not sure whether it is the razor, the blade, or the angle.  Love the Widsor soap.  I bought the Windsor for the bowl, because I could not get a bowl with lavender.  I will probably buy another bowl of Windsor.


Grandpa’s New Improved Razor

Shave of the Day
September 28, 2013

•Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood soap
•Kingsley badger brush
•Gillette New Improved Standard (1922)
•Kai Stainless Steel blade (1)
•Old Spice aftershave

Today is a special day.  Not only is it my wife’s birthday, but also my grandfather, Robert C. Griscom’s 123rd birthday (if he were still alive).  

I have what I believe to be his razor.  He died the year my parents were married.  

He was a record presser for Victor Talking Machine.  His hands were so toughened by his work that he could place a boiling tea kettle on the palm of his hand and not get burned.

He also played the violin. I always picture my grandfather playing the violin while my grandmother played the piano, and the two of them sang together.

The razor has been dropped several times over the years, all four corners have bent teeth.  The case is well worn. The blade I found in the razor was from 1932 (C2 blue blade).

The bent teeth did not present any problem shaving.  The New Improved is a great razor.  The Kai blade worked well ; a great combination.

So happy birthday grandpa. Today you are remembered.


Gillette New Improved

Shave of the Day
August 3, 2013

•Mama Bear Bay Rum soap
•EverReady boar brush
•Gillette New Improved razor (1924)
•Astra platinum blade (6)
•Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum aftershave

Last day for the New Improved. It shaves like a dream. I don’t know how long my grandpa used it, but it was well worn when I acquired it in 1974.

I used it from 1974 through 1982, but I did not take it to college ( I used a Schick injector). It was not just the start of my collection, it was the start of my love for vintage razors and wet shaving.

Today’s shave includes Mama Bear soap and Pinaud VIBR. The nautical themed aftershaves are appropriate because I recall my grandfather as a boat builder and a boat captain.

The Astra blade is still performing well on shave 6.

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Gillette New Improved Tuckaway vs. Traveler

The New Improved Tuckaway had a small handle and fit with a blade box in a case the size of a cigarette case.

The Traveler set included a full sized New Improved standard razor with a blade box and two tubes, one for soap and the other for a brush. The kit also included a mirror in a pocket in the lid.

Finally, a photo of the Tuckaway with an original Gillette blade.

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Gillette New Improved Shave

Shave of the Day
August 1, 2013

Shaving with Grandpa’s New Improved

•Taylor of Old Bond Street Lavender soap
•Kingsley badger brush
•Gillette New Improved razor
•Astra platinum blade (4)
•Mennen Skin Bracer aftershave

The New Improved gives a close and efficient shave. I love Lavender soap. Skin Bracer is a great way to finish a great shave.

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Gillette New Improved (1924) Shave

Shave of the Day
July 31, 2013
Grandpa’s razor week

•Tabac soap
•Muhle badger brush
•Gillette New Improved razor
•Astra blade (3)
•Pinaud Clubman Club Royale aftershave

Day three of the New Improved. I am getting used to the way it shaves.

I see a lot of similarities with the short comb NEW.

The Astra continues to perform well.

Tabac is a great soap with a strong scent. The Clubman Club Royale pairs well with it.

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Grandpa’s Razor Gillette New Improved

Shave of the Day
July 30, 2013
Grandpa’s Razor week

•Arko stick soap
•Kingsley badger brush
•Gillette New Improved razor (1924)
•Astra platinum blade (2)
•Arctic Frost Cooling Aftershave

I would classify the New Improved razor as aggressive. I got an extremely close shave yesterday. 14 hours after my shave, my face still felt like it does after just shaving with a Tech.

The razor is highly efficient. It also looks fierce, with a large blade gap.

Arko soap produces instant and abundant lather.

The Arctic Frost is from Walgreens and is similar to Aqua Velva.

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Gillette New Improved. Grandpa’s Razor

Shave of the Day
July 29, 2013

•Taylor of Old Bond Street Lavender soap
•Kingsley badger brush
•Gillette New Improved Tuckaway (1924)
•Astra Platinum blade
•Pinaud Clubman Razor

Today would have been my Grandfather’s 114 birthday today, and I am shaving with his razor. I have had this razor since 1974, and it was the beginning of my collection and my love for old razors and wet shaving.

The New Improved was Gillettes first major redesign of the double edged razor. Introduced in 1921, my razor is a Tuckaway, a travel razor with a short handle and a metal case which would fit easily in a pocket or a shaving kit.

As always, the TOBS Lavender produces a great lather, and I love the scent.

The Astra blade is one of my go to blades and it pairs well with the New Improved.

Clubman provided a great finish to this shave.

Shaving with Grandpa’s razor is a great way to remember him. Grandpa, you are still missed.

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