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Rating: 9.6/10 (7 votes cast)
The Gillette Super Speed razor was manufactured from 1942 through 1986. An interesting fact about the Super Speed is that early production of the razor was limited to the military only, from the years 1942 through 1945. Many manufacturers still copy the basic design of the Super Speed razor. The Super Speed features the twist to open mechanism, which makes for easy blade replacement.

During the production of the Super Speed, Gillette manufactured several different styles of the razor -- the 40's style, Black tip, Flare tip, Blue tip, Red tip and the Black handled Super Speed. The early designs before 1952 did not have a date code on them so it can be difficult to tell what year the razors were made. Some of the models were manufactured with aluminum plating, nickel plating and some made with steel, it depends on the year it was produced. With it's weight and design the razor was made to last and to give a great shave. A quality razor crafted for perfection, the Super Speed razor has provided many with generations of double edge shaving.

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1952 Gillette Super Speed 40s Style Handle DE Razor NICE VALUE
1952 Gillette Super Speed 40s Style Handle DE Razor NICE VALUE $8.50 (2 Bids)
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VINTAGE AD 1950 (XX55)~GILLETTE SUPER-SPEED RAZOR AND BLADE DISPENSER
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Vintage 1954 Gillette Super Speed TTO DE Safety Razor Z 1 Good User
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Vintage 1966 Gillette Super Speed TTO DE Safety Razor L 3 EXCELLENT!!!
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Vintage Gillette 40's Style Super Speed DE TTO Safety Razor - Date Code W1
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Vintage Gillette Flare Tip Super Speed DE TTO Safety Razor - Date Code C1
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Vintage Gillette Red Flare Tip Super Speed DE Safety Razor - Date Code A4
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(205N) Vintage Gillette Super Speed Flair Tip Safety Razor - 1967 M4
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Vintage Gillette Flare Tip Super Speed TTO Safety Razor #2 - Date Code J3
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Pros & Cons

prosThey don't make them like this anymore, a well built machine
consLike many vintage Gillettes, could be mild for some

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Gillette Super Speed 9.6 out of 10 based on 7 ratings

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  • by John sebesta on July 4, 2011

    The super-speed that I have found to be the best manufactured for fit and quality has been the Red Tip. The overal quality of other years/styles that I’ve tried has been only so-so.

  • by Kevin Taylor on August 22, 2012

    I found a brand new super-speed razor (unused new in plastic case in Christmas gift box with new blades and new unopened tube of K-34 Gillette Lather Shaving Cream) at an antique mall for about $30. The mechanism is nice and tight. I remember using one of these back in the day. I shave with a straight razor now but… one of these days…

  • by TexasRed on August 28, 2012

    I have a flare tip Super Speed from 1956. Somehow, the whole is more than the sum of its parts – it’s a great shaver! It works perfectly & handle is bright & shiny, although the finish on the head is a bit worn. I paid 4 bucks for mine at a flea market though, so I couldn’t be happier!

  • by Larry Degen on January 1, 2013

    I have a 1967 ss I bought on eBay. I am 70 years of have returned to de shaving lately and have found this razor to be mild and has nice feel in my hand.

  • by Paul Skonieczny on July 22, 2014

    My dad had this razor in the army back in 1952. He gave it to me in 2014 because I was bitching about how crappy disposal razors were and how you have to keep banging them to clean it out. I LOVE this razor. Sometime old style is better!

  • by Mike D. on November 21, 2015

    At first, I didn’t like the razor because of the handle grip pattern. After using it for a while I wound up liking this model most and in the end, I wound up buying three of these razors because I love them so much.

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