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Rating: 9.5/10 (6 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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Vintage Gillette 40's Style Super Speed Safety Razor 1951 W-1
Vintage Gillette 40's Style Super Speed Safety Razor 1951 W-1 $29.99
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Nice and Clean Gillette 1974 U-1 Superspeed Black Beauty Safety Razor
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VINTAGE 1955 A-4 GILLETTE SUPER SPEED DOUBLE EDGE SAFETY RAZOR
VINTAGE 1955 A-4 GILLETTE SUPER SPEED DOUBLE EDGE SAFETY RAZOR $19.99
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VINTAGE NICE U 1 1974 GILLETTE SUPER SPEED FLAIR TIP DE SAFETY RAZOR LOT 859
VINTAGE NICE U 1 1974 GILLETTE SUPER SPEED FLAIR TIP DE SAFETY RAZOR  LOT 859 $9.99 (2 Bids)
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1956 Gillette B3 TTO Tech Super Speed Safety Razor Blue Flare Tip Case
1956 Gillette B3 TTO Tech Super Speed Safety Razor Blue Flare Tip Case $89.95
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Vintage 1960 Gillette Super Speed Flair Tip DE Safety Razor F2 Date Code Nice
Vintage 1960 Gillette Super Speed Flair Tip DE Safety Razor F2 Date Code Nice $39.95
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Vintage 1971 2 Gillette Safety Razors ~Super Speed + Knack matching R1 dates
 Vintage 1971 2 Gillette Safety Razors ~Super Speed + Knack  matching R1 dates $9.99
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Vtg TTO DE SUPER SPEED Gillette Safety Razor NO DATE CODE
Vtg TTO DE SUPER SPEED Gillette Safety Razor NO DATE CODE $20.99
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Vintage 1967 Gillette Black Handle Super Speed DE Safety Razor M2 Original Case
Vintage 1967 Gillette Black Handle Super Speed DE Safety Razor M2 Original Case $40.00
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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 9.5 out of 10 based on 6 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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