Gillette 1934 Goodwill De Safety Razor W/ball End Gold Tone Diamond Alignment
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Gillette 1934 Goodwill De Safety Razor W/ball End Gold Tone Diamond Alignment:
Beautiful Gillette 1934 Goodwill DE Safety Razor w/Ball End Gold Tone Diamond AlignmentNice collectible three-piece razor. Made in USA.This is one of my favorite Gillette razors.
Note: This appears to be the Goodwill# 162 per the Krumholtz Guide to Goodwill razors.
"All other Goodwills were fabricated from surplus Old Type parts; two versions of these razors were produced. The first of these was the #162 Reverse Stud Goodwill. This razor features reverse studs in the diamond shape that were punched in the Old Type guard in the same manner as the standard Goodwill. The cap had the same diamond-shaped holes punched out which corresponded to the studs. This razor was produced only in 1934."The razor is attractive and seems to be invery nice condition, considering its age.There is some plating loss and wear evident on the handle.The head shows some plating loss and wear (especially along one shaving edge), but maintains much luster as well. There is acrack (common in this type of razor) beginning at the ball end area of the handle.
It appears that some clear glue was applied to this crack, to prevent it from worsening.All parts of the razor remain firmly in place.
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Review from Badger and Blade
Chronologically speaking, the Goodwill came out after the NEW was introduced. They were produced beginning in 1931, and exist in several different configurations.
Following the takeover
of Gillette (some call it a merger) by Auto-Strop, an entirely new
administrative and marketing team was at the helm. The country was in the
middle of the Great Depression, money was tight, and people were not buying
anything new unless it was an absolute necessity. (Sounds like these days,
The company had recently introduced the NEW razor (1929) which used a re-designed blade whose patent prevented competitive blade manufacturers from copying it. Gillette's push to dominate the blade market (that's where the profits are) was predicated on sales of the NEW razor, creating more demand for Gillette blades and taking market share away from the generics.
Using some components left over from Old-Type production along with some new parts added, Gillette produced the Goodwill series and literally gave them away free with the purchase of a package of NEW blades. The Goodwill razor helped establish a base of customers for NEW blades at a time when men would not otherwise have purchased a new razor. The gold wash was shiny when new, and probably looked quite a bit nicer to the user than his previous Old-Type razor.
They are well regarded as smooth performers, and have a unique place in safety razor history. Sadly, their weakness is (like the NEW) in the plating, which was more of an industrial wash than a proper multi-layer electroplating. Examples with intact plating are much harder to find, and of course, demand a higher price to purchase.