Sometimes patent dates are a help, but they give you the front end of the date scale, and not always too exactly. Some razor makers put serial numbers on their razors, but we don't always have the key to how the serial numbers fit to dates of manufacture. Gillette is one manufacturer for whom we have information on serial numbers and later date of manufacture codes that we can link to time. Other makers included serial or manufacturing codes, but we do not have the keys. AutoStrop and Rolls are two well known manufacturers who serial numbered their razors.
The number one inquiry we receive from customers and vintage shaving enthusiasts relate to dating Gillette Safety Razors. Many e-mails share a similar story, a razor is discovered and is the last remaining keepsake from a family member. Knowing the age of a razor can provide context and much needed connection to a special life lived. Watch the video below to learn our dating secrets!