In the early 1950's, Gillette was trying to solve the adjustability problem in earnest. A user had 3 simple choices: Light, Regular and Heavy.
Finally, in 1958 Gillette had solved the adjustablity problem using engineering and marketing focus groups to produce a widely available, low cost solution to the problem. Razor #8 in the photo was originally from the factory nickel plated by Gillette. The following photos show the internal parts of two types of Toggle razors and their major part names. Notice with the Serial Toggle on the left that the base plate/blade bed and bottom plate are a major design difference to the Standard Toggle on the right.
The first characteristic is the type of plating or coating used by Gillette in the factory.
There were two basic types; either nickel or gold but there is a sub-type.
In this way, not only can you see pictures of excellent examples of the various razors but you can estimate their value from how much they are selling for.Please come back often as things will be changing on a daily or weekly basis.Or, at least come back if you want to see what your favorite adjustable razors are going for value wise.Further, I hope that this website will ultimately be a comprehensive reference and historical archive to all the vintage Gillette Adjustable double edge blade safety razors. I have not optimized the site for a phone display yet and while it does work on a phone it is best to use a large format monitor at this time to view the site.If you have the option, please use your biggest monitor to view it. Also, if anything gets too boring or technical, just skip to the razor pages for the individual photos. Thank you for looking, please enjoy the site and feedback at the contact us page is sincerely appreciated.Please remember that the condition of the razor and the completeness of the razor set as it compares to like new condition will greatly affect the value of a razor.This is why I am putting a representative picture of the razor next to its selling price.The second characteristic is the marked adjustment dial positions. The first is the 1-5 gold (#1) and the 1-5 nickel (#2).All of the adjustables have 9 distinct adjustment positions; either 1 , . These each have the same parts Bill of Materials but are distinguished by their plating type.These prototype razors have no date code, their handles are made out of aluminum and the last adjustment position is "5".There was a F-4 "Chrome" type Toggle produced in 1960.