Gibbs adjustable razor

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Hi folks, I have a question that I am hoping that someone with more of a understanding than me can answer.
Question what is the difference between a Gibbs number 15 and number 17, now I had read bits and peices regarding Gibbs razors including the adjustable 15 and 17 and was lead to believe that the 15 was anodised aluminium in a gold colour and weighed in at around 38 grams and the 17 was chrome on brass and weighed in at just over 70 grams.
The reason I ask is because I have found a chrome 15 that weighs just over 70 grams and am confused .
Any help will be most welcome. :)
 
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Wow, info a little thin on the ground regarding these razors however @pj3r came through and was a mine of infomation regarding these razors, he shaves with his Gibbs number 15 all the time and was able to tell me everything I needed to know, big thanks going out to him for his many PMs and his help in tracking some down that were for sale .
Resurrecting an old thread but perhaps you could lay out that info for posterity. I also acquired a no 15, chromed and essentially identical in weight (73g) to my No 17. Not that I mind, but I was anticipating aluminum based likely upon the same (mis)information you came upon. Perhaps only the gold was aluminum? If so what's the difference between the chrome 15 and 17 other than the bottom knob?

Colour me confused. :confused:
 
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Resurrecting an old thread but perhaps you could lay out that info for posterity. I also acquired a no 15, chromed and essentially identical in weight (73g) to my No 17. Not that I mind, but I was anticipating aluminum based likely upon the same (mis)information you came upon. Perhaps only the gold was aluminum? If so what's the difference between the chrome 15 and 17 other than the bottom knob?

Colour me confused. :confused:
As I know, there is two variants of No.15. Lighter, gold one, which is made of aluminium, and heavyer, chrome one. The gold one has black plastic knob at the end of the handle and No.15 has chrome one.

I belive, in some point of time, that Gibbs just rename chrome No.15 to No.17. As I know, there is no difference between No.15 and No.17, exepct some minor cosmetics diference (postion of red dot on dialer, writing on the baseplate).

Also, as I know, all No.15 are clearly marked as No.15 at the bottom of the baseplate. Some of No.17. Has no mark No.17.

They started with production of No.15 somewhere in the mid 30s. I didn't find where they started production of No.17.

Perhaps, some of our French membrrs know more.

Adjustable Gibbs No.15/17 is one of the best razors ever! Very fine shaver which is build to last forever. Of course, YMMV.

I hope this help. Or ask anything!

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As I know, there is two variants of No.15. Lighter, gold one, which is made of aluminium, and heavyer, chrome one. The gold one has black plastic knob at the end of the handle and No.15 has chrome one.

I belive, in some point of time, that Gibbs just rename chrome No.15 to No.17. As I know, there is no difference between No.15 and No.17, exepct some minor cosmetics diference (postion of red dot on dialer, writing on the baseplate).

Also, as I know, all No.15 are clearly marked as No.15 at the bottom of the baseplate. Some of No.17. Has no mark No.17.

They started with production of No.15 somewhere in the mid 30s. I didn't find where they started production of No.17.

Perhaps, some of our French membrrs know more.

Adjustable Gibbs No.15/17 is one of the best razors ever! Very fine shaver which is build to last forever. Of course, YMMV.

I hope this help. Or ask anything!

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Thanks. My No 15 has the black knob rather than chrome. As you suggest, my 17 bears no model number.

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Thanks. My No 15 has the black knob rather than chrome. As you suggest, my 17 bears no model number.

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Hmmm... Strange combination - chrome No15 and black knob. Never see that combination. Perhaps someone made your No.15 of two different models.

The wick point of this razors is plastic handele, which can easyly be broken if you overtight it.

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Resurrecting an old thread but perhaps you could lay out that info for posterity. I also acquired a no 15, chromed and essentially identical in weight (73g) to my No 17. Not that I mind, but I was anticipating aluminum based likely upon the same (mis)information you came upon. Perhaps only the gold was aluminum? If so what's the difference between the chrome 15 and 17 other than the bottom knob?

Colour me confused. :confused:
I thought the same as you so ended up with a 15and 17 and one with no number! The gold ones are the aluminium ones but not as easy to find I could not find any difference between all three I had 15, 17, unnumbered . They are not all date stamped under the blade bed to confuse things more.
 
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I thought the same as you so ended up with a 15and 17 and one with no number! The gold ones are the aluminium ones but not as easy to find I could not find any difference between all three I had 15, 17, unnumbered . They are not all date stamped under the blade bed to confuse things more.
Gotcha. My first one is unnumbered also. The adjustment ring and bottom knob are slightly different than my 15.

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Gotcha. My first one is unnumbered also. The adjustment ring and bottom knob are slightly different than my 15.

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I have never seen the "black bottom knob model" it's also intresting to know that although they all look the same if you mix the parts up they won't fit the razor they didn't come off , I think it was the caps and blade beds I had problems with when trying to mix and match, very strange indeed, but fantastic razors none the less.
 
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Looks like the bottom knob came off a aluminium set then....Maybe?
Possible. Not enough photos out there to say for sure. Thing is, it's not aluminum, in fact it's .7g heavier than the knob/spindle in my unmarked one.

History of these is woefully undocumented, at least in English.

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Possible. Not enough photos out there to say for sure. Thing is, it's not aluminum, in fact it's .7g heavier than the knob/spindle in my unmarked one.

History of these is woefully undocumented, at least in English.

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Ideed! When I try to find some information about Gibbs it was very hard work. Some usefull information o found just in some French and German forums. But my French and German are... well, let say - baaad.

But there was just few small information.

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