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Maintaining a Gillette Aristocrat Adjustable

Discussion in 'Restoration Workshop' started by sefwow, Friday May 18, 2018 at 10:51.

  1. sefwow

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    Hi all,

    I recently picked this up : https://imgur.com/a/LwRN0sw#d8dDPRI

    and at the advice of people here I have decided to keep it.

    I just wanted to know - what is the best way to maintain it? Is it inevitable that it will lose its plating. It looks like its not been used before and I want to keep its condition great.
     
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  2. If you take care the plating will last for many years, after use rinse in clean running water and a gentle shake to remove any excess water.
    Wipe over with a soft cloth and leave out to dry or if you wish you can do what I used to do with my Fatboy and that was to dry with a hair dryer on a cold blow. Don't over polish and every now and then put a couple of drops of light oil on the spinal under the bomb bay doors.
    Enjoy! :) P.
     
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  3. jimmyc

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    If i had that razor i would love the patina (is that the right phrase ) of my use on the razor over the years.
    i have 2 FB techs. 1 very shiny, 1 worn. I like the wear on the worn one. I am hoping to get my own Patina on the shiny one before my family throw them all out when i am gone. :)

    PS, glad your keeping it. Enjoy.
    PPS. it will probably lose the gold wash quicker but the nickel plate will last years
     
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  4. Dansco

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  5. jimmyc

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    bargain. at ?x the price. :D
     
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  6. Dansco

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    Id go about 6 times i reckon
     
  7. sefwow

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    I actually think I am leaning towards selling it now haha! Can't make up my mind! Thinking to sell and get a worn out but usable adjustable that I could use daily without obsessing over it.

    That being said I could keep this for special occasions....am undecided.
     
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  8. Get yourself a user grade razor by all means and just use this one for special occasions and pass it on to you son ( if you have one or may have one) I'm sure he would love to have his dad's old razor that will still be in good condition. A family heirloom for ten pounds, can't be bad :) P.
     
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  9. jimmyc

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    No no, keep it. its only £50 or£60 pounds profit. less than a days wages. you could piss that up the wall in half a day.
    I was in the same situation as you, i bought a Hermle mechanical clock on e-bay for £40 found out later it was worth north of £400.
    still have it 8 years later. I value it for what it is, not what i can make from it. because i like it. I would keep it. I'm not a slave to profit. I like what i like. I Still get abuse from my brother for not selling it. :)
     
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  10. Dansco

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    I agree - you got a world class collectible for a tenner ;)

    Unless £50 is a huge deal to you, id just keep it and remind people how much you paid for it at every opportunity haha
     
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  11. riverrun

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    I have paid more on postage for some razors. :rolleyes:
     
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  12. sefwow

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    Thanks guys, I think I'll try and find myself a normal adjustable for daily use then and keep this one as a treat :)

    If anyone has any good ideas on where to find, or has a spare adjustable for sale please let me know! :)
     
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  13. riverrun

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    I've got one - we can swap! [​IMG]
     
  14. jimmyc

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    Don't do it, its a trap. :D. or something. No its a trap. :)
     
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  15. riverrun

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    Well, why? [​IMG]
    I paid far more for mine and it's from my birth-quarter as well. [​IMG]
     
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  16. sefwow

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    I still cant believe how lucky I got to be fair. After being told it is very hard to find anything other than a tech at London markets, this was the only one I saw! What a good pickup for the price :) I didn't even know what it was when I first saw it haha. The fact its in an adjustable box didn't help things either
     
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  17. sefwow

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    On a more serious note if anyone sees a decently priced functional adjustable going anywhere please let me know! :D
     
  18. jimmyc

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    just having a laugh. no offense. i,ve got an adjustable as well. its got Bahco on the side. (please don't ban me mods):D
     
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  19. jimmyc

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    thanks Riverrun i thought we were going for a falling out. no offence meant. :)
     
  20. Electrif

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    You beat me to it. :p
     
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