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Gibbs

efsk

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Famous French brand that mostly made razors that took proprietary blades. Sometimes however, models can be found that take regular blades.
Such as this Ref 12. A simple three piece razor, with an aluminum baseplate, cheap plastik handle, that shaves as effectively and as mild as a Gillette Tech. Happy with it!
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efsk

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Even more happy I was when I found this Ref 13, that has the tell-tale Gibbs differential head. Two-piece, chrome-plated zamac head with plastic handle. Will shave with it tomorrow.
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efsk

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Thanks for asking Maarten, I see I forgot to put that in my post. Yes it does, so I now have a regular, a differential and an adjustable Gibbs that take regular blades. I'll put up the N°9 soon, and then start with the proprietary ones.
 

mhharsta

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Years ago I was looking at a differential for sale, but I stepped out when I discovered it didn’t take standard blades.
In my memory that one had a different handle.
I’m curious about your opinion on the Ref 13 after you shaved with it tomorrow.
The razor looks great, enjoy :)
 

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One of the rarest and most sought after razos made by Gibbs is the Ref9. The only adjustable they made that takes ordinary blades, metal, heavy handle and a pushbutton/fliptop mechanism: push the button at the bottom of the handle, and the topcap flips open. The razor is a topdial, and shaves like a dream.
The cassette has one tiny defect, and in these pictures the wrogn blades: there should be a pack of Gibbs Super Velours in there. Since then, those have magically appeared.
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The King

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I recently had the opportunity to admire it up close and it's a beautiful specimen, perhaps partly due to the unique clasp one of the most beautiful adjustable razors.

Placing the blade is a novelty and it has the ideal weight for me.
Because of the plastic casing of the handle you think you can get your hands on a lightweight one but the opposite is true.
 

efsk

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Gibbs N°14. Nice, bakelite case. Metal handle. proprietary blades. Modeldesignation on the top of the baseplate.
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efsk

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Another N°14. With shipper and inserts. Takes proprietary blades. Different handle from the above.
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efsk

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A Gibbs Réglable. Either a N°15 or N°17, numbering was a bit haphazard at Gibbs.
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efsk

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Apparently these, found in abundance in France, were made by Gibbs as well. Were handed out in the army.
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efsk

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From todays SotD: The Gibbs Ref13 shaves mighty nice. The two sides have clear, distinct characteristics, feedback is good, angle is easy, and it shaves efficiently and thorough.
 

ehv

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There is also an open comb version of the army Gibbs. There is a french army outlet that sells these NOS. I believe they are a bit of hard shavers that has prevented me from buying one.
 

efsk

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Interesting variant. I expect this to be somewhat older, judging by the handle. Baseplate of a shape I haven't seen before with Gibbs
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