Dating gem razors

GEM Damaskeene, 1912, and Junior (GEM '24 far below) It could be effectively argued that the GEM Damaskeene is the finest shaving implement ever produced.

Gillette is one manufacturer for whom we have information on serial numbers and later date of manufacture codes that we can link to time.The other commonly found vintage single edge razor is the Injector style razor.Dating Gillette Razors and Blades: "How old is this razor? Sometimes patent dates are a help, but they give you the front end of the date scale, and not always too exactly.Measured from the spring cover slot to the handle it measures ½" on the 1912 and 11/16" on the Damaskeene, .That measurement on the Junior is 5/8", so all of the models are slightly different with Jr being in the middle of the 2 extreme measurements.The letter represents the year, found on the chart below, and the number 1-4 correspond with the quarter of the year.

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