Thursday, August 3, 2017

48-49 Superspeed

I saw this Superspeed on eBay, and the description of it was only:

Vintage GILLETTE "SUPER SPEED" Nickle Plated Safety Razor w Red Plastic Case 

It was a 40s style Superspeed that was really dirty, but that is all I could tell form the pictures and the description. I took a chance on it and got it for $15.99 with free shipping. 

Here is what it looked like when I received it.  The underside was all soaped up and there was an O3 Gillette Super Stainless blade still in it. I cleaned up the bottom and there was no date code and there was the hook on the center bar, so that means it was made in 1948-49.
Before cleaning.
When opening the doors, the knob dropped down. That is an easy fix. I just tightened the crimp and now all is well. Doors open and close smoothly.

The razor cleaned up pretty well. Here are pictures of the razor after cleaning.


  1. You did a nice job cleaning the razor up.

    1. Thank you. I love these old superspeeds. I am happy to have the 48-49 with a case. Pretty special.