Gillette Date Codes

Dating Gillette Razors and Blades: "How old is this razor?" It can be difficult to figure out. Sometimes patent dates are a help, but they give you the front end of the date scale, and not always too exactly. Some razor makers put serial numbers on their razors, but we don't always have the key to how the serial numbers fit to dates of manufacture. Gillette is one manufacturer for whom we have information on serial numbers and later date of manufacture codes that we can link to time.

Razor Serial Numbers were impressed on all Gillette razors from 1904 until 1921, and on deluxe models from 1921 until 1931 (except for a period in 1927-28). This corresponds to the time King Gillette was directly associated with the business, and may have been at his insistence. These serial numbers were on the top of the guard, or sometimes the inner barrel. There were no razor serial numbers from 1931 until 1951.

Razor Date Codes began in 1951 and used the same system blades had used since 1931, a code that identified the year and calendar quarter of manufacture. These codes are found on the underside of the guard mechanism, or in cartridge razors, near the attachment mechanism for the blade. 

Gillette Blade Date Codes (and earlier lot systems) were imprinted on one side of the blade as a series of letters and/ or numbers, or on the cartridge. The blade system adopted in 1931 is still in use today, and was used on razors as well after 1950. All the coding systems are listed below.

Other makers included serial or manufacturing codes, but we do not have the keys. AutoStrop and Rolls are two well known manufacturers who serial numbered their razors. If you have the key to another manufacturer's codes, please share this information with other collectors.

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YEAR SERIAL NUMBERS MODEL RAZOR NOTES BLADE NOTES
1903 No Serial No.s 100* "Double Ring" handle thin cap/guard Blades notched for "heat lots".
1904 1-25424
25425-45424
100*
100*
"Pat. appl. for" &
"Pat. Nov. 15.04" (USA)
"Gillette Blade" around center hole. Year/ month/ day/ lot serial #'s
1905 45425-370424 100*

"Pat. Mar.7.05" (Canada)

Single Ring Handle Introduced

"Gillette Safety Razor Company" twined around all 3 holes.
1906 370425-770424 100*/102   King Gillette's picture on blade wrappers. 
1907 770425-A195424 102    
1908 A195425-A675857 102 "Diamond & Arrow" Logo.
Pocket Edition with solid fancy handles & matching cases.
"Diamond and Arrow" logo introduced (1-1/8" wide). Steel lot# only on blade.
1909 A675858-B222220 102    
1910
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B222221-B697600 102 Aristocrat Model introduced.  
1911 B697601-C80508 102   3 digit code: 1=year, 2/3=week
1912 C80509-C260238 102    
1913 C260239-C407806 102    
1914 C407807-C578360 102 Bulldog handle intoduced. "No" above stropping/honing
1915 C578361-C911806 102 Milady Decollette short handle (long neck)  1 1/8" diamond & 
Pat. #
1916 C911807-D516474 102    
1917 D516475-E449207 102 Hollow Handle Pocket Edition  
1918 E449208-J7344
Plus F/G/H (no I)
J Series all U.S. military
102
3.5 million razors produced for US forces in WWI 
 35 million blades produced for US forces in WWI
1919 J7345-K927216
J Series all U.S. military
102 Big Fellow introduced.  
1920
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K927217-N459887 102    Diamond and Arrow reduced to 7/8" wide.
1921 N459887-P679777
1A-863912A (USA)
V=Spain, W=France, Y=Britain, Z=Canada
102
102A/106
102A: "Old Style" Thick cap/guard
106: New Improved / heavy flat guard
 
1922 863913A-336676B 102A/106 Old Style still seen with no serial #  
1923 336677B-391575B 102A/106    
1924 391576B-485927B 102A/106    
1925 485928B-602049B 102A/106   4 digit code: 1=decade/ RH# of 2+3=year/ 2+4=week
1926 602050B-770070B 102A/106    
1927 770071B-902611B
Serial No.'s end Oct. 17
102A/106    
1928 Serial No.s start Aug. 28 1C-94800C 102A/106/126 126= Mod. 106 /narrow shoulders Last year for 3-hole blades. 
1929 94801C-241755C 102A/126/134 Model 134 "long slot" test marketed  "New" Gillette Long slot blade (no serial #).
1930 A 1/2/3/4 
(Letter=year, number= 
quarter of year). Only DeLuxe models  were serial #'d, starting 1-D
134 134: New Gillette (takes slotted blade) "De Luxe" Kroman stainless steel blade introduced/ discont'd.
Year letter/ number code introduced.
1931 B
No more razor serial #'s to 1951
134/148/154 
160/162/164/170/175
148/154:short bar/two bar caps 
160/2/4/70/5: "Goodwill" types.
Handles:  ball end and new bar end.
Blue blade (plain slot and diamonds) introduced.
Blades get 2x crosshatch
1932 C 134/160 160: Standard Goodwill/solid cap Blades get 4x crosshatch
1933 D 134/160   "New" blade discontinued.
Blade corners notched.
1934 E 134/160/TTO
(TTO=Twist To Open )
Aristocrat One-Piece TTO with Bulldog handle & comb guard.  
1935 F 134/160/TTO    
1936 G 134/TTO    
1937 H 134/TTO Sheraton TTO (gold, regular handle)  
1938 I 134/TTO Senator TTO 
(nickel vs gold).
Thin blade introduced in Red/ Black wrapper.
1939 J 134/TTO/Tech  Tech intro'd with triangle guard slots.  
1940
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K 134/TTO/Tech Regent Tech TTO  
1941 L 134/TTO/Tech Milord TTO (bar guard version of Sheraton)  
1942 M Tech War production only  Blade  "tick marks" denote Side I/ Side II
1943 N Tech War production only Limited civilian prod'n 
1944 O Tech War production only Camoflage blade for military use.
1945 P Tech War production mostly  
1946 R TTO/Tech  Full civilian production resumes.  Thin Blade black and white wrapper red print.
1947 S TTO/Tech "SuperSpeed" replaces Senator. "Rocket" in Canada and UK.  
1948 T TTO/Tech "Improved" TTO's notched for blade dispenser Cream plastic blade dispenser
1949 U TTO/Tech First plastic case: red/ clear styrene.  
1950
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V TTO/Tech    Blue plastic blade dispenser
1951 W 1/2/3/4
(Yr. letter code plus 
quarter of year)
TTO/Tech Razors get date codes (year & 1/4)  
1952 X TTO/Tech Tech gets parallel slots  
1953 Y TTO/Tech Executive: heavy rhodium handle  
1954 Z TTO/Tech Colored TTO knobs for blade angle.  
1955 A TTO/Tech    
1956 B TTO/Tech  Limited Release of the Toggle  
1957 C TTO/Tech    
1958 D TTO/Tech "Adjustable" Dial TTO. TV Special this year only. Limited chrome toggle run.  Super Blue Blade (silicone coated).
1959 E TTO/Tech  Adjustable TTO: short thick handle  
1960
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F TTO/Tech Toggle Adjustable produced.   Last year for the Thin Blade?
1961 G TTO/Tech    
1962 H TTO/Tech    
1963 I TTO/Tech Lady Gillette TTO. 
Men's Adjustable gets long thin handle.
Stainless Steel Blade. 
1964 J TTO/Tech Tech notched guard ends  
1965 K TTO/Tech/Techmatic
"Techmatic" Band Blade Razor
Super Stainless Steel Blade. Techmatic Band Cartridges.
1966  L TTO/Tech/Techmatic    
1967 M TTO/Tech/Techmatic    
1968 N TTO/Knack/Tech/Techmatic Knack (SlimTwist in UK & Canada) knob under head.
"Orbiter 4000" electric Band razor
Plus DE Blade. Super Stainless Injector Blade.
1969 O TTO/Knack/Tech/Techmatic TTO black handles (long and short), 
"Super Adjustable"
 
1970
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P TTO/Knack/Tech    Platinum-Plus DE Blade. Last year for Blue Blade?
1971 R TTO/Knack/Tech/TracII  "TracII" introduced  TracII slide-on Cartridge
1972
S
 TTO/DE/Tech/TracII  Knack becomes "Double Edge" (DE)?  
1973
T
TTO/DE/Tech/TracII
TracII introduced as "GII" outside North America. Tech prod'n ends in US.  "Twinjector" twinned injector blades.
1974
U
TTO/DE/TracII
Super-Speed TTO production ends??  
1975
V
DE/TracII/Dispo
"Daisy" disposible for Ladies  
1976
 W
DE/TracII/Dispo
"Good News" disposible for men.  
1977
 X
DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo
"Atra" introduced Atra clip-on pivoting cartridge
1978
 Y
DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo
Atra for Women  
1979
 Z
DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo
   
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 A-J
DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo
 "Swivel" disposible in 1980  
1985 F DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo Trac II and Atra "Plus"
Good News "Pivot Plus" and Daisy Plus disposibles.
Trac II & Atra Plus cartridges: "plus" = lubricating aloe strip
1989
J
DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo
   
1990's
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K-U
DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo/Sensor  "Sensor" for Men introduced in 1990  Sensor pivoting cartridge, with flexible twin blades.
1992
M
DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo/Sensor
"Sensor" for Women  
1993
N
DE/TracII/Atra/Dispo/Sensor
Sensor Excel Sensor cartridge with aloe strip
1998
T
TracII/Atra/Dispo/Sensor/ 
Mach3
"Mach3" for Men introduced. DE production ends.  Mach3 triple blade cartridge. 
2000's
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V-E
TracII/Atra/Dispo/Sensor/ 
Mach3
  DE Blades still available.
2001
W
TracII/Atra/Dispo/Sensor/ 
Mach3
Venus for Women, Mach3 style razor.
Mach3 "Cool Blue"
Venus for Women triple blade cartridge.
etc.
 
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Much of the information on this page has been extracted from the excellent books: "Safety Razor Reference Guide" by Robert K. Waits, and "The Complete Gillette Collector's Handbook" and Collector's Guide to American Razor Blades" by Phillip L. Krumholz. My thanks to both authors!

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