Built around a vintage Gillette Tech or Gillette Superspeed, the Vintage Value Starter Kit is a great way to get into wet shaving. Two of the most popular razors ever made, Techs and Superspeeds are easy to use and, though decades old, will last decades more.
In addition to a great vintage razor, you'll receive:
A synthetic fiber shaving brush or a traditional boar bristle shaving brush
A Palmolive shave soap stick or an Arko shave soap stick
A Lucky 13 Blade Sample Pack including five Astra blades, two Feather blades, and two each of three other quality blade brands.
A copy of my guide to learning to wet shave, a booklet called Wet Shaving is Easy.
About the razors: A Gillette Tech is a three-piece razor. You unscrew the handle, place the blade between the two parts of the head, and screw the handle back on. A Superspeed is a one-piece razor. Twist the knob at the bottom of the handle and a pair of "barn doors" open at the top of the razor, allowing you to load a blade. Then you twist the knob again to close the doors. Both are great razors and easy to shave with.
You will receive one of these razors chosen at random from those I have at hand. It will be clean and shiny, and it will function perfectly, but it will likely show its age. Some of these razors do look almost new; others have scratches or other flaws that do not impact the shave. Some are nickel plated; others are gold plated. Many have lost a little or a lot of that plating, exposing the brass underneath. Most Techs have a metal handle that matches the head, but for a few, the original handle is plastic. And in a few cases, an orphaned Tech head will be paired with the handle from another razor.
The razors shown are examples of what some Techs and Superspeeds look like. The one you receive may not look exactly like any of those pictured.
About the brushes: Every brush option is one that we truly recommend as a great brush to start with and a great brush to use for years.
The black-and-white synthetic brush is the nicest brush we offer and is described here. It is the most expensive option, but still quite affordable.
The Omega 10075 is the least expensive option and is described here. If you choose it, please specify your desired colors in a note with your order.
About the shaving soap: Palmolive's shave stick is easy to lather and performs very well. It has a light, pleasant soapy scent. Arko is legendary in the wet shaving community for its ease of lathering and for its love-it-or-hate-it scent, described by some as similar to Ivory soap; by others as like a citronella candle; and by others as akin to a synthetic citrus cleaning product. Arko is a bit less expensive than Palmolive.
Squicked out about using an old razor that was used by someone else? No worries! Every razor I sell is thoroughly cleaned, and is treated with Barbicide, a hospital-grade disinfectant. Barbicide is an industry standard product that barbers use on their scissors, combs, razors and other tools between customers.