From 1955-60, Gillette sold three varieties of Superspeed. They called them Light, Regular and Heavy, but the Light and Heavy have become known by their paint job, as Blue Tips and Red Tips. Gillette advertised the Blue Tip as being for younger shavers and those with sensitive skin, and the Red Tip as "for men who like the heft and feel of a heavier razor." And it is in fact a bit heavier: 2.3 oz compared to a 2 oz. Regular and a 1.7 oz. Light. Red Tips have become a favorite of those who prefer a bit more aggressive shave, though they are still quite moderate compared an Old Type, for example, or many Single Edge razors.
This Red Tip, made in the first quarter of 1956, functions just fine and retains most of its red paint, but its endcaps are missing and has a few other minor blemishes here and there.