Made in USA is stamped on the base plate of the razor along with the Gillette logo.The internal base plate has this number stamped on it: 3389618. He founded the American Safety Razor Company that same year.
Many consider these mid-1950’s razors to be not only solidly built but exceptionally smooth shavers. A letter and a number: the letter corresponds to a year and the number corresponds to the calendar quarter of that year. I will grant you that for the most part they’re built very well and there are tons of them still around, easily found in internet auction sites, antique stores, and grand parent’s bathrooms.But–speaking for myself–there are just too many unknowns about the true mechanical condition of a vintage razor for me to be confortable with recommending them to someone just getting into traditional shaving with a DE.Razor Emporiums Gillette Database: Razor Archive Huge database for all thing Gillette.Safety Razors.net: Schick Dating Chart One of the only comprehensive Schick information sites around. A well documented collection of more safety razors then you can imagine.