Gillette Adjustable Friday ; Toggles, Fat Boys, Slims, and Black Beauties welcome!

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by RyX, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Apollo Mikron Adjustable MkIII version c.1955. Every now and then I like to remind that Gillette did not invent the adjustables.


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  2. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    wasn t the old type adjustable?
     
  3. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    In a different way sure, by loosening and tightening the cap it changed angle and gap. Early single edge designs had adjustable features as well (like my 1920 Penn adjustable, and my Wilkinson).

    When we think of a proper adjustable though we think of razors with an adjustment plate which doesn't vary how tightly the blade is secured, with repeatable settings, where Gibbs, Apollo, and Merkur (and a couple others) predated Gillette.

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  4. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    very cool.thank you .more cool razors to research and admire....
     
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  5. william beer

    william beer Well-Known Member


    Just got this a little more than a week ago. Not a vintage adjustable by any means. However, to date, the best shaver I've ever owned
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  6. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Here's the Mk2 Mikron (1951 patent) to compare with the Mk3 above. 93g. (Fatboy 79.5g)[​IMG]

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  7. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    Well, I have (waiting to pick up) a birth year black beauty.
    I got a good deal, so I can't wait.
    I'm usually a single edge guy, but since this my birth year razor, I will make an exception.
     
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  8. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    I finally have, in my hands my birth year razor.
    Thanks to Andrew, I now have an amazing black beauty.
    Pity I had to go to work today before I could use it for a shave.
    Sundays are for my SE razors, but next Tuesday will be her first (to me ) use.
    I can't wait.
     
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  9. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

    Supporting Vendor
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    Fatboy Friday's Shave
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    Proraso Pre Shave
    Proraso Sandalwood
    Jayaruh #274 Boar
    Gillette 195 Fatboy
    Astra SP
    CWR
    Thayer's Lemon WH
    Granddad's AS

    I started off with Proraso Pre Shave. The Proraso Sandalwood Shaving Cream face-lathered well with the Jayaruh #274 boar brush. I did two passes with the Gillette 195 Fatboy with an Astra SP blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Thayer's Lemon WH and then Granddad's AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...
     
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  10. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

    Supporting Vendor
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    Fatboy Friday's Shave
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    Proraso Pre Shave
    Valobra Shaving Soap
    Jayaruh #285
    Gillette 195 Fatboy
    Astra SP
    CWR
    Thayer's Lemon WH
    Mennen Skinbracer

    I started off with Proraso Pre Shave. The Valobra Shaving Soap face-lathered well with the Jayaruh #285 brush. I did two passes with the Gillette 195 Fatboy with an Astra SP blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Thayer's Lemon WH and then Mennen Skinbracer AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...
     
  11. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

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    May 11 SOTD:

    Razor: Gillette Fatboy
    Blade: Sputnik
    Brush: PAA Atomic Rocket
    Lather: Soapy Science Doc's Special Blend
    Aftershave: Old Spice Fresh
    Additional Care:
    Stirling Unscented PSB
     
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  12. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Gillette Aristocrat Adjustable (I1) Razor
    Treet Carbon Black Beauty Blade
    Maggard 24mm B&W/My Halloween B/Day Brush
    Dirty Deeds Green Tweed Soap
    Dickinson's Witch Hazel
    Aqua Velva Musk After Shave


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  13. MR41

    MR41 Well-Known Member

  14. MR41

    MR41 Well-Known Member

  15. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

    Supporting Vendor
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    Fatboy Friday's Shave
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    Proraso Pre Shave
    Soap Commander Renewal
    Jayaruh #287
    Gillette 195 Fatboy
    Astra SP
    CWR
    Thayers Lemon WH
    Barbasol

    I started off with Proraso Pre Shave. The Soap Commander Renewal Shaving Soap face-lathered well with the Jayaruh #287 brush. I did two passes with the Gillette 195 Fatboy Razor with an Astra SP blade and ended up with a close, comfortable shave. After a cold water rinse, I finished off with Thayer's Lemon WH and then Barbasol AS. I am clean, smooth, and refreshed...
     
  16. T_I

    T_I Active Member

    When I see all those picks I can't wait till my Slim is in and cleaned. Just bought one on ebay (less then 2h ago) as I need to replace my Slim Twist. (pic from seller)

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    BTW I see that there are 2 sizes handles, short and long. Is there a way to replace the bottom cover so it's longer? (on tbe BB picture the bottom part looks as long as on the pick of mine, but one of the pics shows it's open, just like the short ones on the 3 BB picture)
     
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  17. kfbrady

    kfbrady Active Member

    All Slims have the same handle tip, as do all the Fatboys The M1 stamp on your Slim indicates it was made in the 1st quarter of 1967; Slims were produced from '61 thru '68.

    The black handled adjustables are the Super-84 (which is roughly the same length as a Slim) and the Super-109. You'll see these also referred to as Black Beauties and the 84 and 109 indicates handle length in mm.

    To the best of my knowledge the parts are not easily interchangeable.

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  18. kfbrady

    kfbrady Active Member

  19. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    Today was Fatboy Friday. Setting on 9.
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  20. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    1959 (E-2) Fatboy w/ Gillette Nacet
    Whipped up Stirling Piacenza with JR#263. Great day!
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    Enjoy your shave!
    Tom
     
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