Gillette Flare Tip Rocket - or "it's nice when they arrive clean"

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Darkbulb, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Sometimes it's a pleasant surprise when a vintage razor arrives and it's in very little, if any, need of a cleaning.
    Now, I do clean them anyway just because at the end of the day they are still old, used grooming tools - but in cases like this at least I don't have to spend any elbow grease on trying to wrangle out some razor-shine.

    Spent $30-35 on a British made Gillette Flare Tip Rocket in its original case (which I must admit is sort of wasted on me as cases just ends up in a box and never displayed... Just saving them in case I ever want to sell the razor(s)).

    It was in better condition than described (when was the last time that happened?) and seems to be mechanically very sound.





    Never used this version so it will be another fun first experience this week - especially since I've heard that this version is more aggressive than its American cousin.

    I do have a question though...I can't see a date code anywhere.
    I see a "II" on the base plate, the Gillette logo and "Made in England"
    Inside, in the blade tray I see "Brit Pat" on one side and "694093" on the other.

    Maybe they don't have one.

    Anyway, great looking razor that will soon be put to the test :)
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2015
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  2. theFAT98

    theFAT98 Well-Known Member

    Very nice.
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  3. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I would love to have a Rocket. That one is a beaut... Congratulations!
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  4. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    5 racks. Very nice!
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  5. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    I'm hoping to stop at 3 racks :)
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  6. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Looks great.
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  7. Sevenbark

    Sevenbark Well-Known Member

    Very nice, always enjoyed just opening and closing the Rocket, smoothest razors I have owned. the English razors have no date code. One of he best rocket threads is on this forum I will look for it. The II has been tossed around a bit, I forget exactly what seemed to be the definition for it, but I think it had something to do with aggressiveness. Although I am not sure on that one.
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  8. BigMark

    BigMark Tests razors by shaving Wookies

    As would I, but I'd want it to be a red tip.
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  9. Sevenbark

    Sevenbark Well-Known Member

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  10. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    Well done. They do shave differently than the Super Speeds.

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  11. Darkbulb

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  12. celestino

    celestino Friendly Neighborhood Wetshaver

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  13. Slow Joe

    Slow Joe Relishing his obsession

    Great looking razor. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it.
  14. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Might not be until next week as I don't shave on the weekends and tomorrow I will be doing a second shave with the Blue Tip :D
  15. SRNewb

    SRNewb Well-Known Member

    Sweet! I want to get the various Superspeeds. All I have at the moment is my black handle. The Rockets are in another class altogether, I understand. Nice and clean is even more of a bonus! Enjoy!
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  16. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    First shave with it this morning. I had a weekend-long scruff to get rid of and this razor did a fantastic job.
    It does feel a bit different to my black and blue tip super speeds - more aggressive...assertive almost.

    Two passes (WTG and ATG) and I had a very smooth shave. Great razor that for sure will stay in my evergrowing permanent rotation...

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  17. SRNewb

    SRNewb Well-Known Member

    I resemble that remark. ;)
    I have 21 razors of various types in rotation at the moment, and still adding. Ii is nice to have the variety, but sooner or later, I guess I'll have to stop. :(
    Haven't got there, yet. :)
  18. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    Same, I have 3-4 razors I really, really want to get my hands on...and countless more that I'll probably pick up as well :)
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  19. FatherofSquirrel

    FatherofSquirrel A right jolly old elf

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  20. Hippo

    Hippo New Member

    Wow seriously nice example and as you say what a pleasant surprise for it to be better than described :bounce015:
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