Gillette Rocket, the refined DE.

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by MTgrayling, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    Thanks to this excellent post, Ive just learned that my latest acquisition is an English TV Flair Tip Rocket, the rhodium plated one!
    Yippee time :)
  2. cpool222

    cpool222 Well-Known Member

    Regarding that bucket of razors... Wow... that's all I can say.
  3. Tjebbe

    Tjebbe Well-Known Member

    Wow, this razor really rocks!
    Two days in a row now, getting a BBS!
    The selfmixed preshave helps, I combine the Rocket with a Centwin Super Platinum blade and it's magnificient combo.
    I like the weight of this razor, just like the Ikon OSS it's hefty and I seem to like that.

    Back to rubbing my face!
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  4. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    I'm working through sampler pack of blades, two of each before changing. First blade goes into a Black Beauty, second into a Rocket HD. The BB was my go-to razor, the one I judged others by. Not any more! The HD Rocket is just excellent. I've now got the LD and the HD with the aluminium handle as well. Also got an Aristocrat coming. Thinking I've got a bit of an addiction going on ;-)
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  5. 58 Fatboy

    58 Fatboy New Member

    Just got my 3rd Red Tip and was wondering if anyone knew what the + and + on the underside of the head means? It was made in the USA, so its not English I assume!? Actually the markings are in the location where the I, II, & III are on the English versions. Also, the case has a clear lid that says "HEAVY" and the maroon colored bakelite bottom.

    Thanks for your help?
  6. Makubex

    Makubex New Member

    I'm sorry, but I have question. This is what Cris referred as "teeth" ?
    TV special USA, English Super Speed,FlareTip Rocket
    They are not stamped into the post, but lugs like teeth underneath the center bar.
    It seems that every pre-1959 TTOs made in USA and English Super Speeds have that lugs. Rockets don't have.
    So I think the teeth means the razors were assembled with center bar parts manufactured by American Gillette factories.
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  7. Bobby Mac

    Bobby Mac Member

    So this thread got me to lookin at my flare tips! Like Fatboy, I have a few red tips (US variants) with no markings then bam! One has III on the of the underside of the guard on either side of the handle!? Anyone ever come up with an answer to what these markings are for? I would have assumed they were the aggressiveness, but the other red tips do not have them?
  8. Jayhart82

    Jayhart82 New Member

    This was my grandpas razor that was given to me after he passed away. I was trying to figure out which razor it has the Brit pat 430030 stamped on it,which close to the aristocrat jr pat # you posted, I'm told it is in it's original case as well. Can anyone help? image.jpg
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  9. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    First, welcome to the Den.
    Be sure to sign up for our October Newbie Give-Away.

    Very cool it was your grandfather's.
    Sorry, I can't help with any further info. I'm sure someone will be along who will be able to help.
  10. Weeper Warrior

    Weeper Warrior Well-Known Member

    I have read that a lot of the Aristocrat Jr came in the Rocket case for sale in the Canadian market. That is an Aristocrat Jr. without a doubt and the case should have Made in Canada on the bottom.
  11. Jayhart82

    Jayhart82 New Member

    Thank you! Yes the case says made in canada, Montreal to be exact.
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  12. Syvfjell

    Syvfjell New Member

    I stumbled upon this board while trying to ID a razor I found in a pile of junk at my Grandparents place in Southern France. Thanks to this thread I found out it was a Rocket 59, not sure who owned it but in any case this razor is history as all of the males in age of having a razor there in the period 1940-1965 travelled, worked and waged war deep in the jungles of Africa and Asia.

    It's 70 grams (give or take 5 grams), has no serial, is made in England; knob extends when silo doors close.

    Are the brass, copper and nickel models supposed to all have the same color? Because mine looks damn aluminium, but some green stains around the "patent pending" thing might indicate copper.
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  13. Weeper Warrior

    Weeper Warrior Well-Known Member

    If it is 70 grams it is brass plated in nickle. It needs a good cleaning and a little polishing would not hurt either.
  14. TitanTTB

    TitanTTB Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Shave Den Syvfjell! That's a nice HD Rocket you have there and it is an exellent shaver, I have one myself. According to Mr Razor the aluminum handle version was 57g and the plated brass was 70g.
  15. Syvfjell

    Syvfjell New Member

    Thanks guys. I gave it a swim in a aluminium foil / boiling water + sodium bicarbonate solution, cleaned it well but the plating is obviously stained and looks old. Gotta put my hands on some good products. BTW cracks me up that all of you guys use this scrubbing bubble thing - I have no idea of what that is, I am across the pond.

    Tomorrow I'll buy blades :)

    Oh, and this thread made me fall in love with the #16....
  16. Weeper Warrior

    Weeper Warrior Well-Known Member

    It is close to what you call Cif or Jif bathroom cleaner.

    #16 you say???:signs136:

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  17. Syvfjell

    Syvfjell New Member

    Can't manage to get the stains off and make it shine :(

    I tried bicarbonate; toothpaste, cif, watered-down vinegar, javel (Oxychlorure de sodium), car polish... I can't get how you guys manage to turn razors looking worse than mine into muscle-cars-like chrome jewels...

    With polish and cif i got some black tint on the q tips so obviously i helped a bit, but just a little. Take a look at my previous post on the inside of the silo doors, those stains don't go away at all.
  18. Weeper Warrior

    Weeper Warrior Well-Known Member

    Some stains won't go away. Some razor take a lot of time cleaning. A micro fiber polish cloth helps quite a bit in the process.

    What kind of polish are you using?
  19. feeltheburn

    feeltheburn Well-Known Member

    Not sure what kind of car polish you used but if it's for paint, it may not be what you need. If you can find a metal polish that's good for nickel plating, that's what you want. I use Blue Magic but not sure if you have that there. Be careful using vinegar. It will dissolve nickel plating if you leave it on there.
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  20. Syvfjell

    Syvfjell New Member

    Yeah I used a paint polish but it's supposed to take care of scratches too... i'll try to get hold of a product that we have here, called mirror.

    I understand som stains are here to stay but the all shine look is what i'd like to have !

    You guys don't have Javel in the USA ? Wikipedia only has a French entry, weird, I live in Norway they don't have it either - there they have Red Spirit that we don't have in France ! Speaking about chemicals here, not brands. Thanks again fo the tips. I bought gear today and I'll wait some days before trying no to slice myself open.


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