Gillette Rocket, the refined DE.

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

  1. romsitsa

    romsitsa Member

    Seemingly No 52a (aluminum? anniversary?) sets were Anniversary sets while No 52 had no specific name. As seemingly the No 52 was still available in 1955 (or even 1962 in Germany), I guess the only difference is the case (dispenser behind or under the razor).
    The interesting part is that aluminum razors in No 54 sets are not that uncommon.

    So in theory:
    No 52a: Anniversary with anodised or plain aluminum razor, dispenser in back of the case
    No 52: Same case as 52a, razor is brass or part aluminum?
    No 54: Rocket set with part aluminum or brass razor, dispenser in bottom of the case
    No 54a: Rocket set with "Parat" type razor, smaller case than the 54
    No 52: Same case as 52a, razor is a "Parat"
    No 55: Yellow No 54 type case, "Monobloc" razor
     
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  2. ghostlife

    ghostlife Well-Known Member

    This thread was how I originally found this website, looking for info on my daily driver (a thrift store patent-pending rocket HD), nice to see new info being posted still
     
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  3. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Here is my take on the aluminum razors and no54 sets. It could be possible they sold the sets with an aluminum razor but no solid proof outside of I seen one with a no 54 Rocket case for sale or bought one with the case. Solid proof would be to show an advert that either says the razor is light weight like the No52a ad I posted for a no 54 or a price sheet showing the no 54 set priced with multiple prices which would imply either different plating or material of razor or amount of blades offered in the set.
     
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  4. romsitsa

    romsitsa Member

    "Lightweight", afaik, was only used in 1953. These were Anniversary and No 66 sets. As there are several iterations of part brass, part aluminum thick handle "Rockets" (all except door assembly, only handle, handle an knob) it's pretty hard to tell, imho, what was "lightweight".
    On the other hand, I never met a "lightweight" No 58, No 24 or Aristocrat Jr. ad, which exist.
     
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  5. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    You can for sure with a distributor price sheet. They always priced the razors differently when they formally offered the razor in a set in different materials or plating. If that doesn't exist then we are back to either they only did them for the 52a anniversary sets or they mixed in left over parts in the early run of no 54 sets in 1954. It is still an open question at the moment.
     
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  6. romsitsa

    romsitsa Member

    I think all (mostly) aluminum razors were drawn back pretty fast (as they rot together) and spares were used up later.
     
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  7. brit

    brit in a box

    weren't most 1953 #58"lightweights" coronation sets? at least in England..
     
  8. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The No 58 set and razor was commisioned specifically for the Queen's coronation in 53. That razor doesn't exist prior. All coronation sets regardless of razor were not solid brass razors, they were either aluminum or aluminum with some brass parts and only sold in 53 far as I know. The non coronation set was issued later in 53 and was the one sold from 53 - 60.
     
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  9. brit

    brit in a box

    thats what i thought.there was a tech and aristocat in the coronation series as well as the #58..
     
  10. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The actual introduction of the no 54 Rocket set is late 53 not 1954 as I originally stated.

    This ad is dated to Sept. of 1953
    C 1953 Rocket HD England.jpg

    The same razor in the 52a set is still being sold in Feb of 1953 so sometime between Feb. and Sept. the anniversary set was discontinued and replaced with the No 54 Rocket set.
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  11. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Correct only 3 sets were commisioned for the coronation and all the coronation sets had a crown on the case to differentiate them from the other standard sets.
     
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  12. brit

    brit in a box

    and as far as i know ,England only,not the commonwealth countries..:)
     
  13. brit

    brit in a box

    1965 k-4 brit made canadian market flare tip rocket type..slim head ,very efficient smooth shaver..
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  14. Douglas Carey

    Douglas Carey Wildman

    Beauty Gary.
     
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  15. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you Douglas..:)
     
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  16. brit

    brit in a box

    ust arrived.k-4 1965 brit slim head 1 piece..no patent #inside blade tray like the "s" stamped ones.
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