Gillette Rocket, the refined DE.

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

  1. Gillette_Man

    Gillette_Man New Member

    Maybe, but with the way you hit the auctions, you're depriving everybody else of razors period. :D
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  2. MTgrayling

    MTgrayling Rocket Man

    Scott you've been ZINGED by a Simian!

    Good one Rick. :happy102
  3. RocketMan

    RocketMan Member

    Dang that Scrubbing Bubbles works!

    You were dead right about the Scrubbing Bubbles product. The nickel on the handle just turned from lifeless and dull grey to a wonderful lustrous nickel plating. thnx
  4. MTgrayling

    MTgrayling Rocket Man

    Glad it worked out for you. I must admit I resisted using this stuff for months after it had been recommended and consequently made a whole lot more work for myself than needed. It's really good stuff for metal and bathrooms that I think uses a dilute acid solution to eat away the tarnish and shine things up. A heads up it can darken aluminum if left to soak for a long time, >10 minutes or so.
  5. yomuppet

    yomuppet Member

    I must say, excellent post! Very thoughtful, well laid out, with excellent photos.


  6. Hanspleasure

    Hanspleasure New Member

    Chris.. here's a photo of my American Rocket which came in this Milord Case.
    Any chase the American Rocket is an offspring of a Milord? Perhaps the previous owner replaced his Milord with this?
    Luckily this Rocket has about 98% of Gold still intact.. just a minor minor smig gone on the a corner door. Also says Patent Pending.
    Did I already say this thread is really amazing?

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  7. MTgrayling

    MTgrayling Rocket Man

    Thanks for chiming in here about the 2nd known American Rocket Scott. Yours has no date code?

    My theories on these, and that's all they are, is that these were made with parts shipped over from England to be inspected at the American Gillette plant as Gillette England was just getting back on it's feet after the war and transitioning to a single side plate instead of the split ones of earlier origin. Perhaps they designed and perfected the unique English TTO design right here in America? Maybe as the US plant was starting to notch the safety bars they coordinated with the British plant here? Who knows?

    The time line seems right. With no date codes these would be 1947-1950ish in origin. I know the un notched #48 made in England with the US type action was for sale in 1948, perhaps earlier.
  8. Hanspleasure

    Hanspleasure New Member

    Thanks for the information Chris! Yea.. this one has doesn't have a date code either.
    Also.. I have an English Rocket which looks identical to this American Rocket with the exception of a solid TTO knob.. but haven't seen one in it's proper case.. any idea of which case it might belong too?
  9. MTgrayling

    MTgrayling Rocket Man

    It should be the one in the first picture of this thread.
  10. rodd

    rodd Knotty Boy

    The gold Rocket belongs in the same case as the nickel Rocket? That is what I have mine in, but I didn't know that was actually right.
  11. MTgrayling

    MTgrayling Rocket Man

    I was referring to the normal nickel Rocket. I don't think I've seen a cased 40's gold Rocket...yet.
  12. MTgrayling

    MTgrayling Rocket Man

    Now I see what Rodd was getting at. You have two gold Rockets Scott? One American and one English? NICE!
  13. Hanspleasure

    Hanspleasure New Member

    and so the mystery continues!!
  14. tanto

    tanto New Member

    Very good shaver for $4. It's a Rocket, right?

  15. MTgrayling

    MTgrayling Rocket Man

    Yes it sure is. One of the best deals that I'm aware of also! Nice.
  16. Hanspleasure

    Hanspleasure New Member

    Here ya go Chris!

    The Rocket on the left is American and the one on the right is British.
    You can see they're almost identical except for a few minor things...
    1. The American handle looks like it's slightly thicker and is of two-piece construction.
    2. The American TTO knob is hollow unlike the British being solid.
    3. The notching (gap) on the American is slightly larger.

    Other than that they're pretty darn similar including patent pending inside the head.

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  17. mr-razor

    mr-razor Well-Known Member

    very interesting. I´m missing this beauty in my collection :(
  18. Hanspleasure

    Hanspleasure New Member

    which one are you missing Achim, the American or the British?
  19. Hanspleasure

    Hanspleasure New Member

    Here's a few more pictures of the American Rocket..
    Chris, does yours have the same stamping info on and under the head?

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  20. MTgrayling

    MTgrayling Rocket Man

    It does Scott. Nice!

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