Wet shaving’s evolutionary history is amazing!
Modern innovation doesn’t always mean quality. As the wet shaving community knows well, sometimes the old ways outshine the new. Dont restrict yourself to the mercy of cartridge and disposable razors in order to get the job done.
There are much better ways (hello safety and straight razors)!
As modern gentlemen and shaving purists, when it comes to wet shaving, we are the men who appreciate tradition. We are the men reviving a better, more pure way to experience the best shave every day.
That’s why we understand the Gillette Fat Boy Razor is like no other. A vintage rarity, and a collector’s item to boot, if you find one, snatch that bad boy up! It’ll deliver, and that’s a promise.
Let’s take a quick sec to dive into the history behind this amazing tool.
The Gillette 195 adjustable safety razor is so-called because it retailed at the price of $1.95. Perhaps better known as the Gillette Fatboy, this incredible razor first came to market in 1958 and was only produced until 1961.
Its memorable name can be attributed to it to stout appearance, which includes a short, ridged handle paired with a large razor head. Its iconic fat handle was needed to accommodate both the TTO, along with the adjustment mechanism.
What is a TTO you might ask?
TTO stands for “Twist-To-Open.” A device that allows the butterfly doors in the razor’s head to open (butterfly doors provide a super-easy way to change out the blade). Instead of unscrewing the top head, which houses the blade, it opens like butterfly wings. Talk about convenience! Along with this iconic innovation, it’s also a very heavy razor. This is a plus when it comes to shaving capability because safety razors use their weight to get a clean close shave.
Not only do these razors house unique and handy characteristics, they’re also built to last. If you’re lucky enough to find one still on the market, snatch it up ASAP!. Even if its condition isn’t the best, it should be easily repairable – there’s not much some hot water, baking soda, a soapy scum scrub, and jewelry cleaner can’t fix.
The Gillette Fatboy Razor is ideal for the wet shaving connoisseur. To find and purchase a Fatboy is a task in and of itself, both rewarding and fun. With a rich history, a handle on tradition, and its rarity, this razor is an absolute must among vintage collectors. Because it’s such a classic, Gillette Fatboys tend to be a bit more pricey, but worth every penny!
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