Cleaning a Gillette Fat Boy

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Today my father surprised me by finding my grandfathers Fat Boy. Its coded F2 which i believe is the second quarter of 1960 which is about right as he died in 1963. As you can see from the pictures it needs spruced up so what methods are there available to make it shining again?, will any simple household products do the job?. If you're going to say bicarbonate of soda i don't have any in the house :D

It still in perfect working order and the adjustments still click into place.

So excited i may try it tonight if i can clean it properly but on the other hand i don't know if its right that i should use it. My dad said to try it out :shock:









 
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Another question..........

What is the best setting for using an adjustable for the first time, should i start off at a low number?.

I currently use a EJ DE89 which gives me a really smooth shave and it will take something good to beat it.
 
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Twinnumber2 said:
Another question..........

What is the best setting for using an adjustable for the first time, should i start off at a low number?.

I currently use a EJ DE89 which gives me a really smooth shave and it will take something good to beat it.
Hi there,

I'd suggest starting on #3 or 4, and see how that works. To me, the EJ feels like about #5 on the Gillette adjustable scale. The fatboy and EJ have two different heads though, and they don't perform the same way.

Almost all Gillette adjustables need to be tightened an extra 1/4 turn, once the TTO is snugged down a bit. You'll feel what I'm talking about when you try it yourself. That's what locks the blade in place, which prevents it from flopping around (a bad thing).

Good luck with the Gillette........that's a great model you have there.

Martin

Oh yeah, for cleaning and polishing razors I'll use Maas and Scrubbing Bubbles. The Maas will get a quite of the shine back, and the Bubbles do a nice job of overall cleaning.
 
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Max (Frenchblade) knows a lot about restoring old razors like this, I'm sure he'll be along soon.

The toothpaste tip seems to work. For me, I use Cillit Bang to shift any areas of old engrained soap scum but I wouldn't do it often as the chemicals might be a bit harsh, but it works superbly as a one off deep clean.

That is an awesome find... no doubt for personal reasons you want to keep Grandad's razor, but just be aware it's highly sought after!
 
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Canuck said:
Max (Frenchblade) knows a lot about restoring old razors like this, I'm sure he'll be along soon.

The toothpaste tip seems to work. For me, I use Cillit Bang to shift any areas of old engrained soap scum but I wouldn't do it often as the chemicals might be a bit harsh, but it works superbly as a one off deep clean.

That is an awesome find... no doubt for personal reasons you want to keep Grandad's razor, but just be aware it's highly sought after!
Awesome it is!. One things for sure is that i won't be selling it as it will be passed on to any kids i have. My dad wouldn't be a happy camper if i did lol

I'm so glad i got the razor as my brother got my grandfathers watch which is so not my style :D
 
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A good thing to do with the vintage adjustables is to give them a good long soak in hot tap water with some washing up liquid added. Allow the water to cool and leave it soaking overnight. Maybe repeat this a few times. You'll be surprised at the amount of crap that will have found its way into the inner workings of these over the years and this is a good way of loosening it up without damaging the razor finish or removing the paint from the numbers.

You could consider having it replated so it looks like new, Dave at safetyrazors.co.uk charged £15 to replate my Fatboy.
 
Back In high school 1966 I used #4 ( I know - I carbon dated myself). When I got back into wet shaving last January, I started with the 4 setting and it wasn't what I was after. My routine now is 7,5 and finish with 3. So, my recommendation would be starting out with a 4 setting.

This is a wonderful present your Father handed to you. I'd go for the replating as well. Hope you enjoy tonight's shave --- oh look at the time, you've done shaved and went to bed.

Regards, Robert
 
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