Gillette Fatboy E1 1959 (V248)

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The Gillette Fatboy is one of the most iconic safety razors available today. Originally called the Gillette 195 (the price point was set at $1.95), it got the name 'Fatboy' shortly after Gillette released its 'Adjustable slim' model, as the 195 had a handle of greater diameter than the slim model, it got nicknamed the opposite of 'slim' namely 'fat', and hence 'Fatboy'

This razor comes in its original case, added in is a pack of blades that completes the parcel to represent the set as it was offered to consumers 60 odd years ago. The blades appear to be unused, but has a bit of corrosion on the exposed edges, so probably not the best idea to use them but rather keep them to preserve your set as complete and show it off to your buds. The blade dispenser has some paint missing on it, and the case has one end of the black base missing at the right hand swivel point, but everything functions nicely and makes for something any man would love to own!

The razor has 9 settings that clicks into position as you twist the sail below the head. The razor has a butterfly mechanism that opened when the knob at the bottom end of the razor is turned. It stands 88 mm high and weighs 80 grams.

These razors were only made in American factories and then exported around the world they are quite easy to find online and in antique stores in the US, but they are certainly quite hard to find locally. If you have to own one piece of usable Americana in your collection, this would probably tick the most boxes.

This razor is in very good shape.  I only saw the bit of debris in the end of the handle when listing the razor, it comes out easily and is certainly not contamination the new owner needs to worry about.