'The Crat' is one of the most sought after razors in the Gillette stable, they are collectable as they are quite hard to find, and they appeal to many on account of its appearance and quality of shaves. It was introduced in 1948, this specific razor was the third in the series, a closed-comb Aristocrat model which features a notched centre bar to make replacing the razor blade faster and safer. I was also marketed as the 'Improved Aristocrat'. It is generally referred to as a very smooth and effortless shaver with a mild personality, and when using it clear to see why they have become a sought after model for many users and collectors.
South Africans knows the Black cat all to well, the peanut butter brand, the bad omen thing, the Afrikaans series in the 80's and also the hybrid black feline in the Kruger that has us worried about inbreeding in the park. Now meet a new local, the Black 'Crat! This is a razor that has been blackened, spruced and polished up a bit to present a vintage, aged look. I know there must be a group of folks out there who don't want the shiny, new looking vintage stuff, but also not the straight-off-Bidorbuy soap clotted, gunky, broken and rusty vintage stuff, so these are for those folks....clean, solid, perfectly functioning razors that have been aged and matured by us using some chemicals and mechanical processes.
This classic weighs 67 grams and stands 82 mm high.