05-16-2013, 12:12 PM
  • tsimmns
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  • Mississippi
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But, could someone inform me the difference in a Fatboy, and all the other adjustable razors that Gillette made back then? Do they not all pretty much have the same general idea in the fact you can either dial back the blade or get as close as possible with the certain setting? I guess, being new at this leaves me with so many questions on stuff that I might potentially want one day. Although, if I ever get into straight shaving this will all be a mute point.

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 05-16-2013, 12:55 PM
  • blzrfn
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This is a good starting point for you. The Fatboy was Gillette's first mass produced adjustable razor, followed by the Slim and finally the Super Adjustable. There are some variants and prototypes that are worth a lot more money and those can be found on the above link as well.

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 05-16-2013, 01:21 PM
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I heard the fat boy and slim are basically the razor but with the fat boy being thicker of course and costing twice as much.

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 05-16-2013, 01:43 PM
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The fat boy is shorter, thicker, and heavier with a broader head.

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 05-18-2013, 07:15 AM
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(05-16-2013, 01:21 PM)SFGiantsFan Wrote: I heard the fat boy and slim are basically the razor but with the fat boy being thicker of course and costing twice as much.

Actually when produced in the 1950s the 195 (a.k.a. Fat Boy) sold for $1.95 (hence the 195 name) while the Gillette Slim sold in the 1960s starting around $2.95. Few 195s were made and so their pricing tends to be higher today along with many endorsers in the late 2000s that helped fuel the pricing.

The Slim is more slender at the handle and has a flatter head for easier maneuverability and a slightly less aggressive shaving angle.

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 05-18-2013, 05:45 PM
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If you are wondering because you are thinking of buying a vintage adjustable. I think they both shave great, buy one you can afford and try it.

I own Slim, Fatboy, Toggle, and Super,I can get a DFS with all of them.
My personal choice for everyday shaver is the Fatboy. It just works best for me but there will be hundred guys that say a Slim is better to each his own.

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 06-04-2013, 04:28 PM
  • Dalejr
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I've used every adjustable produced and the Toggle wins every time. Pricey but worth it if you can afford one.

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