03-05-2016, 05:05 AM
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Won a rare Gillette Red TTO Rocket on eBay for £25 + p&p. Could not believe the price I won it for, was expecting it to go for more money.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262303861492?_...AIThttp://



Could have been something do with the seller only posting one picture of the razor. Saw from the end caps that it was defiantly a British made razor, and could also see a slight gap between the TTO knob. Took a punt on it.


Here are my pics, straight out of the packaging, could do with a little clean.



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 03-05-2016, 05:28 AM
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  • Sevenbark
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  • Lower Clinch River Valley
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I bought a Tuckaway with similar circumstance. Mine was more risky because the one picture showed a very bad looking razor. It turned out to be the best one I have ever had. Polish yours up and post some pictures. I want to see it shining.

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 03-05-2016, 08:56 AM
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Nice win. That just so happens to be one of my favorites. Awesome shavers

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 03-05-2016, 09:55 AM
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Nice score.  Always fun to find the gem hidden in eBay.

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 03-07-2016, 12:17 AM
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After cleaning and sterilising in Barbicide, put this beauty too the test.

What a great shave this Red Tip Rockets gives, paired with a Feather Blade. Smile

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 03-07-2016, 12:38 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Congratulations!

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 03-07-2016, 01:46 AM
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  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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Let's see the cleaned up version Smile Agreed. Great razor. Better than the red tip SS

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 03-07-2016, 09:36 AM
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Wondering why anyone would risk putting something in Barbicide to clean/sterilize. Seems a soak in dish washing detergent and hot water with a lite scrub would clean any razor sufficiently and not risk corrosion. Maybe a few minutes in an ultrasonic cleaner if you have one to remove internal crud. Otherwise I would save the Barbicide for combs. Do you put metal forks in Barbicide to clean them after dinning? I guess if you watch the time Barbicide does not damage but I think it is an unnecessary step. Do barbers put scissors in it?

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 03-07-2016, 06:51 PM
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  • chazt
  • Shimmer of Techs
  • Queens, NY
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That's a great looking razor! Sure would like to try one some day. Enjoy your shaves Smile

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 03-08-2016, 06:55 PM
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Nice since I seldom see English variants of the red tip.

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 03-10-2016, 09:31 AM
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(03-07-2016, 01:46 AM)Shaun Wrote: Let's see the cleaned up version Smile Agreed. Great razor. Better than the red tip SS

All Cleaned up[Image: FOrB68z.jpg][Image: 4Mr85qO.jpg][Image: R6aVbaR.jpg][Image: PCClNTo.jpg]

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 04-25-2016, 06:15 AM
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(03-10-2016, 09:31 AM)Kam Sanghera Wrote:
(03-07-2016, 01:46 AM)Shaun Wrote: Let's see the cleaned up version Smile Agreed. Great razor. Better than the red tip SS

All Cleaned up[Image: FOrB68z.jpg][Image: 4Mr85qO.jpg][Image: R6aVbaR.jpg][Image: PCClNTo.jpg]

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 04-26-2016, 02:54 AM
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  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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A wonderful object, and a great shaver. A beauty Smile

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 05-07-2016, 10:19 AM
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  • Teddyboy
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  • NYC
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How does this British Red Tip Rocket differ from the more common Red Tip [from the US]?

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 05-07-2016, 10:33 AM
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  • Harvey
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Most off the British or England made Gillettes have a gap at the end of the adjusting knob and some do not have a hole where you can see the screw or clip attaching the knob to the handle...they also have a different design in attaching the handle to the head...perhaps a bit more strongly made...I have one and I buffed the red paint off the knob as  I like the look of one color better.

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 06-01-2019, 11:19 PM
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"How does this British Red Tip Rocket differ from the more common Red Tip [from the US]?"


I have the US and English Red Tip SSs and the Red Tip Rocket.  I love them all.  If I had to only keep one however, it would without question be the English Red Tip Super Speed.  More aggressive than its American cousin but noticeably smoother than its Rocket brother.  In my opinion, the English Red Tip SS is one of the best razors Gillette has ever made.  If you see one in the wild, do yourself a favor and snatch it up- regardless of any aesthetic issues.  Great score on the Rocket though.  Also and absolutely outstanding razor!

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 06-02-2019, 07:05 AM
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(06-01-2019, 11:19 PM)userzero Wrote: "How does this British Red Tip Rocket differ from the more common Red Tip [from the US]?"


I have the US and English Red Tip SSs and the Red Tip Rocket.  I love them all.  If I had to only keep one however, it would without question be the English Red Tip Super Speed.  More aggressive than its American cousin but noticeably smoother than its Rocket brother.  In my opinion, the English Red Tip SS is one of the best razors Gillette has ever made.  If you see one in the wild, do yourself a favor and snatch it up- regardless of any aesthetic issues.  Great score on the Rocket though.  Also and absolutely outstanding razor!



US Red Tip has a blade gap of 0.66mm...the UK Red Tip Superspeed has a 0.81mm blade gap.

UK one is more efficient...I regularly put it up against modern heavy hitters like Charcoal Goods Level 2
and am amazed at both the efficiency and the smoothness. Some call them aggressive....they are 
perfect for daily use and as comfortable with a one day growth as they are with 4-5 day growth.

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 06-02-2019, 08:23 AM
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I wish the English SSs were more easily found so more people could try them.  The first time a tried a Red Tip, it was the US version and I really liked it.  I wished though that it was a bit more aggressive.  When I tried the English SS with the 0.81 blade gap (thanks Tester28 for the specification) I thought "this is exactly what I was looking for."  Also, ridiculously smooth.  Again, I really like my Red Tip Rocket but the English SS for me is about as perfect as it gets.  Also, a shout out to the Gillette NDC 1940s SSs.  These are easy to find and very pleasant to use- effective and incredibly smooth.

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