11-07-2012, 05:16 AM
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So about a month ago I got a very nice shape Fatboy on an auction site. I love the way it looks, feels in my hand, and everything about it, except the results! Anyone have tips for using it?

So i've been doing some slight variation or similar of.. 9 WTG, 6-8 XTG (x2), and anywhere from 1-3 ATG. I get a pretty good shave, but i whip out my tuckaway and use the same technique and get a DFS near BBS!

Do I just need to work on blade angle? Is my method of aggressiveness attack all wrong?

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 11-07-2012, 05:24 AM
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  • Dave
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Nick I feel the same way about Fatboys (and Slims for that matter). I just can't get a good shave with them compared to other vintage Gillettes.

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 11-07-2012, 05:36 AM
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Same problem here.

The only vintage that consistently gives me a great shave is the Rotbart No.15

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 11-07-2012, 06:07 AM
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  • Tonality
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Try keeping it at a more aggressive setting for your last pass and see if that works.

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 11-07-2012, 07:52 AM
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I agree with you. I grew up using them and people wonder why carts caught on. The whole Gillette TTO seems like a marketing kludge. I threw all mine out when my grandfather gave me his old Tech and open comb when I was 20. Should have kept them seeing the prices on EBay these days. .

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 11-07-2012, 09:11 AM
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  • beartrap
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Fatboy is no good. Yeah, it's classic, it's popular, it's blah blah blah. It doesn't work as good as other vintage Gillettes.

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 11-07-2012, 09:14 AM
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  • Tonality
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I'm always amazing at how much the Fatboy seems to be disliked. It's pretty much perfect for me, and at a mild setting at that.

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 11-07-2012, 09:18 AM
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  • bullgoose
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I have owned and sold several. They just do not work well for me. You are not alone.

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 11-07-2012, 01:06 PM
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It's just a shame, it looks cool, i love the heft it has, and just seems like it's manufactured so well.. I want it to work for me! Lucked out with how nice of condition it is, so even if I don't use it I don't think I can get rid of it!

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 11-07-2012, 01:07 PM
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  • Howler
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I own a Fatboy, I went through a rather long learning period. I would put it away for awhile not use it.

Recently I have given the Fatboy one last chance. I use setting #6 to shave with. The angle is important, I have found that what works best is let the razor do the work and not apply extra pressure.
Also the blade choice is important, a sharper blade works best for me.

Personally I enjoy shaving with the Fatboy,the shaves are near prefect DFS.

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 11-07-2012, 01:39 PM
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I had a similar situation with my birth-year Slim Black handled adjustable..loved the look of it...but I could not for the life of me get a decent shave with it.

I am getting better shaves with my FATBOY - I found that the trick was to keep shaving with different settings until I found the setting that worked for my face and stayed with it.... when I try adjusting during the shave I find it just doesn't work that well for me (cut myself up pretty good with my MERKUR adjustable this morning doing that)

For what it's worth - all of my simpler non adjustable Gillette's seem to provide a better shave with less work
NEW Open Comp, Tech, Flair Tips, Super Speeds, etc
The adjustable razor concept seems really cool, but it seem like it is a bit more complexity than anyone needs IMHO

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 11-07-2012, 01:39 PM
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(11-07-2012, 09:14 AM)Tonality Wrote: I'm always amazing at how much the Fatboy seems to be disliked. It's pretty much perfect for me, and at a mild setting at that.

Same here (almost). The Fatboy and Slim are the two best vintage Gillettes for me. I love the retro look of old Techs and various superspeeds, but they don't cut nearly as well for me.

Goes to prove the Shave axiom - YMMV.

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 11-07-2012, 01:49 PM
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  • vuk
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Sorry its not working for you.
The fatboy is the first razor that 'bit' me, but otherwise I get great results @ 4-5 and I don't usually switch the settings mid-shave.

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 11-07-2012, 02:00 PM
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Hmm, I'll have to keep trying. Maybe not fiddle with it mid shave and see if that helps. Blade angles too!

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 11-07-2012, 02:47 PM
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I get a great shave with it, I just prefer my Slim. The head is just a hair different it seems. Or maybe it's the handle. I don't know.

I set it to magical 9 and basically just forget it's adjustable. When I first began with the adjustables I wouldn't change settings, but would choose one setting and keep it there throughout the shave, same as I presently do. But I would advance the setting until it gave me an easy BBS with a wide "sweet spot" regarding angle required.

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 11-07-2012, 08:14 PM
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(11-07-2012, 05:24 AM)Dave Wrote: Nick I feel the same way about Fatboys (and Slims for that matter). I just can't get a good shave with them compared to other vintage Gillettes.

* It just may not be for you. i tried one, then the Fatboy Executive which i still have, the Slim and the Black Beauty, but no luck. There are so many other razors out there that it should not be something to fret about. Good luck.

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 11-08-2012, 04:37 AM
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My favorite Gillette is the Old Type OC with a SI blade.

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 11-08-2012, 04:55 AM
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  • Dave
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Old Type, New, and Techs are my favorite Gillettes.

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 11-08-2012, 01:52 PM
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  • CB1
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I pick mine up every now and then. Very cool looking in my opinion but yeah... I usually only use it one and move the blade to another razor. It's a little clunky.

I pick mine up every now and then. Very cool looking in my opinion but yeah... I usually only use it once and move the blade to another razor. It's a little clunky.

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 11-08-2012, 05:51 PM
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I have to say I'm in the crowd that just doesn't get a good shave from the Fatboy or Slim adjustable for that matter. I've tried various settings and blade combinations with no luck. I sold the Fatboy because the market was good. I still have the slim because it's my birth year/quarter model. But I doubt I'll ever shave with it again, just no fun at all.

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