There is no other word that drives traffic to an Ebay razor auction like that one.
With good reason. The Gillette adjustable razor known as the Fatboy was one of the best DE shavers ever made. Wet shavers love ‘em. Newbies to wet shaving find this out, then run over to Ebay hoping to score one.
Trouble is, lots of Ebay sellers know this. It would seem more of them know this than know what a Fatboy actually is, because it’s easy to find a razor up for auction misrepresented as a Fatboy when actually it’s Gillette’s other DE adjustable, the Slim.
This is a Fatboy:
This is a Slim:
It is kind of hard to tell the difference, isn’t it?
That’s why you need to be careful when shopping Ebay for vintage DE razors. Most of the sellers are straight up folks who aren’t trying to trick you. But it’s caveat emptor on Ebay, pal. It’s up to you to know what you’re looking at.
Luckily, poster fidjit on Badger and Blade put together an excellent thread on how to tell the difference between a Fatboy and a Slim. Give that some study, then wade into the Ebay razor auctions armed with knowledge.
Psssst! Occasionally sellers put Fatboys up for auction and don’t know that’s what they are. Then you can sometimes get one for a steal. But you didn’t hear that from me.