Gillette Tech heads and thoughts.

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I use a Gillette English "ball end" nickel plated (what's left of it) heavy Tech for 99% of my shaving nowadays. I paid around $10.00 U.S. for it and have another mint one in reserve for when I pass 120 years of age and the first one wears out. ;) I can't tell any difference between it and an American one. Both are perfect daily shavers for me with their excellent blade rigidity. I really couldn't ask for a better razor and I have tried a sh**load of others to only come crawling back to it like a repentant lover. :sneaky:
Thanks for the info.

Sounds much like my Tech! I'm in agreement with all your observations, for a daily shaver for my face anyway it's the most comfortable razor I have used. I tend to use a lot of modern Gillette blades as well and find they match perfectly.

Yeah the nickel plating on mine isn't in the best collection either. Mine clearly was used A LOT for a very long time and has lasted from the 50's I guess.

Here's mine
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Of course the head is something that many have spoken about, but IMO the solid brass handle doesn't always get as much credit as I think it does. I find the balance to be the most ergonomic of the razor handles I have used. I know a lot of people aren't a fan of Omega boar handles (eg 10066) but I always keep finding myself back to the lighter smaller handles for brushes as well, but of course this is a YMMV issue but I find for a lot of more modern razor handles and brush handles they can be a bit too heavy/big at times.
 
All "ball end" Techs are oval slots.
Source please.
I have two Canadian Wartime Production triangle slot ball end techs. Canadian triangle slot techs are all wartime production as techs commenced production in 1939. I also have two triangle slot Canadian Fat Handle Techs. Technically (pun intended) there are no Pre-war Canadian Techs. (Canada was in WWII from the start in Sept 1939 unlike the US which never entered the war until more than 2 years later after Pearl Harbour)
 
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I guess I will revise what I said earlier and I will invoke the old collector's mantra of "Never say never". Gillette went to the oval slots during WWII therefore in theory all post war Techs should be as such, BUT I have seen a mere few that had the older triangular slots. That raises questions as to whether these mere few were "Frankensteins", i.e., simply mis-matched by their owners, or Gillette had some older baseplates that they found in house and in an act of New England frugality simply pushed them out the front door. Knowing the history of New England frugality I am slightly inclined to believe the latter as they were then "Tighter than the bark on a piss elm tree!" as the old saying goes. ;)
 
I have seen only a few triangle slot Canadian Techs with ball end handles in antique shops. Canadian made triangle slot techs are fairly plentiful here, and the vast majority have fat handles. I have often wondered if the ball end razors were frankenrazors or whether Gillette was mixing and matching parts. I think @Bogeyman has the best guess, particularly given wartime production. Still, no matter how you slice it, they're one heckuva razor.
 
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I actually feel that if someone would clone the cheap pot metal Tech head/base plate that is currently made/sold in China and use a heavy stainless alloy that it would be a fantastic shaver as it has the same blade gap as all other earlier Tech razors, but due to its thinner head & base plate is far more maneuverable. The only drawback to the pot metal one is weight.

This one:

 
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I have a lot of Techs, quite possibly one of every variant, and there are two that I return to again and again ... the slotted British from the 1940s and the brass with bakelite handled American from the 1950s. There's also the "raised flat bottom" which I seem to reserve for a special shave and it never really turns out quite as well as the regular slotted British Tech.

To return to the original question, if you've shaved with the slotted British Tech, the 'New' is not going to feel that dissimilar. I know, I l know, the 'New' has teeth and "is more aggressive" but I think some of that is in the mind. I use mine when I've a week or so to mow down, but in practical fact the slotted British Tech would get through it with little problem.

I like the 'New' and if I'd have asked the same question (which I probably did some years ago), I know I would have to get one in ... Yeah, you need one in you life!

While on Techs, I wonder if anyone has seen one of these. I cannot find another example anywhere ...

 
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I actually feel that if someone would clone the cheap pot metal Tech head/base plate that is currently made/sold in China and use a heavy stainless alloy that it would be a fantastic shaver as it has the same blade gap as all other earlier Tech razors, but due to its thinner head & base plate is far more maneuverable. The only drawback to the pot metal one is weight.

This one:

Brass is heavier than SS.
 
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