Yeah, the later Tech heads do have a certain something ...
After a good few years away from DEs, I'm enjoying shaving with them again and after a run-through of my favourite Techs I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked what I think is one right into the '80s (no date code, but 24 stamped on the underside of the cap). I've kinda settled on the Star as my go-to DE, something I think @TobyC will agree with. Paired with Treet carbon blades, just lovely.
The Star took the Tech and, I think, actually improved it. The blade presentation is just perfect giving no blade chatter and the extra locating nubs on the cap ensure the blade sits just perfectly in the middle (something the Tech does struggle with and you can get more presentation one side versus the other) and does not get any chance to move about during use.
That, and being a single edge fellow with a love of the American Safety Razor Corporation, the Star is a fitting tribute.
... but back to weight and balance. Thinking it through, I tend to try to find heavier handles for the earlier ones and lighter handles for the later ones, so very much about balance.
Yes, the Star is an "improved" Tech, sort of, but it does have that pesky zamak cap. A Gillette OLD type cap works perfectly in it's place, but you lose those extra alignment wings in the process. Still a nice razor and worthy of inclusion when talking about Tech razors.
The Star DE razors are actually copies of the Gillette Tech as I have one that has triangular slots and a later one with oval slots. It gets confusing as they were tied in with Club and Berkely(?) razors. One thing different is that they copied the English "flat bottom" safety bar acute angle bend that some equate with giving a closer shave. I think it's just a better reference point to aid getting the right shaving angle. It is not IMO the "flat bottom" directly affecting the shave quality. That is IMO just so much BS. The "flat bottom" is just easier to use for the neophyte. The later & heavier "ball end" are the ideal Techs IMO. Slightly better blade rigidity than the triangular slot pre-wars. Most people won't notice it and more confuse it with more aggression as any "chatter" can be misinterpreted as blade "feel" which means Jack Schitt in the grande scheme of a shave.
These are just my opinions as a dedicated Techophile and worth what you were charged.
Due to some careless irritation (my fault) on a shave two days prior I decided to break out the ol' pot metal Super Gillette Blue Chinese razor and do a one pass shave with a 7 O'Clock Super Stainless blade that had maybe 2 or 3 shaves on it. What a simply DFS it was! This razor is a nimble little minx that can really get up under the nose. and other tight spots. Truth be told, weight/mass in a safety razor is overrated.
I take it you're referring to the much thinner/lighter Tech-like razor that is sold under many guises, notably the Sterling nowadays? Long plastic handle? Yeah, they're actually pretty good. I have a Sterling (no emboss) and a Rapira (embossed cap) as well as one with the Gillette emboss on the cap which I believe was sold through the '90s as a 'Double Edge' razor.
Cheap and chearful, and actually still very much a Tech.
I hear you on the matter of weight. One of my favourite Techs is a very late actual Tech model, from the '80s I think. Certainly the last of the razors actually sold as a Tech. Nice with a lightweight bakelite handle from a Souplex razor.
I'm going to put my Frankentech head to head with my '46 Fat Handle over 6 shaves: I will alternate the razor each shave but will keep everything else the same. I won't swap the blade and all the other hard/software will remain the same for shaves 1 & 2, 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 respectively. The blade...