Gillette Tech...what should I look for?

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I'm looking for advice on buying a Gillette Tech razor. What should I be looking for? Pre- or post-war? Ball handle? UK or USA? What kind of prices should I expect? Ones to avoid?
Also, what's your own experience in terms of aggressiveness etc. I assume standard blades fit them?
Any help would be appreciated (including pointing me to other threads that already cover this) (y) :)
 
1st, brass or zamac ? 2nd, blade feel ,early techs some people belive are more aggresive( personally its negligible). 3rd, compleate boxed set or user grade ? all standard blade,s fit in my experience. check out the MR RAZOR web site to see what you like the look off, also bookmark it so you can check if what your considering is correct . money on ebay £ 5 upwards dependant on age, condition, boxed sets , plenty of unused sets in case,s come up regularly. good hunting :)
 
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1st, brass or zamac ? 2nd, blade feel ,early techs some people belive are more aggresive( personally its negligible). 3rd, compleate boxed set or user grade ? all standard blade,s fit in my experience. check out the MR RAZOR web site to see what you like the look off, also bookmark it so you can check if what your considering is correct . money on ebay £ 5 upwards dependant on age, condition, boxed sets , plenty of unused sets in case,s come up regularly. good hunting :)
Good advice...I'll check out mr razor (y)
 
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I assume that Techs are compatible with most common modern razor handles too? I only assume this because Gillette appears to have invented the standard and I'd really like to test a Tech head on some of my other handles.:cool:
 
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Left to right:
American pre-War - notice the triangualr shaped drain holes. This example is mixed brass/copper.
American post-War (1951 shown) - notice the lozenge shaped drain holes.
British flat bottom - end of the 1930s into the 1940s. Raw brass throughout.
British raised flat bottom/hybrid - notice the raised bar where the flat bottom would be.
Ball-end - 1950s on ... various cap etching, also some models with lightweight aluminium handles and/or baseplates. Ridge on the comb.
Sprial - 1960s on ... various cap embossing and non-embossed.
Open Comb - 1970s?

Points to consider:
Weight - the older, the heavier both physically and in heft. You can see the thickness of the plate/cap gets thinner over time.
Handle - metal balances well, bakelite/lightweight towards the head
Material - Raw brass vs Brass w/Nickel plate vs Zamac (Plated)

Final point to consider:
You like new razors, right? Buy vintage and get it replated. Voila! New razor. No material value in doing so with anything post-war where you should be able to pick up sparkling, certainly for less than £30. My hybrid is replated.

My favourite in that lot is the flat bottom Tech - I like the weight, the design and I like the feel of raw brass.

 
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Left to right:
American pre-War - notice the triangualr shaped drain holes. This example is mixed brass/copper.
American post-War (1951 shown) - notice the lozenge shaped drain holes.
British flat bottom - end of the 1930s into the 1940s. Raw brass throughout.
British raised flat bottom/hybrid - notice the raised bar where the flat bottom would be.
Ball-end - 1950s on ... various cap etching, also some models with lightweight aluminium handles and/or baseplates. Ridge on the comb.
Sprial - 1960s on ... various cap embossing and non-embossed.
Open Comb - 1970s?

Points to consider:
Weight - the older, the heavier both physically and in heft. You can see the thickness of the plate/cap gets thinner over time.
Handle - metal balances well, bakelite/lightweight towards the head
Material - Raw brass vs Brass w/Nickel plate vs Zamac (Plated)

Final point to consider:
You like new razors, right? Buy vintage and get it replated. Voila! New razor. No material value in doing so with anything post-war where you should be able to pick up sparkling, certainly for less than £30. My hybrid is replated.

My favourite in that lot is the flat bottom Tech - I like the weight, the design and I like the feel of raw brass.

Very helpful, pjgh...looks like the one I'm awaiting in the post is the fifth in your photo and under £30 with quite a few additional grooming items and leather case, including an original blade box, so you've put my mind at rest. I just hope it looks as good 'in the flesh' as the photos I've seen!

Can you confirm if the tech heads are compatible with modern handles?
 
I have a bunch of techs, Canadian, US and UK manufacture; wartime and postwar production. All the handles are tapped 10/32. I find most metric threaded heads will screw into the Gillette handles, as the threads in the Gillette handles are pretty sloppy. The custom handles I make I tap 10/32. They fit all Gillette heads I have tried. I have a few metric threaded handles that came with heads I ordered from Aliexpress. The Gillette heads screw into these Chinese manufactured handles easily. I don't have any quality aftermarket handles to try, but I'm guessing you won't have compatibility issues.
 
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