British Flare Tip Rocket "S" Stamped

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  1. '65 G-Slim

    '65 G-Slim Well-Known Member

    My Rocket flare-tip has the "II" marking...inside of base plate has "Patent Pending" instead of British patent number...
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    ...while my HD is unmarked...
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  2. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    and k,at least mine is,with a 1 on the other side.
     
  3. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    I also have an "S" stamped on a razor, but it's on an Army Tech in a bakelite case. It's on the bottom of the bottom plate. Left side on this picture, if you can see it. I've looked and still haven't found any references on it.

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  4. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    Looking again at my English and USA made Super Speeds, the Mild, Medium and Heavy English ones have the 'I', 'II' and 'III', but the USA ones don't.
     
  5. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    Looking through my razors, the only one I can find with the 'S' mark is this:
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    All of my U.K. Super Speed flair tips (not coloured tips) have the 'II' mark.
     
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  6. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    My 39-45 Tech doesn't have the 'S'
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  7. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    I've always found that particular style of Tech to be interesting. They seem to only have been made during the War and have the oval slots from the post-War Tech but no shoulder notches (like the pre-War Tech).

    I read a supposition once that they may have been made under some kind of subcontract to Gillette with the 'S' possibly denoting the source.
     
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  8. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    Interesting. I think my WWII Tech with the 'S' is actually a Contract Tech head with a Bakelite handle.
    I hope Mr Razor doesn't mind my reproducing this:
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    Look at the head and see the 'S'. That is exactly like mine, but I don't have the cool handle. Notice also the oval slots whereas the 41-45 'Camouflage' version has triangular slots. So, perhaps John Ruschmeyer has hit the nail on the head with his proposition that the 'S' means an outsourced item?
     
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  9. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    Well, this arrived today:
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    It has the 'S' stamped onto the guard plate but has oval rather than the triangular guard slots. I have a reference that oval guard slots were post 1947, does anyone know if that's correct?
     
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  10. Morman Bridge

    Morman Bridge Well-Known Member

    Hi, I have this Contract Tech set that was dated by the seller from the blades that were with it originally as 1945. It has the S stamped on it, and the oval slots. I hope this helps.

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  11. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    I suspect that it is more correct to say that the post-War ones have oval slots *and* corner notches since it appears that oval slots fapparently ound their way into some wartime versions.
     
  12. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    Thanks Alan and John for your observations.
     
  13. preidy

    preidy Just call me Dino

    This Flair Tip Rocket is from a "Travelers Set". These are supposed to be full Rhodium.

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  14. preidy

    preidy Just call me Dino

    That's a beauty you don't see very often! The Brit TV Special is the only one left on my acquire list (to complete my collection).
     
  15. Taipan

    Taipan Well-Known Member

    That looks great! Which Traveller set did that come from?
     
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  16. preidy

    preidy Just call me Dino

    Photo from Mr Razor. But I don't have the shipper.

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  17. The Daily Blade

    The Daily Blade Active Member

    Interesting. I just got a Flare Tip Rocket and it does have the A stamped on the underside of the blade bed. However, unlike described here, this one has the very distinct pointed end British end caps as shown in the attached photos. This razor weighs right at 60 grams. This razor incidentally was shipped to me from Canada if that sheds any light at all.
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