Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Rusty blade, Aug 30, 2015.
Of all of my Gillette DE's, my '64 Tech is my least favorite. The others are superb.
The best Gillette razors for me are a tie between the Tech Handled British NEW and a Red-tip Rocket.
The worst Gillette razor I've used is a brass #58 Aristocrat - the handle is just to slippery. I have an Aluminium #58 and it feels like a completely different razor in use (light, manoeuvrable and significantly improved grip). The use of aluminium changes the nature of this razor completely.
I love mine, same year. Almost as heavy as my Rocket HD, but I like it better for some reason, maybe because it's my birth year, maybe because is US made... idk... ymmv
I've got a metal-base Super Adjustable long, and I find it too awkward. And if I work the Fatboy more, maybe I won't find it so clumsy. My favorite has to be the pre-war Tech Fatty. It feels the best balanced of the lot.
I have 10 different Gillette vintage razors and like them all. A 40's style Super Speed, Red Tip, Slim Adjustable, US and Brit Tech's, NEW SC and LC, 08 OT Single Ring, 1919 OT Bulldog and a Rocket HD5oo (in transit). I'd have to separate them by aggressiveness, comfort and looks. Since I prefer a more aggressive shave I'd rate the Tech lowest and the OT Bulldog as the most aggressive. I'd rate my NEW SC and LC as being the smoothest most non-irritating shaver. For pure aesthetics I'd put the OT Bulldog and Red Tip as dead even. I don't regret having aquired any of my current vinatge Gillette's.
I always received a outstanding shave from my aristocrat 46/47
Not fond of old types or techs otherwise get a great shave from most others.....favorite would be either a red tip, new long comb or maybe the under rated slim twist.
What "Tech" are you referring to as the Gillette Tech's were made for decades and varied dramatically.
U.S. Tech blade gap .56mm
Ranger Tech .blade gap 64mm
Gillette FH Tech Canada 1932 Pat. prior to 1952 Triangular blade gap .67mm
Red Tip U.S.A. blade gap .66 - .73mm
Red Tip a Tech? You lost me.
Wanted to show how the favourable red tip gap compares to an early Tech more so than a later Tech. Sharing the name Tech alone should not imply shave similarities. Different gaps, material and designs varied within the decades and locations Techs were made.
Solid information thanks.
Sorry.....to be more specific, I am not fond of US 3 piece tech razors....I have always considered the Ranger Tech,(which I like), a superspeed variant even though technically it is in the "Tech" family (no pun intended).......Thanks for posting the blade gaps!
You and practically everyone else. That is why the Canadian and English versions prior to 1952 are the go to variants in the Tech world.
Seriously?? I loooooooooooove my British pre-war (40's) Tech, but always thought the US version was better, hence I've sought for one.
Guess I'm back to loving it even more
I don't have the other two razors, but have a Red Tip, and 46-50 ball end and fat handle Techs.
On the Fat Tech I only got .43mm.
On the Ball End Tech I got 50mm
My Red Tip did pretty much match yours at .68mm
This is the Canadian version that we are referring to. http://www.mr-razor.com/Rasierer/Tech/1938-1941 Tech Leather Set Canada.JPG.
I had no use for Techs for close to 10 years. Tried many...meh. Then a few years ago I stumbled upon a 1932 Canadian.
Now I understand.
Almost all my Techs are 1932's. I also like the 1941 - 45 plastic Tech.
love my aristocrats ,u.s. and british, rockets and british/canadian techs. new sc/ new deluxe .
i am now test driving a importe de angleterre #44 rfb new set.not a fan of the old types so far, too many weepers but practice may prevail..no zymac /pot metal
brass is class,steel is the deal, plastic is drastic.
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