British Techs

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Laird, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Laird

    Laird Active Member

    Did England have WW2 Techs with triangle slots? If not, what did '39-'45 British Techs look like?
     
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  2. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

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  3. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    the most common 1939 -49 ish british techs.. top thin handle, bottom fat handle.. 20181005_164621.jpg
     
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  4. Laird

    Laird Active Member

    Thank you for the replies, they are very helpful. Are both razors in the above photo flat bottom? Or is one slightly curved like the post war U.S. types after '46- ?
     
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  5. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    I think the "flat bottom" refers to the fact that there is no diamond indent, like the US and Canadian ones. The actual geometry has a slight curve, same as a New.
     
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  6. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    both are the same.i laid one base plate and cap to show both views . the only difference is the handles..
     
  7. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    i believe this is true,,new lc i think...
     
  8. dmshaver

    dmshaver Well-Known Member

    Just purchased from a forum member a British Flat Bottom Fat Handle Tech. It's getting mailed to me beginning of the week. Looking forward to getting it. I'll post pics once I get it.
     
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  9. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    The other variation besides the one @brit mentioned is what they call the hybrid tech. It is the left most one. The reason it is dubbed a hybrid is it the same base plate as the RFB (raised Flat Bottom) New with the difference being the RFB New is an open comb the tech hybrid is not. They produced these pre WWII and can be pricey if you try to buy one on a certain auction site when they specify it is a hybrid in the listing. Best bet if this one you want to buy is to scan the listings and using the pictures as a guide to find one more reasonably priced that isn't keyworded.

    left is some tech base plate variants, first 2 would be of interest here, second is the opposite side of the base plate on the tech hybrid.

    Techvariations1.jpg hybrid front.jpg

    The only pre-war techs that had the triangle slots were the American versions (pictured) and Canadian versions (not pictured).

    Here is a link to another picture that shows the differences.
    http://www.mr-razor.com/Rasierer/Tech/1939 Tech Hybrid England from Richard Snyder.jpg
     
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  10. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    As far as I know the flat bottom techs would have been made in the 40s up to about 50 but without date codes the only hard delineation I can say for sure is the diamond stamped base plates on the British techs can safely be assumed to have been made from the 50s up.

    As far as the handles goes this thread on another forum sums up the differences. Unfortunately using the handles is not feasible for dating the razors.

    http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=27818
     
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  11. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    I think that one of my grail razors is the last one. Also pricey when they show up on US eBay.
     
  12. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    1938-9 gillette new tech hybrid...believed to be rhodium plated.. 20181006_155712.jpg
     
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  13. Laird

    Laird Active Member

    Very cool. I have some various Techs. I was thinking of gifting a Pre-War Triangle slot Tech to a WW2 enthusiast but he is of British descent so I thought I'd do a little research and see if I could determine the Brit equivalent. At least with the U.S. and Canadian versions, the triangle slots place it firmly in the wartime era. Not so easy with the British models then, as the flat bottoms were made until 1950'ish and there are no triangle slots or date codes to differentiate war/postwar time frames. I'd be unable to say for certain that it was from '39-'45 (unless one of you knows a way). Perhaps he will be pleased with the U.S. Pre-War Triangle then. Thanks for the help on this gentleman.
     
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  14. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    there is one way .i have seen but don t own a british service set,the cap and plate are the same but the gillette insignia and made in england are stamped below the center slots instead of above them.that could bring you closer to the 39-45 time frame.they do come up from time to time on ebay uk etc.i am not sure but i thought the nickel tri slot prewars were civilian only.. don t quote me on this i am still reseaching and only speak of info i have read,good or bad...
     
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  15. mr-razor

    mr-razor Well-Known Member

    Here is a 1947 Ad that shows the Hybrid Tech as #40 set:

    1947-11-29 No15, No27, No40, No77 Australia.jpg
     
  16. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    awesome and thank you...
     

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