Help solve a razor mystery?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Freddie Jaye, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Freddie Jaye

    Freddie Jaye Member

    I recently acquired a gold ball-end Tech from FB Marketplace (see photo). It actually hurt the few times I've used it. I finally noticed the large gap between the cap and base plate. I swapped-in the plate from the razor on the right, and the gap disappears.

    The ball-end plate is stamped "Pat Nos on Package" on top; the bottom surface reads "Reg US/Pat Off/diamond logo/Made in USA." It also has a pair of thin metal strips/shims ball-end a.jpg ball-end b.jpg running along the top (a feature I've not seen on any other razors), which could account for the gap. The strips appear to be afterthoughts, as though a previous owner added them.

    Any ideas why someone would do that? I have a supposedly-aggressive Red Tip, and it glides smoothly over my face. But this ball-end razor feels like I'm dragging raw metal across my face.
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  2. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Those strips are aftermarket done by a previous owner. That is your gap problem right there. Why they did it who knows but remove them and the razor will work as it was originally intended.
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  3. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    Could it be that it was done to "shim" the blade to make the razor more aggressive?
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  4. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    Most likely. If it was done to make the blade more rigid without increasing gap then they would have been put on the cap side instead.
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  5. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Somebody went to a lot of effort to make a tech aggressive. Interesting. There's a few members here who would probably enjoy the shave.

    I wouldn't be one of them.
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