The almost sort of Comprehensive Guide to the Gillette Tech

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by PLANofMAN, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    It was probably somebody's go-to shave kit circa 1980. The metal blade safe would have been a big improvement of a cardboard tuck of individually wrapped blades and the Merkur case looks like it would be a good travel case.
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  2. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    I need to get a 50s British Brass one sometime; the only one I have in that style is an Aluminium one which I have something of a love/hate relationship with.

    OTOH, a British Flat Bottom Tech is my idea of heaven. :)
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  3. Weasel640

    Weasel640 Well-Known Member

    That is NOT a Merkur case. The design is different, the way the box sits in there is different. It doesn't even have Merkur branding the way a Merkur should. The only similarity is that they are both plastic cases that clam shell.
  4. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    You quite correctly point out my discrepancies and show my foolishness at trying to assist a gentleman identify his prize too hastily. Next time I should leave that to some far more knowledgable ..... maybe you could give him aid where I failed him.

    There are days I should steer clear of trying to be helpful ...... or even posting.

    Please forgive me if I come across as rude ..... just tired ..... of many things.
  5. José Santos

    José Santos Member

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  6. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer

    I don't know what the rule is for posting links to live ebay auctions, so i will post a screenshot instead.


    An open comb, Zamac, Gold plated Gillette Tech? In a white aristocrat-esque case?

    Lots of firsts for me lol. That said, i am very suspicious of the auction. It looks photoshopped in some pictures.

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  7. Weasel640

    Weasel640 Well-Known Member

    Not foolishness at all, nor should you steer clear. I suppose we all have varying degrees of what we consider similar vs. different. I was just calling it how I see it. With your tip however I should edit how I see it as well... It is NOT a modern (post 2000) offering of the Merkur case. It is however a much older Murker design.

    You are correct here. If it is not a Merkur (don't see any brand markings), then it is a copy of possibly a 50s Merkur case. I happened to come across this auction that ended in May.
    This is the description: "Vintage 1950's Merkur 315 set. This 1950's original Merkur set comprehends one Merkur nº 15 open comb safety razor, in a bakelite travelkit, and plus a box containing samples of 3 different Merkur razor blades. All in excellent condition, never used."


    You can see in this picture the interior matches nearly exactly:

    You can see the number of ridges in the front of each also match exactly:

    You can see in this picture that the piece that holds the razor from the top is the same shape and position on both:
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  8. brit

    brit in a box

    very nice sir..
  9. rbilly

    rbilly Well-Known Member

    I didn't know they made open comb techs. Well it seems like I have a new mission in life, techs are my favorite but I do like open combs.
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  10. brit

    brit in a box

    british #27 flat bottom tech blue and red..
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  11. Cearball

    Cearball New Member

    Is the triangle tech still considered the most aggressive?

    I only ask as I feel the the Brit Flat bottom may beat it.

    I was looking at blade gap in all my techs & noticed the Brit flat bottom seemed noticeably bigger.

    Bear in mind this is all done by eye.
  12. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Pretty sure the FBT (flat bottomed tech) is considered the most aggressive of the Techs.

    ...still quite mild when compared to other razors.

    Edit: The extra head weight will make it feel more aggressive, regardless of anything else.
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  13. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer


    Is this a "Tech" Razor?
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  14. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Technically it is, I guess. But that is better known just as an Aristocrat

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  15. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer

    I guess the group of razors know as "tech" doesn't work then?
    They are simply 3 piece closed comb razors.

    Perhaps the "tech" really refers to Gillettes 5 step improvement to razor design with the advent of the closed comb solid guard?

    See here

    Then again, what do i know.
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  16. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    I can't follow your link for some reason, so I'm replying without knowing what it says. I do believe that the one piece solid guard razors manufactured prior to 1947, with the exception of the 46 Superspeed, were know as techs along with the three piece techs. After 1946 the "Tech" designation was dropped from the one piece razors and then the only techs were there three piece razors.

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  17. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer

    Its an advert describing a TTO Gillette tech from the 30's

    The name "Tech" is probably a shortening of the phrase "new technology" and in looking at the adverts, etc, defiantly relates to the closed bar design introduced.

    Gillette referred to the specific design of the razor by the number pieces it came in. One piece (Aristocrat, TTO), Two piece (#77, #88 etc), Three piece (#45, etc).

    Without digging into it deeper, i think this is something the shaving community has perhaps misunderstood....
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  18. mr-razor

    mr-razor Well-Known Member

    The new Technology was the close comb. The 2-piece #77 and #88 are NEW razors with open comb
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  19. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer

    Correct lol.

    I'll correct the post.

    What do you think of all of this?
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