Unusual Atra

Discussion in 'Cartridge Razors' started by Bogdan Sha, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. Bogdan Sha

    Bogdan Sha New Member

    Hello dears! I am from Belarus, the culture of shaving is poorly developed, so I turn to the experts at this forum. I have 15 years of shaving Gillette Slalom Plus Sport, I decided to buy a new pen. There is such an option as in the picture. Is this the original Gillette? What's the approximate year?
    atra2.JPG atra1.JPG

    Thank you in advance for your answers!
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  2. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    It's a bit different but approximates a 1980s (I think) U.S. version, one of the later ones. I think..
  3. Bogdan Sha

    Bogdan Sha New Member

    Thank you very much for your reply! As far as I understand Atra - a model for the U.S. market, Contour - for Europe, Vector - for Asia?
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2019
  4. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    I had that same razor. Best cartridge razor I ever owned. Excellent handle.
    BTW, welcome to TSD.
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  5. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Best looking Atra handle I've seen.
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  6. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    The Atra is the best of the cartridge razors, I think.
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  7. Bogdan Sha

    Bogdan Sha New Member

    Many thanks to all for the answers and attention to my topic! Is there a clear difference between the handles of Atra from Atra Plus?
  8. Sabre

    Sabre Well-Known Member

    The Atra and the Contour are identical, the Slalom is the same as a Vector. The Vector is not an Atra. It is it's cheap ugly poorly constructed looking cousin.
    The Slalom Russian blades were great.
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  9. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    It looks like chromed plastic, is it?
  10. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    My Contour handle (Atra for Americans) is aluminium and still going strong.

    I don't use it that much really ... when I need a cartridge razor, e.g. when flying, I usually take a G2 (Trac for Americans) with me.
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  11. Bogdan Sha

    Bogdan Sha New Member

    Thanks for your reply.
    In 2003 I bought gillette slalom plus sport. In the picture it is no different from the contour, the quality is excellent.

    In January of this year bought two modern slalom (year 2015), the quality is worse - light, the material is not stainless steel. Bought from the remains of the store, all that in the picture (along with the blades) cost $11.

    Now I expect the original slalom from Moscow.

    Only blades made in China (as in the second picture) are sold in Minsk. Recently found the production of Germany (possibly fake) as in the last photo.

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  12. Sabre

    Sabre Well-Known Member

    It's nice to see Contour badged Slalom's, the equivalent packaged carts were good. I have no idea when they were downgraded to cheap Vectors.
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  13. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    Gillette made an irreversible error in abandoning the original Atra IMO.
    The Mach III drove me to an electric.
  14. matthewoli98

    matthewoli98 Well-Known Member

    The contour was my first Razor, before that i used electric.

    My dad lent it to me but after researching how much replacement blades cost (a cringe worthy amount), i bit the bullet and bought my first safety razor in the middle of last year.

    Ive never looked back. Ill still use the contour as a travel razor but only when wherever im traveling doesnt have de blades since the blades are often restricted especially onboard aircraft.

    The contour is a great razor, in my opinion miles better than modern gillettes like the fusion.

    The only issue ive ever had was that they tended to clog, but not a huge issue if you know how to unclog a razor. I used to run it over the palm of my hand in the opposite direction you would when shaving and this unclogged it like a charm.

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