02-04-2014, 07:56 AM
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  • Fuggles
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Hey guys,

I'm thinking of ordering an EJ DE89, but I was wondering how mild a shaver it is compared to a 60's era Gillette Tech (my current "go-to" razor.)
I really like the Tech.

Cheers!

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 02-04-2014, 08:52 AM
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Personally, I find the EJ89 a bit more effective and smoother than the Techs which I have never gotten along with, but you might find, otherwise. They are a very good shaver, but I would highly recommend the Merkur Progress to give you more versatility with your shaves. I think the Progress might just be the best all-around shaver being that it is an adjustable.
Best of luck. Smile

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 02-04-2014, 08:57 AM
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(02-04-2014, 08:52 AM)celestino Wrote: I think the Progress might just be the best all-around shaver being that it is an adjustable.

+1

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 02-04-2014, 08:58 AM
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It's more aggressive than a 60s Tech, to be sure.

Unlike Celestino, I greatly prefer Tech razors to the DE89. YMMV.

The pre-war Tech (with the triangular holes in the baseplate) is about the same aggressiveness as the DE89 (maybe slightly milder) but is a better razor (IMO). If you can get your hands on a Canadian made pre-war Tech (most of the say 1932 underneath the baseplate) you can have essentially the same aggressiveness as a DE89 in the Tech format.

I'd choose either the U.S. or the Canadian pre-war Tech over a DE89 anyday of the week, but opinions about razors vary. The DE89 was one of my least-favorite razors (I actually had the Muhle R89, but it's the same head). I sold it. I still have two pre-war fat-handle Techs in my arsenal.

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 02-04-2014, 09:35 AM
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Another option can be the British Techs. They are generally slightly more efficient than the US Techs.

Specially the 40's flat bottom English Techs, they are extremely interesting razors. They are basically a closed-comb version of the Gillete Brit. NEW/7 O'Clock razor:

[Image: P1050536.jpg]

Exactly the same head geometry, the only difference being the safety bar...

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 02-04-2014, 10:10 PM
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I have many types of Tech, Thin Handle and Fat Handle, and concur with Celestino; the British (English) Tech shaves the best. They are a little heftier. I have been looking for one of the more recent new types as per below, but so far no luck. I have New Types, but not one of these:

(Thanks to Mr Razor)

http://www.mr-razor.com/Rasierer/The%20N...ngland.JPG

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 02-05-2014, 02:35 AM
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Those Brit. NEWs are very nice shavers, and my favourite NEWs, so far.

There's a 7 O'Clock model that is the very same razor, same head geometry, only re-branded with the 7 O'Clock logo instead of the Gillette logo (see also the photo above for a comparison between the Brit. 40's Tech, the 7 O'Clock and the Brit. NEW):

[Image: P1040653_2.jpg]

[Image: P1040589.jpg]

They are quite common on this side of the pond, much more than their American counterparts. Take a look at the British ebay, there's always a few popping up.

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 02-05-2014, 02:42 AM
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The ultimate tech is the feather as d1 / d2

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 02-05-2014, 07:59 AM
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What these Gillette NEWs I keep reading about?

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 02-05-2014, 08:52 AM
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(02-05-2014, 07:59 AM)Fuggles Wrote: What these Gillette NEWs I keep reading about?
The NEW is an open-comb razor from the 1930s. They were "new" because they used the new Gillette blades that had a slot down the middle, not just 3 holes. That was a way for Gillette to re-assert their patent concept by making a razor that only worked with their blades. All modern blades have both the slot and holes.

There are several variations of NEW. I have the long-comb and it's one of my favorite razors. Google "Gillette NEW long comb"
and I'm sure you will see lots of images. Even though the Open comb razors may look scary and aggressive, they are not. The NEW is more aggressive than a Tech, but not by much.

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 02-05-2014, 09:00 AM
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Good luck with the Techs. Biggrin

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 02-05-2014, 09:14 AM
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(02-05-2014, 08:52 AM)bjorney Wrote:
(02-05-2014, 07:59 AM)Fuggles Wrote: What these Gillette NEWs I keep reading about?
The NEW is an open-comb razor from the 1930s. They were "new" because they used the new Gillette blades that had a slot down the middle, not just 3 holes. That was a way for Gillette to re-assert their patent concept by making a razor that only worked with their blades. All modern blades have both the slot and holes.

There are several variations of NEW. I have the long-comb and it's one of my favorite razors. Google "Gillette NEW long comb"
and I'm sure you will see lots of images. Even though the Open comb razors may look scary and aggressive, they are not. The NEW is more aggressive than a Tech, but not by much.

Actually, just look up at oversaturn's pictures of the 7 O'Clock razors. The NEW long-comb looks almost exactly like that. (The "slot" on a US NEW does not go completely through the baseplate).

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 02-08-2014, 10:14 AM
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the 89 is with doubt the best in my opinion, i through a solid SS handle on mine , but the one that comes with it is very stylish
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 02-08-2014, 11:41 AM
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I have the DE89L lined version. It gives a better grip when wet. I chose the de89l over the de89 for that reason. As for shaving, it is a great razor. I get a clean, smooth shave with it using Derby blades. You can make this razor more aggressive by choosing sharper blades such as Astra SP's or other sharp blades. I don't know anything about Techs but I would think the EJ has got to be easier to find.

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 02-09-2014, 04:22 PM
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(02-05-2014, 02:35 AM)oversaturn Wrote: Those Brit. NEWs are very nice shavers, and my favourite NEWs, so far.

There's a 7 O'Clock model that is the very same razor, same head geometry, only re-branded with the 7 O'Clock logo instead of the Gillette logo (see also the photo above for a comparison between the Brit. 40's Tech, the 7 O'Clock and the Brit. NEW):

[Image: P1040653_2.jpg]

[Image: P1040589.jpg]

They are quite common on this side of the pond, much more than their American counterparts. Take a look at the British ebay, there's always a few popping up.

Oversaturn, what is the history on the 7 o'clock razor? Who made it and when? Did see one on UK ebay and it appears to be oldish. Understand the British New is a very nice shaver. Thanks!

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 10-01-2014, 08:30 AM
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(02-09-2014, 04:22 PM)john parker Wrote: Oversaturn, what is the history on the 7 o'clock razor? Who made it and when? Did see one on UK ebay and it appears to be oldish. Understand the British New is a very nice shaver. Thanks!

Ooops! Only now I've seen this! Sorry for the late response... Blush

For what I can understand, 7 O'Clock was an independent company. Probably British, but I'm not sure about that.

Gillette bought out the 7 O'Clock company in the late 20's/early 30's. Very much like they did to the german Rotbart-Mond company, a few years later.

Today, the 7 O'Clock brand is just another brand in the Gillette/P&G universe.

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 10-05-2014, 08:43 AM
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(02-04-2014, 08:52 AM)celestino Wrote: Personally, I find the EJ89 a bit more effective and smoother than the Techs

I have Gillette Tech's razors and the EJ89 with modified handle
The EJ shaves a little bit deeper and better.

celestino Wrote:but I would highly recommend the Merkur Progress to give you more versatility with your shaves.

I have that razor too
I can't say that shaves better than my EJ but for sure better than Gillette Tech
Those adjustable razors never gave me the feeling of the Open Comb's and turning the number in the knob higher didn't make me feel satisfied.
That kind of Classic head never pleased me as i wanted.

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