03-25-2014, 09:18 AM
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Ok, not sure why...but I ended up buying a Gillette Deluxe Trac II.
It was described to be in near-mint condition and in original box and stuff - for $10 shipped I thought it couldn't be a complete waste of money...or..was it?

Can I still get cartridges for this thing and if so, how does it shave?

Did I do ok?

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 03-25-2014, 02:26 PM
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I know quite a few chaps on the Spanish and Portuguese forums who really enjoy them. I am sure you can find some cartridges for them on ebay, but I am not positive about this.
I think you got a great deal for $10. Good luck with the razor.

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 03-25-2014, 03:26 PM
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(03-25-2014, 02:26 PM)celestino Wrote: I know quite a few chaps on the Spanish and Portuguese forums who really enjoy them. I am sure you can find some cartridges for them on ebay, but I am not positive about this.
I think you got a great deal for $10. Good luck with the razor.

Apparently you can find cartridges both in retail stores here still (Walmart, etc) as well as on eBay.

Will be interesting to see how this thing shaves.....

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 03-25-2014, 03:58 PM
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I think you did great. I still have my Trac II that I bought in 1974. They give a very nice shave. You can get cartridges on Amazon.com.

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 03-25-2014, 04:15 PM
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Trac II and equivalent cartridges are available on e-bay, at Walgreens, CVS, Amazon, Dollar General etc.

BTW: I have one of these as well. I prefer the heavier brass/plating handles to use over these, but it is a good piece of history and you can still use it.

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 03-26-2014, 10:13 AM
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Gillette Trac2 are the best but very expensive so previously mentioned off brands work just fine in particular Personna.

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 03-26-2014, 10:19 AM
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Thanks a bunch.
Any idea what made this model 'Deluxe'?
I believe these were made in the 70's?

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 03-26-2014, 10:45 AM
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Yes, '70s era. It was "deluxe" because of the case and gold tone/brown handle, as opposed to the standard black and chrome. Pure marketing. I've had one, like the looks of it, want another, even though it shaves just like any other Trac II. I prefer the plastic handled Tracs and GII's (European-made) to the aftermarket metal handles since the grip is more secure and not dissimilar to my old fave Schick N-type injectors. Ten bucks is a great deal.

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 03-27-2014, 08:07 PM
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Wow - what a blast from the past for me… Until I started DE shaving in January, I was using Trac II / Astra handles with double blade cartridges - like forever - at least since the late 70s. I didn't know how to prep, and so didn't get the best of shaves. Now that I know a bit better, I gave my nostalgic handle a try, and the shaves aren't half bad - though no competition for my DE. Convenient yes.

I get compatible cartridges at Razors Direct. Their house brand. As cheap as I can find, and you can often find a $5 discount code floating around.

Looking forward to what you think of the Trac II, that deluxe model is a beauty!

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