05-17-2014, 02:44 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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Use Google.com to search for
<The Montreal Gazette - Nov 16, 1971>
and browse to page 9.

I had bought one earlier in 1971. It came in a sturdy plastic case.
[Image: i-5vhzTfW-X3.jpg]

Here (a bit banged up) is what it looks like outside of the case:
[Image: i-67WHPGp-X3.jpg]

Political correctness in 1971 had not evolved to 2014 levels:
[Image: i-wWrB8QZ-X3.jpg]

And the "owner's manual" was almost as explicit as the one for a new car:
[Image: i-mxNbTjF-X3.jpg]

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 05-17-2014, 03:10 PM
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This is a very nice find of what many people consider the first "true cartridge" razor with a single blade. It was on the market before Gillette had the TRAC II on the market. Again it takes many queues from the injectors of the time as far as loading and looks are concerned.

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 05-17-2014, 04:24 PM
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Wilkinson certainly played up the "tech" angle, even in their advertising:

[Image: WqN9QcS.jpg]

I've been told that this was an excellent razor. Sorry I never got to try it.

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 05-17-2014, 06:52 PM
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  • Leo K.
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Fascinating! I like the design too.

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 05-17-2014, 07:13 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(05-17-2014, 03:10 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: This is a very nice find of what many people consider the first "true cartridge" razor with a single blade.

It was not difficult to find. Smile I have never thrown away or otherwise disposed of any shaving instrument (other than replaceable blades) that I ever have used. I have this box in the hall closet . . .

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 05-17-2014, 08:17 PM
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  • CMur12
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I have never actually used one of these, but everything I have read about them is very positive.

- Murray

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 05-18-2014, 10:12 AM
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That is a very interesting looking razor. Thanks for sharing.
Do you still shave with it?

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 05-18-2014, 10:49 AM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(05-18-2014, 10:12 AM)celestino Wrote: That is a very interesting looking razor. Thanks for sharing.
Do you still shave with it?

The Wilkinson Bonded Blade razor was very heavily advertised, and became a very popular razor, in 1970, and for a few years thereafter. That specific razor in the photo is the one that I purchased sometime late in 1970 or very early in 1971, and it was the only razor that I used, shaving daily, until whenever it was that the popularity of the later Gillette Trac II basically pushed the Wilkinson Bonded Blade off the shelves -- retailers using Wilkinson's shelf space for Trac IIs -- maybe a year after the Trac II first was introduced.

The only Wilkinson replacement blade that I own is the one that is still in the razor, which I assume I used for a few days until I needed to replace it, and (if memory serves) the reason I bought a Trac II was that I no longer could purchase Wilkinson Bonded Blades at local retail stores.

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 05-21-2014, 10:50 PM
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The original version was the T70 which is slightly different from the Bonded Shaving System. I have three later versions of the Bonded razor (and five of those above) which is again slightly different (they resemble the Trac II/WII) and not one I have seen on eBay, they tend to be the version above.

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 05-22-2014, 05:51 AM
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  • Johnny
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Nice collection of old Wilkinson's.

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 05-22-2014, 07:25 AM
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Hopefully I will grab a T70 one day, they have been quite expensive on eBay. The Bonded Razors are a lot more common and inexpensive.

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 05-23-2014, 04:40 PM
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  • Leo K.
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Sabre, I always enjoy reading your posts.

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 05-23-2014, 07:55 PM
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Nice looking razors. Smile

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 07-31-2014, 06:35 AM
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  • Jax
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Can the bonded blades be used with the T70?
Witch one is the better shaver?
Does anyone know?

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 08-02-2014, 07:27 AM
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(07-31-2014, 06:35 AM)Jax Wrote: Can the bonded blades be used with the T70?
Witch one is the better shaver?
Does anyone know?

I haven't got a T70 handle, but I imagine the carts are identical with just slightly different handle designs. I believe I have both T70 and Bonded Razor System Carts.

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 08-02-2014, 03:42 PM
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  • Gago
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Very interesting razor, nice post Smile
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 09-05-2014, 12:55 PM
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Hallo everyone,
my Name is Markus, 51 years old and I'm new on this board.
I've red that some of you like the T70 System and couldn't get blades or tried to buy the T70 rasor handle.
I inherited a box of new T70 blades in original packing, even new handles with blades, also in original packing.
I intend to sell all blades und handles.
Maybe I try it with ebay.

Markus

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 08-25-2016, 07:03 AM
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(05-17-2014, 02:44 PM)Mel S Meles Wrote: Can you tell me a little info on this sample razor? I know it's from 1970. [Image: FqjJLjY.jpg][Image: KXJT3jO.jpg]Use Google.com to search for
<The Montreal Gazette - Nov 16, 1971>
and browse to page 9.

I had bought one earlier in 1971. It came in a sturdy plastic case.
[Image: i-5vhzTfW-X3.jpg]

Here (a bit banged up) is what it looks like outside of the case:
[Image: i-67WHPGp-X3.jpg]

Political correctness in 1971 had not evolved to 2014 levels:
[Image: i-wWrB8QZ-X3.jpg]

And the "owner's manual" was almost as explicit as the one for a new car:
[Image: i-mxNbTjF-X3.jpg]

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 08-25-2016, 09:35 AM
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(05-17-2014, 02:44 PM)Mel S Meles Wrote: Use Google.com to search for
<The Montreal Gazette - Nov 16, 1971>
and browse to page 9.

I had bought one earlier in 1971. It came in a sturdy plastic case.
[Image: i-5vhzTfW-X3.jpg]

Here (a bit banged up) is what it looks like outside of the case:
[Image: i-67WHPGp-X3.jpg]

Political correctness in 1971 had not evolved to 2014 levels:
[Image: i-wWrB8QZ-X3.jpg]

And the "owner's manual" was almost as explicit as the one for a new car:
[Image: i-mxNbTjF-X3.jpg]

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 09-08-2016, 06:54 PM
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  • chazt
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Boy, does this bring back memories. The very first razor I ever bought was a Wilkinson Bonded. Must have been mid to late '72. Sure wish I still had it. Like stated above, I stopped using it when blades became unavailable locally.

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