05-17-2014, 03:11 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
  • On the edge, ouch
  • 44.4899° south of the North Pole
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Before the Wilkinson Bonded Shaving System (1970), Gillette had a cartridge razor called the Techmatic. The blade was a band of flexible steel that wound (one direction only, like 35 mm camera film) between two spools inside the cartridge, and each full swing on the "rapid film advance" lever on the top of the cartridge exposed a complete new surface. I purchased a Gillette Techmatic Adjustable in the fall of 1968, and it was my "go-to" razor for a couple of years:

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 05-17-2014, 04:17 PM
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Used by astronaut Michael Collins aboard Apollo 11.

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 05-17-2014, 05:28 PM
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From personal experience I rate this as one very lousy razor regardless of Gillette trying it out on space flights.

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 05-17-2014, 06:00 PM
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  • geezer
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  • Menomonie, Western WI
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I had one that I liked for a couple years. When they changed to cartridge razors, the Techmatic blade quality went down. Then when they went from trac II to the atra, they reduced quality of the previous cartridges.
Nothing new under the sun!
~Richard

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 05-17-2014, 06:54 PM
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  • Leo K.
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  • Mankato MN
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I like this razor's design the more I see it. I might even buy one just to have it!

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 05-18-2014, 10:13 AM
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Another very interesting razor! Thanks for sharing. I had never seen one before.

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 05-18-2014, 03:00 PM
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  • Jack
  • Old School
  • Long Island
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I ran afoul of the techmatic in the fall of '68 - POS.

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 05-18-2014, 11:58 PM
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(05-17-2014, 06:00 PM)geezer Wrote: I had one that I liked for a couple years. When they changed to cartridge razors, the Techmatic blade quality went down. Then when they went from trac II to the atra, they reduced quality of the previous cartridges.
Nothing new under the sun!
~Richard

I have a friend that has his family in India send him Indian made sensor cartridges. He says the ones produced in the US are no longer any good in comparison.

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 05-25-2014, 07:30 PM
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  • freddy
  • Banned
  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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(05-17-2014, 05:28 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: From personal experience I rate this as one very lousy razor regardless of Gillette trying it out on space flights.

(05-18-2014, 03:00 PM)Jack Wrote: I ran afoul of the techmatic in the fall of '68 - POS.

I couldn't agree more. Talk about your basic slice and dice shave! A47

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