10-11-2015, 07:09 AM
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  • Leo K.
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(10-08-2015, 06:06 AM)Sabre Wrote:
(10-04-2015, 10:06 AM)Leo K. Wrote: That's a beautiful Trac II. I'm fascinated by the variations in the handle design. I wish I had more history on the making of the Trac II.

I have only seen two styles, apart from demonstrators.  Are you aware of any others?

Sorry for the late reply Sabre. I see a variation in the metal spine along the back of the handle. Here is a photo of my modest collection of Trac II's. The second handle (from the left) is a Deluxe from 1972. The metal spine is flat in comparison with the third (1973) and fourth (1976) handle metal spines, which are rounded along the edge. 

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 10-11-2015, 07:22 AM
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A very nice collection.  I like the first one best.

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 10-12-2015, 12:26 PM
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(10-11-2015, 07:09 AM)Leo K. Wrote:
(10-08-2015, 06:06 AM)Sabre Wrote:
(10-04-2015, 10:06 AM)Leo K. Wrote: That's a beautiful Trac II. I'm fascinated by the variations in the handle design. I wish I had more history on the making of the Trac II.

I have only seen two styles, apart from demonstrators.  Are you aware of any others?

Sorry for the late reply Sabre. I see a variation in the metal spine along the back of the handle. Here is a photo of my modest collection of Trac II's. The second handle (from the left) is a Deluxe from 1972. The metal spine is flat in comparison with the third (1973) and fourth (1976) handle metal spines, which are rounded along the edge. 
You know I have never noticed Blush . I have two or three more Trac II's since I posted. I will have to check it out ...

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 10-13-2015, 07:08 PM
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  • nunhgrader
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Cool - thread - I have a few and a stainless aftermarket handle that I love - I love to use for touchups!

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 10-27-2015, 02:50 PM
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If I had to go back to a cartridge the Trac 2 would be it.  I started with it in high school (71) and IMO it's still the best cart out there.  I would use the non-lube carts though.

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 10-27-2015, 04:19 PM
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(10-27-2015, 02:50 PM)preidy Wrote: If I had to go back to a cartridge the Trac 2 would be it.  I started with it in high school (71) and IMO it's still the best cart out there.  I would use the non-lube carts though.

The Trac II is my favorite cartridge too. I hate the swivel head that most cartridges now have. The lube strip doesn't bother me.

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 10-29-2015, 12:49 PM
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(10-04-2015, 06:46 AM)shave/brush Wrote: The Trac II was my first cartridge razor and the one I always liked the best. I didn't care for the Atra when it came out or the multi-blade ones today. I don't like any of the ones with a pivot head. I feel I have more control and a better feel with the non-pivot head.
Here is a picture of my Trac II I bought around 1973 and a recent after market one with a metal handle. I like the weight of the metal handle one better but I keep my old Trac II for old time sake.

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Where'd you get that metal handle?! Very nice!


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 10-29-2015, 01:43 PM
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I got it online at Em's Place. They no longer have the exact same one but they do have others that are similar to it. Here is a link: 

  http://www.shaveplace.com/products.asp?c...ad+Trac+II

Very nice handles.

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 12-07-2015, 12:09 PM
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Anybody have a source of no lube carts? I can only seem to find the lube strip ones....they get so gooey.

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 12-07-2015, 12:37 PM
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(12-07-2015, 12:09 PM)buickrob Wrote: Anybody have a source of no lube carts?  I can only seem to find the lube strip ones....they get so gooey.

Razorsdirect.com has Gillette 7 O'Clock PII carts without the strip, as does usrazor.com (both 7 O'Clock and Supermax).

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 12-07-2015, 01:44 PM
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Thanks!

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 12-07-2015, 02:35 PM
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(12-07-2015, 12:09 PM)buickrob Wrote: Anybody have a source of no lube carts?  I can only seem to find the lube strip ones....they get so gooey.

Somewhere around here, I have a stash of Wilkinson WII cartridges. (We have lived in the same house for almost 40 years, and I cannot guarantee that I can locate long-ago stashed items with alacrity.) PM me if you cannot find Trac II non-lube cartridges elsewhere.

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 12-09-2015, 07:51 AM
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(12-07-2015, 12:37 PM)rsp1202 Wrote:
(12-07-2015, 12:09 PM)buickrob Wrote: Anybody have a source of no lube carts?  I can only seem to find the lube strip ones....they get so gooey.

Razorsdirect.com has Gillette 7 O'Clock PII carts without the strip, as does usrazor.com (both 7 O'Clock and Supermax).

Thanks for the info...hate those gooey strips!


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 12-09-2015, 12:13 PM
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Gillette Trac II carts without lube strip are currently available on eBay, 10/$41.

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 12-10-2015, 07:08 AM
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(12-09-2015, 12:13 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: Gillette Trac II carts without lube strip are currently available on eBay, 10/$41.

You'd have to really hate that strip to pay that price!

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 12-10-2015, 08:17 AM
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Agreed, I'm sticking to my "Stop & Shop" $2.50 for 10 with lube and the Personna's with lube that I received from a vendor here. I have some Wilkinson carts and you can actually pop the lube strip out of those. I like that, but prefer the other blades....catch 22.

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 12-25-2015, 04:29 AM
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(12-10-2015, 08:17 AM)buickrob Wrote: Agreed, I'm sticking to my "Stop & Shop" $2.50 for 10 with lube and the Personna's with lube that I received from a vendor here. I have some Wilkinson carts and you can actually pop the lube strip out of those. I like that, but prefer the other blades....catch 22.
Lube strips don't bother me either and I'm quite happy with my 3 buck ten pack of Personna blades. And they fit perfectly in my Deluxe Trac II's case.

Clayton

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 12-25-2015, 08:02 AM
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Lube strips don't bother me. I don't know what the big deal is.

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 12-25-2015, 05:52 PM
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(10-29-2015, 01:43 PM)shave/brush Wrote: I got it online at Em's Place. They no longer have the exact same one but they do have others that are similar to it. Here is a link: 

  http://www.shaveplace.com/products.asp?c...ad+Trac+II

Very nice handles.

I just bought this same handle from Em's Place. It was on discount due to some imperfections. I also picked up the plastic adapters so that I could use my Sensor carts, and use the handle with the Trac-II carts with a pivot like the Atra. I used my Deluxe Trac-II handle with one of my Sensor Carts and an adapter I already had this afternoon and recieved a shave that was comfortable and smooth. Now I can do a comparison of the two carts with either handle.

Clayton

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 12-25-2015, 09:23 PM
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Hey 'chevyguy' , sounds like you made out good. Enjoy!

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