08-20-2016, 02:38 AM
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I recently had a 1932 Canadian tech passed on to my, it belonged to my wife's late grandfather. It was a little dirty when I got it but surprisingly no rust. After a soak in scrubbing bubbles this this looked amazing considering its age. I loaded a fresh GSB and went to town. What an amazing shave, very impressed. The only issue I had with it was that I didn't like the short handle, so I replaced it with the one from my EJ 89L and now I find it feels much better in my hand. I love this razor so much that I will be looking to get rid of my ATT S1. The S1 is a very well made piece of hardware, but for me the tech wins hands down.

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 08-20-2016, 06:22 AM
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I've been using my Fat Handle all week.  Excellent with a sharp blade.

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 08-20-2016, 06:30 AM
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Is it a pre-war Canadian Tech?  In other words, does it have triangular holes in the baseplate?  

I have one of those heads and it's an amazing shaver.  Smooth, comfortable, efficient.  


By the way, the numbers 1932 on the baseplate do not mean that it was made in 1932.  They all say that on them.

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 08-20-2016, 09:23 AM
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It is the pre-war tech. I think I may have the head re-played and look for a custom handle. I understand that the pre-war techs were all stamped 1932 in ref to the patent year not the actual production year.

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 08-22-2016, 07:43 AM
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  • chazt
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  • Bayside, NY
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Big love for old Techs, here! I have three that are all incredible shavers. My first was an E1 (birth-quarter; my first vintage razor) in near mint condition. This razor unleashed a torrent of RAD! My other Techs are a mid-60s made in England, nickel-plated brass basket-weave handle also on near mint shape, and a black and gold Contract Tech with triangular holes. The gold is worn in places and the paint has begun to wear off the handle here and there, but this is one of my favorite shaving razors. Close, smooth and efficient. Will take and post new photos later...

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 08-22-2016, 07:57 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I have two Techs with aluminum handles. Both are made in England with code R4( 4th quarter of 1971). Nice, mild shavers.


Actually, this is the second Tech I have, which I bought today for a few euros. It's very easy to find them here in antique stores and flea markets.

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 08-22-2016, 08:06 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I bet it's unused. These photos were taken before cleaning it.

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 08-22-2016, 09:00 AM
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Nice, Nick.  That first one is a Zamak head.  The second one looks amazingly pristine!

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 08-22-2016, 09:08 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Thanks, Randall.

It's the same razor from a different angle.

The first Tech I found a few months ago was in great shape too.

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 08-22-2016, 09:25 AM
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I love my techs and feather portable.

I can get just as good of a shave with a tech as with any more aggressive razor.

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 08-22-2016, 10:48 AM
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There's currently an English Flat Bottom on auction at eBay, but the seller is in Australia and the finish has flaws. So, win auction, pay shipping, replate. Just too much hassle and expense -- but that's the Tech I'd be after so I keep looking.

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 08-22-2016, 11:25 AM
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  • chazt
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Nick, your basket weave Tech looks great!

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 08-22-2016, 11:58 AM
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Love that particular model so much I got a backup! I find it every bit as good as the rarer and more hyped English Flat-Bottom (1st from left), with the added benefit of being far easier to find.

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 08-22-2016, 12:17 PM
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  • nikos.a
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(08-22-2016, 11:25 AM)chazt Wrote: Nick, your basket weave Tech looks great!
Thanks, Charlie.


In my opinion, the Tech head works perfectly with a heavier stainless steel handle.

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 08-22-2016, 01:51 PM
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  • chazt
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Snapped a few pics of my Techs with this dopey old iphone earlier. Here are mine.

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 08-22-2016, 05:20 PM
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I won a friend to be a DE razor user.  

His name is J. J. And he loves shaving with a double edge razor.

I gave him some blades and some soap. 

And the razor which I gave him is a Gillette Tech.

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 08-22-2016, 08:11 PM
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  • chazt
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You're a good friend.

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 08-23-2016, 06:05 AM
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This morning I dusted off my pristine (near-mint) Canadian pre-war Tech and put it onto a UFO Kaiser short handle for my shave.  

I hadn't used this particular Tech in a while (I have two other Techs, a Hybrid and an American post-war), and I had forgotten just how great this Canadian pre-war Tech shaves.  Wow.  What a great razor.

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 08-23-2016, 10:42 AM
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  • chazt
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I've read many people's reports praising Canadian Techs. They seem to be available in fewer numbers than their U.S. made counterparts.

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 08-23-2016, 11:10 AM
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You darned enablers!  A Tech was on my someday list and you guys are trying to push me over the edge Wink

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