10-12-2016, 07:02 PM
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Hybrid Tech, which I think is all brass.


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 10-12-2016, 07:04 PM
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English flat bottom Techs, which I think are all brass.


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 10-12-2016, 07:07 PM
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(10-12-2016, 06:52 PM)Streambrewer Wrote:
(10-12-2016, 06:38 PM)TobyC Wrote:
(10-12-2016, 06:22 PM)Streambrewer Wrote: It's been more difficult for me to find the bakelite top cap, but here are two apparently steel versions, with and without the enamel, and with two of different handles and cases.  

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I'm not arguing with you, I really don't know, but I've seen some like the one on the left that were advertised as having an aluminum cap. How sure are you that those are steel?

Ha, no, not taking it that way at all.  It's hard to say what the alloy is truly with my limited knowledge in metallurgy.  It feels heavier than aluminum, and seems to have only a week magnetic connection.  Odd really, but they appear solid, but I have had a number that appeared solid and weren't.  So--somewhat sure that there is some steel in there but not much more.

Interesting, thanks!  Thumbsup

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 10-13-2016, 04:28 AM
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Sorry OP but I think your premise is flawed. I have Techs that are easily 70yrs old at least and look brand spanking new. They shave beautifully, and nary a flaw on either of them. The idea that the underlying metal even matters is a bit silly to me. A lot of people say American manufacturing (or just manufacturing generally) used to be of a higher quality "back in the day", which is why you have yuppies scouring Williamsburg flea markets for old cast iron pans and original Crock-Pot slow cookers. The old Gillettes, particularly the Tech and NEW, stand out as examples of such quality.

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 10-13-2016, 03:18 PM
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(10-12-2016, 06:02 AM)- TobyC Wrote: Triangle slot Techs are all brass, square ended caps on any Tech are brass except for the very uncommon aluminum ones, this style handle, either the thick or thin one, is brass.


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This style cap is Zamak.



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Some of these handles are aluminum.


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As far as I know, all of this style handle are aluminum.


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This discussion is very interesting. Regarding the composition of basketweave handles, like you pointed out, are generally considered to be aluminum. Mine, shown below, was made in England, presumably no later than the mid 1960s according to the gentleman I bought it from. He said it was something he'd never seen before - a non-aluminum basketweave handle. At the time it didn't mean much to me, but now it seems something of an asterisk in Tech lore. I broke out the old balance beam and weighed each of the handles. The basketweave handle is 36.95 grams, the E1 ball end handle is 36.65 grams, and the Contract Tech handle is a paltry 26.9 grams.

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 10-14-2016, 06:56 AM
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What about the Tech Ball End razors? 

Is there any way to tell which ones are brass and which aren't (year, markings)?

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 10-16-2016, 03:26 PM
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(10-12-2016, 07:04 PM)TobyC Wrote: English flat bottom Techs, which I think are all brass.


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Excellent collection of Techs.  Clap

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 10-23-2016, 08:14 AM
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My collection, which includes many different Gillette Tech razors, are all constructed from brass and plated with either nickel, silver, or gold.
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 10-24-2016, 09:33 AM
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Quite a selection there.  I'd be glad to try out one of those Fat Boys for you!  Sbathroom_grooming_shaving_100-100

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 10-24-2016, 01:43 PM
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(10-12-2016, 07:02 PM)TobyC Wrote: Hybrid Tech, which I think is all brass.


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Yep.  All brass, and rhodium plated, too!  Sweet razor.

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 08-29-2019, 05:41 PM
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There is a small spot of corrosion on bottom 
Of the base plate the handle mostly misses it
While screwed on what I want to know is
Is there anything I can put on that spot that has
Has had some success?
All Advice is well appreciated.

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 08-29-2019, 05:49 PM
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Pre WW2 were all brass, wartime razors a mix of non brass materials, return to brass after Korean War, then to Zamak heads in US from about '64 on. Except when they're aluminum.

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