02-11-2017, 09:21 AM
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I just picked up a Gillette Tech made in Canada that for some reason has the year 1932, if that is a year, stamped on it but has a Gillette date code for 1952. I have long favoured my 1951 Gillette Aristocrat, but I have to say that this Canadian made Tech actually seems better. I don't know if it's the blade angle, but it's a fantastic razor to shave with. Anybody else have experience with this razor?

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 02-11-2017, 10:20 AM
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According to my source - razorarchive - Gillette didn't use date codes between 1931 and 1951. And according to mr-razor the Tech entered production in 1939, while razorarchive states 1938... so 1932 would be wrong regardless.

Could it be not a year, but a serial number for someone working in the military? I own a GEM Micromatic Clug Pruf - generously PIFed from a fellow Nooker - that have 2836 inexpertly scratched into the cap... my assumption is that it's some form of service number.

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 02-11-2017, 10:27 AM
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1932 is a very common Patent year for Canadian Gillettes. If you look to the left of the patent year you'll probably find "Pat.Canada". 
Canadian Techs are fine razors. If its a pre war (triangular slots on the sides), even better IMO.

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 02-11-2017, 03:15 PM
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I have used all the varieties of Tech and rate the Canadian highly. The best of mine is the 4-piece Canadian tech, the one with the handle that assembles from two parts, probably a travelling razor.

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 02-11-2017, 07:01 PM
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Triangular slots should be pre-ww2. Oval slots are after, and a bit milder. I'm assuming yours are oval slots.

The Canadian pre-war tech is probably my second favorite, next to the English Flat bottomed tech.

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 04-23-2017, 02:07 PM
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I've also read speculation that the 1932 might be a reference to the year of King Camp Gillette's death.

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