09-16-2017, 02:50 PM
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It's been awhile since I used my Gillette Trac II razor. It was the first cartridge razor Gillette introduced. It did not have a pivot head and only had 2 blades. This was, IMO an almost perfect design. I used this razor exclusively for many years until I discovered this forum. Then I went back to DE razors and the new SE razors.

So I took it for a spin today and I have to say, it still gives a great close shave. 

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 09-16-2017, 02:56 PM
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This is the razor that I left a Shick injector for and longed for once the pivoting head arrived ( hated those). I was unaware at the time that I could still get the trac II or I may have never got disgusted enough to return to my DE roots.

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 09-16-2017, 03:27 PM
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(09-16-2017, 02:56 PM)Lipripper60 Wrote: This is the razor that I left a Shick injector for and longed for once the pivoting head arrived ( hated those). I was unaware at the time that I could still get the trac II or I may have never got disgusted enough to return to my DE roots.

You can still buy after-market handles for the blades. Of course you can still buy the blades.

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 09-16-2017, 05:12 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(09-16-2017, 02:50 PM)shave/brush Wrote: It's been awhile since I used my Gillette Trac II razor. It was the first cartridge razor Gillette introduced. It did not have a pivot head and only had 2 blades. This was, IMO an almost perfect design. I used this razor exclusively for many years ... .

I completely¯  empathize.  

For more than a quarter-century, I used a nice TracII-compatible handle with Wilkinson WII cartridges, prepping my beard with Col. Conk Amber shaving soap lathered with a pretty good Vulfix Super Badger brush.  I knew then — and I was right — that I had found a combination better than anything other men of my generation were using.


(09-16-2017, 02:50 PM)shave/brush Wrote: So I took it for a spin today and I have to say, it still gives a great close shave.

It does.  From time to time, I load part of my stash of NOS Wilkinson WII cartridges into the handles that I still own.  
Sometimes, the magic works.

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 09-17-2017, 05:48 AM
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It was a great idea that Gillette had at the time. By today's standards it still is a great idea. I get close shaves without any irritation. I think I will start using it more often.

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 09-17-2017, 08:53 AM
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I got one for free in Vegas from the Encore! I haven't used it yet, saving it for a flight which is the reason I'd not have my DE -

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 09-17-2017, 09:20 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Well, I have this. Last Christmas, a good friend from another forum sent me this along with a Rockwell 6s and a few other things. As you can see, the demo razor is enclosed. I don't know if I ever decide to try it out, but it's a nice piece in my small vintage collection!


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 09-17-2017, 10:13 AM
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That is cool nikos.a. I never it packaged like that before.

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 03-11-2018, 02:47 PM
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(09-16-2017, 03:27 PM)shave/brush Wrote:
(09-16-2017, 02:56 PM)Lipripper60 Wrote: This is the razor that I left a Shick injector for and longed for once the pivoting head arrived ( hated those). I was unaware at the time that I could still get the trac II or I may have never got disgusted enough to return to my DE roots.

You can still buy after-market handles for the blades. Of course you can still buy the blades.

Can anyone recommend a good source and/or brand for Trac-II compatible blades? Especially ones without a lube-strip if they exist. It's never bad to have a cartridge for flights.

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 03-12-2018, 01:03 AM
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(03-11-2018, 02:47 PM)Gig103 Wrote:
(09-16-2017, 03:27 PM)shave/brush Wrote:
(09-16-2017, 02:56 PM)Lipripper60 Wrote: This is the razor that I left a Shick injector for and longed for once the pivoting head arrived ( hated those). I was unaware at the time that I could still get the trac II or I may have never got disgusted enough to return to my DE roots.

You can still buy after-market handles for the blades. Of course you can still buy the blades.

Can anyone recommend a good source and/or brand for Trac-II compatible blades? Especially ones without a lube-strip if they exist. It's never bad to have a cartridge for flights.

NOS Gillette, Schick and Wilkinson Sword carts are available on eBay.  I am not personally  a fan of Personna or Dorco twin blade carts.

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 03-12-2018, 04:59 AM
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I prefer using the Gillette brand. I don't use it that often so the price is no big deal.

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 03-13-2018, 06:59 AM
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(03-11-2018, 02:47 PM)Gig103 Wrote:
(09-16-2017, 03:27 PM)shave/brush Wrote:
(09-16-2017, 02:56 PM)Lipripper60 Wrote: This is the razor that I left a Shick injector for and longed for once the pivoting head arrived ( hated those). I was unaware at the time that I could still get the trac II or I may have never got disgusted enough to return to my DE roots.

You can still buy after-market handles for the blades. Of course you can still buy the blades.

Can anyone recommend a good source and/or brand for Trac-II compatible blades? Especially ones without a lube-strip if they exist. It's never bad to have a cartridge for flights.

I use the Personna twin blade cartridges.  I don't use them often because I prefer DE, but they are the only cartridge I can use without getting razor bumps.  I don't like the lube strips though, so I cut it out before I use them.

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 03-13-2018, 01:22 PM
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The razor certainly started a revolution.

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 03-19-2018, 11:41 AM
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  • Deuce
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This had been my travel razor for years, and have recently brought my old Atra into the travel bag rotation. The big advantage for me is ZERO irritation, plus I can travel with it.

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 03-19-2018, 12:01 PM
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(03-19-2018, 11:41 AM)Deuce Wrote: This had been my travel razor for years, and have recently brought my old Atra into the travel bag rotation. The big advantage for me is ZERO irritation, plus I can travel with it.

If your technique is good you should not get irritation with any razor. You are just more app to get irritation from a more aggressive razor.

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 03-21-2018, 08:53 AM
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(09-16-2017, 02:50 PM)shave/brush Wrote: It's been awhile since I used my Gillette Trac II razor. It was the first cartridge razor Gillette introduced. It did not have a pivot head and only had 2 blades. This was, IMO an almost perfect design. I used this razor exclusively for many years until I discovered this forum. Then I went back to DE razors and the new SE razors.

So I took it for a spin today and I have to say, it still gives a great close shave. 

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This is what I used when Wilkinson Bonded blades were no longer available locally. At the time I thought it was a step up from the Wilkinson system. Then Gillette came out with “upgraded” handles and cartridges every so often and I willingly drank their Kool-Aid. Once that happened I tossed my Trac II handle. Now I’m sorry I did. Although I haven’t used a Trac II in Years, in retrospect it was clearly better than any other “new and improved” system they’ve introduced since.

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 03-21-2018, 09:08 AM
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I believe it is the best cartridge razor ever made. I just don't care for the ones that pivot.

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 03-27-2018, 12:05 PM
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Here's my Deluxe Trac-ll.

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