09-20-2018, 10:50 AM
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I have noticed that the heads of a 1956 red tip and a 1974 Super Adjustable (109) seem to be identical. Is there really much difference in the heads of various Gillette TTOs? Obviously the differences in handles, weight, and balance can make a difference, but are the heads mostly the same?

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 09-20-2018, 10:56 AM
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  • nikos.a
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They feel different when you shave, even if they look the same. I guess the answer you're looking for is the gap of each razor head.

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 09-20-2018, 01:15 PM
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(09-20-2018, 10:50 AM)Ilnones Wrote: I have noticed that the heads of a 1956 red tip and a 1974 Super Adjustable (109) seem to be identical. Is there really much difference in the heads of various Gillette TTOs?...

No. The basic configuration of the Tech was incorporated in all the TTOs whether fixed or adjustable.

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 09-20-2018, 01:50 PM
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(09-20-2018, 01:15 PM)jmudrick Wrote:
(09-20-2018, 10:50 AM)Ilnones Wrote: I have noticed that the heads of a 1956 red tip and a 1974 Super Adjustable (109) seem to be identical. Is there really much difference in the heads of various Gillette TTOs?...

No. The basic configuration of the Tech was incorporated in all the TTOs whether fixed or adjustable.

Explain please.

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 09-20-2018, 02:12 PM
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All incorporate solid safety bar with lather cutouts , thin stamped brass with diamond indent for rigidity, and flattish blade platform of similar width, as introduced with the Tech c.1939. Differences in the head are pretty much gap and configuration of the top cap.
(09-20-2018, 01:50 PM)chazt Wrote:
(09-20-2018, 01:15 PM)jmudrick Wrote:
(09-20-2018, 10:50 AM)Ilnones Wrote: I have noticed that the heads of a 1956 red tip and a 1974 Super Adjustable (109) seem to be identical. Is there really much difference in the heads of various Gillette TTOs?...

No. The basic configuration of the Tech was incorporated in all the TTOs whether fixed or adjustable.

Explain please.
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 09-20-2018, 02:26 PM
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I discent. These are two SS (flare tip and "regular"). There is a difference in curvature that IME has an effect on the shave experience. 

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I don't know the particulars of the two models mentioned by the OP.

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 09-20-2018, 02:34 PM
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We're quibbling over the magnitude of the differences. Of course there are perceptible differences but the basic design language is the same. Compare Gillette adjustables to their antecedents the Progress, Mikron, and Gibbs and the differences and similarities are in better perspective.

(09-20-2018, 02:26 PM)lloydrm Wrote: I discent. These are two SS (flare tip and "regular"). There is a difference in curvature that IME has an effect on the shave experience. 

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I don't know the particulars of the two models mentioned by the OP.

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 09-20-2018, 02:41 PM
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I always had the impression that the Blue, Black and Red tips were the same gap but the weight of the handles is what separated them and made each or the other different?

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 09-20-2018, 02:54 PM
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Published Gaps

Light "Blue Tip" Super Speed 0.020 0.508  
Regular "Flare Tip" Super Speed 0.025 0.635  
Heavy "Red Tip" Super Speed 0.030 0.762

Red Tip gap approximately equal to Slim on setting 4.

You'd be right that the difference in gap is not really that much between the regular and heavy super speed.

(09-20-2018, 02:41 PM)Garb Wrote: I always had the impression that the Blue, Black and Red tips were the same gap but the weight of the handles is what separated them and made each or the other different?

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 09-20-2018, 03:06 PM
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(09-20-2018, 02:34 PM)jmudrick Wrote: We're quibbling over the magnitude of the differences. Of course there are perceptible differences but the basic design language is the same. Compare Gillette adjustables to their antecedents the Progress, Mikron, and Gibbs and the differences and similarities are in better perspective.

I see your point.

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