02-29-2020, 08:43 AM
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  • nikos.a
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  • Athens, Greece
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Some time ago, I found this very nice razor at a flea market. The price was so right that I didn't even think of making a counter offer. Most of the times, these sellers have no idea how much an item actually is worth. I'm sure this was just a vintage Gillette for him, an item that nobody uses these days.

When I' trying to close a deal with these guys, they always ask me what I want it for. My usual answer is that I'm looking to make a gift to a friend that is about to open his own barbershop and he searches for old items to decorate his shop. If you tell them that you are going to use this or you're a collector, the price goes up, you will not get a good deal out of it and probably leave the place with empty hands. This is an advice to people who like to visit such places and want to know how things work with the flea market and antique shop sellers.

Back to the razor now. Before asking for a price, I examined it closely. I noticed that the overall condition of the item was very good, it just needed a good cleaning. I took the wallet out of my pocket and immediately paid the excessive amount of 5 euros he was asking! You get almost nothing with 5 euros these days, except from fast food and coffees. So, it was totally worth it.

I went home and cleaned it thoroughly. I used a hard toothbrush and a concentrated detergent for dishes. We call it Fairy in Europe. I repeated the whole procedure 4-5 times with hot water. After that, it was time for the disinfection. I believe this is a crucial part of the cleaning procedure when you get a used/vintage item. You can never be sure about the health condition of the previous user even if it's a close friend, the storage conditions, where the seller found it etc. Most of the items you see in flea markets were found in garbages or old abandoned houses. So, I always disinfect such items with the Barbicide.

I've been using it lately and thought I'd write a few words about it. I'm sure most of you know this razor. The Tech model is one of the best-sellers ever and you probably have already tried a variation of it. You can easily find one in good condition even today. This particular model is from the 1950s and it's all brass made. The overall weight is very nice, the handle has such an excellent grip that is impossible to slip out of your hands, except if your fingers are full of lather. Then, yes, it's possible to see your razor causing a damage to your sink. It provides good shaves, very smooth. There is absolutely no blade feel. This is the most exciting part about it. I really like razors that shave you without feeling the blade. I tried it with the GSB and the Feather. In both occasions, I got great shaves, but I think I prefer the first one. I'm not a huge fan of Feather in general, but I have a few to use them with milder razors. This is definitely a very mild razor but it does the job good if you find the correct cutting angle, which is pretty easy if you ask me. I'm not looking to get BBS shaves anyway. I just do two passes, a WTG and a XTG. I don't like taking risks. My skin is semi-sensitive and my neck hates the ATG.

If you are one of the few that haven't tried an old Tech, I think it's time to get your hands on one. If we are sharing the same taste, you won't be disappointed...

And here are a few photos to compliment the thread.

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 02-29-2020, 08:55 AM
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(02-29-2020, 08:43 AM)nikos.a Wrote: Some time ago, I found this very nice razor at a flea market. The price was so right that I didn't even think of making a counter offer. Most of the times, these sellers have no idea how much an item actually is worth. I'm sure this was just a vintage Gillette for him, an item that nobody uses these days.

When I' trying to close a deal with these guys, they always ask me what I want it for. My usual answer is that I'm looking to make a gift to a friend that is about to open his own barbershop and he searches for old items to decorate his shop. If you tell them that you are going to use this or you're a collector, the price goes up, you will not get a good deal out of it and probably leave the place with empty hands. This is an advice to people who like to visit such places and want to know how things work with the flea market and antique shop sellers.

Back to the razor now. Before asking for a price, I examined it closely. I noticed that the overall condition of the item was very good, it just needed a good cleaning. I took the wallet out of my pocket and immediately paid the excessive amount of 5 euros he was asking! You get almost nothing with 5 euros these days, except from fast food and coffees. So, it was totally worth it.

I went home and cleaned it thoroughly. I used a hard toothbrush and a concentrated detergent for dishes. We call it Fairy in Europe. I repeated the whole procedure 4-5 times with hot water. After that, it was time for the disinfection. I believe this is a crucial part of the cleaning procedure when you get a used/vintage item. You can never be sure about the health condition of the previous user even if it's a close friend, the storage conditions, where the seller found it etc. Most of the items you see in flea markets were found in garbages or old abandoned houses. So, I always disinfect such items with the Barbicide.

I've been using it lately and thought I'd write a few words about it. I'm sure most of you know this razor. The Tech model is one of the best-sellers ever and you probably have already tried a variation of it. You can easily find one in good condition even today. This particular model is from the 1950s and it's all brass made. The overall weight is very nice, the handle has such an excellent grip that is impossible to slip out of your hands, except if your fingers are full of lather. Then, yes, it's possible to see your razor causing a damage to your sink. It provides good shaves, very smooth. There is absolutely no blade feel. This is the most exciting part about it. I really like razors that shave you without feeling the blade. I tried it with the GSB and the Feather. In both occasions, I got great shaves, but I think I prefer the first one. I'm not a huge fan of Feather in general, but I have a few to use them with milder razors. This is definitely a very mild razor but it does the job good if you find the correct cutting angle, which is pretty easy if you ask me. I'm not looking to get BBS shaves anyway. I just do two passes, a WTG and a XTG. I don't like taking risks. My skin is semi-sensitive and my neck hates the ATG.

If you are one of the few that haven't tried an old Tech, I think it's time to get your hands on one. If we are sharing the same taste, you won't be disappointed...

And here are a few photos to compliment the thread.

[Image: aFfpRkM.jpg]

[Image: YqiNxmW.jpg]

[Image: G6Bi3rd.jpg]
Great find, good looking razor..

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 03-05-2020, 07:07 PM
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  • chazt
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  • Queens, NY
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I love Techs. Used my E1 this morning.

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 03-06-2020, 02:04 PM
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  • RyznRio
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  • Connecticut
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That tech will bounce in and out of flea markets for the next 250 years. Enjoy a truly mild but efficient shave. I know you will leave it in better shape than you found it for the next gent who will be surprised and excited by his lucky flea market find.

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