Continuing on from Tuesday…
From what I can tell, the head of the TechMatic was replaced with every cartridge – which means that the shave could change from cartridge to cartridge. We all know that the quality control on disposable cartridges isn’t always top notch and it would only take a couple of misaligned cartridges for the razor to gain a reputation as a face-shredder. Since cartridges are no longer made for them, there is basically no way to know today if the reputation as a horrible razor is deserved or not.
Looking at an open cartridge, it’s obvious to me that keeping tension on the band will be a major challenge – and one more place where quality control can fail.
Also, I have learned that there were many band razors out there in addition to the Gillette TechMatic;
The Wanie Rollband was razorblades on a roll for use in your regular razor.
The Razor Six had positive control of the blade and tension via a toothed wheel, but required the user to snap off the used portion of the band.
The Reel Watch Razor had a take-up spool like the TechMatic
The Warder-Hudnut Reelshav looked like a audio cassette.
And the Schick Auto-Band which was Schick’s counter to the TechMatic, and even looks much the same.
People been spending a lot of energy making the basic idea work over the years…