How about a bronze age razor?

Or, more correct, a reproduction of one?

Ravn Forhistorisk Støbeteknikk (Raven Prehistoric Casting Technique) offers many neat reproductions for sale, and this bronze age razor (13-1200 BCE) caught my eye. One can be yours for just 44€ – cheap all things considering. If I was into straights, I would be ordering one right now – but even if I’m not I can show of a shiny piece of workmanship.

More band razors

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…

Wind up razors?

Does this old patent from 1910:
relate to this razor from the mid 1960’s:
For what it is worth, a lot of people online claims that the Gillette TechMatic was the “worst razor ever” – the head assembly failed to hold the thin strip of steel flat, resulting in cuts, weepers, and scraped skin.