Band razor

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Band razor

Post by nicodemus38 » Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:41 pm

I am curious if anyone here has ever seen on of the Band razors in person, or even tried a shave with one.

Metalurgy of the last 45 years should make them easy to build the blades.

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Re: Band razor

Post by CMur12 » Sun May 01, 2016 12:20 am

These razors have been discussed in the past and the general consensus was that it was a poor design, it gave a poor shave, and that it was prone to bite, due to less precisely fixed placement of the blade.

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Re: Band razor

Post by With The Grain » Wed May 04, 2016 10:23 pm

The idea of a band razor scares me a lot simply cause of the need for enough guards/guides to keep it taut and spool the excess. Would be interesting to see but i doubt the world ever sees another band razor. That said, I've never used one or encountered one and not many razors scare me away... an old band razor would.

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Re: Band razor

Post by CMur12 » Wed May 04, 2016 11:29 pm

James, it's great to see you here!

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Re: Band razor

Post by With The Grain » Thu May 05, 2016 12:00 am

been a while, my shaving habits have calmed down, ill post a shave of the day soon

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Re: Band razor

Post by brothers » Thu May 05, 2016 12:05 pm

nicodemus38 wrote:I am curious if anyone here has ever seen on of the Band razors in person, or even tried a shave with one.

Metalurgy of the last 45 years should make them easy to build the blades.
They could probably design and build one. The fact that they disappeared from the market and have not returned seems to indicate there was no demand at the time. There's no demand now, so that's why nobody's making one. I've thought about it for a few minutes and I can't come up with any reason a band would be considered an advantage over single blades.
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Re: Band razor

Post by BeatlesFan » Fri May 06, 2016 12:52 pm

I remember using a band razor years ago. It was junk. Double edge was much better at that time.

In thinking about it, I'm sure you could theoretically make a band razor that would be very good. I think the principal disadvantage would be the likelihood that moisture would get into the blade-coil and rust the blades prematurely.

The principal advantage, if any, would be similar to any cartridge razor: you don't have to touch the blades, and you simply throw the whole enclosed blade case away when you are done with it.

Anyway, from direct, personal experience I can assure you that there is no need to feel nostalgic or sentimental about the passing of this razor device from the scene. In its actual, real-life realization, it was pretty bad.

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Re: Band razor

Post by steelheart1948 » Mon May 16, 2016 8:25 pm

If you are talking about the Gillette Techmatic, I had one in the early 1970's. It shaved poorly and it was very easy to nick yourself with it.

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Re: Band razor

Post by drmoss_ca » Tue May 17, 2016 2:24 am

A Techmatic was given to me when it was deemed time for me to shave. DE's were disappearing from the shops in the early 70's. I was proud of it at the time, but it was a nightmare. I swapped to the Trak II as soon as it came out a couple of years later.

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Re: Band razor

Post by BPman » Tue May 17, 2016 3:56 pm

Ditto what these last posters said about the Techmatic. My dad had one and I tried it in the mid 70's when I first started shaving and it was IMO an utter POS. That's probably why the band razors made by Gillette & others went over with the public like a pregnant pole vaulter. :roll: :wink:

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Re: Band razor

Post by Straight Arrow » Fri May 20, 2016 3:44 pm

Yes, the band razors have been discussed before and I was (and still am) the only one that appears to like them. I have both the Gillette and Schick versions and I prefer the Schick. Contrary to what everyone else reports I get a very comfortable and bloodless shave. While I only use the band razor on occasion I look at it as a fun change of pace.
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Re: Band razor

Post by nicodemus38 » Fri May 20, 2016 9:31 pm

if you look closely, the band razors thing was a thin flexible strip of metal. basically a cartridge razor without the cart.

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