Just a clarification SWCT.Oh dude, my Gillette Fatboy is like a night and day difference when pitted against this tech! I can literally run my Fatboy down my face WTG on level 9 setting! There be some blade feel on MAX level 9, but used carefully, riding the bar a bit, takes down whiskers to nearly a BBS in spots of my face on the first pass!
Then I will do XTG on level 7, more whiskers removed, and doing it smoothly I might add.
Then I will follow it up with ATG on level 5, and the Fatboy just very smoothly removes the whiskers, literally the smoothest shaving razor I have in my entire arsenal, is the Gillette 195 Adjustable Fatboy from 1959 3rd quarter.
Now, you say that the heads are supposed to be the same? Well, then something went seriously wrong with the creation of my Tech, or it was damaged sometime in its life, because I can tell you right now, they both shave very different from each other. I took another closer look at the blade reveal of my Gillette Tech RED Flare Tip razor, on closer inspection, I notice ever so slight blade warp.
Let me try to explain what I mean by that. If you have a razor that has no issues, you clamped down the blade tightening the razor up all the way, and you took a look at the blade, viewing from a blade gap perspective, you should see that the blade is perfectly straight looking from left to right. However, with my tech, with blade clamped down all the way, the blade is not perfectly even straight from left to right.
I see a super slight bit of blade warping, where its a bit up and down, I don't know how else to describe it, and I don't think my pocket camera is good enough to show that level of detail. But I know there are folks who have seen this phenomenon before, and will already understand what I am talking about. So IDK, maybe thats the source that caused a true nightmare on my face to happen with the Tech razor.
The Tech is a completely different family of razor to the Red Tip. The Red Tip is part of what was called the "Super Speed Trio" of blue, plain (or black) and red tips. It is a member of the Super Speed family.
Just to clarify our discriptions for accuracy, for the benefit of new members and those unfamiliar with Gillette vintages. I'm sure you understand!