Blackland Blackbird OC
A contract tech is a Gillette tech made during and just after WW2 (through 1946). The majority of them were made for use by mainly the US military. I wouldn’t be surprised if other allied forces used them as well. Two interrelated reasons for the name contract tech. First being they were used to fill government contracts to the military. Second because like many other companies during the war Gillette didn’t have the manufacturing capacity to make the required numbers specified in the military contracts and had to subcontract part of the production to other companies. I’ve only seen them offered with either a ball end or a Bakelite handle. Contract techs with the ball end handle can differentiated from non contract ball end techs by the 6 fullers running down the handle. The gold version like the one I have came about after the war and the end of rationing and other government restrictions on civilian consumer goods because Gillette needed a way to use up surplus stocks of the contract tech handles. By 1947 Gillette was producing the non fullered ball end techs that most people are familiar withCan you please explain what a contract tech is?