Moon Mission Techmatic Tribute!

Discussion in 'General Shaving Discussion' started by Ad Astra, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    The other day I opened the door to the shave den …


    An image crossed my mind, then it was gone again, in an instant.


    Wait. The moon landing! Shaving in space!

    In just a month, it will be the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. To me, this is humanity’s high-water mark; our greatest achievement.

    Man took to the moon his hopes, his dreams – and the Gillette Techmatic razor (ah, you were starting to wonder). There is a famous video of Command Module (CM) Pilot Michael Collins shaving with the Techmatic. His actual razor and tube of goop is in the Smithsonian, I believe. It’s an iconic shaving-in-space moment, the full story of which will be told elsewhere.


    Unlike the finely crafted Saturn V rocket, the Techmatic was … an evolution in shaving. It used a circular sharpened “band” blade loop, much like a bandsaw. Soon to be replaced by Trac II and a monotony of pricy cartridges, Techmatic seemed at the time to be the latest greatest thing – and like the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), destined to take us places. Alas, unlike the LEM it was not to be. Probably the best thing that can be said is that with Techmatic, there was no loose razor blade floating around in the capsule.


    The Techmatic has its fans – a few. They are readily available on the bid site for very little … you’ll pay more for a “band.” I got three for $10.


    Schick soon followed with its Schick Auto Band Razor. Cleverly, Schick put the winder on the band cartridge itself, whereas Gillette put its winder on the back of the razor. As a result – and not by accident – you can use the Schick cartridge in a Techmatic or their own razor – but you cannot put a Techmatic cart in the Schick razor (or you’ll have no way to wind it!). More clever = Schick. Anyways.


    Here we go! The point of all this!

    To honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 flight, and these brave men who not only had the courage to go to the moon, but also the courage to shave with Techmatic, I propose the following … (excuse me, Mr. President – hand me that microphone, thanks).

    “I propose we shave with the Gillette Techmatic, NOT for a decade (but only from July 16, 2019 to July 20, 2019 – the four days from liftoff to landing), until we return safely to other (and way-better) razors on Earth.

    “We shave with the Techmatic, because it is there. To honor humanity’s greatest achievement, which is the moon landing, and NOT the Techmatic (to be clear).

    “To shave for (only) four days as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins did … with a poor razor but hope in our hearts and representing the best face in engineering (but not razor engineering) planet Earth has to offer.”


    I am starting this thread one month out, in order that other courageous explorers have time to find a Techmatic and a band for it. Schick will do, I think (and many say the Schick is the better blade). Not asking anyone to shave without running water, as the astros did, or with brushless cream (gross) which, according to reports, horribly clogged their razors. Luckily the LEM and the capsule’s parachutes worked better than the brushless cream.

    Do you have the courage to shave as they did?
    Rockets blow up, and Techmatics can cut you. One of mine has a nice wave in the old blade it came with.

    Forumites: Who is with me on this tribute-journey, as we recall man’s greatest adventure?

    What brave B&B-ers will take that first step with Neil, Buzz and Mike?

    @ajkel64 @razorboi - You guys onboard?

    Pledge yourself to shave with Gillette Techmatic from July 16-20.

    Humanity is watching.

  2. Shave with a Techmatic again? No thanks. I already gave blood.

    Hats off to the brave astronauts who used the damn things, though!

    BTW, great shaving cabinet.
  3. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    Well, thanks!

    Ok, we can count on Whilliam for moral support ... haven't actually used a Techmatic yet, myself; heard they're ... not good ... but hey. We know they went to the moon!

  4. I always had the suspicion that they didn't shave much during the mission

    Now, during the quarantine... that´s another story

    PS. Nice cabinet indded...
  5. DEPenguin

    DEPenguin Contributor

    I don't have a Techmatic, but if I had one I'd do it just for the hell of it! Although, I learned the (very) basics with a VDH TTO and their provided 'ice tempered' blades. Not entirely pleasant, I assure you . . . might a Techmatic shave be similar?
  6. That was a defining moment in my life. Alas, I'm not in possession of those wonderful razors. I will mark the occasion by rereading Heinlein' s classic "The Man Who Sold the Moon" for the millionth time, followed by "Requeim" or however it's spelled.
  7. I visited the Air & Space Museum in D.C. over Memorial Day weekend and a significant part is closed for renovations, including the personal items from Apollo 11.

    BTW, nice collection of vintage Avon!!!!
  8. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    Not much, and not well, with the gear they had!


  9. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    Don't know - can't hardly wait! :001_unsur Sorta.

  10. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    Me, too - and I am also a yuge RAH fan.

    Why not "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress," one of his very best.

  11. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    Ah, haven't seen it in too long ...

    Vintage Avon: Yes, the Avon Saturn V is fairly rare, holds 1,969 ounces of Wild Country (of course. Anything cool has WC in it). :letterk1:

    AA :001_tt2:

    EDIT: there's way more - too much more - in a big Avon box ...
  12. That and for an 8 day mission "how would they shave?" wasn´t a pressing issue for the design team... I always imagined astronauts sporting full beards during trips, much like old time sailors or the slingshot pilots on "The Expanse"...


  13. I unfortunately don't have a Techmatic, though the model of the Saturn V sure does bring back memories of my childhood! If I remember correctly, there was a lunar module tucked under the nose cone, assuming that's the model from Revell.
  14. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Moderator

    I'm in!!! Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It's only 5 shaves, what could possibly happen?:117:
  15. Love your shave den! Thanks for sharing it with us.
  16. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    That one is Lego; and there is indeed a LEM in the third stage - its legs unfold and everything is well detailed.

  17. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    All RIGHT!:a14:

    Astronaut No.1 is onboard. Welcome Andrew; do you want the center seat? or the one on the right?

    What can happen: I heard Techmatic can carve up your face. But, John Glenn was only looking at 73% launch vehicle success. If these guys can face the unknown, we can shave with a badly-designed moon razor.

    One more seat in the capsule ...

  18. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    That? Most of it is in boxes ... but thanks. :001_tongu

    It is the mission that matters! Got a Techmatic?

  19. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Moderator

    The seat on the right thank you.
  20. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    Excellent choice, and a very good view, especially after making orbit.


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