Poor, poor, King Gillette. His Royalness was out manoeuvred.An interesting little thing is how schick really screwed gillette on the techmatic as you can seethe advancement dial is on the cartridge with the schick but on the gillette its on the razor itself so you can use schick cartridges on the gillette but if you try to use a gillette cartridge on a schick you'll have no way to advance the band
The Band played its glorious music from 1966 to 1971.Theodore,
According to what I have heard. when King Gillette started making and selling his razor and blades business was very slow. It occurred to him that selling a razor was a one time affair but selling the blades happened many hundreds of times for each razor. So he started selling his razors at very low prices. Often at a loss. But his blade sales skyrocketed him into a millionaire. Most razor/blade makers followed his wise move. And many continue that practice today.
The Band blades were so good that Schick was losing money. He already had plenty of money making blades and the life expectancy of the Band blades was so extraordinary that it would kill the sales of all his other blades. Hence the premature death of the Band Razor and blades.
The Band was silenced. Last post was played.
Before my time but IIRC the Gillette design wasn't well engineered and didn't always hold the blade taut, so it was very bitey. Probably damaged the entire market for band razors, even if the Schick was better.I remember them from my teen years, but I don’t remember them fondly. I can’t say why anymore, but I distinctly remember disliking them. I don’t know if I had a Schlick or Gillette.
We eagerly await July! And the live 50th anniversary shave TV coverage.I have a Techmatic and new band ready to roll for my July 16-20 shaves. Even some 1969 aftershave.
50th anniversary … good enough for NASA; I'll give it a try!
@ajkel64 is (possibly) still thinking about it. Not the spirit that put a razor on the moon!I will think about it.
Wow! Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! What a great write-up on shaving in space!According to this interesting little piece on the history of shaving in space, Cernan used a Gillette Techmatic on Apollo 10. Photo:
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That's very true, and it had already occurred to me. But that's not a reason to be concerned here on earth. That's probably why they were not popular here.Techmatics definitely make sense in space - imagine a DE blade slipping out of your fingers and going spinning through the cabin...