I travel regularly for work and was looking for an inexpensive DE I can easily pack or leave at the client site on weekends. For several weeks Ive carried my Merkur HD 34C back and forth, and TSA seems increasingly interested in it Im concerned they might drop it and cause some damage during the twice weekly inspections. I never carry blades, choosing to mail ahead, purchase locally, or order online and ship directly to the hotel.
I recently won a NOS T4 (1973) Travel Tech for $3.25 plus $2 S+H on ebay that arrived today it had both the paper blade insert and plastic ring holding the two top pieces together. Just to be safe, I soaked it in hot water, cleaned it with scrubbing bubbles and a toothbrush, steam cleaned it, and rinsed all the pieces in rubbing alcohol. I plan to try it out tomorrow morning.
As many of you are probably aware, the handle is very light on this razor. If I want to use a heavier handle, how interchangeable is this razor with other Gillette DE razors? Do I need to stick to a particular range of years or models?