Pros: Overall Quality, Durability
The Gillette Tech is well known as the greatest cheap razor ever made. They made millions of them, a stamped brass bit of industrial design that did the job well for nearly nothing and got even the poorest man buying the cash cow: the blades. Gillette couldn’t give the Tech away fast enough. And while it was famously cheap, it also excelled at shaving. Mild yet able. The shortcomings had to do with finish and overmildness. The low level of finishing detail was a huge factor in the Tech’s low price, but it sure looked cheap. The design was a good one but it was made to be stamped and cut out of a sheet of brass in a single operation. There was no craftsman on the line debuting the guards. They just go tumbled in a polishing tumbler and dunked in the etching tank, then the nickel or gold plating tank. So modern evolutions of the Tech refine that masterpiece of mass production, which is what Boker did here. The guard is polished better than the Tech and de-horned to feel like a grooming tool right out of the box. The rinse channels in the guard are opened up wider than on the Tech, making the Boker Tech easier to use. Finally, the blade geometry, while still fairly mild, is more efficient than the Tech. The Tech’s stamped brass is superior to the plated zinc alloy used here. But the level of smooth finish and mild but more efficient shaving geometry are a real step up from the tech for me.