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5/8 Dubl Duck Wonderedge

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The mighty 5/8 Wonderedge, in all of its new old stock glory....

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OK, OK - down to business...
The Dubl Duck Wonderedge, probably the most legendary razor in the straight razor world for being just an all around kick *** and take names razor. So... what's the story myth or mystique?

Well - first lets delve into how this great razor became a "legend." Lynn Abraham's, founder of SRP was recommended the razor, gave it a whirl and was REALLY impressed and it quickly became his personal favorite. The rest is history. 2 things to keep in mind however - at the time of Lynn's Wonderedge Raving, TI's weren't readily available, and for the most part a lot of these "supershavers" weren't all that well known, so when people pull up the old archives and see him so specifically pointing them out as the "best" they immediately assume that it still holds true today, and that there is no finer razor, old or new that can rival the mighty Wonderedge.

So.... timewarp to today - this mighty razor stacks up pretty good against the current competition, but in a different way. The wonderedge just has this amazingly delicate edge, it's somewhat hard to explain, but shaving with a wonderedge is a lot different than most other razors. The edge is so incredibly fine/delicate it just does a marvelous job eating hair cleanly off of your face, without so much as a hint of irritation. This razor isn't at ALL heavy, it's very light and precise, and expertly slices the hair off - as opposed to plowing/mowing it off as a chopper would do. Now... it isn't that this "slicing" versus "plowing" feeling provides a superior result, however it does feel quite different, and is a hell of a lot of fun to use. I would go as far as to say, this is probably one of my top 5 favorite razors, and if you know me, or my razor collection - that's saying quite a bit...

Now... are they really worth it? No. Simple as that... no. Dubl Duck Wonderedges are actually remarkably common razors, and in their day weren't very pricey... hell they have celluloid scales - and NO really expensive razor has celluloid scales. Now, for sheer shaving delight - I feel they are worth a lot more than they SHOULD be.... but I would put their value right at $100. If they get much over $100 - I'd say scrap it and go with a a few select models of Thiers Issard, or jump up to a RW or Maestro. For much more than $100 - they just plumb aren't worth it, as in my opinion a good TI, such as the Egyptian is EVERY bit as good as the Wonderedge, and in many fellas opinion is a lot better. If you have a REALLY thick beard, you'll be happier with a heavier, more robust razor (IE: TI) as well, however it won't have that interesting feeling of a Wonderedge.

All in all - a great razor.

TO DISCUSS OR ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS REVIEW USE THIS THREAD. ALL NON-REVIEW POSTS WITHIN THE REVIEW ENGINE WILL BE DELETED.

Thanks! :smile:

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Price: No joke, these cost too much. It gets a 1 rather than a 0, because it at least earns some of the price premium.

Craftmanship is a split. The design and grind are excellent. Cracked ice scales are an abomination that never should have been. I can't recall ever seeing a set that wasn't at least somewhat warped.

Easiest razor I've ever sharpened.

Edge has lasted 30+ shaves with no noticeable degradation, using an unpasted cloth and leather strop between shaves.

Smoothest shaver I've used, but there are some MUCH cheaper razors that come remarkably close... so no 10.

For maintenance see my comments on lasting edge.
Price
0.00 star(s)
Lasting Edge
5.00 star(s)
Craftsmanship
3.00 star(s)
Easy to Sharpen
5.00 star(s)
Easy to Maintain
5.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
4.00 star(s)
I generally concur. I paid a lot more for my NOS razor, and the celluloid scales knocked quite a few points off of the craftsmanship score. But it shaves well, and handles my tough beard better than I would have expected.
Price
1.00 star(s)
Lasting Edge
3.00 star(s)
Craftsmanship
3.00 star(s)
Easy to Sharpen
4.00 star(s)
Easy to Maintain
4.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
4.00 star(s)
The mighty 5/8 Wonderedge, in all of its new old stock glory....

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OK, OK - down to business...
The Dubl Duck Wonderedge, probably the most legendary razor in the straight razor world for being just an all around kick *** and take names razor. So... what's the story myth or mystique?

Well - first lets delve into how this great razor became a "legend." Lynn Abraham's, founder of SRP was recommended the razor, gave it a whirl and was REALLY impressed and it quickly became his personal favorite. The rest is history. 2 things to keep in mind however - at the time of Lynn's Wonderedge Raving, TI's weren't readily available, and for the most part a lot of these "supershavers" weren't all that well known, so when people pull up the old archives and see him so specifically pointing them out as the "best" they immediately assume that it still holds true today, and that there is no finer razor, old or new that can rival the mighty Wonderedge.

So.... timewarp to today - this mighty razor stacks up pretty good against the current competition, but in a different way. The wonderedge just has this amazingly delicate edge, it's somewhat hard to explain, but shaving with a wonderedge is a lot different than most other razors. The edge is so incredibly fine/delicate it just does a marvelous job eating hair cleanly off of your face, without so much as a hint of irritation. This razor isn't at ALL heavy, it's very light and precise, and expertly slices the hair off - as opposed to plowing/mowing it off as a chopper would do. Now... it isn't that this "slicing" versus "plowing" feeling provides a superior result, however it does feel quite different, and is a hell of a lot of fun to use. I would go as far as to say, this is probably one of my top 5 favorite razors, and if you know me, or my razor collection - that's saying quite a bit...

Now... are they really worth it? No. Simple as that... no. Dubl Duck Wonderedges are actually remarkably common razors, and in their day weren't very pricey... hell they have celluloid scales - and NO really expensive razor has celluloid scales. Now, for sheer shaving delight - I feel they are worth a lot more than they SHOULD be.... but I would put their value right at $100. If they get much over $100 - I'd say scrap it and go with a a few select models of Thiers Issard, or jump up to a RW or Maestro. For much more than $100 - they just plumb aren't worth it, as in my opinion a good TI, such as the Egyptian is EVERY bit as good as the Wonderedge, and in many fellas opinion is a lot better. If you have a REALLY thick beard, you'll be happier with a heavier, more robust razor (IE: TI) as well, however it won't have that interesting feeling of a Wonderedge.

All in all - a great razor.

TO DISCUSS OR ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS REVIEW USE THIS THREAD. ALL NON-REVIEW POSTS WITHIN THE REVIEW ENGINE WILL BE DELETED.

Thanks! :smile:
Price
2.00 star(s)
Lasting Edge
4.00 star(s)
Craftsmanship
4.00 star(s)
Easy to Sharpen
4.00 star(s)
Easy to Maintain
4.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
5.00 star(s)

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