I would generally agree. My overall best performers (modern) are Occam, Razorock and Karve. There is a substantive change in the quality of the shave with these guys. You can find it in some of the cheaper vintage razors, but then you're gambling on whether it was abused and may not be what it once was, when buying based only on photos. Higher-end, you're looking as much at pride-of-ownership as anything, IME.Prices don't really matter with razors but in my experience, I've had the most consistent, enjoyable shaves with razors ranging around $50. The exception is the Maggard V3A head which is like 8 bucks but still gave a similar shave to the ones ranging higher.
Most candid and honest answer which should rest this whole debate.I am a big fan of Wolfman, Timeless and Charcoal Goods razors. Are they worth it to me? Absolutely yes. But saying that, I shaved with a $20 beater Single Ring OLD from 1917 this morning and had a near perfect shave. So as mentioned previously, it’s all about the enjoyment and satisfaction one receives from their shaving equipment. If I did not have the funds for all those expensive high zoot razors, I could live the rest of my life shaving with a user grade vintage or a DE89. But I simply enjoy those shiny expensive toys more. They bring me joy. So they are worth it to me.
An interesting thought indeed!Funny we don't count (and I'm mostly speaking for myself here) the time we spend "in the process" as "resources spent". Is a $15 Gillette Tech, found after God knows how many hours of intensive research/search, really cheaper than a brand new, $80 razor? Is the guy who buys a $100 razor settling for a less expensive razor than the guy who buys $90 worth of "cheap" razors?