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Cheap vs expensive safety razors: does it matter?

never-stop-learning

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The eternal debate goes on..... ;)


We all have different faces, beards and skin. We all have different hands and dexterity. What feels right and works the best for each of us is an individual decision based on individual experience.

Going through the process and understanding your individual shaving needs will lead you to the best razor(s) for you.

Unless you shave with a razor and compare it for yourself, you don't really know if it's better, worse or makes no difference.

I have a particular affinity for the Blackland Vector and rank it among the best razors I own. Still regularly enjoy my other new and vintage razors, expensive, mid-priced and inexpensive.

Just my opinion and YMMV. :)
 
I have a deep appreciation for finely made things, be they watches, tools, firearms, etc. In the scheme of these kind of things a high end modern razor is relatively affordable, as least for me, at the moment. I just purchased my first >$40 DE razor, a Karve Stainless. I don't know yet if it beats out my '50s Merkur or '60s Gillette, but I was curious to see if I might like it better.
 
I second what David (aka @never-stop-learning) and Shane (aka @Blackland Razors) have said.

My own take on this issue is that it never stops to fascinate me how people who have never owned/used a particular product, feel the need to tell other people who do own/use that item how it is pointless, waste of money, snobbish... and the list goes on.

FWIW, I have never ever looked down at anyone who claims he gets his best shaves with Arko and a $20 razor. Your money, your face. Do whatever you want.

However, there is always, under every thread that one (or two) smarta$$ who feels this uncontrollable need, has this burning desire to express his opinion about other people's financial well-being and mental sanity in general. 😂 😂 😂

Me, I stick to the live and let live principle! 😎
 

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All I know is that this is the "cheapest" hobby I have ever had. Even when buying Wolfman and other high end razors. I have collected guitars, cars, golf clubs, watches. All are crazy more expensive. I say if you can truly afford it, do it.
Classic cars, sports cars, high-end audio, vintage wine, aged cigars.....

Yup, high-end shaving stuff ain't that bad at all.

I really feel sorry for anyone who collects ex-wives. ;) :letterk1:
 
I second what David (aka @never-stop-learning) and Shane (aka @Blackland Razors) have said.

My own take on this issue is that it never stops to fascinate me how people who have never owned/used a particular product, feel the need to tell other people who do own/use that item how it is pointless, waste of money, snobbish... and the list goes on.

FWIW, I have never ever looked down at anyone who claims he gets his best shaves with Arko and a $20 razor. Your money, your face. Do whatever you want.

However, there is always, under every thread that one (or two) smarta$$ who feels this uncontrollable need, has this burning desire to express his opinion about other people's financial well-being and mental sanity in general. 😂 😂 😂

Me, I stick to the live and let live principle! 😎
Interesting points. Shaving is really just so subjective in many ways as to what is good and bad.

I have a lot of shaving gear both expensive and inexpensive. And truthfully one of my $10 beater techs and Arko DO provide me with his as good a shave as my razors and soaps costing many many times more. But to me that's part of the fun of this hobby.
 
An interesting thought indeed!

I wouldn't buy a brand new $80 razor without considerable thought and research, either!!

In fact, I'd probably be far more careful with that money on the basis that the moment I unpack it, it's already worth less than I paid for it (and I don't return things unless they're poor quality or the retainer is aggressively marketing their returns policy as a selling point)... Whereas unless I'm extremely careless in my appraisal of a vintage razor (or get far too carried away bidding!!) I can sell it for what I paid for it, if not more.

In my view, the invested research time is probably similar enough as to not be a factor worth entering into comparison - and this would've been equally so early on my journey some ten or more years ago, if not more!!

The only exception I can really think of is the Rockwell (6S) - that was largely impulse, although the knowledge that I could play with multiple plates made it feel a safer buy...
And in a sense it was a safe buy, if I was buying once and being done with it, it makes a very sensible choice (and I could've lived with that alone - in practice, it fell by the wayside)

As ever, YMMV!
i learned to somewhere soon make a decision when that research turns into an obsession and is costing way more as the article. otoh the hunt is part of the process and it is hobby. ever thought onhow many hours you waste on the internet for all kind of topics....


soo i ordered a pereira bowl because i am coming back to it for a year or so..... should be there in a couple of hours...
 
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