Allan Neibart believes better versions were made decades ago. Despite occasionally suffering deep gashes, he swears by the close shave delivered by his 1958 gold-plated Gillette toggle razor, bought for about $260 in an eBay auction.
I don't think the market has reached saturation ... the community is growing by leaps and bounds. B&B membership has quadrupled in the 2.5 years since I first joined, and it shows no signs of slowing down.Tangentially related to this, do you guys think the market for DE vendors has reached its saturation point? I've put some thought into opening a shop similar to West Coast Shaving or Bullgoose, but it doesn't seem like the market can support that many more vendors unless you have a real niche. I've done a little research and it seems like all the big boys (EJ, Muhle, Merkur, etc.) have distribution agreements in the US. Essentially, they make you choose which brand you want to carry and you're somewhat limited as to what other brands you can offer. Moreover, the wholesaler in the US for many of these goods marks up prices significantly. A good example is a Kent BK12. It retails for approx. $140 from Kent itself, but if you try to buy one in the US it'll run closer to $340. Any thoughts on this market?