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#1
just got an email from Knockout shave that they are shutting down, here is part of the email I received


"Thank you!
Thank you for all of your support and patronage over the last few years.  I have prayed and thought hard about this decision, but at this time KnockOut Shave is closing our shop.  We have pre-marked some items down already.  But on top of that we are offering 43% off all remaining stock with the code KOclosing.  Unfortunately all sales will be within the US only.

Happy wet shaving!    
http://www.knockoutshave.com"

best wishes to the owners in whatever they choose to do,

raj k
#2

Member
San Francisco
That's a shame! I don't use it very often, but I do enjoy Knockout Shave Silver soap when I want that Creed Aventus vibe in my shave. It's nice stuff.
David : DE shaving since Nov 2014. Nowadays giving in to the single-edge siren call.
#3
(This post was last modified: 02-28-2016, 07:52 PM by brucered.)
Never heard of them.

I have feeling this is just the beginning. The market has been saturated the past few years.
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#4

Chazz Reinhold HOF
(02-28-2016, 07:52 PM)Bruce Wrote: Never heard of them.

I have feeling this is just the beginning.  The market has been saturated the past few years.

Same here. I have never heard of this company, but I'm not surprised I haven't heard of it, or heard of many others. I'm a creature of habit and when I find something that works, I don't deviate much from it.

It is hard to keep up with all these new outfits, like Bruce mentioned, the market is over saturated.
#5

Member
Greenville, SC USA
Too bad! Hate to see anyone having to close down, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!
Does Mean I Must Buy High End Shaving Gear?
--Roger--
#6

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
this is the natural progression of markets. some will stay, some will go...that's just how it always shakes out.

best of luck to whoever owns knockout shave!
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
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#7

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
(02-28-2016, 07:52 PM)Bruce Wrote: Never heard of them.

I have feeling this is just the beginning.  The market has been saturated the past few years.

(02-28-2016, 09:49 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: this is the natural progression of markets.  some will stay, some will go...that's just how it always shakes out.

best of luck to whoever owns knockout shave!

I think @Bruce and andrewjs18 hit the nail on the head.  There are so many artisans I have not heard of, or if I have, have not tried their products.  On the one hand, I love having all of these choices.  On the other hand, there reaches a saturation point and it is not possible to try everything that is out there, much as I'd like to.  I have a hunch I'm not the only one who is in that position.
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#8

Restitutor Orbis
It is sad. I haven't bought from them yet but I've heard of them before. Best of luck to the owners, I hope those honest vendors and artisans who are struggling have better exposure and success this year.
#9
It's sad to hear, but..........

as many here state, it's bound to happen, and we will hear of many more in 2016-2017, is my strong belief.

I'm a creature of habits, and so far I'm staying with these 4 North American artisan soap makers:

Cold River Soap Works Select
Barrister & Mann
Caties Bubbles
RazoRock (I only mention them, because they were my first artisan from North America, and I only started collecting them because of XxX, I can't see myself going past the 4 soaps I own from them currently, as they are not as good as the 3 other artisan mentioned above)

I'm a little bit more into the European artisans at the moment, because I find that they make a quality shaving soap, only B&M, CRSWS, Caties and perhaps Mike's and Mystic Water can compete with.
The European artisans I currently have in my den is:

Meißner Tremonia - amazing soap, amazing paste, amazing scents, amazing presentation
Haslinger - cheap tallow based soap, but what a great cheap soap
Tabula Rasa - among my favourite artisans, in my Top 5 favourite soaps/creams
Savonniere du Moulin - perhaps the best shaving soap made at the moment
Savon de Volcans Bon Berger - also fantastic perfomer
Le Pére Lucien - Crazy skilled artisan soap maker, IMHO better than Martin de Candre
Martin de Candre - great soap, great presentation, a classic
Saponificio Varesino - they just seem to improve and improve, and the first release was already up there in quality
Panacrema Nuavia - have both soaps on their way to me, so base this purely on others opinion, but this should be the best soap out there at the moment
Antica Barbierra Colla - made by a real barber shop in Milan. Amazing cream and amazing soap
Baume.Be - among the best creams in production currently
Brutalt Bra - just got this soap in, and WoW, amazing soap my Norwegian friend has made. Amazing !
Cheers, Claus from Denmark
#10

Member
Pittsburgh
I never heard of them, but it's always sad to see a small business go. Like others have said, it seems as if we're saturated. When I got into this 2 years ago, I was astounded by the enormity of the hobby and countless soaps and products to choose from. I decided to find one place that I liked overall and I stick by them hoping to help prevent this sort of thing happening to them. For me it was Stirling. Aside from the DFS soap, I use them exclusively for shaving soap/aftershave balm and I buy 4 bath bars/month. I'm doing my part to help my favorite artisan. Big Grin

Justin
Life has a melody.
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