#1
Pasteur sent out a link to this WSJ article on a comparison of "expensive" razors, indicating someone affiliated with WSJ purchased a razor from them for the article review:

We Tested Six Expensive Men's Razors. One Stood Out.    
Is it worth ditching your drugstore razor and splurging on a high-end model?

Always glad to see wetshaving in mainstream media. But not sure I see the rationale of including razors priced as low as $59 in the same category as a $435 speciality razor, much less the lack of leading artisans. Regardless, I hope it encourages consideration of more traditional wetshaving options.

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#2
(This post was last modified: 09-10-2023, 02:39 PM by ALI.)
Agree 100%. It’s cool for the hobby was featured in the WSJ but the list of razors he tested and featured could have been improved considerably. Any one of us on the forum could have helped.

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#3

Member
Chicago Suburbs
I suspect the author reviewed razors that were sent to him for testing. I see that the $435 Aqua di Parma razor is no longer available at Nordstrom. Why would anyone expect that paying that much for a razor handle that still uses standard Gillette cartridges would provide a vastly superior shave to the standard Gillette handle? No wonder luxury department stores like Nordstrom are closing all their stores in Canada and some in States.

It always perplexes me to see reviews of the "best" razors when only brands like Gillette, Schick, Harry's, and Dollar Shave Club are included. You have to give WSJ credit for at least trying legitimate DE and SE razors. I am glad that the Henson razor made inroads.

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#4

Member
Chester County, PA
Im questioning my subscription now…

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#5
(This post was last modified: 09-18-2023, 10:39 AM by Svoll.)
I just read it as six sponsored razors WSJ tested and I stop reading after the first paragraph and looking at the photos.

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#6
(This post was last modified: 09-18-2023, 12:00 PM by ALI.)
(09-17-2023, 01:39 PM)dtownvino Wrote: Im questioning my subscription now…

Smile

I’m switching to the FT.

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#7
It was nice to read about wet shaving in the mainstream media that said the methodology adopted and process followed is possibly neither repeatable and probably also non reportable. Such a wide choice made which varies both price wise and material wise makes one scratch their jawline ?

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#8

The Mentholated Junkie
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(09-10-2023, 04:39 AM)rocket Wrote: Pasteur sent out a link to this WSJ article on a comparison of "expensive" razors, indicating someone affiliated with WSJ purchased a razor from them for the article review:

We Tested Six Expensive Men's Razors. One Stood Out.    
Is it worth ditching your drugstore razor and splurging on a high-end model?

Always glad to see wetshaving in mainstream media. But not sure I see the rationale of including razors priced as low as $59 in the same category as a $435 speciality razor, much less the lack of leading artisans. Regardless, I hope it encourages consideration of more traditional wetshaving options.

Dude, this is really cool! I am really happy about safety razors, re-gaining some popularity among the mainstream crowd. With the costs of cartridge razor blades and electric shaver head replacements on the rise, and inflation not letting up, while people's wages are not properly following inflation, safety razors start looking pretty good, pretty quick. These days an 8-pack of Gillette Fusion cartridge blades, is around 28 to 30 bucks! Where as I can get a 100-pack of DE blades, for 15 dollars or less. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see where the savings are here, and who is trying to take advantage of you!

Now, in regards to the other topic, cheap DE razors, VS expensive specialty razors. Here's the thing, cheap DE razors, made out of Zamick ( pot metal ) will last a good while, if one takes care of them. But people who put their zamick razors away wet all the time, and do not allow them to dry, they have a tendency to fall apart quickly. While a lot of this depends on the plating job as well done on them, it is well known, that cheap DE razors, have poor plating jobs, compared to artisan brand options. The old well known axiam, you get what you pay for. 

I have a total of 12-razors. Some of them are cheap coated Zamick, other's are high end Copper gold plated, stainless steel, or titanium. IMHO, anybody who is brand new to traditional wet shaving, should start out their journey with a cheap razor first, perhaps a Merkur 34C for example, and find out if traditional wet shaving is for them. If they decide that traditional wet shaving is for them, and they actually love it enough, then it would be a good idea perhaps, to purchase a stainless razor, something that is pretty much guaranteed to last their entire life. So, one reason to buy artisan, would be just for the sheer durability of it.

And I will admit, sometimes our purchases, tend to be indulgences. For example, I could have been fine with just my stainless razors for life! But nope, I just had to have a titanium razor, and purchased my Timeless TI95. Now, Titanium is a material 100% guaranteed to last forever, it doesn't rely on a coating, or method, to water proof it. Titanium, by its own nature, does not rust or corrode, so it will last many many lifetimes. But does one need a razor that high end? No, not really, again, its an indulgence. If you want your razor to be a family heirloom that lasts many generations, OK, well, maybe yeah, get a titanium that becomes a collectible one day I suppose lol.

But in reality, just start out with a Zamick razor, see if you like it, and if you answer yes to that, then get yourself a stainless razor and be done with it. Because at the end of the day, everything else is an indulgence, although I must admit, it truly is a fun hobby to indulge in, and I love it!  Big Grin

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#9

Posting Freak
Yeah, save money they said…  Dodgy

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#10

The Mentholated Junkie
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(11-20-2023, 05:56 AM)Marko Wrote: Yeah, save money they said…  Dodgy


HAHA, I know right? If I am being truly honest with myself, I can at least say, that my intention was to save money. But by the time If fell deep into the rabbit hole, I was spiraling out of control, on my spending. The money was flying out of my wallet so fast, the friction caused my wallets to melt in fire. And my credit, well, I owe money there too. In 2-years alone, I've spent over 1000 dollars on my shaving gear, just thank God I am single. LOL!  Big Grin

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