In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by TRBeck » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:44 am

Two shaves in with the v3A from Maggard.

It is certainly more aggressive than the standard DE89 head, and I do like the closeness I get on my neck as a result. The chin is not really much of an improvement. Perhaps more time with it would yield a different result.

That said, the finish is not great. There's a bit of blade play, and there's a tiny gap between the handle and razor head when it's screwed down tight. I don't dislike the gunmetal finish, but I would prefer chrome to match my razor handle, and in the end, I suspect this thing will be gone from the den soon.

Red Tip incoming and then I am probably done chasing razors for a while again...unless an aluminum General is available after we move and get settled :roll: :lol:
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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by Gene » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:10 am

Tim - PM heading your way.
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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by TRBeck » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:20 am

:D

I dropped the Barley. The head snapped off.

:D

Well, here we are. I'm using a Red Tip, and the shaves are excellent. I cleaned up my grandfather's slim adjustable and discovered that it does have some rust and cosmetic issues, but moreover, the shaves with it are not as smooth as I'd hoped. I have a $12 vintage SE for a change of pace.

But I want something in current production. Back to the Rockwell or the Mergress. I will buy one of the two in the near future. Wish I'd given the Rockwell a longer trial last year, but I was preparing to move, so shedding gear was a necessity.

I'm not sure if I'll go US-made and steel with a slightly bulkier head or elegant and chrome-finished but spendier and slightly less durable (or is it?). Either way, if I get north of 2000 shaves on it as I did with the Barley Chrome 89, the razor will be a fine value, and of course, one could get thousands more without a freak accident (I think I've dropped the Barley a dozen times or so without an issue...and then...).

Colonial hasn't made a new batch of Generals in ages, and I'm not looking to go north of $135 for a shaving tool. We'll see what develops.
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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by CMur12 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:58 pm

Hi Tim -

If you're going to drop you razor, I would recommend you stick with stainless steel. 8)

Beyond that, the Rockwell and the Mergress are my favorite razors. I use the Mergress at its lowest setting, which is both mild and efficient. I use the Rockwell on plate 2, which is also both mild and efficient. Between these two, I like the Rockwell a little better because of its simpler three-piece design and easier knock-down for cleaning.

I recently bought a Supply Injector-type razor, which is a lovely, hefty tool. I am having difficulty adapting to the very different approach/angle of an Injector razor and I think that even the "sensitive" plate is a little aggressive for me.

Good luck with your search, Tim.

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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by TRBeck » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:40 pm

CMur12 wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:58 pm
Hi Tim -

If you're going to drop you razor, I would recommend you stick with stainless steel. 8)

Touche.

I am mostly looking at maneuverability at this point. I recall a bit of a bulky head on the Rockwell, maybe not as easy to get under the nose as with the light and lithe DE89. Then again, I never did give it much of a run. It was such a hectic time, and all my experiences in the months before the move are too compressed to see clearly in hindsight.
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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by TRBeck » Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:02 pm

In the end, I'm sticking with ordinary...ish.

I ordered a Chatsworth, which is the 89 head on a slightly upscaled faux-ivory handle. I had one way back when and enjoyed it, and I decided it's a minor upgrade in aesthetics and price while still giving me a razor that just works. I still have the vintage Gillettes and can go looking if I get bored down the road. Triple digits is just a tough barrier for me. I could buy another Chatsworth when this one is done for and still come in below the cost of the Mergress and just barely over that of the Rockwell.

I'll handle with care and probably get a couple thousand shaves or more out of the razor, as I did with the Barley Chrome 89.
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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by CMur12 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:37 pm

Hi Tim -

Congratulations on finding the tool that gives you satisfying ergonomics and performance.

I have tried a lot of razors, too, and it took me a long time to find the ones that are just right for me. The solution is sometimes elusive and can require a long search.

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Re: In Praise of the Ordinary Razor

Post by brothers » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:21 pm

CMur12 wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:37 pm
Hi Tim -

Congratulations on finding the tool that gives you satisfying ergonomics and performance.

I have tried a lot of razors, too, and it took me a long time to find the ones that are just right for me. The solution is sometimes elusive and can require a long search.

- Murray
Agreed! The time it took to locate the one for me was well spent.
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