What razor to buy, new or vintage?
by, 12-03-2013 at 03:18 PM (2515 Views)
I personally own 2 razors that were new, one Dovo, and one Thiers Issard (TI), Both were honed by an Uberhoner.
I also own about 4 dozen vintage razors of various makes and styles which I have purchased to restore. I have restored and honed about 2 dozen myself and shave with them frequently.
I prefer vintage, here's why:
I rarely pay more than $30, and often paid half that or less.
I enjoy restoring them.
Sometimes you can get a Damn Fine Shaver that only needs honing, not restoration.
There's is a sense of history shaving with something that was used in the time of Abe Lincoln (or earlier)
I actually think the vintage blades are a better and easier shave.
This has been my experience.
My personal recommendation is to buy Vintage shave ready from a vendor here.
If later on one decides to try a different razor, you can sell it for almost what you paid for it, which is going to be much less than you would have paid for a new one.
P.S. We all shave with used razors....