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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrank View Post

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    The new Mach's or Fusion blades, when matched against a pro-barber with a SR, produced a better shave than the SR. The barber said, "....he couldn't compete with that!".

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    Well now, there are a few barbers on here that would protest this statement.
    And a few thousand users as well.

    A Feather, or Parker for that matter, in the hands of an experienced user, will to most of us on here, provide a far better, longer lasting and less hurtful shave than any five-bladed contraption.

    It may have taken six years of engineering to make the Fusion, but the straight took thousands of makers several lifetimes to perfect...
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    Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Birnando View Post
    Well now, there are a few barbers on here that would protest this statement.
    And a few thousand users as well.

    A Feather, or Parker for that matter, in the hands of an experienced user, will to most of us on here, provide a far better, longer lasting and less hurtful shave than any five-bladed contraption.

    It may have taken six years of engineering to make the Fusion, but the straight took thousands of makers several lifetimes to perfect...
    Yes, I agree!

    I'm trying to find the article / comparison I read where they had a very experienced barber with a SR, and another with a Fusion or some brand. It was a product comparison, not an advertisement. Both were shaved, and the Fusion won out. I remember the barber with the SR saying, "....I can't compete with that."

    For me, it's a SR all the way...and if I don't get as close a shave, that only means I get to shave more often!!
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    Huh...found the article about the razor comparison:

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    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/archive.../t-148478.html

    And the original article in, "The Toronto Star".

    http://www.thestar.com/living/articl...s-been-outdone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrank View Post
    Huh...found the article about the razor comparison:

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    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/archive.../t-148478.html

    And the original article in, "The Toronto Star".

    Cribb: After many close shaves, the straight razor has been outdone | Toronto Star

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    Yeah, I remember it, it has been posted here a few times before

    From what I remember, many of our members had a bit of a laugh at that article.

    Don't get me wrong, to millions of people, the fusion et al does a splendid job.
    What it also does is leave millions of men feeling that shaving is a chore, and somewhat painful at that.
    Just look at the neckline of a lot of them around the office or wherever.
    They look like they are in pain, and have the complexion of a 15 year old, a lot of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrank View Post
    Huh...found the article about the razor comparison:

    FYI:

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/archive.../t-148478.html

    And the original article in, "The Toronto Star".

    Cribb: After many close shaves, the straight razor has been outdone | Toronto Star

    Cheers!
    Thanks for the link to the article. I have always suspected that the poor shaves people get from high tech marvels has more to do with technique and using a poor lather than the implement itself. I haven't personally used these new marvels but since starting SR shaving my technique and better lathering has vastly improved and carried over to my DE shaving making it a close race between the results from a DE and SR for me. I can also see why on a forum dedicated to SRs that quite a few people would scoff at the article.

    To stay on topic, I can't see why anyone would think a shavette is an any less worthy shaving implement than any other. There just is less interest on this dedicated SR forum for the other shaving implements which is to be expected.

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    About a year and a half ago I tried a Feather razor and because I liked it so much they have become my go to razors (I use the Feather DX and Kai models in both folding and non folding). This forum is concentrating on Straight razors but if you do a search you'll find enough threads about shavettes and such. If you are looking for more information you might have a look here: Die Shavette but it's in German (use google translate). Lots and lots of information.

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    Gentlemen:

    I have the new stainless steel Feather Artist Club DX teak wood and the pearl as well as the stainless steel. The stainless steel also goes on trips as a backup to my straight. All three give me superb shaves and are a joy to use. I also had the Japanese style Feather DX and passed it on. The razor was fine and gave a superb shave, but I just don't like Japanese-style razors, traditional or Shavette. Anyway, I scatter the Shavettes well as my double edge razors among the traditional straights in regular rotation. The Feather as well as my DE razors are also used when I am short on time, although even then I do not rush my shave.

    If you, however, want the true traditional straight razor experience with its colorful rituals stropping, cleaning, maintaining and honing the Shavette will not give it to you. In that sense you don't get the traditional straight razor experience. If you prefer not to bother with all that perfectly sound thinking then the Shavette is the way to go and no traditional straight razor shaver, who is a gentleman, will criticize you for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
    Gentlemen:

    I have the new stainless steel Feather Artist Club DX teak wood and the pearl as well as the stainless steel. The stainless steel also goes on trips as a backup to my straight. All three give me superb shaves and are a joy to use. I also had the Japanese style Feather DX and passed it on. The razor was fine and gave a superb shave, but I just don't like Japanese-style razors, traditional or Shavette. Anyway, I scatter the Shavettes well as my double edge razors among the traditional straights in regular rotation. The Feather as well as my DE razors are also used when I am short on time, although even then I do not rush my shave.

    If you, however, want the true traditional straight razor experience with its colorful rituals — stropping, cleaning, maintaining and honing — the Shavette will not give it to you. In that sense you don't get the traditional straight razor experience. If you prefer not to bother with all that — perfectly sound thinking — then the Shavette is the way to go and no traditional straight razor shaver, who is a gentleman, will criticize you for it.
    Excellent! As I've said, to each is own, if it makes you happy and that's what you like, that's all the matters!

    As I mentioned, I picked up a Parker SR-1 shavette the other day, had a shave, and it certainly did the job. Got it with the idea of a travel razor and it will do that more than adequately.

    One thing I'd like to mention, I've been into SR now for just over 6 months, thinking about it for about a year. It just occurred to me, that when I would get a SR shave at the barber, he used a shavette. I didn't know the difference nor did I think there was one! At least in Canada, barbers can't use real SR's due to health rules, they must replace the blade for each shave.

    So, for me, at the time uninitiated, I had no idea there was a difference!! It was a great shave done by my old Italian barber, who said he learned to shave someone when he was 9 yrs old. He said he could shave people in the dark!

    So I have the shavette to thank for introducing me to the SR world.

    Again, to each is own, and different strokes for different folks (pun intended)!

    Cheers!
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    Several years ago, when I first "came over" from SE and DE safety razors, I decided to do a "basic training" with a shavette. The idea was learn to use a straight without having to hassle stropping or honing at first. One thing is certain, if you can consistently get good shaves from a shavette, the next step into conventional straight razors was very easy as a result and I only need to learn stropping and honing. Technique was already very well engrained from my time with the shavette.

    Recently I purchased the Kimchee Kamisori (a Korean knock-off of a Feather non-folding shavette) and must say the love affair has been re-kindled. I'll still use all three (safety razors, shavettes, and conventional straights) so its not necessarily an all or nothing proposition, just another tool in the tool box. But I think much of the shavette bashing is really unwarranted as I've found them to be fine shavers. No, they're not conventional straight razors but in the larger scheme of things what has that to do with anything? While the honing and stropping component is not there, isn't there an almost identical skill set that shavette users have to master? What's more having used both, I'd say that a shavette is a bit more of a challenge to use than a conventional straight. They tend to let you know right away when you've done something less than perfect technique wise.
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    I honesty don't see why people find shavettes harsh. I bought a cheap one off of ebay for around $5 and has zero issues. I was actually kind of impressed due to not really expecting much for it...I more just bought it for kicks. I gave it to my brother along with a cheap brush and some soaps to try to get him into wet shaving!

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