Okay, I’ll admit it, I bought a Harry’s razor partly because I knew it would help pay my former co-blogger’s salary, but mainly because I wanted to elevate my shaving game. Unlike Jon, I am not into the retro-shaving gig, but I knew that the men’s shaving industry was badly in need of some innovative disruption. Just like bundled cable, which forces you to pay for 200 channels you DON’T want in return for the ones you do, the shaving industry forces you to pay for their bloated advertising and marketing budgets by tying you into one razor and one type of blades.
Harry’s does the same thing of course, but without the bloated overhead. And what razors! What blades!
I popped for the higher-grade “Winston” set (cigar and scowl not included), and was glad I did so. The razor itself very well-balanced and so well-made, and and appears to be meticulously crafted and beautifully made. There’s a solid, pleasant heft to the razor, not unlike the feel of a well-made kitchen knife or high-end 1911 pistol. This is, quite simply, a man’s razor.
I selected the foaming shaving gel as my emollient of choice, and it foams up nicely, with a rich, pleasant smell that is neither floral or dank which lingers after the shave is over but stays in the background and is not overpowering.
The shave, you say, what about the shave?
I’ve had one fantastic shave in my life, in a barber shop in a Smitty’s grocery store that is now long-gone. Now I’ve had two. The difference between shaving with my old Mach3 razor and the Harry’s razor is the difference between writing with a Pilot and a Mont Blanc. It’s the difference between Dewar’s and Glenfiddich, or LG and Blaupunkt. Will a Pilot pen write? Sure. Do you get more out of the writing experience with a Mont Blanc? You betcha.
Shaving is one of the few things a man can do that is a brief moment of relaxing luxury in an otherwise frantic day. Take a moment for yourself, and make your shave something you look forward to, not something you have to do.
Yes, if you haven’t figured it out, I LIKE THIS RAZOR, and if you type in Ricochet (plug), you get it for $5 less than you normally would. Try it, and keep the store-bought razor around if you don’t like it. I think you’ll soon toss the Gillette in the dustbin, and switch to a higher form of shaving lifestyle.
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October 17th, 2014 by exurbankevin