PIF: Your chance to try a carbon DE shave

Discussion in 'Freebies' started by gorgo2, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    If you've never tried a carbon DE blade but are curious, here's your chance. I'll drop two minty sealed blades in the mail to you, free. You might get a Rexall, Pal, Adams, Blade Man or some other brand (oddly enough I'm not sure I have any Gillette carbons) but they all perform very similarly. Should you receive a blade that's not in its own wrapper, rest assured it just came out of a dispenser and is likewise guaranteed unused.

    A few tips if you're interested in this offer:

    You will find any carbon blade rougher and louder than stainless, but they still shave fine...after all, guys just like us used them for 40 years. It just takes a slightly different approach than you're used to.

    Like many blades, carbons tend to smooth out with use before they get dull, so don't pitch a blade after one shave.

    Dry blade thoroughly (towel dry or 99% alcohol dip).

    Before the next shave, strop it 10x each edge on your pants leg or leather strop if you have one. You should find it noticeably smoother the 2nd time around.

    PM me if interested. Very sorry but due to postage rates, CONUS only.
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  2. Turk

    Turk Well-Known Member

    Never tried a carbon DE blade. Count me in on this one. Thanks
  3. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    PM me your address...
  4. apo1022

    apo1022 Active Member

    Thanks Gorgo for the generous PIF.
  5. MoAllen

    MoAllen King of Unscented

    Very generous offer!

    PM sent.
  6. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    The audio feedback on the old carbons is quite surprising, almost as with SE blades. And agreed about stropping before use, tho I prefer the water glass method. ;)
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  7. 5Savages

    5Savages Well-Known Member

    Nice PIF! Don't include me, but I'm curious if your Blade Man blades look like those in the photo below.

  8. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Nice PIF, though!
  9. wlmcad

    wlmcad cleaning TSD Route 5

    I'm interested, PM Sent.
  10. jmv61

    jmv61 New Member

    This is pretty cool, will send you a PM soon.
  11. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Exactly like those. They're performed well, on the 2 shaves I think I've used them so far.
  12. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    While I've stropped a few right out of the box because they were unusually rough, I've found that if the edge is in pristine shape (as sealed blades usually are, 99% of the time), stropping is really only necessary after the first shave, sometimes after the second. Fresh ones are usually smooth enough...well, 'carbon smooth,' which - with rare exception - is not the same as 'stainless smooth.'

    I've got carbon blade hones but I've not yet sat down and really experimented on how many shaves I can get from one blade by honing and stropping; someday I'll have to do that.
  13. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood


    As a sufferer of CAD, I have acquired more than a lifetime's abundance and variety of carbons. For that reason I'd like to leave this PIF open indefinitely, if that's all right with the mods.

    I intend to get the requested blades in tomorrow's mail (I just found the box of small envelopes I was looking all over the house for). So, if you've requested blades but haven't gotten your address to me, do so at your convenience -- the offer's not going away any time soon, as far as I'm concerned.

    All I ask in return is this: when you have had time to try your blades a few times, head on over to the Razor forum and give your honest opinions; positive, negative or meh. I know we'll find them very interesting reading. Thanks...
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  14. apo1022

    apo1022 Active Member

    Thank you Gorgo!!!
  15. wlmcad

    wlmcad cleaning TSD Route 5

    Awesome gorgo!!!!
  16. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Most welcome, gentlemen, most welcome. ;)
  17. Smott

    Smott Chew your shave. Slowly.

    I've heard of neverending PIFs, but not one-man, one-direction neverending PIFs. You're awesome, gorgo. [​IMG]
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  18. emmijack

    emmijack Well-Known Member

    very nice gesture Gorgo!!!
  19. johnus

    johnus Well-Known Member

    Yes, interested. Pm address.
  20. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Well it is an honor thing - one turn only per man (or woman, as the case may be). But it can run awhile.

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