TheShaveDen

Dec
14
by Queen of Blades at 10:20 AM
(7,259 Views / 17 Likes)
289 Comments
Here's your chance to help support TSD, and feed your ADs!

It's simple:
1. Go to the TSD Donation page here. Page is temporarily down, please PM me if you wish to purchase tickets.
2. Change the quantity to 5 for each ticket you'd like to purchase.
3. Then pay!

Simple as that. $5.00 to enter this raffle!
"May I enter more than once?" Of course! Just purchase a quantity that equals $5.00 per entry! So if you want to buy 2 raffle "tickets", then change the quantity to 10 and pay the $10.00! Want 3 raffle "tickets"? Change the quantity to 15 and pay the $15.00! And so on...

This is open to our international members too!

The deadline for entries is midnight EST Monday, December 31st, 2018. Deadline extended to midnight EST Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 (due to donation page issue)

Prizes
Winners choose which prize they want, in the order their number is drawn. Yes, this may take several days. Patience is appreciated.

Prize must be claimed within 24 hours. If you don't claim your prize within 24 hours, you will still receive a prize. You'll just lose your place in picking your prize.

Winners will need to private message the prize donor their full shipping info, including name.

CLAIMED PRIZES
1 - 5. A TSD Product of your choosing

prize donor; @Queen of Blades
WINNER @jtspartan
WINNER @PLAla

WINNER @barbersurgeon

WINNER @americanshamrock

WINNER @Keithmax
6 - 11. One Razor of your choice
pictured below
prize donor; @Queen of Blades
WINNER #6 @Orville
WINNER #7 @Briscoe
WINNER #8 @Paul76
WINNER #9 @NCoxSTL
WINNER #10 @Lancre
WINNER #11 @Drygulch
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12. - 14. Vie Long DE Razor
prize donor; @Queen of Blades
WINNER #12 &#13 @Keithmax
WINNER #14 @Frijolero
vielong.jpg
15 - 20. Set of 4 empty Shave Stick Containers
prize donor; @Queen of Blades
WINNER #17 @John Ruschmeyer
WINNER #18 @Boru62
WINNER #19 @John Beeman
WINNER #20 @Jayaruh
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21 - 23. Choice of 1 Vintage Avon Bottle
pictured below
Containing Tribune Aftershave
(l - r #21 (unclaimed), #22 (claimed), #23 (claimed))
prize donor; @Queen of Blades
WINNER #22 @NCoxSTL
WINNER #23 @Jorvaljr
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24. Italian Barber Milionario tub, 5 tucks of Polsilver SI blades, &
Art of Shaving Sandalwood (Tallow)
prize donor; @Primotenore
WINNER @Paul76
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25. A post-War Gold Tech and a modern imitation leather travel case
prize donor; @John Ruschmeyer
WINNER @cmorris357
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26. A Schick Proline P-30 Magazine containing 30 Artist Club style blades
prize donor; @Linuxguile of Andrew's Shave Shop
WINNER @jluc
schick.jpg
27. A 100 pack of GEM stainless steel PTFE coated SE blades
prize donor; @Linuxguile of Andrew's Shave Shop
WINNER @9nein9
GEM SS PTFE.jpg
28. A Vintage Rolls Razor
complete with un-cracked hone, strop, two piece handle, blade, and aluminum chassis
prize donor; @Linuxguile of Andrew's Shave Shop
WINNER @jason koonce
Rolls.jpg
29. One Jayaruh brush
Winner's Choice from this page
prize donor; @Jayaruh
WINNER @Briscoe
Jayaruh.jpg
30. Gillette Ball End Old Type dates 1918
prize donor; @Screwtape
WINNER @Briscoe
31. Gillette Ball End NEW Long Comb NDC
prize donor; @Screwtape
WINNER...​
Nov
26
by PLANofMAN at 5:14 AM
(2,260 Views / 26 Likes)
80 Comments
I sometimes get questions from people who are shopping for razors through random Google searches and land on one of my reviews. Then they ask me if one razor is better than another.

That’s not the most outlandish thing in the world right?
Hmmm....

Except it’s often a nightmare question to answer.

Sometimes I haven’t even tried the razors I’m asked about.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like if I were one of the top popular reviewers and found myself constantly inundated with such requests at every waking hour.

1) THERE ARE TOO MANY RAZORS (AND BLADES)

The ironic part is that, as a shaving consumer myself who doesn’t take review units, I understand.

I totally understand the frustration of the people asking me these questions. Even browing a regular online shaving shop, you’re presented with about a hundred different razors, many of which have nigh-identical combinations of features at nigh-identical price points. (Especially the stainless steel razors)

But here’s the thing: I don’t know which one you should get any better than you do.

2) SUBJECTIVITY

Sure, I’ve tried a lot of razors.

But that’s because I’m weird and I’m obsessed with little details. I like to see all the minuscule differences that separate these various razors, and then write about them on the internet. Often, the history of a razor design is more interesting to me than the razor itself.

But none of that makes me an expert for what you should do with your money or time. Beyond what I write in the review, I often don’t have much more to say about a particular razor.

I have a weird brain. Thanks to a lifetime of shaving, and too many years of school that taught me to be overcritical of every aspect of the things I love, I can’t help but form a whole series of opinions about every razor (or any other shaving product) I try.

That’s what I like about razors. I like to check out new and old models and see what they’ve done in the desperate bid to differentiate their product from everything else on the market (both then and now). That’s what makes it fun for me. And my reviews are just a way for me to get that information out of my head and into the world, so that those thoughts matter in some way.

The thing is, what you personally like or need in a razor is probably very different than what I like or need.
And that’s great and part of the joy of being a person! But just because I think something is better, it might often be for reasons that don’t even appeal to you.

Every single aspect of razor “quality” is subjective.

A zamak (zinc) razor can shave just as well as a high-end stainless razor. I don't expect ot to last a lifetime, sure, but that doesn't mean I couldn't buy a lifetime supply at half the cost of a titanium Wolfman razor.

Visually, a 50 inch HD tv will show almost the same picture as a 4K tv. 99 out of a hundred people wouldn't notice the difference. If fact, an HD plasma tv would probably look better than an led 4K tv. It isn't until you get to about 100 inches that the differences become clear. I speak from experience here. Mostly. I own a 4k and an HD tv, and the blu ray and 4K players for each. Both upscale stuff pretty well. Even DVD's look good on either system. The color palette and the blacks are what make 4K stand out more to me than the pixels per inch. Alas, I don't own a 100 inch tv, so that at least, is not from my own personal experience. ...but I've looked at them in the stores.

The differences between razors that all take the same blade are much less than those televisions I was just writing about.

3) HAVE SOME CONFIDENCE!

Reviews don’t exist to validate purchasing decisions. They exist to help you expand your perspective so you can make those decisions, or simply learn more about the thing being discussed. They exist to challenge your brain’s sense of the status quo, so you are better informed.

It seems like, as time goes on, fan communities on forums tend to gather around reviews solely for the purpose of validation.

The shaving community is no different. Every time a new razor review comes out, other owners gather around and judge it for its worthiness and whether it matches their own opinions.

I would be okay with that if people didn’t so intrinsically tie this evaluation into their own self worth and the worth of their decisions. This mostly isn't a issue here, but I've seen it on other forums.

It literally doesn’t matter if I don’t like a razor you like, or if I love a razor you hate.

This is among the most insignificant things that matter in the entire world.

I’m 99 percent certain that no one who shows up solely to ask on the forum which thing is better ever comes back again, because I’ve done my job as their free servant and I’m now useless again.

...Okay, that might be true of most forums....