Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by jaro, Oct 16, 2019.
A few BBs sealed in with melted candlewax did the trick on my last bar handle.
Got mine today, showed it to the wife and she promptly took it from me and said, "Christmas present". So guess I won't be trying it till then. After all, SWMBO is the boss
I took pictures of the R89 , Gillette and RR heads, they all look the same. (Can't upload here as I get the message it's too large).
R89 and Gillette have a slight weight difference
Now the head shave report:
Muhle 89 vs Gillette Heritage
Warm wet towel x 3
Proraso Red pre shave
Proraso Red tub using RazoRock synthetic
Blades: Gillette 7 O'clock green new on each
This was a 3 pass shave, it felt good, the R89 felt a bit more efficient on first pass, later probably no difference.
All in all, an average shave.
Post: Proraso AS Red
I chose Proraso thinking most people will probably have those items, I don't use them that much.
Now my personal opinion: if you have the R89 and just want a razor to shave: don't waste your $$ in this Gillette!
If you don't have an R89, then I think this is an OK razor....
If you are a collector....get it....the BOX is nice....reminiscent of the OLD Gillette boxes.
I do get better shaves from Karve OC "C", Muhle R41 or RR Jaws
I have the R89 and had not used it since Jan, not biased at all; and I love Gillette vintage Razors...have a few of those.
Some of the negative comments do seem silly, and based on rumor and guesswork rather than fact. The whole 'Zamak is evil' and 'Only shaving soaps with tallow are good' type things are flawed logic from what I have seen. Besides, the Heritage appears to be aimed at mainstream traditional wetshavers rather than wetshaving hobbyists.
That is the difference between mainstream vs. hobby wetshaving. The hobbyists are looking for $500 stainless steel, rhodium plated unobtanium of which only five are made per year. Otherwise, the razor confers no bragging rights. Mainstream wetshavers, on the other hand, just want a great shave. The Heritage is the same price as the least expensive Edwin Jaggers AND it comes with a really nice travel case. That is a very good deal!
This razor looks like it will deliver really good shaves and is a bargain, so I ordered one. If the head is from the Muhle R89 / Edwin Jagger DE89, that is a very positive indicator. Thank you, Gillette!
I went into an Art of Shaving store the other day and asked if they were going to carry it. The sales associates did not know what I was talking about, and seemed very surprised when they looked at it on Amazon. I don't think this is the rumored Gillette safety razor that was supposed to arrive in Art of Shaving stores a few years back.
Not to quibble but a mirror chrome DE89 is $28 shipped from Connaught. Yes the Heritage is a good deal if you attach value to the packaging and collectibility and I certainly don't disparage those who do.
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The rumored AOS gillette razor a few years back was a gillette tech style razor. Apparently they got cold feet back then realizing they could potentially loose blade sales if these razors started catching on so they pulled the plug at the last minute.
This whole thread pretty much debunks that theory. Just sayin'...
if nothing more., it's great they now have a current razor for sale to use those blades they still sell world wide..if it stays available of course..
I received my Gillette Heritage razor and I must say I am quite pleased. I think they did a great job with this razor. The razor is well made and has nice heft. The box is nice as well and I am so pleased King Gillette signed the case. A nice touch. My only regret is that I didn't order two razors instead of one. One for display and one for use. I hear the first Amazon release sold out. I hope they are planning a second release.
From what all I've heard, the head and base plate are made in Germany — there's some confusion around whether it's Merkur 38, Muhle R89, or Edwin Jagger DE89 — while the handle is made in the U.S. Likely it's all been contracted out, which makes sense given that this is something Gillette isn't as confident will sell well as we traditional shavers are. If the razor does well on the market, then likely we'll see an improved version down the road, and likely an expanded line. Frankly, I find it encouraging that Gillette sees the growing demand for safety razors and is finally catching up to meet it.
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