Poll: What are the TWO things you look for in a razor? (ignore poll title)

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by gorgo2, Feb 10, 2019.


What is the #1 thing that most appeals to you in the razors you enjoy?

  1. History or tradition

    10 vote(s)
  2. Cost

    3 vote(s)
  3. Availability

    0 vote(s)
  4. Reliability

    9 vote(s)
  5. Versatility

    2 vote(s)
  6. Quality of manufacture

    11 vote(s)
  7. Appearance/styling

    3 vote(s)
  8. Modern manufacture (not vintage)

    2 vote(s)
  9. Comfort

    10 vote(s)
  10. Shave quality

    22 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    This may be a tough call to make. Many will want to pick more than one option. But, sorry! If you were forced to answer honestly, what is THE most appealing factor for you? I've got DEs in mind here but it need not be limited to them. If you think of any options I should include, I'll edit them into the poll. All comments and explanations welcome. Complaints should be directed in writing to,

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  2. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    I will play. Doesn't matter if DE or SE or whatever it may be. I look for traditional tools. Vintage rules.
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  3. brit

    brit in a box

    i love all my vintage gillettes, their looks, style ,build quality, history and rarity then and now.. but it all means beans if they don t shave worth a ... well you know..a show piece is nice but its gotta work or its gone, no cabinet queens in this stable..
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  4. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    I predict your answer will be in the top 2 or 3 by the time everyone's chimed in.
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  5. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Reliability...that one too.
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  6. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Could be. It will be interesting to see actually. Great poll.
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  7. Badgerstate

    Badgerstate Well-Known Member

    Probably quality. I expect the blade to fit in it straight without me having to fiddle with aligning the blade.
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  8. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Yep. The secret (which really isn't a secret around here) is that there's a lot of overlap in nearly all of those options...vintage USUALLY gets you quality, can also get you reliability and appearance, etc.

    Now that I think of it, "modern manufacture" should be an option, as there are some who prefer it.
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  9. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    I'd have to go with reliability. If it doesn't shave, nothing else matters.

    What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back? A stick.
  10. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    To bounce off what Fuzzy said, vintage does rule.
    Honestly, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't know of any "new" way to make a blade cut hair.

    It's awfully hard to reinvent the wheel.
    While I do enjoy the vintage and the history of my old stuff, I don't use it because of that. I use them because of the simplicity of the design and because it is a tried and true proven design.
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  11. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    And that one as well.
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  12. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Yea for some reason people like those silly modern things....:D
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  13. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

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  14. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Agreed, but I think I've read of guys who (for whatever reasons) dislike vintage and are totally sold on newly made razors. That's as legit an opinion as anyone else's so I just added that as a poll option.
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  15. brit

    brit in a box

    well said ..
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  16. macaronus

    macaronus Sir Nice-a-Lot Staff Member

    I go for hystery, um, history and tradition as well. That is my first trigger. Second is shave quality. But I'm not really interested in a brand new excellent razor. Vintage is the thing for me!
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  17. brit

    brit in a box

    i would call some modern razor models "vintage refined " as they have improved some characteristics over the originals they have copied..a wheel is a wheel..
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  18. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Veddy nice!
  19. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    Almost all of my razors are vintage. Injectors and SEs, but I voted cost since I try to keep razors to $20 or less when buying.
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  20. chevyguy

    chevyguy Well-Known Member

    Because they are shiny and new. I'll take my vintage razors over new ones. For me it comes down to using proper technique, and learning how a razor shaves.


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