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. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    Before opening the thread, I said comfort. All razors will shave, but a razor that will provide a nice comfortable shave is all I really want.

    Most of mine are vintage with modern handles, so of the available choices I guess I would say reliability.
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  2. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    Sorry, i really didn't have time to read all the responses. I'll go read them later.
    But the biggest reason for me will be shave quality and comfort.
    I've said many times, if I'd have tried a Progess first, I wouldn't have a collection of razors.
    But i didn't, and I have a 50+ bunch. I have nearly ignored them all since the rockwell 6s. The shave isn't my closest, but the feel of use and the comfortable dfs's it produces have me reaching for it repeatedly.
    I keep thinking that with better technique, I can replicate the results. So far, I can't really say im disappointed in the razor. But many others give me better shaves. Some not as comfy, but certainly closer.
    Wonder if rockwell will ever make a plate 7-8 to rival the fatip, r41 lovers?
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  3. william beer

    william beer Well-Known Member

    Quality and comfort are my two most important and then next is versatility (adjustability). Didn't see comfort (ie smooth and irritation free) on the list.
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  4. canoeroller

    canoeroller Well-Known Member

    This was a difficult choice. I chose quality of manufacture, as that encompassed the most other choices. Quality will lead to reliability, a good appearance, and history as well. The junk manufacture of 60 years ago was mostly thrown away 55 years ago. The quality products endure. This is where the perpetual myth that things were better made in days gone by comes from. If we could go back 10,000 years, there would be an old cave man, belly up to the boulder, saying "You call that flint knapping? In my day we had REAL flint knapping!"
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
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  5. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    And his nickname would be "Fuzzy" of course. :taunt002:
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  6. brit

    brit in a box

    i have one question about quality.most of my gillettes are near nos or lightly used.they have sat preserved in someones drawer or collectors cabinet for70+ years...while they are all i have for shaving and only for the last couple of years i really look after them..is there anyone here who has used ie a fatboy/slim /tech since it was available new in the stores and has used it until recently or still does and does it need a replate or is it worn out ie tto? the lions share of most vintage gillettes are gone already..
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  7. DesertTime

    DesertTime Well-Known Member

    Where exactly does performance, i.e. quality of shave, fit in on your list?
  8. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    NOBODY expects the a poll with so many options! Our chief razor quality is reliability...reliability and quality...quality and reliability.... Our two weapons are quality and reliability...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are quality, reliability, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the King Gillette.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our razors.... Amongst our razors...are such elements as quality, reliability.... I'll come in again.
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  9. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Good call! Adding it.
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  10. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

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  11. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Because I didn't think of it...I tend to associate comfort more with the blade then with the razor. But since maybe that's just me, I'm adding it in.
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  12. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Poll choices have been updated, and you now have the option of voting for your top TWO factors. Knock yourselves out.
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  13. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

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  14. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Versatility and Appearance are my choices.
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  15. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

    okay, I chose Shave Quality (performance)
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  16. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Shave quality?
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  17. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Stupid but this kind of compares with picking your science fiction weapon of choice.

    ●Trek TOS phaser (versatility)
    ●SW blaster (effectiveness)
    ●Lightsaber (efficiency)

    Gimme a phaser any day of the week. It can do pretty much anything the other two can, but they can't do everything a phaser can.
  18. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    In the hands of the user?
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  19. Badgerstate

    Badgerstate Well-Known Member

    Since we can now pick 2 choices, Im going to have to go reliability and quality. I want the blade to fit in it straight without having to fiddle with aligning the blade and I expect the razor to last for years.
    Thats why, as much as I cringed at the price of it, Im glad that I bought a Timeless. Its expensive, yes but the craftsmanship of it is unquestionable and it should outlast me.
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  20. Badgerstate

    Badgerstate Well-Known Member

    I think that some people have fears over bacteria and dieseases with vintage razors. Even though viruses cant survive outside the body for more than 24 hours, some people are just grossed out by it.
    Ive got vintage razors and Ive got some new ones. Both are great.
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