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cut-throat razors and beyond...

Killer Kamisoricut-throat razor noun [C] UK (US straight razor)

a type of old-fashioned razor with a long blade that folds out from the handle

(Definition of cut-throat razor noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

2013 Wet Shaving Report - Results of a global wet shaving survey

December 6, 2013 — R

2013 Global Wet Shaving ReportLooks like our friends over at Straight Razor Magazine have outdone themselves once more. Their 2013 Wet Shaving Report - Results of a global wet shaving survey is ready for download. 

It is the first such report ever, and it has been made by people we trust and put under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence. Which means you can basically anything with it except make money. We love that approach. Well done, guys!

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Please support our friends at Straight Razor Magazine by filling in this survey!

XpecSome seriously good survey by our friends over at Straight Razor Magazine. We have always liked their reviews, but this survey is really great. Join in, spread the word, share it with your favourite shaving forum!

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Feeding the fanboys, or how to sell a piece of junk as a high priced vintage razor

April 12, 2013 — R

This one is dead, Jim.Every now and then, we stumble across eBay auctions that take even our breath away. Like this Puma: "It may have been exported to Japan in the late Meiji Era (c. 1910) as it has A German name: Solingen on the blade and Puma embeded on its handle in a silver metal." We analysed the ad, and here is the summary: "This was handled by a massive idiot, who first managed to lose 1cm, scratched the surface, then honed with such a heavy hand on a brick he created 2mm honewear, focused on the toe."

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April 3, 2013 — R

A real honemeisterShaptons, Naniwas, overpriced Thüringer, completely overpriced Japanese natural hones. Decisions, decisions...

In order to make it easier for everyone to get their razors shave ready using field-tested methods and tools, some bloody genius decided to create a honing website and make it meaningful.  Hooray!

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Review of the Ralf Aust Razor Manufacture 6/8 Spanish point razor - a new star from Solingen is born

March 23, 2013 — R

Ralf Aust 6/8 prototype

Every now and then, a new razor maker enters the scene. Recently, we had to witness the advent of so called costume makers whose razors are infamous for their dysfunctional designs and garish scale materials and colours. We disapproved.

Now, however, there is a new brand available in the US market that excels in terms of functionality, elegant design, and price: Ralf Aust Razor Manufacture.

Having known Aust razors and their legendary quality, we had the distinct pleasure of testing a prototype. We would like to share our first impressions with you.

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The best shaving community. Ever.

February 21, 2013 — R

SOTD - Google+ StyleAs you may or may not have noticed, there has been very little activity on this site lately. There is a very simple reason for that. We, your hosts, have been busy preparing a more attractive offering for you. It is with pleasure and pride that we would like to present to you the Google+ community Straight Razors and with it The Straight Razor Magazine. Feel free to join us there for more reviews, more straight razor images - and more thought provoking insights.

Bigotry and Bile, or how to win an argument in an online forum

March 2, 2012 — R

Badger & Blade, in a nutshellAnother day, another cerebral haemorrhage. Case in point, this thread over at Bigotry & Bile. What happened? Someone bought a razor, did not like it, honed it for six hours (yes, hours, not seconds), then threatened the manufacturer to publish allegedly incriminating images unless he were immediately sent another razor.

A sob story. Unless you are a member of the Temple of Hate crew, in which case, it is a welcome opportunity to shed more light on how Badger & Blade operates. 

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Let's discuss prices, shall we?

February 24, 2012 — R


Today, I came across an interesting thread in which a beginner wanted to know whether the US$ he had paid for an unused Henckels 70 1/2 with original box were too much. A perfectly valid question in my opinion, especially from someone completely new to buying razors. But one of SRP's senior moderator quashed it, stating, "You do realize that we don't allow valuations on SRP". Which made me wonder. Because if they aim at being the leading straight razor related online resource, why not use their superior knowledge to help their members to pay the right amount of money for their equipment? Why not, indeed?

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A cautionary tale...

February 3, 2012 — P


B&B is history for me, and why it should be for you...

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Timeo hominem unius libri, or B&Bgate 2012, film @11

February 1, 2012 — R

The same brushes, different angle.Occasionally I pretend to have a masochistic streak. It is on days like these that I browse various shaving forums in the vain hope that I will encounter something resembling sense. Today was one of those days, and what I encountered at Badger & Blade was interesting. The same kind of "interesting" demented minds represent to psychiatrists.

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