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Pieter Ketelings (Pithor)
From: Finland
Posts: 89
I'm really liking my Swedish razors, but that also has to do with the fact that they make up half of my shave-ready rotation. At the moment I'm really digging my Heljestrand M***K No.31 (very full hollow, smaller sister to the MK32), but the No.23 (quarter hollow) is a great one as well, just like my 5/8 Törnblom rattler/faux frameback. My Söderén frameback is a bit aggressive for my taste, but maybe it just needs some tweaking on the stones.

All in all Swedish blades are quite hard, which means they take a bit longer to hone than, lets say, a vintage Sheffield, but they hold the edge well. Swedish steel also takes a great edge, the fact that many (vintage?) Japanese razors and more recently manufactured kamisori's are forged using Swedish steel is rather illustrative I think.

But then again I have no idea about how the qualities of vintage Swedish steel and modern Swedish steel compare, and exactly what kind of steel is used by whom. But there has to be something about it.

I've been considering getting a Japanese straight at some point, although I'm not sure how they would compare against Swedish straights, being the same(?) steel and all. But I digress.

@Karl: If you are choosing between a TI and Revisor I'd go for a revisor, since from what I've seen they're more affordable and I was never too hot on the TI designs. I guess most of it boils down to aesthetic preferences, like Paul said. Most razors that are in production are great from what I've heard, vintage a better value for money. Unless you're aiming for a high-end (read highly coveted, such as Bartmanns and Globusmen and what-have-you-not) NOS, with £100 to spend you'd be going for the 'cheaper' NOS straights, e.g. on the revisor rarities page. Lovely selection there, I have to agree. If I felt the need to do some serious razor shopping, that's where I'd look.
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2011-10-24 11:00
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Wim Decraene (decraew)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 447
It's been said here before, but if I want to treat myself with a nice razor, I also check out the Revisor rarities. Or the Schultze section.
2011-10-24 11:22
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geruchtemoaker
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From: Belgium
Posts: 693
iconPithor:

I've been considering getting a Japanese straight at some point, although I'm not sure how they would compare against Swedish straights, being the same(?) steel and all. But I digress.

If you pay shipping I'll be more than happy to send you mine so you can try it out.

kind regards
Stijn
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2011-10-24 13:40
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Matt
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From: Poland
Posts: 1047
I'd say that my 6/8 J.B. Holland Sheffield and 6/8 Safachat are my favs. Both for aesthetic appeals and their performance. :thumbup:

I will echo others, if you choose a Revisor, or a genuine NOS Solingen, you can't go wrong.

cheers,
Matt
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2011-10-24 15:40
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snuff
From: Belgium
Posts: 69
@Stijn:

If Phitor wants to try out the razor and you're coming to the meeting on friday you can bring it along, I'll have a package for him and could include it saving some postage.

I don't have many razors but my favourite is a Provant 25 Boehler Steel Solingen 7/8”
2011-10-24 16:27
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geruchtemoaker
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From: Belgium
Posts: 693
no Ronny i'm not comming(ik moet activiteit geven in de KAJ)
if he's interested i'll mail it to you and you can send it together
The Bible and several other self help or enlightenment books cite the Seven Deadly Sins. They are: pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that we do, that is sinful... or fun for that matter. - Dave Mustaine
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2011-10-24 16:34
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Pieter Ketelings (Pithor)
From: Finland
Posts: 89
@Stijn: Godnondeju, das meer dan aardig u. I would really appreciate it, and I'll owe you one! I agree, the easiest would be to send it to Ronny. I can pay your shipping in Belgium as well, if need be. And don't forget to mail me your return address so I can send it back once I'm done with it in 2015. :w00t:

As I said, I'll owe you one. Bedankt man!
Loose, footloose!
Put on the Sunday roast!
2011-10-24 17:45
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Karl Smith (Karl)
From: United Kingdom
Posts: 33
Hello its the birthday boy :D

Finished work, will be going out for a meal and a few beers after a shower and shave :sleep:

I'm loving the Revisor site, never been on there before.
Think I'll be treating myself to a few of those from time to time!

I'm not interested in the TI's now. I think you get a lot more for your money with the solingen blades.

Anyhow thanks again for all your replies, you've been most heplful :thumbup:

Karl
2011-10-24 18:27
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Torben Pedersen (torbenbp)
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From: Denmark
Posts: 1024
Congrats !

After some thought:

J.A. Henckels 77. A wonderfull shaver,very simple and dressed in black scales.

Kindly
Torbs
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2011-10-24 21:10
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Paul
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From: United States
Posts: 1388
Karl,

Congratulations on making a decision and your new treat. I hope you enjoy it for many years. :)
Paul
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2011-10-24 23:55
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Rhys
Posts: 37
Sounds like you're getting decent razor with so many choices around.

My favourite has to be my St & Co. never seen another one, no idea who made it - but for a tenner from an antique shop it outperforms my Ti.
Trouble is after doing the weeks worth of 300 laps per day on my #14 Filarmonica I now have a razor that is so smooth I don't need shave balm, just a rinse. Sooo, best £20 odd I've spent in a while.
Saying that, I bought a very worn Boker King Cutter and gave it the dilucot treatment it also gave me a very smooth shave.
Hmmm, possibility for many razors for a ton.
2011-10-30 00:31