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Karl Smith (Karl)
From: United Kingdom
Posts: 33
Hi All,

It's my birthday tomorrow and I think my family members are going to give me some money so might get about £100 for some guilt free spending so thought I'd get a razor :)

My most favourite razors are a puma and a gotta if I had to choose.
I was thinking about getting a Bartmann as Bart speaks highly of them and I value his opinion.

I'd like to know what other members favourite razors are for my consideration?

Thanks,

Karl
2011-10-23 19:05
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Emmanuel Giannoulakis (Emmanuel)
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From: Greece
Posts: 942
Firstly I would like to wish happy birthday Karl. According my opinion all old straights etched <Solingen> is guaranteed as best saver. It is important to know what ground you wish Wedge,Half,I/4 or full.Me i love more the Shulze, Le grelot (even isnt solingen),the puma and the double duck.
Best regards
Emmanuel
Emmanuel Giannoulakis
from Athens Greece
2011-10-23 19:28
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Karl Smith (Karl)
From: United Kingdom
Posts: 33
Thanks Emmanuel,

I was thinking about a Le grelot and a dubl duck as well as a Bartmann.

As for ground I have razors from wedges to full hollow and I like them all. If I haven't shaved for a few days I definitely pick a wedge.

Thanks for the good advise and wishing me happy birthday :) shame I've got to work :(

Karl
2011-10-23 19:35
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Wim Decraene (decraew)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 447
Bartmann's are great, they take a really keen edge !
But so are 1,000 other brands.
Just yesterday I received my first TI new forging, it's incredibly keen as well.

(ps: if you really want a Bartmann, contact me via email)
2011-10-23 19:37
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Bayamontate
Posts: 20
My favorite straight razor is a John Pitts Celebrated true wedge restored by Ray Habyan. He did such an excellent job with padauk I haven't used wood for scales since. The honing was masterful, using one and half pieces of tape (one regular piece with one starting halfway on top of that.)
2011-10-23 20:26
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Paul
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From: United States
Posts: 1388
There's a certain appeal that comes with items with our namesake. If I'm not mistaken, Bart's affinity for Bartmann razors has to do with the fact that it has Bart in its name. Yes, they are fine razors, but nothing special relative to other high quality pieces. If I could find a razor with my name on it, I'd like to have it too..

Revisors are great razors, too. However, one of my favorite parts of their site is the rarities. Whatever you get, will almost certainly be great. I have recently had 6 NOS unbranded razors from Globusmann that I honed that have taken absolutely flawless edges... It's easy to hit on a great razor, but there are some that appeal to you for aesthetic reasons. I personally think that's an important aspect of razor selection. If I like the look and feel of it, I'm convinced that I'll make it perform well and enjoy the proceess too :)
Paul
"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it" - Greg Anderson
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2011-10-23 21:59
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Emmanuel Giannoulakis (Emmanuel)
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From: Greece
Posts: 942
Karl ,if you can spend a little of your time please read this one,http://www.coticule.be/the-cafeteria/message/23854.html
Best regards
Emmanuel
Emmanuel Giannoulakis
from Athens Greece
2011-10-23 22:43
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Bart Torfs (Bart)
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From: Belgium
Posts: 5001
icondecraew:
Bartmann's are great, they take a really keen edge !
But so are 1,000 other brands.
Just yesterday I received my first TI new forging, it's incredibly keen as well.

(ps: if you really want a Bartmann, contact me via email)

Unless you are giving a Bartmann away, please do not promote anything for sale outside our Marketplace forum.

Kind regards,
Bart.
Then the light shone, trumpets sounded and I got to the other side, where men shave with smiles on their faces, razors pop hairs, and a continuous choir singing «~~Keen and Smooth~~» is heard everywhere. (Matt)
2011-10-23 22:56
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Deckard
Posts: 156
There are lots of razor that I've not tried and still to aquire which I hear are excellent:
Filarminica, Cmon, Dublduck wonder edge, Boker, to name a few:mad: .


I'm no afficionado but can tell you all my new grind TI's are excellent shavers:thumbup: .
I have to agree with Paul about the other factors and preferences.

Joe
2011-10-23 23:14
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Torben Pedersen (torbenbp)
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From: Denmark
Posts: 1024
Thats a tough and unanswerable question....

Do you prefer a certain size? Old or new steel? Which type of scales? A wedge type? Or a full hollow? Perhaps with a belly? How about the balance? Or the ability to hone the razor?

I do have a very few -2 or 3- favorite razors,none are even remotely the same.

Torbs
Torben Pedersen
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"If it works dont break it..?"
2011-10-23 23:20
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Karl Smith (Karl)
From: United Kingdom
Posts: 33
Hello again,

Thanks for your replies.

Paul I've been on the revisor rarities link you posted. What beautiful razors.

Thanks for that link Emmanuel I see what you mean. I can't go wrong with any solingen blade and they are all good makers.
I could end up paying a lot more for just the name!

A few of you have mentioned TI's. I know Gary Haywood is a big fan of them too.

So I'm thinking Revisor or TI. I guess I can't go wrong either way so I'll see what I like the look of in my price range.


I don't normally even consider spending £100 or so on a razor but since its birthday money I thought why not?
I normally pick up old razors up from car boots and flee markets and found some great shavers but it will be nice to get something really flash looking with a bit of gold wash or something to add to the collection!

Thanks again for all your comments. I look forward to being able to post some pictures of my new razor.

All the best,

Karl
2011-10-24 00:07
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clovis
Posts: 50
Happy Birthday! I have a George Butler, Sheffield 5/8 full hollow. Its around 100 yrs old (was wife's grandfather) never restored so has some water marks etc but I find its a glorious shaver and my favourite. Interested to know what you buy, let us know.
2011-10-24 07:30
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life2short1971
From: United States
Posts: 386
The most readily available favorite shaver would be Heljestrand MK32. They are very high quality imo. I have a pair in Ivory that I love.
Scott
2011-10-24 08:26
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king
From: Croatia/Hrvatska
Posts: 229
If I have to choose just one razor for lifetime that would definitely be FON Golden Star Deluxe 13/16. That one beats many of my razors which are on pricey side icluding Thiers Issard, Revisor and Wacker.
2011-10-24 08:36
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life2short1971
From: United States
Posts: 386
I think I would choose the Fon over those choices as well. I must say I have narrowed my collection down to only a handful of very clean Heljestrands:love: from 11/16 to 17/16.
Scott
2011-10-24 08:44