02-01-2013, 10:08 AM
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  • Harvey
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Might be of interest..today in the business section an article by David Lazarus ...." Getting nicked by razor blade makers"...talking about manufacturers holding back on better engineering of longer lasting blades....a good read for those that still can.HuhSigns011

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 02-01-2013, 10:16 AM
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Do you have a link to the article?

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 02-01-2013, 10:16 AM
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Took me a little while to find it, but opens for me at http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-la...ull.column

Decent read - and Im still surprised to see how expensive using cartridges are, even somewhere as cheap* as the US.

*) Well, cheap compared to Norway...

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 02-01-2013, 10:24 AM
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(02-01-2013, 10:16 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Took me a little while to find it, but opens for me at http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-la...ull.column

Decent read - and Im still surprised to see how expensive using cartridges are, even somewhere as cheap* as the US.

*) Well, cheap compared to Norway...

So Norway's still outrageous? I'm going to Sweden for a family wedding this summer and we are hoping to take a side trip to Norway. I guess we'll prepare for the sticker shock as best we can...

I read the article too and it was interesting that they bypassed the DE and SE category completely. I've read about people trying to make ceramic razors/blades, but it's evidently harder than one would think.

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 02-01-2013, 10:55 AM
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I thought the estimate on hours an average man shaves in his life was interesting. The article says 3,300 hours. I wonder what the average member of The Shave Nook will spend in his life. I bet a lot more that 3,300 hoursSmile

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 02-01-2013, 11:14 AM
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(02-01-2013, 10:55 AM)tgutc Wrote: I thought the estimate on hours an average man shaves in his life was interesting. The article says 3,300 hours. I wonder what the average member of The Shave Nook will spend in his life. I bet a lot more that 3,300 hoursSmile

I agree! 15mins a day 360 days a year (I don't skip many days of shaving! Biggrin) is 90 hours a year. that's 36 years of shaving.
And because we wetshavers are so much happier with our shaving, I'm sure we'll live longer too! Smile

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 02-01-2013, 12:13 PM
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(02-01-2013, 10:24 AM)bjorney Wrote:
(02-01-2013, 10:16 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: *) Well, cheap compared to Norway...

So Norway's still outrageous? I'm going to Sweden for a family wedding this summer and we are hoping to take a side trip to Norway. I guess we'll prepare for the sticker shock as best we can...

Put it this way; no one travels from Sweden to Norway to save on shopping - but a lot of people travel from Norway to Sweden to do just that...
There are many reasons to visit / live in Norway. Our cheap prices is not one of them - but the others more than make up for it Tongue

PS: If you're interested, PM me with what part of Norway you plan on swinging by and I can help you find stuff to look at / experience.

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 02-01-2013, 01:51 PM
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Well, I for one wouldn't spend $100 for a blade that lasts 3 years. Only cartridge users would, maybe. When I used a cartridge I actually ejoyed getting rid of clogged cartridges. I couldn't imagine living with one for 3 years.

I like variety and one blade change in 3 years isn't variety to my mind. Plus, right now I spend $50 and get 7.6712328 years of shaving out of those 200 SE blades. Plus the spent blades can be recycled. Where's the upside for me? Oh, one more factor... I never need to buy another blade for the rest of my life, yet I will (DE) for variety in my DE shave.

But back to long life blades. There was a razor for the $20k selling area. I believe it had saphire blades, basically lifetime blades. So it can be done.

Oh wait, I found one lifetime razor for just slightly more. Maybe it's a Norway razor? :-) Iridium razor, so it can be done. Maybe that's the razor I was thinking of?

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 02-01-2013, 01:59 PM
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(02-01-2013, 01:51 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: But back to long life blades. There was a razor for the $20k selling area. I believe it had saphire blades, basically lifetime blades. So it can be done.

Oh wait, I found one lifetime razor for just slightly more. Maybe it's a Norway razor? :-) Iridium razor, so it can be done. Maybe that's the razor I was thinking of?

Slightly more... 242424 LMAO! If I had $100K to spend on shaving stuff, I'd definitely be buying a hell of a lot more than 1 razor

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 02-01-2013, 02:21 PM
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That is the razor which includes a "Shave Maiden" who shall we say "take care of ALL your shaving needs"SmileCoolRolleyes:yho:

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 02-01-2013, 06:03 PM
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That would put it in the category with Planes, Boats, and members of the opposite sex. Cheaper to rent than own, and you can always rent the latest model Wink

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 02-01-2013, 06:14 PM
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(02-01-2013, 02:21 PM)Harvey Wrote: That is the razor which includes a "Shave Maiden" who shall we say "take care of ALL your shaving needs"SmileCoolRolleyes:yho:

At that price, it would have to come with two shave maidens, one bath maiden, one laundry maiden, one house cleaning maiden, and one heck of a cook.

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 02-01-2013, 06:51 PM
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and a plastic case....Tongue

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 02-01-2013, 10:41 PM
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For that price they could have made it look nice...

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 02-02-2013, 05:37 AM
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The way most guys buy shaving gear it might be cheaper to use cartridges but certainly not as rewarding or comfortable.

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 02-02-2013, 02:54 PM
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I don't think a ceramic razor blade could actually stay sharp for longer than a year at absolute maximum.

There have been attempts (and one successful one) to make a ceramic knife into a ceramic straight razor. Okay, a straight razor is technically no different than a knife other than it's purpose built for shaving...

I don't think the edge lasted much longer than a stainless steel blade that's stropped regularly.

I could recall incorrectly.

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 02-06-2013, 03:11 PM
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I like the bevy of maidens approach.

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 02-06-2013, 03:24 PM
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Same article was in the NYtimes 10 days ago - just FYI

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 02-06-2013, 05:18 PM
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Irrespective of the publisher the articles are superficial. I started to say I've read dozens of shaving articles over the years but I've actually read the same thing dozens of times.

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