06-12-2013, 10:05 AM
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Does anyone know why its labeled "floating head"

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 06-12-2013, 11:26 AM
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  • Harvey
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Interesting question...wondered the same..I think it is becaue the blade does not rest completely flat which allows it to "float' above the safety bar edge....However I am not 100% sure even after looking a pictures and reviews....so ?????

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 06-12-2013, 01:11 PM
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Barbasol made two razor heads that look very similar - the regular head (rarer) and the floating head (more common).

I've had both and can say that the only real visual difference is that on the regular head, the blade contacts the safety comb, on the floating head, the blade sits above the comb. This makes the floating head razor more aggressive than the regular head one.

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 06-12-2013, 01:31 PM
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Yohann has it.

If you are interested in trying one but don't want to spend the money for a Barbasol, IMO the new 2013 Muhle R41 shaves very similarly to it. It is a little smoother than the Barbasol, but general feel is the same. The 2011 version is similar as well but more aggressive. This is just my opinion and as always ymmv.

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 06-12-2013, 04:54 PM
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There is a British cousin that is less available but the same design. I have both Barbasol and Pal and they are very aggressive according to my skin.

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 06-13-2013, 08:36 AM
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Thanks, Gary. I hadn't seen that PAL version.

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 06-13-2013, 02:40 PM
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  • Samjax
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In regards to all of the vintage razors I've owned...or own, the Barbasol Floating Head ranks at the top for my personal shaving preferences. It's a very close and very smooth shaving tool that everyone should try at least once.

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 06-13-2013, 04:24 PM
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Wow thanks

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 06-14-2013, 01:09 AM
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I love these razors, they are called the Big Fellow on Steroids. A very heavy and aggressive razor yet smooth. The Floating heads are better shavers, they are harder to get and cost tad more. I paid $150 for mine and worth every penny. Not many were made and they are scarce.

The difference is here, on the top you see the one on left does not have the raised area where the blade sits..the one on the right has the raised area which is why they call it a Floating head, it kinda makes the Blade float on the base head.

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Here is another example:


pic of a floating head with blade loaded but shows blade stays floats up by the top cap

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The British version is called the PAL.
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 06-15-2013, 08:30 PM
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So, does the Pal made in England have the floating head? Did they make one with the floating head? The photo seems to show the Barbasol is floating and the Pal is sitting down on the safety bar.

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 06-16-2013, 02:01 AM
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(06-15-2013, 08:30 PM)brothers Wrote: So, does the Pal made in England have the floating head? Did they make one with the floating head? The photo seems to show the Barbasol is floating and the Pal is sitting down on the safety bar.

Only Barbasol made the Float head design.

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