07-15-2013, 07:46 PM
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  • Agravic
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I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed, but the newer batches of Cobra Classic razors have a cosmetic change in terms of the lettering at the base of the handle. As far as I can tell, the rest of the razor is unchanged, with the head remaining the same in terms of slots/grooves for the blade, etc. My speculation is that the mold used to cast these razors has worn from repeated use ... perhaps the lettering portion faded to the point where new lettering was instituted.

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old version on left, new version on right

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 07-15-2013, 07:50 PM
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  • ben74
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Ravi, I must admit I'm more than a little disappointed with this news. Sad

I'm awaiting my back-up and presume it will feature this updated, less dramatic lettering and not the aesthetically pleasing script of the original... Angry

Purely cosmetic quality issues had been noted on previous batches and the issues were attributed to worn molds (like you said), so the replacement of the molds are welcomed, but why change the lettering too... ? Huh

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 07-15-2013, 07:53 PM
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Yes, Ben ... I too was somewhat disappointed. Although the change is purely visual/cosmetic, I much prefer the font of the old lettering ... it's more distinctive and stylish.

As far as I can tell, the mechanical aspects of the razor head are unchanged. The 'pitting' on the underside of the head remains as before. I may be biased, but this is still one sexy razor! Blush

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 07-15-2013, 07:59 PM
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(07-15-2013, 07:53 PM)Agravic Wrote: this is still one sexy razor! Blush

+1 i only wish i could use those darn blades! Biggrin

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 07-15-2013, 08:04 PM
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(07-15-2013, 07:50 PM)ben74 Wrote: Purely cosmetic quality issues had been noted on previous batches and the issues were attributed to worn molds (like you said), so the replacement of the molds are welcomed, but why change the lettering too... ? Huh

One thought, Ben, and this is purely my speculation ... perhaps they modified the existing molds as a 'temporary' fix for the lettering portion only. Huh

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 07-15-2013, 08:09 PM
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  • ben74
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Yes it certainly is a good looking razor...

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but I still can't help but lament the change

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 07-16-2013, 04:23 AM
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This is my second Cobra and never even noticed any script on the bottom of the handles. Thanks for pointing it out.

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 07-16-2013, 04:54 AM
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(07-16-2013, 04:23 AM)slantman Wrote: This is my second Cobra and never even noticed any script on the bottom of the handles. Thanks for pointing it out.

D'oh - I have three Cobra Classics and I hadn't noticed the script either!

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 07-16-2013, 04:58 AM
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  • Johnny
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I don't even own one but I must agree, the old lettering looks better.

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 07-16-2013, 06:04 AM
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  • ojinsa
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The lettering on mine isn't nearly that clear, it's more covered by the plating than Ben's. I noticed it when I first go it a few months ago but couldn't make out the mark. I haven't checked my backup yet (still in the box), but it was from this last run of razors and I'm guessing it looks like the newer stamp.

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 07-16-2013, 07:27 AM
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I bought one earlier this year and I can barely see the lettering.

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 07-17-2013, 12:56 AM
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Now I know why I can't buy a Cobra, everyone buys more than one.

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 07-17-2013, 07:02 AM
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Can't wait to get one of these bad boys in my shaving den.

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 07-17-2013, 07:09 AM
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(07-15-2013, 08:04 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(07-15-2013, 07:50 PM)ben74 Wrote: Purely cosmetic quality issues had been noted on previous batches and the issues were attributed to worn molds (like you said), so the replacement of the molds are welcomed, but why change the lettering too... ? Huh

One thought, Ben, and this is purely my speculation ... perhaps they modified the existing molds as a 'temporary' fix for the lettering portion only. Huh

Perhaps Ravi, but from memory I believe the majority of complaints in relation to aged molds were in relation to "bubbling" in the grooves of the underside of the handle (not the lettering).

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 07-17-2013, 07:17 AM
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I also agree that that the old lettering looks better.

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 07-17-2013, 07:39 AM
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(07-17-2013, 07:09 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(07-15-2013, 08:04 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(07-15-2013, 07:50 PM)ben74 Wrote: Purely cosmetic quality issues had been noted on previous batches and the issues were attributed to worn molds (like you said), so the replacement of the molds are welcomed, but why change the lettering too... ? Huh

One thought, Ben, and this is purely my speculation ... perhaps they modified the existing molds as a 'temporary' fix for the lettering portion only. Huh

Perhaps Ravi, but from memory I believe the majority of complaints in relation to aged molds were in relation to "bubbling" in the grooves of the underside of the handle (not the lettering).

There is mild 'bubbling' in terms of the grooves of the handle on my newest Cobra ... but I'm not sure if it's worth the effort to send it back since there's no guarantee that this won't happen with the next batch! Confused

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 07-17-2013, 03:16 PM
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(07-17-2013, 07:39 AM)Agravic Wrote:
(07-17-2013, 07:09 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(07-15-2013, 08:04 PM)Agravic Wrote: One thought, Ben, and this is purely my speculation ... perhaps they modified the existing molds as a 'temporary' fix for the lettering portion only. Huh

Perhaps Ravi, but from memory I believe the majority of complaints in relation to aged molds were in relation to "bubbling" in the grooves of the underside of the handle (not the lettering).

There is mild 'bubbling' in terms of the grooves of the handle on my newest Cobra ... but I'm not sure if it's worth the effort to send it back since there's no guarantee that this won't happen with the next batch! Confused

More disappointing news Ravi... So they changed the script to something less attractive and ignored the aspect that purchasers had been complaining about. Huh I'm thinking I should have saved my $$$ and waited for the HuntLee, but I of course I didn't know about it when I placed my order for my second Cobra. Angry

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