09-07-2013, 05:37 PM
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  • vferdman
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We have a very lovely health food store in the area. They sell organic vegetables, natural personal hygiene products, food supplements, etc. I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I saw them displaying Parker TTO razors in a little cosmetics/skin care nook, which is separate from the main store, but in immediate proximity. They had half a dozen Parkers there for something like $25 or so. They also had Parker shaving creme (anyone tried?), some synthetic fiber brush and three or four types of blades including Astra SP, Shark Chrome and 7 am. Wow! I am blown away. This is so awesome.

I heard Parkers, especially newer, post 2010, are pretty good TTOs made in India. I tried a Cadet TTO once (also made in India and I wonder if there is a relationship). It was an inexpensive and well made TTO razor. I realized I don't much care for TTO razors and sold it, but it was way more aggressive than a Super Speed, which in my book is a good thing. Shaved very well and looked great. These Parkers look very nice and operate smoothly. Makes me want to get one.

So there you have it. A fairly alternative market offering sensible shaving solutions.

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 09-07-2013, 06:14 PM
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An where are you located so I can see if the Health Food Store is in driving distance.

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 09-08-2013, 10:22 AM
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(09-07-2013, 06:14 PM)Grumpy Wrote: An where are you located so I can see if the Health Food Store is in driving distance.

Northampton, Massachusetts. A bit of a ride from Disney Land...

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 09-09-2013, 04:00 AM
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I got a Parker 22R TTO and while not the smoothest of my shaves, it's a damn fine razor.

I am delighted to see "normal" stores starting to carry DE-gear - with a bit of luck that'll carry over to Europe as well.

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 09-09-2013, 06:02 AM
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There are certain Cutlery stores near where I live that sell a few DEs and SRs.

An I was surprised to see Col Conk's soaps and a few brushes.

What is sad is that the Natural Food Stores sell more Wet Shaving Soaps and a few brushes than the other store.

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 09-09-2013, 06:37 AM
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(09-09-2013, 06:02 AM)Grumpy Wrote: There are certain Cutlery stores near where I live that sell a few DEs and SRs.

An I was surprised to see Col Conk's soaps and a few brushes.

What is sad is that the Natural Food Stores sell more Wet Shaving Soaps and a few brushes than the other store.

I think it's great that Natural Food/Health stores sell wet shaving supplies. I think it's a good sign of wet shaving being more healthy and ecologically friendly than the canned goop and disposable cartridges. It's a great angle and a true one at that. Can't get better advertizing than this. This has more chance of spreading into mainstream than cutlery stores selling the stuff.

Also, in Cambridge, MA (home of Harvard University) there are at least two stores than I know of that sell a pretty extensive selection of razors, blades, soaps, brushes and straights. One is a gentleman's store that also sells pipes, tobacco, parlor games, etc and the other is an old fashioned pharmacy turned wet shaving specialist. Both places in Harvard Square and both doing well.

This wet shaving thing may be taking off after all.

(09-09-2013, 04:00 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: I got a Parker 22R TTO and while not the smoothest of my shaves, it's a damn fine razor.

I am delighted to see "normal" stores starting to carry DE-gear - with a bit of luck that'll carry over to Europe as well.

I am delighted as well. I also read that newer Parkers are better than the older ones. They have undergone some redesign in 2010 and are supposed to be pretty good now. For under $25 US they look beautiful, the finish is very nice and they have good balance and weight. I am not a big fan of TTOs personally, but I may just grab one of these to try and materially support the effort at the store.

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 09-09-2013, 05:47 PM
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(09-09-2013, 04:00 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: I got a Parker 22R TTO and while not the smoothest of my shaves, it's a damn fine razor.

There's something very right about the Parker 22R. Very fine razor indeed. Not in my rotation but I take if for a spin now and then and am always impressed.

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