02-15-2014, 12:45 PM
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I've gone through my fair share of vintage Gillettes and some off-brand oddities but some time ago I think I arrived at what will remain as my all-time favorite DE razor:
The Barbasol Floating Head OC razor.

It has a fantastic handle - heavy and long and a head that just slices through grains like butter without ever having you truly fear of drawing blood. It's all around just a fantastic razor.

Anyone else have one in their stable/rotation and like it? Smile

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 02-15-2014, 02:16 PM
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I have never owned a Barbasol but heard so much about their shaving ability. The head looks very similar to a Muhle R41 2011'- 2013'.

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 02-15-2014, 02:20 PM
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Barbasol and its British Cousin the PAL


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 02-15-2014, 03:02 PM
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That's interesting - do you know if the PAL has the same floating head design?

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 02-15-2014, 03:05 PM
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(02-15-2014, 03:02 PM)Darkbulb Wrote: That's interesting - do you know if the PAL has the same floating head design?

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The PAL has a fixed head.

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 02-15-2014, 03:12 PM
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Hence cousin and not brother maybe Smile Thanks.
The only other razor I like as much is the Gillette Big Boy but the Barbasol is still a few notches above it Smile [Image: 2una3ena.jpg]

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 02-15-2014, 06:36 PM
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I used to have one, but it was just too aggressive for me. I really liked the look of it, though! Biggrin
Enjoy the razor!

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 02-16-2014, 08:39 PM
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  • ojinsa
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I love the floating head! It's easily one of my top 5 DE razors. I agree that it is more aggressive than many razors, but I've found that with minimal pressure and a proper angle that I get a BBS shave with one pass! So much so that shaving the next day is optional - ok, it's usually necessary, but it's usually less necessary than with other razors.

The flip side is that if I do apply pressure and use a quirky angle because I'm trying to speed it along or whatever the reason, that I get some irritation on my neck. So, I keep it slow and light, and voila, BBS.

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 02-17-2014, 12:27 PM
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I always believed that the floating head was what the R41 always wanted to be. I think I actually got Celestino's and had it replated. I loved it but the plating peeled away so I sold it because I didn't want to have to keep putting more money into replating. Of course I regret that decision to sell it and I periodically check eBay for another one. Better to have loved and lost!


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 02-17-2014, 12:36 PM
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Please forgive my ignorance but could someone please explain the meaning behind the name of this razor ?

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 02-17-2014, 12:46 PM
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(02-17-2014, 12:36 PM)BigMark Wrote: Please forgive my ignorance but could someone please explain the meaning behind the name of this razor ?

Barbasol was, and still is, a manufacturer of shaving cream (both in can and tube form). Many of the shaving soap and cream companies (Williams is another one) teamed up with various hardware and blade makers to market a set of items under the company banner. Barbasol had razor manufacturers make this razor with their brand name. This is one of the razors that was made. I think there were a couple of earlier models but this is the most famous.

http://www.barbasol.com/history.aspx

Here is another image of the Barbasol and the PAL.

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 02-17-2014, 04:17 PM
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I never knew they made razors!
I was always a fan of their shaving cream though.

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 02-17-2014, 06:39 PM
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(02-17-2014, 12:46 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(02-17-2014, 12:36 PM)BigMark Wrote: Please forgive my ignorance but could someone please explain the meaning behind the name of this razor ?

Barbasol was, and still is, a manufacturer of shaving cream (both in can and tube form). Many of the shaving soap and cream companies (Williams is another one) teamed up with various hardware and blade makers to market a set of items under the company banner. Barbasol had razor manufacturers make this razor with their brand name. This is one of the razors that was made. I think there were a couple of earlier models but this is the most famous.

http://www.barbasol.com/history.aspx

Here is another image of the Barbasol and the PAL.

[Image: 11260193905_baac163a2d_h.jpg]

What I meant was why "Floating Head" ? I do however know about Barbasol, it is just a shame they do not make an old school Lathering Shave Cream. I would buy it in a heartbeat if they did.

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 02-17-2014, 06:54 PM
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Mark, my understanding is that it is called "floating head" because the blade doesn't touch the safety bar below.

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 02-18-2014, 12:51 PM
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  • Samjax
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I have a Barbasol Floating Head in Rhodium; it's a mint condition razor I purchased from a Nook member on B/S/T. I've owned a few Barbasols and I think the Floating Head model is one of the best shaving tools ever manufactured. Aggressive, smooth and a nice overall size/heft for my tastes.

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 02-21-2014, 06:57 AM
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What are the Barbasols made of? Brass? What? Thinking I may have mine done in Rhodium.

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 02-21-2014, 12:37 PM
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  • Harvey
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I think top is brass...bottom plate aluminium and handle typical plated metal....(at least mine is)

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 02-21-2014, 12:52 PM
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Happy to see so many Barbasol fans our there - it is SUCH an amazing razor. Smile

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