03-15-2014, 09:02 AM
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http://www.bornsharp.com

A modern day SE razor that I just found online. I don't believe that it has been discussed here at all. If it has then I missed it and apologize for the redundancy. I'm perusing the site now so I haven't developed any opinions yet other than how much and when can I have one.

What do you think of this system? What would you pay for a blade & razor system said to last 2,000 shaves?

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 03-15-2014, 09:08 AM
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  • Agravic
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Interesting ... never heard of this until now.

It's neat to see new and innovative ideas being explored in the world of wet-shaving.
I guess time will tell, in terms of success of this particular product ...

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 03-15-2014, 09:21 AM
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  • Harvey
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I sent them an e-mail to find out price and avilability....guessing WAY more than a PILS...I could be wrong..

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 03-15-2014, 09:37 AM
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  • freddy
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Brian, while I am completely fascinated by the concept, don't you sort of get the feeling that it takes away from the very simplicity of what we love about SE and DE shaving? In all fairness, I have not yet gone onto the site but only watched the video you posted. How much could go wrong with that razor stand where the working parts are? How durable is it if accidentally dropped? Over five years, their claim of blade life, what would the difference in cost be between the Born Sharp and traditional blades? Lastly, and I speak only for myself here, while the razor looks intriguing, one of the things I like best about our hobby is switching out different razors (and to a lesser extent, blades) which is beside the point as far as the Born Sharp is concerned.

Again, I stress that as of this writing I have not looked at the site so some of my questions might be answered there. Thanks for showing us this as it shows that the whole idea of wet shaving remains more popular than many might think. Smile

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 03-15-2014, 09:46 AM
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Yes Freddy I agree that this won't be for many shaving enthusiasts who love rotations and find variety to be the spice of life. However, I'm mainly intrigued that this is even happening and love that it is a SE of course. I only know of two other razors that are trying to come to fruition which are SEs and now this one makes a third.

Yes, the base station with it's moving parts could easily be broken but personally I like this approach as it solves my main reasons for not wanting to try out straight razors. I even tried getting a Rolls Razor shave ready but that didn't happen. To me this is a modern day version of the Rolls and I'm super intrigued by it.

Price on this bad boy will most likely be the kicker.

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 03-15-2014, 09:51 AM
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Brian, thank you for posting this. This is the first I've heard of this. It's an interesting product that will appeal to some people. I doubt it will appeal to many forum members. Simply because trying new razors is part of the fun. I'm curios to know what a realistic shelf life per blade is. I doubt it's five years.

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 03-15-2014, 11:52 AM
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I saw this posted on the Born Sharp site. While I don't usually pay attention to other wet shaving sites, I found this interesting. One of the posters even references the Nook. However, I have a hunch, based on what I read, that the original poster cut back quite a bit on what he originally wrote. http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/wi...ade.35146/

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 03-15-2014, 12:27 PM
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I noticed that too Freddy. Appears to be a lot of apprehension about this razor.

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 03-15-2014, 01:01 PM
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I find the concept interesting. I bet it will attract a lot of gents who like gadgets. OK, what was I thinking... that'd be us! Biggrin

But I have blades and razors for life, and while I find the idea interesting, how many lifetimes of shaves do I actually need?

But if I was a young person I'd definitely look into it. Heck, I'm an old fart and I still find it interesting. I'm very interested in hearing how the shave is from future users of the razor.

It doesn't look like much of a travel razor though.

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 03-15-2014, 01:07 PM
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Looks like they think it is a $500 razor. No thanks, but I do appreciate their ingenuity. Apparently they were trying to raise $100,000 but only garnered about $11,000. Not sure if this project is still even running. I'll update if I hear anything back from my email inquiry.

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 03-15-2014, 02:13 PM
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(03-15-2014, 01:07 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: Looks like they think it is a $500 razor. No thanks, but I do appreciate their ingenuity. Apparently they were trying to raise $100,000 but only garnered about $11,000. Not sure if this project is still even running. I'll update if I hear anything back from my email inquiry.

I noticed that, too, Brian, and if true then that easily makes it a non-starter for me, interesting idea or not.

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 03-15-2014, 03:16 PM
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$470 for the razor, then $100 every five years to get a new blade installed.

I'm out!

http://shavingprofessionals.com/last-raz...-purchase/

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 03-15-2014, 03:46 PM
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(03-15-2014, 03:16 PM)5Savages Wrote: $470 for the razor, then $100 every five years to get a new blade installed.

I'm out!

http://shavingprofessionals.com/last-raz...-purchase/

And, keep in mind that if those blades and hones cannot be replaced as a same day service, which I sincerely doubt, one will be without the razor until replacements are made and shipped back, meaning one would still have to go back to his old way of shaving for the duration. Where is the savings and convenience in that?

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 03-16-2014, 05:57 AM
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All this with the Rolls review on the other thread got me hooked on the idea!
Already had a mighty fine Rolls shave earlier today.
Next step is getting the wedge blade in my Kampfe kit shave ready....
And i have that Empire set with the blades... time to hone them up to!

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 03-16-2014, 06:31 PM
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I'd heard about this a while ago and is interesting but I doubt it will get off the ground. I have a hard time believing the product will work as advertised. I also think the price is going to be too high for them to sell enough units to sustain the company. How many people are going to pay $400-500 for a razor, even if it does last four or five years?

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 03-16-2014, 07:26 PM
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(03-16-2014, 06:31 PM)guildx500 Wrote: I'd heard about this a while ago and is interesting but I doubt it will get off the ground. I have a hard time believing the product will work as advertised. I also think the price is going to be too high for them to sell enough units to sustain the company. How many people are going to pay $400-500 for a razor, even if it does last four or five years?

+1 Interesting idea, though.

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 03-16-2014, 07:39 PM
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  • freddy
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This may account for why they've managed to raise only a tenth of what they needed. Too many are poking holes through the need for such an item and there aren't enough technology oriented wet shavers to appreciate and buy it.

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 03-16-2014, 08:13 PM
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  • ben74
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I wanted to hate it, but I have to admit it's worth further investigation...

With: "Adjustable blade exposure, Adjustable sharpness, Interchangeable handles, Blade longevity, Self sterilising and Stainless steel construction", the only downside really seems to be initial investment price.

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 03-16-2014, 09:03 PM
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Yikes! $500!? It's got to be cost effective for it to fly.

Good thing I have blades for life and then some.

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 03-17-2014, 03:34 AM
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Many on this and other forums have purchased $200+ razors, so I think several of us would try this.
I use a Cobra ~98% of the time as it is, so I can see using something like this most of the time, with the occasional rotation of one of my other razors.
Maybe not at $500, but at $200-$300, with good positive reviews, yes.
With that being said, I have not liked any adjustable I have ever tried, so for that alone, maybe not, but, this one may be different.

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