03-19-2014, 06:51 AM
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For a while I was a fairly frequent contributor to this forum, but a little while back I took on a new job and my spare time disappeared. This also meant that I rarely used my straight razors anymore as my available morning prep time had been greatly reduced. I recently received a promotion and a much more standard schedule, so lately I have been migrating back to straight razors.

For the last few weeks I have been happily bouncing between my Union Cutlery 5/8, Parker SRW, and a modified Gold Dollar 208 (from Lee at WSP). I have been happy with this rotation, but I also longed for something new and interesting. Soooo, off to the web I went.

After a ton of searching I found what I was looking for: a beautiful Boker Edelweiss. The price was right, the reviews were great, and it was OUT OF STOCK! I was disappointed, but I also liked the Boker King Cutter in white (with the little tree on the scales)...sadly this too was out of stock. I soon discovered that almost every vendor with reasonably priced Bokers was completely out of stock. The few vendors who did seem to have Boker straight razors were either not reputable or sold them for a significantly higher price than I was willing to pay. This prompted a return to my favorite information brokers, the shaving forums.

My question is: what's up with Boker? Has the demand outstripped the production? Is there an issue at the factory? Why is it that when I finally find a well priced modern straight razor that looks spiffy, it is unavailable? WHERE HAVE ALL THE BOKERS GONE?

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 03-19-2014, 08:30 AM
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superiorshave usually has a few Boker's floating around...

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 03-19-2014, 08:47 AM
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Yeah, they had three in stock when I checked. Sadly, they did not appear to have either model that I was looking for.

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 03-19-2014, 09:04 AM
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  • gijames
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(03-19-2014, 08:47 AM)Jabberwock Wrote: Yeah, they had three in stock when I checked. Sadly, they did not appear to have either model that I was looking for.

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I purchased my Boker Edelweiss from WCS and was on the waiting list for maybe 4 weeks before John had some to send to his honemeister Max.. and another week before I received it.

It was well worth the wait!
   
Best to you on whatever route you go!

Blessings,
James

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 03-19-2014, 10:12 AM
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They are in stock at Invisible edge in the UK

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 03-19-2014, 10:44 AM
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They are available at the Invisible Edge, but the Edelweiss (for example) is going for £127.26, or roughly $211...

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 03-19-2014, 11:37 AM
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Supply & demand I suppose. I hear Dovo's are extraordinarily backordered for all retailers.

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 03-19-2014, 12:06 PM
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How much do they usually go for in the US?

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 03-19-2014, 12:16 PM
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(03-19-2014, 12:06 PM)Jpshaver Wrote: How much do they usually go for in the US?

From my research before my purchase..
$130 range , with it honed and shipping included

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 03-19-2014, 12:25 PM
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That is a considerable difference.

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 03-19-2014, 12:47 PM
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(03-19-2014, 08:47 AM)Jabberwock Wrote: Yeah, they had three in stock when I checked. Sadly, they did not appear to have either model that I was looking for.

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Can you not order them from their website?

https://www.boker.de/us/

Or am I missing something, like they do not list out of stock when they really are?

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 03-19-2014, 01:40 PM
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You can order from their web site, but again the prices are around $70 more than what they normally go for on other vendor sites.

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 03-19-2014, 02:36 PM
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(03-19-2014, 12:16 PM)gijames Wrote:
(03-19-2014, 12:06 PM)Jpshaver Wrote: How much do they usually go for in the US?

From my research before my purchase..
$130 range , with it honed and shipping included

Whoa, that's freaking cheap! Dovo Best is $160 on Amazon and the basic Boker is a nicer razor. IMO.

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 03-19-2014, 05:21 PM
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Vintage Bokers are plentiful.

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 03-20-2014, 10:52 AM
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I sent you a pm on an Edelweiss.

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 03-20-2014, 12:55 PM
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new straights from anyone seems to be on backorder currently

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 03-20-2014, 08:37 PM
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I too have noticed that most modern straight razors are becoming difficult to find, but I see this as a possible good thing in the long run. More demand creates more competition and (hopefully) larger production runs. As the folks with a passing interest begin to filter out we may even start to see a much more interesting secondary market for lightly used modern straight razors. Who knows, maybe in a year or three finding a cheap barely used Boker or TI on eBay will become the norm.

I have found that I am really particular about adding any new razors to my rotation. I appreciate vintage razors (I love my Union Cutlery Mag-Nam and Robeson ShurEdge), but the newer razors just appeal to me more.

Thanks for the PM, I've responded and look forward to seeing some pics.

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 03-20-2014, 09:33 PM
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Even demand for Gold Dollars has skyrocketed.

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