Poll: Is a Disposable SE Contemporary Razor Viable?
 09-14-2014, 02:41 PM
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  • Entasis
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Those of us who relish SE style razors: Cobra, Mongoose, and forthcoming HuntLee, also know that the high entry fee is prohibitive or dissuasive to those who might have an interest. A while back I contacted Phil about testing his HuntLee resin model and signing a NDA (I didn't hear back, likely owed to the many queries of the HuntLee. Wink ) Anyway, it would be a great way to introduce those sitting on the fence or who might not otherwise wish to spend the amount of funds for today’s contemporary SE razors. Also, for those of us travel, and do not wish TSA ending up with a nice SE razor, this would provide a means of taking an SE razor with us. Michael* (poonjaji) has provided an outstanding and generous means of testing these razors, but they remain limited in exposure.


As Phil says in his HuntLee Katana video, the resin model he displays might very well be shave ready. Do others see a niche to be filled with a HuntLee disposable? Because it would be a “disposable” this potentially mitigates liabilities as it does for the many disposable razors in the retail market today. Although the current batch of SE contemporary razors are limited quantity, they still can be seen for sale as owners' whom buy, try, and decide that a contemporary SE is not the razor for them. Obviously, a disposable razor of small production runs is not going to compete price-wise against those on the retail market today as it would be more costly to produce and to meet the safety measures necessary to house an SE blade. Thoughts, please?

*Michael introduced me to the niche of contemporary SE razors and forever changed my world of shaving.

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 09-14-2014, 02:46 PM
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  • bullgoose
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Interesting idea. Bruce Weber and I actually did discuss the possibility of a plastic Huntlee and it is something we may look at further down the road a bit. For what it is worth, Bruce actually did shave with the resin model. Biggrin

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 09-14-2014, 03:16 PM
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  • Agravic
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Interesting.

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 09-14-2014, 03:24 PM
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  • Entasis
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(09-14-2014, 03:16 PM)Agravic Wrote: Interesting.
In the British sense: This is clearly nonsense or otherwise? Wink

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 09-14-2014, 03:34 PM
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Why dispose a razor when you could use a stainless one over and over again. In the long run it's cheaper as well.

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 09-14-2014, 03:36 PM
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(09-14-2014, 03:24 PM)Entasis Wrote:
(09-14-2014, 03:16 PM)Agravic Wrote: Interesting.
In the British sense: This is clearly nonsense or otherwise? Wink

Blush

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 09-14-2014, 03:47 PM
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(09-14-2014, 03:34 PM)slantman Wrote: Why dispose a razor when you could use a stainless one over and over again. In the long run it's cheaper as well.
To introduce those with limited budgets and for those who want a superior travel razor. Of course, price point is imperative for the first and it might still be too high.

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 09-14-2014, 04:06 PM
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Who says that it has to be disposable? One of my favorite razors is the Bakelite (i.e. plastic) slant.


- Josh -

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 09-14-2014, 04:10 PM
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(09-14-2014, 04:06 PM)jpakstis Wrote: Who says that it has to be disposable? One of my favorite razors is the Bakelite (i.e. plastic) slant.


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I agree Josh, a good resin wouldn't be disposable, at least not in the one and done sense.

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 09-14-2014, 04:14 PM
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  • bullgoose
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If we made a plastic version, it would not be disposable. It would be more like the bakelite slants.

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 09-14-2014, 04:39 PM
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(09-14-2014, 04:14 PM)bullgoose Wrote: If we made a plastic version, it would not be disposable. It would be more like the bakelite slants.

* This would be a great idea if it were feasible! Smile

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 09-14-2014, 08:56 PM
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I approve of this idea - lightweight, somewhat cheaper, potentially less fuzzy to travel with... but it ain't a disposable in the normal sense of the word.

I would buy one if the price was reasonable - only problem is that I'm not sure what a reasonable price would be Tongue

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 09-15-2014, 06:29 AM
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  • refles
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The idea of the disposable part very cool indeed as there's nothing like it and if manufacturing can keep the economics of it down that would be a travel razor even! But maybe this disposable would be used more like a sanitary thing as well.. as you use it as normal but loosely rinse to clean and when it gets really yucky toss it get another! Or even maybe just the head as the disposable ... like the anti-Gilette cartridge as you would choose your own blade but the razor head changes because you can supply your own awesome handle (ie.. patiently waiting for a UFO Angel)

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 09-15-2014, 06:49 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Maybe I should approach Aimsport about this idea and use his 3D printing.

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 09-15-2014, 08:28 AM
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(09-15-2014, 06:49 AM)bullgoose Wrote: Maybe I should approach Aimsport about this idea and use his 3D printing.

I should be getting in by Tuesday the R41 Hurricane top plate from the 3D printers. Took them about 2 weeks to produce and ship. So making a 3D plastic Huntlee sounds like a good idea.

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 09-15-2014, 12:50 PM
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Great idea but isn't this how Gillette got in trouble---Disposable carts?

I agree, make it out of Bakerlite or come into the 21st century G10. That will probably outlast any SS.Look at the glock guns,anymore questions?Idea

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 09-15-2014, 02:17 PM
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  • tsimmns
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I'm in the buy or trySmile

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 09-15-2014, 03:34 PM
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(09-14-2014, 04:14 PM)bullgoose Wrote: If we made a plastic version, it would not be disposable. It would be more like the bakelite slants.

Oversaturn likes this. Biggrin

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 09-15-2014, 04:15 PM
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3D printing is great for prototyping and small batch production, but the speed / cost is usually not competitive to do larger quantity runs. What could be interesting is, once a production model (or final metal prototype) is ready, is approaching an injection molding shop and see if they can make the molds at a reasonable price. Presuming they can, you can knock out many copies for a more palatable price to users. Then, the issue is finding the right molding material to optimize the price / performance curve.

Interesting concept and potentially do-able.

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 09-16-2014, 08:34 PM
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Matt, your idea sounds very appealing! Smile

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