04-17-2015, 03:55 PM
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  • Johnny
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This review is recovered from the old review section for archival reasons
Ralf Aust 5/8 Straight Razor Review

For sometime now I have been considering getting back in to straight razor shaving.  I shaved with a straight for many years but gave it up about 10-years ago due to some shaking in my hands.  Through diet, exercise, and medication, the shaking is under control.

Well, the search was on.  Did I want vintage or new?  Did I want to spend a small fortune (which you can easily do with straights) or did I want the best bang for my buck?  I chose the best bang for the buck route looking for something that would last me the rest of my life and something I could hand down to one of my son's or grandson's.  After many emails, PM's, and phone conversations when men I highly respect in the straight razor shaving community this one brand/maker kept coming up, Ralf Aust in Germany.

The razor was advertised as freshly honed and stropped, and ready to shave, and it was.  I did about 40 laps on my old strop (need to replace this someday soon), lathered up and proceeded for my two pass shave.  The term like riding a bicycle came to mind.  It was like my old hands knew exactly what to do and the muscle memory kicked in.

This particular razor is the Ralf Aust 5/8 Round Point Full Hollow that comes with black plastic/acrylic scales and upper and lower jimps,  The fit and finish of this razor is what you expect from a quality craftsman.

If you are thinking about getting in to straight razor shaving or you just want to add another razor to your collection, I can highly recommend you get one of these.  To date, I would say that this is the best bang for the buck that I've ever spent on a razor.

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 04-17-2015, 05:35 PM
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  • Hanzo
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Great review Johnny. Enjoy your renewed interest in straights. You know already there is something fulfilling about successful use of a straight, the way DE's can't touch. Smile

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 04-17-2015, 06:32 PM
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  • evnpar
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Beautiful razor, Johnny. Congratulations, and a very nice review.

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 04-17-2015, 09:38 PM
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  • Thug
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Thanks for the review Johnny.

As I'm about to start on my straight razor shaving "career", the Ralph Aust is definitely on the list to acquire at some point.

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 04-18-2015, 06:28 AM
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  • jtmke
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Very nice. I am sure you will enjoy that razor. 

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 04-18-2015, 06:36 AM
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  • Obie
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Good show, Johnny. The Ralf Aust 5/8 is a fine razor for the first one. A quality razor helps beget a quality shave.

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 04-18-2015, 08:20 AM
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I recently acquired one on the BST and I would have to agree with you. Thanks for the review. 

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 04-18-2015, 08:47 AM
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I shouldn't read review like this... they make me want to start shaving with straight  Rolleyes

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 04-18-2015, 09:24 AM
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Nice razor Johnny, enjoy it!

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 04-19-2015, 04:23 AM
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  • Macko
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Aust makes fine razors, but you should have jumped on that Towa Johnny, different level altogether for roughly the same money.  Have fun.

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 04-19-2015, 06:13 AM
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  • Johnny
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(04-19-2015, 04:23 AM)Macko Wrote: Aust makes fine razors, but you should have jumped on that Towa Johnny, different level altogether for roughly the same money.  Have fun.

What Towa?  Where?  I can still jump.

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 06-24-2015, 10:14 AM
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  • Johnny
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Not to disrupt my Aust review, but I did jump on that Towa 6/8.  Very smoooooooooth.  Nice razor.  Thanks Mike.

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 06-24-2015, 02:53 PM
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  • Macko
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You're welcome Johnny, glad you like it.

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 06-25-2015, 07:53 PM
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Nice review, I have the same model. It is a pleasure to use and a great intro razor.

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 06-26-2015, 06:51 AM
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Now we're talking, congratulations!


~Royce

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 10-03-2015, 11:46 AM
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Nice review and without a doubt the best just over $100 razor to be had.  I have one as well and it is my most consistent razor in the stable and by coincidence, my least expensive!

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