07-02-2012, 06:03 AM
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This is the third in a series of posts about razors that you don't really hear about on the forums.

Here are the other two reviews:

1) Gladweg De Luxe
2) Henso DE razor

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So far in this series, I've been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the shaves from these unknown razors, as well as the build quality. They've been much better than I expected. Both the Henso and the Gladweg De Luxe were nice shavers, without being too aggressive.

That changed with the third razor - the Gladweg Push-Button.

When I placed the blade in this razor, I was pretty taken-aback by the blade angle and blade gap. I said to myself, "Hmm, this could be interesting!". And it was!

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The razor is a departure from the usual Gillette Clones in that it's a push-button razor. You push the button at the end of the handle to release the head.

Someone must have tried to open it by twisting, because there are plier marks on the knob at the bottom of the handle.

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It's sad they're there, but I think they add some character to the razor.

The blade placement is easy, with no play on the posts in the head, so there's no issue with blade-alignment. You then push the head cap into the handle and it clicks into place. No problems at all.

The razor is heavy and nice to hold - just about the right weight for me. The handle is thick and easy to grip.

It's the shave that sets this apart from other razors. What I have to say here is - "Muhle R41 2011 - eat your heart out!" This is what an aggressive razor should feel like.

Since it arcs the blade in the head, it takes care of the biggest issue I had with the Muhle R41 - which holds the blade mostly flat and allows some flex. This made using the R41 an adventure for me.

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It's hard to see from the pics, but the blade is angled in such a way as to make the razor really aggressive.

The Gladweg Push-Button is more efficient (for me) than the R41 because it allows a more standard usage of the razor, and it basically allows me to use the full abilities of the razor. By changing the shaving angle, I was able to change the aggression (within a small range), and that gave me some 'adjustability' on the fly.

I could stop with a 2-pass shave when using this razor, it's so close and comfortable! However, since it is so comfortable, I do my full 3-pass shave and I get an absolutely smooth face every time - no issues, and no 'excitement' - it's a pleasure to use this razor.

I've started working on a bottle of Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum lately, and people who use it know that it really is a great critic of your shave. Have a slightly harsh shave and this aftershave will burn you like the fires of Hell.

After a shave with the Gladweg Push-Button, I get a pleasant warm feeling - no burn! Did I mention that this razor gives a really smooth shave?

Anyway, I want to finish off by saying that this is the most efficient shaver I've ever used, that's still a pleasure to use.

It was a surprise, and a very pleasant one.

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 07-02-2012, 06:10 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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Beautiful razor Yohann. I will call it a notched spindle. Use it well.

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 07-02-2012, 06:13 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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What another fantastic razor Yohann and I love the push button release. Thanks for sharing!

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 07-02-2012, 07:21 AM
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Really cool razor. The head reminds me of a Fatip in the way the blade is positioned. Is the shave similar ?

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 07-02-2012, 08:56 AM
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Very unique and interesting design. It looks pretty heavy, did you weigh it?

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 07-02-2012, 09:01 AM
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  • Tonality
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  • Boston
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Looks fantastic. That handle looks very comfortable to hold.

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 07-02-2012, 09:01 AM
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(07-02-2012, 07:21 AM)SteelTown Wrote: Really cool razor. The head reminds me of a Fatip in the way the blade is positioned. Is the shave similar ?

I hadn't thought of comparing to the Fatip/Joris. It's been a while since I used a Joris (which I liked), but the shaves are similar, though I'd give this (the Gladweg) the edge in the aggression dept. Both shave pretty smoothly.

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 07-02-2012, 09:02 AM
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(07-02-2012, 09:01 AM)Tonality Wrote: Looks fantastic. That handle looks very comfortable to hold.

Nope, not yet. I have a crappy analog kitchen scale, and that's it, so it won't be too accurate anyway.

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 07-02-2012, 09:08 AM
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(07-02-2012, 06:03 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: It's the shave that sets this apart from other razors. What I have to say here is - "Muhle R41 2011 - eat your heart out!" This is what an aggressive razor should feel like.

Better you than I, Gunga Din.

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 07-02-2012, 09:18 AM
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(07-02-2012, 09:08 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(07-02-2012, 06:03 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: It's the shave that sets this apart from other razors. What I have to say here is - "Muhle R41 2011 - eat your heart out!" This is what an aggressive razor should feel like.

Better you than I, Gunga Din.

Ha, ha! No, I'm not saying it's more aggressive than the R41 -- just that's it's more efficiently aggressive than the R41 (with the usual caveat that this is my personal opinion). It's puts its aggression in a package that makes it easy and pleasurable to shave with. The result is that after each pass it cut closer (for me) than the R41 did at the same pass.

WTG pass - result: Wow! That was close!
XTG pass - result: Wow! Even closer! Do I need another pass? Heck, yeah!
ATG pass - result: Hmm. Nothing left to cut! How sad!

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 07-02-2012, 09:25 AM
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  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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What a great review of a razor I had never heard about. Thanks, Yohann. Smile

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 07-02-2012, 09:39 AM
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That is a very handsome razor, and a very nice review!

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 07-02-2012, 10:01 AM
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Great photos, Yohann.

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 07-02-2012, 02:31 PM
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  • PAW
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Nice looking razor

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 07-02-2012, 03:46 PM
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Great review, excellent pics, and a very cool razor. I have never heard of this razor before this post...God I love this forum.

Thanks Yohann for providing insight into a product most of us have never heard of.

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 07-02-2012, 06:52 PM
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Great review of an interesting razor!

Thanks.

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 07-02-2012, 07:09 PM
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  • Shanman
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  • NE Florida
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What a cool series, I am enjoying each and every one very much.

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 07-04-2012, 02:25 PM
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Excellent review and pictures....you have now added another razor to my RADar!!

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 07-05-2012, 10:16 PM
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  • bullgoose
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  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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Wow...that's a new one to me. Thanks for sharing Yohann.

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 07-06-2012, 04:29 AM
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Every time I've used this razor, I've been impressed by how effective it is. There are certainly more aggressive razors out there, but this one seems to hit the right balance for me. I'm beginning to think this shaves somewhat like the Mariner, but I'll have to use that one again to make sure.

It just is a smooth, intuitive shaver that's a joy for me to use. Of course, this may vary from person to person.

For example, this morning I was in a hurry (that happens occasionally) - I was able to whip through a shave using this razor, and didn't have to pay for it. Comfortable shave yet again, and very close.

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