01-06-2017, 08:25 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Most of us believe that EJ/ Muhle razors are a lot superior than Merkurs or any other zamak made razor in terms of quality. In terms of finish there is no doubt that they're the best razors in their categories. But, are they the best in terms of quality?

So, here is an EJ chrome plated zamak top cap. 

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It started to wear out without hitting it anywhere. EJ has a great customer service and they sent me a replacement soon after I sent them a photo of this. Maybe the customer service is so good because they know that these problems can make their appearance. I don't know.

But, a couple uses later I noticed that the head has acquired an angle. It is more noticeable when the razor has its handle fitted.

All these happened a while ago, but I wanted to share the photo in order to express my thought why stainless steel made razors are indeed superior in every aspect. I have razors made of almost every material, not Ti made, and I've only experienced such problems with inexpensive zamak razors. Gillette razors were made several decades ago and those I have are in great shape, with no problems. That time they made products to last, now things are different. You have to spend more money to get something that really deserves a place to your collection of razors.

Yes, stainless steel razors deserve the money. They actually save you money by not buying multiple inexpensive razors or replacing them after a while.

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 01-06-2017, 09:23 AM
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  • carvelo
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Although I had good experience with zamak razors, I wish somebody told me to just purchase stainless steel. I wasted too much money. Now I only own few modern (2 stainless) and (2)vintage razors.

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 01-06-2017, 03:07 PM
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I wish the same. I've spent a ton of money on zamak razors. I had too many of them. Now I have 2 I think.

When you start this hobby, you can't think of spending some serious money on shaving stuff.

Most of the times, less but more quality items is better.

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 01-06-2017, 03:29 PM
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I love stainless ones. Here's my OC Timeless. [Image: f1c1a3f459e96b5736ed68be18ba1544.jpg]


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 01-06-2017, 03:41 PM
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I had an r89 head, my first razor, it was paired with a triad stainless, loosened the handle just a few turns to clean out the blade and dry out. I dropped it on a soft laminate bathroom floor and the stud just snapped right in half. 

Money down the drain, most likely would have been perfectly fine if it was stainless or even brass but who knows

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 01-06-2017, 03:52 PM
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(01-06-2017, 03:29 PM)EJaggerMan Wrote: I love stainless ones. Here's my OC Timeless. [Image: f1c1a3f459e96b5736ed68be18ba1544.jpg]


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But you are called EJaggerMan, so you must love Edwin Jagger and zamack razors , right  Wink  Tongue

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 01-06-2017, 04:44 PM
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  • carvelo
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(01-06-2017, 03:52 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(01-06-2017, 03:29 PM)EJaggerMan Wrote: I love stainless ones. Here's my OC Timeless. [Image: f1c1a3f459e96b5736ed68be18ba1544.jpg]


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But you are called EJaggerMan, so you must love Edwin Jagger and zamack razors , right  Wink  Tongue

Yep. I saw that coming. Biggrin By the way. Beautiful razor.

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 01-06-2017, 05:38 PM
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I disagree with the OP's statement that stainless steel razors are cheaper in the long run.  The problem is that they're like Lay's potato chips. No one can have just one.  I bought an ATT with the justification that I wouldn't need to buy any more razors.  I didn't need to, but I did anyway.  I now have an ATT, Wolfman, and Blackbird, but now I'm done, and I mean it this time.

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 01-06-2017, 05:50 PM
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(01-06-2017, 05:38 PM)DayMan Wrote: I disagree with the OP's statement that stainless steel razors are cheaper in the long run.  The problem is that they're like Lay's potato chips. No one can have just one.  I bought an ATT with the justification that I wouldn't need to buy any more razors.  I didn't need to, but I did anyway.  I now have an ATT, Wolfman, and Blackbird, but now I'm done, and I mean it this time.

Yeah I know what you mean.  I think we all get bit by RAD at some point!
Steve

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 01-06-2017, 05:54 PM
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(01-06-2017, 03:52 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(01-06-2017, 03:29 PM)EJaggerMan Wrote: I love stainless ones. Here's my OC Timeless. [Image: f1c1a3f459e96b5736ed68be18ba1544.jpg]


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But you are called EJaggerMan, so you must love Edwin Jagger and zamack razors , right  Wink  Tongue


Jagger was my intro to wetshaving. Still like some of them but can't put this beast down.


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 01-06-2017, 05:55 PM
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(01-06-2017, 04:44 PM)carvelo Wrote:
(01-06-2017, 03:52 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(01-06-2017, 03:29 PM)EJaggerMan Wrote: I love stainless ones. Here's my OC Timeless. [Image: f1c1a3f459e96b5736ed68be18ba1544.jpg]


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But you are called EJaggerMan, so you must love Edwin Jagger and zamack razors , right  Wink  Tongue

Yep. I saw that coming. Biggrin By the way. Beautiful razor.


Thanks I have the pineapple handle as well. [Image: d9c795961137208813a35b8042ec3aaf.jpg]


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 01-06-2017, 10:16 PM
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(01-06-2017, 05:38 PM)DayMan Wrote: I disagree with the OP's statement that stainless steel razors are cheaper in the long run.  The problem is that they're like Lay's potato chips. No one can have just one.  I bought an ATT with the justification that I wouldn't need to buy any more razors.  I didn't need to, but I did anyway.  I now have an ATT, Wolfman, and Blackbird, but now I'm done, and I mean it this time.

This is true, but you made wise investments, especially if purchased 2nd hand. All of those razors hold their resale value very well. Muhle and ej heads go for next to nothing on the bst and certainly won't last a lifetime of repeated use

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 01-06-2017, 11:35 PM
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I hear ya, Nick.

I just enjoy my stainless razors more like the 6s and Blackbird. My Zamaks are kept well but I'm not using them as much.

My favorite Zamak razor in my collection is the Rotbart no.15, but I doubt that would ever be my daily driver.

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 01-07-2017, 06:17 AM
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  • DayMan
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(01-06-2017, 10:16 PM)Safelysimpson Wrote:
(01-06-2017, 05:38 PM)DayMan Wrote: I disagree with the OP's statement that stainless steel razors are cheaper in the long run.  The problem is that they're like Lay's potato chips. No one can have just one.  I bought an ATT with the justification that I wouldn't need to buy any more razors.  I didn't need to, but I did anyway.  I now have an ATT, Wolfman, and Blackbird, but now I'm done, and I mean it this time.

This is true, but you made wise investments, especially if purchased 2nd hand. All of those razors hold their resale value very well. Muhle and ej heads go for next to nothing on the bst and certainly won't last a lifetime of repeated use

I purchased them all new, but I do agree that I made a wise investment because I enjoy shaving now. I have to do it, so I might as well get some joy or of it. I am also one of those people that see value in paying a little more for something that will last.

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 01-07-2017, 08:02 AM
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(01-07-2017, 06:17 AM)DayMan Wrote:
(01-06-2017, 10:16 PM)Safelysimpson Wrote:
(01-06-2017, 05:38 PM)DayMan Wrote: I disagree with the OP's statement that stainless steel razors are cheaper in the long run.  The problem is that they're like Lay's potato chips. No one can have just one.  I bought an ATT with the justification that I wouldn't need to buy any more razors.  I didn't need to, but I did anyway.  I now have an ATT, Wolfman, and Blackbird, but now I'm done, and I mean it this time.

This is true, but you made wise investments, especially if purchased 2nd hand. All of those razors hold their resale value very well. Muhle and ej heads go for next to nothing on the bst and certainly won't last a lifetime of repeated use

I purchased them all new, but I do agree that I made a wise investment because I enjoy shaving now. I have to do it, so I might as well get some joy or of it. I am also one of those people that see value in paying a little more for something that will last.

I completely agree, I have a feeling some of these ss razors will be lasting several lifetimea

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