10-17-2018, 12:48 PM
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Anybody have any idea?  Just curious.   I would think an extremely small percentage, given that we are a very small percentage of a very small percentage (traditional wetshavers).

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 10-17-2018, 01:10 PM
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In some other countries I suspect the figure would be higher but in the US I'm guessing less than 1%.  Likely a good deal less than one percent.

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 10-17-2018, 01:14 PM
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DE razors are making a small comeback with some showing up in stores like WalMart, even so I'd think that de shavers would still be less than 5%.  Gillette's marketing is very effective and people like things that are simple and brainless.  So quickly smashing a cart in your face for a one pass shave is much easier than having to learn technique and do three passes.  Not to mention the time it takes to make a lather.

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 10-17-2018, 01:14 PM
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Good question and I have no idea how that number could be determined. It would be interesting to know and easier to quantify within our group of hobbyists.

You can count me as #1, if that helps.

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 10-17-2018, 01:20 PM
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I'm sure Gillette has the numbers but they're not sharing them.  They certainly aren't high enough where a Google search will yield any results.

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 10-17-2018, 01:59 PM
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Id say less than 1%.  When you consider that less than 5% of men shave with a DE, I wouldnt expect more than 1% use a straight.  Most people dont have the time, patience or even desire to learn how to shave with a straight.

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 10-17-2018, 02:49 PM
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  • chazt
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I just looked at statista dot com. Per their chart, the male population age 15+ in the United States in 2017 was 129.25 million (129,250,000). Hopefully my talley is correct. There were lots of numbers. I’m a words guy... I randomly chose 15 thinking that’s about the age most men can theoretically begin to shave. If the <5% is correct, that’s fewer than 6,462,500 men. Is the number really even that high? If as you say 1% of males are straight razor shavers then that’s 1,292,500 men. I had nothing else to do at the moment. Gotta go. Dinner’s ready. Biggrin

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 10-17-2018, 03:21 PM
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 10-17-2018, 09:56 PM
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Nowhere near 1% much lower would be my guess.

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 10-18-2018, 04:36 AM
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My guesstimate would be 0,1% and not 1%.

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 10-18-2018, 04:54 AM
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Since total production of quality straights (Dovo, TI, Revisor, Aust etc) are probably < 100,000 units/year. I'd say an overestimate would be 0.01%

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 10-18-2018, 05:23 AM
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  • ischiapp
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I think something in between 0.01-0.02%.
Members of SRP are around 50K ...

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 10-18-2018, 07:30 AM
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  • Entasis
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It's likely extremely low, but for me, there's no greater satisfaction than shaving with a straight. Couple that with what you learn about wet shaving by shaving with a straight and you will achieve far better shaving results with all other razors.

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 10-18-2018, 12:26 PM
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Makes me want to use my Ralf Aust tomorrow morning! I might just do that, or let my beard grow over the weekend to really enjoy it Monday! So many ways to skin the cat!

Vr

Matt

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 10-18-2018, 02:11 PM
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  • evnpar
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Not many because we're special.  Biggrin

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 10-18-2018, 03:11 PM
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My guess in the US the percentage would be very, very low but abroad I would think much higher. To me it all comes down to fast, most of the guys I know hate shaving and just want to drag a razor over there face as quickly as possible and be done, for me I want to make it pleasurable so it’s all about taking my time and enjoying the entire shave from face prep to lather prep to stropping and then shaving.

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 10-18-2018, 05:25 PM
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  • Entasis
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I wonder how many shavers have tried straight razors, but didn't stick with them?

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 10-19-2018, 04:03 PM
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  • Gabe
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That's a great question. I agree that it would be less than .5%   In the wetshaving community, SR shavers are a small percentage.

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 10-19-2018, 04:45 PM
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  • ischiapp
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(10-18-2018, 02:11 PM)evnpar Wrote: Not many because we're special.  Biggrin

Heart Heart Heart

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 10-24-2018, 08:57 AM
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Thanks, guys.  I was assuming it was probably south of 0.1%. 

I really enjoy it now, although it was a fair bit of work to get to that point.

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