09-10-2012, 04:13 PM
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  • biggiej42
  • Looney for Rooney
  • Stony Point, NY
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Today, #00358 arrived at my doorstep. I was tracking it from work, and absolutely could not wait until I got home to give it a try.

Pre-Shave routine was a hot shower, with a little bit of conditioner on my beard.

The shave consisted of my M+F 2XL, the TSN 2012 Bill Bowl #14, Acqua di Parma cream, and the new Tradere SB mated with a Polsilver Super Iridium blade.

The shave was fantastic, smooth, and clean. I performed a three pass shave. First with the grain, second across the grain, and third against the grain.

I have never had a BBS shave without any touchup. Today was a first. The razor seemed to glide over my face, and slash through my whiskers as if they were made of soft grass. At no time did I feel any irritation, or a sense of aggressiveness. It is fairly aggressive for a SB razor, but for me, it is perfect. It felt much more forgiving and smooth than my Tradere OC razor (although I find that one fantastic as well). It was more aggressive than my Ikon S3S, but just as smooth, and no touch up required. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this shave.

Edit* I did not mention that I much prefer the shorter new handle. It feels more natural, and has less leverage, a great balance of weight as well.

My post shave consisted of a warm wash, Razorock Alum, followed by a cold wash, and a splash of Floid Blue.

I can't wait for SWMBO to get home so she can run her hands across my face.

This razor, to me, is pure joy. I see this replacing many of my razors and earning a place as my favorite.

I'm considering this razor my "Ace".

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As always, YMMV.

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 09-10-2012, 04:17 PM
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  • brian
  • I wear sandalwood sandles
  • THE SWAMP (Florida)
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Wow Justin, great review, and those are some fantastic pictures!

Thank you for sharing!

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 09-10-2012, 04:24 PM
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Excellent review and outstanding pictures, especially that first one.

It seems that Richard has hit it out of the park with the new SB. Every review is that i have read has been a positive one.

I would love to have a BBS with no touch-ups, as sometimes I spend more time on buffing and j-hooks than the previous passes before.

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 09-10-2012, 04:35 PM
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  • slantman
  • Expert Shaver
  • Leesburg, Florida
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Great review and the pictures are perfect. Very glad you like the razor. Use it well.

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 09-10-2012, 04:59 PM
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  • Triad
  • Triad Razor Handles
  • Texas
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Congrats that razor looks amazing

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 09-10-2012, 06:22 PM
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  • wizard
  • Ex-Lurker
  • So. California
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Oh boy, this is not going to be easy! I told myself that I would wait for a few month after it came out before I bought one. After this review I'm having a hard time with the wait...

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 09-10-2012, 06:35 PM
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  • brian
  • I wear sandalwood sandles
  • THE SWAMP (Florida)
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(09-10-2012, 06:22 PM)wizard Wrote: Oh boy, this is not going to be easy! I told myself that I would wait for a few month after it came out before I bought one. After this review I'm having a hard time with the wait...

Hey Wizard, welcome to the Nook! Would you mind stopping by the Introductions area and letting us know a little bit about yourself?

And you're 110% correct - these Tradere SBs are becoming more and more difficult to resist with every positive post!

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 09-10-2012, 07:30 PM
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Justin, thanks for the review and the wonderful photos!
i would also have to concur with "wizard" as i am having a hard time resisting buying one. i told myself no new razors. Oh well, we will see how long this takes. Hee hee.

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 09-11-2012, 04:54 PM
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  • biggiej42
  • Looney for Rooney
  • Stony Point, NY
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Thank you for all the compliments.

I shaved with the Tradere SB for the second time today, and it was just as smooth as the first.

My search for the perfect razor is halted for a bit. I just can't imagine it getting any better!

The aesthetics are second to none, the build quality is the best I have seen, and the shave is phenomenal... What more could you ask for??

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 09-11-2012, 05:11 PM
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Great review,thank you.I've had this on my pick to click list,great to hear it's the fine razor I expected it would be.I'm focused in other directions right now,but no doubt I will be keeping Richard's fine product in mind.

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 09-11-2012, 06:44 PM
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Justin, it's great to see that you have found the perfect razor!
Can't wait to see how long this last. Hee hee.

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