11-06-2018, 09:50 PM
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Every time I used this gear set up I literally end up questioning myself about the crazy $400/+ razors and brushes out there.
Not saying that I’m not guilty of the over inflated shaving market but I must admit this set up its all you’ll ever need if you on a mid size budget.
Nothing fancy, exotic or super expensive but something that will have the work done at the highest level leaving you with a pleasant experience.

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 11-06-2018, 10:11 PM
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If this works for you, all the power to you. Had a Maseto, sold it - didn’t live up to the hype. Certainly wasn’t the “highest level” of performance.

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 11-06-2018, 10:45 PM
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I would shave with those as a setup for the rest of my life if I had to. It'd be fun to try. Nice gear, shave on!

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 11-07-2018, 07:13 AM
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Love me some MdC. Brush looks excellent!

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 11-07-2018, 09:52 AM
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What razor is that?

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 11-07-2018, 09:53 AM
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Blackbird


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 11-07-2018, 11:47 AM
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It can be a luck of the draw thing with cheap brushes.  I got really lucky with a Stirling 26 mm Finest and I would put it up against any brush that I have including Paladin, M&F, The Varlet, Shavemac, and Romera. 
I would have been more impressed with the "cheapness" if it wasn't a $200 plus razor though.

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 11-07-2018, 12:09 PM
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Right it’s hard to find a razor like Blackbird in the two digit number (I don’t think it is ) unless is used and at bargain price.
I got this maseto for $30 used few months back and like you said it can really put up a fight against the big boys.
Definitely not a cheap set up if you ask me but Mid size budget will get it.
For me Blackbird is a great razor for the price (most people will agree).



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 11-07-2018, 02:11 PM
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(11-07-2018, 11:47 AM)bkatbamna Wrote: It can be a luck of the draw thing with cheap brushes.  I got really lucky with a Stirling 26 mm Finest and I would put it up against any brush that I have including Paladin, M&F, The Varlet, Shavemac, and Romera. 
I would have been more impressed with the "cheapness" if it wasn't a $200 plus razor though.

Same with me and my Fendrihan HMW at $79.00. As good or better than any brush I own. I wonder if a second one would be as good. BUT(Big but) I don't think I'll try again...…. Cheers

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 11-07-2018, 02:48 PM
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(11-07-2018, 12:09 PM)Matador Wrote: Right it’s hard to find a razor like Blackbird in the two digit number (I don’t think it is ) unless is used and at bargain price.
I got this maseto for $30 used few months back and like you said it can really put up a fight against the big boys.
Definitely not a cheap set up if you ask me but Mid size budget will get it.
For me Blackbird is a great razor for the price (most people will agree).



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If a razor works well for the person, it doesn't matter if it is cheap or expensive.

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 11-10-2018, 06:55 PM
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I think the Merkur 34 is still one of the best buys out there.

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 11-11-2018, 04:25 PM
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First off, the blackbird is a top notch razor with performance rivaling or outperforming the best out there. And at $185-275 (depending on finish)it isn’t exactly mid level.




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 11-11-2018, 04:45 PM
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(11-11-2018, 04:25 PM)Sharps Wrote: First off, the blackbird is a top notch razor with performance rivaling or outperforming the best out there. And at $185-275 (depending on finish)it isn’t exactly mid level.




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Well let’s see $185 for the brushed razor(the one in the picture) and $50 for the brush.
Total of $235.00 (mid budget in my opinion)

Now if we compare high budget

Wolfman WR1 $450.00 and let’s say a Simpson Manchurian $300.00
Total of $750.00

An other example :
Charcoal goods around $250.00
Let’s say a M&F 2XL around $ 250.00
Total $500.00

An other example:
Paradigm SE $400.00
Let’s say Paladin Lotus 28mm $260.00
Total $660.00

An other example:
Timeless SS .68 $260.00
Let’s say Shavemac Americana XL $300
Total $ 560.00

I can keep going all night pal
Like I said this is my opinion not a fact since everybody budget is different.
But for $230 you can go neck by neck with 500+ set ups.
That’s what I’m trying to say with this post,
If you agreed good and if you not agreed it’s OK too.




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 11-11-2018, 05:23 PM
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I guess my budget puts me in the homeless budget group but it's fine it works for me. LOL

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 11-11-2018, 05:24 PM
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(11-11-2018, 05:23 PM)Garb Wrote: I guess my budget puts me in the homeless budget group but it's fine it works for me. LOL


LMAO this



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 11-11-2018, 05:25 PM
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As long as it works for you That’s all it matters don’t ever tell anyone tell you otherwise


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 11-15-2018, 05:57 PM
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(11-11-2018, 04:45 PM)Matador Wrote:
(11-11-2018, 04:25 PM)Sharps Wrote: First off, the blackbird is a top notch razor with performance rivaling or outperforming the best out there. And at $185-275 (depending on finish)it isn’t exactly mid level.




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Well let’s see $185 for the brushed razor(the one in the picture) and $50 for the brush.
Total of $235.00 (mid budget in my opinion)

Now if we compare high budget

Wolfman WR1 $450.00 and let’s say a Simpson Manchurian $300.00
Total of $750.00

An other example :
Charcoal goods around $250.00
Let’s say a M&F 2XL around $ 250.00
Total $500.00

An other example:
Paradigm SE $400.00
Let’s say Paladin Lotus 28mm $260.00
Total $660.00

An other example:
Timeless SS .68 $260.00
Let’s say Shavemac Americana XL $300
Total $ 560.00

I can keep going all night pal
Like I said this is my opinion not a fact since everybody budget is different.
But for $230 you can go neck by neck with 500+ set ups.
That’s what I’m trying to say with this post,
If you agreed good and if you not agreed it’s OK too.




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I am agreeing with you it’s a great set up for you and on a great budget too. But the brush is the true outlier in your equation.

$50 brush vs $250-300 brushes

Pair your brush with the CG lvl 3 @ $250 or the timeless .68 Matte at $180 you are in the same ball park. All would be great for same ball park give or take.

All I was pointing out.


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 11-15-2018, 07:40 PM
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Agree that the brush is the only outlier here. The argument about lesser-priced products performing as well as, or close to, more expensive gear can be levied against everything shown in the original post:

Arko vs. MdC
Mercury 34c vs. blackbird
razorock synthetic vs. maseto
porcelon cereal bowl vs. scuttle
ergo gel mousepad vs. imak beads mousepad

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