10-25-2019, 10:52 AM
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I have seen a number (4) on Muhle or Merkur razors but can't remember which one. This razor doesn't excite me in the least. Gillette probably will never advertise this razor nationally because it would  disturb their cartridge razor business. If its on Amazon only it is probably a one time sale.

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 10-25-2019, 11:04 AM
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(10-25-2019, 10:52 AM)slantman Wrote: I have seen a number (4) on Muhle or Merkur razors but can't remember which one. This razor doesn't excite me in the least. Gillette probably will never advertise this razor nationally because it would  disturb their cartridge razor business. If its on Amazon only it is probably a one time sale.

That's my view on it.  They're not even carrying it in Art of Shaving stores.  However, what then is the purpose of this limited Amazon release?  This move just perplexes me.

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 10-25-2019, 11:56 AM
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To be a fly on the wall..........

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 10-26-2019, 02:32 AM
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(10-25-2019, 11:04 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(10-25-2019, 10:52 AM)slantman Wrote: I have seen a number (4) on Muhle or Merkur razors but can't remember which one. This razor doesn't excite me in the least. Gillette probably will never advertise this razor nationally because it would  disturb their cartridge razor business. If its on Amazon only it is probably a one time sale.

That's my view on it.  They're not even carrying it in Art of Shaving stores.  However, what then is the purpose of this limited Amazon release?  This move just perplexes me.

Making money as usual

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 10-26-2019, 05:41 PM
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Art of Shaving is selling a similar Zamak razor under its own brand, rather than the Gillette brand.  Art of Shaving currently sells what appear to be rebranded Merkur and Muhle razors on its website.  This razor is not on the Art of Shaving website, but I found it at a Target store.  My initial, quick impression, after handling this razor briefly, is that the quality is lower than a Merkur.  It's made in Germany, but presents as Chinese junk.  Price at Target was $39.99.

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 10-26-2019, 07:50 PM
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Yikes! That razor looks like the production line was on speed!

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 10-26-2019, 09:15 PM
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(10-26-2019, 05:41 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Art of Shaving is selling a similar Zamak razor under its own brand

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And under the top cap, an engraved "4"...

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 10-27-2019, 04:52 AM
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(10-26-2019, 09:15 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: And under the top cap, an engraved "4"...

Yes, the mystery "4" found in both the Gillette and AoS versions of the razor.

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 11-10-2019, 01:01 PM
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Mine arrived today. Looks similar to this AoS razor. With the same 4 on the head. And no gillete sign or gillete date code on it.[Image: YtzCOlA.jpg][Image: H7pI3Lt.jpg][Image: PkHT2j2.jpg]

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 11-10-2019, 02:48 PM
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Definitely looks like the Muhle head. Seems cheap attempt to get some fast cash from our niche market.

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 12-07-2019, 09:10 AM
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I'm a last century boy and share a history with my old Gillettes, although my oldest predates me by thirty years. The older I get the more I seem to cling to the past. When given a choice, it's the easiest path for me to take. The term "Heritage" doesn't ring true to me in this case.
With all that said, I hope anyone who decides to take the plunge, finds themselves well satisfied with their choice.

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 12-07-2019, 01:09 PM
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Doesn't seem like much effort was put forth by gillette. I doubt they really want people switching from their 5 blade junk to de razors.

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 12-12-2019, 02:15 PM
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I'm seeing quite a bit of smugness and entitlement on this thread. Have any of you other than Mantic used one? I have, and I can say I enjoyed it enough that I'm going to buy a second one. The shave I got was slightly better and smoother than what I normally get from an EJ89 I've had for years. Don't use it often as it's too mild, yet still produces the occasional weeper out of the clear blue. The Heritage has a head that folks on other forums have researched and seem to think that it's of German manufacture. With this head and a Gillette Platinum (one of my regular blade choices), I've shaved both bowl lathering and face lathering, Proraso Red soap. DFS EVERY time, twice across and once against. A little buffing and some extra attention to the neck, and not one weeper in 4 consecutive shaves, 24 hour interval. Normal interval has been 36 hours until this tryout. The handle is sourced in the US, and for whoever called the case cheap looking, it's a damn sight better looking than the cardboard boxes the more expensive EJ and Muhle equivalents come in. $35 in a case with a tuck of really good blades? I'd call it a bargain, and a damn fine one at hat, the best thing Gillette's done in quite a while. Razors don't need to be $500 unobtainium wonders to be great, maybe we should all pause and think about that.

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 12-12-2019, 02:23 PM
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(12-12-2019, 02:15 PM)5 over Wrote: I'm seeing quite a bit of smugness and entitlement on this thread. Have any of you other than Mantic used one? I have, and I can say I enjoyed it enough that I'm going to buy a second one. The shave I got was slightly better and smoother than what I normally get from an EJ89 I've had for years. Don't use it often as it's too mild, yet still produces the occasional weeper out of the clear blue. The Heritage has a head that folks on other forums have researched and seem to think that it's of German manufacture. With this head and a Gillette Platinum (one of my regular blade choices), I've shaved both bowl lathering and face lathering, Proraso Red soap. DFS EVERY time, twice across and once against. A little buffing and some extra attention to the neck, and not one weeper in 4 consecutive shaves, 24 hour interval. Normal interval has been 36 hours until this tryout. The handle is sourced in the US, and for whoever called the case cheap looking, it's a damn sight better looking than the cardboard boxes the more expensive EJ and Muhle equivalents come in. $35 in a case with a tuck of really good blades? I'd call it a bargain, and a damn fine one at hat, the best thing Gillette's done in quite a while. Razors don't need to be $500 unobtainium wonders to be great, maybe we should all pause and think about that.

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 01-07-2020, 11:49 AM
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(01-07-2020, 11:36 AM)shavenoob65 Wrote: why not buying a De89/R89 directly?
Because of the very nice case I guess. It does look amazing if I may say.

The NEW handle looks great too.

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 01-07-2020, 11:51 AM
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(01-07-2020, 11:36 AM)shavenoob65 Wrote: why not buying a De89/R89 directly?

You raise a fair question, as the DE89 and R89 reflect better quality than the Gillette.  I think a lot of the interest in this razor is due to Gillette being behind it.  It raises interesting questions about Gillette's rational and plans.

Welcome to TSN.   When you have a chance, please introduce yourself in the Introductions section, so our members can give you a proper welcome.

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