01-14-2013, 07:05 PM
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  • ben74
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I recently acquired a Bakelite slant.

I'm sure there are reviews a plenty,
so mine will be succinct.
However, and the inspiration for this thread,
this cheap and cheerful razor
punches well above it's investment price!

   

I lathered with some Fitjar soap.
The Fitjar lathered very easily,
but I didn't feel as much cushion as I'd like.
I commenced my shave uninspired.
The Bakelite slant danced around my face.
Akin to the weight of a feather,
I barely new it was there.
Loaded with a Polsilver Super Iridium,
I expected a decent shave,
But I was surprised...

   

The razor provided much closer results than I had thought it was achieving!
I almost rate the effectiveness over the all metal slant, Merkur 37C
(which I used a few days earlier).
I felt the 37C moved more smoothly over the skin
while the Bakelite, although extremely light
kind of dragged across my face.
Perhaps it was the soap failing to provide the expected glide?
I applied a careless amount of pressure
and had a carefree shave.
Perhaps more effective than the 37C
but not quite as smooth.
It's Achilles heel however,
is its oversized head that proves difficult to navigate under the nose.

   

For a razor at this price point
(under $30)
it's deserving of high praise indeed!

So share with us
what razor gives you the best bang for your buck... ?

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 01-14-2013, 07:18 PM
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Easy. A $5 GEM OCMM! No case needed, vintage blades need not apply. Just a dirty old razor that's gone unloved for decades that is finally adopted. A scrubbing bubbles massage & bath gets her looking pretty while a nice & sharp fresh SE blade gets her back to what she was designed for. To be the original safety razor & the first TTO available. A super close & long lasting shave is there to be had by those who master her angles.

So yeah, $5 pretty well spent!

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 01-14-2013, 07:23 PM
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Pretty much any of my GEM SEs...with the exception of the Damaskeene, all we purchased under $10 and perform great.

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 01-14-2013, 08:20 PM
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Ben, my recent endeavor into the GEM 1912 and Micromatic families as well as Schick "E" injectors has me wondering if I ever need to go back to any modern or vintage DE. Easy, quality shaves. All of these can be easily acquired for around $5-15 USD.

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 01-14-2013, 08:24 PM
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Great little review, Ben! The razor looks great.

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 01-14-2013, 08:27 PM
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(01-14-2013, 07:05 PM)ben74 Wrote: So share with us what razor gives you the best bang for your buck... ?

Gillette SS & Gillette Slim.

both can be had for around $20 if you search and/or get lucky locally. both are built like tanks and offer exceptionally good shaves.

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 01-14-2013, 08:49 PM
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  • ben74
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A lot of love for the GEM, sounds like an unpolished diamond if you ask me! Biggrin

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 01-14-2013, 08:54 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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I must vote for my beloved Schick Krona... I have 4 and paid from $5 to $15... I am looking at a Gem Featherweight right now for $8. I think I'm going to take the plunge. I've shaved with a couple of Auto Strops and do like the close shave of a SE....

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 01-14-2013, 09:07 PM
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  • tgutc
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I really like my Bakelite Slant as well. But if I had to pick one it would be my EJ DE89 that gives me the best bang for the buck.

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 01-14-2013, 10:00 PM
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Yes, I can't pick the single best bang for the buck either. But my SE razors have to be there. They are incredibly inexpensive for the resulting shave. The OCMM, the 1912s, the GEM '24. The GEM Jr Bar I recently received just by showing up. Lots of times I bought a "lot" of razors on E-bay and something of great value was hiding in the lot. Many Featherweights were acquired that way. Ugly until I cleaned them up and then their near new state showed through. One ER lathercatcher I didn't even realize was in a lot. It was ugly, but gun paint fixed it up. I consider it to be a free razor too, since I didn't even know it was there. It's a fine shaver. Just too many to even contemplate. I don't spend a great deal on any individual razor. The most expensive has been $40 (I've done that maybe 4 times), the vast majority are far less expensive.

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 01-14-2013, 10:05 PM
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(01-14-2013, 08:49 PM)ben74 Wrote: A lot of love for the GEM, sounds like an unpolished diamond if you ask me! Biggrin

When I first saw SEs, I thought they were clumsy, awkward looking contraptions and associate their blades with those used in box cutters. I now have a deep respect and admiration for them. They are functional works of art that have given me some of the best shaves of my life.

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 01-14-2013, 10:45 PM
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Great review Ben, thanks for sharing.

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 01-14-2013, 11:02 PM
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  • ben74
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Thanks, though it seems if I really want value for money I need to try an old SE!

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 01-14-2013, 11:16 PM
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GEM Junior. Brass razor, paid a few dollars for it, better than most of my SE and DE razors to be honest.

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 01-14-2013, 11:48 PM
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Best bang for the buck is a hard one to pick.. the bakelite slants certainly performs wonderfully, but so do many other inexpensive razors - both new and old.

An under-rated razor that easily shaves as well as razors costing five times as much is the Yuma - but then it is very, very cheap indeed Tongue

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 01-15-2013, 12:30 AM
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BBFYB: DE89 & Merkur 47c IMHO

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 01-15-2013, 12:31 AM
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 01-15-2013, 06:34 AM
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  • Songwind
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My new open comb is definitely the best bang for my buck.

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 01-15-2013, 01:17 PM
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On used/vintage you can always get insane deals. There was a Gold futur that went for $45 a while ago and $10 for a Cadet OC last week. There is no KBB on razors...

Gem razors are very nice indeed. I got 3 nice ones for $10 on bst a few months ago. On ebay they are becoming more and more expensive, especially the cleaner ones. Cleaning up a dirty razor also has a cost associated with it.

When it comes to brand new, I think the Cadet OC and it's variants offer a lot performance for relatively low price. Lord L6 is also a very good razor.

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 01-15-2013, 11:44 PM
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  • Shaun
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I picked up a British Gillette Flare Tip Rocket from Marrickville Markets about a year ago for .... boom tish....$3. Cleaned up well, gives a great shave. Can't go wrong for three Aussie dollars...

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