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Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
08-29-2012, 08:34 PM
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Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
[Image: Cadet-OC01.jpg]
Just a few weeks ago Joe at Shave A Buck released a new line of razors including a new design open comb head that could be purchased by itself. The head immediate drew my interest for two reasons, one, it was just a head, and two, from the pictures it looked similar to my current favorite razor, the FaTip.

The price seemed very low at $12.00 USD, but considering that I needed to order some creams from him I thought I had nothing more to lose than the cost of a cheap lunch.

For the pictures I paired the Cadet Open Comb Head to the Edwin Jagger DE89L Handle so people could see how well the finish is on the head. If EJ was to purchase this Open Comb from the OEM supplier and did nothing but mount it to an existing handle they would probably market this razor in the $60 to $70 price range.

Positive Aspects:
1. Very affordable at only $12.00 USD
2. Nicely plated in chrome that has been heavily applied.
3. Attention to detail on buffing.
4. No rough patches or jagged edges on any part of it.
5. Better in quality and craftsmanship than most German made open combs.
6. Unique design that borrows elements from various great classic and well respected open combs.

Cons: None

Price: 10 Stars, it is only $12.00 USD. This is a razor head that anyone can afford. Even if a person was to purchase the complete razor at $23.99 the head is worth at least double that!

Quality: 9 Stars. The only reason I am not giving it 10 stars is due to a small amount of chrome that is applied too thick on back of base plate. This is could be a positive as it should last even longer.

Ease of Blade Replacement: 10 Stars. If you currently own three piece razors, then you know how to put in a blade. Unlike the FaTip, blade alignment on the Cadet is a non-issue, you put in the blade, put on the base plate and screw into your handle. Done, perfect alignment, no variance in blade gap.

Aggressiveness: 7.5 to 8 If the 2011 Mühle R41 is a 10, this falls somewhat below that. Although do not let the lower number fool you as far as whisker reduction. Unlike the Mühle this razor does not require finding that weird angle, it just fall into place naturally.

As one of three co-founders of the Brotherhood of the Open Comb (BOTOC), I have tried many open comb razors, just to list a few:

Gillette Old Types (both the 102 and 102a heads)
Gillette New Improved (Tuckaway)
Gillette NEW Short and Long Comb
Merkur Model 41 1904 Open Comb
Merkur 11C HD
2009 Mühle R41
2010 Mühle R41
2011 Mühle R41 (although in my opinion, this is not an open comb, it is a tooth comb)
Tradere Open Comb
iKon S35
Goodfella Open Comb
FaTip Piccolo
FaTip Grande

The Cadet Open Comb head is unique to itself. The top cap is similar to an Old Type. The base plate has a flat bottom, similar to a Gillette New Improved, while the comb is curved similar to a FaTip/Joris. The teeth of the comb are not as long as the FaTip/Joris, but somewhere between the NEW short comb and long comb.

There seems to be a fair amount of wet shavers that will put down any razor that comes out of India claiming the quality is cheap and poorly made, often without ever trying the razor themselves.

I will tell all of the razor snobs that prejudge a razor based upon it's country of manufacture that they may want to reconsider their thinking. This Open Comb design if not just good, it is excellent. Joe put some serious thought into designing these heads, he himself is a wet shaver so of course he wants to make a razor that he would enjoy using.

The Cadet Open Comb has become my favorite razor over anything I have ever owned, tried or had loaned to me on tour, be it vintage or new, or at any price point.

This is "every mans" open comb. If BOTOC was to have an official razor this would be it.

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08-29-2012, 08:44 PM
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
Very nice review - can hardly wait to receive my Cadet OC and take it for a spin Biggrin
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08-29-2012, 08:57 PM
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Joe had these made himself ? i didnt know that i just thought he imported them from a manufacturer, nice write up Arley
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08-29-2012, 08:58 PM
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Arley, excellent review!
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08-29-2012, 09:38 PM
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That is some seriously high praise! I've been interested in the solid guard bar head, maybe if I purchase one I will grab the OC as well.
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08-30-2012, 04:31 AM
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Arley, great write-up. Even though I prefer vintage, I might consider one these.
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08-30-2012, 05:38 AM
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
(08-29-2012 08:34 PM)Azarius Wrote:  [Image: Cadet-OC01.jpg]
Just a few weeks ago Joe at Shave A Buck released a new line of razors including a new design open comb head that could be purchased by itself. The head immediate drew my interest for two reasons, one, it was just a head, and two, from the pictures it looked similar to my current favorite razor, the FaTip.

The price seemed very low at $12.00 USD, but considering that I needed to order some creams from him I thought I had nothing more to lose than the cost of a cheap lunch.

For the pictures I paired the Cadet Open Comb Head to the Edwin Jagger DE89L Handle so people could see how well the finish is on the head. If EJ was to purchase this Open Comb from the OEM supplier and did nothing but mount it to an existing handle they would probably market this razor in the $60 to $70 price range.

Positive Aspects:
1. Very affordable at only $12.00 USD
2. Nicely plated in chrome that has been heavily applied.
3. Attention to detail on buffing.
4. No rough patches or jagged edges on any part of it.
5. Better in quality and craftsmanship than most German made open combs.
6. Unique design that borrows elements from various great classic and well respected open combs.

Cons: None

Price: 10 Stars, it is only $12.00 USD. This is a razor head that anyone can afford. Even if a person was to purchase the complete razor at $23.99 the head is worth at least double that!

Quality: 9 Stars. The only reason I am not giving it 10 stars is due to a small amount of chrome that is applied too thick on back of base plate. This is could be a positive as it should last even longer.

Ease of Blade Replacement: 10 Stars. If you currently own three piece razors, then you know how to put in a blade. Unlike the FaTip, blade alignment on the Cadet is a non-issue, you put in the blade, put on the base plate and screw into your handle. Done, perfect alignment, no variance in blade gap.

Aggressiveness: 7.5 to 8 If the 2011 Mühle R41 is a 10, this falls somewhat below that. Although do not let the lower number fool you as far as whisker reduction. Unlike the Mühle this razor does not require finding that weird angle, it just fall into place naturally.

As one of three co-founders of the Brotherhood of the Open Comb (BOTOC), I have tried many open comb razors, just to list a few:

Gillette Old Types (both the 102 and 102a heads)
Gillette New Improved (Tuckaway)
Gillette NEW Short and Long Comb
Merkur Model 41 1904 Open Comb
Merkur 11C HD
2009 Mühle R41
2010 Mühle R41
2011 Mühle R41 (although in my opinion, this is not an open comb, it is a tooth comb)
Tradere Open Comb
iKon S35
Goodfella Open Comb
FaTip Piccolo
FaTip Grande

The Cadet Open Comb head is unique to itself. The top cap is similar to an Old Type. The base plate has a flat bottom, similar to a Gillette New Improved, while the comb is curved similar to a FaTip/Joris. The teeth of the comb are not as long as the FaTip/Joris, but somewhere between the NEW short comb and long comb.

There seems to be a fair amount of wet shavers that will put down any razor that comes out of India claiming the quality is cheap and poorly made, often without ever trying the razor themselves.

I will tell all of the razor snobs that prejudge a razor based upon it's country of manufacture that they may want to reconsider their thinking. This Open Comb design if not just good, it is excellent. Joe put some serious thought into designing these heads, he himself is a wet shaver so of course he wants to make a razor that he would enjoy using.

The Cadet Open Comb has become my favorite razor over anything I have ever owned, tried or had loaned to me on tour, be it vintage or new, or at any price point.

This is "every mans" open comb. If BOTOC was to have an official razor this would be it.

[Image: Cadet-OC02.jpg]

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08-30-2012, 05:42 AM
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
Excellent review. I have the TP-01 OC and just order the TP-26 with black handle in open comb. They do shave great.
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08-30-2012, 06:36 AM
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Nice! Another one on the list Angry
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08-30-2012, 09:58 AM
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(08-30-2012 06:36 AM)beartrap Wrote:  Nice! Another one on the list Angry

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08-30-2012, 10:17 AM
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
I ordered a head a few days a go, very smooth transaction and still cheap with postage to the UK. Joe was very quick to dispatch it and very professional. I will be pairing it up with both my UFO and Ikon Bulldog handles, I will post a review after I try it out............now just the wait for the postman to knock, knock on the door.....Dodgy
If it is half as good as Arley says then I will be very happy.......Biggrin

Great review, just out of interest what is the weight of the E.J. handle ?
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08-30-2012, 11:56 AM
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
(08-30-2012 10:17 AM)missingskin Wrote:  I ordered a head a few days a go, very smooth transaction and still cheap with postage to the UK. Joe was very quick to dispatch it and very professional. I will be pairing it up with both my UFO and Ikon Bulldog handles, I will post a review after I try it out............now just the wait for the postman to knock, knock on the door.....Dodgy
If it is half as good as Arley says then I will be very happy.......Biggrin

Great review, just out of interest what is the weight of the E.J. handle ?

You will not be disappointed in it and matched to the handles you have lined up should make it even better. Let us know when you get it.
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08-30-2012, 12:28 PM
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
Very sweet that you obtained for $12USD but on the website now, the Cadet OCs are listed at $23.99 USD. Guess it's still good value.

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[font=Trebuchet MS]Just a few weeks ago Joe at Shave A Buck released a new line of razors including a new design open comb head that could be purchased by itself. The head immediate drew my interest for two reasons, one, it was just a head, and two, from the pictures it looked similar to my current favorite razor, the FaTip.

The price seemed very low at $12.00 USD, but considering that I needed to order some creams from him I thought I had nothing more to lose than the cost of a cheap lunch.
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08-30-2012, 12:47 PM
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
Anyone have the URL for the head? I see the option to pair this head (I assume it's the same ) with one of the handles, but no head only option...

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08-30-2012, 01:33 PM
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I too would be down for purchasing a head only, but perhaps that offer has passed me by. :-( I didn't see a "head only" option either.
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08-30-2012, 03:49 PM
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(08-30-2012 12:47 PM)norton Wrote:  Anyone have the URL for the head? I see the option to pair this head (I assume it's the same ) with one of the handles, but no head only option...

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(08-30-2012 01:33 PM)Paisley E Wrote:  I too would be down for purchasing a head only, but perhaps that offer has passed me by. :-( I didn't see a "head only" option either.

I cannot speak for Joe, but I think that he may have switched it up and is now offering the Open Comb Head on a variety of handles, instead of just head only. He very well may have done this not to just run out of heads and to sell complete razors. There was only two options before for the open comb, now, every 3 piece has the option of an open comb.

I do find it a little amusing that some people would not spend $24 on a complete razor. I had purchased the SS-26 to ensure that the head would fit, so although I may have bought the head for $12, I spent another $24 to make sure I would have a functional razor, so in essence I paid $36 for it.

On another forum a person was complaing that the head was not available, yet the same person had no problem dropping a few hundred dollars on a single hyped up razor. Just kind of hard for me to imagine that someone would allow another $12 from stopping them from buying a razor, especially when that is nothing more than a few Starbucks

The last time I checked the Cadet is still less than the cost of the FaTip, and almost everyone ends up replacing the handle on those as they are light.

Just my opinion, but this razor with a hande is worth every penny of that $23.99 that one may spend.
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09-02-2012, 12:11 PM (This post was last modified: 09-02-2012 12:12 PM by Paisley E.)
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
(08-30-2012 03:49 PM)Azarius Wrote:  
(08-30-2012 01:33 PM)Paisley E Wrote:  I too would be down for purchasing a head only, but perhaps that offer has passed me by. :-( I didn't see a "head only" option either.

...... I do find it a little amusing that some people would not spend $24 on a complete razor. ....

On another forum a person was complaing that the head was not available, yet the same person had no problem dropping a few hundred dollars on a single hyped up razor. Just kind of hard for me to imagine that someone would allow another $12 from stopping them from buying a razor, especially when that is nothing more than a few ....

Since you included my post, I have to assume your blanket assumptions included me.

I don't have ANY problem spending $24 or more on a razor, but merely made a statement regarding the head only option because I already have handles I prefer.
I own a UFO handle and Weber handles, so is your contention that since I don't mind spending money on handles I should just spend an extra $12 for one I'll never use?

I also recently bought a DLC, head only, to fit to my UFO Goliath. Instead of taking my time looking for only the head, should I have just spent money to obtain the entire razor and discard the handle?

If you were confused about my motives for purchasing a Cadet head, I would have appreciated a PM with a question before you decided to include me in a blanket generalization.
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09-02-2012, 12:16 PM
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Count me as another one who would only purchase the head. I don't like the handles at all and even though it's "just $12 more", it's $12 I don't want to spend on another handle.
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09-02-2012, 12:42 PM
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(09-02-2012 12:11 PM)Paisley E Wrote:  I don't have ANY problem spending $24 or more on a razor, but merely made a statement regarding the head only option because I already have handles I prefer.

I own a UFO handle and Weber handles, so is your contention that since I don't mind spending money on handles I should just spend an extra $12 for one I'll never use?

I also recently bought a DLC, head only, to fit to my UFO Goliath. Instead of taking my time looking for only the head, should I have just spent money to obtain the entire razor and discard the handle?

If you were confused about my motives for purchasing a Cadet head, I would have appreciated a PM with a question before you decided to include me in a blanket generalization.

(09-02-2012 12:16 PM)Dave Wrote:  Count me as another one who would only purchase the head. I don't like the handles at all and even though it's "just $12 more", it's $12 I don't want to spend on another handle.

Paisely and Dave,

It was not meant as a jab towards either of you or anyone else on this board. If you where to read the complete post I had stated in the first paragraph:

I cannot speak for Joe, but I think that he may have switched it up and is now offering the Open Comb Head on a variety of handles, instead of just head only. He very well may have done this not to just run out of heads and to sell complete razors. There was only two options before for the open comb, now, every 3 piece has the option of an open comb..

This was to point out that Joe was now offering the heads on every one of his new three piece design, and it appears that he is no longer is making the head available.

..and in the third paragraph:

On another forum a person was complaining that the head was not available, yet the same person had no problem dropping a few hundred dollars on a single hyped up razor. Just kind of hard for me to imagine that someone would allow another $12 from stopping them from buying a razor, especially when that is nothing more than a few Starbucks.

Here shows that I was speaking of someone on another forum. The person was whining over the not wanting to spend $24 on a complete razor, but has purchased numerous razors costing two to three times the amount just for the head will will often spend hundreds of dollars on something which has been hyped up, only do sell it weeks later on B/S/T.
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09-02-2012, 12:46 PM
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RE: Complete Review, The Cadet Open Comb Head
(09-02-2012 12:16 PM)Dave Wrote:  Count me as another one who would only purchase the head. I don't like the handles at all and even though it's "just $12 more", it's $12 I don't want to spend on another handle.

+1 The handles have zero appeal to me and wouldn't be used, but the Open Comb head is a very! different story.

But I will admit I might eventually breakdown and pick-up a complete razor, fingers-crossed it won't come to that and the Open Comb head only becomes an option again...
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