We’ve managed to get hold of these exquisite tins that make excellent travel containers for your short handled DE razor. As well as looking amazing it is sturdy and has a nifty DE blade container. It will fit the following double edged razors:
- Muhle R89
- Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic
- Merkur 42 1904 Replica
- Merkur Progress (short handled)
- Muhle R106
- Muhle R41
- Merkur 37C Slant
It would make an excellent gift this Christmas for someone who already has a short handled double edged razor.
We’ve just taken delivery of the sorely missed Merkur 42 and Long Handled Progress razors. Whilst we can typically get hold of the Merkur 42, the Long Handled Progress is diificult to get get regular supply so snap them up while they’re here!
We have created some new double edge starter sets incorporating a choice of our three best selling Parker, twist to open butterfly safety razors.
The first one at £34.99 represents a saving of £4.15 over buying the products individually. We’ve called it the Safety Razor Value Kit as it has everything in it you’ll need to start DE shaving including an Omega bristle brush and Omega shaving cream (the Proraso alternative).
The second one, the Safety Razor Starter Kit, has the same choice of Parkers but comes with our striking Buccaneer Pure Badger brush, Omega shaving cream, a blade sample pack (including Feathers, Derbys and Israelis) and some Mitchell’s Wool Fat shaving soap. As with the value kit, it also has a styptic pencil to cope with those inevitable shaving nicks when startting out! If the items were bought seperately it would cost you £60.07 but we’ve lopped off 10% to give it you for a credit crunch busting £53.99 (saving £6.08!).
We’ve been anticipating these for a while but they are here now, the 31R, 32R, 33R and 34R from Parker. These are very distinctive shavettes that stand out from the crowd, with our favourite being the S32R Stainless Steel All Metal Shavette. Check them out here:
We also have a limited number of Long Handled Merkur Progress safety razors in stock. These are quite difficult to keep in stock so get them while they’re here!
OK, we’ve just taken stock of a limited number of Merkur 34C but we’re still expecting a shortage after these have gone, so snap them up whilst they’re here!
1. Chrome Plating
The chrome plating is typically not the same thickness all over the razor due to the curving surfaces, so this might lead to slight differences in the blade gap on one side of the razor head versus the other.
2. Razor blade cutout tolerances
You also have to factor in the tolerances built into where the cutouts of the razor blade sit (see picture below). If you place a razor blade on to the head and see how much wriggle room there is you’ll see that it is quite a feat for it to naturally rest perfectly aligned.
3. Hand assembled tolerances
Double edged razors are assembled by hand so there will always be tolerances that do not influence the function of the razor, nor its performance.
Is this a problem?
No. These razors have been hand built for many years using the same casts so these tolerances have always been there. Some people have the expectation that it should be the same as the mass made plastic Gillettes you find in supermarkets, which are of course, manufactured using precision machinery. Although the function is the same, they can’t really be compared because the production methods are different. As an analogy, think about the individually assembled coachbuilt cars versus the typical robot built modern cars. Both drive perfectly well but the coachbuilt cars will have more production ”quirks”!
On a functional level it does not present a problem when shaving as the blade never actually sits perfectly square onto the face as the skin is not flat and unyielding.
So, I know its not a problem but even so I’d like to straighten it, what should I do?
Simply take the time to load and straighten the blade before you clamp it down.
Take this razor as an example. As you can see it appears not to sit flush when I let the blade rest in it’s default position. However, after tweaking the razor blade before I clamp it down, I am able to get it as straight as it can be.
Oh dear, just coming up to our busiest season and the Shack’s favourite, the Merkur 34C, is out of stock and unavailable till 2010 due to manufacturing problems at Merkur! With this in mind we’ve decided to reduce it’s longer handled variant, the Merkur 38C, down to £27.99 as a viable alternative. Don’t forget that they both use the same head so the real difference is in the handle length.
We’ve just taken stock of our eagerly anticipated Shaving Shack branded shavettes, available in black and white here:
You may have experienced these in barber shops when you’ve gone to get your haircut, as they are often used to finish off the back of the neck. These are however, a truly low cost and low maintenance alternative to straight razor shaving.
Imagine being able to shave as close as a straight razor shave, using exactly the same technique, yet without the stropping and the honing (sharpening) involved!
We have many customers who use these as their daily shaver having made the jump from DE shaving to straight razor shaving. It’s a cheap way to learn the straight razor shaving technique as detailed in our FAQ section here:
How to use a Straight/Cut-Throat Razor (remembering that you won’t need to strop or hone!)
They also make an inexpensive and cool gift for dads and sons!