I have attempted to hone this brand, but the steel was so poor I gave up. It appeared to take a decent edge under 20x magnification, but when examined again after stropping (I always do this for any razor I hone) the edge was like a row of jagged teeth - bits had micro-chipped away from it.ANDYJR81 said:I was therefore quite surprised to see Artamis on your list, as that is the razor I got myself for a reasonable £18.95. Was useless out of the box, but a good pass on a strop made the world of difference and although I have never managed a completely successful HHT, the blade seems to perform pretty well. That said, I have absolutely no basis for comparison, as I've never used anything else! Would really like to know therefore that, if say I drop £80 on one of the Solingen blades from TOBS, will I have an even better shave than I am now?
Would really love any feedback, esp if anyone has used an Artamis blade and progressed to something more respected?
Thanks in advance
Sorry, Andy - I'm not quite sure what you mean - a thread about what? You can find most anything yourself simply by googling and having some time to spare, if that helps.ANDYJR81 said:Do you have a recommended thread I could look at?
I did have second thoughts about Timor, strangely enough!onotoman said:Timor Razors are a PITA too. I've had quite a few sent to me for honing and spent ages on them before giving up. About 1 in 5 (from my experience) actually takes a half-decent edge and keeps it for more than a few shaves.
Most new factory supplied high-end brands don't come 'shave-ready' either (at least what I'd refer to as such), but no problem at all to hone.
I recently bought a new razor from Revisor and although dubious that it was 'shave-ready', it wasn't too bad at all and after a few months, I've yet to hone it. I will though, soon.
Many a hundred year old (or more) razor from the Solingen of Sheffield makers, just needs to be shown a hone and the edge, jumps onto the razor
Well that answers that question thenNeil Miller said:This list has been compiled in response to the ever-growing number of con-artists and scammers, mostly from the East, that are currently infesting the market place with what they describe as 'straight razors' but which are either incapable of taking a good edge, made of poor quality steel, are poorly made and assembled and which do not shave well if at all - usually due to a combination of all these things. They are usually to be had for £30 or less, although brand new. Be aware that you need to pay at least double for a new entry-level razor by a reputable maker (and even then some of these have very lax quality control which leave them with defects like warps, poor grinding, etc that render them sometimes unusable).
The list of Brands to Avoid:
Keep in the mind the old adage - 'if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is!' (ie - its worthless).