Razor Brands To Avoid

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Neil 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).

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The list of Brands to Avoid:

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Enzo
Enzo England
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Keep in the mind the old adage - 'if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is!' (ie - its worthless).

Regards,
Neil
Well that answers that question then

I'll use this as my starting reference.

Cheers!
 

daz

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The answer to all of this is to buy a vintage blade from one of the guys in here. Tell them your budget and I'm pretty sure they could come up with something shave ready at not much cost. I doubt I would ever buy a new straight again, the three that I have bought new and "shave ready" were good enough, but then I bought a vintage "shave ready" in here and the difference was remarkable.
I very much doubt Neil or Rob would sell any blade to anyone if it wasn't going to be fit for the job. They have too much reputation to loose by doing things like that.
Good effort on that list Neil!
 
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I saw this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CLASSIC-SALON-STRAIGHT-CUT-THROAT-SHAVING-RAZOR-RAZORS-/200562570301 and liked the look of it an nearly asked in here what the difference was between this and something costing 10x as much. I guessed about it not keeping an edge but didn't consider it not taking one in the first place and I've now just thought that it'd probably go rusty too.

For one reason or another I'm not ready to order a straight yet but this forum in all its glory is a very good resource for reading and when the time's right and I see something in BST, I may fire-up the buying finger ;-)
 
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That's what I love about TSR, people including the lurkers study things thare thinking about buying and when the time is right for them they ask questions and 99.9% of the time they get an answer.

Sometimes if someone has had a bad experience with the item then they should also put there comment down, things to consider good or bad, they will find it helpful :s
 
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I should point out that I didn't go ahead and buy this eBay-Enzo razor, I was going to ask first if it was any good and why this cost several times less than a cheap "good one" but I happened to find this thread before I asked the question. So yes, TSR, great, answered my question before I knew it needed answering!
 
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These topics are very helpful. I was looking at one of the 'beware' brands on eBay, glad I read this first. Could anyone give me there opinion on this eBay item number 321186757218. Can't seam to post link or picture

This link might work,

http://bit.ly/1dYcp0Z
 
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