A Synthetic Brushes Update and Overview – Generations

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Last year Mark (Mantic), James SanSouci, Wim Bouman, Teiste Brito, and I, conducted a test of synthetic brushes.  The final results of the testing can be seen at the link HERE. In addition I developed a series of articles in which the origins and history of synthetic brushes over time.  The summary of this series (which provides links to the other sections) can be seen HERE. During the last years some additional changes and updates have occurred.    This led to an issue of how to identify synthetics against each other based on performance and fiber composition so users can have…

Mantic59′s Shave Of The Week: Matador DE, And Rise Of Indian Razor Manufacturing?

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I bought a Matador razor from Razor Blades And More a while back and finally got around to trying it recently.  It came with Gillette 7 o’clock and Polsilver blades so I slipped a Polsilver in for the 1st shave (the balance of the “shave of the day” shown above was a Havanna Handle brush from shaveplace.com, DR Harris Arlington shave soap, Ursa Major Toner, and Shaveplace a/s balm).

What Is The Best DE Razor?

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“What is the best double edge safety razor?” I get the question all the time.  Unfortunately there’s no easy answer.  Unlike razors with multi-blade, pivoted cartridges that come from a few large multi-national companies and manufactured to a very narrow set of specifications, double-edge (DE) razors (and blades) have a wide variety of options to choose from.  Lets look at some of the variables and see what stands out.  These are not the only products of course–I’m listing the most popular razors that many people say may be “best” in a particular category–so if you know of a good DE…

Reflections On The “Great Shave 2012″

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I thought I would post my thoughts on Merz Apothecary’s second annual “Great Shave” in Chicago last week. Unfortunately I was too busy to take pictures or video while there, but plenty of other people did: Merz hired a photographer and videographer and I saw a bunch of other people taking snapshots so I imagine images and posts will be popping up in the shave-o-sphere over the next week or so.  Hopfully I can link a few here on Sharpologist.

The Evolution Of Parker Razors Demonstrated: The 90R

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I recently posted an article discussing the “evolution” of Parker razors.  I mentioned the first Parker razor I bought in 2006, the 90R.  As I was working on the post Howie Woda suggested I compare my 90R with a current version as an example of how the razor has progressed, and he was kind enough to send me one.  There have definitely been some changes: the new version is noticeably heavier ( 2.7 oz. vs. 2.1 oz. ), a fraction longer (4.625 inches vs. 4.5 inches total) and the TTO mechanism has obviously been beefed up (Howie says the metal…