[Update: Last Razor has closed.] I often come across small businesses selling double edge razors. Many try to sell inexpensive, poorly-made “knock off” imports and by the time they realize the poor decision they’ve made it’s too late to recover and they fade quietly into the night. When I came across the recently (January, 2017) launched Last Razor, I saw a razor that looked very similar to one of those knock off imports, but the idea of them selling different colors got me to wondering if maybe they were putting a little more thought into their hardware. So I bought one. And I was right–Last Razor is selling a much better product and offering several purchasing options, like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club, to boot.
Last Razor Products
I have an inexpensive “knock off” razor from a discount catalog. It’s light, low quality metal along with relatively poor construction make for a razor that does not inspire confidence.
When I happened across Last Razor, I saw a double edge razor that looked similar…but with enough differences–like the availability of razors in different colors–to pique my interest.
They also offer blades and a (low-lathering, brushless) shave cream.
Last Razor In My Hands
So I bought a kit. Expedited shipping was included in the price and I received the package very quickly. The Last Razor may look visually similar to the knock off but the similarities end there. The Last Razor is about twice the weight of the cheap knock-off–about 100g vs about 50g on my digital kitchen scale. But more importantly the Last Razor is constructed much better, from the action of the twist-to-open mechanism to the symmetry of the cutting edges when a blade is inserted.
As I used the Last Razor kit I was pleasantly surprised with the shaves I got. The shaving cream, while brushless and low-lathering so it’s not my usual “cup of tea” actually performed very well–it reminded me a lot of the popular Cremo Cream but without any scent.
The razor is perhaps ever-so-slightly less than “middle of the road” with its aggressiveness. I’d classify it in the “mild but efficient” category that some shavers like to promote. Even with multi-day stubble I didn’t have any problems with a harsh or difficult shave.
Last Razor’s Business Model
The performance of Last Razor’s products impressed me enough to reach out to them to get more information on their business model. The idea actually started a couple years ago when the owner, like many Sharpologist readers, discovered double edge razors. But there was also a desire to make the process more convenient, like the way Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club work. So Last Razor combines the concepts, with a double edge razor and auto refills on the blades and cream (though you don’t have to get a subscription if you don’t want to). Bevel offers a similar concept with the double edge razor experience, but Last Razor is a more approachable price point. After our discussion Last Razor asked me to do a video for them!
Last Razor’s no-nonsense products and purchasing options are great to see in a world increasingly cluttered with shaving options.
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