deals40% off premium japanese designed feather razor…

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Would never order this kit, but my husband still uses a brush and soap for shaving, and the prices for those look reasonable. Might have to bookmark this site.

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@pooflady: We have many other great combo kits... Here is one that is a bit lower priced but still a great kit and Blade:

http://www.vintagestraightrazor.com/product/VSR-WOOTPD001/WOOT-THE-75-OFF-STRAIGHT-RAZOR-SET.html

Regards,
Luke

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Holy poop, that's one expensive having implement. Made by Hattori Hanzo?

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@rlapid2112: Yes this is an expensive kit but its honestly a crazy good deal. You can compare with other feather or Kamisori style razors it is an amazing razor and work of art.

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This will work out great for my underbelly Razor themed Halloween costume.

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The flashing text is irritating as hell, but this seems like a good deal. Premium straight razors alone can cost hundreds more than this kit.

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@comma: Is there flashing text on the lander for you? What browser are you using?

Thanks,
Luke

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All they need are some random angels sprinkled around and cheesy background music to complete their "AOL Homepage" look with the blinking text. Somebody needs to tell them 1994 called and wants its blinking text back.

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@therealjrn: We have skills with blades but looks like we need a bit of help on the site design. =D

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I got their last deal here and it was well worth it even though the straight razor terrifies me (nerve condition, shaky hands). Excellent quality, I haven't decided yet if I want to make it a gift or just keep the razor to be more like Uncle Enzo. I'd recommend this if you're looking for an anniversary gift for a Japanophile and or some rich person whose will you want to be in.

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Firefox is to blame. The site looks great in Chrome and Explorer 9. Great looking razor. My husband might just shave with this one.

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@straightrazor: Okay seriously wake up your webmaster and have him turn off the blinky text.
These seem to be VERY reasonable prices for straight razor kits, Especially since your site says these come pre-honed, you don't see that often.

But I believe you are getting down voted for the web sin of blinky text, we can't read what isn't there half the time!

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@prodigalsigh: "I got their last deal here and it was well worth it even though the straight razor terrifies me (nerve condition, shaky hands)."

No offense, but what in hell were you thinking?

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@jro2020: LOL OK so its fixed =D Thanks for the heads up and help!

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@prodigalsigh: Glad your happy with the razor. Thanks for the order and kind words!

Regards,
Luke

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@straightrazor: Fair enough answer :-) I've always thought shaving with a straight razor would be cool.

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I'll just leave this here.

http://straightrazorplace.com/srpwiki/index.php/Brands_of_Straight_Razors_to_avoid

Overpriced soaps and kits, notice this says Japanese Designed, not Japanese Made. And I've yet to see any real meaningful reviews from anyone having actually shaved with one of Luke's razors to date.

In general the prices aren't good, the descriptions are misleading. You'll see things like "Exotic Pakkawood" which there's no such thing as Pakka tree, it's an engineered plastic/wood composite material.

Quite a few of the blades have shown up at people's doorsteps with severe frowns. Mine does not have a frown, but the blade edge is warped so I've held off on using it to do anything but practice stropping.

It's quite a bit of buyer beware here at this point, and after initially defending their product until people had given it a chance... I'm not so sure the skeptics were wrong.

No offense intended towards Luke, I know it's his business but... I like my skin intact.

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I would also like to add that Luke has outwardly been very responsive to issues and complaints, but even after they were supposedly resolved no reviews show up.

I have watched as he has changed his product to meet requests/suggestions as well. Including the stropping/sharpening from the "factory" per se.

I take it back, here's a review...

http://www.reddit.com/r/wicked_edge/comments/ksjar/test_drive_gb_buckingham_and_sons_damascus_steel/c2muk8t

It does not sound like it turned out well...

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@xavoc: We are always working hard to listen to the voice of our buyers and happy to correct any issues as well. Happy to do that with you on your razor. We continue to learn, improve and grow. I cant fix problems I don't know about but since I am only learning of yours here happy to make you whole.

I had a request for Pakka wood handles and saw them as a great fit for razors. They are resilient to water. That makes them a great scale for a razor.

Anyone with a frown or issue can exchange or send it in for maintenance.

Regards,
Luke

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@ginawoot: No offense taken, I knew I was getting something I really shouldn't use. But have you ever had a straight razor shave? Fantastic. Now, I just need a butler or a robot to shave me, baby steps man, baby steps.

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@straightrazor: Like I said, you've been very responsive as far as I can tell to complaints and issues about your product. Your quality of service seems to be great, it just seems like the quality of the product is or was lacking.

I'd also like to add that you ship extremely quickly when items are in-stock.

These are amazing traits to have in a business, and I commend you on them.

As for me, I'm perfectly happy using the current $20 blade from you for stropping practice. For the price it's worth it for that alone.

I wish you the best going forward, and I hope your product quality quickly and consistently meets the quality of customer service and experience you strive to provide going forward.

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@xavoc: Thanks for the honesty there and we are working hard now to sell better and better quality blades. We will be launching a new line of USA Made blades in the beginning of next year.

Our products keep getting better and we are listening to our customers.

Regards,
Luke

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@prodigalsigh: Maybe you could find a way to strap it to a coat rack, and rub your face up and down against it like a cow trying to scratch up against a fence post?

I agree, straight razor shaves are the cleanest and least painful shaves I've ever had. Everything else ends up as a nasty rash of red bumps on my neck.

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@straightrazor: Let me know when you're set up w/ your USA made blade production and I'll give you another fair shake and trial.

Good luck!

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Van Der Hagen! really?

Walgreens
Van Der Hagen Natural Shave Brush $8.99
Van Der Hagen Deluxe Shave Soap 2/$5.00

I shave with straight razors and have a few.
GB Buckingham & Sons do not make a razor I would purchase or be comfortable shaving with.

Don't believe me Check this link

http://straightrazorplace.com/member-introductions/74143-hi-virginia.html

Sorry Luke but I just can't get behind your products or marketing.

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@straightrazor: Two quick questions:

1) If I gift my purchase, how does the giftee redeem the lifetime honing/sharpening aspect?

2) I haven't used the soap that came with the set I got (so I can gift it), could you compare it to Col. Conk's stuff? It seems pricier but not as generic.

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@doryg151: I like VDH and I am throwing it in on the deal. I am not saying I have a great deal on VDH I am giving that away with a 250 razor. I can not compete with Walgreens. However I was asked to offer these so I sell them at the price points I can.

Regards,
Luke

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@prodigalsigh: Col. Conk's is great. I plan on carrying it soon.

All you need to do is have them send it to our address with a return address and we tune it up and send it out.

Regards,
Luke

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I simply cannot understand why anyone would ever spend this kind of money for a razor. Compulsive buying at its finest right here.

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I found myself a nice safety razor at a garage sale and purchased a Van Der Hagen brush, stand, and mug. Even if you don't want to shave with a traditional razor, you'll love the brush and shave soap.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004L4EING/ref=oh_o00_s00_i01_details

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@xavoc: Try a safety razor, oil, and soap lather, the combo has saved me from the bumps. Even with the hands, I get a good shave and cut myself rarely. I do suggest an alum block over a steno pen. Still winds up cheaper, closer, and better overall than the insanity of buying Mach blades or whatever.

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@prodigalsigh:

VDH is on par with Col.Conk. I have a puck and use it from time to time. Its not bad and it is cheap check your local Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, etc. they all carry the soap and I know pharmacy tend to have the brushes. The natural brush is boar hair and takes some time to break in before it will really lather well. For $8 the brush is what it is bump up to $20-30 and you can get a much much better brush from Vulfix or any number of other companies.

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@coondog35: If you do the math on my kit your getting the Van Der Hagen kit for under $22.00 =D

Regards,
Luke

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@straightrazor: lolopat is one of our nightly spammers, he always uses obscured URLs and it always goes to a boiler-plate site. You can spot the spammers especially by the fact they usually have just joined that day and feel the need to mask the real website.

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Sweet I am still holding on to the bottom position and have the most comments and negative votes ;-)...

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@straightrazor
Can you explain the difference between the half hollow, and full hollow blades?

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@wheresmyburrito:

The best explanation is here I don't think I can post a photo in comments to explain.

http://straightrazorplace.com/srpwiki/index.php/The_straight_razor

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@doryg151: I'm currently using William's shaving soap from CVS (only soap available at either CVS or Walgreen's here), it's decent and cheap so I'm saving up my Col. Conk's for special occasions. I've got a badger hair brush that's fantastic, but I'm still learning this stuff.

For all those lurking: It took me two months to figure out that I needed to wet the brush and then make the lather; rather than pouring water on the soap and trying to lather the soap. I went through two whole bars of soap screwing that up.

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@prodigalsigh:

You'll save your self time, money, heart ache, and a bit of the red stuff if you spend a few hours reading the material at
http://straightrazorplace.com
Also for general wet shaving info check out
http://sharpologist.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/mantic59

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@doryg151: Agreed SRP is a great resource for the expert or novice!

Regards,
Luke

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Pffft, blades. I like to shave old school. With seashells and screaming.

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I do have to, sort of, laugh that SRP has one whole post, with only a couple people trying it, and the original poster saying it was all made better.. put this guy on their "No no" list. I understand that, online, it is hard to actually get a -large- sample size, but to say "We have found it to consistently be .." so and so with one whole forum posting is a bit funny. From all the other things on their site, I did think better of them.

Also, can't deny that Luke is trying hard, and his business seems to have made improvements every step of the way.

As for the deal, I have to say that this blade looks interesting. I am not a fan of the Damascus waves, but the blade itself looks interesting. Could make a decent gift. The case is very nice looking as well, simple and functional.
Oh! For the web reading, while not as "specific" as straightrazorplace, I do like badgerandblade.com - good community there.

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@gotweed04: It's an honest statement, I'll try to break down some of this for you.

It's not just a razor.

It's the following:
Kamisori style Razor (Theoretically honed, stropped, and ready to use...)
Decorative wooden storage box
Strop (Required to maintain your razor.)
Shaving soap (Better than shaving cream in a can which has astringents in it.)
Shaving brush (Delightful to use or have your cat steal to chew on.)
Lather dish (Can also hold loose change)

And you can send it back in to get re-honed if you need to for life.

Whether or not the blade itself is any good, I don't know. The cheaper blades haven't gotten good reviews, but Luke so far has been very responsive to complaints.

As for the compulsive buying bit? A properly maintained and cared for straight razor or kamisori will last you a lifetime, your son's lifetime, and his son's lifetime. Spending $100 for 50+ years worth of shaving isn't quite so crazy as it seems when you do the math.

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@geredeth: The non-recommendation came from a Reddit post talking about the problems simply attempting to hone and strop the razor in question. The issue is that the blades are made in areas that are well known for poor blade quality.

You can also find other reviews for the same place sold under Featherrazor.com...

Their statement is based upon what few reviews are available, and past experience with similar products.

B&B also panned them a bit.

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/251571-Is-the-Jury-still-out-on-Vintagestraightrazor.com

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@geredeth: Thanks for the assessment. Have a great night.

Regards,
Luke

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@cappomutato: I shave using an angry taunted cat.

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Luke, I'd like to be honest here about this deal. I'm going to completely avoid any discussions about quality, country of origin etc. What I like to discuss is the "gifty-ness" of this set.

To put it bluntly, this is not a good set to give to someone as a gift.

The fact this comes with a strop and soap says this is a set for someone who doesn't currently shave with a straight. This style of razor is not for beginners. Those points on the toe and heel are going to draw a lot of blood on new shavers who haven't mastered their hand control yet. (poke! poke!)

The other problem with this blade is how tall it is. You don't give measurements (which you really should start doing) but I's guess that blade is at least an inch tall. That's pretty big and can be difficult to maneuver. Shaving under your nose is going to be particularly difficult with this blade.

An ideal beginner blade would have a rounded toe and heel and be no taller than 3/4".

Just something to consider.

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My previous comment was made in ignorance. I'm a DE shaver, and this just "seemed" like a good deal to me. Subsequent reading at StraightRazorPlace.com and BadgerandBlade.com and I'm convinced this deal and this vendor should be avoided. The name of the website itself is a ripoff and waylay of existing website "vintagestraightrazors.com" (with an "s"). Do your own reading before you buy and decide for yourself:

http://straightrazorplace.com/srpwiki/index.php/Brands_of_Straight_Razors_to_avoid

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/251571-Is-the-Jury-still-out-on-Vintagestraightrazor.com

http://www.reddit.com/r/wicked_edge/comments/ksjar/test_drive_gb_buckingham_and_sons_damascus_steel/c2muk8t

EDIT: xavoc beat me to it ;)

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is this compatible with mac?