- Harry’s Shaves – experiences
I’ve used Harry’s razors for a few months and am interested in other’s opinion of their razors?Posted 3 months ago
I initally was attracted by the price point and the fact they get delivered in the mail. Their adverts are plastered all over the place including you tube and here. After my second package arrived I’ve cancelled my order due to a recurring problem of slicing my chin open repeatedly when shaving. The single blade on the opposite side of the head is the culprit – the one used for trimming around the base of the nose, etc.
While my wet shaving technique may be wrong, it’s the same one I’ve used for at least the past 25 years, and never had so many chin slices and needed so many bog roll plasters to stem the flow. Now I try to remember to make a mental note that “it’s a Harry’s Shaves razor….so be careful”
I note the owners have recently sold the company to the owner of Wilkinson Sword for a cool 1.5 billion.
Other’s experiences, please…
I signed up cos a mate got a £5er off, then found a load of other blades in my drawer and before I knew it* had about 2 years worth of blades. So I cancelled.
However, my Harry’s do not have the “single blade” of which you speak. And I’ve never got close to cutting my face with them. Pretty much the same as the WS Hydros I was using before.
Only thing I don’t like about them is the excessive packaging. (And the constant deliveries.)
*not really that quickly.Posted 3 months agojoebristolSubscriber
Not used Harry’s but most decent razors these days have a single blade on the back for trimming sideburns etc.
I’ve been using cornerstone ones for years now and they work well (they have updated the razor design once in that time) – I cant see how you can accidentally slice your chin with the blade on the back of the razor?
I also have the wrong technique – everywhere says to shave down and then if needed across to get a smooth shave. I find that doesn’t work for me – so I shave down once all over my face to get the worst off, then shave again up. Works perfectly and I use their shave balm straight after to calm it all down.
Best razor I’ve had by miles.Posted 3 months agopetecMember
never used harry’s (obv i follow the STW massive in using a old fashioned safety razor – much nicer)
but, i do have a cartridge razor for weekends away with only hand luggage. It’s one of these https://www.boldking.com/uk/products/the-kit . Nowhere near as nice as a safety razor thoughPosted 3 months agoTurnerGuyMember
anything with an aloe libricating strip is off my list – you think the blade is worn and draggy but it is just that strip.
Hydro 3 for me, lasts long and when the lube strip is empty you can just use more shaving gel.
King of Shaves serum for lube :
more expensive Hydro handle with the vibrating functon is sometimes usefulPosted 3 months agoFuzzyWuzzySubscriber
I can’t understand how you can cut your chin from the rear blade? I once cut my nostril when that blade first appeared on Gillettes, as previously I used to flick the corner of the razor slightly into my nostrils to catch any hairs there – only made that mistake once though…Posted 3 months agojllnMember
Well I have cut myself on the chin a few times and it’s the singke blade on the back that does it. I shave up the neck towards the chin – the other direction just doesn’t work for me – and when I get to the chin basically continue same direction but there’s a certain point where the head of the razor stops making contact with skin and gets a little airborne at which point I tighten my grip with the result that the head snaps back a bit and the back of it makes contact with the chin when the single blade makes the cut.Posted 3 months ago
This only happens when I’m not totally paying attention and is usually ok most of the time when I remember there’s a sharp vertical blade on the back of the razor head.
Clearly my technique is a bit lacking but since I also sometimes use my gilette fusions with same slapdash method, when the razor leaves the surface of the chin and then bounces back the single blade on the back used for trimming doesn’t actually cut my chin. So it all seems to depend on the angle of the single blade in relation to the back of the razor head – seems like the Harry’s Shaves one is too vertical.
I was interested to see if this was a common thing or just unique to my own chin and apparently only one other respondent has experienced the same thing…which kind of answers my question.
i signed up to the same sort of thing with cornerstone years ago, but quickly became frustrated with clogging issues within the 4 (i think) blades and quickly stopped my sub. im sure the 1 vs 2 vs 3 vs 4 blade argument must have been done to death somewhere, but simple little me just cant see how 4 blades can be any better than 1 good blade, after all, theres nowt closer than a cut-throat and thats only one blade 😀 . hmmmm….. i wonder if anyone does just a simple 1 blade/plenty of clearance razor….. oh yes, back to my vintage gillettes 🙂
that being said, if im feeling lazy or pushed for time, i still reach for the cornerstone plus canned gel to have a rapid shave, safe in the knowledge it wont cut me. i hear the heads have been redesigned, id be interested to know if that was to stop clogging issues.
in true stw style, i havent tried harrys, but imagine theyre all much of a muchness….Posted 3 months agoroger_mellieSubscriber
I was using Cornerstone. The quality of their blades changed for the worse so I changed in favour of Harry’s. No issues so far. I don’t have the single ‘trimming blade’ on mine, but maybe I’m on old stock (I haven’t had a order for a while).
You can easily change the frequency of Harry’s deliveries – just tell them you shave once every six months or whatever.Posted 3 months ago
Not looked back after changing to an old style safety razor, upgraded to an adjustable with Polsilver blades and have been happy with the shave.Posted 3 months ago
Used to have a “shave club” which clogged every 3 or so shaves, can get a week and a half – 2 weeks out of a polsilver blade, and they are 100 for £12.
Takes a while to get used to…. but persist and buy a good alum block and you get a good shave. Does look like you’ve been attacked for the first few shaves though…..
Good alum block? I don’t find I have trouble with a cheap one. Come to think of it I’ve not really had to use it in about 3 or 4 months. I did need it before that though!Posted 3 months ago
De shaving going well now though. With merkur futur at home and another at work I had to invest a bit up front but now shaves cost just a few pence each and are stunning, really good.fatbikeandcoffeeMember
Everyones face and perhaps technique being different might make this a muddy puddle OP but my experiences have generally been positive (for my face).
Not nicked nostrils and have occasionally nicked other places with rushed or bad style but have found the gel to be ace, the balm to be meh and the blades to be good but had to back to repeat order quantity right off as found I had a huge stockpile.
Whilst I do find they clog a little more than big brand style razors I do find I use less blades in them, seem to stay sharper for longer for me so advise approaching repeat order with caution.
JamesPosted 3 months ago
a really encourage people to try de. i have been for 8 months now and wish a did 30 years ago.Posted 3 months ago
my experience was for ~2 months a had a lot of cuts, weepers and rash/burn but then the technique got good enough. the next 2-4 months were about learning still, trying different aggressiveness of setting for example, so i still had some bad shaves but mostly knew why. last 3 months fairly settled. i now shave pretty quickly, similar to mach 3 shaving time was, get a better shave and far less irritation than the mach 3, far less. some of the best blades for me cost about £9 for 100 and will do 6 or more shaves. since the shave is closer i shave every other day now so basically one de blade does about 2 weeks. i used a mach 3 for two weeks but second week was not great. So instead of almost £2 for a fortnight of mach 3 shaving I spend about 10p on a de blade. Like most i’ve found prep is more important so use a cheap brush to lather up soap and the revelation for me was finding johnsons aloe vera baby oil, and using it as a pre-shave oil, its amazing. the oil costs £1.50 for a bottle that will last 1-2 years. The soap…stuff like palmolive or arko costs about £1-1.50 a stick and it lasts agaest, lets say 2-3 months. My cheap brushes are starting to shed bristles so I’ll need new soon but 4-6 months for £1.50-2 brush that’s ok. SO blade, soap, brush, oil i spend about 70p a fortnight, about 1/3 the cost on mach 3 blades. the investment in 2 x merkur futurs will be recouped in 18 – 24 months. to get started you need to buy a razor and you can get good ones for £20-30, less if you go pre owned, or try something like the q-shave futur clone for under £10. if you dont get on with whichever you try, sell it on.
give de a try!
No.Posted 3 months ago
Shaving isn’t an adventure, it’s not something I do to make myself feel special or manly, its just a chore in the morning I want to get done as quickly as possible, with no faff or messing around with special brushes or whatever yu have to invest in. Thats what multi blades were invented for. Splash, gel, shave, done.
Oh shaving is a chore for me, I have to be cleanly shaven for work, but if I can save a hell of a lot of money doing it I will! The savings not buying packs 8 of multi-blades every 2 months (or more 3 days best out of some blades) over a years has more than covered the initial outlay.
I’ve been shaving with a safety razor for 7 years now and wouldn’t look back. Less than 10 mins for a quick lather with brush shave before work every day.
Neil, one thing I did buy was a good brush, my Taylors is still good after 7 years.Posted 3 months ago
cheers holyzeus. cheers skankin, as i said in the de advice thread, i’m considering a better brush. the 2 cheap ones i started with have been ok but the wilko sword one i have at work, while hardly shedding a bristle for the first few months has suddenly started to disintegrate big time…its like a molting cat. i fear partly this could be due to it living in my wash bag and in my locker and never drying. at home a decent brush has a chance to a long and healthy life, but at work i fear a better brush could soon suffer the same fate as the wilko.
dezB i’m not eulogising about de, I too find shaving a chore. But i find de shaving far more comfortable than cartridge shaving, far far cheaper and slightly closer too. I admit i do like that I’m learning something new, learning to do something well, but at the end of the day shavings is mostly a chore. Yes, you do need to invest a bit of cash on a razor, and definitely need to invest 2-4 months to learn to do a good, quick shave. You are right that cartridge/disposables were invented to make nick free shaving simple. trouble is they don’t give a low irritation shave for many, and they costa fortune over time. As far as i can see Harry’s dollar and the online cartridges don’t change that much.Posted 3 months ago
for anyone that is considering it 10 blades and a qshave futur clone for less than a 4 pack of cartridges. use you current squirty cream/gel/whatever and give it a go. if you don’t like it you could probably flog the qshave for a fiver.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Double-Edge-Razor-Blades-Stainless-Steel-Blades-10-pcs-Barber-Supplies-Su-P4F6/113777055034?_trkparms=aid%3D444000%26algo%3DSOI.DEFAULT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170221122447%26meid%3D5906f6ea4b1a4b9c9f906bb3584ea808%26pid%3D100752%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D3%26sd%3D113763396606%26itm%3D113777055034&_trksid=p2047675.c100752.m1982 I tried dorco titan…meh… but you might find differently. fairly sure the de blades sainsbury sell are repackaged dorcos.
some of my favority blades so far…. less than £9 for a 100Posted 3 months ago
punk, do you use an oil? I’ve found oil adds thickness to even the worst soap. EVEN wilkinson sword soap gives me a decent lather now.
no, what sort of oil will add volume to lather?
Glycerine can help when a few drops added to the soap.
help with what? a nice smooth, slidey feeling with the blade, or bump up the lather?
thanksPosted 3 months agodannybgoodeSubscriber
Quite agree that a proper safety razor will out-perform Harry’s or anyone else. £9.95 for 100 quality blades. These will need changing every 3 shaves or so giving around a year’s worth of blades for a tenner.
It’ll be a closer shave too and get a decent razor (Merkur is my brand of choice) and shaving becomes a pleasure.
A good brush and shaving soap are a must whatever wet razor you use. Worlds apart from gel or foam.Posted 3 months ago
punk, i use this https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/gb/groceries/johnsons-baby-oil–aloe-vera-300ml?langId=44&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxYLoBRCxARIsAEf16-uJqD9URmFuY_tzeFrjxLug-VNyqE3MjNxC8w4kyhspVUklyxBfom8aAkCjEALw_wcB&storeId=10151&krypto=noio2bqzlywZ3pDO9Cx38bUGinX4e6QSuvfot0AI4AmU0qTWx6TxqZfbxX1qXIsNX7Bn0dB22Ejn2%2FHS3CAQSz56ggUJS52L%2BVY%2BxDDY%2F0TTht5rxkWJvFw2xmo03G5zpZVny8dSNFuCt9Bb80K8JStA0VxrzFYO6EI%2BibDPKHeHmLFU8TR5CUGy3CxH0hnyCskac4H3fphb2Tw55DOezqLUNWTAzZ6eD%2BAcScaDrrNtxNfFjSmUP3BOqIQIRj76nAGyIuqfJfiVRJxOCauW%2Fa80tSdGoE0JKWBFuhzKBp2ijew%2Brr2we%2BdM8AZch6FnQYbgZNaUW%2FCFixU%2BSZ9x9TyoPvFvF9V%2FWluALQg2y2Y%3D&ddkey=https%3Agb%2Fgroceries%2Fjohnsons-baby-oil–aloe-vera-300ml
a few drops in the palm of my hand and then rubbed/massaged on to the beard immediately before soaping/lathering. It seems odd to me that oil helps the soap but I’ve found the lather gets much more thickness. not volume, but thickness. the oil is also very slick and really durable, its still on the face after a 3 pass shave and moisturises nicely. At £1.50 its cheap, give it a try, it utterly transformed my shaving experience!Posted 3 months agohodgyndMember
Haven’t tried Harry’s, Conerstone or any of the other ” through the letterbox ” blades ..I’ve been a Gillette man for (40+) years and I’m pretty much in the DezB camp of shaving ( let’s get it done and dusted as quickly as possible..)..the way some of you boys go on it seems to be the highlight of your day ..Posted 3 months ago
Do you also set the scene with mood music and scented candles prior to starting your shaving ritual …😂
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