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    Default Cheap shavette - surprisingly good results

    Well, after about ten years of shaving with straights and DEs, I finally got around to trying a shavette. Prior to this, my only experience with them was from the barber doing some trimming, but I decided the time had finally arrived...

    So I hopped on ebay, and bought this bad boy:

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    I liked it because the blade had sort of feather-esque lines, although it has a flippy-down thingy for blade retention rather than the proper feather system. Also, I thought the scales were absolutely wonderfully tacky in the ebay pic, and they didn't disappoint. I may make some new ones for it some day, but am not in a rush to devote time and $$ to dressing up a $10 blade. And to be fair, they're not quite as hideous in person as they appear in the pic.

    The transaction was surprisingly smooth with much quicker shipping that I had expected. Stuff from China can arrive here in ten days, three months, or never. This took about two weeks to arrive. Great communication and service from the seller too.

    And the best part? It shaved beautifully! I threw in a blade from the first pack I saw in the shave den (Dorco), lathered up, and enjoyed a really nice smooth shave. I think I may have a new addition to my travel kit.

    It was in original condition, faded red, well-worn, but nice.
    This was and still is my favorite combination; beautiful, original, and worn.
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    Bold testing move -- bravo, sir!

    You have more courage than I do in the SR shaving arena, and way to go determining that these cheap, Chinese shavettes do get the job done in a pinch. With that said, I have no plans to use one EVER.
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    Take that newbie
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    I need one with scales like that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieseld View Post
    I need one with scales like that
    You want 'em?

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    It was in original condition, faded red, well-worn, but nice.
    This was and still is my favorite combination; beautiful, original, and worn.
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    Looks like most other shavettes I've seen only with cool scales.
    Nice find.

    Pete <:-}
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    Looks like it might be just the thing for my sea bag.
    Any chance you could PM me the seller info?
    :-)
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    The only shavette I have is a cheap one from Sally's Beauty Supply. It came with Derby Professional half-blades. The experience with it was not good, but I am not sure how much was due to the razor and how much was due to the Derby blades. I do not know how the Derby Professional blades compare to the Derby Extra blades, but the later are not nearly sharp enough for my beard.

    I now have a collection of about 25 straights along with a number of DE razors and a ATT SE1 single edge that uses Feather AC blades. If I ever purchase another shavette, it will be one of the Artist Club razors.
    However, I do have a pack of PermaSharp half blades that I might try in the cheap shavette, However, PermaSharp blades are so sharp that I am a little afraid of doing so, even though I have experience with straights. I am not sure the cheap shavette is balanced well enough to give me full control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RezDog View Post
    Looks like it might be just the thing for my sea bag.
    Any chance you could PM me the seller info?
    :-)
    The seller's ebay name is yoyomater.

    It was in original condition, faded red, well-worn, but nice.
    This was and still is my favorite combination; beautiful, original, and worn.
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