A new company called 800Razors recently provided me with some razors for a review. The company was started by two businessmen who, after losing their luggage on a business trip, were shocked at how much razors and blades cost.
So they decided to try to bring the costs down. After investigating overseas manufacturers, they found an American manufacturer who had been making razors since the 1800s.
The “Made-in-the-USA” aspect is what made me decide to try these out. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the razors. The company supplied both of their models–the H3O and the H5O, which are inspired by the Mach 3 and Fusion 5 respectively. The handles are made from steel with rubber grip points. The steel has a very nice weight, giving the handle a sense of quality that I don’t find in most mainstream brands.
So, over the past 2 days, I tried out a different razor each morning. I do a wet shave with a badger brush and The Art of Shaving’s Ocean Kelp shaving cream. Each razor gave me a nice, smooth shave. The weight of the handle definitely helped keep the blade moving nicely. I preferred the H3O versus the H50 based on the size, as I found the smaller blade easier to work with in tight spaces under my nose and on my chin.
Still, both razors performed well and I recommend trying it. 800Razors packages start at $9.99, which gets you a free handle and either 5 H3O cartridges or 4 H50 cartridges. Not bad for an American-made razor.
Editor’s Note: The company has reworked their product line and the razors in this review are no longer available. I purchased one of their new styles and will review it shortly.
Came across some nice Made in the USA goods that are on sale. First up are some throws by Cannon River by the Faribault Mills at JCPenney. They’re made from a lighter weight wool, but still warm and soft. I had a chance to see a few of these in person and the grey and white stripe throw was my favorite. Best of all, they were on clearance at $30, down from $75.
Last fall Lands’ End Canvas launched a small collection of Made in the USA jeans. The 608 Slim Fit Rinsed is $75, down from $98. It’s not selvedge or raw, but it still should give a decent break-in. As of this writing, there are plenty of sizes.
The Gap will launch their collaboration with Seavees this Monday. The shoes have a classic 60s vibe of California beach culture–think early Beach Boys. Priced at around $55, the shoes sell for less than Seavees’ mainline but hopefully this is due to the massive quantity Gap can afford to produce and not because of lower quality.
The shoes are named the 0769 in reference to July 1969, the month and year Gap started operating.
How much personality does the exterior of the original Gap store have? I’m not saying that would necessarily work with today’s customer, but their current identity (or lack of one) could benefit with a stronger point of view.
Garage Magazine produced this interesting little film on the state of “street-style” photographers. I used to frequent the Sartorialist everyday–it was a “must-visit” on my lunchtime browsing–I now visit that site 4 or 5 times a year. I think an editor explains it very well in the video that there’s a lot of “peacocking going on” and that frankly turns me off.
Brooks Brothers recently posted pictures from their Fall 2013 preview.
images via Brooks Brothers’ Pinterest