Many of you will wonder where to buy cheap but has a good quality straight razor. Whipped Dog is the answer.
I was introduced to Whipped Dog by fellow straight razor users. The community at The Shave Den has a lot of information on everything about wet shaving. You should join there if you have not.
I asked where to get a good quality straight razor. Living in Asia makes you have a few problems.
Where To Buy A Cheap Straight Razor?
There are no nearby straight razor makers. Yes, you can mention China. I searched and found that Gold Dollar is one of the Asian brand. It is one of the cheapest straight razor makers. Our veterans have mixed reviews on this specific brand. But they all conclude that if you buy Gold Dollar, you either will get a gem or a trash. GD straight razors do not have a standard in making their straight razors. I suspect this happens because they produce the straight razor with machinery.
I also found the brand ZY. It even claims that their straight razors have been personally sharpened by a Shifu (master). I asked the community for their insight and they said please never consider this brand. You will waste your money. The master either drunk or non-existent because their straight razors never arrive shave ready.
This perplexed me. A good straight razor will usually cost you around USD 300. This is about a month salary in my country. That is why I was considering to buy a GD or a ZY. Should I spend USD300 + delivery to get a good quality straight razor or I just buy a GD for a tenth + free delivery?
This is where our shaving community, The Shave Den, came to rescue me. They gave a lot of information on where to get the best price on a straight razor. For region wise, the name of James Keegan showed up again. You can contact him for honing your straight razors and buy new ones.
Larry From Whipped Dog
The majority of the people suggested me to check Whipped Dog website and contacted Larry. They said Larry always have a good stock of shave ready straights. Larry do all the honing so you can be sure that the quality of the shave you are getting.
I was a bit hesitant to reach out to him. Especially considering the fact how expensive it is to send a package from USA to Indonesia. I do not want to buy an expensive straight razor and get another expensive fee from the shipping company. It would drill a big hole in my wallet.
To my surprise, Larry has two lines of very cheap straight razors. It is called Sight Unseen Razor and Sight Unseen Flawed Razor. Of course, since money is the subject here, I will discuss the cheapest possible way to get a good quality straight razor.
First thing that you notice from his website is Larry did not put any picture of what kind of straight razor you are going to get. I was a bit reluctant to immediately purchase one. I love to see beautifully design straight razors. That’s why I wonder around his website thinking about getting a new straight razor that will cost me at least USD110.
Lucky for me, I have a rather strong will. I keep reminding myself that I didn’t have a lot of money to spend. My budget was $50 and that include shipping. Well, you can get that kind of price from eBay but the razor quality is most likely bad.
Sight Unseen Flawed Razor
That’s why I returned to the Sight Unseen Flawed Razor. This is where you can get a shave ready straight razor on a budget. The price is $28 (free shipping within US). I just couldn’t believe my eyes. The price is almost half my budget.
I immediately thought about the shipping fee. I remembered about sending a package to New Zealand and it cost me a big hole in my wallet. Larry stated in his website that each razor will be shipped out to International locations with an additional $5 to the price. The total is $33 for a straight razor, ship from USA to Indonesia. YAY!
Another warning came to my mind. Would you buy an unknown item? Would you believe a guy from the internet? Especially with a cheap price? I definitely would answer NO.
The shaving communities are here to help you. I joined several shaving communities and Larry’s name was mentioned quite a lot. You can check The Shave Den and Badger and Blade. They mentioned that they have bought straight razors from him and have sent numerous (and expensive) straight razors for honing to him.
This reputation is not achieved overnight. That’s why I immediately dismissed the idea this man is going to scam you. So, go ahead and buy one straight razor from Larry.
So I ordered one of the cheapest straight razor Larry can provide. It cost me $33 total. I placed the order on July 5, 2017. Immediately, Larry sent an order confirmation email with a PDF attachment. The PDF is all about straight razor shaving.
Reading it made me want to shave with a straight razor right away. He provided all the information you need on straight razor shaving. From preparing your lather to caring your straight razor. It is a recommended PDF to have.
To my surprise, my straight razor arrived almost immediately. At a regular speed, a mail will take a month to travel from USA to Indonesia and vice versa. It arrived on July 20th. Just two weeks from my order date. It means that Larry immediately process your order and still manage to give additional information.
In the package he sent, you will see:
- a straight razor
- a name card
- a “manual” paper
The straight razor came with a box. I suspect this is not the original box for this straight razor. But it is nice to have a “complete” package.
The straight razor itself is a bit dirty for my taste. It has black thingy almost like a tar. I need to work on it to get it clean. I am not complaining about the state of the straight razor because Larry already mentioned this on his website. You will get a working and shave ready straight razor. Other properties maybe lacking. You will not want to show this beauty at its arrival state.
Is It Shave Ready?
I am not an expert on a straight razor shaving, yet. The razor I received was sharp. It cut down all the hair with no hesitation.
I had a 4 days hair growth on my face. I lather with my own shaving soap. I keep forgetting that when you shave with a straight razor, you need a really wet lather. Someone even suggests a dripping wet lather.
The straight razor was not gliding at the first try. That’s why I needed to fix my lather and made it wetter. After that, this Sight Unseen Flawed Straight Razor was working amazingly.
Yes. I had two small nicks and some razor burns. It was because I was too aggressive on mowing some small stubble. They were too stubborn. Or I was still trying to find a working angle and pressure.
I can assure you that the straight razor from Larry is working wonderfully. I never thought that I can have another beautiful straight razor in my shaving den.
Buy Whipped Dog Cheap Straight Razors
Larry from Whipped Dog is one of the highest regard names in the shaving world. If you need a straight razor and has the same limitation on spending for your shaving den as me, Larry can help you.
Besides straight razors, Larry also provides double edge razors, shaving brushes, soaps, and other shaving related items. You can say his place is a one stop shopping store.
Have you bought something from Whipped Dog? Cheap straight razors or other things? How about his honing service?
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