I few weeks back Joe from The Clean Shave Co reached out to me to get my opinion on the safety razor and badger hair brush that he offers. Joe had only recently popped up on my radar and I was curious as to what kind of products he was offering. I gladly accepted and offered to write up a short review of my experience. To be honest, I had no idea what kind of product Joe was selling and decided to wait and see the products first hand without doing any research so I could form an unbiased opinion. **Full Disclaimer: I did not pay for this product, and received it in exchange for my opinion of the product.**
A short time later I received a package from Joe. The brush and razor arrived in one of those “book wrap” type packages and was well packed. Upon opening everything was in great shape and there was no damage to the contents. Upon opening the brush and razor boxes it became apparent that while the razor and brush are well made, they were targeted toward newer wet shavers who were willing to pay for a quality item, but didn’t want to blow the budget on a new hobby. This was right up my alley as my blog is focused on people new to the hobby. Lets get to the review!
The Clean Shave (TCS) razor is a classic three piece safety razor designed to accept double edge safety razor blades. The head is what would be considered a variant of the Edwin Jagger design. This is a tried and true design that performs well for this razor. The razor has a nice heft and weighs in at 106 grams (the handle weighs in at 70 grams ) on my kitchen scale. The handle has a knurled pattern that helps with grip while not being overly aggressive. Included was a 5 pack of the Gillette 7 O’clock DE blades.
I decided to use the included DE blades when trying out the razor. I performed my first shave with the TCS razor with two days of beard growth to see how it could handle itself. I performed a full three pass shave and I have to say that things went rather well. I had one weeper from a pimple that got mowed down, but besides that everything went very well. I performed my post shave ritual with my alum block and had no stinging sensation at all. I used the TSC razor daily for the rest of the week and came to find it to be a nice and mild razor that shaves very well.
The TCS brush is comprised of a black resin handle with a badger hair knot. The brush weighs in at 70 grams. I didn’t have anything handy to measure with, so I don’t have any dimensions for handle and loft height. The handle is solid and well finished with no casting lines or imperfections. The knot itself is, according to the packaging, made of “best badger” grade badger hair. “Best Badger” grade is a mid to low grade of badger hair found in low and mid price point brushes. I was a little hesitant about the brush due to the hit or miss nature of lower end brushes but was pleasantly surprised by how well it performed. Over the course of a week I found the brush performed well as a bowl latherer and had enough backbone to be a decent face lathering brush as well. The badger hair is fairly soft, though I did experience a few mild pokes while face lathering, but nothing that would be considered a detriment at this price point. I did not have any issues with badger hair falling out of the brush knot, though this could change with extended use.
In summary, the razor and brush are great beginners items. These are well made and if someone didn’t buy anything else would serve them well for many years. These are not for the experienced wet shaver looking to expand thier collection, but wouldn’t be a bad starter set for a friend or family member. The razor and brush are being sold on the main vendor website and on Amazon.com.
Have a great day and a smooth shave!