My Harry’s Shaving Set Arrived Yesterday

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I’ve been a Talk Show listener for a long time now. In case you don’t know, The Talk Show is a podcast hosted by John Gruber, where he and his guests talk about outhouses, cat pictures, sports and sometimes about Apple. One of John’s advertisers was Harry’s — a company which is disrupting the shaving market by offering better quality products at lower prices. Oh — and they also look good, especially in contrast to that crap sold by Gillette. Anyway, I don’t think I was particularly interested in Harry’s until I read Lex Friedman’s piece on shaving in The Magazine. That first pushed me to explore what Harry’s had to offer… A few months later I was finally a happy owner of a Muehle razor, badger hair brush and proper shaving soap. I decided to go all out for one simple reason — Harry’s wasn’t sold in Europe anywhere. However, I still needed a more modern razor for travelling and so forth…

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A few weeks ago I got an email from one of my readers — he was going to be flying from Chicago to Warsaw soon and asked me if I could point him to where I got my Muehle set. A few emails later we had everything set up — he’d get me a Harry’s Truman Set with spare blades and I’d get him a razor and badger hair brush with some spare razor blades. I finally got my Harry’s set yesterday and still can’t believe how great it looks.

I went for the Truman Set which consists of a Truman handle, 3 blades, shaving cream and a plastic–thingy–box to keep your handle and blade secure when travelling. The packaging looks surprisingly good. And all of this cost $15.

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I love the minimalist look of the products, I love that they use Brandon Grotesque as their font and how classy everything looks.

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I’m not used to getting quality products for so little money. Every detail has been cared for and there’s even a small booklet with tips inside. Even that looks great!

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I went for the orange handle — I strongly believe we need more colour in our lives. There was a greenish–cyan one available earlier which held my fancy, but was replaced recently. Not that I mind — love it’s presence.

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I also snagged thirty two additional blades for $50 — I’m not expecting any more packages from USA in the near future so I decided to stock up. Note the fantastic packing and attention to detail above. There’s also a discount for The Talk Show listeners if all of this still seems too expensive.

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I’m planning to use my Harry’s razor for travel and places where I don’t want to lug my more traditional shaving set around. Still haven’t had the time to try it out and I can’t wait to do so…


My thanks to Harry’s for going after Gillette and making wonderful products for people who care. And I have to thank Gruber and Friedman — I doubt I would have bought either razor without them.

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