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Hypothetical Question

Discussion in 'General Shaving' started by Bogeyman, Thursday May 17, 2018.

  1. Bogeyman

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    For the sake of argument let's say that a blade maker announces an enormous breakthrough in blade technology and introduces into the market a blade made from some super duper hardened & unbreakable ceramic or polymer that gives a verifiable 365 multi-pass shaves. The reviewers all rate it as the best blade they have ever used and it's quality and durability are not in question plus it works in all razors perfectly as well.

    Would you shelve your current blade choice(s) and pay say £50/$67.50 US for one blade? Remember, the quality has been verified and there is no doubt that it will provide you with one year's worth of perfect shaves. The only question is how much would you pay for it?
     
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  2. Yes I would buy one but have it as part of a blade rotation perhaps , using the same thing day in and day out would bore me to tears. Think how many years of service that one blade would give if not used every shave! I don't have many different make's of blade but I have a few and I would miss that choice. I would not want to be paying more than £30 for this blade, how much for 100 top blades today? It's a very good question you've asked, do you know something we don't? :) P.
     
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  3. It'd have to be much much cheaper for me too.
     
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  4. Sabre

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    Isn't this on a par with decent electrics and trimmers? Yes, I would.
     
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  5. No. £17 for a box of 100 Personna blues with a new blade once a week makes my yearly spend on blades £8.84. Even if we assume that one blade in ten turns out to be a bad one, which is being extremely pessimistic, that only pushes it up to £9.72.
     
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  6. Bazz

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    To be honest i don't think i would, i only use a DE 2-3 times a week, the remainder being straights, for what i currently spend on DE blades a year i don't think it would be worth it.

    Good question though :)
     
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  7. Sid James

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    I’d buy it just to see what it was like
     
  8. Dansco

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    Not for me either. I bought a sample pack about 6 months ago for £8 and due to a number of my shaves being straight razor shaves i still have a good few left. Maybe if it was about £10
     
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  9. Steve

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    Mmm. I probably would buy one but not In place of my regular supplies. Sounds daft but I do like the variation in shaves between different blades.
     
  10. Bogeyman

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    Just as I suspected, it has broken down for the most part into two categories: those who thrive on variety and the "phrugal phuckers". :D :p ;)
     
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    Im not sure i am that frugal... it would just have to make sense to buy that instead of the norm. Changing blades doesnt bother me so much that not having to donit is worth a premium. If anything I like swapping razors frequently so its just as easy to change blades. Great question though.
     
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  12. Bogeyman

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    The reason I thought of this was a few years back I read of a German co. that purportedly had just such an invention and then "poof" nothing more was heard. o_O I was thinking back then that if such a thing occurred would they simply sell the patent or would they blow the Big Boys out of the water? If they did the latter then my mind thought of how Harry's Razors when bought by two American entrepeneurs dropped their DE line and understandably so as they wanted to recoup quickly their original monetary outlay. This isn't the past where a co. can merely buy a new technology and keep it a secret. Gillette surely recalls when Wilkinson Sword called their bluff on stainless blades in 1961 and subsequently Gillette blade sales dropped some 85%!!! :eek: In today's "pirate" tech World the Chicoms would have hacked the idea and start selling them on TaoBao!! As well, enforcing a patent in Red China is akin to making a heroin addict adhere to a curfew. :rolleyes:

    My biggest fear is that IF this did happen then it would kill DE production except for Third World blades, e.g., Lord, etc.
     
  13. Sabre

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    Virtually all DE blades are third/developing world, apart from Feintechnik. The Japanese/South Koreans have moved production to South East Asia.
     
  14. Bogeyman

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    Russia & China are not Third World countries. Gillette & Personna are the Big Boys on the block re DE blades. I never said "developing world". Don't move the goalpost.
     
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  16. Bazz

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    'Third world country' is now officially out of vogue, it has been replaced with 'developing country' did you not get the memo from the politically correct correctors? :D
     
  17. Bogeyman

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    Any country with the capacity to eliminate other First World countries via nuclear attack is not Third World by definition.
     
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  18. neilwf

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    An interesting question. To be economically viable It can't cost more than £15 tops.
    A blade that lasts that long will effectively become part of the razor for a year, so will need cleaning just like the rest of the razor. Not just a rinse under the tap and a pat dry. I'm not sure how you would do that. Just throwing this into the mix.
     

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