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Organism 46-B with the Duke and OneBlade

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The OneBlade arrives via a reader’s comment on pondering whether to get one. It’s not a bad razor, but takes only one brand and model of blade, which the maker advises should be changed after each shave. The blades cost US$1 each.

Also, I find more frequent rinsing is needed than with my double-ed razors, which hold more lather. But in terms of feel and performance, the OneBlade isn’t bad at all: quite comfortable and reasonably efficient (though I find it not so efficient as a good double-edge razor with a good blade, but that may be due to my lack of practice with the OneBlade).

I had actually taken today’s shave photo yesterday morning: the sun had come out and was at a good angle for a dramatic photo (see at right), but then I read Tony’s comment and went with the OneBlade instead of the Fatip Testina Gentile shown in this photo. Still, I do like that photo, so there it is.

Simpson’s Duke 3 Best is a very nice brush, and as I’ve noted I love the fragrance of Organism 46-B (“Scent Notes: burnt sugar – bitter orange – brandy – Hedione – tobacco absolute – benzoin resin – ambergris”), though I understand some prefer a single fragrance note: rose, say, or lavender, or sandalwood. I prefer variety, as shown by the various brushes, razors, soaps/creams, and aftershaves that show up in the SOTD. A single flavor (an apple, perhaps) can be enjoyable, but so also can a blend of flavors (an apple concoction of some sort, or perhaps apples and onions sautéed in bacon fat to be served with a thick pork chop, or my old favorite, Harvy-Scarvy). The broader the range of things you can enjoy, the more likely you are to find enjoyment.

So a single-note fragrance can be fine, but so can a blend, and a single-note fragrance will always be lacking in complexity. As Eugene Delacroix noted, “A taste for simplicity cannot endure for long.” One longs for variety, and among the variety complexity can be as much a pleasure as simplicity.

Three passes and, with a little work and never a threat of a nick, a smooth finish. A splash of the matching aftershave — great fragrance — and the day is launched with the weekend dead ahead.

Written by LeisureGuy

18 December 2020 at 10:59 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. The information in the first paragraph above dissuades me from ever desiring to buy and to shave with a OneBlade razor.

    The OneBlade is good only for one day? In comparison, I find the longevity of a Schick Injector blade to last 50% longer than a DE blade. I easily get 7 quality shaves with a DE blade.

    Is the OneBlade razor still being sold? How can the OneBlade even begin to compete with the commonly available and inexpensive used Schick Injector razors on ebay, or with some of the newer injector razors?

    Steve Riehle

    18 December 2020 at 12:07 pm

  2. Some people are less sensitive to price than others, and the top of the line OneBlade is attractive from an engineering point of view — and it does deliver a very comfortable and reasonable efficient shave. Mantic59 of Sharpologist finds that it is his favorite razor.

    Just to be clear: the blade is good for much longer than a day. Those that I have are perhaps a year or two old. The maker advises to use the blade for one one shave.

    The One-Blades swivel action is something injector razors lack, plus the head is wider (perpendicular to the blade’s edge) than an injector, which helps with comfort (and with the swivel action). Scroll down on this page and you can get an idea of the design effort that went into it — for example, “12,480 man hours. 1,010 prototypes. 2 years of research & development. Over $1,000,000. Zero Compromises. Zero Assumptions.”

    They clearly were not aiming at the budget market.

    They now say that you get 2-3 shaves per blade; the 1 shave per blade was their initial suggestion.

    LeisureGuy

    18 December 2020 at 12:16 pm

  3. They a¢¢lso now sell the blades for 70¢ per blade. See this page

    LeisureGuy

    18 December 2020 at 12:21 pm

  4. The Schick Injector never worked well for me. However, the OneBlade Core and OneBlade Hybrid give me decent shaves and I get about 4 uses from a blade. The shaves are commensurate with other DE razors using the Feather DE Blade, so there isn’t much incentive for me to use the OneBlade.

    Ryan D. Tucker

    21 December 2020 at 5:55 pm


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