First Paste & Cut travelling hardware box

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with my time enjoying the box at an end i thought it was time to go over my thoughts. the box was well worth participating and i finished up with some different opinions coming out than i might have expected going in. the biggest surprise was the mergress i didnt expect much from it not being a big fan of the adjustables ive tried but i loved it besides the slippery handle and i am considering purchase of a progress.the karve i enjoyed but was not overly impressed with overall. it is a good razor and well built but it is really in terms of performance really just run of the mill doing nothing you wouldnt expect its not exceptionally close nor exceptionally smooth but rather just on par with other razors and the brass would be a pain to live with.i had been considering purchasing one but now i wont be. the sticky i really wanted to like this one it provides a nice smooth shave and is really well built but has no real efficiency for my face at all leaving me with a sub par shave.and finally the wolfman. its an exquisitely built razor that shines beautifully and has almost perfect balance and has a super smooth face feel that you barely notice it has a blade in it while being very efficient at the same time. but when you take the price and availability into account its not worth it purely on performance terms.its kind of like a porsche cayenne to me. it is somewhat better than your average razor performance wise but what your really paying for is the build quality, exclusivity and bragging rights of owning a more expensive marque.under neath all the shiny its still just a up volkswagon toureg with shiner badges and more attention to detail.if you can afford to spend the cash it would be a worthwhile acquisition but if you cant afford it then you arent missing out on the holy grail of all shaves either.the main conclusion i have come to though is that i prefer my colonial general on a purely performance basis than any of the razors i tried in the box and that in itself was an interesting discovery. its made it even harder to resist the call of a vector so i have already put in a birthday request with the missus for one.to finish i will list the razors i used in order if what i would purchase after giving them all a good workout and taking everything into consideration and including razors i didnt try in the box but already own so are a known quantity.
mergress
wolfman
karve


fatboy
slim
aristocrat
sticky
 

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with my time enjoying the box at an end i thought it was time to go over my thoughts. the box was well worth participating and i finished up with some different opinions coming out than i might have expected going in. the biggest surprise was the mergress i didnt expect much from it not being a big fan of the adjustables ive tried but i loved it besides the slippery handle and i am considering purchase of a progress.the karve i enjoyed but was not overly impressed with overall. it is a good razor and well built but it is really in terms of performance really just run of the mill doing nothing you wouldnt expect its not exceptionally close nor exceptionally smooth but rather just on par with other razors and the brass would be a pain to live with.i had been considering purchasing one but now i wont be. the sticky i really wanted to like this one it provides a nice smooth shave and is really well built but has no real efficiency for my face at all leaving me with a sub par shave.and finally the wolfman. its an exquisitely built razor that shines beautifully and has almost perfect balance and has a super smooth face feel that you barely notice it has a blade in it while being very efficient at the same time. but when you take the price and availability into account its not worth it purely on performance terms.its kind of like a porsche cayenne to me. it is somewhat better than your average razor performance wise but what your really paying for is the build quality, exclusivity and bragging rights of owning a more expensive marque.under neath all the shiny its still just a up volkswagon toureg with shiner badges and more attention to detail.if you can afford to spend the cash it would be a worthwhile acquisition but if you cant afford it then you arent missing out on the holy grail of all shaves either.the main conclusion i have come to though is that i prefer my colonial general on a purely performance basis than any of the razors i tried in the box and that in itself was an interesting discovery. its made it even harder to resist the call of a vector so i have already put in a birthday request with the missus for one.to finish i will list the razors i used in order if what i would purchase after giving them all a good workout and taking everything into consideration and including razors i didnt try in the box but already own so are a known quantity.
mergress
wolfman
karve


fatboy
slim
aristocrat
sticky
Glad you enjoyed the box so much @beerhog (y)

On the Progress/Mergress: I believe you experienced the most "extreme" version - tall handle AND long SS knob.

The standard Progress is very head heavy...I think the ideal one balanced wise would be somewhere between a normal handle with short SS knob and a long handle as is - probably a standard Progress with a long Stainless Knob would be the one to go for...
 
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