Razors are expensive if you’re buying top-of-the-line cartridges from the big brands like Gillette or Schick. The razor heads they sell have 5 blades or more, and tend to come in loud colors designed to catch a shopper’s eye as they browse the shaving isle at the local super market or pharmacy. Harry’s wants to change the game with their high-quality razors and shave cream which they ship directly to you at an affordable price. The Truman set will run you $15, but it includes everything you need to get a clean shave plus two refill blade cartridges. For comparison’s sake, the Gillette Fusion ProGlide FlexBall razor will set you back around $20, and that does not include shaving cream or a travel cover for your blade.
Enough about the competitor’s products, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty with Harry’s Truman Set. First off, their presentation is top-notch. The handle looks sleek as hell, and is the first razor I’ve ever owned that I actually want to leave out on my sink. They give you options on the color choice (Total Orange, Nautilus Blue (Navy), Ivory, and Olive 107) and I went with Ivory because I thought it was a good look (and it is). The travel cap for your razor is an awesome touch, and I don’t understand why every other company doesn’t have one. Bottom-line, Harry’s razor looks great. The shave though? Just OK.
If I’m going to keep it real, Harry’s is better than the Schick Hydro, Gillette Mach 3, and any other lesser brand (those Bic throw aways are cuts waiting to happen). The shave you’ll get from Harry’s is decent, but you don’t get the same comfort and ease as you do with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide FlexBall. BUT, I’m willing to sacrifice the best shave I’ve ever had for a razor that gets the job done and doesn’t look like a child’s toy on my sink counter. The sheer fact that Harry’s looks classy as hell (I plan on upgrading to their chromed out Winston set) makes it my razor of choice.
Harry’s Truman Shave Set arrives to your door in this well presented box. They include instructions on how to shave in case you’re a child who has never shaved their face before, and a nice little note to welcome you as a customer.
As stated previously, the set includes a handle of your color choice, 3 blade cartridges (one on the handle plus two replacements), shave cream or foaming gel (you choose when ordering), a travel cover for your blade, and a small sample of after shave lotion. I was really impressed by how nice Harry’s razor looks. Check it out:
Now that’s what I call a man’s razor. The only thing that can possibly be more classy than Harry’s razor is one of those straight-edge blades that old-school barbers use. Seriously, every other razor company makes their handle look like a fucking toy. It really grinds my gears. I want something I can leave out on my sink counter that looks mature enough that a child would be afraid to touch it. Harry’s Truman set in Ivory accomplishes that. If you have a kid, he’ll know the razor belongs to dad and that it’s not a Lego or Hot Wheels car that he can play with.
I was excited to use Harry’s Truman Shave Set from the moment it arrived. Like a normal person I waited til morning though after I got out of the shower. The Foaming Gel bottle looks classy, but it scared the shit out of me when I went to squirt some into the palm of my hand. The foaming gel ejected from the bottle at light speed, and made a sound similar to a NASCAR pit crew undoing the bolts on Dale Jr’s tires. It’s a high-quality product, though. It felt as good if not better than pricey name brands.
I think I may have used too much of the Foaming Gel, though, as it took me several strokes to get a clean shave on each area of my face (not that I could control the amount of rocket-propelled gel that came out of the bottle in a millisecond). It wasn’t the smoothest shave of my life, but it definitely wasn’t the worst. While I didn’t cut myself, there were definitely a few areas where I felt a bit of “razor burn” if you will. In the end, Harry’s got the job done, and I didn’t have to shave with a glow stick with metal blades attached to the end of it.
If you could combine Harry’s looks with the utility of Gillette’s Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall technology, you’d have the best razor of all time and there wouldn’t be a need to ever try nor buy anything else. If Harry’s innovates a way to mimic the control and contour hugging aspect of the FlexBall, it’s a wrap for all competitors. I still highly recommend either the Truman Set or the Winston Set if you’re looking to class up your shave. As I said in my quick review, Harry’s Truman Set gets a B+ overall and will be my go-to razor until I upgrade to the Winston. I’m willing to sacrifice a little performance for something I can display proudly in my bathroom.