Many of you are familiar with how excited we have been to try out Harry's razors since we first heard rumors of their approaching launch a few months ago. Since Harry's arrival a couple weeks ago, we have closely followed the press coverage, ordered a shaving set for ourselves, and even spoken with co-founder Jeff Raider to discuss potential partnerships with Razorpedia. We were hoping that Harry's would offer a compelling alternative to existing razor brands. After testing a Harry's Truman razor for a week, I'm pleased to say that they have accomplished their goal of offering a good shave at a fair price.
The actual shave itself was quite comfortable. The Harry's blade ($1.56/each) pulled on my facial hair more than a Gillette Fusion ProGlide blade ($3.55/each), but it offered a slightly smoother glide than a Dorco Pace 6 blade ($1.01/each). The thinness and angle of the razor cartridge makes it easy to shave difficult to reach places like underneath the nose and along the jawline. The first four days of shaving were fairly close and I experienced minimal irritation. Starting with Day 5, the blade started to dull and the my skin started showing some razor burn. By Day 7, I needed to make a few passes with the blade to get it close enough, and my skin was starting to flare up, so I decided it was time to switch out the blade. Tip: DO NOT leave your Harry's razor in the shower or in a place with moisture. It will rust in about 24 hours (UPDATED: SEE EDITOR'S NOTE BELOW).
As seen in the Twitter conversation below, Harry's tells customers their blades should last an average of six days, so my experience was in line with their guidance. From a cost standpoint, this is definitely a better value than Gillette Fusion ProGlide blades, which our consumer reviews currently say last just six days on average. However, I've personally found Dorco blades to last longer than 6-7 days, and they are priced even lower than Harry's.
Have you tried a Harry's razor? What has your experience been? Tell us about it by submitting a review here on Razorpedia.
EDITOR'S UPDATE: Regarding the rust issue, Harry's contacted us to tell us that their "blades are coated with a proprietary coating so that they don't rust and we've shower tested them for months without an issue." As a result, I've tested another Harry's blade over the last week, and interestingly did not have any rust issues over the course of use. My first Harry's blade appears to have been an isolated incident, so I would not be concerned about using these blades in the shower.