Putting Blade to Scalp with The Truman Set from Harry’s

When I was 18, I spent a summer working for my Uncle Jim. He was building a hangar apartment for his Cessna single engine on an airstrip about 20 miles east of Downtown Dallas and I needed cash for college. I was no stranger to physical labor but the bulk of my experience was limited to cosmetic work; wallpaper, paint, drywall, etc. This job was something entirely different.

I spent my summer anchoring iron studs into concrete, running plumbing pipe and putting up corrugated steel siding. Jim was the kind of man who knew his stuff. He was a self-made man who had gone from working on a construction crew to being CEO of his own, very lucrative, contracting company. He had money but wasn’t in any way extravagant; except when it came to giving to others. His Christmas list was always just part numbers from the Grainger catalog for a bunch of tools that none of us had any idea what to do with, but were reasonably priced enough to not be a hardship on anyone.

Eventually, the day came to put up the rod-iron fence he’d been building. He asked me if I wanted to man the Mig welder and, seeing my immediate apprehension, delivered the single most valuable piece of advice that I’ve ever gotten. He said to me,

“Ben, every job is easy if you’ve got the right tools.”

I’ve found this simple principle to have application in nearly every part of my life. So what does this have to do with shaving, you ask?

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It’s no small thing, putting blade to scalp the first time. For starters, it’s not typically a skill that you’ve cultivated during the normal formative years so at some point, you’ve got to make the decision to just dive in. Additionally, this is a highly risky prospect when you consider that approximately 60% of the work you have to do is outside your direct field of vision. So the tools you select when taking this plunge are a matter of the utmost importance.

*If you’re looking to shave your head for the first time, you need to first read my post, 18 tips for shaving your head (and living to tell about it).*

For the purpose of this post though, we’re going to drill down a bit on the tools of the trade with a product review from Harry’s razors.

WHY HARRY’S?

I’ve been a big proponent of Harry’s since they launched in 2013. There are a lot of acceptable options for accommodating your shaving needs, so to me the things that separates good from great is more than just performance. I’m a man who cares about presentation, and that extends inward, past the bounds of where the public may see. What I mean is, aesthetic matters to me: regardless of if that is displayed publicly, or simply experienced privately, the manner in which a process occurs is as important to me as the quality of the effective end result.

So there has always been for me, a significant aesthetic disconnect when it came time to shave. Any razor that looks like it could double as a prop in a 70’s sci-fi flick just doesn’t jive with the experience that I wanted. At the same time, the vintage approach, safety razors, straight razors and the like, didn’t offer me the security and convenience of a multi-blade, disposable razor. Discovering Harry’s was the perfect median of my needs and wants and it has served me well for the last 3 years.

Harry's overhead mdSo when Harry’s offered to send me one of their Truman sets for this review, it was a no-brainer; of course I would review it. What I didn’t expect though, was to be surprised at the experience. Here are a few things that I noticed when I put my Truman kit to work.

  1. Up to this point, I’ve always used their Winston razor, largely because the sleek, stainless steel is just so dang attractive. But it’s also just the slightest bit slick when I shave my head in the shower and so there’s always just the tiniest bit of apprehension in my stroke. The Truman handle is shaped slightly different with a clear front, back and sides, which makes gripping it under running water a cinch.
  2. I’m pretty die-hard about my skin-care products so I don’t venture out much unless I’m given a reason to. For that reason, I’ve never actually tried Harry’s shave cream. I was pleasantly surprised by it though, when I began shaving. There’s a very fine line between lubricating your scalp so that the blade can slide over smoothly and many products are either too dry, making for a rough and inconsistent shave, or so slick that your blades go right by the hair and leave you with rough, sand-paper like patches of scalp. I am pleased to say that Harry’s shave cream did a better job of finding that line than my previous favorite shave cream and I am now a convert.
  3. I’m just gonna say it: their new cube razor stand is just a sexy piece of mechanical engineering. I’m a huge fan of things that are simultaneously utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing and, like the toggle bolt on the side of a shoe polish can, you just can’t get more simple, functional, and visually pleasing as Harry’s new razor stand. It securely holds the razor upright, allowing it to air out while standing tall on your bathroom countertop. Simple, attractive, functional. At $15 it should be an automatic addition to your first Harry’s purchase.

Harry's Stand MD

There’s a lot more I could say about Harry’s: quality blades, excellent customer service, classy folks all around….but I think we’ve covered enough for this post. I suggest you head over to Harry’s and order yourself a Truman set today. I promise you won’t regret it.

– Ben

  8 comments for “Putting Blade to Scalp with The Truman Set from Harry’s

  1. December 1, 2016 at 5:11 am

    I came here searching for Harry’s head shavers. I recently bought a bunch of Harry’s blades online and the day they arrived I received an email from Harry’s saying that they don’t recommend their blade for head shaving.

    Are you still using Harry’s? Is it still working well for you?

    Thanks.

    • benhulet
      January 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Muraii – sorry for the delay. That’s interesting to hear that Harry’s said that; perhaps a shift in their marketing or just trying to make sure they cover their ass. Whatever the case, I still use them regularly to shave my head and have nothing but good things to say, one of which is to be sure to go slowly, regardless of your razor brand of choice, or else you’ll likely encounter the reasoning behind Harry’s ass covering position. Good luck!

    • March 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Same thing happened to me, which I thought was ridiculous because I had to select if I was buying it for head shaving (selected YES). If that’s the case, then why not pop up a disclaimer at that point instead of waiting until the product is delivered and offering a refund? I give them credit, they did offer to take care of me – but they knew ahead of time what I was going to use it for. Seems counter productive.

  2. January 15, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I just bought & received the Truman for the sole purpose of face and head shaving. I’m a fellow slick domer and have been using a DE for the past 3 years but have grown tired of the rigidity of DE blades on my noggin. I found myself stealing (borrowing) my better half’s Gillette Fusion she uses for her legs due to the sheer speed I can get by with while using it not to mention it rinses easier than a DE. I will never go back to spending that much on Gillette/Schick cartridges so I’m happy to find Harrys. I opened the box and found that Harry’s does say they don’t recommend their blades for head shaving and after close inspection I really don’t know why since it VERY closely resembles the Gillettes. I feel confident that I found my perfect solution and can’t wait to use it on my melon. I believe they’re just CTOA and I don’t blame them. Us veteran head shavers know what’s up!

    • benhulet
      January 15, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Michael – totally agree, and I’ve heard this about Harry’s several times lately. I’m planning to reach out and get some clarity from them, but I assume, as you did, that their just covering their asses, because yes….we do know what’s really up. Thanks!

  3. Luke
    April 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks for the great article! Long time head shaver here. I just ordered my first batch of Harry’s and I am very glad to see that they are suitable for head shaving, because their trial and subscription prices cannot be beat!

  4. Bruce
    April 6, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Glad I found this post. I just received my trail kit yesterday and on opening it saw the warning that their blades weren’t for head shaving. I too when ordering indicated that I was a head shaver. Emailed them last night and this morning got a response saying their blades are designed for face shaving and they are working on a head blade and without asking, Immediately refunded my payment. Great responsiveness with customer service. After reading these posts will definitely give Harry’s a try on my head shave.

  5. Tez
    April 17, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Hello everyone, I purchased the Harry’s set at Target. I use Harry’s razors for my head only, because I have a beard. I’ve never nicked myself or experienced any razor burns. I haven’t percribed yet, but I will. (Trying to use up the remaining razors from Gillette up, then I’m gone!!!)

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