Thoughts By Natalie
product review

Harry’s Razors: The Truman


Since my husband is 1) obsessed with finding the perfect razor, and 2) currently running a razor review website, there are quite a few razors hanging around the Borton household. Recently, a pretty little parcel arrived in the mail from Harry’s (a razor company started by one of the founders of Warby Parker), and I must say I was very impressed. Aside from the beautiful packaging, the razor itself—The Truman—was so beautifully designed. I especially loved the green color Brian picked out (good job, hubs!).

Last night after running with Brian and Maggie, I realized I not only was in desperate need for a shower, but also that my legs could use a good shave—perfect time to give The Truman a try! Here are my thoughts…

Initial Feelings
The razor is beautiful, sleek and well-designed. I like how simple it is, and as someone who feels a little crazy when she sees bad font selections, design wins big points in my book. Right off the bat, I decided I really wanted to love it. Once I started shaving, I liked how flexible the blade cartridge was—it was especially easy to use on my knees, which I tend to miss when using disposables or even most cartridge razors.

Razorburn Factor
Lucky for me, I didn’t get any razor burn—my legs are looking nice and pretty today! You might recall that I have extra-sensitive skin, so this is saying a lot coming from me.

Overall Smoothness
My legs feel super smooth today, which is perfect now that the sun is out and spring is really in full swing here in San Diego. Smooth legs are an absolute must for sundresses ;)

A Note About The Shaving Cream
While I was more than pleased with the razor, the shaving cream was less than sub-par. It didn’t lather at all, and even felt a little drying. The fact that I had a great shave is certainly a testament to the razor, not the shaving cream product Harry’s is offering! Honestly, I think using conditioner or even body wash would have proven just as (if not more) effective. Alternatively, if you’re feeling luxurious, I recommend trying the 4-part shaving system from The Art of Shaving. Yes, it’s marketed to men (just like the Harry’s razor), but it’s definitely a product for women, too. I personally use the lavender scented set—and the badger brush!—for my usual shaves and have been really pleased.

Of course, after using it for its full lifespan, I’ll be doing a full review on Razorpedia. Until then, though, I have to say I’m sold on The Truman. Visit Harry’s to order one and try it for yourself >>

Have you heard of Harry’s? Would you ever ditch your current razor and give it a try?

P.S. This happened, minutes after tweeting about this blog post…

Image via Harry’s

(Disclosure: Razorpedia is one of my beloved sponsors, but this is not an officially sponsored post.)

  • BenjiStBenji
    March 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Just cancelled my Dollar Shave Club for Harry’s!!! It looks and sounds so much better! Thank you for the great review =) I got Orange for my SF Giants

  • Mike
    December 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I would rate the Harry’s blades very poor and even dangerous. I had a blade within the cartridge become bent while I was shaving with it causing me to gouge myself significantly. I returned the damaged blade to Harry’s and they are sending it on to their German engineering team. After healing my face and replacing the cartridge with a new one, I found that the Harry’s blades tugged at my beard and the shave was rough and uncomfortable. Until Harry’s can get a handle on the quality and safety of their blades and cartridges, I would steer clear of Harry’s. Try Dorco and see if you can experience some improvement in your shaving experience.

  • Amanda
    May 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I wanted so badly to love my new Harry’s razor. It was satisfactory for leg shaving, but the I found the head required too much pressure to flex, which required extreme care around bony joints. For the sensitive skin of underarms and nether regions it was completely unacceptable. I couldn’t even shave “down there” with it and even ended up finishing my shave with my month old Mach 3 blade. Probably decent for a man’s face but not too clumsy and rough for pits and privates.

  • KB Webster
    September 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I just ordered my first Harry’s razor. I’m hoping, and expecting, to love it. Thank you for the positive review. I checked The Art of Shaving site from your link and I must say, no matter what, I think I’m gonna love my $10 Harry’s as much or more than I would a $60 lavender razor. (Money is a major factor here. lol)

  • Liz
    November 4, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I initially bought a Harry’s set for my boyfriend as a gift because he was always complaining about how crappy store bought razors are and how expensive they are!! He loved it right away and has not had to buy any new blades in a year. He doesn’t shave that often but they give you refills and they last literally forever. It’s been some time now and I finally decided I was sick of finding RUSTY women’s razors sitting in my shower after 2 weeks use- and that goopy “aloe” slime coming out of it is revolting. I personally don’t use any chemical-y prodcuts (Honest company for literally everything) so that goop drove me nuts. I finally decided to buy myself a Harry’s razor and some extra blades and holy cow I will never use anything again. They are sharp, they are precise and they are flexible. I love it so much, I HIGHLY recommend Harry’s razors for women to use.

  • Stan
    November 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Was really looking forward to receiving them, and excited when I opened the package… but then I tried them….
    The blade wore out very quickly, lasted half as long as Gillette, maybe even less then that
    They caused burns, nicks, and bleeding..after 2-3 days of trying it out I went back to my usual.. out 15$…
    there is a reason they are cheap…but cheap is expensive!!!

  • Haarl
    December 9, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I bought the high-end package and have had trouble with the blade system. Once, the arm of the blade head broke at a thicker place (not where one would expect). The company did send some replacement blade heads to their credit. What I am finding over time is that the blade head arms begin to flex before the blades actually wear out. This results in a prematurely “floppy” head that will not adequately meet the surface to be shaved. I have to put my index finger behind the blade head to get enough pressure to shave. Blades have to be disposed of before their time is up.

  • Karl
    January 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Best blades ever, beat the Schick and Gillette blades easily, my shave was ultra close and knick free, I will continue to use these blades.

  • Mike
    January 18, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I’ve always been a guy to use Gillette razors. I started out with the Mach and ended up using fusion and I can tell you the prices are ridiculous and the grazers don’t last. For a long time I’ve heard the commercials for Dollar Shave Club, Harry’s razors, and others. I’ve always been skeptical but I finally decided to try one and I chose Harry’s. Best decision I ever made these razors are phenomenal I’m so excited about I’ve been telling everybody prob asleep they are skeptical as well. It’s the closest shave I’ve ever had and it takes an extra day for me to see a shadow. And they last a long time, honestly I’ve never been more pleased.

  • Chris landry
    March 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I noticed that the Truman razor handle has changed for the better. Just for my historical reference could you tell me how my old original Truman handle was made and from what ?

  • Susan Balcirak
    August 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I ordered the Truman for my husband but he said he didn’t like it, so I thought I’d try it on my legs so it wouldn’t go to waste. I cut the back of my lower leg so badly it removed a strip of skin like a vegetable peeler. My leg had been healing for over a week with an open wound and then it got a staph infection. I am now on oral antibiotics. I would NOT use these razors for your legs!

  • Chris Canote
    September 24, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I am at a total loss with zero explanation for those who have had problems with a Harry’s. I am 47 years old and have tried TONS of razors. I have a full beard but shave my head. The Harry’s razors outshine ALL other razors I have ever tried – so far that they are in a completely different class of razor. I have had high-dollar razors leave my head burning and covered in blood. I have never had a single cut from Harry’s razor in nearly a year. My son also use them to shave his head – same story. Just ordered one for my wife and daughter. I cannot see my opinion changing. It is confusing how people can have such vastly different experiences with the very same product…?

  • Anonymous
    October 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Best shave I have ever gotten for the price.. I have their shave gel, fash wash, after shave, and lotion. I shave 2x daily.

    MY ONLY COMPLAINT: The hinge system on these razors is not ‘strong’. The hinges either break OR I have to apply pressure behind the blade with my index finger to get a close shave. If I can scrape stubble with a credit card, it’s not close enough. I enjoy my skin feel as soft as porcelain. Harry’s if you’re reading, please improve your razors. I want to be a long term customer.

    Thank you.