I promptly ordered the Truman razor (they also have and aluminum version called the Winston) to test drive. The Truman razor, for the price, was impressive. Notice I said "for the price" there -- it is certainly not the finest razor I've ever used, but for $10, it's a real deal and it's a fairly handsome razor (certainly more upscale looking than the mass market razors out there). I love the understated look of the handle -- it's the iPhone of razors. Clean and uncluttered. Harry's Truman razor is made from a polymer coated zinc alloy and it feels nice in the hand. It wish it were just a little heftier, but that's a minor complaint (the aluminum Winston razor may be heavier) and I think it could also benefit from some sort of texture on the handle as the razor did get a little slick in my hand. The razor feels nice, like a good ink pen, in my hand. The blade cartridge was also very easy to replace.
The zinc alloy Truman razor retails for $10 (and comes in four colors), while the polished aluminum razor sells for $25 and can be purchased at Harry's Website.
The blades are where the Harry's razor really shines -- they do a great job and, if you order the 16 count pack, they're around $1.56 per cartridge which is much cheaper than the similar Gillette Fusion ProGlide blades. The blade cartridge looks familiar -- like the competition, the large head has five blades fairly close together. There is a lubrication strip on the top (which is a pointless addition to any razor, in my opinion) and little fins at the bottom to help lift the hairs. I found the blades to be very sharp and performed as well as the either the Gillette Fusion ProGlide or the Schick Hydro 5. The shave I got from the Harry's razor was close and I experience very little irritation when I use the razor with my trusty Dreadnought Shaving Cream (the Harry's Shaving Cream wasn't my favorite -- more on that later). The blades did tug on my beard a bit and I found the large head to be a somewhat hard to maneuver in tight spaces. I'd think Harry's razor could benefit from a trimmer blade on the top of the head (as Gillette and Schick have done with their 5 blade razors) to make shaving under the nose and edging sideburns a bit easier. I also found the blades have a tendency to clog up a little easier than the Fusion. When shaving with the Truman, I also missed the power feature of my Fusion ProGlide, but could live without that.
Blades come in packs of 4, 8, 12, or 16 (the 16 pack brings the blades down to $1.56 per blade) and they claim blades last for about 6 days (although through keeping the blades clean and dry, you can make them last longer). The downside is that the blades are only available at Harry's Website (although I suspect that will change soon) but they do have an auto-replacement program (or you can order more blades by text).
The Shaving Cream
While the Harry's shaving cream was as good (or better) than most any mass-market shaving cream I've tried, it's not going to replace my favorite shaving creams anytime soon. The shaving cream offered fairly good lubrication and the formula is free of parabens and sulfates. I'm not real crazy about the menthol in Harry's, but I don't like mentholated shaving creams. They may feel good, but the menthol don't allow you to totally feel the drag of the blade on your face (which can lead to razor burn). The cream lathered fairly well and it smelled pleasant. At around $8, the Harry's Shaving Cream is reasonably priced and certainly a step up from the typical supermarket shave gels.
The Bottom Line
The folks at Harry's get my full endorsement -- they have managed a pretty remarkable feat in that they have produced a very high quality product that is VERY competitively priced. The performance is solid and the razor feels and looks great. Most mass-market razors have a very cheesy overly decorated look and the Harry's razor look elegant and understated. Combine this razor with proper shaving technique and you'll get a fine shave at a great price. The folks at Gillette and Shick should take notice. Folks like Harry's and Dollar Shave Club are poised to change the way people purchase shaving tools.
I would recommend going top of the line (only $25) and purchasing the Winston set (aluminum handle, three blades, and shaving cream) and trying the whole set. The cheaper Truman set is only $15 and includes the same blades, shaving cream, and a zinc alloy handle). The As a bit of a side note, I'd love to see Harry's add a good quality shaving brush to complete the set.