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Irving Barber Co. Matte Black Handle/Gun Metal Shavette Razor

5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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Product Description

Same functioning capabilities as our original design with a Matte Black Coated scale, (“handle”), and “Gun Metal” shank. Razor has a nice smooth surface in a tinted chrome attached to our Matte Black Scale for a sleek look.

This is Irving Barber Company’s first patent pending razor available for retail purchase.  We have spent years developing this multi-disposable blade straight razor.

Irving Barber Company is the first to bring you a razor with voids for bent edges after breaking double edge blades.  No need for rivets with our stainless steel pivoting hardware and molded scale stabilizer.  This I.B.C. razor has a magnetic blade stabilizer for helping blades stay in place while seating.  The weight of our razor has been meticulously shifted for an even, balanced feel, that glides comfortably.  Contoured lines allow for a stable and pleasing grip at all angles.  With this razor you can use a double edge blade for lineups and touch ups.

Additionally, use thicker cartridge blades for a full shave without any extra inserts or adapters.  Every blade type used will have consistent blade exposure, so you can edge corners with precision no matter which blade is loaded. Try our Irving Barber Co razor today!

2 reviews for Irving Barber Co. Matte Black Handle/Gun Metal Shavette Razor

  1. 5 out of 5


    When I was vacationing in Michigan, I paid a visit to Adrian, Michigan to see Maggard Razors in person (which I highly recommend if you are heading towards Michigan, just give yourself several hours for the store visit as there is so much to see).

    Brad put one of these razors in my hands and I fell in love with it. It had a wonderful feel to it. I had been using a Parker SRX (my first shavette) and was not that thrilled with it (after 29 shaves), but thought I would give the IBC a chance. I researched the IBC shavette and ordered one from Maggards shortly after returning from vacation.

    I really enjoy this razor! It has a beautiful finish. It is an excellent shavette with great feel. The blade holder has pins to keep keep the blade exposure even and has divots for the half DE blades so that the blades sit flat. There is also a front notch so that Schick injector blades and Kai Captain/Feather Artist Club blades do not extend beyond the protection of the rounded blade holder.

    Here is a video by the Irving Barber Company showing how to load each type of blade that the razor supports (1/2 DE, injector, Kia/Dorco/Feather Artist Club/Hair Shaper blades):

    That video will save you a lot of time trying to figure out how to safely load the blade.

    The CJB GR-100B kamisori style shavette is easier to load a blade, but I prefer the feel, look and performance of the IBC.

    There is not a lot of gripping surface to hold onto with this razor, so I found that using the scales to trap some of your fingers is helpful in getting a better grip. Sometimes I found the handle to be a little slippery when my hands were wet but this was solved by rubbing my wet fingers on an alum block before handling the razor.

    Every once in a while, I run into stiction while shaving (the razor getting stuck in my shaving cream mid stroke) but not nearly as often as with the GR-100B kamisori style shavette (which has a blade holder identical to the Feather Artist Club DX which also has the same issue from what I read).

    I am sure this can be solved by making a slicker lather and/or not using an extremely flat angle.

    The one issue that I run into with this razor is removing the blade from the blade holder when cleaning the razor after each shave. Sometimes lather causes the blade to stick to the insides of the blade holder.

    That stiction can hold the blade in the blade holder and make you think that you have not loosened the retaining screw far enough to remove the blade and all of the sudden the blade holder side breaks free and falls into your sink. For this reason, When you clean this razor, make sure you have the stopper in your sink closed or that you disassemble the blade over a counter. I received a nasty cut removing a DE blade because of this stiction followed by the razor slipping out of my hand at the same time.

    I think that loosening the screw a little and running some water into the blade holder before further disassembly may solve that issue.

    Cleaning issues aside, this is one of my favorite razors. With a half DE blade, it makes a very efficient side burn trimmer.

    My favorite DE blade to use in this razor so far is the Kai Stainless Steel DE blade which is sharper than a Feather but not harsh like a Feather. For long/thick blades, I like the Kai Captain Titan Mild though I do plan to try the Feather ProGuard blades next. I tried the Schick injector blades (which this razor can use) but I like the Kai Captain Titan Mild blades better.

    Watching videos on straight razor technique will definitely help you use this razor (or any shavette for that matter).

    I would recommend this shavette to anyone who is looking to try a razor with a straight razor form factor without the stropping and sharpening rituals.

  2. 5 out of 5


    I’ve been interested in the Irving Barber Co. shavette for some time as it’s, as far as I know, the only shavette able to take a Schick injector blade. Most shavettes take the longer Japanese Feather or Kai blades, which are excellent, but being a Schick injector enthusiast, was looking forward to using the excellent blades in a shavette format.

    The razor is very well designed and built, almost a work of art. It can handle, and automatically registers, Japanese injector blades, Schick (or Personna) injector blades or half a DE blade. Naturally, my first shave I used a standard Chinese Schick injector blade, which was easily loaded onto the pivoting portion of the blade holder and held in place by two small but strong magnets. Then the holder is swung into alignment and secured with an easy to use retention screw. This circular tightener has ridges on its periphery, making it very easy to tighten, even with wet fingers. It’s recessed into the blade holder so doesn’t get in the way, like it might appear from the picture. The blade was evenly exposed along its length and held securely once cinched in.

    Right from the first shaving stroke this razor felt like an old familiar tool in my hands, but then again I’m very used to using a regular straight razor or Feather shavettes. I find that I actually prefer the shorter length of the Schick blade, compared to Japanese injector blades, as it’s much easier to maneuver into tight places or hollows under cheekbones, without worrying about the blade tips nicking the high spots on either end. I hadn’t shaved in three days, yet after just two passes had an effortless near-BBS shave, with zero irritation. I own many straight razors and over a dozen shavettes but this beautiful razor really jumped out and impressed me from the outset. I bought the elegant model with a gunmetal blade holder and matte black scales and it is a looker. Irving also includes a nice leather snap pouch to store the razor when not in use.

    If you’ve been looking for a shavette that can take Schick blades, look no further and simply order an Irving shavette! The quality is outstanding and one of these very well made gems should provide a lifetime of service.

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