The Symmetry Open Comb Safety Razor
The Symmetry is a perfectly balanced, hefty, classic, open comb razor; beautifully chromed, engraved and laser etched!
The handle is knurled to my specs, a standard that may be slightly higher than most due to the fact that I am a shower shaver! You will enjoy The Symmetry for many years to come.
Solid Brass Handle, Chrome Plated - Medium/Aggressive Classic Open Comb Design
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Review by Jason Young
The Symmetry open comb razor:
First off, let's talk about looks, this thing is beautifully chromed, and the logo is awesome. The knurling on this thing is great, right up there with the ikon bulldog. I love it, and it stands out among all my other razors.
Blade loading was a breeze with no issues. It seated right where it is meant to, and took no adjusting to ensure equal exposure on both sides.
This razor is very efficient without being overly aggressive. It is no problem to find the proper angle and feels great on the face. The only other open comb I have to compare it to is the 2013 R41, it is less aggressive than the R41, but in a great way. This seems like a razor you could use everyday without worrying about irritating your skin.
This razor is nice and hefty, and has great balance. It makes keeping the correct pressure almost effortless. I didn't weigh it, but it is almost identical to a DE89 on a bulldog handle.
And finally, cost:
At $29.99, this thing is a steal. It looks just as good, if not better than some of my more expensive razors. Douglas Smythe has knocked it out the park! If you want a razor that stands apart from all the others in your collection, you should pick this one up. It looks great and shaves even better.
All in all a great product, especially for the price.
I own both the symmetry open comb and the pollywog flat bar. Love them both equally. Use them both equally. I love the quirky mustache and HTGAM logo engravings. The quality you get at the price is also a steal.
I had an issue after ordering my pollywog. I thought to myself "oh great now comes the burden of trying to get this corrected". I emailed HTGAM about it and explained the issue. Much to my surprise I had the fastest reply I could have ever hoped for. Customer service immediately corrected the issue and had a new razor in the mail that same day. They also kept in contact to ensure I received the new product and was satisfied.
I felt compelled to write a review. I have never in my life been that please with a company's customer service, online or in person.
PS-Hope HTGAM comes out with a nice beefy slant razor soon, I'd love to add that to my collection.
I have six razors. Along with the Merkur Progress, the Symmetry gives me the closest shaves. Along with my Parker 26c (open comb) and 92R Heavyweight, the grip on the Symmetry feels really secure. In fact, the Symmetry is the best in this regard. I don't feel like I have to dry my hand before gripping the Symmetry (or the Parkers with their black rubber-like handle finish). By comparison, my Edwin Jagger 89lbl feels slippery, though in truth, I have never dropped it. My 6th razor is the Merkur 34c, a really good razor also.
But the Symmetry is my favorite and gives me the most pleasure in shaving. I still like to rotate though, trying different blades with different razors. I've only been shaving with a DE for a few months, so I like to experiment a bit with both razors and blades. So far, my favorite blades are Persona Blue, Astra, and Feather.
Finally, I use Nivea post shave balm for sensitive skin, and like it. No alcohol in it to sting. And a very little dab goes a long way. My dermatologist suggested CeraVe moisturizing cream. I like to put it on my face about an hour after shaving and again at night. Absorbs extremely quickly, and it is very healing.