When I was a boy and we’d go to get fast food I got in the habit of making a point that I wanted a “Coke Classic.” While this was in the height of the cola wars of the early nineties, it was well after the great debacle that was New Coke, a product I was around for but which I have no memory of. All I knew was that the sign listed it as “Coke Classic,” and while I didn’t know what was “classic” about it that was what I wanted (my dad, being a Pepsi guy himself, patiently waited for me to outgrow my youthful silliness.)
I have no idea what makes the Treet Classic “classic.” Perhaps it is because it is made of carbon steel like the Treet Durasharp, which remains a niche portion of an already niche market. With most double-edge shavers using stainless steel blades, the Treet Classic does stand as a traditional material in an already traditional field, but if there’s a reason for the name beyond that I’m not aware of it.
The Durasharp is one of my favorite blades, so I was excited to give the Classic a try. Having now tried them both, I find the comparison between them to be similar to the Shark Stainless and the Shark Chrome: I’m not sure there is one.
That’s not to say I didn’t perceive a difference, I did. The Classic seemed to be just slightly less sharp, slightly less smooth, slightly more rusty at the end of the week, and slightly less long lasting. It gave me great shaves, both in the experience and the result, but I found myself feeling several times like it was almost where I wanted it to be, but not quite.
It’s close enough however that it’s entirely possible the differences I noticed were entirely perception rather than actual. Whatever difference there is, they are darn close. While I like the Durasharps slightly more I’d pick the Classic over most stainless blades any day. There’s something about carbon steel that just feels good, and while blades like the Feather give excellent, enjoyable shaves I’m finding myself more and more in the carbon steel camp.
And sometimes I’m not. When given the choice I still will sometimes pick Coke, other times Pepsi. One weird summer RC Cola even caught my eye (I grew out of it quickly). I’m happy to have a foot in both camps, and the same will go for razor blades.
While the Durasharp might be slightly better in my mind, I’m glad that I now have another great carbon steel option to choose from. If part of the reason to switch from cartridge blades to double-edge is because of the increase in variety of products, and unique tailoring of experience to the individual, there’s no reason to close any door that you don’t have to. I suspect that the Treet Classic will have a safe place in my shaving supply for quite a while…unless I use them all first.