Soon after taking up the use of a DE, I found myself scouring the internet for any and all current production razors. This was before I discovered vintage Gillettes. One of the razors I came across (on the Plisson website) was a razor made by Joris, and I immediately feel in love with the styling and construction of what was a very shiny, very well made razor. As I didn't want to order from France, I put the razor out of my mind, thinking that possibly someday I might pick one up.
Fast forward two years. The Joris is now available in the States, I'm using the Pils exclusively, but would like something a touch more aggressive. So I pickedup a Joris lined, hoping it might provide a nice counterpoint to the Pils.
Unpacking the box, I find the Joris wrapped in terrycloth and nestled in a small wood box, with the Joris name burned into the box lid. A nice touch, and certainly nicer than the cardboard most vendors use nowadays.
Joris makes a number of different styles/models, all with the same 3 piece open comb head (which appears to be the same as the Muhle). I chose the lined model, as I wanted a bit more grip and thought the grooves might help.
I wasn't sure about the bulbous handle, but was impressed with the weight. The Joris lined weighs in at a reported 105 g, which while not as heavy as a Pils certainly puts it in the heavyweight category. I get much better shaves from heavier razors, so this was good news for me.
As an added bonus, it comes coated in palladium. I'm not a metallurgist, so all I know that it has a very bright shine to it, and the plating quality is top notch. Fit and finish is excellent, all the parts fit together nicely with no misalignment issues.
Overall I find the Joris to be a well designed and constructed piece. More work of art than utilitarian shaver, It is a razor that I am proud to have in my cabinet.
So how does it shave? I've been using it for the past week with different blades so I'll post up shaving impressions next.