Over the last few months, I’ve carries around my Kent Sawcut 7T pocket comb. I just wanted to add a bit of “class” to my back pocket accessories. After a few too many bent-toothed Unbreakables, I figured this handmade tortoise shell comb would be choice. So, ‘how did I like it,’ you ask? Well let’s take a look!
They’re nearly the same length, albeit the Kent being a few millimeters longer and thicker. The size difference is very minute and hardly makes a difference when it’s in your back pocket. The only difference that matters, is the spacing between the teeth!
The 7T is their fine toothed model. Not nearly as fine as their 20T model, nor the fine toothed end on the Unbreakable. For me, this makes getting the hair slicked tight, real difficult. The finer the teeth- the slicker the hair. Also, the teeth aren’t pointed like plastic combs, but rather blunt or rounded, which makes styling not all that easy.
A reason why people prefer tortoise shell over plastic combs, is because they’re more comfortable on the scalp. Since the teeth don’t comb to a point, they don’t scratch. But since they don’t come to a point, it’s somewhat hard to style with it, since they can’t really “grab” hair all that well. Though these pocket combs are really used to tidy up, rather than style, it’s much easier to style with a plastic pocket comb.
As you can see, a bit of the gold lettering on the comb has scraped off. This comb has definitely seen its better days! After a couple months, plastic combs would have to be replaced since the teeth bend real easily (Well, if you haven’t lost it by then, haha.) I’ve had several bend after the first use, when combing a heavy pomade! But, this Kent has held up nicely, no teeth are bent too out of place and none have snapped! I couldn’t imagine replacing a Kent as frequently as I would an Unbreakable!
The price on these bad boys are quite high, especially when compared to your ordinary plastic pocket comb. Averaging at about $10 a piece, it’s a somewhat hard price to swallow, considering you can get 20 Unbreakables for that price! But, the craftsmanship and history alone justifies the price.
My overall thoughts on this comb, as an everyday pocket comb?
While I dug the touch of “class” it brought to my every day carry, I found myself carrying either an Unbreakable or a palm comb along with it. For me, I prefer my hair to be real slicked down tight, and the Kent couldn’t bring that to the table. Most of the times I had to do touch ups to my hair, it actually got a bit sloppier. Combing through parts of my hair that were already slicked, to blend in the stray hairs, raised the hair off I my head, not keeping it as slicked tight as I like. Had the teeth either been finer or sharper, then it would’ve made a world of difference. I know the 20T has finer teeth, but they’re MUCH shorter, which doesn’t fit my needs.
Overall, it’s still a great comb, but not necessarily a great every day pocket comb. I see myself using this to evenly comb in pomade before styling, but other than that, I’ll be keeping this comb at home.
Well folks, that’s all for now. I know a lot of you dig Ace combs, but I don’t like the way they make them now. If any of you have a new one, that’s still rubber instead of hard plastic, let me know!
Until the next time.