REVIEW: The Tatara Nodachi Razor

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I’ve been curious about Tatara razors for quite a while.

After having used the Tatara/Semogue collaboration badger brush, I fell in love with the Tatara design and function.

The Masamune razor intrigued me but the mild blade gap meant I never took the plunge. So I ended up getting the Nodachi, which is a more efficient razor than the Masamune.

I got the kit with both the straight bar and open comb plates and would like to share my thoughts about this razor with you all…

PACKAGING:

This has to be my absolute favourite packaging! I love the cork tray holding the razor and the minimalist outer cardboard cover. Bringing it altogether is the black paper with wax seal (the Tatara logo is imprinted in the wax).

I don’t think there is any classier packaging than this on the razor market!! Plus, it’s all biodegradable so fully environmentally friendly (not that I would ever discard this packaging!)





FIT & FINISH:

The razor is finished impeccably, it’s absolutely flawless and looks great!

There are no machining marks, no blemishes and everything fits together so smoothly.

The bead blasted finish looks great and lends itself to the minimalist design of the overall razor.

Underneath the baseplates, they have kept the minimalist theme going with the model name and the awesome Tatara logo engraved.









ERGONOMICS (Weight, Balance, Overhang):

This is an aspect of the razor that really surprised me! As you can see, the razor handle is quite long and the razor weighs in at 120 grams. This is quite a hefty razor, however, the balance and weight distribution is perfection!!

The razor is so well balanced that it’s difficult to tell I am holding a 120g razor! The handle is also very comfortable and despite the longer handle, it doesn’t impede manoeuvrability.

The handle is grippy and at no point does it feel slippery. The knurling is positioned well, in the area where the razor feels perfectly balanced. I can hold the razor lower down without any slippage but this does impact the balance of the razor, so I prefer to hold it where the knurling is.

SHAVING COMFORT / BLADE CLAMPING / BLADE CHATTER:

The Nodachi has aspects that have been designed to ensure the razor blade is kept as rigid as possible during the shave.

In the pics below, I have tried to show the two aspects that achieve blade rigidity.

The first is the base plate being recessed, which allows the top of the handle to insert into the recess, which as per Tatara reduces vibrations and blade chatter.

The second is how the razor clamps the blade. The design of the head clamps the blade closer to the cutting edge and is supported (“sandwiched”) between the base plate and top cap. This is one of the best ways to ensure blade rigidity in my experience.

The blade doesn’t have much of a bend to it (which is another element that increases blade rigidity), but the sandwich design achieves blade rigidity for sure!

Blade changing is straightforward as the blade is kept centred with ease and remains that way when tightening the razor. There is no blade play and never has the blade alignment been off.









EFFICIENCY / BLADE GAP / BLADE EXPOSURE / BLADE REVEAL:

The blade gap on the Nadachi is 0.90mm. Blade exposure is 0.13mm.

This combination definitely makes this an efficient razor, no doubt about it!

I tend to ride the cap a bit more on this razor in order to reduce the blade feel a little. It cuts through stubble with ease and the smoothness (lack of blade chatter) ensures the skin is looked after at the same time.

There is blade feel given the positive blade exposure, but this doesn’t make the razor uncomfortable. Again, I feel this is due to the blade being held so rigidly that the blade never vibrates against the skin. In my experience with 70+ razors, I believe blade chatter is the skin’s worst enemy when it comes to nicks and razor burn.

An example would be that I can use the Karve F plate (1.23mm gap and positive exposure) without any negative impact on my skin in terms of nicks or razor burn. I can of course feel the blade but it doesn’t feel dangerous or rough.

The open comb base plate will add that extra oomph to your shave! It retains the 0.90mm gap and 0.13mm exposure, but being an open comb, the blade feel is amplified. This setting would be for those that not only want a very high efficiency razor, but also prefer knowing where the blade is on the skin.

This is one of those razors that can give me a BBS on a daily basis but where is really shines is 2+ days growth. It just scythes through the heavy growth like it’s nothing!

OVERALL:

The Nodachi is aesthetically beautiful and engineered to perfection! I really like the way they have ensured minimal blade vibration/chatter, which maximises comfort whilst the largish gap with positive exposure provides a very efficient razor, with some blade feel on the skin.

I would note that all Tatara parts are interchangeable and looking at their site, it is possible to use the Masamune top cap with the Nodachi base plate to achieve a combo of 0.90mm gap with a more neutral exposure, for those that prefer minimal blade feel.

For those that want to retain the positive exposure of the nodachi head, my suggestion would be to have a bias towards riding the cap as this will reduce the blade feel without compromising on efficiency.
 

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A very informative review of a razor I have had my eye on for a while. Its nice to see they've added extra plates/handle sizes to cater to most wet shavers needs as the original offering was too mild to sway me.
Well done @nav1 (y)
 

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A very informative review of a razor I have had my eye on for a while. Its nice to see they've added extra plates/handle sizes to cater to most wet shavers needs as the original offering was too mild to sway me.
Well done @nav1 (y)
Same here...the masamune would be too mild for me but the nodachi is very efficient.

A Nodachi with the shorter Masamune handle appeals to me; not sure how it would balance but should be OK I'd guess.
The head is not overly weighty so I would guess it will still maintain the balance fairly well with the masamune handle.
 
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