Weekly Razor Review

Razor Burn

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Grand Society
Da Menth Heads
Joined
Dec 4, 2017
Location
Canberra
Arrrrrrrrgh! No full copper or brass razors available and maybe not going to be manufactured the same again! Maybe a missed opportunity.:cry:
But on the bright side, maybe saved me a few hundred dollars.:)
Mrs Pbgoose saw me scrambling for the Charcoal Goods website and liked the copper anchor handle, giving me the green light for purchase. But alas, only handles and no base plates or top plates.:banghead:
Yeah I saw they have the SS top cap/handle with Copper base plate option in stock but just not the same look as Brass... A real shame as those Brass handle's are really nice but with the AUD so low and no idea when/if Brian will resupply Brass caps/base plates just not affordable. (n)
 

Errol

Razor Review Guru
Joined
Apr 29, 2017
Location
Nhulunbuy
Parker 45R (India)



For a while there, every time I opened the computer a Parker 45R jumped up in front of me; eventually the saturation advertising worked so I went and bought one. It is advertised that this razor features a brass frame with a plated head but I’m not totally convinced that the head is brass however it’s bright and shiny and I cannot tell what’s underneath. And guess what, I’m not going to take to it with a file to find out either. What I did notice, was that when I rinsed the 45R under the hot tap it retained a lot of heat so maybe the head is brass. Probably to be expected in this price range of razors, the blade sits on round posts under the cap. There is quite a lot of play between the cap and the plate but everything looked straight and square when it’s tensioned down. Adding visual appeal to the package is the long and unusually shaped handle with what looks like an enamel wood pattern finish.

When the biggest complaint about the shave is the length of the handle, the razor is probably not too bad. Really though, the length of the handle reduced the manoeuvrability of the razor and on the first shave I found myself holding the razor awkwardly with the end of the handle sticking out the bottom of my hand somehow. Second shave and what I’m calling a normal grip returned and I had far fewer problems. There was good grip provided by the handle and never any threat to the loss of grip. I have doubts about any company that includes a pack of Shark blades with their razor. Parker did, so I used one, lovely print on the wrapper but the blade was crap; I must admit though that the second shave with the Shark was far better than the first. Errol, you know better than to use a Shark blade so you deserve all the pulling and scraping for the first two shaves. Thank goodness for the Gillette Rubie, it allowed the 45R to perform somewhere near its best without all the pulling and scraping. Karve CB Level #D efficiency and an ample amount of blade feel made for a reasonable shave. Overall, for the price, not bad.

Blades Used – Shark and Gillette Rubie
Material – Brass frame
Blade Tab - Exposed
Weight – 108g
Head Width – 41.75mm
Handle Length – 103.32mm
Availability - Readily
Final Word – There’s worse razors around
 

Errol

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Joined
Apr 29, 2017
Location
Nhulunbuy
Artisan (USA)



Not much is known about the pedigree of this razor but it was purchased from Wet Shaving Club earlier this year. The Artisan is one of those razors where it is said that the one engineer is responsible for everything from design to quality control. Immediately noticeable is the stubby little handle with its four shallow longitudinal grooves that provide a comfortable and reassuring grip. In detail though, it was the plate that stood out and grabbed my attention. It is very intricate in the way it has been machined and contains lots of fine detail. Large sections on the back of the plate have been milled down leaving the material reasonably thin and making the plate light for a stainless steel plate. Held flat, it is possible to look straight through the lather channels on one side and see out the other side. Because of this design feature, there should be no issues with lather dispersion on the Artisan. The cap clamps the blade at its outer edge but there is still a lot of blade visible. In a change from the accepted normal, the round blade posts are integrated onto the plate; with my two left hands, the first blade loading is always a bit fiddly but it soon become the norm. In answer to Errol’s pet grumble on razors, the thread engagement is both firm and smooth. To complete the package the whole razor is presented in an unblemished satin finish.

Ideally, a handle in the range 85mm – 95mm is generally what I’m most content with. The Artisan is fitted with a handle 76mm long and I can usually control these but it takes a shave or two to become accustomed to the manoeuvrability afforded. Combined with the short handle, was a light weight, thin head and a mild nature, that allowed the Artisan to be whizzed around without a care in the world. It inspires confidence in the approach to shaving when you feel safe with the razor. In use, the Artisan has a mild efficiency level just below that of a Karve CB Level #C and right at the bottom of the range of efficiency I appreciate. With a neutral blade feel the shave was certainly smooth but unfortunately the shave could have been closer but even that was not bad. I’m very impressed with the quality of the machining and will be watching out for more razors from this artisan. There are two points I would like to see increased; firstly, add another 10/ 15mm to the handle and then increase the efficiency a bit. This would improve what is already a very nice to use mild little razor.

Blades Used – PolSilver and Gillette Platinum
Material – Stainless Steel
Blade Tab - Exposed
Weight – 85g
Head Width – 40.66mm
Handle Length – 76.22mm
Handle Diameter – 12.10mm
Availability – Out of stock
Final Word – Well engineering but mild
 

Rami

Active Member
2017 Sabbatical Fail
2018 Charity Auction Winner
Joined
Jun 11, 2016
Location
Sydney
@Errol have you ever been contacted to product test a new razor?

If I had a machining background, I would have sent a few prototypes to help dial it in.
 

Errol

Razor Review Guru
Joined
Apr 29, 2017
Location
Nhulunbuy
Good question, but the answer is no. One of the big problems I see is my location, normal postal time (not Covid 19) from USA/ Europe is four to five weeks. Even overnight express is close to one week. By the time I received the razor there could have been three reviews done on the razor so it's just not viable. I have been asked my opinions on what I would like to see on different razors/ parts but there is probably a huge population that receive these same emails.
 

Errol

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Location
Nhulunbuy
Homelike Baikal Stainless Steel (Russia)



Homelike’s web page is one of those I visit regularly because this company is very progressive and they are continually release new models and variations to their line up. I just hope they can keep the winds in their sails and continue churning out razors and not necessarily new models as the time goes on. I was thinking the Baikal was all aluminium and for no particular reason I generally steer clear of aluminium razors but there at the very bottom of the page was a stainless steel variant. Bought!

Homelike’s Baikal is very Rockwell 6S/ 6C like in its appearance and methodology to shaving but the Baikal is machined whereas the 6S is sintered stainless steel. In another departure from the 6S design, the blade sits on elongated posts that mate into slots machined into the plate. Baikal comes with two plates marked #3 - #4 and #6 - #7 but there is no #5. The cap is machined to be light and clamps the blade a little back from its edge but one thing I would like to see is the centre post being a little longer to provide more engagement with the handle thread. In Homelike talk, the handle fitted is referred to as a ‘Sarmat’ and it is also available separately. It looks to be very loosely based on the Wolfman WRH7 style of handle but has lost something in the interpretation. For me the knurling is set too far back from the front of the handle and I found myself holding it on the long tapered section in front of the knurl. I was always in control of the razor but it would have been better to be using the knurl gip. Homelike have gone away from etching the details onto the razor and are now using laser lettering so that’s a plus. There is a machined polished finish on the whole razor that is about the same quality as many other manufacture’s machined polish finish. In the last couple of years, the quality of machine polished finishes has improved immensely but is still nowhere near that of a hand polish. Straight out of the box the Baikal has a white nylon washer fitted to the back of the plate, good to see as it saves me from fitting one.

Now where to start? Too many choices; I’ll start with #6 and work from there. Right from the start, ample blade feel was evident and with an efficiency level around that of a Karve CB, Level #D the Baikal was very pleasant to use. Noisy, this is one of those noisy razors where the sound of each whisker being mowed down can well and truly be heard. It was interesting to note that as the efficiency level of each plate increased there was a proportional increase in both razor noise and blade feel. At level #7 the blade feel was quite pronounced. Both #6 and #7 were very much to my liking and I feel confident that I could have quite easily have used and been content with both sides of the lower plate. There is no denying that the back to back plates have increased the thickness of the head but I had no difficulty in manoeuvring in areas like under the nose. Dual sided plates have made for a heavy head that can definitely be felt in use and it took a while to get used to the feel.
  • #7 – Efficiency just in excess of Karve CB Level #D
  • #6 – Karve CB Level #D
  • #4 – Karve CB Level #C plus
  • #3 – Karve CB Level #C
Only fifty of the stainless steel Homelike Baikal were manufactured so it will be interesting to see if Homelike produce another run of the Baikal. They should, because overall, this is a good razor.

Blades Used – Gillette Silver Blue and Sputnik
Material – 304 Stainless Steel
Blade Tab - Covered
Weight – 126g
Head Width – 43mm
Handle Length – 90mm
Handle Diameter – 13.93mm
Availability – Homelike
Final Word – Thumbs up
 

Razor Burn

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Grand Society
Da Menth Heads
Joined
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Location
Canberra
Homelike Baikal Stainless Steel (Russia)



Homelike’s web page is one of those I visit regularly because this company is very progressive and they are continually release new models and variations to their line up. I just hope they can keep the winds in their sails and continue churning out razors and not necessarily new models as the time goes on. I was thinking the Baikal was all aluminium and for no particular reason I generally steer clear of aluminium razors but there at the very bottom of the page was a stainless steel variant. Bought!

Homelike’s Baikal is very Rockwell 6S/ 6C like in its appearance and methodology to shaving but the Baikal is machined whereas the 6S is sintered stainless steel. In another departure from the 6S design, the blade sits on elongated posts that mate into slots machined into the plate. Baikal comes with two plates marked #3 - #4 and #6 - #7 but there is no #5. The cap is machined to be light and clamps the blade a little back from its edge but one thing I would like to see is the centre post being a little longer to provide more engagement with the handle thread. In Homelike talk, the handle fitted is referred to as a ‘Sarmat’ and it is also available separately. It looks to be very loosely based on the Wolfman WRH7 style of handle but has lost something in the interpretation. For me the knurling is set too far back from the front of the handle and I found myself holding it on the long tapered section in front of the knurl. I was always in control of the razor but it would have been better to be using the knurl gip. Homelike have gone away from etching the details onto the razor and are now using laser lettering so that’s a plus. There is a machined polished finish on the whole razor that is about the same quality as many other manufacture’s machined polish finish. In the last couple of years, the quality of machine polished finishes has improved immensely but is still nowhere near that of a hand polish. Straight out of the box the Baikal has a white nylon washer fitted to the back of the plate, good to see as it saves me from fitting one.

Now where to start? Too many choices; I’ll start with #6 and work from there. Right from the start, ample blade feel was evident and with an efficiency level around that of a Karve CB, Level #D the Baikal was very pleasant to use. Noisy, this is one of those noisy razors where the sound of each whisker being mowed down can well and truly be heard. It was interesting to note that as the efficiency level of each plate increased there was a proportional increase in both razor noise and blade feel. At level #7 the blade feel was quite pronounced. Both #6 and #7 were very much to my liking and I feel confident that I could have quite easily have used and been content with both sides of the lower plate. There is no denying that the back to back plates have increased the thickness of the head but I had no difficulty in manoeuvring in areas like under the nose. Dual sided plates have made for a heavy head that can definitely be felt in use and it took a while to get used to the feel.
  • #7 – Efficiency just in excess of Karve CB Level #D
  • #6 – Karve CB Level #D
  • #4 – Karve CB Level #C plus
  • #3 – Karve CB Level #C
Only fifty of the stainless steel Homelike Baikal were manufactured so it will be interesting to see if Homelike produce another run of the Baikal. They should, because overall, this is a good razor.

Blades Used – Gillette Silver Blue and Sputnik
Material – 304 Stainless Steel
Blade Tab - Covered
Weight – 126g
Head Width – 43mm
Handle Length – 90mm
Handle Diameter – 13.93mm
Availability – Homelike
Final Word – Thumbs up
Another excellent review @Errol. Looking forward to the Taiga/Tayga adjustable as it's on my wish list :)
 
Joined
Oct 26, 2019
Location
Sydney
Hi Errol...in the future if possible could you review the feather asd2 and the rex ambassador if you have those in your den and what your go-to de blades are....your reviews are extremely informative and enjoyable.
 
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