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Pros: Easy to lather, warm and inviting mild scent, great performance.
Cons: None. But I do wish the scent were a bit more potent.
I've got nothing but praise for this soap. I just love it. Whether face-lathering or bowl-lathering, I'm able to create a rich lather with lots of cushion and slickness. I prefer a just-thinner-than yogurt consistency and this soap works great for that. The container size is perfect for loading a brush and it's easily gripped. You also get a full 5oz of soap which is nice.

I like to use some pretty hot water when I load a brush, which brings out the warm and cozy scent of this soap. I guess there's some sweet tobacco in there, but honestly, to me it smells like oatmeal and raisin cookie dough with some cherry and vanilla essence dropped in. It's not a cloying scent at all, in fact, it's super weak. It's just enough scent to last through the shave and a few mins after.

I'm giving this soap five stars for lather-ability, performance, and scent. Every time I use it I know I'm going to get a fantastic shave with a warm, inviting aroma. It would be great if the scent was stronger but I won't ding it for that.

Let me know what you think if you have tried it too.





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Pros: Gold finish, neutral balance, efficient, smooth, good price.
Cons: Blade alignment fiddling, slight imperfections on finish,
An eyeful of bling. My first shave with the Grande. The handle smooth with vertical lines can be slippery, I use a little alum on my hands. Smooth, efficient with a neutral balance. A steep blade angle is where the efficiency is at its best. Smooth strokes are accompanied with good audio feedback.The Grande is a comfortable buffer. The smoothness can not be taken for granted. An Adam’s apple weeper and a nick behind the right ear were operator errors. I face and head shave. The head shave was a tad uncomfortable, maintaining the good angle. I am not use to a neutral balance, practice will eliminate little mishaps. GD Eucalyptus and Spearmint preshave, Wholly Kaw King of Oud, Zenith Pro Aluminum Horse Hair and a Voshkod (1) delivered a DFS+.

Upon receiving the razor I loaded a blade and couldn’t understand why so many complaints about blade alignment. Cleaning the razor after the shave I found the threads to be too rough and tight. I lubricated the post threads with some Dow Molykote 111 problem solved. Loading the blade the second time was a four try effort the protruding razor tabs were necessary to get things straight.

I like this razor a lot. It’s like my Italian espresso maker a little temperamental but it always gets the job done.
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Pros: Fair value for money with acceptable finish
A hard steel that keeps its edge well.
Bevel appears to be properly set as received.
Cons: Finish could be better for the price.
Not shave ready to my standard (normal)
The blade is made from Japanese ACRO stainless steel in Taiwan by Titan 1918 with the following particulars:

Edge Length = 68mm (2.68")
Blade width = 20mm (6/8)
Grind = Full hollow (almost)
Tip = Dutch (round)
Mass = 72g (2.5oz)
Smile = 1mm (0.04")
Jimps = underside of shank only
Balance = 5mm (0.20") from pivot pin away from blade when opened 180deg.
Spine thickness = 5.9mm (0.23")
Bevel angle = 19.2deg
Scales = Ebony timber with brass end cap at wedge pin
Wedge = parallel stainless steel
Pins = brass
Scales thickness = 15mm (0.59") max near pivot pin
Overall length = 158mm (6.3") closed and 240mm (9.6") open 180deg.
Overall height = 23mm (0.9") closed

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As is usual with most factory produced edges, the edge of this blade is not really "shave ready" although it well shave arm hair as received. You will need to at least progress through your preferred honing system to achieve that dragon edge.

Being a ACRO type stainless steel, the blade of this razor is noticeably more corrosion resistant than normal plain high carbon steel blades. This blade is also noticeably harder than most others at about 69 RHC.

The blade face markings read:

TITAN
T.H-70
Anti-corrosion

Tang markings read:

COLLECTION
1918 T.W
PURE HAND HARPEN

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This straight razor was supplied in a Mahogany stained timber box of not great quality and a 61mm (2.4") wide dual calf-hide and denim strop. There was also some lapping paste included.

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The blade is well centred in the scales.

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The blade is fitted with a washer either side at the pivot pin.

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Overall, I find this Titan 1918 ACRO straight razor not much better quality than their VG10-HZ razor, although this one costs about 85% more. My preference would be for the Titan VG10-HZ razor. If you want a lighter razor than the VG10-HZ with all timber scales, harder steel and slightly greater corrosion resistance, consider this Titan ACRO razor.

Available on AliExpress for under USD 75 (in March 2020) and other on-line sites for more.
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rbscebu
Yesterday afternoon I gave this blade some love; checked/set the bevel and then my normal progression through lapping film and pasted balsa stropping. All looked good.

This morning I took this blade on its first real shave. Everything went well except that the edge was yet quite up to what I normally expect. This is probably due to the harder steel not reacting to film and balsa as much as my "softer" blades.

I will continue using this blade daily but include 50 laps on each of my 0.5u, 0.25u and 0.1u pasted hand-held balsa strops before finishing with 50 laps on the 0.1u hanging. I am expecting to see a slight improvement with each shave. Within a few weeks it should be perfect.
Hak.1963
Hak.1963
Very nice review.
rbscebu
rbscebu
Well, its been three weeks now and I have been using and pasted-balsa stropping this blade every second day. It has improved. Almost up their with my best edge. In another week or two it should be there.
Pros: I like to think Napolean and I are shaving together.
Cons: I use it sparingly so I really don't know the affect on others.
My first haircut came in '50 or '51 in one of those white-tiled emporiums where men got their "chop job" and shave followed by the overpowering smell of Clubman. If you remember, in those days your barber really slathered you down with aftershave and hair tonic and smelling overwhelming was not an embarrassment but a badge of good grooming. (To be clear, at the age of three I didn't get slathered.) Only about four or five years ago did I try Clubman from eBay. The scent was time-travel to me and the price was ridiculous compared to today's products. I do get the tingle but not the burn and had settled on Vegetal as my go-to for the most authentic flashback. Does my mug right.
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Pros: Excellent razor, routinely gives me a BBS
Cons: blade loading is upside-down
I purchased the head only and generally use one of my Maggard handles with it. My sole complaint is the blade loading. I feel some engineer thought they were being clever loading it upside-down like that. I don't find it clever, just a bit more tedious to get it locked down. The head covers the blade tabs, a plus for me as I shave my head. It's not outrageously aggressive, the guard rides smoothly over my face and head. As I mentioned, I routinely get a BBS with the .84. I've put it in my special 18 razors that are in the regular rotation.
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Pros: The RazoRock Game Changers have multiple handle and plate options. The marine stainless steel and tight tolerances make this premium razor a high end performer. They are always in demand and easily sold or traded. ItalianBarber is great deal with and they have great support.
Cons: They are always in demand and sometimes out of stock.
This was my first shave with the .84-P solid bar, the more aggressive of the RR Game Changers. Two open comb bottom plates are also available. With seven or more different handles, nice choice Options.

Shave: Shower, Cold Water shave. Three pass head and face with clean up passes and light buffing. GD moisturizer eucalyptus and spearmint preshave, Voshkod (1) Noble Otter Amissa, Extra large Zenith horse hair brush 28x51, Alum block, Thayers Witch Haze, Nectar Amissa after shave.

The .84-P is efficient, smooth, and comfortable, and my second RR Game Changer razor that gave me a BBS first shave, first time outa the box. I also have the .68OC. I could not feel the Voshkod blade after about the fourth stroke right to the end of the face and head shave. This razor is smooth. The .84-P is slightly more efficient than the .68OC. Finding and maintaining the angle was very intuitive and to date my most comfortable razor, because of the angle. You use a steeper angle than the .68OC it felt like I was riding the bar, very smooth. There were very few extra passes and almost no buffing. I love this kind of efficiency. The HD handle is heavy but I find it is especially comfortable for my head shaving. There is not the audible feed back you get with the open comb, just silky smooth cutting. The .84-P is so efficient that it could easily be a one pass shaver for the non bbs crowd. You do give up that little bit of comfort. The .68OC is a little more comfortable, but a little less efficient. I feel with some technique improvement and practice I can get a little more out of each razor. I like them both and I will be getting the .84OC plate.
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Nice review.
Pros: Very good quality for the price.
Cannot fault finish.
Cons: Not shave ready out of the box (as normal)
The blade is made from Japanese VG10 stainless steel in Taiwan by Titan 1918 with the following particulars:

Edge Length = 70mm (2.75")
Blade width = 20mm (6/8)
Grind = Full hollow (almost)
Mass = 85g (3.0oz)
Smile = 1mm (0.04")
Balance = 6mm (0.24") from pivot pin away from blade when opened 1880deg.
Spine thickness = 6.1mm (0.24")
Bevel angle = 18.8deg
Scales = Stainless steel with Mahogany outer and brass end caps
Scales thickness = 16mm (0.63") max near centre
Overall length = 160mm (6.3") closed and 245mm (9.6") open
Overall height = 24mm (0.9") closed

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As is usual with most factory produced edges, the edge of this blade is not really "shave ready". You will need to properly set the bevel and progress through your preferred honing system to achieve that dragon edge.

Being a VG10 type stainless steel, the blade of this razor is noticable more corrosion resistant than normal plain high carbon steel blades. This blade is harder than the normal Gold Dollars and is most noticeable when honing.

This straight razor was supplied with the standard Titan PU leather zippered case with stainless steel surrounds and a 61mm (2.4") dual calf-hide and denim strop. There was also some lapping paste included.

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The blade is well centred in the scales.

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The blade is fitted with a washer either side at the pivot pin.

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Overall, I find this VG10-HZ straight razor much better quality than their ACRM-2 razor, although this one costs about 70% more.

Available on AliExpress for under USD 40 (in 2020) and other on-line sites for more.
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Fat fingers. 1880deg should read 180deg.
Bob L.
Bob L.
Great review, thanks!
Pros: Very good value
Uses half a standard DE blade
All SS construction
Well balanced
Holds blade well
Cons: Sometimes not the smoothest of finishes, particularly at the scale pins.
I bought two of these on Lazada Philippines (USD 2 each) for use as my SRs when travelling, one with carry-on and the other for when I use checked luggage.

The razor consists of the stainless steel scales and a two-piece blade holder that is clamped together by a hinged stainless steel cover.

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A half DE razor blade is fitted so that it lines up with the two dimples punched into the blade holder. The two halves of the blade holder are then brought together and the securing cover is swung down to secure it all together.

The razor blade is securely held and the edge protrudes about 0.8mm (1/32"). The balance point when fitted with a blade and opened 180deg is almost at the pivot pin.
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Pros: Handsome Three Piece Stainless Steel mild razor. Well machined tight tolerances. Very good support from vendor ItalianBarber. Good handle options available.
Cons: Only the baseplate is available presently. You must own a Game Changer top cap.
This was my first shave with the 068 OC. This is also my first open comb. Only the base plate is available at this time, you must have a Game Changer top cap. So I bought the 084 solid bar. I used a Plisson silvertip Badger, Saponificio Varesino Felce Aromatica, and Voshkod (1). A Mamba70 is my daily driver and I expected the 068 OC to be similar. I found the 068 to be smoother, milder and considerably more efficient. That combination delivered my first totally irritation free very comfortable bbs, shave face and head.

The 068 has a very solid blade feel with excellent audio feedback. The audio feedback makes you think aggression but this is a very, very smooth razor. The open comb lubricates accommodating smooth strokes, and is comfortable when buffing. The Game Changer line ups have quite a few different handles. The HD 13mm x 85mm is handle heavy but no problem finding a comfortable balance.The angle was very intuitive and easy to maintain. The efficiency of the 068 was very apparent first pass, less strokes made the shave feel a lot faster. The second and third passes just got better. I have two crazy difficult hair patterns on the back of my head that usually take forever to buff down. The 068 hardly had to buff them. The 068 OC covers all the bases for me. A mild razor very efficient, smooth with comfort. My new go to.
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Aggressiveness
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Pros: Very good value.
A mild to aggressive shave can be dialled in.
Blade is easily replaced.
Cons: Care needed when changing settings or replacing blade so that you do not cut yourself.
I bought two of these, one as my carry-on travel razor and the other to give to a friend of mine to introduce him to wet shaving. Each came with a stand and 5 x Ming Shi blades.

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This razor is almost exactly like the Futur original. I was very surprised at the quality of this clone. Definitely great value if you want a good adjustable DE razor without breaking the bank.

This razor is relatively heavy compared to some other non-adjustable DE razors. I prefer the slightly heavier mass as it allows me to reduce the pressure and just let the razor do the cutting.

Some say that the handle could be slippery without knurling. I have never experienced a problem with using this handle.
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I love my Ming Shi 2000s
The only downside is that it's difficult to get a really close shave under my nose.
MrBeez
MrBeez
Nice review.
Pros: Good quality for an affordable price.
Holds an edge well.
Relatively easy to hone to a shave-ready edge.
Well balanced.
Cons: Blade was not perfectly central in the scales but still acceptable.
I purchased this razor new in early December 2019. When received the edge was sharp but definitely not shave ready (what do you expect for the price). I properly set the bevel and refined the edge using The Method - lapping film to diamond pasted balsa strops and finished on a hanging clean leather strop.

The bladed ended up with and excellent edge that shaved very well in all positions - WTG, XTG and ATG. After that first shave, this razor has become one of my favourites. The edge now looks like this:

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When opened 180deg. the razor balances at about the pivot point.
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The Titan ACRM-2 as received has a spine thickness of 5.9mm (0.232") and blade width (top of spine ware to edge) of 18.1mm (0.713"). This gives a bevel angle of about 18.5deg.

I prefer a supplied bevel angle to be in the larger size as it is easier to reduce if wanted by just thinning out the spine.

The razor has an overall mass of 64g (2.26oz). When opened 180deg, the razor's centre of gravity is about 6.5mm (1/4") from the pivot pin towards the blade tip.

The blade steel is a bit more corrosion resistant that a Gold Dollar but not a full stainless steel. Steel hardness is also greater than the GD but not by a lot.
Pros: Handsome brush, great latherer, very comfortable handle.
Cons: Slightly scratchy, mediocre scrubber.
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First off The Yaqui store is a great place to get shaving equipment. I was a little leery shopping online Alibaba in China with no tracking, I’m in Canada the delivery was around two weeks. All in with shipping under $30.00 Canadian. I’ve waited longer for stuff from the USA and even Canadian orders have taken longer.

I prefer animal hair brushes. I think everyone should own a synthetic if for no other reason then a travel brush. This is my second big knot synthetic my RR Plissoft Monster I seldom use, and now it will be gone. As with most syns this brush will and can produce any type of lather in abundance and extremely quickly. The brush felt softer dry, the face lathering performance was the slightest bit scratchy without any good scrub. The splay was achieved without too much effort and provided a reasonable scrub. The brush will hold a ton of water for loading and it will load heavy if required. Lather, lather, lather everywhere I love it. The combination of a large knot and shorter loft still painted reasonably well and with an abundance of lather on tap or available, your focus can be on other because lather is on automatic. The handle on this brush moved to the front of the class. I have arthritic hands and this handle of the six brushes I have now stands alone. I’m a head shaver and hands down this handle for comfort and use is the best. The weight and balance of the brush is pleasantly neutral which again made it so very comfortable to use. Tuxedos are one of my favourites for looks and the big old barber pole puts it over the top as being a very handsome brush. Will this brush be in my regular rotation maybe sometimes. It definitely is my new travel brush. I’m glad I now have a synthetic that I don’t mind using and it is a beauty. The construction and fit and finish on the Yaqi is outstanding. For the price I rate this brush as above average value.
This was my first use and the Yaqi tuxedo had no issues developing either a big fluffy lather and a smooth thin glistening lather out of Grooming Departments Mayflower. This is a premier soap and it was nice to get everything out of the soap with so little effort. The Mamb70 had a fresh Voshkod and glided comfortably and effortlessly delivering a DFS. The post shave from the Mayflower is one of the better ones for me, although not necessary but highly appreciated.
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All my brushes are big knot and after I broke a stand trying to put a brush in, it ain’t a thing for me anymore. General consensus on stands seem to be aesthetics and this has been my experience as well. Thanks for reading and commenting.
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The largest Knot I have is the 26mm Yaqi Moka. I'm sure the 30mm takes care of business nicely!
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l found the Yaqi 30mm to be a very comfortable brush. I shave head and face together and between six passes and buffing and clean ups the larger knot brushes perform better for me. I have a couple of badger 28mm high density brush knots coming and reviews spec them as being big on water and lather handling. So I might be able to downsize a little. Bigger handles are also more comfortable for my arthritic hands.
Pros: Good price for what you get
Cons: Bevel will need to be properly set. Scales are not the best of quality.
See the overview that I wrote.
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Craftsmanship
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Easy to Sharpen
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Shaving Smoothness
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rbscebu
rbscebu
The blade is definitely carbon steel with little corrosion resistance. After its first use I thought that I had dried the blade properly. I forgot to oil and put the razor back into its tin case.

A few days later I opened the razor up again and noticed some rust stains. Fortunately I was able to polish them out with 0.25u diamond paste and not leave any noticable marks on the blade.

Lesson learnt with this blade - dry and oil after each use.
Pros: Excellent design, alignment is perfect every time
Cons: Cannot easily undo the razor without a risk of breaking everything if I want to clean it.
I've been using this razor for over a year on a regular basis. It works well and shaves as I would expect a DE razor to shave. The blade angle is very easy to find. I would like to undo the razor sometimes to clean it. I know I can but I'm afraid to break it as there's a piece that's pushed in the handle with a ring.

Other than that, I have 2 of those. If one of them falls apart, I have a spare!
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Ease of Blade Replacement
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Pros: Good to keep the face protected. I feel safe when shaving with it.
Cons: This thing can get thirsty real quick!
Just when I thought it had enough water, it'll dry and get flaky, but I'll take it as my fault. I thought I had sensitive skin but more so just dry sakin as some scented products don't harm my face really. It's good to shabe with in case you want a strong scented AS or balm to use after so scents for collide.

It's for 4 Star for how much I get in the tube as well as the quality.
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