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Sanguine X-D20 Shavette

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Intro- Sanguine has really put some extra thought into their new shavette. It now comes packaged in very nice quality vinyl pouch, has a new ergonomic designed handle (looks just like the Feather AC), and an upswept monkey's tail..

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Craftsmanship- Sanguine has redesigned its clamping system with brass studs for the DE blade; where in previous models were merely punched holes and dimples on the opposite blade.
Also the new handle is very comfortable to hold. With pinky on its monkey tail and all other fingers past and in front of the handle, makes it easier to hold with all fingers closed together.
Althought the handle doesn't come with an adjustable tension screw ala Feather, its brass rivit is tight and true spacing the blades perfectly..

Ease to Sharpen- No such thing here!Just use your favorite blade. Feathers for me..

Easy to Maintain- Should be very easy to maintain as it has scissor quality stainless steel blades with a mirror finish.. Just rinse and wipe..

Overall- I really like this new shavette. Its very comfortable in the hand. The heft of the blades make it similar to a straight, and is nicely balanced to the handle.
Also the monkey tail is up and away from the blade edge; making it easier to maneouver around those tricky areas where a normal straight might make it impossible to reach, Imagine a E-W pass on your neck; the shank always hits my collar bone with real straights..

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I only have two gripes about the X-D20. One is that when the blade is seated, theres a space in front and behind the lenght of the blade. Would've been nicer if it had tighter tolerances. This in no way affected the performance or shave quality.
Also it would've been nicer to have jimps on the shank. The high mirror finish gets really slippery if you get some shave cream there..


In closing I like to say they have a great product here and no one would regret its purchase.. Heck its easier to swallow than the price of the Feather AC.. Is it a Feather??..no..But not a bad way to know if you'll like the feather..

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Pros: it has good potential
Cons: its poorly finished
I use the Dovo and Parker 31R shavettes. I bought the x-d20 as I cannot get the Parker 31R to fit comfortably in my hand and this looked like a superb alternative.

I ordered directly from Sanguine. It looked like it would do a good job, with the extra handle length fitting better in ones hand and the thumb grip jimps assisting in grip and control. This shavette definitely feels good in the hand, but is finished on the cheap.

The product appeared to be a returned/damaged item with the cover handle having some paint removed.

I was further disgraced to see that the the blade does not seat correctly and end up slanted, which will not be safe when in use. See the image below. (I did check the seating of the blade and the dimples that the blade rests against are not correctly aligned.



Whilst this could be a bad batch that I ended up with, I have to comment on the item was sent to me. This is being returned to the seller.

In summary, this would have been a great shavtte that is very inexpensive, which sits very well in ones hand but, its finished without reasonable care and attention to functionality.
Price
1.00 star(s)
Lasting Edge
5.00 star(s)
Craftsmanship
0.00 star(s)
Easy to Sharpen
5.00 star(s)
Easy to Maintain
2.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
2.00 star(s)
I bought this as a first step to straight shaving.It was really cheap (9,45 pounds in the UK) and obviously I wouldn´t expect much for that price. The X-D20 on the yellow handle only lasted one shave as I wiped it off drying it with a towel:blink:

It has a good grip although the handle is not very well finished on the end.Has a nice weight too.Easy to load the blade,doesn´t move,easy to mantain.
Now the shaving: Got some nice cuts and nicks on the first session. No pressure is really a must,and always have an eye for the end of the blade, as it is shorter than the end of the shavette and is where I get the nicks.The shave is as smooth as the blade can do (using Lord and Wilko now) and I realise how much fun can be straight shaving so going to move to a straight pretty soon.

I think it is a nice piece to start with in the straight universe.
I bought one of these recently from Sanguinebeauty in the U.K. for a total of $14 shipped with a pack of Wilkenson DE blades. I bought it for several reasons; I have been reading about them lately, my barber and I discussed them recently, and most important - I didn't have one. The idea was that this would make a good travel razor as it could go in carry-on luggage empty and I could buy a pack of blades at the airport drug store when I land.
It arrived from the U.K. in 7 days (faster than my mail gets across town here), well packaged in a travel case with a 5pack of blades (10 edges as blades are snapped in half to fit the razor).
I loaded it with 1/2 a Feather (why not) and took it for a road test.
The scales and tang are slightly shorter than a regular straight razor and it is a bit lighter so I had to modify my grip and go slowly at first.
The result was a smooth, comfortable shave in two passes with no irritation or nicks.
It seems well made, and cleaning is simple, just open it and rinse.
Shaving smoothness got an N/A because that would depend on the blade one loads.
Price
5.00 star(s)
Lasting Edge
1.00 star(s)
Craftsmanship
4.00 star(s)
Easy to Sharpen
1.00 star(s)
Easy to Maintain
5.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
1.00 star(s)

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