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Titan 1918 ACRO T.H.64

Pros: Better corrosion resistance than VG10 steel.
Higher hardness should give longer edge life than high carbon steel or VG10 steel blades.
Came with a properly set bevel that was done without tape.
Almost no hone wear as received.
Considering the price, the overall quality is very good.
Good (but not great) presentation box.
Not a cheap lower quality Chinese type straight razor.
As good or better than European razors costing twice as much.
Cons: Being a harder steel, it takes longer to refine the edge.
Razor is slightly heavier than comparable straight razors.
Blade does not have a mirror finish all over.
Jimps extend well past the pivot pin area.
Not for those who believe that good straight razors must cost hundreds of dollars.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it took 24 weeks for this razor to reach me. Nine of those weeks was for PhilPost to ship it from Manila to Cebu (a one-hour flight away). Still, I was happy to receive it.

As for this razor, I checked the bevel as it was supplied and found that it was properly set, without the use of tape, and little spine wear. As supplied, the edge shaved arm hair with ease but needed further refiling to tree-top.

With the bevel already properly set, I went straight to my lapping film progression, starting off at 9um the 3um and finishing on 1um. At this stage, the edge was tree-topping with ease at about 10mm. The lapping film progression took about 50% more work to achieve the same results that I would get on a normal high carbon steel (HCS) blade. I put this down to this Titan ACRO blade having a hardness of 64 RHC compared to normal HCS having a hardness of 60 RHC or slightly less.

From the films, I went to diamond pasted balsa strops of 0.5um, 0.25um and finished on 0.1um. As the film lapping took about 50% more work, I also increased my balsa stropping by 50%. The end result was another atomic edge that tree-tops at about 20mm along its full length.

The manufacturer's final polishing of this blade was not perfect. Some faint grounding marks were still visible near the heal stabiliser on both sides. You can see these marks in the face markings photo in this review's overview. This is only cosmetic so I am not worried for the price I paid. Other than that, the overall quality is as good or better than European razors costing twice as much.

I haven't yet shaved with this razor, but once done, I will report back here.
4.00 star(s)
Lasting Edge
4.00 star(s)
4.00 star(s)
Easy to Sharpen
3.00 star(s)
Easy to Maintain
5.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
5.00 star(s)
First shave with this SR this morning. This is my heaviest and widest SR and I very much liked its heftiness that made for an effortless shave. This SR is going to see a lot more use over time.

I might even put together a matching seven-day set of these SR's.
Correction, the scales are aluminum alloy (not stainless steel) sheathed in mahogany timber.
That is a long wait.
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