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Titan 1918 ACRO T.H.70

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The current top-range Titan straight razor made in Taiwan. Available for about USD 75 (Mar. 2020) from AliExpress and other sites for a higher price.

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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.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Lasting Edge
5.00 star(s)
Craftsmanship
3.00 star(s)
Easy to Sharpen
3.00 star(s)
Easy to Maintain
5.00 star(s)
Shaving Smoothness
2.00 star(s)
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Herrenberg
At the end of all of these labors, the razor shaves really well. Because it is so rigid, I can feel hairs cut through my grip on the tang, which is really nice for making sure I've covered everything. That same rigidity makes it feel unforgiving of any slight errors. The same applies to some of my kamisoris, but their shorter length makes that easier to manage.

The results are really excellent. I get a super-close shave with little effort.

Somehow I don't find it all that fun to shave with. A big part of that may be the scales, which are so loose that the razor wants to flop around if you hold the scales. They also feel clunky. This is not a fun razor to hold in the hand. I do like the shave enough that I will probably send it out to have some properly-fitted scales put on it at some point.

Bottom line: I'm glad I have it in the rotation, despite the drawbacks.
rbscebu
rbscebu
I concur with the difficult-to-hone comment. It took me quite a while to get my T.H.70 edges properly dialled in, but once dialled in - what an edge. A few progressions on diamond pasted balsa stops did the trick for me.

Of my eight T.H.70's I have not experienced any loose scales but that problem could be easily fixed with a gentle tap on the pivot pin.

The scales thickness is very much a what-you-are-use-to. At about 13mm, I don't find the scales too wide at the tang/tail when shaving. They are very similar to all of my other SR's, including German and English manufacturers.
H
Herrenberg
I didn't even realize myself that it was the thickness of the scales that was bugging me, but you're right, that's it. These are by far the thickest scales I have on any razor except one, a Max Sprecher that I do not find myself reaching for as much as expected. Perhaps that's why.

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