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  1. rbscebu

    Reply to review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Titan 1918 ACRO'

    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.
  2. rbscebu

    Reply to review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Titan 1918 ACRO'

    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...
  3. rbscebu

    Reply to review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Titan 1918 ACRO'

    The two stars for shaving smoothness was based on how it shaves as received. The blade's final shaving smoothness is very dependant on the user's honing ability that can considerably vary between users.
  4. rbscebu

    Review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Titan 1918 ACRO'

    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...
  5. Titan 1918 ACRO

    Titan 1918 ACRO

    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.
  6. rbscebu

    Reply to review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Titan VG10-HZ'

    Fat fingers. 1880deg should read 180deg.
  7. rbscebu

    Review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Titan VG10-HZ'

    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...
  8. Titan VG10-HZ

    Titan VG10-HZ

    The mid-range Titan straight razor made in Taiwan and available for under USD 40 (in 2020) from AliExpress and other sites for a higher price.
  9. rbscebu

    Reply to review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Titan 1918 ACRM-2 Straight Razor'

    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...
  10. rbscebu

    Review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Generic Stainless Steel Shavette Type'

    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...
  11. Generic Stainless Steel Shavette Type

    Generic Stainless Steel Shavette Type

    A cheap shavette style SR that takes a half standard DE razor. This SR is of all stainless steel construction and is available for well under USD 5.00 (2020) on eBay, AliExpress, etc.
  12. rbscebu

    Review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Ming Shi 2000S'

    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. This razor is almost exactly like the Futur original. I was very surprised at the quality of this clone. Definitely...
  13. Ming Shi 2000S

    Ming Shi 2000S

    A very good clone of the original Merkur Futur. Similar material and finish. Weighs slightly less than the original and its centre of gravity is a little bit more towards the head of the razor. Available through AliExpress for under USD 10 (2020). Sold under various brand names, including Ming...
  14. rbscebu

    Review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Titan 1918 ACRM-2 Straight Razor'

    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...
  15. Titan 1918 ACRM-2 Straight Razor

    Titan 1918 ACRM-2 Straight Razor

    The ACRM-2 is the entry level straight razor of Titan 1918. The blade is 6/8, half hollow, with Dutch (round) point and African Mahogany timber scales. It currently (2020) retails for about USD 25 through AliExpress.
  16. rbscebu

    Reply to review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Gold Dollar "Classic Quality" (aka W59)'

    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...
  17. rbscebu

    Review by 'rbscebu' on item 'Gold Dollar "Classic Quality" (aka W59)'

    See the overview that I wrote.
  18. Gold Dollar "Classic Quality" (aka W59)

    Gold Dollar "Classic Quality" (aka W59)

    The "Classic Quality" (aka W59) is an upper market Gold Dollar straight razor (SR) that retails for about USD 12 (2020). Due to its Spanish point, this razor is probably not that suitable for a beginner in SR shaving. I received my first new GD SR on 26 January 2020. It was one of their...
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