I've always considered ATT R plates to be a little more than medium aggressive. When I got my R2 I was told that it was closer to the most aggressive H plates than the mild M's. It is a very efficient razor, but I've always found its smoothness to be about average. A shallower angle might smooth it out some. I almost always use Nacets or GSB, but I've used a lot of others, too. I find those two to be excellent blades in any razor. Effective, smooth, and durable.My Kronos R1 arrived today. Glad to be apart of the ATT club! I will paste my first impressions below:
I had my first shave with an Above The Tie razor today, and thought I would offer my first impressions. I have listed my rotation to give you an idea of razors I like:
Modern: Rockwell 6S, Rex Ambassador.
Vintage: Gillette NEW RFB, Aristocrat Jr 49'(#21 head), Gillette Popular(#15 aristocrat head), Fatboy, 46' Aristocrat, 1934 Aristocrat.
The ATT razor feels very solid and has a nice weight to it. Threads feel wonderful, and I love the handle. The knurling is very grippy, and the length is similar to my 6s, which is one of my favorite handles.
The R1 has been highly recommended over the years, so I decided on getting that first. The R1 plate has a little more blade feel than I usually prefer, but the shave was excellent. I had to go a little slower, but the end result was a 3 pass BBS. It felt slightly agressive, but it shaved with nearly zero irritation.
I tried it with a Yellow 7oclock, wonder if a Nacet or GSB would smooth it out a little.
Overall really happy with it and it will have it's place in the rotation. This was my last purchase before the 2019 sabbatical, and I look forward to mastering the R1 plate.
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