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Can anybody compare the Tatara Masamune or Nodachi with the Razorock Game Changer or Lupo razors ?

@never-stop-learning, my order arrived yesterday. Here are a few hastily snapped pictures:
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First impressions are that these razors are very well packaged and they exude an air of refinement and quality. I can see how some people refer to them as being like sports cars.
Tatara have cut back on the packaging, however, and the boxes that they come in don't have the magnetic catch that earlier versions had. These require one to slide the cork inner out of the cardboard outer cover.

Aesthetically they are in another class when compared to the Razorock offerings. But these are tools after all and the real test will be how they perform at their intended purpose.
Can one of them unseat my Game Changer .84 and Lupo .72 in ease of use and effectiveness ?

A full comparison will follow, but I couldn't resist shaving with the Nodachi this morning and it is much more aggressive than the Lupo with the .95 base plate with a lot more blade exposure.
I will have to take some time to learn to use it properly, but at this point, it is quite far from being an autopilot shaver.
Excellent! Congratulations! :)

I've completed my initial five test shaves with the Nodachi SB and find it to be medium efficient and nicely smooth. It responded well to my preferred steep angle.

One shave, so far, with the Nodachi OC. The OC has a lot more blade feel and seems to prefer a more neutral angle. Still dialing things in with the OC.

Looking forward to your further shaving impressions. :)
 
Excellent! Congratulations! :)

I've completed my initial five test shaves with the Nodachi SB and find it to be medium efficient and nicely smooth. It responded well to my preferred steep angle.

One shave, so far, with the Nodachi OC. The OC has a lot more blade feel and seems to prefer a more neutral angle. Still dialing things in with the OC.

Looking forward to your further shaving impressions. :)
When you say steep angle, do you mean closer to riding the bar than the cap ?
 
@never-stop-learning, my order arrived yesterday. Here are a few hastily snapped pictures:
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First impressions are that these razors are very well packaged and they exude an air of refinement and quality. I can see how some people refer to them as being like sports cars.
Tatara have cut back on the packaging, however, and the boxes that they come in don't have the magnetic catch that earlier versions had. These require one to slide the cork inner out of the cardboard outer cover.

Aesthetically they are in another class when compared to the Razorock offerings. But these are tools after all and the real test will be how they perform at their intended purpose.
Can one of them unseat my Game Changer .84 and Lupo .72 in ease of use and effectiveness ?

A full comparison will follow, but I couldn't resist shaving with the Nodachi this morning and it is much more aggressive than the Lupo with the .95 base plate with a lot more blade exposure.
I will have to take some time to learn to use it properly, but at this point, it is quite far from being an autopilot shaver.
Congratulations. Keep us updated.
For me the full Nodachi configuration is on par with my R41 with a little built in safety.
Even the OC Masamune is quite efficient, and is what i have been using lately.
I do find the Nodachi handle on the heavy side. My sweet spot for razor weight is just around 100 g.
The razor clamps the blade really rigid. Does anyone know if there is any DE blade that is thinner then others?
I like to try a little thinner blade in this razor and compare it to a Kai blade.
 
Correct.

Ride the bar = steep.

Ride the cap = shallow.

Neutral is ~halfway between steep and shallow.

I prefer using a steep angle, but will use the optimal angle for each razor. The Nodachi SB works with a steep angle. The Nodachi OC seems to prefer a neutral angle. Will try a shallower angle today.
For what it is worth, Tatara recommends a 24 deg shaving angle with these. But it all comes down to personal preference.
 
Correct.

Ride the bar = steep.

Ride the cap = shallow.

Neutral is ~halfway between steep and shallow.

I prefer using a steep angle, but will use the optimal angle for each razor. The Nodachi SB works with a steep angle. The Nodachi OC seems to prefer a neutral angle. Will try a shallower angle today.
Thanks. I have been aiming more towards the cap, but tried closer to the bar a bit this morning and it seemed to work quite well.
 
For what it is worth, Tatara recommends a 24 deg shaving angle with these. But it all comes down to personal preference.
Thanks for that reminder. I went and downloaded the picture from their website. I must admit, I find it hard to visualize the angles with the razor on my face. I will have to dig out a protractor and measure.
Since the blade is clamped quite firmly at a known angle with respect to the handle, it should be a small matter to determine the angle of the handle to the (theoretical) plane of the skin. That is a bit easier to see.

Of course, in the end, what really matters is that the shave is comfortable and effective.
So, before somebody says "Don't overthink it", I guess observing the recommended angle is a useful starting point. The rest is trial and error. And hopefully the errors are painless :)
 
Congratulations. Keep us updated.
For me the full Nodachi configuration is on par with my R41 with a little built in safety.
Even the OC Masamune is quite efficient, and is what i have been using lately.
I do find the Nodachi handle on the heavy side. My sweet spot for razor weight is just around 100 g.
The razor clamps the blade really rigid. Does anyone know if there is any DE blade that is thinner then others?
I like to try a little thinner blade in this razor and compare it to a Kai blade.
Thanks.
I was tempted to buy the Nodachi head with the Masamune handle because I also thought the Nodachi handle seemed too long and heavy.
After trying the full Nodachi as is, I find that it actually rests quite nicely in the palm of my hand in certain positions. It definitely has some heft to it but seems manageable for now.
It is early days yet though, and I am happy that I have the option to swop the parts as it suits me.

Hopefully somebody will answer your question about the blades.
It seems to be fairly well known that Kai blades can be used to increase a razors blade exposure, but I haven't heard of a corresponding blade that can be used to effectively decrease blade exposure.
 
I definitely change the angle when switching between SB and OC.

The angle is whatever feels right and gets good results. I didn't get on with full Nodachi handle but the mini-Nodachi is very nice - still prefer the standard Masamune though.
I have the mini Masamune handle. It seemed like a good idea when i ordered it, but it feels and looks more like a toy🥺 Drinking and shopping is not a good idea😎
 
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