Can anyone recommend a first Fatip?

Discussion in 'Double Edged Razors' started by Tostig, May 22, 2019.

  1. Raven Koenes

    Raven Koenes Contributor

    Yes, on both counts. There is more audio feedback from the Mk1. It is due to more blade being exsposed with the clamping point a full 1/2mm back eachside compared to the Mk2. This causes the blade to flex causing vibration. It is not as rigidly clamped as the Mk2. The new Fatip Mk2 razors are superior. The Mk1 is more efficient but also more aggressive (prone to bite). It feels more like a Muhle r41 imo. Beaming in @Esox .
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019 at 3:58 PM
  2. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Chan Eil Whiskers Contributor

    I like the Mk1 much better. Well, at least better. Maybe not too much better.
  3. Thanks for the information. Might try a Kai blade.....maybe a bit more rigid....
  4. Esox

    Esox Ambassador


    I think the Fatip Mk.2 is the perfect DE, even if I dont rarely use DE's anymore. In the end, it comes down to DE blades for me. They're just too thin and too flexible. They just cant compete with the thicker SE blade.

    If the Mk.1 Fatip feels more like the R41 I dont think I would have liked it, but I'm sure I could have learned to make it work as well as the Mk.2. With Fatip razors its all in the angle you use them with.

    The added blade reveal from the narrower Mk.1 cap would lead to the blade being able to flex easier but it would also allow me to shave even shallower than I can with my Mk.2. This is also what I found interesting with the Piccolo Special Edition razors. All the cap widths I've heard of being measured have been over 19mm wide. My cap is 19mm wide and to me thats perfect. I'm sure I could live with 19.2mm but by the time it got to 19.5mm or more I'm not sure I'd like it as much. I think its a bit of a crap shoot how wide any particular cap will be, who knows how wide Fatips run out error is but the newer caps do seem to be consistently wider. That would make them even more user friendly and forgiving.

    If you're asking my opinion Rave, it hasnt changed. I think the Fatip Grande is the best DE made, at any price. Getting the most from it falls to the user.
  5. I have tried the MK1 w 4 different blades now and must admit I really do not like it. Compared to the MK2 and better yet: Schone; this older OC Fatip is just irritating....and not sure it gives me a closer schave
  6. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Chan Eil Whiskers Contributor

    Hard to beat a Fatip Mk1 (Meme).jpg

    I seem to be in the minority.

    When I use safety razors I use them in a particular way.

    Captain of the steep (meme).jpg

    Always at their design angle (neutral angle) or steeper.

    The Mk1 words very well for me at a steep angle, but, like most safety razors, not at a shallow angle. It took me a lot of time and observation to discover this for myself and seems extremely counter intuitive to me.


    The blade may matter, too.

    Most every shave now is with a straight razor and the angle could hardly be more shallow.

    Happy shaves,

  7. Recently acquired a mk1 but my mk2 is out for a newbie. Liking the mk1 shaves. Up there with charcoal goods lv3 but possibly a little smoother on the neck.
  8. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Chan Eil Whiskers Contributor

    Probably about as hard to find as the Mk1, but what's the CG lv3 running these days?

    I got a NOS Mk1 a few weeks ago (a Grande) from a member on the BST (I think the BST) for $25. Nobody else wanted it (he and I gave others a chance) so it became my second Mk1.


    Mostly I shave with a straight, but having two Mk1 Grande razors seems prudent to me.

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