So do you like or still like the Piccolo? And do you like the razorock sloc?
Maybe you got a bad Piccolo?
I bought the Special Edition set, and the Gentile base sits in a drawer (the SE set is version 2).
The OC base is great with any blade I've tried (including Kai, Feather, any of the St.P blades).
Very smooth and comfortable shave, but my cap too had the dodgy pins so eventually I bunged on a Muhle R89 cap. It's really the same cap, made by a different maker, and made 'better' than the Fatip version. No alignment worries now.
When you say ..."I've always gotten hacked up by the Feather blade"...I wonder why this happens to you.
All blades are sharp (some are sharper for sure). It's not the fault of the Feather but maybe your technique needs a wee bit of tuning?
Not looking to start a fight, so please don't be offended.
I'm coming from the perspective of 50+ years wet shaving.
The irritation you get may be a lack of slip/slide in the soap?
Try doing a one pass shave and maybe just a wee bit of buffing? What I call a WMS (Working Man's Shave).
Lather up, shave, rinse razor, clean face...5 minutes and out the door sort of thing.
Anyway...you did a heck of a lot of work on this project, and both yourself and us other folks on here have probably gained something.
You have certainly shown how much YMMV in this wet shaving arena.
Do you know if your modified Piccolo is the version 1 head or version 2. From what I understand they changed their head in 2017?I'm still using my modified Piccolo, but I really want to move on from it. I haven't tried the RazoRock SLOC.
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I will eventually move on to a better razor. I've got great AC razors loaned to me by @Chan Eil Whiskers to evaluate. (I haven't forgotten, Jim.) As to Feather blades, maybe I should revisit them again with a WMS. I sometimes do what you call a WMS now and then instead of my standard two-pass shave. I just keep using a Kai blade because of its longevity and performance. Changing the blade with my Piccolo is no fun because of its alignment issue.
I find that the easiest way to control the blade exposure. I tend to ride the cap so shave at the shallow blade angle and get great shaves from the Piccolo. Riding the bar would introduce the comb digging in and that, I imagine, would be uncomfortable.How much blade you want to feel is directly related to the angle and pressure applied. Given the same amount of pressure across available shaving angles to still allow the blade to be felt, it would be felt the most at a neutral angle and progressively less as the angle changes to either steeper or shallower. Both moving the edge away from your skin.
Mine's a version 2 and QC is still poor, although it does shave very well.
But yes, I have read that the early version was very aggressive.
I'm guessing the mk2 is the second version of the fatip. Does this version have the blade alignment problem the version 1 had? And would you have to ride the cap on this version 2 as you did with your version 1?I have the early version and the blade exposure is a good deal more (visually speaking) than the MK2 version, which I also own. However, riding the cap (I believe you refer to it as shallow angle) pretty much negates the differences in my opinion. At least as far as 'aggressiveness' goes. At a shallow angle, you're exposed to the same blade edge at the same angle (since you're not depending on the pre-set angle of the razor head shape)
I can shave with a gillette tech without thinking. If I don't control the angle with the MK1, it will give me a lot of irritation. But when I do, it can provide me with as comfortable a shave as a tech.
I really want to like this razor it's probably the best bang for the buck. All brass
I'm guessing the mk2 is the second version of the fatip. Does this version have the blade alignment problem the version 1 had? And would you have to ride the cap on this version 2 as you did with your version 1?
Sure if you can check whenever that would be good. From some reviews it seems like the blade issue was a huge deal. But it could only be the version 1 and not so much with the version two. I guess I would ask was the version 2 a better more forgiving product? That would be the other knock on this razor
So the version 2 is not as aggressive as a merkur r41 right? Would you rate it 5/10 or more?I have a v2 Fatip Grande that seems pretty well made for the money. Alignment is fine, as long as you change blades the way @Rontu describes. I could force it out of aligment, if I really tried. This issue is totally overblown. Maybe the v1s were worse, but that was a long time ago.
It's really a whole different design from the R41. I personally like the Fatip OC much more. I think the Fatip OC resembles the Gillette New in many ways. There is basically zero blade gap, and the blade is clamped firmly close to the edge. There is a pretty wide range of effective angles with the Fatip. The effect is the Fatip feels very smooth and efficient once you adjust to it. With the R41, for me it feels like you can never let your guard down, it is not very comfortable to use.So the version 2 is not as aggressive as a merkur r41 right? Would you rate it 5/10 or more?