Razor: Fatip Lo Storto Originale
Durham Duplex DuBarry Handle
Blade: Bolzano (3)
The FOCS Rocks!
I just used the same razor/blade combo (this time with Tabac soap), and had a fantastic shave. This is the 3rd shave on this blade. Usually I toss all my blades on the first of the month after 2-3 shaves. This month I'm experimenting to see if I can go longer.The combo of FOCS, Feather blade (2), Proraso Green cream, and a 48-hour beard after a week of simple 1- and 2-pass shaves instead of 3 passes produced one of my best shaves ever. Perhaps my skin is more rested, or perhaps the stubble is infinitesimally higher and the blade can grab it better.
I'd noticed 2 weeks ago when I started with the Feather in this razor that the combo felt rather nervous and tricky, as if I might cut myself all too easily. I took it very easy and nothing happened. Today, though, the Feather seemed just plain smooth and efficient.
I hear about this of course and it can happen.Why is Fatip's poor QC a thing? Recently received a FOCS from Maggard. Poor Fatip packaging allowed it to bang around in the box causing some of the thin chrome to rub off. The handle was peppered with rough spots. Maggard said Fatip was unfortunately known for poor QC and some people just accept it. Not me, got a refund. Oh well, I've got 5 other slants.
Agree 100% with @Chan Eil Whiskers.I hear about this of course and it can happen.
Let me see how many Fatips I have purchased. One Mk1. Two Schönes. One Grande. One Piccolo. One Joris-Plissson. One Gentile. Two FOCS. One FCCS. I think that's all.
One of the Schönes had QC issues and was returned.
I have no complaints about the other Fatips. In general I prefer them to most other razors I've purchased. The FOCS in particular is one of my very favorite razors (of the perhaps two hundred razors I own).
It seems fair to me to complain about the QC, but I'd also say other components of Fatip's processes are stellar, particularly including design. Considering these are all metal razors the pricing is pretty impressive, too. A
ll in all, Fatip offers a lot for a little in my view.
Hammer?I had to bang the centre post in place, and the blade alignment is bunk, but I still like the damn thing.
It did not brake?
I have one that it doesn't even close unless you press hard and of course the blade alignment is off. Might just try that....it's useless anyway as is.
Defects can happen, that doesn't mean all Fatips are bad. You have a sample size of one.Why is Fatip's poor QC a thing? Recently received a FOCS from Maggard. Poor Fatip packaging allowed it to bang around in the box causing some of the thin chrome to rub off. The handle was peppered with rough spots. Maggard said Fatip was unfortunately known for poor QC and some people just accept it. Not me, got a refund. Oh well, I've got 5 other slants.