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Impression: Above The Tie Atlas R2 Open Comb razor

Before I bought this, I emailed Bullgoose and asked how this razor stacked up against my current favorite, a vintage Gillette New LC. My concern was that I didn't want too aggressive a razor (like an R41), or too mild, and spend $185 finding that out. Phil's answer was that the R2 base plate would probably be a taste more aggressive than the New LC.

I just received my razor yesterday, slapped in my favorite blade (Personna Lab), whipped up some RazoRock SOZ, and took this baby for a spin. Phil was exactly right in his analysis, and I couldn't be happier. The Atlas R2 provided an excellent, comfortable, near BBS shave in 2 passes. I only do 2 passes because I have somewhat sensitive skin, and I'll take a DFS with comfort any day of the week. The razor is somewhat heavy, but not too heavy. The spiral grooves on the 3" handle provided excellent grip, and the razor is extremely well balanced. It was very intuitive as far as angle placement, and seemed to "ride the rail" of each stroke. It effortlessly clung to my face at the perfect angle, especially the "tricky" area under my lower lip. Audible feedback is quite good as well.

This is one fantastic razor, indeed. I am an OC razor fan (this one makes #7 in my stable). It shaves predictably, with great efficiency and comfort. The engineering, fit, and finish of the 303 stainless parts is impressive, and will no doubt last a couple lifetimes or more; lucky me :lol:

Is it worth the $185 price tag? For me, yes it is. It has so much going for it; American made, 303 stainless steel construction, flawless engineering, very intuitive, and it's GORGEOUS!!
Manly Man stuff!! :kyle1:

Cheers!
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link:
http://www.bullgooseshaving.com/above-the-tie-atlas-r2-open-comb-razor/
 
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Nice review! I'm a big fan of the ATT H-2 OC. I've never tried the R-2, but I may have to some day.
Great razors, huh? I was on the fence about the H2 base plate, and I'm glad I asked about the differences before I bought one. The R2 is perfect for me and mah face :biggrin1:
 
Nice, I'm sure it's worth the price for the quality.
LOL! RAD got to me, but I'm glad that I pulled the trigger on it. I may end up selling a few non-vintage razors on the BST to help justify the purchase. I can see going to a "4 razor rotation" (like the pitching staffs in MLB were YEARS ago). I really like my Gillette New LC and SC razors, and my Old Type (all re-plated by Krona), but this thing is gonna get used. A LOT.
 
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This is one fantbastic razor, indeed. I am an OC razor fan (this one makes #7 in my stable). It shaves predictably, with great efficiency and comfort. The engineering, fit, and finish of the 303 stainless parts is impressive, and will no doubt last a couple lifetimes or more; lucky me :lol:

Is it worth the $185 price tag? For me, yes it is. It has so much going for it; American made, 303 stainless steel construction, flawless engineering, very intuitive, and it's GORGEOUS!!
Manly Man stuff!! :kyle1:

Cheers!
:a39:

link:
http://www.bullgooseshaving.com/above-the-tie-atlas-r2-open-comb-razor/

+1 Best DE razor made today, IMO.
 
Wow... Glad it works good for you!! I couldn't bring myself to spend that much though!! Don't get wrong, I wish I could... O man I wish I could! But right now that is about a weeks work where I am ATM. I can't believe I just admitted that but dang!!

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