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Karve Overlander

New arrival from Canada to my home in the UK - very pleased:

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I have a brass Overlander already and love it. But the patina on the brass with my horribly hard water was messing with my OCD, even though it's meticulously cleaned and dried after every shave, so I decided to get the stainless steel version for home and use the brass one for travel. Here they are together after I'd used the brass version on holiday in some soft water that evened out the patina:

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Looking forward to taking the new stainless steel Overlander for its first shave! The Overlander really is a special razor.....
Looking at your photos, you ordered a different handle for your Overlanders??
 
Looking at your photos, you ordered a different handle for your Overlanders??

Yes - I decided I liked the more traditional Guilloche and Argyll handles, especially as I liked a slightly shorter 3.25" handle - I think the 3.5" Overlander handle works OK (with the length of the longitudinal grooved machining) but perhaps less so in the slightly shorter length.

At the end of the day I think it's just aesthetics and personal opinion - having now shaved with the new SS Overlander, both handles grip as well as each other with soapy fingers and I'm sure the Overlander handle would too. I think it's just down to whatever appeals most [visually] to the user.
 
First shave is in with the new SS Overlander.

In the past, I've managed some truly great shaves with my Lambda Athena, and then the brass Overlander. The latter I've been experimenting a little with different blades and it's been fantastic - which is why I bought the SS Overlander. But, although each razor has at some point delivered "the best shave yet", none of those shaves have been truly 100% perfect - close, but not 100%.

Until today. A 100% perfect shave in every respect. Nothing more to add really - except that I can't praise this razor enough!

Here was today's hardware and software:

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Prep - shower before shave
MdC Nature
Zenith 506 handle unbleached boar
Grutti bowl
Nacet blade (1)
Overlander in stainless steel with 3.25" Argyll handle
Post - face wash with shower soap
4 days' growth to BBS in 3 passes plus a little touch up
100%

Hope you're all enjoying yours as much as I'm enjoying mine :cornut:
 
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Karve Overlander SS | Noxzema Original | Gillette Platinum | Stirling's Glacial Strawberry Lemonade AS

Went a different route today. The ol' Noxzema, that cools an occasional sunburn, and surprisingly makes a great shave cream. It's very very slick ... though doesn't rinse easily. Yet the Overlander makes rinsing easier, with its wide lather channels. And, as usual, the Overlander delivered ... an uneventful three-pass shave. No drama, just a smooth face that doesn't feel like it's been shaved. Just the usual magnificent shave it seems to always deliver.
 
I can't remember which thread the topic of patina has been discussed. My 6 month old brass Overlander was shaping up nicely. My protocol has been simple:
  • Rinse, disassemble and wipe the razor down thoroughly after each shave
  • As often as I could remember, I'd spray a mist of water onto the razor
Everything was proceeding merrily, and I was down to one faint blotch about 4mm in diameter, when I noticed a slight scratch, about an inch long on the top cap. It was truly minor, and likely the eventual patina would have filled it in.

I got OCD ...

Last night, I took out some 2000 grit and gave the top cap a fine brushed finish. It didn't sit well with me. With about 4 minutes of polishing with some Flitz, I had a mirror finish. Chris at Karve is right. If you want to preserve the bead blast surface, don't rub Flitz on it.

Something still seemed a bit wonky, and this evening, I polished the edge the safety bar and the sides of both the base plate and the cap. Close, but no cigar.

Studying it a bit more, I decided to polish the end of the Argyle handle and the butt end (everything but the cross hatch pattern). Now ... I like it.

Note that the lighting is a cruel mistress. There appear to be terrible scratches on the top cap. They're barely visible to the naked eye. The next time I hit it with Flitz, they'll be gone.

Scroll down for photos ...

... Thom

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For the perfect combination of efficiency and comfort, the Blackbird is hard to beat. Actually, for me personally, I don't know if it can be beat.

Here are the top contenders for the Blackbird's #1 spot in my den.
(I don't have a Wolfman, Charcoal Goods, Carbon, HC&S, Sailor, etc.)

My Timeless .95 has a little more comfort but less efficiency.
My Lambda Athena also has little more comfort but less efficiency.
My Rocca has a little less of both.
My Tatara Masamune is a much milder and less efficient razor and with the Nodachi open comb base plate, it is much more aggressive and still not quite as efficient.
As I said above, the Envoy comes very close in efficiency but is just a bit more aggressive.

Of course, this is me and my face, and as has already been proven: YMMV.

For the perfect combination of efficiency and comfort, the Blackbird is hard to beat. Actually, for me personally, I don't know if it can be beat.

Here are the top contenders for the Blackbird's #1 spot in my den.
(I don't have a Wolfman, Charcoal Goods, Carbon, HC&S, Sailor, etc.)

My Timeless .95 has a little more comfort but less efficiency.
My Lambda Athena also has little more comfort but less efficiency.
My Rocca has a little less of both.
My Tatara Masamune is a much milder and less efficient razor and with the Nodachi open comb base plate, it is much more aggressive and still not quite as efficient.
As I said above, the Envoy comes very close in efficiency but is just a bit more aggressive.

Of course, this is me and my face, and as has already been proven: YMMV.
Sorry to respond to such an old thread but just got an overlander and am curious how it compares to the Athena. Thx!
 
Sorry to respond to such an old thread but just got an overlander and am curious how it compares to the Athena. Thx!
There are quite a few comments in the Athena thread. The two razors are compared rather extensively.

My take (and my skin) ... the Athena is more efficient and more aggressive. I can (and do) use my Masamune and Overlander as a daily shaver.

The Athena is by no means rough, but my skin starts to spiral downhill on about the third daily Athena shave.

It really fooled me. I thought there was something wrong with my technique, but the results repeated themselves over many cycles and blades (recovery shaves, then repeat). I liked the razor but found it to be just a wee bit too spicy for me.

Others look for even more spice.

... Thom
 
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Sorry to respond to such an old thread but just got an overlander and am curious how it compares to the Athena. Thx!

I have bought an Overlander since the quoted response from almost 2 years ago. The Overlander is a fantastic autopilot daily-driver razor. The Athena, with good technique, can give a better shave. But don't forget the Athena costs twice as much.
 
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I have bought an Overlander since the quoted response from almost 2 years ago. The Overlander is a fantastic autopilot daily-driver razor. The Athena, with good technique, can give a better shave. But don't forget the Athena costs twice as much.
Fair point. I just got the Overlander coming from a game changer 76 and 84 along with a Henson medium. I’m kind of amazed by how different it is. The end result is better for me every time so far, but I’m still figuring out how to use it. The ability to shave in every direction without paying much attention is definitely a new thing and far better than the Henson or Gamechanger.

It was making me curious to know if there is anything else like it and that how I came across the Athena. My neck is a sensitive and it seems to work wonders there. I would appreciate a bit more feedback, but that might be something I have to get used to. Is there anything else that goes against the grain or deals with sensitive areas with multi directional growth as well?
 
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