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Karve Shaving "G" Plate

Bondage007

Contributor
Hello

RAD struck again. The G plate arrived today. This is going to be very interesting. Maybe I’ll drop a hat size after head shave.
Eye candy below.

Cheers
John
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There's another thread going that's attempting to compare the Karve to the R41, but the highest aggression plate they've attempted to compare is a solid bar E. Thus far, the concensus is the E isn't quite as efficient. Anyone able to give me a comparison of the R41 to one of the F plates or this new G plate?
I have the OC E plate and I'd say it was just a small touch less efficient than the R41. I use a Nacet in the E plate - sharper. I can get the same results with a GSB in the R41, or even an Astra SP on the first couple of uses.
 
Please tell us about it, and how it compares to other Karves, R41 etc.
I went through a couple weeks ago where I got weepers on my trouble spot on my neck with any razor , the last few weeks seems that I am back in the game. I went from a ER 1912 and a gem g to the f plate and love it. I was in a hurry at 4 am to shave before work so I showered, bowl lathered ( still getting used to that). Then shaved 2 passes , down and then ear to chin. I had maybe 3 to 4 days growth. I didn't alum to check for irritation but didn't notice any through the day with occasionally sweating. It was a very good smooth shave for a first run, I would say it's at a tie with my favorite of the Rockwell 6s on a 4 and a Er 1912 with ease. I did less buffing and still got a very close smooth shave. Very happy with it. A new or different blade will be used next because I don't recall how many shaves ore on this blade or my other used one. They have a few plus head shaves so are well used. The b plate oc I have didn't give me that close a shave, I do need to revisit it. Haven't used a 41, but have had trouble with a mmoc and clof pruf for some reason.
 

Bondage007

Contributor
Hello

I now have two shaves with the G plate completed. I also have the F plate in SB and OC to compare it to. I am a fan of very efficient razors.

First 2 pass head/face shave was with a Rapira Swedish steel blade which worked very well with F SB plate. It didn't perform well with the G plate. It felt dull.

Second 2 pass head/face shave was with a Astra SP. This comb performed very well. Extremely efficient but smooth. I think it was smoother than the F (ymmv). If you get sloppy with your technique it will remind you immediately.

Comparisons to other razors.
R41 (2013). Definitely more efficient but much smoother.

Phoenix Artisan SSDOC. Equal to in efficiency but again much smoother.

Will post more comparisons, details as time allows but wanted to get a quick few out. Bottom line if you like very efficient razors buy it period. Very very smooth and great for head shaves. I will get it in SS when available.

No issue with ordering or ship time. It's the third time I have ordered from Karve and every experience has been very good.

Cheers
John
 
I wanted to give this thread a bump to see if more people have tried the G plate. I am toying with giving it or the F/E plates a try. Maybe start with an E and G in Brass. Start now dropping hints now for Father's day.

Wondering how these compare to R41, Ikon Standard, Ikon Tech, or CG Level 3 to try and calibrate. Sounds like F is near R41 in terms of efficiency?

Thanks!
 

pbrmhl

Contributor
I wanted to give this thread a bump to see if more people have tried the G plate. I am toying with giving it or the F/E plates a try. Maybe start with an E and G in Brass. Start now dropping hints now for Father's day.

Wondering how these compare to R41, Ikon Standard, Ikon Tech, or CG Level 3 to try and calibrate. Sounds like F is near R41 in terms of efficiency?

Thanks!
I started with a D open comb plate, the most "aggressive" available when I bought the razor. I bought an F straight bar plate the day it was released, and sold my D plate that same day. I bought the F open comb plate the day it came out, and now is the only plate I use.

I don't have the Ikon Standard, but I have the other three razors you mention. On my face, the F open comb is smoother than the R41 and Ikon Tech, and about the same as the CG L3. All four about the same in efficiency, on my face.
 
I got a chance to try out a Brass Karve E Straight Bar (and the D OC). A friend graciously loaned me his for a while. It's not as efficient as the R41. It also feels more dangerous somehow. It kinda reminds me of my Futur on 6. Not as efficient as you would expect, but still feels like it will bite you if you're not careful.
 
At some point (If Karve ever gets their sh*t together) they should just make an all new razor to meet the needs of those that want a more aggressive option. It's inefficient in terms of both design and production to have 14 different plates between SB and OC, across various metals, in an attempt to please everyone.
 
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At some point (If Karve ever gets their sh*t together) they should just make an all new razor to meet the needs of those that want a more aggressive option. It's inefficient in terms of both design and production to have 14 different plates between SB and OC, across various metals, in an attempt to please everyone.
I hope they don't design a new razor because the various plates are what attracted me to Karve in the first place. Well, that plus all the detailed info on their website explaining the differences and measurements between the plates.

Sometimes I'll go 3-4 days without shaving in which case I'll use an OC C plate. Most of the time I shave every 2 days in which case I use an SB C plate. And sometimes I have to shave multiple days in a row in which case I use an SB B plate. I like that I can have 3 different high quality razors just by swapping out the base plate. YMMV, though.
 

Bondage007

Contributor
I own and and love the G plate. It is every bit as efficient as the Muhle R41 but much, much smoother. No chatter.
Hello,
I too have and love the G plate. I use it at least once a week. Now I’m using it with the wide cap to cover blade tabs. I’m a head shaver who has nicked my ears pretty bad with blade tabs.
I wish they would make a OC G plate. The F OC I have is nice but the G is preferred. Eye candy below.

Cheers
John

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Hello,
I too have and love the G plate. I use it at least once a week. Now I’m using it with the wide cap to cover blade tabs. I’m a head shaver who has nicked my ears pretty bad with blade tabs.
I wish they would make a OC G plate. The F OC I have is nice but the G is preferred. Eye candy below.

Cheers
John

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What would you compare the G plate to in terms of efficiency? Can you compare to Ikon Tech, Ikon Standard, R41, and/or Charcoal Goods L3??

Thanks!!
 

Bondage007

Contributor
What would you compare the G plate to in terms of efficiency? Can you compare to Ikon Tech, Ikon Standard, R41, and/or Charcoal Goods L3??

Thanks!!
Hello,

Its as efficient as Ikon Tech but much smoother. More efficient than R41 but smoother. Can’t say about Charcoal don’t have one. Bottom line is very efficient and smooth razor.
I have the F plates in SB and OC and the G SB. My favorite is the G SB. YMMV.

Cheers
John
 
I sold the Brass Karve with c,d and e plates,as it wasn't efficient as I liked. Now I'm wondering about the SS with the G plate. I seem to like/ need efficient razors to get the better shaves.
 
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