Hello Matt! I hope you are well! It's funny you should mention, honestly I haven't even tried it yet!
I'd purchased a number of new razors, I've been on sort of an open comb thing as of late, and I've maybe been trying each one out, spending a week or so with each and the Tatara's turn hasn't came around yet!
Then yesterday I just grabbed my Ambassador as it was the first thing I saw. Tonight I was going to use a slant for a change but now you have brought it to my attention. It's been here a few weeks so I really need to give the Tatara a test run ASAP.
It's funny I was worrying about how long the post would be getting to me and it's been here three weeks and I haven't even used it!
I thought maybe you had tried the Muramasa before! I didn't know you'd not tried it yet. I see with the big sale on I was tempted to buy an OC Masamune.. works out at only £110!
I think we still have another few days. So many sales on at the moment not sure what to buy.
I picked up a few razors yesterday but I'll be having another look tonight!
This ability to roll seems like a small achilles heal for perfectly round "minimal" style razors. It's a common problem with pens as well that are meant to be placed in a pen holder of some type.My first adjustable was Muramasa, and it's so good, I virtually stopped looking at adjustables. I look at Osprey and Taiga from time to time and daydream a bit ... but then when I take Muramasa in my hands ... I just loose interest to buy another adjustable. To me it's so good it vaccinated me of adjustable razors RAD.
Snug fit and finish of Muramasa is really something to be in ave off. I do not know if it is just my particular piece, or if it is something that pertains to all Muramasa razors. I deal from time to time with high precision instruments with snug fit and high precision of constituents parts, and I must say Muramasa really reminds me of that. The baseplate fit is really so snug and satisfying. When you assemble it, you have to align the parts perfectly for baseplate to slide in. No free space to wiggle whatsoever. Tatara advertises precision of 0,02mm. But to me it seems that the tolerances for Muramasa baseplate are tighter. I almost suspect that each Muramasa baseplate is "adjusted", fitted and finished by hand. And as a result I get the feeling that we wont be seeing additional OC baseplate for purchase unless if we send the razor to Tatara for fitting the OC plate.
Tatara is very efficient razor on all settings. All levels have it's place in my shave routine. I have a few razors, but of them Muramasa, SuperSlant and Henson are my favourite. I should say I like mild to mid aggresive razors that can be as efficient as possible. All the listed razors fit that requirement.
Regarding the levels 1 and 2, I use them plenty. I know from visiting this and some other forums, that levels 1 and 2 are generally not that well received. But I must say that I find great value in them. I think I would not like Muramasa without current 1 and 2 levels so much as I do now. To put that claim into context. I am an every day shaver. I strive at 365 shaves per year bar some situation or emergency that I have no control over steps in and reroutes all my available daily time allocation to something else. But that notwithstanding I do not have days off shaving wise if I can help it, but I do have days of Muramasa level 1 and 2 so to speak. Very smooth, no nicks and cuts, a fast and easily achievable DFS in 2-3 passes. Those levels do a terrific job at that. Really superior efficiency at achieving that goal. And I do use them any day that I don't pursue BBS, which it does take a toll on my skin if I do it everyday. And if I want BBS I have level 3-5 which easilly let me achieve that. Personally, I have no need for level "6" or beyond.
And to stray into some parallel theme, that is only marginally relevant to the OP theme (I do apologise for that).
What I wrote above in the previous paragraphs, does not mean I do not have some personal view as to what would made the razor (Muramasa) even better to me specifically. I am the same as every man in that regards, finding some design feature that specifically irks me the wrong way and as a result fancy myself how "I" would improve it by leaps and bounds ... which is silly without bounds ... I know. Here goes, the main one for me is ... and that goes for all razors that I own that come with round handles, which means all razor that I own ... I would like the handle not to be round but to have more oblique or pronouced edges (to have some rectagonal aspect inbuilt) so as to prevent the handle to roll off any slightly sloped or non level surfaces. In the bathroom almost every surface in plain view has some slope inbuilt so as to drain water to drain holes of the sink, bathtub, floor ... So to me it happens all too often that the handle rolls of into the sink, off to the floor or anywhere on those sloped surfaces that I put the handle on, especially when I am in a hurry and I forget to limit the movement with a towel or to take care to meticulously position it on some surface. So personally I would wish that handles had a character something more like the image below, that would prevent rolling on sloped surfaces (not that I know if the handle in the image rolls or not, since I do not own it. But that handle would be easily made into one that has that ability even if it currently is not). I wrote this paragraph because today, the Muramasa handle rolled from the sink and fell to the tile flor. Both survived, but damn ...
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