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Shutterbug57
08-15-2013, 04:01 AM
I just saw an ad for the Micro Touch One - a new TTO DE razor. $20 for the razor and 10 blades in a travel box. Has anyone tried this? Any AARs?

ETA: this ad was on Fox News at about 05:55 this morning. The ad touts the superiority of the DE over carts. It implies your DE blade will last longer than a cart. If this takes off, the vintage market prices could sky rocket.

LGall
08-15-2013, 04:15 AM
"Pawn Stars" Rick Harrison!!!!!!!!!!
Made me chuckle! :drool:

Kooze
08-15-2013, 04:16 AM
https://www.onerazor.com/?mid=4295278

The spokesman is Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars- lol when he says "trust me".

BRITD
08-15-2013, 04:22 AM
Yes, there have been a couple of threads about it. Mark, aka Mantic, is one brave soul, has took a bullet, ordered one and will be doing a review in due course.

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/356844-Safety-Razor-TV-Commercial?highlight=micro+touch+one

Also, its worth noting that its not $20. Its $20+$8 shipping+$5 mandatory additional shipping for the manadory additional blades + state tax in CA or NJ plus customs fees and duty for international orders. That is one expensive $2, Chinese, pot metal razor! :scared:

ateace
08-15-2013, 06:34 AM
Yes, there have been a couple of threads about it. Mark, aka Mantic, is one brave soul, has took a bullet, ordered one and will be doing a review in due course.

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/356844-Safety-Razor-TV-Commercial?highlight=micro+touch+one

Also, its worth noting that its not $20. Its $20+$8 shipping+$5 mandatory additional shipping for the manadory additional blades + state tax in CA or NJ plus customs fees and duty for international orders. That is one expensive $2, Chinese, pot metal razor! :scared:

Pot metal if you're lucky!

Shutterbug57
08-15-2013, 07:11 AM
Yes, there have been a couple of threads about it. Mark, aka Mantic, is one brave soul, has took a bullet, ordered one and will be doing a review in due course.

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/356844-Safety-Razor-TV-Commercial?highlight=micro+touch+one

Also, its worth noting that its not $20. Its $20+$8 shipping+$5 mandatory additional shipping for the manadory additional blades + state tax in CA or NJ plus customs fees and duty for international orders. That is one expensive $2, Chinese, pot metal razor! :scared:

I was not so much thinking it was a good value as exposure to our tools and way of shaving. If lots of guys convert, the vintage stuff will explode in cost, but there may be more players in the quality new razor supplier pool. Pretty much I am coming from the "any exposure is good exposure" line of reasoning.

ateace
08-16-2013, 06:03 AM
I wish I could see this in a more positive light.
It simply looks like these TV marketers found another two dollar product that they can sell for thirty dollars.

Using a good quality DE is enough of a challenge.
This piece of garbage, along with the accompanying blades is a recipe for disaster.

radiodork6096
08-16-2013, 10:12 AM
It looks just like my Weishi, even the case, just a different color.

KipNoxzema
08-16-2013, 11:05 AM
Oh is this yet another pot metal razor that cracks as soon as you drop it? No thanks. I'll stick to my solid nickel-plated-over-brass vintage Gillette products.

Shaky
08-16-2013, 12:11 PM
'But wait, act now and we'll double the offer - one razor in each hand lets you shave in half the time - just pay extra shipping and handling' (which by the way is usually more than the product is worth).

BRITD
08-16-2013, 02:45 PM
$2 Chinese TTO Razor review

I needed a travel case for my designated travel razor, a 1952 black tip super speed, so I ordered off fleebay a $1.99, shipping inc. TTO (twist-to-open) razor that looks similar to the Micro Touch One. I was going to throw away the razor but decided in the name of Razor Science and all things crazy to shave with it this morning.

I will keep this review short. It is a toy. The molded pot metal TTO on the bottom of the handle is very sharp on the bottom edges and screams bad quality. The razor actually weighs a substantial 49g verses the steel handled, brass head Super Speed that weighs 46g. As for shaving with it, two things are quickly apparent. I did a 2 pass shave (WTG&ATG) and it barely shaved any beard off. It is ridiculously mild. The other issue is if you look closely at the attached picture that compares it with the Super speed, you will notice that the razor head is practically flat. I could not figure out how it is possible to properly shave under the nose or hold the razor at the right cutting angle. Needless to say, I gave up after two passes and re-shaved with my Slim Adjustable.

Conclusion, the case is worth $2. The razor is useless. It concerns me that the Micro Touch One will be equally useless and permanently scare newbies away from DE razor shaving.


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BRITD
08-16-2013, 03:14 PM
I was not so much thinking it was a good value as exposure to our tools and way of shaving. If lots of guys convert, the vintage stuff will explode in cost, but there may be more players in the quality new razor supplier pool. Pretty much I am coming from the "any exposure is good exposure" line of reasoning.

I don't think the "As seen on TV" market works like that. I think people get sucked into buying the latest and greatest floor sweeper, massage toy, kitchen knife, skin crème, fitness gadget or now DE razor shaving and when the product ultimately disappoints, as all "as seen on tv" gadgets inevitably do, people just go back to using the tried and tested products that they used to use. I actually believe this is bad for the DE shaving market since I think peoples disappointing experiences will scare them off DE shaving permanently and such poor experiences will be shared with the persons friends and family.

Ducati Scotty
08-16-2013, 03:33 PM
+1 on scaring away newbies with a bad product. Yes, most As Seen on TV stuff gets used a few times and discarded when it fails and the person goes back to what they used to do, but I'd hate to see an eager newbie disuaded from wet shaving by a truly terrible razor. Plenty of us started with some mediocre peice of gear, but it was good enough to show us what was possible and to find something better. If it was absolute crap, well, we may never have sought a better alternative in the same vein.

Oh, and while we can find lots of vintage razors for under $20, there are precious few new razors at that price that are decent. And I'm suspecting this one is overpriced at $20.

Scott

Riff Raff
08-22-2013, 06:21 AM
I too saw this ad this morning. Yes, it very well may cause fear among new wet-shavers by schlepping an inferior product. But then again, it may cause another enterprising company to offer some competition and start advertising restored vintage razors, or manufacturing a quality alternative.

I can see both sides of this coin. I hope it sparks ingenuity and entrepreneurship (is that a word?) for a decent alternative. I would love to see some of the more popular manufacturers of wet-shaving products advertise and become more mainstream.

NingYupOwaDat
08-22-2013, 02:32 PM
I just think it is a really stupid name for a DE razor.

Redzone
08-22-2013, 02:38 PM
Was that 12 months of shaving from 24 blades, who could resist :scared:

lightfoot
02-04-2015, 02:45 PM
I too have recently became a not so proud owner of this device. However I can't say that it ruined my perception of DE's, but rather sent me on the hunt for a range of quality DE's out there. I am still waiting for my Muhle R89 to get here so in the meantime I've been using an $11 Pesonna Shavette with Feather blades and couldn't be happier. Once I get a real DE I can finally decide if I'll stay with the DE or just stick with a shavette. Even being TOTALY inexperienced I have less razor burn with a cheap shavette than I still get with the Micro Touch.

DESHAVE4LIFE
02-04-2015, 02:52 PM
I can only give you $1.59 for it cause there's just not that many people coming in here looking for this type of razor so its going to be sitting here a while in our pawn shop :)

Mr Daniel
02-04-2015, 03:19 PM
This is funny for me to read. I saw this commercial and had never thought of using a DE razor. I had seen them but had no idea they still made them or the razor blades. I did a quick search, something generic like "safety razor" and watched my first YouTube video on wet shaving. The rest is history, several months of research on shaving forums and YouTube. Put together my own starter kit and boom! I bought an Edwin.Jagger and I'm glad I didn't order the micro touch one on impulse, otherwise I would probably still be using mach 3

DukeSilver
02-04-2015, 05:06 PM
The microtouch 1 brought me back to DE shaving which is what I learned in the early 70s. Couldn't find my dad's old Gillette but I did find the MT1 online for $8 shipped. It reminded me (as I learned in 1974 or so) that the cartridge razors didn't actually give a better shave. I had forgotten after so many years how disappointed I was with the Trac II or whatever.

So I invested a paltry $8 and realized that Rick was right. Even a cheapazz DE gives a better shave than the carts. So now I've spent a few more $$$s and use an OC Pearl as my everyday. Still not expensive at $18, but a very good razor nonetheless.

Cash_Stronomer
02-04-2015, 05:46 PM
It might not be worth what the stores charge for it, but in the end it is a great little razor. It's mild enough that you can whip through almost aimlessly like with a cart with no risk of cuts or irritation. For that purpose, it's great for a new user.

Mr Daniel
02-04-2015, 05:48 PM
This is funny for me to read. I saw this commercial and had never thought of using a DE razor. I had seen them but had no idea they still made them or the razor blades. I did a quick search, something generic like "safety razor" and watched my first YouTube video on wet shaving. The rest is history, several months of research on shaving forums and YouTube. Put together my own starter kit and boom! I bought an Edwin.Jagger and I'm glad I didn't order the micro touch one on impulse, otherwise I would probably still be using mach 3

Shave Select
02-04-2015, 06:02 PM
It's actually quite pricey as well. I should go to Rick's pawn shop and sell him back his branded safety razor.

I'll give you like one penny.

JasonNYM
02-04-2015, 06:11 PM
This was one of the first razors I got when I started DE Shaving, but I got it for $10 at Rite Aid..not the as seen on tv price. It's not bad by any means. It's a pretty mild razor but it gets the job done. Like others have said..you can get a more solid DE for the asking price, but it works. However, the blades that it come with..Dorco ST-300, in my opinion are the worse blades I have used.

BobbyB
02-04-2015, 06:27 PM
Gentlemen, our Walmart now sells the Micro Touch One, at the check out counter, and also in the shaving products area. Previously, the sold the Van der Hagen razor and blades. Unless I am mistaken these are clones, and I also believe they are the Weishi razor.

I bought the VDH razor a couple of months ago out of curiosity; so far it gives me good quality shaves using Ladas blades--my personal favorites. However, the VDH blades were not very good.

I have four other DE razors in my rotation: Gillette Tech Ball end; Gillette SS TTO; EJ DE8911; and Parker 24C.

matt71
02-04-2015, 06:28 PM
IIf this takes off, the vintage market prices could sky rocket.

Prophetic statement of the year (2013).

Got tonight's powerball numbers by chance?

Ccnati
02-04-2015, 07:56 PM
It's what I have... I got mine at wal mart where it comes with a dozen blades and a stand instead of the case. I love it. I switched from an electric to it, and the difference is fantastic.

rsitnick
02-04-2015, 08:12 PM
Bought mine at BB&B for 19.99. Came with 15 blades. I wanted to try DE shaving and see if I liked the process without spending a fortune. I'm happy with the razor. It seems to be a knockoff of an old Gillette TTO. Currently using a vintage Gillette Fatboy but I still go back to it. Like using Persona Red blades rather than the Dorco blades that came with it. Not to be combative but, it's funny how some that slam it a junk have never seen or tried it.

DonMac
02-04-2015, 08:41 PM
The Micro Touch One, for those who have never had one, is a very nice quality razor. No it is not a Gillette TTO. To manufacture a duplicate Gillette TTO would be cost prohibitive in today's world. The MT1 is more than likely manufactured by Weishi, as are many other private label TTO's. There are also some knockoff razors that look like Weishi's but are not manufactured by Weishi.

Weishi is a top quality company, with the latest high tech manufacturing equipment, and is one of the few razor manufacturers that is fully certified to ISO standards. In China, they hold the same status that Gillette once held here in the US. They are a highly respected company with an excellent reputation for making quality products at reasonable prices. To make it sound like they manufacture junk is patently untrue, and doing a dis-service to them and the shaving industry, and those new to traditional wet shaving.

Weishi manufactures a number of different models, and some users may prefer one over another, but to label their razors as junk is grossly unfair. Just as some shavers may have a preference for the various models of Gillette TTO's, the same holds true for Weishi. I have the MT1 in addition to a number of Weishi private label razors, and several models of the Weishi. I have found them all to be excellent quality.

The MT1 has probably done more for traditional wet shaving than any other company in recent history.

wombadom
02-09-2015, 05:35 PM
I don't agree. Bad exposure at first sight will keep me from taking a second look.

Wvbaldeagle
02-09-2015, 06:23 PM
"Oh wow. This $20 investment will save me tons of money in the long run!" Whatever. It is a ok razor. After buying some merkurs, it's hard to use it. I feel like I'm using a cheese grater.

lightfoot
02-10-2015, 04:31 AM
Well my Muehle R89 just came in for the sake of comparison, so the MT1 is a bit lighter so it's a little hard for me to let the razor do the work. The extra weight of the Muehle seems to help in this regard. Also I tend to favor things with the least moving parts so a 3 piece was just a logical transition. Now I did get a few DFS's with the MT1 paired with Feather blades from time to time but, the R89 is a hands down favorite. Now this isn't due to the MT1 being inferior it's just the difference between a heavy 3 piece vs a light weight TTO.

theturducken
02-10-2015, 06:17 AM
I twist the bottom a 1/4 turn or less to open up the gap a bit (while still maintaining tension on the blade) and get a great shave with the MTO/VDH/Weishi. With a Shark SS it is a smooth as you can get. I agree that many people that bash this razor when they have not even tried it. Why anyone here would bash a mainstream DE that is spreading the gospel, is beyond me.

Ccnati
02-10-2015, 06:21 AM
And while it is all I have right now, I plan on getting something a bit mor aggressive later on...

Shav8r
02-10-2015, 09:01 AM
The Microtouch One was my first safety razor, and in all honesty I feel it is a very good product. I would say it's very good for beginners and those just making the transition to DE shaving, as it is rather mild. I have since upgraded to a more aggressive razor, but I've still kept the MT One, just as a relic if nothing else. If you have a lighter, less coarse beard it may just be perfect for you. Unfortunately it just wasn't a good enough match for my beard. Still a good razor tho!

zimbo
02-10-2015, 09:37 AM
I really do think it is a fine razor. It's not a good razor, but it's adequate. You get what you pay for and it's a readily available option for a new DE shaver. It's also incredibly mild. I've been shaving with it for 2 months and have yet to nick or cut myself. It's pretty much impossible to get BBS, but a DFS in 3 passes is no problem.

DonMac
02-12-2015, 12:58 AM
I really do think it is a fine razor. It's not a good razor, but it's adequate. You get what you pay for and it's a readily available option for a new DE shaver. It's also incredibly mild. I've been shaving with it for 2 months and have yet to nick or cut myself. It's pretty much impossible to get BBS, but a DFS in 3 passes is no problem.

I don't understand the inability to obtain a BBS shave. I can easily obtain one, and a number of others who I know also have MT1's also have no difficulty, as we have all compared experiences with this particular razor. You may wish to re-examine your procedures, method etc.
I find my MT1 to be just slightly milder than my Gillette SS's.

Mad Hatter
02-12-2015, 02:59 AM
I had bought this one on a lark back in December. Build quality was decent, and the shave was very mild. It works though, and isn't a bad razor. Just too mild for me. Probably not worth the asking price, but if you can find it for $5-$10 new, it would be about right.

BSAGuy
02-12-2015, 05:35 AM
The MTO is a very effective gateway razor for our hobby. Cheap, decent quality and available. The Rick Harrison commercial brought back memories of watching my dad DE shave and thus got me started on this journey. I never bought one, but nevertheless, the MTO is why I am here.

Cash_Stronomer
02-12-2015, 05:53 AM
Basically, my one pass shave gives a perfect acceptable 'off to work' shave, and a second pass against the grain is as close to a BBS as a shave ever needs to be, regardless of the razor. I think for some who 'need' many, many passes to get a very nice shave, maybe it's just in you're angle?

AndyShaves
02-12-2015, 07:33 AM
The OneTouch isn't bad for what it is. The razor, travel case, starter pack of DE blades, and stand are sold in my local Walgreens for about $20 US for the set. I buy this little guy when I'm trying to convert someone. It's a Weishi repacked into the OneTouch packaging. I've used one myself, and they're exceptionally mild. Having said that, I always make the disclaimer to my prospective converts that it is what it is -- a cheap introductory razor, and if you foresee this being something you're into, invest in a different razor (I recommend them the DE89 or the 34C, and on rare occasion, a Maggards [the blade alignment is issue enough that I seldom recommend them to beginners, but I love them personally]).

Wvbaldeagle
02-15-2015, 02:55 PM
The Microtouch One was my first safety razor, and in all honesty I feel it is a very good product. I would say it's very good for beginners and those just making the transition to DE shaving, as it is rather mild. I have since upgraded to a more aggressive razor, but I've still kept the MT One, just as a relic if nothing else. If you have a lighter, less coarse beard it may just be perfect for you. Unfortunately it just wasn't a good enough match for my beard. Still a good razor tho!
+1

Highspeedlane
02-15-2015, 04:28 PM
I read through quite a few reviews of this razor on Amazon and it seems as if the number one complaint wasn't the quality of the shave, but numerous instances of users reporting the TTO mechanism would jam and refuse to open. Multiple postings of this nature throughout with more than a few reporting using pliers in an attempt to open it but to no avail.