Last edited by OldGreyGuy; 04-02-2012 at 05:54 AM. Reason: Added thoughts about photo
Arkolyte, BOTOC, SWA (Secret Weber Alliance), TOFLAC-U, 2013 Shave Sabbatical Participant
I am really excited to see the slant. I have a Hoffritz slant and love it, would love to have one that is American made. Keep up the good work Richard.
I didn't surrender, they made my horse surrender though.
Walter Havens, proud member of the Brotherhood of the Open Comb
Bringer of the Badger. "it's my job"
Also, the email in the OP is incorrect, it should be:
I keep the Veg in Vegetal.
Received my handle today (Wow...it's amazing!) and placed my order for the new OC Head. I received a confirmation within a couple of hours. Now it's just a matter of waiting until they're ready for shipping. At least I can try out the handle on some of my three-piece razors. This is like waiting for Christmas!
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Got mine today. She looks concerned because I attached it to a FaTip head which wasn't supposed to fit. Beautiful piece of workmanship.
"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."
I sent an email to Tradere Razors about being put on the wait list for the razor head, but I have yet to receive a confirmation. Has anyone received a confirmation?
-Joe- Proud Member of The BOTOC
Sorry for the delay in answering but I didn't see the question earlier.
I mistyped the email address and it didn't go out. I resent it late the next day and received a response the following morning. I was already on a "pre-order list". I'm not certain if that's because I made it clear when I ordered the handle that I wanted the entire set or whether everyone that ordered the handle are on that list. I recommend that you PM or email Richard for confirmation.
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the head so I can try the razor. The looks and workmanship of the handle are stunning - truely a work of art!
it looks great from the pics you provided!
I like that you are using a cap that extends over the blade ends.
I heard back from him today as well. Looking forward to a new US made OC!
I have too many razors or not enough face.....
If Richard adds a slant head along with the open comb head, then I hope he'll add a closed head comb as well. It could be the only razors I'd need.
Here is a quick update. If you ordered your handle during the introductory sale, I will fulfill your head orders. If you did not order during the introductory sale and want to be on a wait list, please contact Bullgoose or West Coast. Same goes with new handle orders; it would be best to order through them. They are much better equipped for fulfillment than I am.
The raw materials for the heads have started arriving at the factory and I am picking up the remainder of the initial handle order tomorrow, although we are up to date on all shipments. The cases are expected to be shipped to me 4/13 and should arrive as the heads are getting finished up. So we remain on schedule for a first week of May shipping time frame.
When the heads go into manufacture I and at least one other of my testers will be on hand. They are going to run a few heads, stop the process, we are going to shave with them to make sure they meet the specs and then let them continue. I will try and take photos while we are there, so you can all see what goes into making a machined razor head.
A few questions were asked as to why a head is so much more costly to make than a handle. I asked the same thing when I got pricing. Here is the answer I accepted, after the process was demonstrated for me.
There are two parts to make in the head not one, so it takes more material preparation and much more machine time. The way they make the top piece, or cap, is to cut a small block of stainless and first machine the inside of the cap, the keys to hold the blade and of course the stem. That part is then flipped over and the actual top profile of the cap is machined and the grooves on the side are added. Later it is threaded. The bottom plate is also cut from a small block of stainless, the top part of it machined to accept the keys from the cap that hold the blade in place a hole is drilled for the stem and for the rest of the design. Then the teeth are cut. The bottom plate will also be engraved, although I am not sure exactly when that will happen in the sequence, or even if it is on the same machine. If you contrast this with a handle that is made from a standard width round stock that is made in a single session on a CNC lathe, you can probably imagine that it is faster and less complex a process.
Now as to a slant, yes we are working on that as our next project. We have begun working on the preliminary design and will be working on getting that design finished and prototyped. We decided to work on a slant next because it really is an intriguing design issue and has not been addressed in a long time.
I have gotten a number of questions as to blade gap and the like. Here is a photo of the prototype head with a blade in it from the side and from dead on. I will try and take some more photos soon. As you may guess due to great initial response things have been very hectic. Thanks for that!
Richard- owner Tradere Razors- where tradition meets today, www.tradererazors.com ,proudly made in the United State of America.
How's about a single-edge head for that handle while you're at it
Id like to see a slant , the box you use could come in a nifty kit one or two handles multiable heads