First OC shave- The Tradere razor
My Tradere razor arrived today and I had my first shave with it this evening. This marked my first shave with an OC razor. I usually shave with a Gillette SS or a Gillette Fatboy.
The razor is beautiful, though I really wish the markings were stamped into to metal like the vintage Gillettes. That being said, the razor is gorgeous and for any of you with reservations about the aesthetics of the razor with a polished head and matte finish handle- don't be- the razor is a thing of beauty.
To the shave:
QCS Lavender soap
Astra SP blade
The weight of the razor is phenomenal and unlike anything I have used before with the handle being significantly longer than anything I have used previously. The razor feels very well balanced. Though I occasionally use a straight, I was tentative about using the OC as I suspected it would be far more aggressive than the Fatboy (I usually use on 5-7). Surprisingly, this was not true. The shave was very comfortable. No nicks, weepers, or irritation, though I am not sure if the Astra will be the blade of choice for me in this razor. The shave was not significantly closer than what I achieve with the Fatboy or SS, however, it is my first shave with this razor, and I suspect with continued use, I will achieve superior results. I plan on loading a Feather tomorrow and see if the shave is different.
Thrilled I decided to purchase this razor. A fantastic SS OC razor made in the US. I look forward to purchasing the slant head for this razor as well once they are machined. Lastly, and I can't stress this enough, if you are holding off on purchasing this razor simply because of the polished head and matte handle- don't be- it looks great.
"If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one?" - Lincoln