05-30-2012, 01:45 PM
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  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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Gentlemen,

I have done several more transformations to suit me better. The biggest has been with the Tradere. The razor is a bit heavy and long for my small hands. So here is my latest attempt to make this exceptionally good shaver a bit more comfortable to use.

The Tradere and EJ Barley combination shortens the razor and makes it lighter. The Muhle R41 needs a slightly longer handle with better grip for optimal use.
The Fatip shave head fits on few regular handles, except for the Tradere
The Merkur shave head and the EJ handle make for a sweet and mild shave.

From left to right: Tradere shave head on EJ Barley handle; Muhle R41 shave head on EJ Plaza faux ivory handle;
Fatip shave head on Tradere handle; and, bottom, Merkur open comb shave head on the EJ89 faux ivory handle.

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 05-30-2012, 03:00 PM
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  • Tonality
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How is the size of the Tradere handle vs the previous Fatip Grande razor you had? I'm assuming it must be inbetween the Piccolo and the Grande.

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 05-30-2012, 03:27 PM
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  • Obie
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(05-30-2012, 03:00 PM)Tonality Wrote: How is the size of the Tradere handle vs the previous Fatip Grande razor you had? I'm assuming it must be inbetween the Piccolo and the Grande.
Anthony,
The Fatip Grande handle is not as long as it sounds. It is close in length and width to that on on the Edwin Jagger. The Tradere's handle is longer and skinnier.

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 05-30-2012, 03:32 PM
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  • tgutc
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They all look great Obie!

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 05-30-2012, 03:48 PM
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  • Obie
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Travis,

Thanks. The matching works well for me. The EJ Barley handle is still a question mark, though, because it does not have the best textured grip. I like the size and the weight of it, though. Matching it to the Tradere shave head makes the razor a bit heavy headed, but the overall weight of the razor drops, and the handle becomes shorter and more manageable for me.

The Tradere handle matched to the Fatip shave head still offers a long handled razor, which is also heavier in the handle, but the overall razor is easier to manage for me. The Muhle 41R and the EJ Plaza matching is sweet.

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 05-30-2012, 04:40 PM
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  • MaxP
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I prefer the Tradere handle on the R41. It provides the balance and grip that lends control and, therefore, confidence to shaving with it.

As always, YMMV,

MaxP

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 05-31-2012, 04:32 AM
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  • Howler
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Great looking razors.

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 05-31-2012, 06:47 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Obie

As you know I love your Frankenstein creations Thumbsup

How does the "Fatip shave head" compare of on the aggressiveness scale compared to your other open comb razors?

Take care, Mike

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 05-31-2012, 06:59 AM
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  • Obie
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Hello Mike,

The Fatip is the same shave head the older Muhle open comb used. From what I can tell, it is the same shave head that the Joris uses. Yes, it is an aggressive razor, close to the Muhle R41. The chrome finish on the Fatip is not as good as that on the Edwin Jagger or the Muhle, but it's a fine meat and potato razor that delivers a superb shave.

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 05-31-2012, 07:10 AM
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  • mikeperry
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(05-31-2012, 06:59 AM)Obie Wrote: The Fatip is the same shave head the older Muhle open comb used. From what I can tell, it is the same shave head that the Joris uses. Yes, it is an aggressive razor, close to the Muhle R41. The chrome finish on the Fatip is not as good as that on the Edwin Jagger or the Muhle, but it's a fine meat and potato razor that delivers a superb shave.

Hi Obie

Thank you Smile

I'm now thinking, once I get the Tradere Open Comb I will have a good "aggressive" spectrum of open comb razors (Gillette Goodwill, Merkur 1904 and MÜHLE R41). Please feel free to correct my "aggressive" spectrum thoughts with any open comb DE razors that would fill in any missing gaps...

Take care, Mike

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 05-31-2012, 07:19 AM
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  • Obie
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Mike,
You are very welcome. Let me see, if I were to rate these razors in aggressiveness, this is the pattern, with the most aggressive first — in my experience:

Muhle R41.
Tradere (although the heavy head makes this razor slightly more aggressive than it should be).
Gillette Goodwill.
Merkur 1904.

Alas, Mike, after spending a week with the Tradere, I plan to part with it. It is a well crafted razor, and a fabulous shaver, but a bit too heavy for my banged up hands, even in different handles.

Stay well,
Obie

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 05-31-2012, 07:23 AM
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  • mikeperry
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(05-31-2012, 07:19 AM)Obie Wrote: You are very welcome. Let me see, if I were to rate these razors in aggressiveness, this is the pattern, with the most aggressive first — in my experience:

Muhle R41.
Tradere (although the heavy head makes this razor slightly more aggressive than it should be).
Gillette Goodwill.
Merkur 1904.

Hi Obie

Your "aggressiveness" list matches my own, it's nice to have it confirmed by an expert like yourself Smile

Take care, Mike

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 05-31-2012, 09:36 AM
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  • mandoman
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very nice razors enjoy

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 05-31-2012, 10:10 AM
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  • Obie
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(05-31-2012, 07:23 AM)mikeperry Wrote:
(05-31-2012, 07:19 AM)Obie Wrote: You are very welcome. Let me see, if I were to rate these razors in aggressiveness, this is the pattern, with the most aggressive first — in my experience:

Muhle R41.
Tradere (although the heavy head makes this razor slightly more aggressive than it should be).
Gillette Goodwill.
Merkur 1904.

Hi Obie

Your "aggressiveness" list matches my own, it's nice to have it confirmed by an expert like yourself Smile

Take care, Mike
Thank you for the kind words, Mike. I'm glad our list matches. These are all fine razors and should be part of every shave den.
Stay well.

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 06-01-2012, 03:33 PM
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Great combinations, Obie!

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 06-01-2012, 04:06 PM
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  • Johnny
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Those are all beautiful razors and all look like they could do some harm in the wrong hands, mine.

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 06-01-2012, 07:50 PM
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Obie, you made Frankenstein proud with your pairing of handles and heads.

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