02-02-2015, 04:23 PM
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Guys,
I didn't follow ikon years ago when they rolled out limited edition serialized open comb razors. What is the difference between current OC and LE OC? My understanding is that the tooling is completely different . Better tooling means many things . Do anyone know if LE OC mild or aggressive and is it an efficient razor ?

Thanks in advance

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 02-02-2015, 04:41 PM
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The older numbered oc was very mild

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 02-03-2015, 04:05 AM
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(02-02-2015, 04:41 PM)Triad Wrote: The older numbered oc was very mild

Good to know . Thanks for the feedback

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 02-03-2015, 09:57 AM
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AFAIK, there are essentially three iterations of the iKon open comb.  The very first, which had serial numbers, was all over the map in terms of aggressiveness.  I wouldn't necessarily call those "limited editions" in that they were more like an early or "test" run.  The second generation was much more consistent and fairly mild.  I used to have one of these and loved it.  I sold it but have regretted it ever since.  The new ones (I just got a B1 version on the B/S/T last week) is bit more aggressive.

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 02-11-2015, 05:44 AM
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The second generation iKon OC LE is my absolute favorite razor.  Mine is #07.  While the SB version was very mild, I find the OC to be perfect.  It's smooth but extremely effective, even more so than the current third generation OC.  I'm a big fan of Gillette NEW's (the iKon was derived from the NEW Deluxe), and I have many of them.  I think of my iKon OC LE as the perfect NEW, wrought in stainless steel.

Regards,

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 02-11-2015, 05:48 AM
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(02-11-2015, 05:44 AM)gagarin Wrote: The second generation iKon OC LE is my absolute favorite razor.  Mine is #07.  While the SB version was very mild, I find the OC to be perfect.  It's smooth but extremely effective, even more so than the current third generation OC.  I'm a big fan of Gillette NEW's (the iKon was derived from the NEW Deluxe), and I have many of them.  I think of my iKon OC LE as the perfect NEW, wrought in stainless steel.

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Any difference cosmetically? Better machining? Thanks for the feedback Chuck

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 02-11-2015, 06:01 AM
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The original LE razors were numbered 1-99 and fully machined made in Thailand by Greg. In fact number 1 is on eBay and the seller claims never used and wants are you ready $4500 or best offer. I used to own a very low number LE but sold it Sad

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 02-11-2015, 06:03 AM
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(02-11-2015, 05:48 AM)Cricket203 Wrote:
(02-11-2015, 05:44 AM)gagarin Wrote: The second generation iKon OC LE is my absolute favorite razor.  Mine is #07.  While the SB version was very mild, I find the OC to be perfect.  It's smooth but extremely effective, even more so than the current third generation OC.  I'm a big fan of Gillette NEW's (the iKon was derived from the NEW Deluxe), and I have many of them.  I think of my iKon OC LE as the perfect NEW, wrought in stainless steel.

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Any difference cosmetically? Better machining? Thanks for the feedback Chuck

That's a good question.  I've heard opinions from machinists who have inspected my second gen OC head, and it seems the head was perhaps sand cast and hand-finished. The result looks a bit rustic compared to later CNC-milled and sintered razors.  Each second gen head is a bit unique, clearly hand-finished products.  For me, that makes them all the more desirable.  Cosmetics aside, I think that Greg designed and produced the perfect razor in the second gen OC LE.

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 02-11-2015, 06:06 AM
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(02-11-2015, 06:01 AM)slantman Wrote: The original LE razors were numbered 1-99 and fully machined made in Thailand by Greg. In fact number 1 is on eBay and the seller claims never used and wants are you ready $4500 or best offer. I used to own a very low number LE but sold it Sad

Omg $4500?

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 02-11-2015, 08:52 AM
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That seems a tad steep for a razor. Biggrin

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 02-11-2015, 09:34 AM
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Well, I've bought many iterations of the iKon razors. 

The first generation of OC razors were based on the Gillette Old type and were machined from SS. The earliest of these were not branded at all. Some were regular 3-piece, and others were spindle-type. I had one of each (and I still have the 3-piece). 

The 3-piece is a nice shaver. Not particularly aggressive. The Spindle-type was lovely, but the head was dangerous, with uneven exposure, bent head, etc. That wasn't surprising, as these were essentially prototypes. 

The Second Generation was released as a closed comb (which was mild) and an OC (based on the NEW Deluxe head). I think that's the first generation of the 'Standard' and 'Deluxe' heads. The Standard was too mild for me, while I liked the Deluxe - it was just about the same aggressiveness as the NEW Deluxe. I gave these to a friend. If I recall correctly, the OC head was numbered, but the Standard was not (maybe because I only bought one 'full' razor and a spare head). I had the stand for this one. 

At this point, I started losing count of the iKon generations, but I tried another OC DLC which was rather like the Deluxe. The coating didn't do anything for me, so I sold it. I've tried another couple of iKon OC's and they were fine. In fact, I like most iKon razors - except for the Slant. 

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 02-11-2015, 09:39 AM
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Just to clarify things. First off the live auction for razor #1 is gone. Either someone bought it, made an offer and it was accepted or the seller took it off the site.

No live auction links allowed on this forum.

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 02-11-2015, 10:15 AM
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My guess is the razor was being sold by Ikon on eBay.  I believe he has listed razors for $$K before to draw interest, get people talking.

Plus with it being #1, it would make sense for him to keep it and hold it back for sentimental reasons.

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 02-12-2015, 01:21 PM
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Hey Guys,
Thanks all for the feedback . Brand new NOS OC my birth month arrived :-)
I shaved with the razor and it turned out to be one of the most efficient razor I ever used . So close and BBS shave . The quality is amazing , seems like brushed stainless steel. Very happy!!

[Image: 4c0453bf324788b16cd6b2fb4aaab4d6.jpg]

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 02-12-2015, 01:52 PM
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Good for you! It is a lovely razor, and I'm glad the shave matches your preferences. 

Enjoy!

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 02-12-2015, 05:11 PM
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(02-12-2015, 01:52 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: Good for you! It is a lovely razor, and I'm glad the shave matches your preferences. 

Enjoy!

Thanks .

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 02-12-2015, 05:13 PM
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(02-12-2015, 01:21 PM)Cricket203 Wrote: Hey Guys,
Thanks all for the  feedback . Brand new NOS OC my birth month arrived :-)
I shaved with the razor and it turned out to be one of the most efficient razor I ever used . So close and BBS shave . The quality is amazing , seems like brushed stainless steel. Very happy!!

[Image: 4c0453bf324788b16cd6b2fb4aaab4d6.jpg]

Congratulations!  What number is yours?

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 02-12-2015, 05:14 PM
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# 9 :-)

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 02-12-2015, 05:15 PM
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(02-12-2015, 05:13 PM)gagarin Wrote:
(02-12-2015, 01:21 PM)Cricket203 Wrote: Hey Guys,
Thanks all for the  feedback . Brand new NOS OC my birth month arrived :-)
I shaved with the razor and it turned out to be one of the most efficient razor I ever used . So close and BBS shave . The quality is amazing , seems like brushed stainless steel. Very happy!!

[Image: 4c0453bf324788b16cd6b2fb4aaab4d6.jpg]

Congratulations!  What number is yours?

#9. Thanks

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 02-12-2015, 07:03 PM
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Congratulations, Mustafa!  Thumbup

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