03-28-2015, 03:54 PM
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Figured I would chime in on my experience with James @ Wolfman razors and the WR1-SB (brushed head) that I purchased. 

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First of all dealing with James is an absolute pleasure. Quick response, answers all/any questions.
From initial contact to receipt was about a month.

First impression, just looking at the razor. Quality of machining/workmanship is excellent. In comparison to a number of other razors I have used/had - this is a full notch above. The fit/finish is impeccable. No finishing/machining marks. Tolerances are tight and precise. Lock/clamp down of the head has virtually no play at all. The flatness of the base plate coupled with the blade tabs is where that comes from I suspect

The head profile is flatter/shallower than my previous stainless steel razors - almost like an old style Gillette New. Which at first I questioned what it would feel like. Blade exposure looked comparable.

So the first test - was stacking the deck against the new arrival. Limited face prep (meaning no hot shower) - just lather (SV- Dolomiti). Go about my regular business: 2 pass shave: XTG + ATG. Smooth and BBS. 
Second test - AS: a little tingle but no burn.
Third test - how long did the BBS last: at least 8 hours.
Definitely impressed with the first shave right out of the box!

Next shaves, were full meal deal (face & dome) with the customary prep. The first dome shave was three days growth to mow down.

More surprises: the dome for me as always been a bone of contention. 1) angles; 2) shaving where you can't see.
Well no worries there. Absolutely smoothness and efficiency. Actually smoother on the angles than the resident razor.
With the better prep - BBS lasted even longer.

So after a week of shaving - the newcomer has supplanted the resident razor.
The resident: ATT R1. Has been the king of the pile for over 18 months. Many have come, tried and failed. 
The WR1-SB was thinner and lighter than I expected. So the angle of attack is different. 
The R1 is slightly more aggressive than the WR1-SB. I asked James about this component: aggressiveness - which basically means blade exposure. 
He has offered to change that. For the time being I will continue to see if in fact it is required.

I expected some "apprenticeship " period to get accustomed to the new dynamics. Right out of the gate it performed.
The added bonus, is the ability to support a local fabricator. Excellent product and service.
Highly recommend.

Disclaimer:
This product was purchased. This is a regular production item - not a prototype for testing.

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 03-28-2015, 03:56 PM
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  • Agravic
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Very nice review.
I will be breaking my 'DE fast' for this one .. Smile

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 03-28-2015, 04:36 PM
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  • eengler
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(03-28-2015, 03:56 PM)Agravic Wrote: Very nice review.
I will be breaking my 'DE fast' for this one .. Smile

Shok

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 03-28-2015, 04:50 PM
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  • taco8slo
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It dethroned the R1 and the BBS-1 for me, though all three of these razors (WR1-SB included) are all excellent and having any one of them would make me happy, I just chose this one as I felt it was slightly more compact and efficient, looks great, and feels real smooth.

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 03-28-2015, 07:18 PM
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(03-28-2015, 04:36 PM)eengler Wrote:
(03-28-2015, 03:56 PM)Agravic Wrote: Very nice review.
I will be breaking my 'DE fast' for this one .. Smile

Shok

Shok

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 03-28-2015, 07:20 PM
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  • eengler
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(03-28-2015, 07:18 PM)celestino Wrote:
(03-28-2015, 04:36 PM)eengler Wrote:
(03-28-2015, 03:56 PM)Agravic Wrote: Very nice review.
I will be breaking my 'DE fast' for this one .. Smile

Shok

Shok

Shok Shok

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 03-29-2015, 05:07 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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Great write up! My thoughts exactly!  Biggrin

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 03-29-2015, 08:15 PM
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My thoughts as well - had now 5 shaves with my Wolf, and the workmanship, effectiveness and smoothness of the razor still amazes me!

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 03-30-2015, 04:00 AM
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These are incredibly machined beauties. James is expecting new equipment and the next batch might not be ready until at least June.

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 03-30-2015, 06:21 AM
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I have the Open Comb and it's Awesome as well!!

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 03-30-2015, 01:49 PM
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(03-30-2015, 04:00 AM)slantman Wrote: These are incredibly machined beauties. James is expecting new equipment and the next batch might not be ready until at least June.

James had popped me an e-mail and said that May would be the earliest I could expect my razor.  The handle will be here this week, though. Kind of like building a Jeep one piece at a time Wink

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 04-06-2015, 09:51 AM
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Does one have to use a very shallow angle like the BBS -1 when using this razor or is the proper angle a bit more intuitive, ah la the DE89's, 34C's and Weber heads of the world? 

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 04-06-2015, 11:11 AM
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  • Harvey
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I have the combo head I bought from Gary and it is FANTASTIC.....along with my BBS-1 #23 I am in shaving Nirvana....nothing like these for quality and workmanship....like having something hand made and custom.....yes there
 are other fine shaving razors out there but for quality and "feel' these are so cool.

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 04-06-2015, 07:07 PM
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  • taco8slo
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(04-06-2015, 09:51 AM)Bravado13 Wrote: Does one have to use a very shallow angle like the BBS -1 when using this razor or is the proper angle a bit more intuitive, ah la the DE89's, 34C's and Weber heads of the world? 

I find the WR1-SB to be more efficient than the BBS-1, there are more cutting angles to choose from, though not as many as the Weber or 34C. I have owned all of the razors you listed (and I found them to be excellent razors) but only the WR1-SB remains, I found it to be a great balance of mildness and efficiency, I really enjoy it. It provides a nice smooth shave.

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 04-06-2015, 09:00 PM
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Enrique, you may find the WR1-SB to be just a tiny bit less aggressive than the BBS-1. That was my impression of it and it was a tad too aggressive for me, so I had James reduce the blade exposure on mine by .06mm and it seems to have improved the shaves, superbly. I am just waiting on its return from him to shave with it more consistently to see if it stays in my den. However, I still haven't found anything as smooth as my DLCs.  Biggrin

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 05-06-2015, 11:22 PM
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How does he cutomize your razor? 
You guys have any updates, comments, or pics to urge need and frustration because I can't get want yet?

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 05-07-2015, 10:23 AM
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(05-06-2015, 11:22 PM)lloydrm Wrote: How does he cutomize your razor? 
You guys have any updates, comments, or pics to urge need and frustration because I can't get want yet?

Well, I sent my WR1-SB head back to him and he adjusted the blade gap for me. I believe he filed down certain areas of the razor head to make the adjustments. You could even ask him beforehand to make any adjustments to the razor head prior to having it shipped to you if you know what you want. James is very accommodating and wonderful to work with.

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 05-07-2015, 11:32 AM
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(05-06-2015, 11:22 PM)lloydrm Wrote: How does he cutomize your razor? 
You guys have any updates, comments, or pics to urge need and frustration because I can't get want yet?

I asked James about this after seeing Celestino's comments regarding head customization.  Here's what he said:


Quote:If a customer knows in advance that "medium" aggressiveness is typically too much or not enough, then I am willing to change the blade gap.   I have the new machine set up perfectly for this.   I have had requests for more aggressive and more mild so far, so I'm all for it.   It doesn't cost anything unless the customer returns the razor to have it adjusted - and that is just shipping costs that the customer will need to pay.   So it's better in advance, but I am willing to do this.   Adjusting the blade gap just exposes the blade more or less, just enough to make a difference.

Also, he said production with the new equipment is going well and that he hopes to have product available sooner than first anticipated.  I'm a bit anxious myself.

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 05-07-2015, 12:11 PM
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  • Balj86
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Thanks for the write up. Looks like any DE blade will fit perfectly with no effort. 

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 05-08-2015, 07:37 AM
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Thanks Celestino and repete66219. Now I am even more impressed by James and his work. Other than a tailor I've never heard of anyone doing custom adjustments like this. Awesome! 

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