10-22-2015, 04:51 PM
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I received my iKon Tech in today's mail.  I was expecting it, and hadn't shaved for 3 days in it's anticipation.  So today I laid out my 2011 Muhle R41 w Spitfire topcap along side my newly acquired iKon Tech.  I used Captain's Choice Lime soap, and a pewter Concord badger, the only brush I have.  I never even picked up my Muhle.  The slow and deliberate 1 pass shave which I gave myself with that iKon was so superlative, that I never even picked up my Muhle even once.  I may have a new favorite razor.  They both have Durham handles.  Here are some pictures.

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 10-22-2015, 09:47 PM
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Congratulations and it is a fine, somewhat smooth, but aggressive shaver. Thumbsup

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 10-23-2015, 12:49 AM
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  • Chaddy
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I have a 13 R41 with the splitfire head but ikon tech is still better to me.

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 10-23-2015, 10:43 AM
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I think I'm going to have to break down and pick up one of these tech heads.

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 10-25-2015, 03:46 AM
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  • Chaddy
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You should get a ikon tech if there's anyway possible.

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 10-25-2015, 07:27 AM
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It is certainly an affordable head to try out. I was a bit disappointed in it. God knows it is aggressive, but so is an aluminum can if you rip it open. That's about what I felt I was shaving with. I just felt it was a rough shaver compared to the R41, or the milder H2. I should say though, that I'm kind of just a "weekend aggressive" guy and tend to prefer just a step down on my daily shaves.


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 10-25-2015, 02:35 PM
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  • Chaddy
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The H1 just don't cut it for me. Maybe I need to try to shim it.

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 10-25-2015, 04:59 PM
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(10-25-2015, 07:27 AM)PickledNorthern Wrote: It is certainly an affordable head to try out.  I was a bit disappointed in it.  God knows it is aggressive, but so is an aluminum can if you rip it open.  That's about what I felt I was shaving with. I just felt it was a rough shaver compared to the R41, or the milder H2.   I should say though, that I'm kind of just a "weekend aggressive" guy and tend to prefer just a step down on my daily shaves.


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The problem most people have with the Muhle r41 & the iKon Tech, is with their angle of attack.  

My approach is contrary to the prevailing wisdom.  

Most people (who use less aggressive razors), find the right angle of attack, by placing the safety bar against their face
then raising the handle until the blade makes contact, and when shaving the safety bar is almost always in contact with their face.

To find the right angle of attack, I place the topcap against my face, then lower the handle until blade meets beard.  
This gives me a very steep angle and a very smooth cut, but when shaving the safety bar rarely touches my face at all.  

Thus I can do a 1 pass WTG shave, every other day, contrary to the prevailing wisdom.
I don't recommend aggressive razors; they are not for everyone.  Most people don't need them, and can't use them.

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 10-25-2015, 05:07 PM
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(10-25-2015, 04:59 PM)The Other Donald Wrote:
(10-25-2015, 07:27 AM)PickledNorthern Wrote: It is certainly an affordable head to try out.  I was a bit disappointed in it.  God knows it is aggressive, but so is an aluminum can if you rip it open.  That's about what I felt I was shaving with. I just felt it was a rough shaver compared to the R41, or the milder H2.   I should say though, that I'm kind of just a "weekend aggressive" guy and tend to prefer just a step down on my daily shaves.


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The problem most people have with the Muhle r41 & the iKon Tech, is with their angle of attack.  

My approach is contrary to the prevailing wisdom.  

Most people (who use less aggressive razors), find the right angle of attack, by placing the safety bar against their face
then raising the handle until the blade makes contact, and when shaving the safety bar is almost always in contact with their face.

To find the right angle of attack, I place the topcap against my face, then lower the handle until blade meets beard.  
This gives me a very steep angle and a very smooth cut, but when shaving the safety bar rarely touches my face at all.  

Thus I can do a 1 pass WTG shave, every other day, contrary to the prevailing wisdom.
I don't recommend aggressive razors; they are not for everyone.  Most people don't need them, and can't use them.

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 10-25-2015, 06:44 PM
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The Tech is a great razor. Probably my favorite even compared to my SS iKons.

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 11-03-2015, 08:17 AM
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The Tech is a great razor but R41 agressive for me Smile (not important angle of attack for me, I don't know why)

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 11-03-2015, 09:26 AM
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(10-25-2015, 04:59 PM)The Other Donald Wrote:
(10-25-2015, 07:27 AM)PickledNorthern Wrote: It is certainly an affordable head to try out.  I was a bit disappointed in it.  God knows it is aggressive, but so is an aluminum can if you rip it open.  That's about what I felt I was shaving with. I just felt it was a rough shaver compared to the R41, or the milder H2.   I should say though, that I'm kind of just a "weekend aggressive" guy and tend to prefer just a step down on my daily shaves.


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The problem most people have with the Muhle r41 & the iKon Tech, is with their angle of attack.  

My approach is contrary to the prevailing wisdom.  

Most people (who use less aggressive razors), find the right angle of attack, by placing the safety bar against their face
then raising the handle until the blade makes contact, and when shaving the safety bar is almost always in contact with their face.

To find the right angle of attack, I place the topcap against my face, then lower the handle until blade meets beard.  
This gives me a very steep angle and a very smooth cut, but when shaving the safety bar rarely touches my face at all.  

Thus I can do a 1 pass WTG shave, every other day, contrary to the prevailing wisdom.
I don't recommend aggressive razors; they are not for everyone.  Most people don't need them, and can't use them.

Actually I think the majority of DE shavers start with the top cap against the face and then lower the handle to find the proper angle.  This is the way it is generally taught to beginners, as well.  This produces a shallow angle, and is safer (if less efficient) regardless of the razor you are using. 

Interestingly, many people who prefer/use aggressive razors tout the opposite; that is, using a steep angle for shaving.  

So, I pretty much think you have it exactly backwards.

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 11-10-2015, 06:17 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Today, I received an ikon Shavecraft Tech with OSS handle. I tend to prefer aggressive razors.

The finish of the head is not perfect. The vendor suggested contacting iKon directly, he claims that these marks are typical.

There is a discolouring, some dents, plate loss at the corners and a scratch at the top plate. I paid 20$ shipping to Greece, half the price of the head and I wanted to pe perfect.


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 11-10-2015, 06:15 PM
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Mine has similar imperfections, but not as much. My dealer refunded me $20.

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 11-10-2015, 06:38 PM
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(11-10-2015, 06:17 AM)nikos.a Wrote: Today, I received an ikon Shavecraft Tech with OSS handle. I tend to prefer aggressive razors.

The finish of the head is not perfect. The vendor suggested contacting iKon directly, he claims that these marks are typical.

There is a discolouring, some dents, plate loss at the corners and a scratch at the top plate. I paid 20$ shipping to Greece, half the price of the head and I wanted to pe perfect.


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Send us an email ikonrazors@gmail.com and we will get a new base plate out to you. The underside (non exposed part) of all our ShaveCraft top caps can show the stray tooling mark and the threaded center posts (non exposed part) will have some coloration differences due to a special hardening process we use - this is standard on our ShaveCraft line and not a defect in any way.

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 11-11-2015, 12:31 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Thank you! I sent you an email. I really appreciate that!

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 05-05-2016, 09:12 AM
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hello 

i would like to pose my thoughts concerning ikon shavecraft tech aggression 
from several pics and threads I've read i wonder how a razor such as ikon where the blade curvature is significantly more than muhle r41 2011 where blade angle is almost 100% flat translating to a steeper angle how is it possible ikon be more aggressive than muhle
in the above pics r41 2011 not only seems to have more blade exposure but more importantly a more aggressive blade angle such as micromatic open comb or other aggressive SE razors

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