08-30-2016, 08:27 AM
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I completed my first shave with it and it went very well. I was cautious as I had a poor experience with the Mongoose and did not want to repeat that. I started out with a KAi mild and knew right away I needed a sharper blade so switched to a Feather Pro. The shave smoothed out and I did a three pass shave with some touch ups. The end result was a very close, very smooth shave. I think I have found my SE razor. I did switch to a bamboo style ss handle to give it some weight and I will stick with that.

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 08-30-2016, 08:42 AM
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At 1.5 ounces The General is indeed light, lighter than an Alumigoose 2 (1.8 oz) although not as light as the typical Schick injector, most of which weigh in around an ounce. "Let the weight of the razor do the cutting" won't work here - a slight amount of pressure is required, again similar to an injector. It has a standard thread so other handles are certainly an option.

With that light weight it is very nimble in the hand, and like most razors using the AC blades it is an exceptionally smooth shaver.

My impression after one shave is that it is definitely more aggressive than an Alumigoose 2, perhaps slightly more so than the ATT SE1. The blade gap appears larger than the SE1, although I have not yet measured it. I could feel the blade more than with either of these razors, although I still ended up with an exceptionally close shave completely free from irritation and weepers.

Unlike the Alumigoose 2 I feel no need to go to the Feather Pro Super blade for a closer shave. In fact, I am looking forward to trying The General with a Feather Pro Guard and Kai Captain.

The General is a good razor regardless of price, and at $59 is a great razor, holding its own quite well against the more expensive razors of this type.

--Bob

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 08-30-2016, 08:58 AM
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  • Entasis
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Bob,

Thanks for the feedback and photographs. I opted-out of the first batch when they contacted me and was moved to the second batch. Are you getting a Claymore too? Thanks

Jim

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 08-30-2016, 09:51 AM
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(08-30-2016, 08:58 AM)Entasis Wrote: Bob,

Thanks for the feedback and photographs. I opted-out of the first batch when they contacted me and was moved to the second batch. Are you getting a Claymore too? Thanks

Jim

Now you've done it. Prior to your mentioning it I was unfamiliar with the Claymore.

A quick Google search and now I am contemplating yet another purchase - like I need another razor! Facepalm

Stainless steel construction, made in the UK and just over $100 shipped to the US . . . hmm.

--Bob

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 08-30-2016, 02:32 PM
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(08-30-2016, 08:42 AM)spidey9 Wrote: . . . My impression after one shave is that it is definitely more aggressive than an Alumigoose 2, perhaps slightly more so than the ATT SE1. . .

I was thinking that might be the case for the Hawk but not the General. It's counter to what I've read elsewhere as well as my personal preferences. YMMV, I guess. Glad it's working out for you but admit this has me worried some.

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 08-30-2016, 02:44 PM
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I just pulled the trigger on batch 1. Does it come with blades?

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 08-30-2016, 03:38 PM
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(08-30-2016, 02:32 PM)rsp1202 Wrote:
(08-30-2016, 08:42 AM)spidey9 Wrote: . . . My impression after one shave is that it is definitely more aggressive than an Alumigoose 2, perhaps slightly more so than the ATT SE1. . .

I was thinking that might be the case for the Hawk but not the General. It's counter to what I've read elsewhere as well as my personal preferences. YMMV, I guess. Glad it's working out for you but admit this has me worried some.

As I said, this was my initial impression after one shave with a Feather Pro. I find the Alumigoose 2 to be quite mild (it only works for me with a Feather Pro Super) and the ATT SE1 to be somewhere in the middle. YMMV indeed.

--Bob

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 08-30-2016, 03:42 PM
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(08-30-2016, 02:44 PM)Mitchcumsteen Wrote: I just pulled the trigger on batch 1. Does it come with blades?

It does not.

If you have never used this type of razor before you might want to start out with an assortment of blades from Tryablade.

One nice thing about this system is there is considerable difference in aggressiveness between the various blades - it's almost like having an adjustable razor.

--Bob

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 08-30-2016, 04:32 PM
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Thanks @spidey9!


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 08-31-2016, 01:48 PM
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Where are you guys finding this razor? For $59 it's worth a try but I don't know where to look.

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 08-31-2016, 03:03 PM
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Currently they are satisfying pre-orders

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 08-31-2016, 03:29 PM
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(08-31-2016, 01:48 PM)twister Wrote: Where are you guys finding this razor? For $59 it's worth a try but I don't know where to look.

Shoot them an email at colonialrazors@gmail.com and let them know you're interested.

As of yesterday (Tuesday) morning they had 7 of the first batch razors still available for immediate shipping for $49. This is the batch with the cosmetic flaw that does not affect shaving (that I cannot find at all on my razor). They may be accepting pre-orders for the next batch.

If you're on Facebook just do a search for Colonial Razors and you can stay up to date on all the latest info.

--Bob

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 09-04-2016, 09:49 AM
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Very good razor that delivers a superb shave. Used the Kai Mild and just zipped around by face in all the normal directions for a very close non irritating shave. Must say that this razor could be used on an everyday basis....not something I would do with the Cobra, Mongoose or even the ATT SE1. Another single edge arrow in the quiver. Now waiting for the Bullgoose RX and the Ikon El Jefe to compare and then maybe a serious den cleaning of everything that does not match up.

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 09-07-2016, 06:00 AM
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Just added this little beauty.
It's a SErazor, CNC machined Aluminium, 44g, 50x96mm, Injector Pro blade.

Colonial Razors "The General"
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Looks really nice, and shave better too with Feather "Artist Club PB20".
This is the first batch, and this razor was reduced by aesthetic issue ... but I can't see it: for me, It's perfect.
First contact, a true pleasure!!

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 09-07-2016, 06:12 AM
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The first batch is said to have cosmetic defects and a tight fitting head assembly that is addressed in the second batch.

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 09-12-2016, 05:26 PM
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(09-07-2016, 06:12 AM)Entasis Wrote: The first batch is said to have cosmetic defects and a tight fitting head assembly that is addressed in the second batch.

I can see the minor tooling blemish under good light and magnification however the functional issue is not evident to me?

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 09-12-2016, 05:46 PM
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(09-12-2016, 05:26 PM)to find any typeof a "defect". Clouldn\t find it IF it was there. Ive been using the feather pros. Fantastic shave using a light touch. Butt, it did and will bite if you get to heavy handed. I'd buy this razor for twice the price!  Im a happy shave. Wrote: I can see the minor tooling blemish under good light and magnification however the functional issue is not evident to me?

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 09-13-2016, 10:31 AM
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Colonial isn't the first company to experience manufacturer error. There's little the designers can do when the factory doesn't follow the signed-off on prototype. All things considered, Colonial has done a fine job.

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 09-13-2016, 10:56 AM
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(09-13-2016, 10:31 AM)rsp1202 Wrote: Colonial isn't the first company to experience manufacturer error. There's little the designers can do when the factory doesn't follow the signed-off on prototype. All things considered, Colonial has done a fine job and the right thing. I don't work for them or have anything invested in their product, but from everything I've seen and heard they deserve credit rather than a wagging finger.
Absolutely! It's a very nice razor. No finger wagging from me Thumbsup ...Well my thumb.

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 09-13-2016, 02:47 PM
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Of course not, Ed. Not aimed at you.

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