02-02-2018, 08:14 AM
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(02-02-2018, 05:31 AM)shave/brush Wrote: I fine my brass General a bit too heavy. I may consider a short titanium handle for it. Where do you get these from, Stork? What is the full name so I can find a link?
Stork razors is the full name and they have a FB page where Vitaly can be contacted.

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 02-02-2018, 08:26 AM
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gmhjr06,
I was actually talking to Vitaly about an 80-85mm long Taipan and EX-combo as my hands are small. He is experimenting with the various lengths right now. So in the future we might see different lengths for the same model. One thing I know though is that their quality is second to none. Now that you mention it, I never thought that the Taipan in brass might be too heavy for an already heavy General head. I have a Taipan with brass inserts like yours in the mail from Russia though and I might just use this one instead.

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 02-02-2018, 08:32 AM
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(02-02-2018, 08:26 AM)kyproset Wrote: gmhjr06,
I was actually talking to Vitaly about an 80-85mm long Taipan and EX5 as my hands are small. He is experimenting with the various lengths right now. So in the future we might see different lengths for the same model. One thing I know though is that their quality is second to none. Now that you mention it, I never thought that the Taipan in brass might be too heavy for an already heavy General head. I have a Taipan with brass inserts like yours in the mail from Russia though and I might just use this one instead.


Nice. Vitalu seems to be a good guy and he is open for recommendations. I love that. I own 2 of his handles now and will definitely buy a couple more as long as they come in longer lengths. I was able to get the most recent one and a while ago, a 100mm in the Consul design I think.


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 02-03-2018, 05:54 PM
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I have the brass Anaconda on my brass General and the titanium Anaconda on my aluminum General . Outstanding handles for outstanding razors .

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 02-04-2018, 06:58 AM
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Trying out the new Stork handle with my Brass General for my SOTD.[Image: 7dbb9959887b6d8f4216f18a074e8746.jpg]


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 02-04-2018, 07:36 AM
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That's a nice picture of some nice equipment. Enjoy it!

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 02-06-2018, 10:02 AM
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The one on the left is my Brass Taipan intended for the General. it's 75gr, 90mm long.
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 02-06-2018, 10:15 AM
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Very nice! Post a pic of the brass General with the brass Taipan on it.


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 02-06-2018, 10:27 AM
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(02-06-2018, 10:15 AM)gmhjr06 Wrote: Very nice!  Post a pic of the brass General with the brass Taipan on it.


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I certainly will when they arrive. This is a picture Vitaly just sent me to see them. They will be posted tomorrow after polishing.

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 02-06-2018, 10:41 AM
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(02-06-2018, 10:27 AM)kyproset Wrote:
(02-06-2018, 10:15 AM)gmhjr06 Wrote: Very nice!  Post a pic of the brass General with the brass Taipan on it.


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I certainly will when they arrive. This is a picture Vitaly just sent me to see them. They will be posted tomorrow after polishing.


Cool.


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 02-17-2018, 10:03 PM
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I popped a feather pro guard blade yesterday in the General and got one of the best shaves of my life.

 That blade is thicker than the other AC blades but since it is thicker on both sides, the comb- cap tangent moves such there is less blade exposure, but a bit more blade gap. 

I could barely feel the blade but it was super efficient.

I am going to try it a few more times to make sure... Maybe other planets happened to be in alignment...

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 02-18-2018, 04:34 PM
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I've been experimenting with Pro Guards for the last week or so. They are sharp and very comfortable, but I find there's some penalty with regard to closeness as compared to Pro Supers, my benchmark blade. I haven't tried the Pro Guards yet in one of the AC shavettes, and that may be where they really shine.

BTW, I made this chart showing specs for Feather AC blades, based on information from this Feather catalogue:

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 02-23-2018, 06:11 AM
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My new Stork Taipan all brass handle for the General head.



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 02-23-2018, 06:54 AM
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(02-23-2018, 06:11 AM)kyproset Wrote: My new Stork Taipan all brass handle for the General head.



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Very nice. It's not easy to find nice brass handles.

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 02-23-2018, 07:46 AM
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(02-23-2018, 06:54 AM)shave/brush Wrote:
(02-23-2018, 06:11 AM)kyproset Wrote: My new Stork Taipan all brass handle for the General head.



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Very nice. It's not easy to find nice brass handles.


Looks awesome!!


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 04-25-2018, 06:17 PM
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So, I have another brass razor called the Karve and decided to use my Cape Cod tarnish metal cloth to shine the cap and handle and in a very short period of time, I got a very nice shine. That being said, I used the same cloth for about 5-10 minutes and then wiped away the excess with a clean t-shirt on my brass General head and it came out looking amazing!! [Image: 53a83fcc75b5e3a4380dbb4b227d26e4.jpg][Image: 59e38438b9fabc26ae5de33e1c2725da.jpg][Image: 597956dc4a7787f7f70084998ce803ef.jpg]


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 04-25-2018, 06:28 PM
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(04-25-2018, 06:17 PM)gmhjr06 Wrote: So, I have another brass razor called the Karve and decided to use my Cape Cod tarnish metal cloth to shine the cap and handle and in a very short period of time, I got a very nice shine. That being said, I used the same cloth for about 5-10 minutes and then wiped away the excess with a clean t-shirt on my brass General head and it came out looking amazing!! [Image: 53a83fcc75b5e3a4380dbb4b227d26e4.jpg][Image: 59e38438b9fabc26ae5de33e1c2725da.jpg][Image: 597956dc4a7787f7f70084998ce803ef.jpg]


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Thanks for the tip! I just ordered these cloths. I plan to use them on both the General and the Karve.

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 04-25-2018, 10:10 PM
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Have similar metal polishing clothes, they work great for this type of cleaning.

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 11-20-2019, 12:14 PM
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Thanks to Marchigiano@ilRasoio, I am testing the new Colonial Razor "The General V2".

Moderator Note:  Link to website not affiliated with TSN removed.

Even at the first contact, the razor shows everything that made me fall in love with this project in 2016.
Even without my favorite blades, the result was an excellent BBS in full comfort.
So I'm more than hopeful for the rest of this comparison test.

The new version shows the magnificent technical development work.
Although the geometry of the head is unchanged in practice.
So the transition from the V1 in recent days has been unnoticed.
The improvement plays on small but fundamental details:
• overall dimensions of the head
• axis of the handle
• topcap coverage
• blade position


For the benefit of exposure, specifications and images.
(V2 AISI 316L vs V1 Aluminum 6061)
Head depth
6mm / 8mm
Head width
17mm / 22mm
Head length
50mm / 50mm
Head Weight
32g / 19g
Section handle (Min. - Max.)
8 - 13mm / 9 - 14mm
Length handle
87mm / 90mm
Weight handle
63g / 25g
Handle axis distance
3mm / 4mm
Topcap distance
4mm / 2mm
Blade distance
2mm / 1mm
Shaver Weight
85g / 44g
Balancing Razor (Head - Handle on Total)
37.65 - 62.35% / 43.20 - 56.80%
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The most obvious change is the marked decrease in the size of the head.
They appear to be just a few millimeters, but already by eye we can see a volume of over 42% smaller.
All for the benefit of ease of use in the most inconvenient points.

The 25% retraction of the axis of the handle clearly increases the force vector that is discharged on the blade.
So without changing the geometry, there is greater efficiency even if not so exaggerated given the type of lever.
All with the same comfort compared to the same operating angles.

Furthermore, a 50% increase in blade coverage improves the already excellent seal.
If in V1 I never felt stability problems (chattering), in this V2 the feeling is monolithic.
If I hadn't tried it I'd swear it's impossible to have the same feeling of a wedge cleaver on such a thin blade.
Instead the feeling reminds me a lot of those razors advertised for hard beards with curvy blades both in size and grinding.

To improve the whole there is also a 50% decrease in the distance of the wire from the safety bar.
This without producing an equal increase in unveiling, counterbalanced by the topcap.
Also counter-intuitively this is an advantage, producing instant but gentle feedback of the blade.

A minimal change is that of the pins on which the blade is inserted.
Now less pronounced and above all less rounded.
I would never have realized if I had not had uncertainties in the empty coupling.
Sensation never experienced before with the V1.
Not a problem, but at certain levels they are unexpected details.

In short, in theory we are faced with a marvel of engineering.
In practice it is a jewel, but above all I believe a missed opportunity.
Because the use of a less efficient material compromises some important details.

First of all the weight, which increases by almost 216%, decreasing the control.
But above all the balance that goes from a still good almost 1: 1 to an exaggerated almost 1: 2.
In fact the relative weights change in an incredible way:
• Head from 19g to 32g (approximately + 70%)
• Handle from 25g to 63g (over + 250%)

Which is why I'm talking about a missed opportunity.
In fact, the choice to meet the market in the choice of material produced a lower result.
A more efficient alloy like the original Aluminum 6061 would have made it possible to take full advantage of technical progress.
Which instead lose effectiveness sucked into a dynamic whose physics is obliged.
All this also with a clear increase in production costs.
So ultimately the quality / price ratio.

On this last point I want to be clear.
The new The General V2 SS I believe is a gem.
In today's landscape it is one of the best contenders.
In the coming days I will see better, but from the first impression I would also put it on the Blackland Vector.
That both aesthetic and technical research is certainly a touchstone.
But that's not what could have been done by choosing materially more efficiently.

I am moderately sure that it could have been a real miracle.
An instrument with a q / p ratio that is absolutely unattainable for this generation of razors.
And in a wider analysis a true revolution of the reference system.
But unfortunately it is not so ... for now.

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 11-23-2019, 10:47 AM
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Today third use of the setup.
http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...#pid937069
With practice, the weight becomes less evident.
On the contrary, efficiency is clearly demonstrated.

Above all the diminished volume makes the Colonial Razors "The General V2" fast and precise.
In the hollow area of ​​the neck and under the nose it is much simpler.
And with equal comfort, I find it slightly more effective than V1.
Thanks to the small but fundamental changes in the positioning of the blade.
Improving angle, feedback and feeling of use.

The Kai ProTuoch really make the difference.
Clearly better than the Schick Proline, in this razor with my technique.
In fact the three passes and touch-ups I find in everything definitely better.

With extreme stubbornness, and definitely wanting to find a new imperfect detail, I must point out the tips of the topcap.
As for the pins, it is not a defect, since it is irrelevant from a practical point of view.
But the right angle of the front edges, in a point where the blade is also rounded, I do not find it logical.
And in general for a luxury-end instrument it is equally unexpected.
However it is just a matter of feeling less pleasant to the touch.
Even during cleaning he did not give trouble.

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