10-02-2016, 09:54 AM
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  • stan
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I decided I can share a little info today.

Tuesday I will have the prototype for our aircraft grade aluminum DE razor. The handle will be the same length as the Kronos (3.5 inch) but will have barber pole knurling like the Atlas. The head will be based off the R1. It will be "silver" is color with a mild bead blast finish. I have been using an early AL prototype version for some time. The shaving experience is totally different from its stainless cousin. Easy to hold, very smooth yet efficient. I have enjoyed using it (I took it on vacation with me). If all goes well the new ATT AL razor will be available in a bout five weeks. It will be priced well below the stainless line. I believe many will enjoy this new addition to the ATT family.

Also we will be introducing a "Ladies" version based on the M1 plate design. It will be machined to the same specks as all of our razors and will come anodized in a magenta and silver also with a mild bead blast finish. I believe it will be a very nice addition for that special lady in your life.

Lastly, for those SE lovers out there we will be offering the "SE2" in a about four weeks. This razor will be the open comb version of its cousin the Bamboo SE1. The SE2 will be designed to be a bit more efficient shaver.

So plenty to consider for this season and to add to your Christmas list. I will provide photos when I can.

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 10-02-2016, 09:57 AM
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Great news, Stan!

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 10-02-2016, 10:08 AM
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Wonderful Stan and bringing them so quickly to market is fantastic.

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 10-02-2016, 10:36 AM
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Above The Tie always makes a quality product that is almost always available to anyone who wants it. They are the only one who has their SE razor available right now. Mongoose I believe is sold out. I am looking forward to trying the new SE2 when it comes out.

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 10-02-2016, 10:59 AM
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Wow.

Very busy. Not a retirement huh. A career change! Awesome.

Thanks Stan.

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 10-02-2016, 02:13 PM
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Great stuff, Stan

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 10-02-2016, 02:24 PM
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Great news. Congrats.

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 10-02-2016, 04:04 PM
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Love the notion of the open comb SE2, Stan! Make it as aggressive as you can...

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 10-02-2016, 07:58 PM
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Might be my first above the tie razor, how will the aluminum razor hold up over time? With it being much lighter than stainless steel would this also make it a mild razor?

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 10-02-2016, 08:33 PM
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(10-02-2016, 07:58 PM)iShave Wrote: Might be my first above the tie razor, how will the aluminum razor hold up over time? With it being much lighter than stainless steel would this also make it a mild razor?

Weight has nothing to do with how aggressive it will be. That type of aluminum is pretty sturdy.

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 10-03-2016, 03:27 PM
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Stan, is the AL going to be the same gap as the stainless R1? Also, will it have substantially the same balance as the Kronos handled stainless razors? I do realize that the weight will be noticeably less, but balance has a significant influence on a razor's performance/feel. as always, YMMV.

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 10-03-2016, 07:06 PM
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(10-03-2016, 03:27 PM)5 over Wrote: Stan, is the AL going to be the same gap as the stainless R1? Also, will it have substantially the same balance as the Kronos handled stainless razors? I do realize that the weight will be noticeably less, but balance has a significant influence on a razor's performance/feel. as always, YMMV.

It will have the same blade gap and blade exposure as well the same relative balance. However using it (the prototype) I can tell you that the shave experience is different. On my face it is smoother but still efficient. I attribute this to the significant reduction in weight. I am not altogether sure why but I can shave faster with this model. Also, the razor still "sings".

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 10-03-2016, 07:14 PM
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(10-02-2016, 07:58 PM)iShave Wrote: Might be my first above the tie razor, how will the aluminum razor hold up over time? With it being much lighter than stainless steel would this also make it a mild razor?

As you may recall during World War II some of the British ball tip Gillettes were made from AL and they have held up well over time. Certainly they will not be as robust as stainless but under normal use they will provide many years of service.
I have been using the prototype for a few weeks now and has preformed very nicely. The reduction in weight has not made it a mild shaver but to me it is a smoother razor.

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 10-03-2016, 08:36 PM
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(10-03-2016, 03:27 PM)5 over Wrote: Stan, is the AL going to be the same gap as the stainless R1? Also, will it have substantially the same balance as the Kronos handled stainless razors? I do realize that the weight will be noticeably less, but balance has a significant influence on a razor's performance/feel. as always, YMMV.

I put an ATT H1 on a UFO 20mm grand titan, and really don't see much of a difference in the shaves. That's a pretty huge jump.

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 10-04-2016, 03:14 AM
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Great news Stan!



Lorenzo.

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 10-04-2016, 04:37 AM
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I would definitely be interested in an aluminum version of any of the razors. Still need to give the SE a whirl and waiting for one to pop up on the BST.

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 10-04-2016, 05:16 AM
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(10-03-2016, 08:36 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote:
(10-03-2016, 03:27 PM)5 over Wrote: Stan, is the AL going to be the same gap as the stainless R1? Also, will it have substantially the same balance as the Kronos handled stainless razors? I do realize that the weight will be noticeably less, but balance has a significant influence on a razor's performance/feel. as always, YMMV.

I put an ATT H1 on a UFO 20mm grand titan, and really don't see much of a difference in the shaves. That's a pretty huge jump.

For me the biggest difference is when a handle gets too short for MY comfort/confidence. I think what happens is that I then get a little too quick or that it becomes too easy for me to lose the angle. Then it's hello, weepers. The weight/balance does have an impact for me, but the biggest issue is handle length. YMMV

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 10-05-2016, 06:26 AM
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(10-04-2016, 05:16 AM)5 over Wrote: For me the biggest difference is when a handle gets too short for MY comfort/confidence. I think what happens is that I then get a little too quick or that it becomes too easy for me to lose the angle. 
Good point! Since angle can be estimated by the position of the handle with respect to your face, and you see that image in the mirror, your eye doesn't see that angle as quickly with shorter handles.

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 10-05-2016, 06:42 AM
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(10-05-2016, 06:26 AM)beamon Wrote:
(10-04-2016, 05:16 AM)5 over Wrote: For me the biggest difference is when a handle gets too short for MY comfort/confidence. I think what happens is that I then get a little too quick or that it becomes too easy for me to lose the angle. 
Good point! Since angle can be estimated by the position of the handle with respect to your face, and you see that image in the mirror, your eye doesn't see that angle as quickly with shorter handles.

I have the opposite opinion. I like shorter handles because they're easier to control.  Longer handles feel too clunky to me. I also like a head heavy balance which is hard to get with a longer handle.

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 10-10-2016, 12:30 PM
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(10-02-2016, 10:36 AM)shave/brush Wrote: Above The Tie always makes a quality product that is almost always available to anyone who wants it. They are the only one who has their SE razor available right now. Mongoose I believe is sold out. I am looking forward to trying the new SE2 when it comes out.

Update; We will be offering an open comb single edge razor next week. It will be the SE2. Glad to be able to roll out another SE razor for your enjoyment.

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