01-18-2017, 07:41 PM
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  • bullgoose
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About four years ago I developed an infatuation with the Darwin razor. Every time I tried to buy one on Ebay, the final price was always through the stratosphere and more than I was willing to pay. The razor had not been made since the 1930's so, it was understandable that demand outstripped supply.

In February of 2016, I finally landed the white whale and was blown away with how well it shaved and with how well it was made. I decided to have my machine shop make a tribute razor so that others could have the same shaving experience.  The idea for the Asylum Evolution razor was born.

The original Darwin razor was made out of Cobalt Steel in Sheffield England. The Asylum Evolution will be fully machined out of 303 Stainless steel in the United States. The machine shop has made excellent progress and the handles were run this week. I should have a stainless steel prototype in a few weeks and the razors will be ready for sale by the Spring.

Here is a picture of the Darwin Razor.


[Image: Darwin_large.jpg?v=1484795971]
 
Here is a picture of the original Darwin razor next to the jig holding the top cap and base plate of the Asylum Evolution

[Image: Evolution_Jig_large.jpg?v=1484796267]

This picture shows the Asylum Evolution handle in a satin finish.

[Image: Evolution_Handle_large.jpg?v=1484796326]

We still have not determined an exact retail price but, they should sell somewhere in the neighborhood of $185.00. If you are interested in seeing further developments of this razor as well as other Asylum Shave Works projects, you can sign up for the Asylum Shave Works Facebook page.

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 01-18-2017, 07:48 PM
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  • Agravic
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(01-18-2017, 07:41 PM)bullgoose Wrote: About four years ago I developed an infatuation with the Darwin razor. Every time I tried to buy one on Ebay, the final price was always through the stratosphere and more than I was willing to pay. The razor had not been made since the 1930's so, it was understandable that demand outstripped supply.

In February of 2016, I finally landed the white whale and was blown away with how well it shaved and with how well it was made. I decided to have my machine shop make a tribute razor so that others could have the same shaving experience.  The idea for the Asylum Evolution razor was born.

The original Darwin razor was made out of Cobalt Steel in Sheffield England. The Asylum Evolution will be fully machined out of 303 Stainless steel in the United States. The machine shop has made excellent progress and the handles were run this week. I should have a stainless steel prototype in a few weeks and the razors will be ready for sale by the Spring.

Here is a picture of the Darwin Razor.


[Image: Darwin_large.jpg?v=1484795971]
 
Here is a picture of the original Darwin razor next to the jig holding the top cap and base plate of the Asylum Evolution

[Image: Evolution_Jig_large.jpg?v=1484796267]

This picture shows the Asylum Evolution handle in a satin finish.

[Image: Evolution_Handle_large.jpg?v=1484796326]

We still have not determined an exact retail price but, they should sell somewhere in the neighborhood of $185.00. If you are interested in seeing further developments of this razor as well as other Asylum Shave Works projects, you can sign up for the Asylum Shave Works Facebook page.

Yes!
I'm in for one, please.

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 01-18-2017, 08:01 PM
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  • eengler
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Great progress Phil!
Excited for the release.

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 01-19-2017, 03:11 AM
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  • nikos.a
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It looks great, Phil!

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 01-19-2017, 04:37 AM
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(01-18-2017, 07:48 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(01-18-2017, 07:41 PM)bullgoose Wrote: About four years ago I developed an infatuation with the Darwin razor. Every time I tried to buy one on Ebay, the final price was always through the stratosphere and more than I was willing to pay. The razor had not been made since the 1930's so, it was understandable that demand outstripped supply.

In February of 2016, I finally landed the white whale and was blown away with how well it shaved and with how well it was made. I decided to have my machine shop make a tribute razor so that others could have the same shaving experience.  The idea for the Asylum Evolution razor was born.

The original Darwin razor was made out of Cobalt Steel in Sheffield England. The Asylum Evolution will be fully machined out of 303 Stainless steel in the United States. The machine shop has made excellent progress and the handles were run this week. I should have a stainless steel prototype in a few weeks and the razors will be ready for sale by the Spring.

Here is a picture of the Darwin Razor.


[Image: Darwin_large.jpg?v=1484795971]
 
Here is a picture of the original Darwin razor next to the jig holding the top cap and base plate of the Asylum Evolution

[Image: Evolution_Jig_large.jpg?v=1484796267]

This picture shows the Asylum Evolution handle in a satin finish.

[Image: Evolution_Handle_large.jpg?v=1484796326]

We still have not determined an exact retail price but, they should sell somewhere in the neighborhood of $185.00. If you are interested in seeing further developments of this razor as well as other Asylum Shave Works projects, you can sign up for the Asylum Shave Works Facebook page.

Yes!
I'm in for one, please.

Very nice Phil. I believe it will do very well. Best of luck.

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 01-19-2017, 06:23 AM
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Thanks for the detailed update Phil.   This is an exciting project.

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 01-19-2017, 07:46 AM
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  • bijou
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I,m also in for one

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 01-19-2017, 08:16 AM
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  • bullgoose
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(01-18-2017, 07:48 PM)Agravic Wrote: Yes!
I'm in for one, please.

(01-18-2017, 08:01 PM)eengler Wrote: Great progress Phil!
Excited for the release.

(01-19-2017, 03:11 AM)nikos.a Wrote: It looks great, Phil!

(01-19-2017, 04:37 AM)stan Wrote: Very nice Phil. I believe it will do very well. Best of luck.

(01-19-2017, 06:23 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Thanks for the detailed update Phil.   This is an exciting project.

(01-19-2017, 07:46 AM)bijou Wrote: I,m also in for one

Thanks guys!  Biggrin

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 01-19-2017, 10:17 AM
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  • ARGH
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I am in for two! I have two sons, you know...Wink

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 01-19-2017, 11:28 AM
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(01-19-2017, 10:17 AM)ARGH Wrote: I am in for two! I have two sons, you know...Wink

Biggrin

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 01-19-2017, 12:10 PM
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I am glad that you are trying to make something available to those of us that otherwise might not have to chance to try one.

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 01-19-2017, 03:13 PM
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Very nice and good luck.

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 01-19-2017, 04:46 PM
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I'd love to have one of those too.

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 01-19-2017, 04:52 PM
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  • chazt
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Hoochie mama and YOWZA!

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 01-19-2017, 05:38 PM
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It looks wonderful.  I know I'm in.
Steve

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 01-19-2017, 06:47 PM
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What does a Darwin razor feel like?

Are we talking about an aggressive but comfortable shave or a mild and forgiving one?

Can you compare and contrast to any other, uh more obtainable, razors? 

I had an Eclipse once and it was too much for me at the time. It's not as rare as the Darwin, but I wouldn't have known for myself without trying it.

Are you aiming for the same shave in the Evolution as the Darwin or looks alone?

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 01-19-2017, 07:05 PM
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  • bullgoose
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You found the Eclipse to be aggressive? It has been awhile since I last used my Eclipse but I remember it being very mild. Hmm I need to drag it out and use it again soon. Maybe I am off my rocker.

Back to the Evolution -it will be a moderately aggressive razor. I would say the aggressiveness is similar to a Blackbird or a Wolfman/BBS1.

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 01-19-2017, 07:15 PM
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The Eclipse was replated (when I bought it). Who knows what if it was altered. It wasn't aggressive so much as the blade chattered and skipped making it feel rough to me.

I like the finish on that handle. While mirror polished is nice, it's tough to keep pristine. 

Can't wait to see the razor finished!

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 01-19-2017, 07:24 PM
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(01-19-2017, 07:15 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: The Eclipse was replated (when I bought it). Who knows what if it was altered. It wasn't aggressive so much as the blade chattered and skipped making it feel rough to me.

I like the finish on that handle. While mirror polished is nice, it's tough to keep pristine. 

Can't wait to see the razor finished!

Ugh...that is a recipe for disaster. The blade will be secure in the Evolution.

I am glad to hear that you like the finish. I think it gives a bit of a contemporary look to the razor.

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 01-19-2017, 10:03 PM
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Looks great. I share your frustration in getting an original Darwin. To have one in a modern stainless steel is very exciting. Hope you'll have a polished option as well!

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