04-20-2017, 10:45 AM
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After eight months of development I’m pleased to introduce the Blackland Sabre GEM razor. The Sabre is in production now and is expected to be available for sale in the second half of May. It will be priced identically to the Blackbird.

The Sabre is a modern single-edge safety razor that uses the GEM blade. Like the Blackbird, it is crafted entirely from solid 303 stainless steel and is designed, machined, and finished entirely in the United States. It will be available in both a machined and polished finish.

When designing the Sabre I was committed to making a maneuverable and balanced head. This presented a challenge due to the size and shape of the GEM blade. Rather than use a spring-loaded top cap to hold the blade in place as older GEM razors did, I decided to use a modified threaded post to hold the blade as tightly as possible and create a more standard three-piece razor. After much experimentation we found this approach creates a sufficiently strong razor and allows us to create the smallest head possible. Due to the length of the GEM blade, positioning the post behind the blade creates an unacceptably heavy, unwieldy, and unbalanced razor. By modifying a standard post we were able to make the Sabre head as small and maneuverable as possible while maintaining perfect balance with the handle directly under the center of the head. The result is a wonderfully smooth razor that is a joy to use. The Sabre will be compatible with standard safety razor handles.

Aggressiveness: 5/10
Blade gap: 0.60mm
Ideal shaving angle: 25-40°

After a long process of designing, prototyping, testing, and preparing the Sabre for production, I am anxiously looking forward to bringing this razor to you! This will be a full production razor and there should be sufficient inventory to meet demand. I will be providing updates as we inch closer to the end of production over the next few weeks. There will be no pre-order or wait list for this razor as we expect to be able to adequately meet demand.

[Image: Sabre1.png]

[Image: Sabre2.png]

[Image: Sabre5.png]

[Image: Sabre4.png]

Thank you!


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 04-20-2017, 10:48 AM
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Let the frenzy begin!  Wink

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 04-20-2017, 10:49 AM
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Wow! Excellent news Shane!

Thanks you for providing a new wonderful tool to the community.

I'm in!

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 04-20-2017, 10:51 AM
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Very nice Shane!

Any idea on price?

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 04-20-2017, 10:52 AM
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(04-20-2017, 10:51 AM)Safelysimpson Wrote: Very nice Shane!

Any idea on price?

 It will be priced identically to the Blackbird.  (Taken from original post.)

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 04-20-2017, 10:56 AM
  • Harvey
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 04-20-2017, 10:57 AM
  • bullgoose
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Looks great!

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 04-20-2017, 11:06 AM
  • Agravic
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Oh my!

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 04-20-2017, 11:14 AM
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I've waited this a long time!!

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 04-20-2017, 11:19 AM
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Looking forward to the reposts from the field on this one - it's a GEM razor, but a very different beast than my vintage GEM razors Smile

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 04-20-2017, 11:20 AM
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Very cool Shane!! Count me in!

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 04-20-2017, 11:22 AM
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Wow!  This is major news Shane.

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 04-20-2017, 11:25 AM
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Nice!  First razor I've been excited about in a long time!

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 04-20-2017, 11:30 AM
  • Mr_Smartepants
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Very nice!

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 04-20-2017, 11:30 AM
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Shane, you guys are better than Apple in keeping your plans secret .

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 04-20-2017, 11:41 AM
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This is historic, a first in many years a true Gem razor where the blade does not have to be modified (and the way it looks the blade seems to lay perfectly flat). It would be wonderful if it exceeds my Streamline. Looking forward to it I will be following this thread. All the best.

Could you show the 2 part head detached?

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 04-20-2017, 11:51 AM
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(04-20-2017, 11:41 AM)bijou Wrote: Could you show the 2 part head detached?

Sure. These photos below are before the parts were optimized for machining so the final parts deviate from this a bit. The general geometry remains unchanged, but inner corners are radiused, posts get additional cuts around them to allow tool access, etc.

[Image: Sabre6.png]

[Image: Sabre7.png]

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 04-20-2017, 12:06 PM
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Thank you sir!!

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 04-20-2017, 12:09 PM
  • eengler
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Wow exciting Shane!

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 04-20-2017, 12:14 PM
  • EricM
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That looks great! I'd love to see how it handles compared to a GEM MMOC.

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