05-09-2017, 01:45 PM
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Since getting bit by the Timeless .95 bug, my Charcoal Goods Level 1 razor has sat much admired, but wholly untouched. To be fair, other than one or two shaves with an ATT M1, the .95 Timeless SB and OC have been in exclusive rotation since March.

Last week, Brian Twilley posted limited stock on the Charcoal Goods website and I snagged a Level 2 closed comb. After an initial share with an Astra SP, I knew I should have gone for the level 3, then yesterday, I tried the level 2 with a Feather... wow, what a pairing, super smooth and super efficient, the perfect match.

Based on an admittedly tiny number of shaves, the Charcoal Goods Level 2 with a Feather blade may give the Timeless .95 SB a run for its money.

Now I just need a Wolfman .74 to round things out.

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 05-09-2017, 01:55 PM
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Thanks for this info. I also prefer the .95 Timeless to the .68 so figured I'd need a level 3 if I were to score a Charcoal. Now I need to rethink that.

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 05-09-2017, 07:51 PM
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Really nice pics!

I have the Timeless in both .95mm and .68mm, and I agree: the .95 is very efficient-a great shaver. If I've shaven very closely the day before, I might reach for the .68.

In my experience, he Level 2 Charcoal shaves very much like the .68 Timeless and the .61 Wolfman. Very smooth, very comfortable. I haven't tried the Level 3 yet, but I'm looking forward to it-I think it will be more like the .95mm Timeless.

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 05-09-2017, 08:34 PM
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(05-09-2017, 07:51 PM)Michael P Wrote: Really nice pics!

I have the Timeless in both .95mm and .68mm, and I agree: the .95 is very efficient-a great shaver. If I've shaven very closely the day before, I might reach for the .68.

In my experience, he Level 2 Charcoal shaves very much like the .68 Timeless and the .61 Wolfman. Very smooth, very comfortable. I haven't tried the Level 3 yet, but I'm looking forward to it-I think it will be more like the .95mm Timeless.

I really look forward to your report, Michael. The Level 3 is my favorite DE, and would have purchased a .95 Timeless by now if I weren't concerned about it being too mild.

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 05-09-2017, 09:04 PM
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That handle is sharp.

It was my second choice if the other one I got would have been out of stock.

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 05-09-2017, 09:16 PM
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(05-09-2017, 01:45 PM)Postman10mm Wrote: Since getting bit by the Timeless .95 bug, my Charcoal Goods Level 1 razor has sat much admired, but wholly untouched. To be fair, other than one or two shaves with an ATT M1, the .95 Timeless SB and OC have been in exclusive rotation since March.

Is the Charcoal Goods Level 1 looking for a new forever home, great care and frequent use?
Also, nice handle.

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 05-10-2017, 02:41 PM
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Ha, I'm always reluctant to part with hard to replace items, but the Level 1 may soon end up looking for a new home. Hopefully someone with a Wolfman .67 or .74 head will consider it as partial trade.  Biggrin

Despite my earlier enthusiasm for the Level 2 with the Feather blade, after shaving my head this morning, I'm rethinking that combo for the exercise. On my head, the Feather in the Level 2 was not as smooth or efficient as the Timeless. I ended up with a DFS, but it took a lot more work and left a few spots which were raw, but not quite weepers.

I'm not giving up, but am absolutely back in the market for a Level 3.

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 05-10-2017, 03:48 PM
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Well, the Charcoal Level 3 with the Bishop Variant handle has arrived, and I'm looking forward to shaving with it either tomorrow or Friday morning. Can't wait.

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 05-10-2017, 05:11 PM
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That bishop handle looks great Michael, looking forward to your impressions of the Level 3!

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 05-12-2017, 02:18 PM
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Had my first shave with the Level 3 SB this morning.

Wow, it is very efficient. In the description, it's likened to the R41, but the Level 2 was so mild feeling, I thought no way.

Well, it's in that league. There is MUCH more blade feel than in the Level 2, but a very smooth shaver.

The BBS feel on the cheeks is still here 6 hours later, even with pressing ATG.

I'll need to get a few more shaves under my belt with it, but this may become my favorite efficient/aggressive DE.

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 05-14-2017, 05:55 AM
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That sounds great Michael. It was a coin toss between the L2 and L3, it sounds like I'm going to have to try the L3 to know for sure. How would you compare the L3 to a Timeless 9.5?

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 05-14-2017, 06:04 AM
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The Charcoal Level 3 and the Timeless .95mm are fairly similar in performance: Both give good shaves and goth have a good amount of blade feel on the face. For the blade gap and exposure on both these razors, they're smooth shavers, IME.

Maybe a slight nod to the Timeless on the first pass-and I think that's because of the weight difference, with the Timeless being a heavier razor, and a slight nod to the Charcoal on the 'nimbleness' and maneuverability factor.

After that, it comes down to aesthetics-I don't think you could go wrong with either razor.

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 05-14-2017, 08:52 AM
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The other thing to consider is that Brian at Charcoal is planning to have just baseplates available this summer, so you can get an extra in a different Level, as you can with the Timeless.

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 05-14-2017, 05:01 PM
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I'll definitely be picking up a L3 baseplate.

After a week of shaving exclusively with the Charcoal L2, this morning I used the Timeless .95 open comb. The Charcoal may have lulled me into a state of complacency, the Timeless left me with half a dozen tiny weepers!

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 05-21-2017, 05:31 PM
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Wow, I find all this totally overwhelming!  How the heck does anyone figure out what "number" (blade gap?) makes sense?  Trial and error?  Seems like a costly set of experiments, not to mention the difficulty in obtaining many of these artisan razors.

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