09-12-2017, 07:08 AM
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Today was my initiation day with the OneBlade Core razor. The blade I used was the same Feather blade I used with the two Valet AutoStrop razors so this would be the fifth shave with the same blade. That is well within my expectations and experience using those blades in other razors.


The final result is an OK shave, maybe PG but not PDG but I am still learning how to use the sucker so the next couple shaves may increase to the PDG level.

What I like about the razor.

Visually the razor is okay, nothing great but also certainly nothing wrong. The head is small enough to get under my big nose, it is slim enough to use around my lips, the overall design is modern and should be familiar to all the cartridge razor users. And that may well have been the intention.

Loading a blade and changing blades is simple and should be reliable as long as the blade stops and guides do not wear down or get cutoff. If the user does not try forcing a new blade in or try to take an old blade out without lifting it over the stops it should last quite awhile.

The weight and balance are near ideal for my tastes.

What I find disconcerting.

That swiveling head. I know what it is claimed to do and I know it is found in lots of the cartridge razors but for someone who has been using Gillette DEs for over a half century razor heads that wiggle and jiggle just feels oh so wrong.

I wish I could visually examine the blade stops. It's simply good to know all is correct BEFORE putting the blade to my face.

It seems I need to use far more pressure than I would dream of using with any of my other razors. It works and I don't think it is possible to actually do much damage with the razor but again, for someone whose shaving mantra has always been No Pressure is Needed or desired this razor just feels weird.

Summary.

The OneBlade core might be the ultimate gateway razor for folk coming from the brazillion blade cartridge world. It looks like an upscale cartridge razor, feels like an upscale cartridge razor, loads more like a cartridge razor than any DE I know of, uses similar techniques of a cartridge razor but gives better results than a cartridge razor. The initial price is only slightly more than the other entry level Double Edge and Single Edge razors.

I will see how my technique improves over the next few shaves and imagine it will become a keeper but not a regular rotation razor.

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 09-12-2017, 02:06 PM
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So today was miserable, hot, humid, stifling and a shave before dinner seemed like a great idea.


I used the OneBlade Core V2 again BUT this time I used one of my Gillette made Valet razor blades that has to be at least a half century old. I have a bunch of them.  I used TOBS Rose cream and one of my Vulfix brushes and a Heather 'n fern mug to build a nice lather.  I finished off with some rose aftershave.

Okay.

This time I simply followed what seemed to be the consensus on using the OneBlade and rode the cap with far more pressure than I've used in ages; I could actually feel the head pivoting. The shave was somewhat boring. Two Pass. The half century old blade worked as well as the fifth use Feather and the end result was really close to PDG.  There are still a few spots where I can feel whiskers but fewer than this morning. I imagine I could touch them up with just a little more practice and they are all in places where I have troubles with every razor.

The OneBlade does seem to perform as promised, very mild but also very efficient.

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 09-13-2017, 05:00 AM
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Shave three.


Well, it still does not do a good job on my neck or any of the difficult spots. It does still seem pretty much fool proof related to doing any harm but then I really hoped to do harm to them whiskers. One more day with it and I get to switch to the brass General.

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 09-13-2017, 05:54 AM
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(09-13-2017, 05:00 AM)jar Wrote: Shave three.


Well, it still does not do a good job on my neck or any of the difficult spots. It does still seem pretty much fool proof related to doing any harm but then I really hoped to do harm to them whiskers. One more day with it and I get to switch to the brass General.

Seems to be the consensus with this razor. I feel like I'm one of the few that enjoys this razor. I have fairly sensitive skin and don't mind buffing as much as most seem to. I get no irritation with this razor and can go against the grain with ease unlike any other razor I own. The second version of the Core that came out got better reviews with most that own it but still doesn't appear to be up to the standards people are looking for. I get the impression that as far as OneBlade goes, you either go all out for the Genesis, or not at all.

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 09-13-2017, 06:07 AM
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(09-13-2017, 05:54 AM)_i2oss Wrote:
(09-13-2017, 05:00 AM)jar Wrote: Shave three.


Well, it still does not do a good job on my neck or any of the difficult spots. It does still seem pretty much fool proof related to doing any harm but then I really hoped to do harm to them whiskers. One more day with it and I get to switch to the brass General.

Seems to be the consensus with this razor. I feel like I'm one of the few that enjoys this razor. I have fairly sensitive skin and don't mind buffing as much as most seem to. I get no irritation with this razor and can go against the grain with ease unlike any other razor I own. The second version of the Core that came out got better reviews with most that own it but still doesn't appear to be up to the standards people are looking for. I get the impression that as far as OneBlade goes, you either go all out for the Genesis, or not at all.

This is a V2 of the core and it definitely should be described as mild.  I will admit it might be the blade since the blade I'm using is easily over a half century old.  I may try a new Feather blade tomorrow.

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 09-13-2017, 08:01 AM
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(09-13-2017, 06:07 AM)jar Wrote:
(09-13-2017, 05:54 AM)_i2oss Wrote:
(09-13-2017, 05:00 AM)jar Wrote: Shave three.


Well, it still does not do a good job on my neck or any of the difficult spots. It does still seem pretty much fool proof related to doing any harm but then I really hoped to do harm to them whiskers. One more day with it and I get to switch to the brass General.

Seems to be the consensus with this razor. I feel like I'm one of the few that enjoys this razor. I have fairly sensitive skin and don't mind buffing as much as most seem to. I get no irritation with this razor and can go against the grain with ease unlike any other razor I own. The second version of the Core that came out got better reviews with most that own it but still doesn't appear to be up to the standards people are looking for. I get the impression that as far as OneBlade goes, you either go all out for the Genesis, or not at all.

This is a V2 of the core and it definitely should be described as mild.  I will admit it might be the blade since the blade I'm using is easily over a half century old.  I may try a new Feather blade tomorrow.
Seems to be the other knock on this is that really unless you despine a GEM, there's only one other blade out there (the Feather FHS) which are somewhat pricey compared to most blades and don't last quite as long. That's my only real issue with it is that I get 2 good shaves and the 3rd is a big question mark as to how it's going to feel. I just started tossing after 2 uses which seems too short a life span for a razor blade.

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 09-13-2017, 09:23 AM
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(09-13-2017, 08:01 AM)_i2oss Wrote: Seems to be the other knock on this is that really unless you despine a GEM, there's only one other blade out there (the Feather FHS) which are somewhat pricey compared to most blades and don't last quite as long. That's my only real issue with it is that I get 2 good shaves and the 3rd is a big question mark as to how it's going to feel. I just started tossing after 2 uses which seems too short a life span for a razor blade.

I was using one of my Valet AutoStrop blades.  The Feather is a copy of the AutoStrop format.  I have a ton of vintage AutoStrop blades so gave it a try and it felt okay.  Day one was a Feather blade and the AutoStrop blades for shave two and three.

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 09-23-2017, 05:26 AM
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I have continued playing with the OneBlade Core and think I have finally found the secret handshake and maybe even the Glow in the Dark Captain Midnight Secret Decoder Ring.  Longer slower strokes with skin stretching as I do with a straight and the result gets as good as I have gotten from any safety razor over the last half century or more. And the surprising thing is that is with zero blade feel, zero burn, zero scrapes, zero irritation and even in the near impossible to get spots.

I will return to it again tomorrow since I finished with the MMOC and see if I get the same results as a couple days ago.

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 09-23-2017, 03:58 PM
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(09-23-2017, 05:26 AM)jar Wrote: the result gets as good as I have gotten from any safety razor over the last half century or more. And the surprising thing is that is with zero blade feel, zero burn, zero scrapes, zero irritation and even in the near impossible to get spots.

That was how I felt about the CORE.
I never felt that about the Genesis however, unfortunately.

EDIT- I see you are talking about the CORE.

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