10-14-2017, 06:11 PM
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  • Boonie21
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Wanted to start a thread for when folks start getting their RR Mambas ... would love to see your pics, thoughts and what this “hidden adjustability” piece is all about ... thx! Jason

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 10-14-2017, 06:42 PM
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its a screw on the bottom that you can remove and make the handle shorter and the razor lighter

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 10-15-2017, 06:39 AM
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How does it compare to the Baby Smooth?

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 10-16-2017, 10:20 AM
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Mail call... just in. Will be shaving with the Mamba tomorrow. [Image: e79b081b826d1ba07fce9369516a88a6.jpg]



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 10-16-2017, 10:58 AM
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(10-16-2017, 10:20 AM)Flyingbald Wrote: Mail call...  just in. Will be shaving with the Mamba tomorrow. [Image: e79b081b826d1ba07fce9369516a88a6.jpg]



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Does the bottle of the handle unscrew like another member mentioned?

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 10-16-2017, 11:00 AM
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(10-16-2017, 10:58 AM)ddk13 Wrote:
(10-16-2017, 10:20 AM)Flyingbald Wrote: Mail call...  just in. Will be shaving with the Mamba tomorrow. [Image: e79b081b826d1ba07fce9369516a88a6.jpg]



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Does the bottle of the handle unscrew like another member mentioned?


It does indeed. Awfully clever. [Image: c15527d86445ff2cbba40674214a663f.jpg]


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 10-16-2017, 03:49 PM
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In terms of balance the Mamba handle is much better suited to the new (heavy) Ikon head, it's way too hefty for the light 28g Mamba head. Both arrived today, no shave yet.


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 10-18-2017, 07:31 AM
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First shave with the new Mamba. Very close two pass shave. Smooth and quick as it is almost impossible to hurt yourself with this razor. Can't beat this razor for under $50 and it's 316 stainless steel.

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 10-18-2017, 05:18 PM
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(10-18-2017, 07:31 AM)slantman Wrote: First shave with the new Mamba. Very close two pass shave. Smooth and quick as it is almost impossible to hurt yourself with this razor. Can't beat this razor for under $50 and it's 316 stainless steel.


What was your angle ? Handle close to face or away from face?


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 10-18-2017, 06:01 PM
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I have one shave under my belt, it’s a great and efficient shaver.  Easy BBS on three pass shave with a Gillette Rubie Blade.  For $50 it Shaves as well as razors 4 times it’s price!

It makes you step back and wonder how sustainable the market is for $150+ stainless razors when they are clearly showing with this razor that a well finished 316 stainless razor can be produced for this low cost.

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 10-19-2017, 05:30 AM
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(10-18-2017, 06:01 PM)Boonie21 Wrote: It makes you step back and wonder how sustainable the market is for $150+ stainless razors when they are clearly showing with this razor that a well finished 316 stainless razor can be produced for this low cost.

Retail mark-up is staggering.  I can safely say we've all been to retail stores and seen the deeply discounted "on sale" prices.  It isn't uncommon to see labels 40, 50, 60, and 70% off.  

Those $150+ razors are reflective of a boutique pricing strategy and some at what I call, "follow suit" pricing strategy.  The latter is comical, as the "maker or seller" sees "like" products on the market and equates their product on the same level.  An excellent example are razors made in Third-World countries and the items are being sold for $200+.  You have to go to the manufacturing location, see it, and run the numbers.  You'll understand what I mean by "the mark up is staggering."

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 10-19-2017, 06:19 AM
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(10-19-2017, 05:30 AM)Gigster Wrote:
(10-18-2017, 06:01 PM)Boonie21 Wrote: It makes you step back and wonder how sustainable the market is for $150+ stainless razors when they are clearly showing with this razor that a well finished 316 stainless razor can be produced for this low cost.

Retail mark-up is staggering.  I can safely say we've all been to retail stores and seen the deeply discounted "on sale" prices.  It isn't uncommon to see labels 40, 50, 60, and 70% off.  

Those $150+ razors are reflective of a boutique pricing strategy and some at what I call, "follow suit" pricing strategy.  The latter is comical, as the "maker or seller" sees "like" products on the market and equates their product on the same level.  An excellent example are razors made in Third-World countries and the items are being sold for $200+.  You have to go to the manufacturing location, see it, and run the numbers.  You'll understand what I mean by "the mark up is staggering."

Margins on stainless steel safety razors have got to be at least 90%.  Probably higher on some.

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 10-19-2017, 06:31 AM
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(10-18-2017, 05:18 PM)Bobusa Wrote:
(10-18-2017, 07:31 AM)slantman Wrote: First shave with the new Mamba. Very close two pass shave. Smooth and quick as it is almost impossible to hurt yourself with this razor. Can't beat this razor for under $50 and it's 316 stainless steel.


What was your angle ? Handle close to face or away from face?


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I have no idea but will mention this is a mild razor but shaves fairly close. Well made and no finish issues.

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 10-19-2017, 06:38 AM
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Looks nice!

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 10-19-2017, 07:17 AM
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(10-19-2017, 06:19 AM)kingfisher Wrote:
(10-19-2017, 05:30 AM)Gigster Wrote:
(10-18-2017, 06:01 PM)Boonie21 Wrote: It makes you step back and wonder how sustainable the market is for $150+ stainless razors when they are clearly showing with this razor that a well finished 316 stainless razor can be produced for this low cost.

Retail mark-up is staggering.  I can safely say we've all been to retail stores and seen the deeply discounted "on sale" prices.  It isn't uncommon to see labels 40, 50, 60, and 70% off.  

Those $150+ razors are reflective of a boutique pricing strategy and some at what I call, "follow suit" pricing strategy.  The latter is comical, as the "maker or seller" sees "like" products on the market and equates their product on the same level.  An excellent example are razors made in Third-World countries and the items are being sold for $200+.  You have to go to the manufacturing location, see it, and run the numbers.  You'll understand what I mean by "the mark up is staggering."

Margins on stainless steel safety razors have got to be at least 90%.  Probably higher on some.


I agree.  If they are getting below 80%. . . . .something is seriously wrong with their contract and or processes.  lol

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 10-19-2017, 08:11 AM
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Not sure they are 90% margins - I’ve had a shop get almost to production and their cost to me was nearly $60 for the entire razor - handle, top cap and baseplate. So what RR has done on this one puzzles me from a cost standpoint.

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 10-19-2017, 08:25 AM
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Shaved today with the new Mamba. Very mild razor but got a 2.5 pass BBS. I have to say that even though the razor has a beautiful finish, it may be too mild for me. I still own the original Black Mamba and love that razor. Closest comparison to this recent Mamba is the Wolfman Guerrilla and I give the nod to the Guerrilla. I will keep this new Mamba because I’m sure that it will become unobtainable some day.


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 10-19-2017, 09:24 AM
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(10-19-2017, 08:11 AM)MtnShaver Wrote: Not sure they are 90% margins - I’ve had a shop get almost to production and their cost to me was nearly $60 for the entire razor - handle, top cap and baseplate.  So what RR has done on this one puzzles me from a cost standpoint.


The release of this batch of Mamba razors was 1,200 units.  That's quite an amount.  If they are floating large unit batches of other razors and handles through a single machinist/shop, it's easy to see how they can sell a Mamba at $50 a pop.  

High volume at a lower price, is called a "price leadership" strategy.  To be financially successful with this strategy, sales volume has be high.  I bet they sold the 1,200 Mamba units in 3 days.  That is pretty impressive.  I also notice RR has no problem selling other batches of razors quicker or as quick.  So, their "price leadership" strategy is very successful.

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 10-20-2017, 10:43 AM
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This razor might just change the thought process (for good or bad depending if you make them or buy them)....I have spent up to 5 or 6 times the cost of this razor and they do not look,feel or shave any better....oh my gosh...this is a deal changer....really quite amazing as to the look and feel....I,m at a loss for words....if this is the new standard we as buyers lucked out and sellers are not going to be happy...not taking sides just my observations...check it out if you can get one and see what you think.....

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 10-20-2017, 11:07 AM
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I got mine yesterday and finish is essentially flawless except under the cap, but for $50 it’s an insane deal. If someone released it for $150-$200 I don’t think folks would have batted an eye.

The only thing I can say is that the design is fairly simplistic, so I can only assume from a cost standpoint it would be easier to machine than most other SS options.

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