11-27-2017, 09:44 PM
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Many moons ago I backed a Kickstarter project started by Luke Webster, whom I believe runs several shaving-related websites. Today Luke delivered on the project and, while I have not shaved with it yet, I wanted to post some photos of what was in the mailbox when I got home from work: Occam’s Razor. (Please pardon the cell phone pics.) It looks like this is the full production model as I noted they are also available at Classic Shaving.

I plan to shave with it tomorrow and will post some preliminary thoughts on the razor then. My go-to SE these days is an aluminum General, so I am quite curious how Occam’s Razor will match up.

(I was just notified that because I uploaded these using my phone and Tapatalk many members may not be able to see the photos. I will try to post other photos tomorrow and upload from my computer.)

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 11-27-2017, 11:49 PM
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Thanks! Waiting for your review.


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 11-28-2017, 02:56 AM
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Am I seeing the mechanism correctly?  The cap has to be unscrewed in order to change the blade?

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 11-28-2017, 03:03 AM
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I suspect the screws are there to help change top-plates only.

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 11-28-2017, 04:04 AM
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The screws are for changing the top plate as pointed out by WegianWarrior.

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 11-28-2017, 04:17 AM
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How do you insert and remove blades, and what holds them in place?

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 11-28-2017, 09:27 AM
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(11-28-2017, 04:17 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: How do you insert and remove blades, and what holds them in place?

The insert/removal is very similar to the OneBlade, which is why I posted photos side-by-side.  You load the blades from the back in the pictured “slot”, and there are two spots on upper portion of the head that provide friction to hold the blade in place.  (The flat, round object in the picture is a tool to remove the blade.)  I loaded a blade this morning as a test, and there is a bit of chatter/movement, which was disappointing.  We shall see what impact this has on the shave.  

UPDATE:

I just had my first shave with the Occam's Razor. I chose to use the 2-dot head that was installed when I received it, and I loaded it with a Kai Protouch MG blade. You load the blade - sharp edge facing forward - from the back side of the razor, which is visible in the last photo I posted. There are two areas on the upper part of the head that provide friction to hold the blade in place, but upon loading the blade I noted what others have already mentioned: blade movement. Giving the razor a gentle shake I could see a little movement up/down and front/back, but thankfully not side-to-side. (This may not be the case with a thicker blade such as a Feather Super Professional.) Due to the movement I started the shave very cautiously, but after a first pass with no mishaps I felt immediately at ease and proceeded to have a mild, yet efficient, 3-pass shave. Though I have never used a razor with a handle like the Occam's, it felt natural and was not slippery despite the lack of knurling. 


End result: A very close and comfortable shave, without a nick, weeper nor any razor burn...so very General-like in my experience. I definitely need to get some additional shaves under my belt, but color me impressed after the single shave. As I am sure others can appreciate, that is not how every maiden voyage goes with a new razor. [Image: 001_smile.gif]  


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 11-29-2017, 01:07 PM
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  • Barrylu
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Just finished my first shave with this razor. It is very disconcerting to hear the blade rattling around in the razor.In addition, the razor itself is a bit light. My first impression was that I was not going to like this razor and that it is rather cheaply made. I also used the medium gaped (2 dot ) head. On the down stroke, the blade rests firmly on the top of the razor and there is no rattling, the same is true for all the passes. The result was a fast shave clean shave with no weepers or cuts. I had to buff my problem areas several times and they are still not BBS. I will try a second shave in a few days and vary the angle a bit more. If there is still a shortcoming with my problem areas I will move to the three dot plate. So far the jury is still out on the razor. The rattle is a bit disconcerting but does not seem to effect the quality of the shave.

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 11-29-2017, 01:13 PM
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Thanks, Michael and Barry.  That blade movement would concern me as well.  Have either of you contacted Occam for an explanation?  Is it by design?

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 11-29-2017, 01:37 PM
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Not yet. I want to try a few more shaves with a thicker blade and the three dot head first

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 11-29-2017, 01:55 PM
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I just found this in the box. I wonder if this will control the rattle.
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 11-29-2017, 02:04 PM
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[quote='Barrylu' pid='842155' dateline='1511992534']
I just found this in the box. I wonder if this will control the rattle.
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[/quoteJust found some pro blades inserted one and the rattle is almost gone. Just a faint rattle. Perhaps this razor holds some promise?

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 11-29-2017, 02:09 PM
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Do you need to use the tool to remove the blade?

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 11-29-2017, 02:13 PM
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[quote='TheLegalRazor' pid='842162' dateline='1511993355']
Do you need to use the tool to remove the blade?

No, not at all. It is easy to get your thumbnail behind the blade and pull the blade straight out

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 11-30-2017, 03:37 PM
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(11-29-2017, 01:13 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Thanks, Michael and Barry.  That blade movement would concern me as well.  Have either of you contacted Occam for an explanation?  Is it by design?

After some closer examination and reading comments on another forum, it seems the blade does "lock in" so that the blade cannot dislodge without effort.  (I had to use the provided tool to remove the blade as my nails are cut very short.)  However, the blade still has movement that allows it to pivot within the confines of the head.  It is not a lot of movement, but noticeable when comparing to a Rx, Cobra, General, etc.  Anyway, that is a long way of saying that I believe the minor movement is by design (as you suggested), not error.




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 11-30-2017, 03:55 PM
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Thanks, Michael.  If I picture it correctly, I wonder if they designed in a small movement at the blade edge, sort of a micro version of how a cart pivots.  Conjecture at best on my part.  Interesting either way!

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 11-30-2017, 04:38 PM
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  • Barrylu
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I just finished my second shave with this razor. The razor shaves and feels much better with a Feather Pro blade in it. Yesterday, I used a Kai pink mild and was a bit disappointed with the shave. Today's shave there was much less movement of the blade. The blade did hang up in one ATG pass on my lower neck. The result was one small weeper. The finished shave was smooth and comfortable. So far I would rate this razor above the Cobra and Mongoose, on a par with the ATT SE and below The One Blade.

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 12-01-2017, 03:00 AM
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Wasn't expecting a good, comfortable and close shave. But that's what I got. Plate with 2 dots and a Feather Super. Not harsh at all. The soap may have helped as well, but it was a DFS with a tiny weeper on the neck. Need a weeks worth of shaves to figure it out since it is a wide razor. But it worked....[Image: hveZo9A.jpg]

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 12-01-2017, 08:37 AM
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According to the manufacturer, the rattle is supposed to be there. They call it a floating head design. If you prefer not to have the sound bend the ends of the blades down slightly and let the middle of the blade bulge upwards. The rattle will cease. Either way, the edge of the blade is locked in. It is now18 hours after my last shave. My face is smooth. no irritation and I definitely do not need another shave. This razor has potential

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 12-01-2017, 05:11 PM
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nice to hear new razor gets praised

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