09-27-2018, 02:21 PM
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Gents,

Anybody have any reviews or thoughts on the fairly new game changer?

Any pics?

1/2000 of an inch tolerances is pretty tight!

I know they are selling .68 and .84 plates so most of the spectrum is covered.

Interested!

Vr

Matt

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 09-27-2018, 05:05 PM
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there are plenty of reviews out there just do a google search. I have both .68 and .84 heads and what Joe has done with the Game Changer is pretty darn good. For the price and the quality you cannot beat it. The problem in the DE world is you may get a honest review or you will get a fanboy review.

The .84 head is a bit aggressive for me, but not too bad overall I would like for Joe to add another plate a .78. For the price you get a great shave with both IMO.

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 09-28-2018, 03:51 AM
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(09-27-2018, 05:05 PM)Space Shaver Wrote: there are plenty of reviews out there just do a google search. I have both .68 and .84 heads and what Joe has done with the Game Changer is pretty darn good. For the price and the quality you cannot beat it. The problem in the DE world is you may get a honest review or you will get a fanboy review.

The .84 head is a bit aggressive for me, but not too bad overall I would like for Joe to add another plate a .78. For the price you get a great shave with both IMO.

Thanks! The feedback across the other online forums seems consistently positive...very positive. I just wanted to see what the TSN members thought.

I am going to try the razor and get both plates as well.

Vr

Matt

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 09-28-2018, 07:32 AM
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I have both plates and enjoy the .84 much more.  I find both are pretty quiet, without much blade feel at all and both are very efficient (effecient to me is the blade cuts through whiskers without much effort).  To me that makes them pretty smooth shavers.  The downfall of the .68 is I get a good shave, but in no way possible will I ever get a bbs shave.  It's just way too mild.  I can go against the grain repeatedly in the same spot, but it's only going to take those whiskers down so far.  The .84 on the other hand is just aggressive enough to get the close shave I expect every time I pick it up.

For reference I use these razors regularly:
Rex set at 4
Rockwell 4 plate
Parker 97r
Mongoose SS

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 09-28-2018, 08:25 AM
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There are a couple posts here as well. Good value the RR Gamechanger....

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=54490

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 09-28-2018, 08:31 AM
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1/2000" is roughly 0.013mm.. pretty good, but not terrible tight as far as modern machining goes.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating however, so a better thing to focus on is how well or badly it (or any other razor) shaves.

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 09-28-2018, 09:26 AM
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I own both .68 and .84 plates and I also like the .84 much more. It shaves very efficiently and smoothly, but does not provide that exciting feedback and face-feel that I get from my top razors - BlackBirds First Gen. Having said that, I can get a BBS shave from the .84 GC with no drama and no blood in 3 passes and a bit of a clean up. I tried different blades and Gillette Nacet still proves to be my champion (as well as in all other DE razors that I own). I did a bit of polishing/brushing and now the head looks almost as good as my WR1. At $55 I think this razor is the best value DE on the market.

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 09-28-2018, 11:08 AM
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Nice pics, and nice polishing work on the GC.  How does the shave compare?

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 09-28-2018, 12:57 PM
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Very beautiful pictures! Thanks for the feedback guys! I can’t wait to try both base plates and see what’s what.

I am concerned that the .84 might be a tad bit aggressive for me, but that’s not going to stop me from giving it a whirl!

I hope that everyone has a great weekend!

Vr

Matt

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 09-28-2018, 01:19 PM
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Nice job on the polishing! What did you use?

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 09-28-2018, 01:21 PM
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Also I have both plates as well. I prefer the .84 over the .68 but they are both great. Which probably doesn't help you at all of you want to pick one but I don't think you'll have a problem either way.

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 09-28-2018, 01:58 PM
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Thank you gentlemen for your kind words. As usually I used my handheld Dremel, but before I went through a 800-5000grit wet sand paper progression. After that I decided to go with a brushed finish. I have one of those Dremel heads with a  lightly abrasive material that at a medium speed produces very a nice "brushing" pattern, which is quite similar to the on the WR1 brushed heads.

The GC .84 shaves very similarly to my WR1 .67. BBS in 3 passes with a little bit of a clean up. The longevity of the BBS is on par. Irritation is minimal and is also very similar between the two razors. The audio feedback that GC produces is rather quieter.

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 09-30-2018, 09:43 AM
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(09-28-2018, 07:32 AM)ddk13 Wrote: I have both plates and enjoy the .84 much more.  I find both are pretty quiet, without much blade feel at all and both are very efficient (effecient to me is the blade cuts through whiskers without much effort).  To me that makes them pretty smooth shavers.  The downfall of the .68 is I get a good shave, but in no way possible will I ever get a bbs shave.  It's just way too mild.  I can go against the grain repeatedly in the same spot, but it's only going to take those whiskers down so far.  The .84 on the other hand is just aggressive enough to get the close shave I expect every time I pick it up.

For reference I use these razors regularly:
Rex set at 4
Rockwell 4 plate
Parker 97r
Mongoose SS

Is there a razor that shaves closer than the Rockwell #4 plate, but is just as smooth/forgiving on the face?

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 09-30-2018, 10:37 AM
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(09-30-2018, 09:43 AM)fzman1956 Wrote:
(09-28-2018, 07:32 AM)ddk13 Wrote: I have both plates and enjoy the .84 much more.  I find both are pretty quiet, without much blade feel at all and both are very efficient (effecient to me is the blade cuts through whiskers without much effort).  To me that makes them pretty smooth shavers.  The downfall of the .68 is I get a good shave, but in no way possible will I ever get a bbs shave.  It's just way too mild.  I can go against the grain repeatedly in the same spot, but it's only going to take those whiskers down so far.  The .84 on the other hand is just aggressive enough to get the close shave I expect every time I pick it up.

For reference I use these razors regularly:
Rex set at 4
Rockwell 4 plate
Parker 97r
Mongoose SS

Is there a razor that shaves closer than the Rockwell #4 plate, but is just as smooth/forgiving on the face?

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 09-30-2018, 11:31 AM
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I thought I had found my bliss when I finally got around to trying the iKon X3 slant today.  I didn;t have much stubble, but thought i'd give it a quick go and see how it felt.  I used Haslingers with my Bruce synthetic brush, and the shave was unbelievably smooth, with absolutely no blade feel, and it just glided across my face with really little pressure.  I thougnt I had finally hit the perfect storm of pressure, blade angle, and lather/beard prep.

Then I realized that I had not actually put a blade into the X3...... oh well....

Put a Polsilver in it, relathered, and gave it a real go this time.  Pretty smooth, and did a DFS shave, more or less, with WTG and XTG passes only-no cleanup and no ATG pass-thought I would not push my luck, as I didn't have lots of stubble to begin with when I started this particular shave.

Usually just use Thayer's alcohol-free as a pst shave, but decided to try an alum black first, then the Thayers....  Not sure I'll do the alum again.

Any thoughts on using alum post-shave when you have no nicks or weepers?  I really love the feel of the Thayer's, btw.

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 09-30-2018, 02:52 PM
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(09-30-2018, 09:43 AM)fzman1956 Wrote: Is there a razor that shaves closer than the Rockwell #4 plate, but is just as smooth/forgiving on the face?

Weber DLC. Shy

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 09-30-2018, 05:04 PM
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(09-30-2018, 10:37 AM)morr Wrote:
(09-30-2018, 09:43 AM)fzman1956 Wrote: Is there a razor that shaves closer than the Rockwell #4 plate, but is just as smooth/forgiving on the face?

No Biggrin
Actually, plate 5 and 6 haha

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 10-01-2018, 03:29 AM
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I used the .68 baseplate yesterday with a Gillette Silver Blue (GSB), and the Razorock shaves as smoothly as my 1941 and 46-47 Gillette Aristocrats, but it is slightly more efficient which led to an overall better shave with less touch ups. One thing I noticed right away was that the cap really clamps down on the blade like a vice! It’s super right and tight!

I like this Game Changer razor, and I am looking forward to trying the .84 baseplate tomorrow!

The fit, finish, and shave are fantastic, and I can easily recommend it to anyone interested in trying it out.

Vr

Matt

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 10-01-2018, 06:56 AM
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(09-30-2018, 05:04 PM)Nero Wrote:
(09-30-2018, 10:37 AM)morr Wrote:
(09-30-2018, 09:43 AM)fzman1956 Wrote: Is there a razor that shaves closer than the Rockwell #4 plate, but is just as smooth/forgiving on the face?

No Biggrin
Actually, plate 5 and 6 haha

I am really surprised nobody else took advantage of that joke opportunity I provided.  LOL I finally got around to trying my iKon X3 yesterday, which I had been holding off on, while exploring other razors purchased during a newbie buying frenzy.

Even after I put a blade in it (PolSilver, btw) it shaved really nicely, smooth and close.  Yuo, I did that, squeegeed the foam off my face while thinking how utterly perfect it felt to shave as if there wasn;t even a blade there at all.....   DOH!

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 10-01-2018, 12:58 PM
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(10-01-2018, 06:56 AM)fzman1956 Wrote:
(09-30-2018, 05:04 PM)Nero Wrote:
(09-30-2018, 10:37 AM)morr Wrote: No Biggrin
Actually, plate 5 and 6 haha

I am really surprised nobody else took advantage of that joke opportunity I provided.  LOL I finally got around to trying my iKon X3 yesterday, which I had been holding off on, while exploring other razors purchased during a newbie buying frenzy.

Even after I put a blade in it (PolSilver, btw) it shaved really nicely, smooth and close.  Yuo, I did that, squeegeed the foam off my face while thinking how utterly perfect it felt to shave as if there wasn;t even a blade there at all.....   DOH!

I got a good laugh out of it, I'm not gonna lie.  I didn't post about it because I thought the experience itself was humiliating enough!

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