01-23-2019, 11:07 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,

In all the years of traditional shaving, some with the straight razor, I have spent a fortune searching for the ideal safety razor, one that I would really like and call a keeper. At last I think I have found it. Found them, I should say. It hasn't been easy. I don't know how many razors I have gone through before admitting more disappointment.

Each razor had some shortcomings, some general and some specific: excessive blade feel, too aggressive, too mild, harsh shave, too heavy, too light, and some a downright bust. A variety of Gillettes, Tradere, Joris, Fatip, Muhle R41 (the meanest razor), ATT, iKon, BBS-1, Wolfman, Mongoose, The General, Sabre, and scores of others: I tried them all and then passed them along.

In some instances, I feel I did not give the razor enough time. For instance, the Wolfman. Such a beautiful razor. Yet in the relatively short time that I had it, I was never satisfied with the shave, both the SB and OC versions. Perhaps in time I might have liked it and now I'll never know. On the other hand, BBS-1, another handsome razor made by Wolfman, was harsh from the first shave and it never settled down. And so on.

Not until recently, when I discovered, in a relatively short time, RAW RS-10, Paradigm SE Ti and OneBlade Genesis, three razors that meet almost all of my requirements for a safety shaver. The three razors are completely different in characteristic, design and shave, two of them single edge and one double.

I like each razor in its own way. Yet, if I were to rank them in preference, the lineup would be Paradigm SE, RAW RS-10 and OneBlade Genesis. The Paradigm and the RS-10 are keepers; I'm still not sure about the OneBlade — one day I like it and the next not as much. In the end, I might sell it . . . or not.

Paradigm SE is close to perfect for me. I love the design; the weight is ideal for my arthritic hands; and the shave is the silkiest of any razor I have used through the years, straight or safety. The blade feel is minimal, and shave efficient and comfortable. I might add, remarkably efficient and comfortable. I could not have asked for a sweeter single edge safety razor. My blade of choice is Feather Professional — three shaves per blade, for me.

RAW RS-10 is next in line for efficiency and comfort. The blade feel is minimal — sometimes I have to stop and check to see if I have a blade in the razor. Oh, that the shave head covers the blade tabs is a huge plus for me, as I really dislike exposed blade tabs. Fit and finish are superb, and there is some weight to the razor, but it is manageable. You can't beat a smooth and silky that the RS-10 offers — no DE razor comes anywhere near it in that respect, at least in my opinion. The Feather blade glows in the RS-10 — two shaves per blade for me.

OneBlade Genesis takes some getting used to. Actually, I find the learning curve a wee bit too long for my taste. Here is another razor with impeccable fit and finish. I like the razor's design. The pivoting shave head is quite efficient going north and south around the jaw line. On the other hand, I have yet to master the razor around the upper lip and chin. Predictably, the OneBlade is easy to use regardless of the learning curve for maximum efficiency. Some complain about the razor's proprietary Feather blades, but I don't mind it. One shave per blade does it for me.

I have had regrets purchasing some razor — many regrets, I should say — but I have no regrets buying these three. They are pricey, yes, but to me worth it, since they give me much enjoyment. Perhaps my OneBlade, too, will become a keeper. You never know about the fickle world of traditional shaving.

RAW RS-10 — top
OneBlade — middle
Paraadign — bottom

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 01-23-2019, 03:42 PM
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(01-23-2019, 11:07 AM)Obie Wrote: Gentlemen,

In all the years of traditional shaving, some with the straight razor, I have spent a fortune searching for the ideal safety razor, one that I would really like and call a keeper. At last I think I have found it. Found them, I should say. It hasn't been easy. I don't know how many razors I have gone through before admitting more disappointment.

Each razor had some shortcomings, some general and some specific: excessive blade feel, too aggressive, too mild, harsh shave, too heavy, too light, and some a downright bust. A variety of Gillettes, Tradere, Joris, Fatip, Muhle R41 (the meanest razor), ATT, iKon, BBS-1, Wolfman, Mongoose, The General, Sabre, and scores of others: I tried them all and then passed them along.

In some instances, I feel I did not give the razor enough time. For instance, the Wolfman. Such a beautiful razor. Yet in the relatively short time that I had it, I was never satisfied with the shave, both the SB and OC versions. Perhaps in time I might have liked it and now I'll never know. On the other hand, BBS-1, another handsome razor made by Wolfman, was harsh from the first shave and it never settled down. And so on.

Not until recently, when I discovered, in a relatively short time, RAW RS-10, Paradigm SE Ti and OneBlade Genesis, three razors that meet almost all of my requirements for a safety shaver. The three razors are completely different in characteristic, design and shave, two of them single edge and one double.

I like each razor in its own way. Yet, if I were to rank them in preference, the lineup would be Paradigm SE, RAW RS-10 and OneBlade Genesis. The Paradigm and the RS-10 are keepers; I'm still not sure about the OneBlade — one day I like it and the next not as much. In the end, I might sell it . . . or not.

Paradigm SE is close to perfect for me. I love the design; the weight is ideal for my arthritic hands; and the shave is the silkiest of any razor I have used through the years, straight or safety. The blade feel is minimal, and shave efficient and comfortable. I might add, remarkably efficient and comfortable. I could not have asked for a sweeter single edge safety razor. My blade of choice is Feather Professional — three shaves per blade, for me.

RAW RS-10 is next in line for efficiency and comfort. The blade feel is minimal — sometimes I have to stop and check to see if I have a blade in the razor. Oh, that the shave head covers the blade tabs is a huge plus for me, as I really dislike exposed blade tabs. Fit and finish are superb, and there is some weight to the razor, but it is manageable. You can't beat a smooth and silky that the RS-10 offers — no DE razor comes anywhere near it in that respect, at least in my opinion. The Feather blade glows in the RS-10 — two shaves per blade for me.

OneBlade Genesis takes some getting used to. Actually, I find the learning curve a wee bit too long for my taste. Here is another razor with impeccable fit and finish. I like the razor's design. The pivoting shave head is quite efficient going north and south around the jaw line. On the other hand, I have yet to master the razor around the upper lip and chin. Predictably, the OneBlade is easy to use regardless of the learning curve for maximum efficiency. Some complain about the razor's proprietary Feather blades, but I don't mind it. One shave per blade does it for me.

I have had regrets purchasing some razor — many regrets, I should say — but I have no regrets buying these three. They are pricey, yes, but to me worth it, since they give me much enjoyment. Perhaps my OneBlade, too, will become a keeper. You never know about the fickle world of traditional shaving.

RAW RS-10 — top
OneBlade — middle
Paraadign — bottom

[Image: 7HzjcK7.jpg]
Thanks for the comparison. I have an Asylum Rx and I am wondering if the Paradigm represents a step up in shave quality. Any comment please?

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 01-23-2019, 03:54 PM
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  • Obie
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Melitaboy,

Unfortunately I cannot. I have never owned the Asylum RX. Some of the comments I have read, however, describe the razor as aggressive.

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 01-23-2019, 04:03 PM
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Obie, that is a nice writeup/review.

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 01-23-2019, 04:08 PM
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  • Obie
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(01-23-2019, 04:03 PM)Johnny Wrote: Obie, that is a nice writeup/review.

Johnny, my friend, thank you for the kind words.

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 01-23-2019, 04:48 PM
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I only have the OB out of the three you mention, but for me it represents the best shave I can get when paired with a GEM blade. Unfortunately I once had three V1 razors that could take such a blade and now I’m down to none after I dropped one the other day and the others have appeared to go missing. If the Paradigm SE is better than the OB in your opinion it might be on list of razors to get if I can find one still. Thanks for this as it now has me intersted in another razor besides the OB.

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 01-23-2019, 05:32 PM
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Obie, that is a thoughful post which I enjoyed reading.  I'm glad you have found your ultimate razors.

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 01-23-2019, 05:39 PM
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(01-23-2019, 05:32 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Obie, that is a thoughful post which I enjoyed reading.  I'm glad you have found your ultimate razors.

Thank you, Ricardo. Indeed, I do enjoy these razors. I have been a predominantly straight razor shaver. Arthritis in my hands, however, limits my use of the straight. Of course, I have always enjoyed the safety razor, and these three, today, are the ultimate for me. Who knows about tomorrow?

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 01-23-2019, 05:48 PM
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(01-23-2019, 04:48 PM)tsimmns Wrote: I only have the OB out of the three you mention, but for me it represents the best shave I can get when paired with a GEM blade.  Unfortunately I once had three V1 razors that could take such a blade and now I’m down to none after I dropped one the other day and the others have appeared to go missing.   If the Paradigm SE is better than the OB in your opinion it might be on list of razors to get if I can find one still.    Thanks for this as it now has me intersted in another razor besides the OB.

I have the V2 and the GEM blades don't fit it. I can get two shaves out of the Feather blades, but the second shave is not all that efficient. What I have especially noticed with the OneBlade is the shave longevity. It could be my perception, but I really think my shave lasts slightly longer than that in the other razors. Yes, the OneBlade is something different — a good one.

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