06-12-2019, 01:20 PM
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First impressions of Rocnel Elite 2019 razors. There is some discussion of these razors in the Vendors section but I think that mainly pertains to before these razors were available. I thought any discussion of the razors should move here as the razors are now available. As I'm a newbie here, if I'm wrong, please move this to the appropriate place.

Anyone that has this razor, please add your impressions here as well or comments, questions, etc.

As I wrote, this is my first impression.  Razors are made from 319L SS, handle is 87mm long, 13.5mm diam, the head is 42mm x 25mm, and weigh 128 grams.

There are 2 versions: (1) Aggressive with a .52mm blade gap (2) Med Aggressive with a .35mm blade gap.  I received one of each razor on Monday.

I'm a straight razor shaver for the past 5 years and a DE shaver infrequently over the past 2 months so my comparisons may be a little biased. YMMV.

Anyway, I shaved with the Aggressive Rocnel on Monday afternoon.  Used Baum.BE shave cream, Simpson Chubby 2 brush, warm lather in my GP20, and a Polsilver SI blade. Went 2 passes on my face WTG and XTG and 2 passes on my neck WTG and ATG.  It gave me a very good to excellent shave.  The first thing I noticed was the squeegee effect of the solid bar on my cheek. There was no irritation at all. After finishing and rinsing my face, I ran the alum block across my face and there were no spots that stung at all. The results were not quite BBS but if I did a 3rd pass ATG on my face, maybe that would have done the trick.

I shaved today (Weds) with the Rocnel Med Aggressive.  Used Baum.BE shave cream, Jayaruh #327 brush, warm lather, and a polsilver SI blade. 2 passes WTG and XTG on my face and WTG and ATG on my neck. I thought it gave me as good a shave as the aggressive.  Did get the squeegee effect on my cheek as well. Did get a little irritation on my neck when I ran the alum block over my face but no irritation anywhere else.

Next shave with either razor will be with a feather blade and maybe a different shave soap/cream that's a little more lubricating.

I really like both of these razors, they are definitely keepers.

Ken.

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 06-12-2019, 02:23 PM
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I can't use it.  It clearly says "For Professional Users" and I'm not a barber.  Biggrin

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 06-13-2019, 06:38 PM
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  • pbrmhl
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(06-12-2019, 02:23 PM)bkatbamna Wrote: I can't use it.  It clearly says "For Professional Users" and I'm not a barber.  Biggrin

I love that piece of engraving. I wonder what message he was trying to send...

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 06-13-2019, 07:48 PM
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  • Garb
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Maybe Phil can clarify that message? I thought professionals were paid? Can I apply for benefits? Or forbid me, do I need a tax form to shave?

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 06-14-2019, 05:51 AM
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In some cultures professional also means expert.

So just substitute that.

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 06-14-2019, 05:56 AM
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Thanks for clarification on that one. Now I don't have to report usage to my accountant LOL and it is a perfectly balanced shaver as well.

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 07-14-2019, 02:17 AM
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ymmv. 
I have fairly delicate skin, my daily drivers are: Feather AS-D2 and Timeless 68 sb with Kai blade.
The Rocnel mid aggressive razor arrived last week.
1) I am impressed by the physical appearance and feel of the razor. Maybe in the future I will say "this new [fill in the blank in the future] razor" is built like a Rocnel. The handle is balanced and grips perfectly.
2) I perceive the shave as more aggressive than the Feather yet on par with the Timeless 68 sb. (ymmv). The head maneuvers well around the upper lip. I owned a BBS-1 and have "seller's remorse" but I think the Rocnel is a very close competitor. The shave is super. Minor post shave alum issues and not every day, probably user experience over time. My face is wonderfully smooth all day. The Rocnel is definitely staying for a while...SRAD in check for now.

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 07-14-2019, 02:39 AM
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I now have both. I initially purchased the A and was then bought M based on my favorable experience with A.

These razors are built like tanks. Holding them imparts a sense of power and might. I appreciate the detailing that is evident on the individual components, including the text and serial numbers.

The A version shaves brilliantly for me. It’s highly efficient yet remarkably smooth. Voskhod blades pair best with this razor for me.
This razor ranks among the best DE I’ve used thus far. I look forward to trying the M soon.

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 07-14-2019, 05:09 AM
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Is the knurling on the handles different between both versions of this razor?

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 07-14-2019, 05:19 AM
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(07-14-2019, 05:09 AM)Razorman Wrote: Is the knurling on the handles different between both versions of this razor?

According to Murat, the knurling is done by hand for each handle and some variation between handles may occur as a result ie depending on pressure applied etc.
This is why there is a difference between my two handles. It wasn’t meant to differentiate A from M.

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 07-15-2019, 04:55 PM
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  • shaveR41
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I got the 2019 .95. What a phenomenal razor. Right up there with my Wolfman WR2 razors. It’s magnificent. A very smooth efficient razor with hardly any blade feel. 

I would love a Ti version of this razor Smile

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 07-15-2019, 06:28 PM
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  • Garb
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Since receiving the Elite "A" I've not used any other razor. I'm trying different blades and thus far find a Kai blade the best. Although,  i haven't used a Polsilver yet.

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