03-09-2020, 09:49 AM
  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Haircut & Shave is a company encountered on the various fora over the past year with increasing frequency and a growing reputation amongst cognoscenti for outstanding craftsmanship thanks to the vision of its founder Aji Sunjaya.  Prior to entering the shaving hardware business, Aji had been in the men’s grooming business for 19 years and has owned/operated a couple barbershops in Eastern Maryland for the past decade.  2018 marked the year he began work on his now famous N075 DE razor (originally produced from a hybrid of 303 Stainless Steel with Black Hardcote Al baseplate) eventually evolving into the N075 ALL Stainless Steel version possessing a user friendly combination of 0,75 blade gap and neutral blade exposure - appealing to a wide audience upon which his reputation was built.  The success of the original razor inspired Aji to consider a more efficient razor to keep pace with the trending desire among DE enthusiasts for closer shaves but his focus was on maintaining smoothness with the increased efficiency.  Thus, the P076 design concept was born, adding an ever so slight blade gap increase with slightly blade foreward presence to shave closer whilst yet retaining everyday smoothness/usability.  Further differentiating the new razor, Aji decided to pursue the harder and more difficult to machine 17-4 Stainless in BOTH straight bar and OPEN COMB design – yes, OC in a 17-4 razor!  Haircut & Shave is committed to a strategy of sustainable growth, increasing the company’s presence by adding products and services over time, positioning the company as a reliable full service provider for the wet shaving community both online and in person at his brick and mortar facility.

While finding the H&S N075 reviews intriguing, as much out of respect for the people touting the praises as the razor’s design, my interest was immediately piqued when learning of developmental work on razorS – emphasis on the “S” - produced in 17-4 stainless steel.  17-4 stainless steel is a rare metal in the razor manufacturing community prized for its hardness and have only ever encountered one other offering – from Paradigm.  There are reasonable arguments for 303, 304, 316 and 17-4 stainless steels ranging from ease of machining in the former thru increased hardness and corrosion resistance in 316 to the sheer hardness and beauty of 17-4 BUT generally, the materials present increasing challenges to production along with the positive traits.  Getting to the bottom of which stainless variant is best suited for razor production is no easy task and will not be addressed in this review.  Whilst not an engineer, have taken some coursework on both the  baccalaureate and post graduate level but even so armed, the lack of transparency regarding treatments and sourcing renders judgment difficult.  Suffice to state, as a general operating principle amongst razor producers (Rockwell excepted), there are fewer manufacturers of higher repute producing higher cost/better machined razors as one moves along the stainless steel spectrum starting with 303 to 304 to 316 and 17-4.
Packaging varies widely amongst the boutique manufacturers of high-end razors, likely reflecting the backgrounds and values of the people involved.  Everything from cardboard boxes to beautifully crafted niche market jewelry quality boxes have been encountered with absolutely no correlation to the manufacturing quality of the razor.  I am of mixed perspective in this regard having come from an industry dealing with machine shop craftsmen on a regular basis, receiving repurposed cardboard shipping boxes filled with thousands of dollars’ worth of carefully crafted parts.  In the particular case of H&S, the razors are nicely packaged in the tool & die and military contractor’s favourite, blow molded plastic case.  It is fitting that an artisan handcrafted razor manufacturer would utilize such a container given their familiarity with measuring instruments so protected in cases constructed of this material or wood.  Certainly, this is no insult to very highly regarded craftsmen providing outstanding razors and brushes of extraordinary quality and beauty delivered in cardboard boxes but it does elevate the game, suggesting that the manufacturer views the product as a precision instrument as opposed to a machined product.  Packaging does make a statement of self-image, immediately discernable subconsciously if not consciously.  Opening the case reveals beautifully cut and dense padding securing the razor and a possible alternative head assembly with slit for blades or other ancillaries.  A beautifully logoed microfiber cloth covers the razor, as is de rigeur these days for high-end razors.
The razors are striking visually, literally jumping out of the box and making love to the eyes!  Marveling at the damn near endlessly deep mirror polish, one cannot help concluding the finish is about as good as encountered in any razor irrespective of material, price and exclusivity.  Feel to hand is solid but not heavy and the machining is amazing, lending an impression of unending grip without more than a subtle hint of knurling.  There is the suggestion of a design theme present but have not been able to place it; perhaps Asian but unlike any encountered to date – yin and yang vibes ring throughout: the complexity of the various interacting curves, heft and lightness, capricious extravagance and Bauhaus simplicity all interplay in a way to evoke a unique impression that eludes pinning a theme upon.  Kudos to this new generation of boutique razor manufacturers comprehensively changing the rules of the game regarding design themes and elements – end users are blessed for the diversity of design they bring.
Technically this razor rings all the buzzers; contrary to many new designs, the head assembly is paper thin thereby making it incredibly maneuverable and visually controllable.  The razor is polished throughout – as in everywhere, under the cap, top of the baseplate, the threads – EVERYWHERE.  It is as though the person doing the machine work actually gave a damn, a real damn as in this is a gift for his father or only son damn – have only encountered 2 manufacturers to date so obsessed with visual perfection: Wolfman and Raw, neither being anywhere near the price point of the H&S.  Balance is incredible, which was a concern with the abbreviated knurling and extensive distal design elements.  The open comb teeth are incredibly well executed but especially so considering this 17-4 stainless steel!  I was surprised to learn the razor weighs only 102g in straight bar and 104g in OC, it feels more substantial yet pleasantly so. Were there an area for reasonable debate, it would be that the blade tabs are covered: surely, one can appreciate the aesthetique behind this but given the choice, prefer them exposed for easy removal of blade during cleaning.  Frankly, Aji could easily increase the proposed selling price by a factor plus – this is a big boy razor that easily commands a big boy price.
Grooming Dept supplied 2 tubs of their latest soaps: Aion (Nai base) and Asinus (Donkey base) for this passaround.  Given the buzz around the Nai base, used Aion exclusively for this test to determine an impression – and an impression it has made!  Nai really is the best soap encountered per the online buzz!  It whips up easily, has great cushion, glide and post shave unlike anything encountered even if the scent is not a favourite, it is livable.  Asinus is just, pure and simple, a great all around soap as equally home hydrating the skin during dry winters as being refreshing during hot summers.  Those unfamiliar with these soaps, please do use them and comment in your reviews but exercise the courtesy to scoop samples for loading and lathering OFF THE PUCK as this is a passaround and there is a flu outbreak – exercise discretion in considering your fellow shavers.
In total, I used the H&S for 3 3-pass shaves: first pass, Open Comb razor With the Grain: second pass, Straight Bar Against the Grain: and third pass, Straight Bar Across the Grain.  The first shave was with a Timor blade which was good, the second shave an Astra SP and the third shave a Gillette Nacet which was optimal.
17-4 razors tend to feel hard against the skin to my perspective but in a good way.  While Titanium is all the rage, find it less preferable than stainless as material to date even including a certain artisan making razors in Canada, haha.  The first shave with the H&S P076 OC felt a little harsh but by the second shave had adapted to the feel and found it pleasant.  Irrespective of blade, the SB was always a joy to use being equally as efficient and smooth with the Timor as the Astra as the Nacet.  As anticipated, the balance and maneuverability were exemplary, the blade feel magnificent and quality of the shave BBS spot on with neither nicks nor weepers, lasting a full 36 hours.
In conclusion, I could go on about the details of the shave but really, it was uneventful as regards the actual mechanics other than the razor provided incredible feedback and closeness without any harshness.  What was remarkable was the feel to hand, which was a tactile tour de force!  This is about as high a complement as can be given – shaving is not a hobby to me; rather, it is a chore that given an opportunity would be abandoned.  There are razors on the market requiring undivided attention to use or are absolutely dead to feel and mindless while being bulky.  The H&S P076 is akin to driving an old midengine Ferrari 246 or 355 or Porsche 993 – it does exactly what is wanted without punishing terribly for mistakes, makes even a boring daily routine fun and is a joy to touch and look at from every angle.  However, a daily driver like this demands an equally elegant garage: Aji please develop a suitably simplistically stylistic stand to complement these razors!

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 03-09-2020, 09:51 AM
  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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 03-09-2020, 11:35 AM
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Stunningly beautiful razors!



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 03-09-2020, 04:28 PM
  • chazt
  • Shimmer of Techs
  • Queens, NY
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Great review, Dan. Thanks very much! Thanks also for the plentiful photos  Sisi

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 03-09-2020, 05:44 PM
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Fantastic review. Thank you

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 03-16-2020, 03:00 PM
  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Shared post on this thread from Dragonsbeard:

I just got the package from DanLaw with both H&S SS OC and SB razors and I'm doing a Shave Off using both in my Shave Off Showdown thread in case anyone is interested. I have to say the fit and finish is up their with the very best modern razors I've had in my den. I can't wait to try them in today's Shave Off and compare the two as far as efficiency and smoothness.

Thanks Dan!

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 04-09-2020, 06:43 AM
  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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The P076 razors are on their way to the next trialer A review is being drafted in the interim. Big news ahead!

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 04-15-2020, 08:40 AM
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I've now had 5 shaves with the P076 razors and have generally been very impressed with them. Three of the shaves have been with the SB version and the other 2 have been with the OC.

Both razors perform well. There is a decent amount of aural feedback from both razors, with a tad more from the OCs. I've used both for 2-pass and 3-pass shaves and the 2-pass shaves have been as good as the 3-pass shaves, the only difference being the longevity of the shave. There is a decent amount of blade feel from each of the razors, with (not surprisingly) the OC having a bit more than the SB. The shaving angle appears to be fairly generous and I've had no problem finding the efficient shave with either.

Throughout these shaves, I've started with Grooming Dept Eucalyptus pre-shave after a shower. I've used both the GD Aion or the GD Asinus for each shave. The Aion is a great soap and leaves my skin feeling clean and moisturized. I've foregone an AS on two of the three shaves with Aion and my skin has felt great all day. The big surprise for me, though, has been the Asinus soap. The donkey base feels rich, but it avoids the heavy feel that I often associate with heavily fatted soaps. The tub in the passaround is relatively soft, so loading from a scooped sample has been easy.

I'll use the razors a few more times and then send them off to the next participant.

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 04-16-2020, 07:54 AM
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Today's shave was the P076 against the Paradigm 17-4.   I don't have any particular reason to try this shave off other than because they're both 17-4 SS. But I figured it would be interesting anyway.

2-pass shave, South to North then Ear to Nose.  Both gave close shaves with the P076 feeling a little closer a few hours later.  The P076 also had more blade feel, but caused a little more irritation as measured by my AS sting.

Two things to note about the P076.  First, as between the Paradigm and the H&S, the P076 felt a bit more nimble in use.  I imagine that the length of the handle has something to do with it, but the shorter Paradigm felt a little heavier as I moved it around my face.  (The razors are within 4 g. of each other from a mass standpoint.) 

The second thing I noticed was how comfortable the P076 handle felt when I was holding it away from the blade.  I typically don't like fluted ends of razor handles from an aesthetic standpoint.  But the slightly concave end of the handle and the indentation from the fluting provided a natural grip for my pinkie and ring finger when I was doing my S>N pass.

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 04-16-2020, 08:57 AM
  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Funny how so many things with Aji's design that would seem at first blush to be unappealing yet work so perfectly harmoniously together in practice.

My predilection is to traditional handles in heavy SS and on the long end of the spectrum. All Wolfman owned for example, have been ordered with extra long WRH2s - and LOVE them; had a critique of the BBS1, it would be the handle insufficiently long and too light heavy. All that to state prefer a balance point to the distal end of the razor: decidedly and consistently. BUT enter Aji and his completely novel approach to razors feeling head heavy, yet contrary to every prejudice and every established technique, they perform amazingly well - right there if not better than the custom razor had paid a premium to purchase and speced to my most specific requirements.

It is one thing to make premium products sold at premium prices and quite another to make premium products using premium materials to sell at middle market price points - that is a tough do, nearly impossible. Aji deserves to make it as much for his brilliant designs for the fact he delivers premium quality at an attainable price point and can promise he sacrificing to do this. There is not the margin people suspect in making quality products using US/Canadian labour and materials. My sole critique is wishing he would raise the prices so that he could make sufficient profit to assure he stays in business continuing to develop innovative products - something I have never stated of another shaving hardware manufacturer. 

Grooming Dept has generously supplied the soap for this passaround and we all thank them.

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 04-19-2020, 05:29 PM
  • Obie
  • Senior Member
  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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I had almost given up on my H&S Co NO75 razor in the stainless steel baseplate. Fit and finish on the razor are superb. The shave head covers the blade tabs and that’s a blessing for me. The weight is just right; so is the balance from where I hold the razor. All well.

Unfortunately, I found the shave a little too aggressive, and with measurable blade feel. I have been a predominantly straight razor shaver and experienced 100 percent blade feel. But that’s a different blade feel and less irritating than that from the double edge or single edge safety razor. Go figure. 

I should note that I have not given the H&S with the stainless steel base plate enough time to learn its characteristics fully and to adjust to them. 

My friend Dan Law convinced me to try the aluminum baseplate (AL) as part of a pass-around. I have had two shaves with the razor in the AL plate. My first shave was with the Personna “Red” blade. This blade, although not the sharpest among DE razor blades, is one of the smoothest, in my experience. I was not impressed with the shave. Yes, it was close, but not as efficient and comfortable as Dan predicted I would experience. 

Today I used a fresh Feather blade, corked, my usual, and the shave turned into a celebration of efficiency and comfort. I have always held the motto: comfort over perfect. This time around, with the AL base plate and the fresh Feather blade, corked, I did not have to choose between comfort and perfect. I experienced both. Yes, there is still a wee bit more blade feel than I like, but the razor’s overall comfort and efficiency make up for it. 

For years I have searched for the perfect DE razor. As if such a thing exists. Still, it’s a sweet dream that someday I shall reach the rainbow. Or maybe I have found it in the H&S in the AL base plate don’t know it yet.

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 04-25-2020, 10:18 AM
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I signed up for the Haircut & Shave P076 razor pass around without knowing much about the razor truth told. The

company, material, technological accomplishment, value – all of it was a complete mystery to me and unappreciated,
despite having interest and experience in a wide range of technologically oriented pursuits. Being a native Italian also
means design is an important element of all things; we view it as an integral part of our visual and tactile life
experience. Therefore, in many respects, this razor should appeal to me for a variety of rational and emotional

Dan made a point of emphasizing what a breakthrough set of razors this is: being only the second 17-4 offering
available to the public, having intricate curvatures difficult to machine into 17-4 SS, possessing a thin stack height
maximizing the benefits of a super strong grade of SS, using knurling versus patterns despite being difficult to machine,
even having an open comb version which is almost impossible with this grade of stainless AND at a price point more
closely aligned with mid upper range 303SS razors. The technological and business planning elements required that
are unique to this razor were not lost on me. My initial thoughts were, that for the right market segment, this is a must
have razor that would be interesting to test. Another part of me was also reflecting on past razors I have owned or tried
over the years, causing me to reflect that it would also be important to convey to the public reading these reviews that
my beard growth is light and that I have a moustache and goatee which changes the shaving demands and challenges.
Razors are personal grooming tools needing to fit the unique particular task at hand in a way that provides both
efficiency and comfort for the individual.

Thanks to Haircut & Shave for providing these two unique preproduction razors for testing; it took courage to broadly
distribute razors that weren’t finished to a production level reflecting their confidence in the machining. My initial
impression was that these razors were beautifully manufactured and finished; if this is what the test batch looks like,
one can only imagine how stunning the public releases will be. If I had to characterize the looks of the razor, it would
be that they appear as any normal lesser grade of SS would appear; this is a major compliment bearing in mind just
how difficult the machining and polishing processes are for this metal. My research of the only other widely distributed
17-4 SS razor indicated that concessions made to the machining challenges included thick stack height and
simplistically patterned handle amongst others all absent in the Haircut & Shave razor. But even amongst the
machining marvels clearly present, the fact of the matter is that compromises to the metal still had to be undertaken, for
example, the knurling is a bit more aggressive than would be optimal compromising the tactile pleasure of using the
razor and the edges of the head assembly are a bit angular where rounded edges would provide more comfort. I really
liked the handle design; it is very artistic and reminds me of an Indian flute.

Shaving with the P076 was a unique experience. I had never tried a 17-4 SS razor before so it was a bit shocking just
how uniquely hard the metal felt against my skin. My first shave was with the Open Comb baseplate, which proved to
be way too aggressive for my light beard and skin type, even using a mild Timor blade. Thankfully, the Straight Bar
head is significantly less aggressive than the Open Comb; I was able to use my seemingly endless supply of Polsilver
blades to get outstanding smooth shaves. The handle is very comfortable to use encouraging a grip on the razor that
perfectly matches the balance point even though the knurling was a bit aggressive – certainly, this razor isn’t likely to
slip even using the super slick soaps being produced.

Two tubs of Grooming Dept soaps were included with the razors. I am a user of the donkey milk soap although my
preference is for the scented versions. The performance makes it one of my favorite soaps so no surprises there. The
other soap has been much ballyhooed by Dan: the new Nai vegan base Aion. I found the scent, easily, the BEST ever
encountered in any soap; it is amazing. Performance was unique and a step forward even by the standards of my
former favorite soap the Grooming Dept Mallard. It was a pleasure using this soap; I made it a point to take a
generous helping prior to passing the package on the next person.
In summary, found the razor a solid choice for those seeking a more aggressive razor; for people like me, the razor
performs well but could never be a daily shaver. The fit and finish are outstanding with so many unique elements that
many will want to purchase one just for those features. Understanding what this razor is makes the price point seem
very fair. It will be interesting to test the Haircut & Shave N075 razor with both baseplates; it is from the same
manufacturer but on the opposite end of the spectrum in every way

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 05-02-2020, 11:57 AM
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I used the 17-4 for about a week's worth of daily shaves. 2 passes one WTG followed by ATG. I mostly used the SB since I don't really have a need for open combs. Before I get into the shave, I've seen several razors being compared to Wolfman's mirror polish, but once I got a hold of them, I could see polishing streaks. On some razors like the DB (Paradigm Diamondback) it's very hard to see, but they are there. The 17-4 is the only razor I've come across that is truly polished at the(Paradigm Diamondback) level of WM's mirror polish, at least the top cap was, not the rest of the razor. However, Dan told me that the final production razor has an improved polish, so I suspect the entire production model razor is polished to WM's level. 

The shave itself was great. There's definitely some blade feel, similar to the original Carbon plate (haven't used the newer ones yet), but the razor is very smooth. I kept getting nicks after several days with the Cx, but not was not my experience with the 17-4. I couldn't help but compare the 17-4 to the DB. During use, the DB FEELS smoother due to it's lack of blade feel, but once the shave was over, the end result was the same.  Both razors gave me nick/irritation free shaves consistently. You can't ask for more smoothness than that out of a razor. So while the journey felt different, the destination (in terms of smoothness) was equal on both razors. 

Things were a little odd on the efficiency end. The 17-4 FELT more efficient while in use (due to it's greater blade feel), but after 12+ hours of growth I would give the DB a slight nod over the 17-4.

I think both the DB and 17-4 appeal to different crowds and both are great choices. If you like the original Cx but want greater smoothness and efficiency, I think the 17-4 is a great choice! If you prefer little to no blade feel, then the DB is probably better suited for you. If you're like me and don't really discriminate, then both razors are worthy of buying.

I also couldn't help but notice the similarity of the 17-4's base plate to the Cx's. They both have ultra thin base plates. I'd love to see how the 17-4 compares to the new +/++ Carbon plates.

I didn't find the OC as smooth, but I only used it once and didn't give it a fair chance since I knew I wouldn't be buying it anyways. The production model OC does have wider teeth, so I suspect it'll be smoother than prototype in this pass around.

In summary, I got nothing but consistently perfect shaves with the 17-4 and can recommend it to those who don't mind some blade feel. $300 for a truly mirror polished, 17-4 stainless razor that shaves this well is beyond reasonable in my opinion. This razor could easily have been listed at more than that.  

Thanks Dan and Aji for the pass around!

Look forward to reading other people's thoughts.

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 05-04-2020, 01:18 PM
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is the polished finish on 17-4 more resistant to scratches than 303?

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 05-04-2020, 01:49 PM
  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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17-4 is much harder than 303 so one would have to presume yes although, as engineering, chemistry and bio profs would all state in unison that: "...one can only prove it through experimentation.".

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 06-24-2020, 11:04 AM
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i had the pleasure of trying the H&S P076 (17-4) DE this week. I don't typically use open comb razors, so I stuck with the solid bar variant. Prior to trying this new razor, I've been the proud owner of a NO75 with aluminum base plate and have been using it as my daily driver.

In my previous review of the NO75al, i had mentioned that I have the hair of an ape. I’m eastern European and I’ve got straight, incredibly thick hair (thanks mom). My 5 o’clock shadow can feel like sandpaper which is why I prefer to shave daily. I always shave with 3 passes - WTG, XTG and AGT. Historically, I’ve preferred what some shavers refer to as “aggressive” razors with some noticeable blade feel such as the Blackland Blackbird and Dart, Timeless .95, CG lvl 2, etc.

The H&S P076 DE improves upon the NO75 in every way, at least for me. The redesigned head design and geometry make this an incredibly efficient razor without sacrificing smoothness or overall comfort. It's got the same efficiency as the Dart with about as much blade feel but dear lord is this thing smooth. I love how nimble the head is on this one. I didn't have to be as careful as I normally am with the Dart and was surprised when my first shave had resulted in barely any irritation. No nicks or cuts. Just BBS. For post-shave, i used an alcohol-based splash and didn't experience even a minor "kiss".

Other things worth nothing are the overall build quality, tolerances, and handle design. The polishing job on this razor is the best that I've ever seen. In fact, I actually wasn't comfortable handling this one for fear of adding the tiniest blemish. It's actually too nice for me and something that I'm simply not used to. I'm not a "functional art" guy that requires cotton gloves and special handling. Tolerances were incredibly tight as you'd expect from a razor of this quality. Handle design is definitely well thought out. It's ergonomic, comfortable and grippy due to the knurling. It also looks beautiful. Aji spent a lot of time making sure that this razor would feel just right in the hands.

The head design reminds me of the carbon razor, but i definitely prefer the P076. I find it to be more efficient and even a tad more comfortable. Maybe it's just me or maybe i've only used the more mild Carbon razor version/base plate.

Now the million dollar question: is this razor for me? Sadly, no. It's one of the best razors that I've ever used but outside of my price range. I can definitely afford this razor at $300+ but I'm just not the type of person that purchases these types of razors. I don't use razors that expensive out of principle and is why i dont own a Wolfman. Once you go past $200 for a razor, I feel like you always need to be careful with it. I don't cheap out on razors, but definitely don't need a razor made of this grade stainless steel with this degree of polishing. This thing belongs behind glass in a display case, not as a tool you rinse off in the sink every day.

Most of the razors in my den are over $150, but were purchased for less than $200. I like well built products that I don't have to be too careful with. I actually sold off my polished blackbird for the machined finish version and have no regrets. no worries dropping it in the sink. If this razor was made of a different, cheaper grade of stainless steel and came with a machined polish or unpolished finish for around $150, i wouldn't think twice. I would have instantly purchased it. I really hope that Aji offers this razor at the same price point as the H&S N075 or less.

If you're an existing Wolfman owner or want to splurge on a razor, go for it. It's well worth the $300 but again, not for me.

Special thanks to Aji of H&S for designing this outstanding razor, and to Dan Law who organized this passaround, and was kind enough to let me use it a bit longer than I was supposed to.

[edit] - Shipping with the razor were two soaps from Grooming Dept. One had a Donkey on it and i have no idea what version or what formula this is. The other was Aion. No idea what base or version this is (Kai, Kairos?, Nai, Mirus, Fai, Fo, Fee?) I had only used Aion for my shaves with the 17-4 and it performed well, but not great. I'm not a big fan of Grooming Dept, which is frustrating because Mohammad is a master soap maker. This guy is literally a soap genius. I'm not a fan of the scents, there are never any matching splashes, and I always feel like I'm using an unfinished product that's constantly in beta or alpha. What I can say about Aion is that it performs pretty well (not as well as sierro, sego, or milksteak) and the scent profile is actually pleasant. I prefer the base that he had used for the DFS 2017 or 2018 limited edition soap.

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 06-29-2020, 01:36 PM
  • ARGH
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  • Boston, MA
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Greetings Fellow TSNookers,

Thanks to Aji Sunjaya and Dan Law I had a chance to shave with these two beautiful razors. Everything about them screams class and quality. While one could still see some machining marks, the final polishing is impeccable. The razors seat very nicely in the hand and are very maneuverable and easy to learn. I very much liked both heads and handle design.  Weighing close to 110gr the razors are hefty but not excessively heavy. 

I only had one shave, so I used the razors each on either side of my face. The razors performed wonderfully on the 48 hours growth, giving me almost BBS shaves after three passes (WTG, XTG, ATG) with minimal clean up. Both shave very closely without applying much pressure, though the OC head felt a bit more aggressive. There is one benchmark for me when it comes to DE razors - the First Generation Blackbird. So naturally I compare all other razors to my favorites. The H&S P076 offers an incredibly close shave, but without being as present and entertaining as my BlackBirds. The head geometry allows the H&S P076 to slide effortlessly without much feedback but with great results.  Efficiency-wise these razors are close to how the BlackBirds work for mebut slightly less efficient. I need much less clean up after the BlackBirds and regardless of the amount of time between shaves, I never get any irritation. I did not get much irritation after the H&S P076 either, though I only shaved with them after 48hr, when my skin was fully recovered after the previous shave.

And of course the soap of the shave was the Aion by Grooming Dept, which for me is one of the best soaps on the market.

I feel very grateful to Aji and Dan for offering me this opportunity to try two wonderful razors!

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 06-29-2020, 01:52 PM
  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Beautiful brush bud!

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 06-30-2020, 04:44 AM
  • ARGH
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Thank you!

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 08-04-2020, 07:27 PM
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Thank you to Aji and @DanLaw for the opportunity to try this beautiful razor. Also - thank you to @GroomingDept for the wonderful Nai and DonkeyBase.

I'll keep this short and to the point:

  • I thought the 17-4 PO76 H&S is one of the best razors I have ever used. 
  • While this may change over time as I get more experienced technique, at this moment, I preferred the PO76 over the milder NO75. 
  • I found it to be extremely comfortable and efficient. It was also very comfortable to shave against the grain - one litmus test for a good razor in my view. 
  • The BBS I was able to get from this razor on a standard 3 pass shave was very long-lasting - a good 16 hours, which is long for me. 
  • I also thought the finish and aesthetics on the razor head was excellent. Mirror polish on the razor head, in my opinion. 
  • I am not sure yet whether I would prefer the 17-4 or the Ti - I'll defer that decision until trying that one out. 
  • The soaps -  both the Nai and DonkeyBase were outstanding. The scent on the Nai was very pleasing (DonkeyBase was unscented). Performance was great and the post-shave on both was luxurious. In my book, Mohammad @"GroomingDept" dept is a creative genius when it comes to soap I admire his constant innovation.  
  • In summary, enjoyed the razor and the soaps very much, and in my opinion, both products are first class.

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