04-04-2020, 11:31 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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This is my second exposure to Haircut & Shave; many members are aware of, and in many cases signed up to participate in, the P076 passaround currently underway.  For those that haven’t read the previous H&S review, please permit rehashing a quick bio of its owner and history of the firm: 

 
H&S is a company encountered on 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 while maintaining a focus on 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.
 
Had never undertaken the pleasure of trialing the N075 Hybrid Al Hardcote version of the original razor that launched Aji’s business and to be brutally honest, didn’t much care.  My predilections lean to using single metal razors based on experience in bicycle, motorcycle and auto racing where mixing metals in prior years led to disastrous, and sometimes deadly, results when galvanic corrosion resulted in failures.  While recognizing there are simple precautions to mitigate against such deleterious outcomes, including coating the metals, have always found it best to side with reliability and longevity given the choice.  Thus, with much hubris, had shrugged off the rave reviews of this special razor.  This anecdote is related as an admonition to prevent others making a similar bad decision based on unfounded prejudice in the hopes those seeking an efficient yet smooth razor will participate in this passaround.  For those impatient, allow me to state it plainly: this is THE single best mild shaver completely lacking in feel and feedback ever used including the Wolfman WR2 0,95/1,05 and OneBlade Genesis V1 - which is incredible praise!!
 
Aji reached out about 2 weeks ago asking if there was interest in conducting a passaround of the revival of the original N075 Hybrid Al Hardcote and SS Head razor.  To be completely honest, responded quickly in the affirmative but ONLY because Aji is such a good guy and really enjoyed his 17-4 prototype.  The anticipation was that the razor would be trialed quickly and moved out to the public with a gentlemen’s neutral review and supervision to keep the passaround flowing to all that might have interest. 
 
As expected, it arrived well packaged in the H&S signature blow molded plastic case reflecting the perspective of the owner that razors are as much precision instruments as the product of precision instruments – a small matter but as the Japanese, state: “Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.”.  Folk, this is a character issue and character does matter.  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. 
 
Upon removing the razor from the case, it was immediately apparent it was not polished as with the P076 but rather was executed in a lightly smoked satin finish reminiscent of that used on higher end EU wheels for sports cars.  It also had a decidedly different weight distribution, at least in perception, feeling very head light.  The handle knurling is more subtle than the P076 perhaps the result of a metal easier to machine.  Admittedly, the cosmetics initially were a little disappointing as the expected high polish of the P076 was not used for the N075 Hybrid Al Hardcote but upon handling the razor in person and taking in the visuals under light, it is not only appropriately finished but also damn sexy.  Whereas a highly polished handle and cap would have screamed out in contrast to the black Hardcote baseplate, the lightly smoked satin finish complemented while still accentuating the colouration difference.  Even being extremely conservative regarding colouration in shaving hardware, found it beautiful and that coming from a person willingly paying premiums for extreme polishing on his collection from the premiere high-end, cost no object razor manufacturer.  One could also rightly suggest that 2 razors from the same manufacturer yet so different, should bear distinctive colouration to differentiate them for the owner desiring to maintain both in his rotation.  The handle is of the same design as the P076 and while there is a theme present, 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.
 
Cutting Edge has supplied 2 tubs of their latest soaps: Citrus Wood and Lemongrass & Lavender for this passaround.  David Foulkland AKA dfoulk of soap passaround fame is the latest celebrity artisan on the scene and proprietor of Cutting Edge.  His experience with literally many hundreds of soaps over the past 4 years has inspired him to develop a soap possessing the best elements encountered industry wide.  His first soap base release is a classic soap possessing the balance of glide and cushion missing in many of the new formula soaps that have shifted to a preference for glide above all else.  David was the person responsible for my soap education, imparting an emphasis on post shave conditioning as a critical element of soap performance.  Prior to his tuition had been paying up to $100/tub for classic EU soaps and yet having ongoing post shave irritation issues due to serious facial injuries accrued over the years and just plain bad & sensitive skin.  He was personally responsible for helping whittle my soap providers down to Grooming Dept and Wholly Kaw with MUCH improved results whilst saving a small fortune in the process.  My conclusion is his maintaining the classic balance of glide and cushion along with world-class post shave conditioning has resulted in expanding my soap manufacturer rotation to 3, placing him squarely ahead of Wholly Kaw as the second preferred vendor!  Congratulations David!  Passaround trialers are strongly encouraged to remove a sample from the tubs Cutting Edge has provided and to bowl lather a couple shaves – can 100% promise you will be impressed.  Despite his advice to add water slowly during lathering, have found the soap to be pretty insensitive to ham fisted preparation.  In a word, Cutting Edge soap is brilliant!  Those unfamiliar with these soaps, please do use them and comment in your reviews but AGAIN: 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 N075 for 6 3-pass shaves: first pass With the Grain: second pass Against the Grain: and third pass Across the Grain.  Having learned H&S responds well to the Gillette Nacet, used them exclusively from the first shave with excellent results.
 
As stated, came to this passaround with a prejudice against hybrid razors and Al as a razor material but endeavoured to confirm my prejudices through usage.  However, it didn’t take but a very few strokes of the first pass of the first shave to marvel at how efficiently, effortlessly and without feedback this razor performs.  It reminded me immediately of the Wolfman WR2 and OneBlade where one has sometimes to stop midshave to assure a blade is loaded before proceeding.  By the end of the first pass, the results were mimicking the second pass of most razors but there was absolutely zero irritation of any sort, which is unprecedented.  The rest of the shave went equally as positively uneventful and resulted in one of the best BBS shaves ever.  So encouraged was I by the results, endeavoured another 3 pass shave 36 hours later with equal results.  Thus feeling flush with confidence, decided to undertake a 4 day straight 2 pass shave regimen that again yielded perfect BBS shaves with zero irritation.  Hitherto, had never been able to BBS shave more than 2 days in a row without terrible reddening and skin issues – this razor is magic for those seeking BBS shaves on a daily basis particularly if afflicted with skin issues!  While the WR2 is all the rage, I am keeping this razor after the passaround as find it preferable to my favourite artisan making razors in Canada, haha. 
 
In conclusion, I could RAVE endlessly about just how freaking great this razor is, it provides the smoothest, most feedback free shave ever PERIOD and at a price that is a bargain.  Typically, I prefer a razor with a lot of feedback but this razor really spoke to me – with all the facial and skin issues, shaving is not a hobby to me; rather, it is a chore that given an opportunity would be abandoned.  I have finally found a razor absolutely dead to feel and mindless that appeals.  The H&S N075 is akin to driving a Porsche 996/7 or Ferrari Italia – it makes you perform better than ever imagined without punishing mistakes.  Daily shaves that never could have been imagined hitherto are made boring yet perfectly BBS first time, every time.  My only criticism is that magnificent daily drivers like H&S demand an equally elegant garage: Aji please develop a suitably simplistically stylistic stand to complement these razors!
 
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 04-04-2020, 01:29 PM
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My first N075 was the stainless steel/aluminum base plate razor. When the second version of the stainless steel razor was released, I sold the SS/ALU version for the all stainless model. The SS/ALU model was a great razor that was both efficient and smooth but I never compared the two together. I assumed the ALU and SS plates would shave the same. Boy, was I wrong! 

Currently, I own the all stainless version of the N075 and was given the opportunity to try out the aluminum plate from this pass around. I don’t enjoy writing reviews and I don’t like comparing razors so I will be very brief here.

To me, the razor feels completely different when wearing the stainless steel and aluminum plates. One is not better than the other, they are different. So much so to me, that I plan on buying the aluminum plate when Aji releases it. 
The SS plate feels more aggressive to me. I have to be careful when using it as I have had it bite me. This does not happen with the aluminum plate. With the aluminum plate installed, I can put the razor on autopilot and get an amazingly close shave with zero worries of blood being drawn. Both plates seem equally efficient but the face feel is where they are different.

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 04-04-2020, 08:22 PM
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  • SCOV
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  • Minnesota
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Most razor artisans and shaving forums have stopped pass-arounds during this Covid-19 crisis.

I feel sorry for the small business owners (like Avi and others).  They really need the sales of new products.

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 04-05-2020, 02:30 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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I am responding to this in the hopes the thread does not devolve into superstition, hurting the very artisans you proclaim feeling sympathy towards. SCIENCE people: news services are staffed by journalists not leading scientists. Have attached a Johns Hopkins interview with one of the world’s leading COVID research experts. People need reflect as irrational fear is a powerful social mechanism that can destroy our economy and even nation.

By the time a trialer receives a razor, any COVID will almost certainly be dead BUT irrespective a quick cleaning would immediately kill any virus even were the razor passed directly and immediately to the next user.

From Johns Hopkins, a bleeding edge worldwide medical university:

HOW LONG CAN THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19 LIVE ON SURFACES?
Carolyn Machamer, a cell biologist who specializes in coronaviruses, discusses the latest research on the virus that causes COVID-19
BySamuel Volkin / Published March 20
According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can live in the air and on surfaces between several hours and several days. The study found that the virus is viable for up to 72 hours on plastics, 48 hours on stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard, and 4 hours on copper. It is also detectable in the air for three hours.
Carolyn Machamer, a professor of cell biology whose lab at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has studied the basic biology of coronaviruses for years, joined Johns Hopkins MPH/MBA candidate Samuel Volkin for a brief discussion of these findings and what they mean for efforts to protect against spread of the virus. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Volkin: According to this report, it sounds like the COVID-19 virus is potentially living on surfaces for days. How worried should we be about our risk of becoming infected simply by touching something an infected person was in contact with days ago?
Machamer: What's getting a lot of press and is presented out of context is that the virus can last on plastic for 72 hours—which sounds really scary. But what's more important is the amount of the virus that remains. It's less than 0.1% of the starting virus material. Infection is theoretically possible but unlikely at the levels remaining after a few days. People need to know this.

While the New England Journal of Medicine study found that the COVID virus can be detected in the air for 3 hours, in nature, respiratory droplets sink to the ground faster than the aerosols produced in this study. The experimental aerosols used in labs are smaller than what comes out of a cough or sneeze, so they remain in the air at face-level longer than heavier particles would in nature.

What is the best way I can protect myself, knowing that the virus that causes COVID-19 lives on surfaces?
You are more likely to catch the infection through the air if you are next to someone infected than off of a surface. Cleaning surfaces with disinfectant or soap is very effective because once the oily surface coat of the virus is disabled, there is no way the virus can infect a host cell. However, there cannot be an overabundance of caution. Nothing like this has ever happened before.

The CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself include:
Clean and disinfect surfaces that many people come in contact with. These include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Avoid touching high-contact surfaces in public.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately when you return home from a public place such as the bank or grocery store.

When in a public space, put a distance of six feet between yourself and others.

Most importantly, stay home if you are sick and contact your doctor.

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 04-05-2020, 06:44 AM
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I don't understand why pass arounds are being paused either. You have to understand that those studies were done under ideal laboratory conditions. In the real world, the virus could die much sooner. In either case, like Dan mentioned, you should be cleaning a previously used razor regardless of this whole SARS-CoV2 thing. 
I think pass arounds should continue amongst those who opt to do so.

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 04-05-2020, 08:52 AM
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  • SCOV
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  • Minnesota
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How many USPS/UPS/FedEx employees handled the cardboard box in the 24 hours before delivery.  I have no idea if the tape on the box would count as plastic.

As @DanLaw stated above in his post - "However, there cannot be an overabundance of caution. Nothing like this has ever happened before."

Do I plan to buy a new razor in the next few weeks -  YES
Will the box sit un-opened for at least a week  -  YES
Will the razor be "dis-infected" and sit for a few days  - YES

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 04-05-2020, 09:11 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Well and truly, if you insist on an overabundance of caution in the direct contradiction of educated specialists having spent an entire life not just studying virology but coronavirus specifically, please do. But instilling your unfounded paranoia on the masses and to the detriment of the artisan communities operating under the guidelines specified by the aforementioned life long experts is frankly about as terrible a misdeed as can be imagined threatening their livelihoods, ability to feed their families and, in the end their very lives.

A simple deferral of participating in the passaround would have sufficed to fulfill your concerns but rather you insist upon forcing others to live by your demonstrably unscientific and unproven errant beliefs. Apologies for the direct churlish response but you insist upon advocating falsely. We HAVE suspended brush passarounds for caution regarding COVID interactions with badger knots but the easily cleaned hard surfaces and time regarding shipping of the razors is quite another matter.

Thank you for hijacking the N075 reintroduction thread and placing a chilling effect upon H&S whose only offence is spending money to allow people to trial their product prior to purchase.

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 04-05-2020, 11:32 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Sending the N075 Al Hardcote out tomorrow but just can’t resist getting one more shave in. This time using Cutting Edge Citrus Wood. The nice thing about scooping and bowl lathering is it really opens up the scent profile. Unmolested, the soap had an OK woodsy scent vibe but scooping just opened up the citrus! What an absolutely lovely scent.

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 04-05-2020, 12:07 PM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Per Aji, the Al Hardcote baseplate is fully compatible with Barbicide. Unlike anodizing and other Al treatments, the Hardcote doesn’t dissolve. Good to know for those wishing to disinfect the razor.

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 04-06-2020, 04:56 PM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Had the last perfect shave with this beauty - really hate to let it go and can't wait to get it back.  This one staying in my rotation permanently

The Cutting Edge Citrus Wood is an odd scent that was only slightly appealing at first but has really become a favourite.  Of course the lather is traditional perfection balanced evenly across the spectrum of metrics with a superb post shave conditioning effect.  Something to look foreward to passaround participants!

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 04-08-2020, 11:20 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Posting this on behalf of another trialer with limited internet access at the moment:


Had my first shave the Al hardcoat plate today. Have noticed the same as everyone else! Razor is less balanced now, being handle heavy. This helps put less pressure on your face and in turn gives a softer face feel (IMO). I never felt like I was going to get bitten while shaving, where the SS baseplate did give me that feeling. I was having issues with the SS baseplate causing irritation and nick's, so I stopped using the razor. Since this was the first time using it, I can't fully state that won't happen, but the first shave was very promising. It was a very smooth three and a half pass shave. Usually I can only do a two pass shave before experiencing irritation, but this baseplate allowed me to. I used a new gillette platinum blade, and NO barrbarr. It's been about an hour since I shaved and I have some slight irritation on my neck and under my jawline (probably due to more passes than I'm used to). This is usually where I get irritation. Other than that, super close and comfortable! Look forward to shaving the rest of the week with it! 

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 04-09-2020, 06:46 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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From FloridaCreekIndian:

Aji is an amazing guy for sure. I reached out to him to ask when the aluminum plates would be available and to tell him how much I enjoyed using the aluminum pass around plate and I end up buying one of the plates he had in hand. He received 4 plates for the pass around, two of which he kept, and he sold me one of them. He said the other plates should be available in a few weeks but I didn’t pass up the opportunity to snag one now.


I don’t post this to brag but to point out how nice of a gesture that was. He was thankful for my interest in buying another of his products and decided to sell me a plate he had in hand. It’s not like multiple plates won’t be a available soon, but still a nice thought.

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 04-10-2020, 10:15 AM
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Second shave with the Al hardcoat. Just as smooth as the first shave. Did a 2 pass since I need to shave again in under 24 hours and didn't want to push it. Gillette platinum (2), RR Santa Maria, and proraso green AS. I gave myself some slight razor burn on my lower lip, unsure how that happened. I must have used too much pressure. Other than that, had a very good shave. Some slight stubble left on my neck, but the only way to get rid of that is by going ATG which I decided against. I planned on shaving yesterday but didn't need to because the first shave left me clean enough![Image: HYZWRZU.jpg]

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 04-12-2020, 11:08 AM
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I have one more shave with this Al baseplate tomorrow morning, then it's sent out to the next tester! If you haven't signed up to try this, DO IT! You won't be disappointed. This morning, I used a GSB and obtained a comfortable, close shave. The smoothness of this baseplate compared to the SS is very noticable, and one of my smoothest razors. There is some efficiency sacrificed, but it is made up for. It takes me 3 passes with the Al baseplate compared to 2 passes with the SS to get the closeness I want. The difference is, I have less irritation after 3 passes with the Al than 2 passes with the SS.[Image: WSQO3NA.jpg]

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 05-05-2020, 06:20 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Posted by request of a trialer:

My Review of H&S N075 with Al baseplate (based on 5 shaves in 1 week period). I tested the Al baseplate as a daily driver and with 2 days growth. I will begin to say that prior to receiving the Al baseplate, I shaved with the H&S N075 with the polished stainless steel baseplate for 3 times. I will say right off the bat that the H&S N075 with the Ss baseplate is not a daily driver for my skin type, as always YMMV. But, the Al baseplate (again for my skin type) is a Wonderful daily driver. H&S with Ss baseplate is a 2-3 day shaver for me.

Balance: The balance of the Razor with the Al baseplate is perfect, leaving you (the user) more in control. On the other hand the Ss baseplate makes the razor a little more head heavy and feels a little unbalanced. Both baseplates shave very well but it is easier to maneuver the Al baseplate.

Glide: The Pollished Ss baseplate had better glide than the hardcoated Al baseplate.

Efficiency/Smoothness Ratio: The Ss baseplate was more efficient but also less smooth than the Al baseplate. I would rate it as 7/7 for Ss. The Al I would rate it as 6/9. (With 10=most aggressive; 10=Smoothest).

Daily Driver: For me, the Ss would require 2 pass Bbs with touch ups, while the Al would require 3 passes+touch ups to reach Bbs. The Ss is much better at 2 days growth than the Al baseplate imo.

Speed: I shaved much faster with the Al baseplate and it felt “safer” to shave than the Ss baseplate. The Ss baseplate requires more concentration especially across the grain.

Side note: I found that the Nacet blades work better than my Wizamet Iridium in the Al baseplate. Meanwhile, the Wizamet work better than the Nacets in Ss baseplate.

Conclusion: My shaves with the Al baseplate have been a true discovery. It did cross my mind that the H&S N075 Ss was not for me, but after I have tried the Al baseplate it is such a different razor for me that it will be a keeper. IF you have tried the H&S N075 with the Ss, You will find that the H&S N075 w/ Aluminum baseplate feels like a total different razor. (It feels as different as Timeless .95 vs Gamechanger .84). I will absolutely buy the Al baseplate when released. Both baseplates truly have different shave characteristics, so purchasing the Al baseplate is justified. Thank you Aji for re-releasing the Al baseplate. I inquired about the Al baseplate, and he said it will be released sometime in May.

A Big Thank you to DanLaw for giving me the opportunity to try out this baseplate. Thank You Sir!!

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 05-05-2020, 06:32 PM
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Nice to see the new reviews and thoughts on both the aluminum and SS base plates. Happy to hear about Nacet and Wizamet blades work well. Looks like it will be an interesting razor to try. I've been trying a few more mild razors the last couple years as a 2nd pass and this sounds like it could be promising as a mild/mid aggressive razor. Thanks for organizing the pass around Dan. Cheers

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 05-17-2020, 11:23 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Am posting this on behalf of a nonmember reviewing the razor and soap.

My current razor is a Timeless straight bar with 0.68mm gap.  While the Timeless finish is very well executed, I preferred the more industrial finish of the H&S.  It reminded me of a high quality tool which is appealing being a maintenance mechanic for a major international airline. If I had to characterize the looks versus the Timeless, it would be that the Timeless appears much more like a fancy watch with the H&S similar to a purposeful tool - I like that.  The extended width head covering the blade tabs was the only area I could fault with the design of the razor, as its thin head allowed getting in tight spots but the extended width interfered with getting access directly under the nose without altering my established shaving method.  The manufacturer supplied a Gillette Nacet blade that combined well with the black aluminum plate resulted in a perfect shave.  In summary, based on shaving my skin with dermatological challenges issues, I found the razor to be great and I want one.

I also had a good experience with Cutting Edge soaps preferring the Citrus Wood; it is a nice soap at a good price.  Highly recommended.

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 05-27-2020, 04:45 AM
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I had the pleasure of using the new Al baseplate for just over two weeks. Prior to using the new plate, I’ve been the proud owner of a full stainless steel NO75 (high polish short handle version) which I’ve been incredibly impressed with since purchasing it last year. The H&S NO75 has served me well, but as a daily shaver, I have at times found it to be a tad too much for me, especially if I was being careless or had experiencing irritation from the prior days shave. The shorter handle version causes it to be “head heavy” and unbalanced. Here are my thoughts:

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. Most recently, I’ve settled on the Razorock Lupo stainless steel, which I’ve found to be an incredibly enjoyable razor. The NO75 full stainless was nice, but a bit hefty which may have resulted in some lite irritation.

Enter the H&S Hybrid Al – Simply amazing. Shaves have been buttery smooth with all blades that I’ve tested it with: Gillette Nacet, Feather, Treet Platinum, and my go-to – Gillette Perma-Sharp Super. The reduction in weight from the Al baseplate really balanced this razor for me and resulted in glorious irritation-free shaves. Blade feel was minimal, which I’ve also really enjoyed. The best part? Efficiency of this razor has remained incredible, especially given the fact that it was designed with neutral blade exposure.

Conclusion: The new AI baseplate has made the H&S NO75 an outstanding daily driver. So much in fact that I had to apologize to Dan Law due to delays in returning it in a timely manner. The full NO75 was already incredibly efficient and smooth, but the reduction of weight from the Al baseplate just made this razor such a pleasure to use. It’s just as efficient and incredibly smooth, resulting in irritation-free shaves. Simply the best mild DE? For far for me, YES. YMMV but as someone who has purchased and used dozens of vintage and modern razors, I highly recommend this razor and am planning on purchasing the new Al baseplate.

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.

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 05-31-2020, 06:49 PM
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Thanks to Dan this is the second Haircut & Shave razor pass around I have tried. I am now more familiar with the company and its unique design elements so the surprise at the styling of Haircut & Shave razors has dissipated. Before beginning the details of my review, it is important to remind people that I am a native Italian highlighting the important role design plays; we view it as an integral part of our visual and tactile life experience.

Dan made a point to emphasize that this razor is a complete departure from the P076 17-4 SS; while still possessing a thin stack height, it is completely different in concept using a hybrid of 303 SS for the handle and top cap and BaseKote aluminum for the baseplate. My senses were shocked when first opening the package as I had never seen a razor with different colored baseplate from the rest of the razor. I would be less than honest if not expressing my disappointment combined with prejudice; something just seemed out of place with a two-tone razor that moved me to call Dan asking if I could pass it on to the next person without shaving. Dan went into a long explanation that this razor was his favorite shaving razor ever used and how I needed to wrap my mind around the performance long enough to give it a try. In the end, I tried the razor to placate a friend with the expectation that I would pass it on immediately after checking the box of trying it based on Dan’s insistence. I had to confess that despite its looks and visual impression of imbalance, it felt quite good to the grip.

I reluctantly loaded a Timor blade expecting the worst but much to my surprise, this proved to be a pretty incredible razor. It shaves very smoothly and close while maintaining comfort; even with a much more aggressive PolSilver blade, it still shaved equally comfortable. I have never experienced a razor that shaves so equally smoothly and well with any blade you place in it. This razor shaves so surprisingly well that I don’t care that it has a different colored baseplate. My only remaining worry was that the razor might be expensive but I was surprised to learn it costs less than $200. In my opinion, there isn’t any razor near its price point that shaves so well and comfortably as the N075 with its aluminum baseplate. Somehow a 3 pass shave feels like a 1 pass shave with other razors but delivers completely smooth skin; that is aa compromise I can live with every day.

Two tubs of Cutting Edge soaps were included with the razors. Admittedly, I am a user of Grooming Dept soaps almost exclusively but I have to admit these soaps are really good. Dan believes these are within a hair of Grooming Dept in performance with even better cushioning. My take was the same but with the understanding that I am not a fan of the 2 scents included (Citrus Wood and Lemongrass). A big positive for me was that the Cutting Edge soaps are available for $20 which is a fantastic price. I liked the soap enough to take a generous helping prior to mailing the package to the next person. 

In summary, thanks to Haircut & Shave for providing this unique razor for testing; it is amazing how similar the shapes of their razors look while being subtly distinctive and unique. My initial impression remains that Haircut & Shave razors are beautifully manufactured and finished. Summing up the N075 aluminum baseplate razor: I cannot think of any razor on the market combining the perfect shave qualities of this razor at anywhere near its price. This razor went from being tried based entirely on the insistence of a friend to being one I am going to purchase for my second home and travel.

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 06-25-2020, 08:38 AM
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So the pass around moves to me for a week. I've been looking forward to trying this razor for several months & am glad my time has arrived.

My first shave was last weekend. First sight reaction is this is a well-made razor. Fit & finish is impeccable. I like the fresh design of the head & handle instead of copying an existing design. The length of the handle surprises me, as does the overall weight. I'm aware of the spec sheet on the razor, but reading about it is different than seeing it & holding it.

For the first shave, I used all of my A-team: a fresh Nacet, Ethos Lavender soap & skin food, & a 28mm Paladin Phantasia Lotus with a J6 knot. The first few strokes & I realize I have a superb shaving instrument in my hands. The balance is great, the grip of the handle is great, audible feedback is great, smoothness of the razor going through my whiskers is great. I think you get my drift, it's great! The length of the handle is longer than I prefer, but it is certainly usable. I'll be curious to try different handles that are 1/2" - 1" shorter. I will also try a lighter handle. I use mostly vintage that weighs 70g - 80g, so this roughly 120g razor is quite a bit heavier than what I'm used to. That is not a knock on the razor by any means, just a statement of what I've grown accustomed to.

I haven't used the SS baseplate, but concur with others that the Al baseplate offers an extremely smooth, yet quite efficient shave. For the first shave, I was working at finding the proper angle of attack so I expect subsequent shaves to be even smoother than the first. I tried shallow & steep angles, & both worked very well. There was less feedback with a steep angle, & a slight drop in efficiency, as well. I am writing this 16 hours after my shave & I am just now feeling light growth on my jawline & edges of my mouth. This is a superb razor & one that quickly convinced me that I need on. I'll possibly wait (or not) to try the P076 version before deciding which H&S razor to buy. This is quality & superb shaving in one. I will be getting one! I've tried many razors in pass arounds through the years, but this one has me sold after one shave.

Thanks to Aji for his vision & knowledge, I wish him much success. Thanks to DanLaw for organizing & running this pass around, it's a time-consuming headache on his part. On behalf of all who get to try the various H&S razors that Dan is passing around, thank you, sir!
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