05-07-2020, 10:44 PM
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I am – I’m happy to say – a very lucky guy; I got an Tatara Masamune razor as an unexpected gift. Thank you, Joao and the rest of the Tatara Team! While I have not put the Masamune through it’s paces yet, I have some initial impression of the design, craftsmanship and presentation.

But first; photos!
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First off; full marks on presentation – the form cut cork block holds the razor secure, and is distinct. It’s also recyclable and biodegrade, something that sets it apart from the plastic and foam many razors are still packaged in.

The craftsmanship strikes me as very good – there is clean edges, no machining marks, and a uniform finish. The uniform finish across all three pieces of razor is something a lot of big name manufacturers often don’t quite manage.

Considering that I like short handled razors with the centre of gravity just below the head, there is from my initial handling nothing I want to change on the Masamune. It simply feels good in my hand.

A few other observations;
  • The threaded hole in the handle has a blind hole below it – I’m not sure if it’s there just to make sure you don’t put too much pressure on the end of the threaded shank or do slightly change the balance of the razor, but it’s something I don’t see on many razors.
  • The hole in the base plate is so large the top of the handle don’t press against it – instead the base plate ride on the ball near the top of the handle. I assume this is done to minimise the risk of damage to the thread, as well as providing more bearing surface.
  • The razor comes with a trio of Feather blades, commonly held to be among the sharpest blades available and usually best suited for mild razors – to me this indicates the Masamune is mild.
Overall my initial impression of the fit, finish and design is great. It’s obvious to me, having some technical background, that the team behind the Tatara razor knows engineering – something made even more obvious by the page they have on specifications on their website.

I am already looking forward to Monday, when I get to shave with the Masamune for the first time.

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 05-08-2020, 06:09 AM
  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Here is our passaround thread from last year.

The top cap thread shank design is one based on sound engineering principles of minimizing stress risers leading to failure over time or physical shock. Unfortunately it goes against (bad) industry standard limiting handle options so has been changed in Nodachi. Further, the through the baseplate handle design is a critical element giving Tatara razors such incredible blade feel. Even though trends are moving to efficient shavers with negligible feel, find this design and characteristic highly desirable. In fact, every element of Tatara design leans towards feedback akin to old Ferraris, 911s and Ducati Superbikes...like that...A LOT....

Link to passaround thread from last year:

We also concluding a passaround of the Nodachi where the design differences are discussed in detail:

There are longer threads on another forum even though we encourage our trialers to post identical reviews on both fora

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 05-13-2020, 04:24 PM
  • DayMan
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That’s a nice gift. How do you like it so far?

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 05-13-2020, 08:23 PM
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(05-13-2020, 04:24 PM)DayMan Wrote: That’s a nice gift. How do you like it so far?

Very happy with the razor, the balance is just right. Definitely going to make it into my regular rotation. I'm going to write a review after trying it with some other blades as well.

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