05-20-2020, 09:02 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Haircut & Shave has been very busy over the past year designing and releasing new razors setting ever-higher standards for quality and innovation at unexpectedly low prices.  Aji Sunjaya is the owner and driving force behind H&S, bringing a philosophy emphasizing comfortable shaving attributes with efficiency far beyond what would normally be associated with those levels of comfort.  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.  Although very successful in his core business, he has decided to use his experience and resources to reverse the trend of increasingly higher quality razors appealing only to those with incredibly deep pockets.  In the year and a half since releasing the N075Al DE razor (in my estimation the finest shaving mild razor available at any price) he has gone on to release the P076 17-4 razor (so well executed it is available as an Open Comb and Straight Bar, far exceeding the quality and shave characteristics of the only other such razor on the market) and is about to release what I wholeheartedly believe is the absolute best built titanium razor ever made (including that from the manufacturer whose razors are universally considered the standard of perfection).

I have reviewed both the N075 and P076 17-4 prior to initiating passarounds, giving them stellar reviews with exhaustingly detailed metrics of the geometries and dimensions; for the P076Ti am going to take a different tact.  As the dimensions of the P076Ti are identical to the P076 17-4 and the sole difference is in the underlying material, this review will focus on the manufacturing perfection of the razor and comparing it in side-by-side shaves to the characteristics of the N075Al and P076 17-4; finally, the finish will be compared to a high polish Wolfman WR1 SS.  For those unfamiliar with my P076 17-4 review, it can be accessed thru http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=60455 where one will find all the dimensional details typically associated with my reviews there.

Packaging is an extensively covered subject in previous H&S reviews, nonetheless it deserving of attention.  Varying widely amongst the boutique manufacturers of high-end razors, packaging reflects 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 much a precision instrument as 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.

Upon opening the blow mold boxes, the eyes are greeted by the best-finished razors of any manufacturer using any metal encountered - period - hard stop.  It is impossible to overstate the polish quality on the H&S P076Ti razor, it even exceeds Wolfman SS Mirror Finish standards, which are so head and shoulders above the rest of the market that the delta to the next best industry polished finish is as though dealing with a brushed finish.  To those disputing that anybody can match, let alone exceed Wolfman’s incredibly high standards, view the included side-by-side photos of one of my Wolfman WR1 SS so finished; bear in mind Wolfman has balked on doing mirror polish titanium due to the difficulty of getting the results to his standards.  Dedicated DuFour fans, of which I am one, please do not take this as an insult for remain a 4 Wolfman owner being the only DE razors in my possession with no intention of ever selling.  The reality is that H&S has found a way to build razors to Wolfman standards, the only other such manufacturer on the market at the moment, NOT that Wolfman’s quality has decreased in any way.  To demonstrate the advances H&S has made, compare the side-by-side photos with P076 17-4: the polish is actually of a higher grade!  What is more amazing, to the point of defying logic, is how this quality is being sold at such low prices.

Handling the P076Ti is, as with all titanium razors, a lovely experience.  The weight is feather light at 63g for SB and 60g for OC/DC, the feel cool to the touch but not clinically distant and the satisfaction resulting from these two qualities is intoxicating.  Being raised by a Russian émigré of Asian descent results in a soulful lust for anything made of titanium: exhaust? Good God gotta have it, here’s my $5.000: pegs for a race bike that will likely break on the first fall whilst saving zero weight? THAT will get me on the podium, here’s my $700: safety harness using Ti connectors having absolutely zero added safety benefit over SS?  A must have, here’s my $1.000…needless to state, have been a sucker for titanium all my life.  Aside from the incredible industry standard polish that separates the P076Ti from competitors, is the subtlety of the execution of the handle curvatures and head assembly edges (including Open Comb teeth); particularly noteworthy is the handle knurling which is so perfectly executed that one hardly notices it other than the astounding grip.  The machining is executed to Wolfman standards, which could not be higher even for aerospace or motorsports custom-built usage.  BUT, and am ready for incoming vitriol for being heterodoxic if not heretical, I had never encountered a titanium razor shaving to the standard of its stainless steel counterpart, including Wolfman and numerous other high end titanium razors bought and immediately sold over the years.  Thus, it was with resignation that, while marveling at the sheer beauty of the P076Ti, I dreaded having the illusion broken by the reality of the shave to follow, akin to the disappointment of finally securing that intimate moment with the IT girl of the moment and finding her a lousy lover.

Loading the supplied Nacets into the P076Ti was nearly a religious experience; 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 and to a standard even higher than its P076 17-4 counterpart!  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 – have only encountered 2 other manufacturers to date so obsessed with visual perfection: Wolfman and Raw, neither being anywhere near the price point of the H&S.  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 the blade during cleaning.  Frankly, Aji could and SHOULD increase the proposed selling price by a factor plus – this is a big boy industry standard razor the equal of Wolfman that deserves a big boy price.

Ethos supplied 2 tubs of their latest soaps: Success (Pineapple Noir) and Clean (Unscented) for this passaround.  Folk, there is a new standard in town; it doesn’t mean the others soaps got worse nor that the second best soap now is terrible as it is still head and shoulders above its competitors BUT no soap out there performs like Ethos.  It lathers so easily that if one contemplates retrieving a brush the beautifully executed jar literally explodes in volcanic flowing of lather.  The quality of the lather is the densest, most cushioned ever experienced by a country mile yet manages to be light on the face.  The glide and residual slickness are right there with the absolute best soaps that have sacrificed cushion and density for glide and the post shave is as though using serum and balm without having to go to the trouble.  For the first time in my entire life, from straight edges to electric razors and all forms of shaving in between, shaved continuously without once experiencing post shave redness on the neck.  The price is high at $36 and $34 respectively but it is sold in 7Oz containers so cost per weight is squarely in line with the market – moreover, despite the “almond is all you need” mantra of the entire industry, this soap actually lathers 28mm knots sufficient for a 4 pass shave using a peanut sized dollop.  Continuing on the theme of packaging reflecting perceived quality, Ethos is packaged as though giving a damn; the jars ship boxed as though fine lingerie bagged at a boutique shop being bought as a present for that special girl.  The jar is beautifully made, if of a very high quality plastic with a metal top.  Passaround testers are truly blessed by the pairing of Ethos soap with the P076Ti razor.  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.

I used the P076Ti for 5 3-pass shaves in total: 3 in a vacuum, 1 side-by-side SB only with the N075Al and 1 side by side with the P076 17-4 SB & OC razors. All the shaves were 3-pass: first pass, Open Comb razor With the Grain: second pass, Straight Bar Against the Grain: and third pass, Straight Bar Across the Grain.

Lathered up for the first 3 3-pass shaves using the P076Ti in a vacuum with trepidation; could/would the tactile and visual beauty ever match the actual shaving experience or would I be let down again by yet another dead feeling titanium razor.  The last thing in the world desired was having to write a review minimizing the shaving qualities of a razor whilst emphasizing its cosmetics…argh….  Much to my pleasant surprise and joy, for the first time in years of shaving with titanium razors, felt the magic others describe.  In summary, the close efficient shave of the P076 17-4 is retained but with damn near the facial comfort of the N075Al – MAGIC!!  This is an absolutely lovely shaving razor; the OC is perfect for first passes on supersensitive skin and can even do an entire shave of such folk albeit skipping a day between shaves but when combined with SB for the remaining 2 passes, the shave is outstanding even for daily shavers.  Were there only sufficient funds for one of the P076Ti razors tested, would get the SB as it can handle multiple days growth first pass no issue even if the preference is always for OC followed by SB and can be used as a daily razor even by those with hyper sensitive skin.  However, the good news is that, for those so inclined, there is a DC version which 100% would be my preference.  

It is noteworthy that, as with most DE razors encountered, riding the cap: i.e., starting with the cap flat against the skin then rotating towards the bar/comb until the blade angle is optimal, IS THE PREFERRED TECHNIQUE for the P076 family of razors.  Those feeling the positive blade exposure too aggressive will immediately get excellent results riding the cap versus trying to maintain the traditional 30-degree angle. The result is a solid 36 hour BBS shave every time without irritation.  My relief and happiness cannot be measured as I wanted to love the P076Ti but feared another titanium let down.  This is another H&S razor staying in my rotation permanently.

It just so happened that both the other H&S razors: N075Al and P076 17-4, were in the Atlanta area. Being curious how the N075Al (which I regard as the best shaving mild razor on the market) and the brethren P076 in 17-4 stack up, endeavoured to round the H&S family up for reunion side-by-side shaves to clarify matters in my mind.  To be fair, only used the SB P076Ti against the N075Al and the results were surprising.  The P076Ti is within a hair of the comfort of the N075Al but much closer shaving with a BBS lasting an additional 12ish hours shaving half a face with each simultaneously to eliminate variables as much as possible; that would have seemed impossible upon reflection but there it is. Side-by-side shaves simultaneously pairing the 2 P076 metals reveal a very different character with identical results.  Both metals yield a 36 hour BBS shave but the perceived face feel is night and day.  In no circumstances could one claim the 17-4 a brainless shave, as its feedback aurally and tactilely is readily apparent whereas the Ti is smooth – not smooth without feedback but rather smooth whilst still delivering more than adequate feedback for enjoyment and guidance.  

It is hoped that people will read the previous paragraph carefully so as to understand that H&S does not make a razor family shaving to a particular style in different gaps and metals; rather, what Aji has done is provide a broad spectrum of mild to moderate efficient razors that shave completely differently despite sharing common visual ques.  The H&S design strategy is unencountered elsewhere and worthy of note; I find it brilliant but it is incumbent upon the buyer to purchase the right razor within that family for their beard, shaving preference and finances.  Aji accommodates the community of perspective buyers by circulating these razors for assessment and allowing me to manage the passaround maintaining neutrality in compiling feedback and perspective to share with the public.  It is incumbent upon us to take advantage of this opportunity not provided elsewhere at razors of this level.  Also incumbent upon us is squelching unsubstantiated rumours such as a one run and done release strategy to this Ti razor, which is patently untrue.  Per Aji, this as any project, will have an initial run of 50 razors that, if well received by the public, will be followed by future production runs…per Aji, I have the text reply.

My summation is simple regarding the products included in this passaround: these are the best 2 products of their type encountered in a lifetime of shaving – it really is that simple.  When items of such breakthrough significance by artisans having the vision and ability to make them reality are encountered, they deserve to be called out for being exceptional and so I did.  Shaving is not a hobby to me; rather, it is a chore that given an opportunity would happily be abandoned.  These products make a terrible burden better than any others I have used in a decade of experimenting with what are considered the best products available globally.  Whereas the H&S P076 17-4 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 and the N075Al is akin to driving a Porsche 996/7 or Ferrari Italia – it makes you perform better than ever imagined without punishing mistakes, the P076Ti is a Lamborghini Huracan – providing the thrills with margin of error protection of a Ferrari Italia but retaining some of the fun feedback of the Ferrari 355.

However, H&S faces a dilemma; at some point the price needs raised to reflect the industry leading design and execution of world class USA production using expensive to machine metals.  Truth told, the same could be stated of Ethos; a supreme product utilizing relatively expensive ingredients, premium packaging and of such competitive advantage that it deserves a premium price point.  Less critical but still of importance, H&S needs develop a suitably simplistically stylistic stand to complement these razors.

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 05-20-2020, 10:51 PM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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The proposed price without being set firmly and finally is $400. Before commenting, review the photos next to a SS razor costing $650 ($550 High Polish without custom work) and waiting half a year minimum to acquire Or alternatively a basic brushed finish Ti razor costing $470, unavailable (maybe forever), taking months to acquire when available and according to posts from those acquiring in past never to be available again in high polish. Context is important

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 05-21-2020, 01:00 PM
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  • SteelyEdge
  • Is it razor sharp? Works for me..
  • Northeast, USA
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Drooling ..... Oh Yeah!!!  Babeando

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 06-24-2020, 08:47 AM
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I had tried the 17-4 version and will post my review there.

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 06-30-2020, 10:39 AM
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3 shaves in with the Ti SB PO76 all with a Polsilver blade and ETHOS soap and AS.
First Shave was with 48 hour beard and last 2 with 24 hour beard growth.
Fit and Finish is best in business currently, it matches my 4 year old high polished Wolfman Ti WR1 and is less expensive than my recent brushed finish Ti WR2.
All 3 shaves were very smooth 2 pass BBS shaves lasting about 14-16 hours, there is some blade feel, enough to know you are clearing the whiskers but not too much to become uncomfortable as a daily driver. The head is compact and easy to maneuver and as with all my Ti razors it gives a nice soft feel during the shave.
I am very happy with everything about this razor, great smooth shave I can easily use as a daily driver, nice and shiny and at a very good price for such a beautiful razor, and it gives a lasting BBS shave. Aji did a fantastic job with this razor.

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 07-02-2020, 08:32 AM
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This was the Big One Dan had been building up for months, the Haircut & Shave P076 Ti razor pass around.  The talk was that beard hair would fall out at its mere mention, that it is so light users had to sign a hold harmless agreement in case of being carried away into orbit and that it so polished users need to wear sunglasses to prevent blindness.  And so it was that I came to test the H&S Ti.  

 
H&S has become quite familiar over the past couple months; enough so that I am buying one of their N075Al razors as a travel and vacation home shaver.  As I have posited in prior reviews, I am native Italian, which means design is an important element of all things; we view it as an integral part of our visual and tactile life experience.  To date I have found H&S products design and high quality execution appeals to me for a variety of rational and emotional reasons.  
 
Dan was emphatic that this razor would have a strong appeal to me for ethnic and motorsport technology reasons.  I was regaled with stories of how difficult it is to machine open comb titanium and, even more so, polish it to the level of mirror reflection I have come to expect from Wolfman and past H&S SS razors.  It was emphasized that even though the geometry was identical to the 17-4 SS of the last passaround P076, this razor would come amazingly close to the N075Al regardingskin feel while delivering an identical, if not superior shave to its 17-4 SS stable mate.  This was fascinating and I was certainly excited about the razor but another part of me was also reflecting on past razors I have owned or tried over the years.  It is 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 that need to fit the unique particular task at hand in a way that provides both efficiency and comfort for the individual: my needs may differ greatly from yours.
 
Thanks again to Haircut & Shave for providing these two unique preproduction razors for testing; it took courage to broadly distribute razors that aren’t finished to a production level; this reflects their confidence in the machining.  These razors are every bit the quality of Wolfman in my opinion, an opinion that is very particular incidentally.  My initial impression was that these razors are flawlessly manufactured and finished; if this is what the test batch looks like, one can only imagine how stunning the public releases will be.  In fact,these razors are so brightly polished that I messaged Dan if these were really chrome plated only to receive a terse remark that they were not.  The depth of the shine and reflection wassimply amazing!  But what really shocked me (there is no other word that describes my reaction better than shocked) was just how light these razors are, disturbingly light imparting an impression of fragility that was misplaced.  A welcome improvement from the 17-4 SS was the perfectly adequate but much more pleasant knurling; where the 17-4 SS knurling was so defined that it distracted attention from my shaving experience, the Ti knurling disappeared into the background while providing perfect grip even using the slickest soap.  As with all H&S razors tried so far, I really liked the handle design; it is very artistic and reminds me of an Indian flute.
 
Shaving with the P076 Ti was a unique experience.  This was my first encounter with a titanium razor; while the weight savings are an incredible technological feat to apply to shaving, I am not confident this is the best material for my preference.  All my preferred razors tend to be heavier, with more presence that I rely upon to apply the correct pressure during shaving.  The lack of heft of the Ti induced me to apply pressure on an already aggressive razor shaving soft skin with mild beard growth.  No matter what blades I used from Timor to Astra, the shaves were perfectly BBS but the post shave was too harsh for my skin and beard type.  The feel of titanium against the skin is wonderfully soft compared to the 17-4 SS making it easy to understand why some people prefer titanium razors.  My shaves with the OC razor where much more comfortable than with the 17-4 SS OC.  However, the skin softness only contributed to the harsh post shaving experience because it encouraged applying pressure.  It is my opinion that this is a great razor for those more experienced shavers with tougher skin and more coarse beards.  The shaves were outstanding judged by the metric of BBS closeness.  The other characteristic of titanium readily apparent to me was the lack of auditory feedback.  There is a lot of debate on the forums regarding the importance and cause of auditory feedback with some saying it a great trait and others that it the byproduct of suboptimal design; who knows but I can say that the P076 Ti is notably quieter than its 17-4 SS stable mate, eerily so.
 
Ethos Soap came with the razors and it too was highly touted.  I am a Grooming Dept soap user preferring the original Mallard to any soap ever used but Dan insisted the Ethos is even better.  The jars are the most beautiful plastic I have experienced with beautiful caps.  Ethos soaps are artfully packaged with a degree of subtle tastefulness reminiscent of premium Italian products.  Of the 2 soaps provided, the Success was the most appealing as a scent but where the soaps really stand out iin the lather properties.  Both soaps are outstanding, minimally the equal of my favorite Mallard soap and probably better if post shave skin tone is important.  Very little soap is required to build enough lather for a full shave which is strange; I never used more than an almond sized scoop yet always had to rinse excess down the drain.  With 7oz to a jar this soap should last years! I made it a point to take a generous helping prior to passing the package on the next person and will be buying a jar soon.
 
In summary, these are outstanding razors at a bargain price. The razors are a solid choice for those experienced shavers with normal skin and more coarse beards seeking a more aggressive shave.  For people like me with softer skin and lighter beardsthe soft feel of titanium combined with the light weight actually results in more post shave harshness than the more sterile and hard feeling 17-4 SS that encourages discretion as strange as that reads.  The fit and finish is on par with Wolfman; these are outstanding razors with so many unique elements that many will want to purchase one just for those features.  Understanding the details of these razors makes the price point seem very fair.  It is interesting how H&S makes razors so similar looking yet unique that perform at such extremes for customers with different needs.  Thank you H&S for supplying these great razors.

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 07-03-2020, 08:25 AM
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Excellent review @Maditalian the ETHOS line of products I believe will be the hot new startup of 2020 and has led me to PIF most of my soaps and AS products. The H&S Ti truly is a remarkably smooth yet efficient razor. As someone who has slowly switched over to Ti razors and is a daily shaver it just took a little time to adjust to the light razor and learn that very little change in pressure is needed compared to heavier razors to avoid irritation but this is a perfect example of YMMV. AJ is has said he will be releasing a dual comb SB/OC shortly in Ti

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 07-04-2020, 05:18 PM
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Happy 4th of July to all my friends in the USA. So after spending the day on the boat with my kids and grandkids came home and for dinner. Pulled out the H&S Ti PO76 with a Nacet blade and ETHOS success soap and got a wonderful one pass WTG DFS for dinner. This razor shaves better than it looks, I am very pleased with the continued results of this razor. Enjoy the evening my friends.

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 07-11-2020, 04:35 AM
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Pulled out the H&S Ti last night with 2 1/2 days of beard growth, which is a lot for me, wanted to see how this razor handled it. Dropped in a Polsilver and lather up with ETHOS Lavender, which is my favorite by far.
WTG The Ti handled the extra growth with no problem taking off the majority of my whiskers
ATG Again the Ti felt extremely smooth, with just enough blade feel and audible feedback to let me know it was cutting smoothly. Cold water rinse and I needed to touch up the jawline and was rewarded with a smooth BBS that is still going strong 12 hours later. Ethos skin food and I was set for the night. Smoking some brisket now, have a great day!

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 07-11-2020, 04:59 PM
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I am a Ethos fan as well. I just received the lavender. Waiting on the next release for TI H&S. Great read, thanks. Brisket..mmmm!

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 07-19-2020, 11:16 AM
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  • DanLaw
  • Just an old slow fat man
  • Peachtree City, GA
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Haircut & Shave is laser focused on meeting customer demand for new product and to this end has been committed to releasing Dual Comb versions of their P076 line in 17-4 stainless and titanium.  Such has been the overwhelming demand for razors that Aji has been busy sending out releases of SB and OC versions literally nonstop as fast as one can produce hand made razors representing the peak of perfection requiring a day just to polish by hand....  It was with a little surprise that Aji reached out to announce he had finished the P076 Ti DC for the passaround we had long awaited.  Hitherto, in order to maintain flow amongst passaround participants, the paired P076 Ti SB and OC razors had migrated from East to West Coast.  This second razor possessing both combs, allows us to split the passaround between the coasts cutting the time to complete the passaround by half and also making shipping/insurance less expensive for participants - an added bonus being some (self included) prefer DC razors for mixing OC first passes with SB subsequent cleaning passes.  


For those thinking they may be missing something by virtue of residing on the "wrong" coast for trialing the razor of their choice, can assure that there is absolutely nothing missing regarding quality between the two passarounds nor is there any delta in the shaving experience.  The two passarounds are about as equally matched regarding quality and shave experience as dueling pistols and would trust my life to either package in assessing H&S P076 Ti as a potential purchaser.  Even our soap sponsor, ETHOS remains the same with sole difference of the East Coast package containing Succes Pineapple Noir and Clean Unscented soap versus Succes Pineapple Noir and the latest Agrumes Melange in the West Coast package.  

Having been without a H&S in possession since sending off the P076 Ti SB and OC 2 months ago, and "stuck" with my personal array of duFour Wolfman and BBS1 razors, it was surprising opun opening the package just how well made are H&S razors.  Sure, we discuss endlessly the incredible quality and craftsmanship of Aji's razors but when reencountering them, one is yet shocked at their damned perfection.  All joking regarding being "stuck" with Wolfman razors aside, H&S is the only current production razor brand encountered that can stand toe to toe on an equal footing with Wolfman - period and very abrupt, very hard stop.  But having experienced it in the past and repeatedly discussing it nonetheless pales next to viewing and handling the H&S razors.  Despite having handled more H&S products than likely anybody excepting Aji, I am taken aback each time as to their amazing world class standards of fit and finish.  Moreover, the design is unique adding to the legend being created - not only does one immediately know by the quality just how special these razors are but they stand apart by look too, akin to warriors of ancient history or fighter pilot aces of old that would mark their kit conspicuously so potential combatants would know exactly who they were up against.  It takes courage and pride to so differentiate oneself in a world where getting along quietly is the strategy advocated by the powers that be and the safety of the herd entrenched in every facet of civilized life.

Using the razor is again a revelation that a major manufacturer has been established neck and neck at the top of the pecking order.  Irrespective of how fondly I had remembered the shave experience, the H&S P076 Ti DC shocked me back into reality repeatedly muttering to self that: "Damn, this is an incredible razor as good as my favourite duFour razors costing in some cases multiples more.".  Personally much prefer a DC razor and every personal DE razor where it could be so speced is a DC in Mirror polish but this is just frankly the best of the lot.  The shave is as close as a 0,74+ WR1 Wolfman BUT the feel is somewhere around a 0,61 WR1: truly amazing that almost everybody can now experience a truly effortless BBS shave without the accompanying irritation that those of us with sensative damaged skin must otherwise endure.  Even were I working a Senior Executive level position in the Fortune 50, could shave every other day and still be considered groomed to British button down perfection.

The soaps from ETHOS are absolute perfection and what I use as daily go to, intermittently rotating the other top three soapmakers' lines for variety.  If one has damaged skin requiring the best soap cushioning and postshave available, ETHOS is simply tops.  ETHOS is supplying 3 tubs of soap: Succes, Lavender Supreme and Melenge di Agrume (including a 15ml white glass dropper bottle with Essential Oil blend: the intention is to add a drop or 2 if wanting to up the scent).  Surprisingly, have come to find for the first time in my shaving experience that a scented soap is actually better for my damaged and sensative skin due to the fruit extract powders used by ETHOS.  Folk, use these soaps and be sure to avail selves of the plastic spatulae Frank has provided; if more are needed, reach out to me and will arrange sending them out.  We are also going to survey how much additional scent passaround trialers are finding optimal for the Agrumes soap, passing the info back to ETHOS (the only info we share with anybody other than your publicly posted forum comments).

Will reiterate my summation from the East Coast P076 Ti SB and OC passaround review: these are the best 2 products of their type encountered in a lifetime of shaving – it really is that simple.  When items of such breakthrough significance by artisans having the vision and ability to make them reality are encountered, they deserve to be called out for being exceptional and so I did.  Shaving is not a hobby to me; rather, it is a chore that given an opportunity would happily be abandoned.  These products make a terrible burden better than any others I have used in a decade of experimenting with what are considered the best products available globally.  Whereas the H&S P076 17-4 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 and the N075 Al is akin to driving a Porsche 996/7 or Ferrari Italia – it makes you perform better than ever imagined without punishing mistakes, the P076 Ti is a Lamborghini Huracan – providing the thrills with margin of error protection of a Ferrari Italia but retaining some of the fun feedback of the Ferrari 355.

However, H&S faces a dilemma; at some point the price needs raised to reflect the industry leading design and execution of world class USA production using expensive to machine metals and truly world class artisanship.  Less critical but still of importance, H&S needs develop a suitably simplistically stylistic stand to complement these razors.


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 07-21-2020, 01:54 PM
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  • DanLaw
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Just had another wonderful shave with the H&S Ti DC using a 4 shave Nacet and ETHOS Succes soap. What a great experience it has been using these products! Thank you Aji and Frank for making these available to the shaving community to trial.

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 08-01-2020, 02:44 PM
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 08-10-2020, 09:14 PM
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I got a first run shave with Ethos today and went with Mélange d'agrumes to try out. I used a smear of it in a dry dish and load a 24mm 3 band silvertip and loaded what I tried of a peanut or so size. I shook the brush pretty good so I could try to add as much water later. It take the product well as it is soft enough in texture and made a bit of protolather foam. It seemed a bit light which is what I was hoping for. Fast forward to my last pass, I decided to reload to make a proper coat so my next shave I will use about an almond size smear of Ethos and use the same brush. The lather didn't seem thirsty but I worked it slow and developed a wetter lather and it did take more of the water. I think the first pass lather was fine but while building I probably playing with a bit less that what I needed for 3 passes.


The lather was pretty good first shot and I didn't worry too much about my shave. I got a chance to try a new pass around DE so I used it and it went pretty swell. I was able to avoid razor burn which is pretty complementary in my experiences. That is pretty common with my shaves but overall the shave was nice. I think I like some aspects about this soaps scent but not sure why. Normally grapefruit isn't something I shy or gravitate towards but it was a bit more appealing for my weather to try out the grapefruit scent over the pineapple or lavender. I do like the other two scents but somehow agrumes works for my nose. The lightness of the lather was nice along with the scent strength of the fragrances of the essentials oil. I quite like a soap being perfumed like this and how it is labeled. I will cover more about the ingredients after I try this again but the in shave performance was great.

The residual slickness is nice with a splash of water. At the end of the shave, my face did feel a bit more "pugh" or dry but it wasn't red, or hot, or tight. So I finished with some smears of kokum and mango butter and would say it was a pretty solid shave. I want to see if is using a bit more product helps the post shave a bit next time. @"Dragonsbeard" I do normally have a bit less confidence with creams or cream soap which is why I feel like it's good that the texture allows to be picked up. It isn't like glue off the puck like some super fatted soaps are. The formula of ingredients is really what I was excited about and why I wanted to try Ethos. I just am used to using and loading a harder product so I am glad to try it out again soon. One more note, I did forego my usual preshave oil and mango and kokum butter on my soap. So I gave this shave a solid go at a getting pretty good impression. It performed well today and I look forward to the next shave with it again this week. 

Cheers you guys and happy shaving

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First shave on the passaround.

Context for my remarks: I use a range of razors, have a collection of two hundred or so which I cycle through, mostly DE, mostly vintage but also own  Wolfman, Paradigm, Timeless, H&S, Homelike, Blackland etc. I'm a head shaver and find judging razor performance is most readily done in evaluating against the grain on my head. I'm not a big believer in differences among most blades, my most used blade is the BIC.  My favorite shaver without hesitation is my Shake Sharp Mk 1.0. 

First impression of the razor is it resembles a fine piece of jewelry, gorgeous mirror finish, rather delicate in appearance as the head is so light and slim. The handle is ok though the balance point is south of where the knurling end suggests it should be. Overall weight is very much according to my liking.

Ethos Lavender lathered up on my head and neck very easily, felt great, scent strength good for me. 

After the two passes I do on my neck ,fresh BIC blade, my thought was, jeez I really should sell the Wolfman. I love how easily (in comparison) the H&S handles, level of aggression spot on for my taste. I generally do a single lather ATG pass on my head with pickups.  The H&S did very well, no tugging or difficulty in handling the rough spots. Not the most efficient razor I own at this task, but on balance a superlative shave. Rather than relather I used my homemade shave oil and felt around for pick ups, which were there in spots. I typically use either my Leaf or my Enders Speed for these, both super efficient razors on my head, I chose the Leaf and quickly dispatched what few spots remained to reach BBS all around.

Post shave feel with the Ethos was just fair, perhaps even a bit drying (as noted I finish up my shave oil which serves as a beard oil as well).

In the books, another go tomorrow.



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