09-02-2020, 11:18 AM
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I had my 2nd shave today with the H&S P076 Ti razor.  Was not planning to post anything until I was finished with the pass-around, but I am making an exception.  I believe that today... I may have had the best shave of my life!  I did 3 passes plus a cleanup.  I have 30 razors (vintage, artisan and mainstream), but I have never been able to approach the closeness that I experienced in a barbers chair with an experienced Italian barber.  Today I did.  I have a BBS that may last for at least 2 to 3 days.  This razor has great audio feedback and is way more efficient than you would expect from a .076 blade gap.  I cannot put into words how surprised I am with this exceptional razor.  I will add more details in my final review.

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 09-06-2020, 07:52 PM
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So...I had my chance at the PO76-Ti. I purposely delayed this review a bit because I knew the N075Al was in route. Its easy to see now that a range of possibilities are covered, with the positive blade exposure of the P076 being the agressive version within the line-up.  It fits in it's rightful place very well. Everything everbody has said about the jewelry quality, sleek nimble head, soft face feel of the Ti, the feathery weight, is all true. This is an ultra nice tool and kudos to the manufacturer. I have a machining background and can appreciate the work that went into this thing although for my function over form position, the polishing is "too nice' for me. It actually caused some wavyness in the reflection on the baseplate in the flat areas but I'm real picky to point that out. Also some identifying marks on the baseplate, like company name, logo, gap, etc. would seem to be a necessity although probably interfearing with the high polish. None the less a real stunner in the den. 

So it looks like I'm the blacksheep of the thread. I'm obviously in the minority here. The bottom line for me is this razor is more agressive than I can use. (Don't worry, I like the N075Al). I used the solid bar except for the last shave. The open comb is slightly "more". The positive blade exposure allowed for a tremendous amount of blade feedback via feel and audio. Dan mentioned earlier that riding the cap may eleviate some of this and I will agree. I caught my self at times going whoa, I better get back on the cap cause this thing is going to get me. I think the light weight of this tool actually magnified some of this. It's a bit finicky I think. It seems like a heavier or denser metal, (of course were talking about stainless, I have a few) kind of dampens some of the feedback and perhaps the added weight aids in the control. I like to shave basically on autopilot. Long, fairly quick strokes in a very casual manner suit my style so having to worry about these mechanical adjustments are just bothersome for me. It's just a little light and too agressive for me, thats all. This is probably the best razor I have used that I didn't like. 

I also partook of the included Ethos soaps. Really good stuff. Effortless to get a good lather. Not picky about the amount of water. Post shave is great. I will say if you use unscented soap this soap smells a bit in the tub but once lathered has no scent at all to my nose. Good stuff.

Many thanks to Dan, Ethos and H&S. I'm gratefull to have the opportunity to participate.

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 09-14-2020, 06:10 PM
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Took the H&S Ti po76 for its maiden voyage today. I bought the 17-4 version when it first came out and it ended up being too much of a good thing for me. Results were BBS but getting there wasn’t very enjoyable for me. Something about the Gap/Exposure/metal combo didn’t work for me. So I signed up for this Ti passaround hoping that with a different material and it being lighter it would change the shave significantly. Well folks, after my first go at it I can honestly say.... it didn’t. Yes it was much lighter and a bit softer of the face but still a bit of a harsh shave for me. Today was my last day with the Carbon Ti passaround so I did half my face with the H&S and half with the Carbon .68 plate. I found the Carbon to be an autopilot type of razor where as the H&S needs more focus. By the end I had a few weepers on the H&S side and none on the other. The H&S was a definite step up in efficiency though. The H&S handle still feels a bit awkward to me. It’s longer than I usually like and the fluted end still doesn’t sing to me when using it. I’m going to focus the rest of this week to trying to figure out this razor. Maybe I was too useto the carefree shaves I was getting from the Carbon and used too much pressure. I’m going to step back to less sharp blades and see if that tones it down for me.

For ETHOS, the soap is no stranger to me as I have the lavender soap/splash combo. I exclusively face lather and scoop some of the soap out and smear it on my face. Then lather with a brush which seems to work fine for me. The soap is Definatley elite tier and has great residual slickness. Today was my first use with success and it is great! A bit cologne type with pineapple. Resulting aftershave is the perfect middle ground, not too oily and not too dry. Feels like my skin can breathe. Full disclosure I have the clean unscented skin food splash and used that as well but it isn’t in this passaround box. When lathering the soap it doesn’t get overly thick feeling, when on the face it feels light but still provides excellent protection and slickness. I’m patiently waiting for his site to get up n running to order some more stuff.

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 09-16-2020, 07:17 AM
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Quick first impression. I've had two shaves with the titanium razors. One with the SB and one with the OC. Fit and finish is perfect on these razors. Polish isn't quite as magnificent as their 17-4 counter parts, but its better than the Carbon titanium razors I also recently trialed. These being the only two brands of titanium razors I used I have no other comparisons. I used a nacet blade for both shaves, and the supplied ETHOS soap. The shaves were good, but seemed to lack a bit of efficiency that I had with the 17-4 razors. I assume its from the reduction of weight. Towards the end of my last shave with the OC I started using a touch more pressure and had better efficiency. Ill need to (carefully) try that during my next full shave. Both razors shaved comfortably but had issues around my chin where the hair grows thickest. The razors perform best with a shallow angle and gets uncomfortable (tugging) with a steep angle. Im starting to think im missing the "sweet spot" leading to the lack in efficiency I'm experiencing. I couldn't tell a difference in efficiency between the SB and OC, but the OC did leave some lather behind which was nice for clean up passes. I have owned ETHOS Succes for a few months now and love it. It is a pheonominal soap. I've been using the "clean" and enjoying every second of it. Same great lather minus the scent. Look forward to the next few shaves and hopefully solving some of my issues! 
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 09-17-2020, 02:08 AM
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Life got in the way, but finally here is my review of the H&S P076 Ti razor with the dual head (SB and OC).  Everyone prior to me has written about the “perfect” polished finish and overall quality, so there is nothing I can add.  All of those observations are accurate.  The finish on this Ti razor is astonishing.

I shaved with the H&S P076 Ti dual head razor 4 times.  I mostly used the SB side, but did use the OC side enough to get a comparative feel for each.  I used a different blade for each shave (Tatra, Wizamet, Nacet & Voskhod).  For me, the Nacet was the best pairing for this razor.  The Wizamet was my next favorite.  The milder Tatra and Voskhod worked well, and proved that this razor can take most any blade.  I typically shave every two to three days, which is how I tested this razor.

My second shave ranks as the best shave I have ever given myself with a DE razor. Equal to an Italian barber straight edge shave I had in NYC a few years ago.  I had nearly undetectable growth for 12 to 16 hours and could not justify shaving for well over 48 hours!

This razor’s light weight and small head make it very easy to maneuver and get under the nose effortlessly.  In that regard, it is very much like the Carbon head.  I prefer a smaller head and a 90-100mm handle.  I love the P076 handle design and it is one of my favorites.  The grippy knurling is the perfect length and placement.  For me, this razor is as good as it gets.  When shaving, I preferred the SB side to the OC side.  The SB side was smoother and the OC side was only slightly more efficient, based on my technique.

IMHO, what makes this razor different is it’s deceptive efficiency for a .076 blade gap.  It is much more efficient than I expected with a .076 blade gap.  It has positive blade exposure and minimal chatter with great audible feedback.  This razor has a perfect combination of smoothness, blade feel and efficiency.  Compared with all of my other razors This razor gave me the closest shave with 3 passes and required almost no clean-up.  I mostly judge the “value” of a razor by how it shaves.  This razor has earned the highest “value” I can assign, based upon performance.

I need to shave with the 17-4 or stainless steel version to determine which is best for me.  It is possible that with my shaving technique, the heavier stainless or 17-4 may be better. I am on the pass-around list for the 17-4 and look forward to shaving with it and comparing the two.

Included with the razor were 3 Ethos Grooming Essential soaps.  I tried all 3.  The performance of all 3 was above average for bowl lathering, slickness, protection and post shave feel.  All of these Ethos products are very high quality soaps.
The lavender was one of the best lavenders I have tried, since it has a stronger lavender scent than most.  I do not like minimal or weakly scented products.  The orange was very good, but not my favorite orange scented soap or cream.  The Succes was beyond fantastic in all metrics.  It was my favorite.  It is an homage Creed Aventus.  If you like Aventus, you really need to try this.  I ordered both the Succes soap and aftershave from Ethos Grooming Essentials (Dragonsbeard).

My thanks to Dan Law for his time and effort to coordinate this pass-around.  He is providing us a great service, by sharing his enthusiasm and giving us the opportunity to experience this exceptional razor and soaps.  Thanks to H&S for providing the DFS wet shaving community the opportunity to review their new Ti P076.  Lastly, thanks to Dragonsbeard for providing his Ethos Grooming Essentials soaps for our sampling.

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 09-20-2020, 07:03 AM
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Razor is off to the next participant. I truley wanted to love this razor but it just isn’t for me. I did manage to get some very smooth shaves out of it, but I shave daily and it still proved to be a bit much for me aggressive wise leaving irritation. I could see myself using this razor a lot if I shaved every two or three days though. At one point I set it up against my charcoal goods level 3. Much smoother and only a little less efficient than the level 3. Glad to hear about the new handle option coming, I don’t gel with long handles and the H&S handle isn’t really for me. Function wise it works fine, but aesthetically I do not enjoy it. As stated already, the polishing on this razor is amazing. Super smooth razor, but the gap/exposure is deceptive for me and easy to get complacent. From what I remember about the the 17-4 version, it was a bit more efficient for me due to the heavier weight. Having tried all of H&S offerings now, I can confidently say I would need something in between the NO75 & NO76. If the NO75 had a bit of positive exposure (not as much as the NO76 tho), it would be perfect for me. No face is the same tho and I envy those who get to enjoy these razors.

For ETHOS soaps, I smear the soap/cream on my face and lather. This works fine, but if I don’t end up with enough lather for the 3 passes I’m kind of screwed. I don’t bowl lather which is what is recommended for this soap. I’d be interested to see ETHOS in a bit of a harder soap so I could load the brush from the container but that’s completely personal. The soap is very good, I don’t get a whole lot of residual slickness but maybe that is due to my method. Post shave is where it really shines tho, my face feels great afterwards. Really reminds me of the first time I used Grooming Depts Aion. Hydrated and smooth. I still believe his skin food splash is the star of the show for me. All in all a great soap for the price per oz.

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