05-07-2021, 12:04 PM
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So I preordered the razor when it came out. I had wanted a Tatara for a while and this seemed as good a time as any.

It came lightning fast. 2 days from Portugal. Duties and taxes added a bit more to the purchase price to me in Canada.

I’ve got a few pictures to share. Yes I used a glove I didn’t want to scuff it up quite yet. The soap and pre shave cream are a couple local companies in BC the province I live in. It’s a shameless plug but I really love the two different companies products. However there most definitely is better if you pay more.

Without further preamble.

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Yes I was outside. My shave den isn’t quite the castle I’d like it to be yet lol.


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 05-07-2021, 03:05 PM
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  • chazt
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What a great photo essay! It looks like a sweet piece of kit.  Thumbsup

The glove is a nice touch.

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 05-07-2021, 06:32 PM
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Congratulations. It's a beauty.

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 05-07-2021, 09:19 PM
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Razor looks fantastic. Hopefully it works as good as it looks. I am considering it as a christmas purchase for myself. I have tried the copperhat soap and it is nice, but I don't think it stands with the best other artisan soaps I have used. YMMV of course. Where did you get the preshave? I visit BC (mainland and island) once a year and wouldn't mind getting my hands on it. Will have to wait for the coronavirus situation to resolve before travelling, of course.

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 05-07-2021, 11:22 PM
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(05-07-2021, 09:19 PM)meshave Wrote: Razor looks fantastic. Hopefully it works as good as it looks. I am considering it as a christmas purchase for myself. I have tried the copperhat soap and it is nice, but I don't think it stands with the best other artisan soaps I have used. YMMV of course. Where did you get the preshave? I visit BC (mainland and island) once a year and wouldn't mind getting my hands on it. Will have to wait for the coronavirus situation to resolve before travelling, of course.


Literally from the same place that sells the soap. However I believe it is sold by carinaorganics.

I’m not sure if they sell direct from that site.


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 05-08-2021, 01:56 AM
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Great photos!  I hope the razor is everything you expect it to be.

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 05-08-2021, 05:57 AM
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Great looking razor. I'm looking forward to hearing how it shaves.

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 05-09-2021, 04:07 AM
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Excellent pictures @NoLimit.
I now have 3 shaves in with the Muramasa adjustable. I have used levels 3,4 & 5.

Each shave was loaded with a Gillette Stainless Blade
Soap and Post shave serum was ETHOS Peppermint 
Brush was Tatara Badger 
First shave was with 48 h growth, 2nd 24 and 3rd 40 hours
My first impressions are that this is a beautifully designed adjustable razor with an excellent Tatara blasted finish. Balance is excellent and the shave is very smooth.
If you like aggressive shaving razors with decent blade feel, I would not recommend this razor.
Level 3 had zero blade feel for me, 4 had very minimal feel and 5 gave some blade feel but much less than a BB or Charcoal level 3
I was able to achieve a BBS shave but all 3 took a full 3 pass shave and level 3 took some extra touch ups.
This is an adjustable that leans to the mild side vs. the Rex which for me leans more to the aggressive side.
My only cons are the adjustment number is fairly small for my older eyes and the handle is on the short side.
I would definitely recommend this razor to someone who prefers razors from the mild to mid aggressive range as it is extremely smooth and gives an excellent, comfortable shave. 
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 05-09-2021, 12:16 PM
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I plan on doing a side by side shave with my Tatara Maramusa, Homelike Taiga and Pearl Flexi. I have recently sold my Rex Ambassador but am familiar with its shave, using it over the past 3 plus years.

Today I did a side by side comparison of the Tatara Maramusa vs the Homelike Titanium Taiga.
The Taiga is Titanium so there might be a slight variation vs the 316 Maramusa but when I did side by side of my SS Taiga vs. the Ti Taiga the results were identical with level 1-6, the razor only goes to 5 on the Ti but it spins around approximately 2 1/2 times so 6 was a 1 spun completely around once. I sold the SS because the Ti was softer in feel and it dialed up to levels only the Rocnel Sailor surpasses.
Pre-Shave Shower
Soap ETHOS Melange de Argumes
After Shave ETHOS Melange de Argumes
Brush Tatara Badger
Blade Wizamet
First pass WTG. Both razors were extremely smooth but there was slightly more blade feel on the Tatara. When finished I did a cold water rinse and both sides were DFS. The Taiga was softer in feel but both did a great job.
2nd pas XTG. Again both razors were very smooth but this tim I had slightly more blade feel from the Taiga. Cold water rinse and the Taiga side seemed slightly more complete, I probably could have done a few touch ups and have been done, the Maramusa felt like I needed a full 3rd pass.
3rd pas ATG. Again the Taiga had slightly more blade feel but both razors were extremely smooth going ATG. Cold water rinse and I was BBS on both sides. I did an alum block test and both sides felt very much the same with a little sting near the Adam’s apple. Post shave serum and it was a great shave.
My final thoughts.
Both razors gave extremely smooth shaves with BBS results.  The Taiga has many more levels to go vs the Maramusa which has only one,
The Maramusa is an ingenious design that requires no spring.
Both of these razors are 3 piece for blade loading but can easily be torn apart for deep cleaning.
In my opinion if you prefer a mild to mid aggressive razor I would get the Maramusa, however, if you want to dial up your razor for maximum aggressiveness, I would get the Taiga.
Both of these razors are in the $3-400 range in SS when you include shipping on the Taiga. So in a few days I will compare the Maramusa to the Flexi Pearl, which is an all brass razor costing $80.
This is only my opinion on the comparison and your technique and beard may be different so your results may be different, but I hope this helps some of you as you travel thru the Rabbit hole.
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 05-11-2021, 11:44 AM
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Today I compared the Pearl Flexi V2 to the Maramusa adjustable on about 44 hours of growth  

Soap & AS ETHOS Melangs de Agrumes
Blade Wizamet 2nd use
Brush Rhodium 
1st pass WTG. I dialed both razors to their max setting which is 6 on the Pearl and 5 on the Tatara. The weight of the Pearl is definitely noticed but it is well balanced and feels good in the hand. Both razors were very smooth even maxed out, I did note slightly more blade feel on the Pearl. Quick rinse and both razors took down the majority of my beard. 
2nd pass XTG. Very little difference in blade feel with this pass and both razors were again, very smooth. I did keep them both at max setting for this pass. I definitely could have stopped here and been DFS and BBS on my cheeks, but what fun would that be so....
3 rd pass ATG. I dialed the Tatara to 3.5 and the Pearl to 4. Both razors sailed thru the ATG pass and I was BBS all around. 
The Maramusa is CNC 316 SS (blasted finish) The Pearl is CNC brass with a heavy matted Chrome finish. Slight edge to Maramusa. Both razors will probably out live me!
The Maramusa does not require a spring for it adjustability. Edge Maramusa
The Maramusa can easily be completely torn apart for cleaning the Pearl only breaks down to the 2 pieces.   Edge Maramusa
The Maramusa is about 4 times the cost of the Flexi.  Big edge for Pearl.
The Maramusa is lighter and is slightly more maneuverable with a lower height Top. This advantage depends on the weight you prefer and handle length. 
Both razors gave me an excellent shave and I enjoy using both of them. 
I do wish the adjustment indicator was larger on the Maramusa and the numbers on the Flexi were more prominent but other than those little details I plan on keeping both. 
If I had to choose between the 3 razors I just compared and money was no object I would pick the Titanium Taiga, I prefer its weight and the large variation in shave levels it provides and it still can easily be broken down to clean, but there is a small voice in the back of my head saying the Maramusa doesn’t need a spring. 
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 09-19-2021, 11:28 AM
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Great review! I was looking at the muramasa but due to a couple reviews and price it's just not for me. like everything else down the line other razors would either clone it or make a similar version for alot less. my biggest criticism is the small numbers, the cumbersome dial and placement and the useless 2 lowest settings. Tho I must ask does the design of the muramasa in adjusting the blade gap and blade exposure does that make a difference versus a regular adjustable razor? Or is it just a gimmick?

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 09-19-2021, 02:32 PM
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(05-11-2021, 11:44 AM)Shavemd Wrote: Today I compared the Pearl Flexi V2 to the Maramusa adjustable on about 44 hours of growth  

Soap & AS ETHOS Melangs de Agrumes
Blade Wizamet 2nd use
Brush Rhodium 
1st pass WTG. I dialed both razors to their max setting which is 6 on the Pearl and 5 on the Tatara. The weight of the Pearl is definitely noticed but it is well balanced and feels good in the hand. Both razors were very smooth even maxed out, I did note slightly more blade feel on the Pearl. Quick rinse and both razors took down the majority of my beard. 
2nd pass XTG. Very little difference in blade feel with this pass and both razors were again, very smooth. I did keep them both at max setting for this pass. I definitely could have stopped here and been DFS and BBS on my cheeks, but what fun would that be so....
3 rd pass ATG. I dialed the Tatara to 3.5 and the Pearl to 4. Both razors sailed thru the ATG pass and I was BBS all around. 
The Maramusa is CNC 316 SS (blasted finish) The Pearl is CNC brass with a heavy matted Chrome finish. Slight edge to Maramusa. Both razors will probably out live me!
The Maramusa does not require a spring for it adjustability. Edge Maramusa
The Maramusa can easily be completely torn apart for cleaning the Pearl only breaks down to the 2 pieces.   Edge Maramusa
The Maramusa is about 4 times the cost of the Flexi.  Big edge for Pearl.
The Maramusa is lighter and is slightly more maneuverable with a lower height Top. This advantage depends on the weight you prefer and handle length. 
Both razors gave me an excellent shave and I enjoy using both of them. 
I do wish the adjustment indicator was larger on the Maramusa and the numbers on the Flexi were more prominent but other than those little details I plan on keeping both. 
If I had to choose between the 3 razors I just compared and money was no object I would pick the Titanium Taiga, I prefer its weight and the large variation in shave levels it provides and it still can easily be broken down to clean, but there is a small voice in the back of my head saying the Maramusa doesn’t need a spring. 
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Another great review Mark!! I still love my Muramasa but still want Tatara to make an XL version sometime soon. They said they were thinking about it a while ago on one of my IG posts. I still put it in my top 4-5 adjustable razors right now behind my Sailors and Taigas. It’s an exceptional razor but I only use setting 4 and 5 on it. Need more settings and a longer handle.


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 09-20-2021, 05:37 PM
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I have a friend that just got one and he loves it.

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