10-06-2012, 07:14 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Until recently, I felt that Twist to Open razors (especially current production ones) simply did not work well for me. I had two TTO razors that I liked -the Wilkinson Sticky and a Gillette Red Tip, while I felt the other TTO razors in the sea of razors were either junk, overly mild and often times both.

I am happy to say that I have finally found a current production TTO razor that I like a lot...the Cadet Mongoose. It is well built and moderately aggressive...just the way I like it.

What is your favorite current production Twist to Open Razor?

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 10-06-2012, 08:03 AM
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  • slantman
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I really liked the Vision when I owned it as it shaved very nicely. The downside was the size. If Merkur would make them smaller it would be perfect. The new Cadet tto models look very interesting.

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 10-06-2012, 08:15 AM
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Parker 22r.

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 10-06-2012, 08:21 AM
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  • Howler
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While I own no currently made TTO. The TTO's from Cadet are very interesting. I'm also excited about the new RazoRock razors that have been introduced, looking forward to a review.
Also the FaTip TTO interests me too.

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 10-06-2012, 08:29 AM
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The Feather Popular is a well enginered, if somewhat mild, razor. As for the Parker 22R... well, my hands will be cold and dead before giving it up Tongue

Trying to justify buying one of the Cadet TTOs... once I can decide which handle I like more.

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 10-06-2012, 11:08 AM
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  • Johan
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Well i have not tried many modern ttos. Only a Weishi gunmetal and a Shaving Factory Ming Shi. Of those to the later gave me a very decent shave much close to a Superspeed. It had a nice chrome finish, blade was aligned right and was also quite well buildt, even though it seemed to lack the construction quality of the old Gillette ttos. So i´ll say the Ming Shi!

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 10-06-2012, 11:28 AM
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  • slantman
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(10-06-2012, 08:21 AM)Howler Wrote: While I own no currently made TTO. The TTO's from Cadet are very interesting. I'm also excited about the new RazoRock razors that have been introduced, looking forward to a review.
Also the FaTip TTO interests me too.

I thought Fatip only made 3 piece razors. But if there is one please let us know where you saw it.

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 10-06-2012, 11:37 AM
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  • beartrap
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I haven't found one that will replace a red tip in TTO department, I do wish for some improvements though in the red tip.
Phil, how is Mongoose? Much less aggressive than red tip? What about weight? Handle length?

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 10-06-2012, 12:52 PM
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  • bullgoose
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(10-06-2012, 11:37 AM)beartrap Wrote: I haven't found one that will replace a red tip in TTO department, I do wish for some improvements though in the red tip.
Phil, how is Mongoose? Much less aggressive than red tip? What about weight? Handle length?

It is actually a bit more aggressive than the Redtip. It is made of brass so, the weight is good. That said, I have not weighed or measured it. It is definitely larger than a Redtip...longer handle and heavier.

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 10-06-2012, 01:04 PM
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(10-06-2012, 12:52 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-06-2012, 11:37 AM)beartrap Wrote: I haven't found one that will replace a red tip in TTO department, I do wish for some improvements though in the red tip.
Phil, how is Mongoose? Much less aggressive than red tip? What about weight? Handle length?

It is actually a bit more aggressive than the Redtip. It is made of brass so, the weight is good. That said, I have not weighed or measured it. It is definitely larger than a Redtip...longer handle and heavier.

That is what I actually miss in the red tip, I like it more hefty. Plus that handle looks really good!

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 10-06-2012, 03:01 PM
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i have not tried any modern TTOs. i have been pondering the Cadets TTOs and the OCs, but i have not made the purchase as i am really enjoying my Weber DLC too much! Maybe at some point, soon. Good to know it is a nice razor.

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 10-06-2012, 03:39 PM
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(10-06-2012, 07:14 AM)bullgoose Wrote: What is your favorite current production Twist to Open Razor?

I have only four current production models: Feather Popular (my first DE razor and after two years it's still in rotation) and two Weishi models. My only other TTO is an incomparable 1964 Super Speed flair tip. The Feather is the favorite here because of the longer handle.

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 10-07-2012, 07:27 AM
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I agree Phil, the Cadet line of TTO's are outstanding. I really had lost all love for TTO's but the Cadet TTO-15 has made me fall in love with them again.

It took everything in me to not reach for it again today as yesterdays shave was so good.

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 10-10-2012, 04:19 PM
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(10-06-2012, 12:52 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(10-06-2012, 11:37 AM)beartrap Wrote: I haven't found one that will replace a red tip in TTO department, I do wish for some improvements though in the red tip.
Phil, how is Mongoose? Much less aggressive than red tip? What about weight? Handle length?

It is actually a bit more aggressive than the Redtip. It is made of brass so, the weight is good. That said, I have not weighed or measured it. It is definitely larger than a Redtip...longer handle and heavier.

This thread talked me into a Mongoose. Thanks Enabler!!

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 10-10-2012, 04:33 PM
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Cadet TTO-15.

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 10-10-2012, 06:13 PM
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(10-06-2012, 08:21 AM)Howler Wrote: Also the FaTip TTO interests me too.

Whoa, this is the first I've heard of this. If true, I'd be very intrigued.

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 10-10-2012, 10:15 PM
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Good lord Phil, you really are the enabler. I am going to have to add 2 cadets to my order. Aaaaa

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 10-11-2012, 02:39 AM
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  • EHV
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For me, a toss up between the Parker 94R and the Cadet TTO-14 (Mongoose).

I've become a huge TTO fan after accumulating s few Gillette's and now these modern TTO's. I hope that the trend continues and that we even see some new open comb TTO's.

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 10-11-2012, 02:57 AM
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Thanks Phil for bringing this up.

This post made me realize that other than my vintage Gillette Fat Boys, Slims, Red Tip, SS, all of my razors are two and three pieces. My assumption has been that in the world of modern razor construction, that going the route of a TTO mechanism, was adding another degree of complexity, ie another opportunity for mechanical failure that modern razors might not match the quality of the 50-60 year old Gillettes (or the superb Gem Micromatic for that matter)

I happen to think that we are in a bit of a safety razor renaissance with the advent of both higher end razors such as Ikon, Tradere and Joris on the one hand along with the more budget friendly razors such as the Fattip, the newer Parker offerings and now the Cadet series building on the base of the old standbys (Merkur, Muhle, EJ)

I've become very enamored with my Cadet TP-26 open comb. Like the Merkur HD, I like it's geometry, unlike the Merkur I love its build quality. Now I realize that I'll have to try a Cadet TTO.


In the last few years we've seen

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 10-11-2012, 07:47 AM
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  • VTMAX
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I am excited about this thread. Thanks Phil. As my friend from neighboring Dedham said a Cadet (or two) will be heading my way. From what I can tell the build quality may match the Slims & Fatboys of yesterday at such a great price point in today's dollars. If I remember I think Phil likes medium to aggressive razors so if this passes his test we may really have a quality product here. TTO's, when they give a good shave, are really fun to use.

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