12-30-2021, 04:04 PM
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For the purpose of seeing what the The Final Cut razor can do or, more importantly, can this razor still shave effectively and still provide a comfy shave at its max setting? Basically, is the risk worth the trouble for a marginal acceptance in gain in relative shave terms? I had to find out just out of curiosity for my own shave purposes and just wanted to share what I came across and experienced with todays shave. Took the Yaqi adjustable and set it to as far as it would go and that is a full turn to setting #6+ nearly 3 full more gap sizes on top of the max #6 size setting. In essence the razor was set to nearly #9 but, fell short by a smidge so, I’ll just say it was a healthy 8.75 setting on the dial. Still kept the same Wilky Sword blade from the start as it still had some cutting legs from the last shave earlier this week. Shave is on with a full 3 days worth of whiskers to address.


At full tilt it’s an impressive looking gap and for a second or two I thought to myself “this is either going to be a feisty shave or all downhill from the get go”. Started WTG and went from the sideburn, mid-ear on down to the jawline before the bend towards my neck. And that felt very, very good with plenty of blade feel yet not harsh or abrasive. I still held the razor in a neutral like position, nor close to the cap nor the safety bar and it cut through the whiskers with authority. No blade flex or skipping on each one of the strokes as I cleared out both sides of my face and saw no red spots anywhere. Moved onto my neck and same WTG pass downward from jawline to say an imaginary line just below the Adam’s Apple on each side that culminates just underneath both earlobes on both left and right sides. Lost the angle just slightly on my left side closer to the Adam‘s Apple and felt a bit of harshness from the blade. Made the concerted effort to keep the angle at a neutral position and cleared out the rest of my neck with relative ease. A quick rinse and feel and not a red dot or nic anywhere. Decided to keep it at the max setting and go ATG to see if this would be a make or break pass. Reversed everything and started at the bottom of my neck moving upwards towards the jawline and on up the cheeks/sideburn area. I made sure not to go over any area that I’d just passed without soap as the blade feel is significant but, not terrifyingly so. Slow and methodical approach sort of like shaving with an Ikon Tech or Asylum RX. Easy and steady strokes which was perhaps a bit on the more cautious side as this razor does not exhibit the potentially skin ripping or gouging action that either one of those two razors that I mentioned can do and that’s being extremely careful with those legendary whisker whackers. You can be on point with those two and still pay the price, I know as I’ve sacrificed a few spots on my epidermis to qualm the shave gods. No bueno. Anyhow, I finished my shave with The Final Cut without much fanfare minus that spot that I had mentioned earlier near the Adam’s Apple and a corner of my mouth where a tiny weeper showed itself. But, I was done in two with nothing else to move on. A rinse and feel left no doubt that this was a BBS finish that rivaled some of the best I’ve ever given myself. Did a full alum pass and felt the slightest of heat at the spot mentioned near Sir Adam and dabbed the corner of my mouth where that weeper sprang up. No irritation anywhere else and my face was feeling pretty darn good. I think the Wilky has seen it’s last shave as somewhere during the second pass, I felt that the blade was just starting to get fickle with me and I felt the slightest in tugging in a couple spots. Still it managed to finish the job exceptionally well and that was 5 solid shaves from it. Not bad in my book.

How did it feel? Compared to the Ikon Tech or Asylum RX it was an easier razor to use and manage around my face though, that doesn’t mean it’s an easy shaver at that max setting. It’s easier than the other two razors and yet it gives a near identical quality shave that was without question more comfortable. The real question though is, is it really necessary for one to take it there in the first place? And are there significant gains for one approaching that level of performance from this razor? Yes and no. In the no you have to understand that the settings between 1-6 will be more that sufficient for the far majority of shavers out there with some of those in that group probably never seeing anything past setting #4. It is that efficient (of course depending on growth, hair thickness and skin sensitivities) and quite smooth in giving real close and comfortable shaves. The yes well, I say this with the knowledge in knowing there are a few out there like myself that like to test their own skill set and performance of a said razor. At the same time, there are shavers out there that prefer a 1 to 2 pass shave to save time and potentially avoid skin irritation from multiple passes. These last two reasons would also have to employ shavers with sound technique to exploit performance advantages that a particular razor exhibits or is inherently designed into the razor for those with the curiosity to explore.

In the end, you get a razor that shaves exceptionally well from 1 to whatever setting is your max on The Final Cut from Yaqi. It actually shaves reasonably well at the 1 setting which for me is almost nonexistent with only one other razor in my den that gives me that same performance which is the Rocnel Sailor ‘21 (and of course at a significantly higher cost as compared to the Yaqi but, the precision and make up of the Sailor has to be accounted for as well and I see it as justifiable for what it brings to the shave realm) as nothing else can do that for me in the adjustable razor grouping. 5 shaves in and it has given me some of the best shaves rivaling the more expensive and so called “heavy hitters” in razor wet shave land. And all that for $44 total, shipped. Yes, Brass & Zinc construction but, the price is more than just right and is actually a bargain for what it brings to the table. If we’re going to compare apples to apples, it shaves as good as a Progress/Mergress and throw in the Parker Variant as well while providing a bit more cutting prowess to those if one needs a bit more oomph in their shave routine.

For the money and the proverbial price/performance ratio addict, this is about as good as it’s going to get in the adjustable category. Very good balance, great feel in hand with ease of use by just turning a knob, has a slimmer head profile than either the Progress & Variant and it covers the blade tabs for those that consider that an important factor in acquiring a razor.

Third time was the charm for Yaqi. It’s just a good deal on a good razor, period.

Great shaves to all….
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 12-31-2021, 05:45 AM
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A good and enjoyable review to read, thank you Smile

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 12-31-2021, 07:06 AM
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Nice read

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 12-31-2021, 09:24 AM
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You mentioned brass and zinc, so I assume the handle is brass and the head is zinc.  Looking at the one photo, the quality of the  chrome plating on both the handle and the head appears to be very good.  That's impressive on a $44 adjustable razor.

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 12-31-2021, 09:27 PM
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$44.00 ??  They are in the Yaqi Store on the Chinese website for $28.38 USD.  But they've only got 10 left.

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 01-01-2022, 06:11 AM
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(12-31-2021, 05:45 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: A good and enjoyable review to read, thank you Smile
Thank you.
(12-31-2021, 07:06 AM)Spartan76 Wrote: Nice read
Thank you.
(12-31-2021, 09:24 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: You mentioned brass and zinc, so I assume the handle is brass and the head is zinc.  Looking at the one photo, the quality of the  chrome plating on both the handle and the head appears to be very good.  That's impressive on a $44 adjustable razor.
Indeed it is. The base plate or blade tray has a bit of crystallization to its finish and is not as smooth and well done compared to the rest of the razor but, that is hidden and the only time one will see that is during blade change out. For the money though it really is an incredible value. Also, to correct my opening post, I think The Final Cut razor is their 4th iteration of this razor and not their 3rd as I had originally stated. 
(12-31-2021, 09:27 PM)Chappy Wrote: $44.00 ??  They are in the Yaqi Store on the Chinese website for $28.38 USD.  But they've only got 10 left.
Yes. I purchased my razor from the Australian based shave product website The Wet Shaving Co. They had the rights to first release back in November and it was a limited small batch when they did so. The price was actually $33 US + an additional $11 US for shipping/handling costs. IMO, still a great deal for what it delivers. A very competent razor for a low cash output.

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 01-02-2022, 12:04 PM
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For the sake of conversation & comparison of these two razors, I decided to pit them against each other just to see how similar or different these razors are. They are both similar in appearance & design and are distinctly different in alloy & construction. As I’ve stated before in my previous posts, they are very close to one another in feel with almost equal balance with the exception that the Rex holds a substantial lead in the handles knurling as I believe it to be the best in the industry, not just in class alone. The tactile feel that it provides during the soapiest of shaves is unequaled in my experience. Not that the Yaqi TFC is lacking in grip, it is quite good but, the smoother finish & chroming of the handle is not as direct or tactile at the touch compared to the Rex. Still, unless one is all thumbs I don’t see anyone or the far majority of shavers having an issue with the TFC’s knurling.


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Another thing that needs to be stated is very key and is critical in this shave comparison. And that is the number of shaves that I have with the Yaqi TFC. This will only be the 7th shave with it as compared to the well over a 100 shaves that I have with the Rex. I’ve had the Rex in my shave den since 2018, 4 years this coming June. The shaves with the Rex are 2nd nature to me as muscle memory takes over and my accustomization with the Rex Ambassador is practically an extension of myself. Personally, I’m not of the thought that if a razor doesn’t cut it in its first 3-5 shaves, it’s a goner. I always give a razor anywhere between 10-15 shaves to potentially get myself properly acquainted with its shave characteristics. Many don’t think that way and that is fine with me. Every razor is designed differently with specific shave geometry as to what the designer believed to be an optimal tool for shave performance. Many a wet shaver both young & old have missed out on some pretty amazing shave tools in both the vintage and modern groups because it didn’t shave as well compared to their tried and trued razors or reasoning of I’m a cap riding shaver, neutral position or guard believer or basically, their specific technique in short. And again, I have no argument against how one wants to shave or is their preferred method of shaving regardless of skill or technique that they are anchored in to. Enough and onto the shave itself.



For today I used the always great (for me) WSP Olympus soap & splash. It’s a great performing combo with a scent that is very similar to Creed Aventus. The eau de parfum just finishes off the ensemble extremely well. Grabbed one of the better blades in the business (top 10 in my list) the always reliable Gillette Platinum’s. Consistently sharp, smooth and above average in durability. Installed a fresh blade into each one, built my lather up to a smooth & creamy consistency and went to work. Rex on the right, TFC on the left. Both razors were set to #6 on the dial as that’s the max setting for the Rex Ambassador and wanted to keep all things as fair as possible. Decided regardless of the outcome, each razor will get 3 passes on their respective sides and if needed a touch up or buff with the one that proves to be the better performer for this match up.



WTG 1st pass from the top of the sideburns to the bottom of the neck was the Ambassador and as always it just gives excellent feedback with above average smoothness and feel. Went right through a little over a days worth of growth with relative ease, comfort & efficiency. Efficiency to me is the effectiveness of a razor while performing each successive pass while reducing whiskers effectively and comfortably. Your definition may be different, this is mine and my criteria alone. Finished off the face, neck and half of the chin with ease with much of the hair reduced to skin level. Grabbed the TFC and to its side and it went about its business. From stroke one, it was apparent that the Ambassador felt slightly smoother than the TFC though, not by much. Still a good easy feel on the face that brought down the whiskers with near identical action as compared to the Ambassador. Unfortunately, I nicked myself on the left side of my Adam’s Apple as I was flipping or turning the razor to its other side and in my haste I caught a tiny corner of the razor before being flush on the skin and oops. It happens and as usual, operator error and nothing to do with the razor itself. Stuck my alum stick there for about 30 seconds, a non issue for the rest of the shave. Minus that a great first pass that was nearly identical in results on both sides. Rinsed and got ready for pass 2.



ATG 2nd pass from the bottom of the neck working upwards. Got the Ambassador and set it to #4 and away I went. Great smooth strokes with the Ambassador & the GP combo. Easy movement and feel from transitioning from the neck, jawline and onto the face with nearly automatic like precision. Unfortunately, I broke one of my own rules in working with the Ambassador. I never go over a spot without lathering it as the Rex quite literally removes every trace of soap, even one as good as the WSP Olympus with tallow. I went over a spot or two without dipping for digits in water or soap and I felt a bit more blade while simultaneously giving me a couple of red dots near the corners of my mouth just under the end of the stache. The Rex does NOT forgive if you don’t have any soap or decent amount of residual slickness for a quick re-pass. It’s like very few other razors in my den that do this such as the Ikon Tech, Evo SS & R41 ‘11. With the Ambassador I believe it to be the positive blade exposure & the design of the safety bar that contributes to this “dry face, no soap phenomena” after a pass. Truthfully, I can’t give a certain reason or a coherent and logical explanation on why the Ambassador does this but, in my estimation it’s an inherent anomaly (design flaw? Don’t know either) that is unknowingly designed into the razor. It is what it is, period. Went to the TFC with the same methodical approach to the shave on pass two. Also brought it down to setting #4 and the smoothness was much closer to the Ambassador as it showed from the very first strokes ATG. Easy and effortless as I continued on upward clearing out the whiskers with good audible feedback and feel. No mishaps on the TFC side and more importantly, I can actually do a quick re-pass as the grooves on the safety bar actually leaves some good residual slickness behind to allow that action if needed. A quick face rinse and feel and I was at a DFS level if I wanted to stop right there. Both sides identical in feel and to the touch, my fingers felt ever so slightly spots around Sir Adam and at the ridge of the jawline just under my earlobes on each side. I said 3 passes regardless and basically this was going to be a touch up pass and slight buff if needed. Yes, I’m a sick and demented BBS chaser. On to pass three.



XTG 3rd pass and touch ups. Brought the Ambassador down to #2.5ish and went from ear to the chin on its side of the face. Buttery smooth and still effectively efficient in cleaning up any stragglers and the spot around the Adams Apple that needed clearing on its side. Usually, I have some lather on the off hand to dab my face with during touch ups and such instead of always reaching for the brush and reapplying the suds. It’s quicker for me this way and I’m used to doing it plus, I’ll move some lather from one spot to another as needed if available to keep the razor from stopping. Continuous motion is my method to this madness. It works. All done and smooth as a baby’s bottom. Went to the TFC and brought it down to 2.5 as well and proceeded with the same routine on its side as I did with the Ambassador side. Smooth yet not as smooth as the Ambassador was. Still extremely easy on the face with an ease of use that is equal if not better to the Ambassador. Cleared out all the spots it needed to do and no stragglers left behind. No mishaps except for a tiny red dot that appeared directly under my left earlobe that I did not feel. Maybe an extra stroke or two without enough residual slickness or exerted a bit of unnecessary pressure during that last clean up pass. Who knows to be honest but, it happens and you just chalk it up to part of the sacrifice to appease the shave gods. What else can I tell you? Next was the alum pass for gauging skin feel and irritation plus it helps with the nics & weepers in sealing them up and closing the pores on the skin. As I knew there was some slight heat near the corner of my mouth on the Ambassador side and a tinge of it near the top of the ear where I finish off the sideburn. Neck was excellent as were the jawline & cheeks. Same for the TFC side as it was pretty much the same with just a touch of irritation near the Adams Apple and right were that final red dot appeared under the ear. Everywhere else was flawless. Smooth and leathery feel like was my face & neck that was soft and supple to the touch. Finished it with some witches brew and the splash, done deal.



The shave feel on both sides is nearly identical. Extremely close and extremely comfortable feel 10 minutes after the shave. Can’t pick a winner based on results but, I can pick one based on the shave feel and the process. The Rex Ambassador felt a bit better in the hands with that superb knurling and the efficient smoothness that I have come to expect every-time I put it into use. I haven’t felt drag from this razor since my first 2-3 shaves with it many moons ago. Again, I attribute that to my knowledge of its shave characteristics, muscle memory and my nearly secondhand nature of knowing what it does. The Yaqi TFC is right behind it in shave feel & performance wise is up to the standard of what the Ambassador has been doing for some time. It’s still early and I still believe the TFC has more to reveal to me in the next weeks and months that I’ll have to shave with it. What really is the key here though is that for roughly 1/10th of the cost of the Rex Ambassador, the Yaqi TFC practically duplicated the shave results of its much more expensive counterpart with relative ease. Perhaps not as smooth or polished as the Rex Ambassador but, damn near close. Additionally, one can look at it and say well, the clear winner is the Yaqi TFC as it gave the same desired results at a substantially lower price. And I wouldn’t argue that point either. I should say vehemently to take what you read here with a healthy helping of salt. This is just my particular experience and findings as of this moment. Everyone should and will have a different point of view with some agreeing and others disagreeing with what I’ve posted here. 



I enjoyed my shave with the Rex more today, by a toenails clippings. It’s robustly produced and has a premium feel to it that the TFC does not have or exude. That has some significance to me as all things being equal, it should outlast the TFC by a wide margin. And yet I’m enjoying the crap out of this Yaqi razor as it continues to impress. No bells & whistles, no exotic alloy composition or a well known artisan name behind it. Made of economically sourced alloy hybrids that is very economically priced in todays razor price/affordability wars. On pure performance, it hangs with the Ambassador and I wouldn’t doubt it hanging with any of the other big boys in the group. Sleeper or Giant killer of 2021/2022? Maybe. We’ll just have to wait and see. Once more shavers have this model in their hands and get experience with it, more can be told on how it fares in wet shave land. 


Great shaves to all and a Happy 2022….  Thumbsup

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 01-02-2022, 04:42 PM
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Man, that was a great read! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Re: your observation/comments about the Rex needing lubricant. I owned their non-adjustable version of that razor, and thought at the time that it too removed every bit of soap with the pass. There was simply nothing left on which to glide for a touch up.

Thanks again for an informative and well written post Smile

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 01-02-2022, 06:34 PM
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Two outstanding write ups!!

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 01-03-2022, 07:28 AM
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Anther great post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it whilst drinking a cup of good coffee. 
Cheers

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 01-03-2022, 01:12 PM
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(01-02-2022, 04:42 PM)chazt Wrote: Man, that was a great read! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Re: your observation/comments about the Rex needing lubricant. I owned their non-adjustable version of that razor, and thought at the time that it too removed every bit of soap with the pass. There was simply nothing left on which to glide for a touch up.

Thanks again for an informative and well written post Smile

Thank you, much appreciated. Never tried their other razor, I believe you mean the Envoy if I’m correct? It has been a 50/50 like affair with that razor and the Ambassador as well. Why the drag  and leaving very little residual lather if any, I have no clue… Hmm

(01-02-2022, 06:34 PM)Chappy Wrote: Two outstanding write ups!!

Thank you, much appreciated.

(01-03-2022, 07:28 AM)Spartan76 Wrote: Anther great post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it whilst drinking a cup of good coffee. 
Cheers

Thank you, much appreciated. Coffee is always a good companion for a read…  Winky

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 11-23-2022, 03:03 PM
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Good shave was had this evening. Went on setting 5 and finished on 4 for a real nice 2 pass shave. A Gillette 7 O’Clock Green was used and it really paired nicely with the TFC Brass. For me I believe the chrome version offers more blade feel, a wider range and a smoother ride. But, still the Yaqi TFC Brass is no slouch in the cutting department and it feels of much better quality because it is. It does have some shortcomings such as numbers on the setting dial could have been painted with black enamel and the indicator dot could have used a nice speck of red for visual appeal and identification. The handle though not bad nor slippery feeling would have been better with true knurling in my humble opinion. In reality though, it’s much better than above average in overall performance. Price is debatable and can be argued for or against on its price point until the cows come home. It’s more than capable in terms of taking on multiple days of heavy whisker growth in the upper setting range and still easy enough on it’s lowest setting to be a smooth and easy daily driver. A solid, solid razor from Yaqi.


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