09-05-2022, 06:42 AM
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I’m participating in a pass around on another forum with this French Artisan made razor kit. It’s called the Le Maurice by Atelier Durdan and is produced in homage to the artisan’s grandfather I believe. I don’t know much of the story behind it nor much of the maker himself but, there is a website up that offers excellent details and the storyline behind this creation. It’s a worthwhile read.

Here I’ll just be copying and pasting my shave thoughts & experiences with this set on that other forum. Below are a few of the shaves that I’ve had so far with this unique shave kit.

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2 days worth of whisker growth and an extremely satisfyingly good shave. The initial shave I went right for the top gap set up, the 1.2 with a fresh Feather blade. I feel no need to explain the fitment and quality of craftsmanship that has been thoughtfully and eloquently said and described from the previous pass around participants. Their analysis and breakdown is spot on in those aspects I mentioned. As for feel and how it works in my hands the razor is overall balanced quite well. The cutting ability is smooth and precise with an easy angle to attain and maintain throughout the whole shave. Early gripe? Though the handle is not slippery, I do wish it had deeper serrations/cuts into it or just plain old knurling. Not a deal breaker to be perfectly honest as it shaves that good. But, I’ve been ruined by the excellent handles out there that provide a tactile grip that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Call me spoiled. Nevertheless, the shave was as good as one can get with a feel and distinction that is all its own. I haven’t experienced a razor that has shave characteristics similar to the Le Maurice. Perhaps a combination of the Razorock BBS-A with a Karve E or F plate in shave feel & performance. It’s unique and honestly, superbly done. First shot and I like it!


Next shave will be with either one of the other two and I’ll stay with the Feather until it gives up the ghost. Big thanks to Atelier DURDAN in allowing us to sample this unique and pleasing razor tool set. Looking forward to giving it a run for its money. Or mine.   Thumbsup

Great shaves to all….


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Couldn’t get a shave in yesterday with the Le Maurice as a work emergency put a halt to my plans for the day. So, I went with an early morning shave today and went with the dual comb 1.0 base plate. I installed the one time used Feather blade from the previous shave, whipped up some Melange d’agrumes by Ethos for a full bodied and gorgeous lather. This stuff never disappoints in giving a perfect barrier for the skin & steel to meet. The blade feel on this base plate is slightly toned down from the 1.2 yet still effectively cuts through the whiskers with a smooth efficiency. The open comb side was used through the first pass that clearly brought down the whiskers with ease. The Feather after its first use is magical in the Le Maurice 1.0. The harshness is nonexistent as the Le Maurice tempers the feel beautifully with the bend that the head puts on the blade. Switched it over to the solid bar side for pass 2 which is always my ATG pass and it was effortless in execution that reminded me of the Timeless Ti..68 SB in feel but, cut closer more like the Ti .95. I was DFS at this point and could have called it then and there but, I wanted the full baby bottom finish. Flipped it again to the open comb side just to get a bit more feel and feedback so that it could work against my skin easily in catching any stragglers. The feel of the open comb side is so non aggressive that you can literally throw the razor around with ease and in the secure thought that it would not catch or bite unless you deliberately intended it too. The teeth are machined near perfectly to just roll over the skin comfortably and easily without feeling pointy or obstructive in any way. The dual comb set up just gives a quiet but, effective feedback on what it’s doing at every facet of the shave. Simply a wonderful shave that was just as good if not better than with the 1.2 Brass set. The feel in hand felt just as balanced as the 1.2 yet, I liked the slight top heavy feel or weight bias of the Brass set of the 1.2 just a bit more. Splitting hairs though as the 1.0 is well done & executed.


The Feather still feels awesome and onto the .8 for the next shave. Great shaves to all…



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Another early morning shave and this time with the Ti .8 base plate & cap. I like the overall finish of this set up over the other two as it is nicely polished and looks more refined. Think of it as a very close or identical rendition of the finished product. Again, it’s a dual comb set up and the feel with this one in particular was mild & smooth. I used the Feather blade again on its 3rd use and it did what it had to do. The lighter weight of the whole set (all Ti head & handle) made me adjust slightly with a bit more pressure but, never felt as if I was going to pay the price for the change in technique & assertion of that pressure. Some good skin stretching and flexing and a DFSwas easily achieved in 3 passes with a slight buff on the chin & jawline to pick up stragglers. It was not the most efficient or effective cutting base of the 3 but, by no means is it an ineffective cutting tool. If a shaver prefers the mid to lower end of razor cutting spectrum, the .8 would fit that bill to a tee. I would like to think that its creation is to be a comfortable, non aggressive daily shaver with a smooth & softer feel on the skin that Titanium alloys have proven to show in the artisan razor creation field. I’m a sucker for Ti alloy in shaving gear and especially in razors. In the end though, I preferred the shave feel and qualities of the 1.2 Brass & 1.0 SS over the Ti .8 by a substantial margin. And that is not to say that this is the razors fault as it is more of my own doing that I prefer a more efficient or a more aggressive leaning shave designed geometry to get me to the shave qualities that I look for in a razor. 


I’ll get two more shaves in, one each with the 1.2 & 1.0 with a Bic Chrome and KAI blade, respectively and get this wonderful kit ready for the next pass around participant. Great shaves to all…



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 09-06-2022, 05:19 AM
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Short & sweet. Just a remarkably good shave this morning with the Le Maurice 1.2 Brass head. As I stated in my previous post I went with the Bic Chrome Platinum and it worked to near smooth perfection. Still as sharp as the Feather imho but, vastly superior in smoothness & comfort and the Le Maurice 1.2 took full advantage of this blades attributes. I did not need a full 3 pass shave but, the shave process was so smooth and seamless, I just went for the 3rd pass just to search for whiskers that honestly, weren’t even there. That’s how good it was. Easier on the face than the Feather yet identical results. I’m leaning towards this configuration ever so slightly the 1.2 that is but, I still need to try the 1.0 with the KAI blade just for my own personal reference. Today though, the Le Maurice with the Bic Chrome felt majestic in performance.


One more to go and my final thoughts afterwards. Great shaves to all…
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 09-07-2022, 04:41 PM
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An evening shave with the Le Maurice 1.0 and the last of the shaves in this pass around. I installed a fresh KAI blade just to see how blade feel & efficiency would fair in this set up. Also, went with the Daveli Farms Green Tea shave soap on its inaugural shave outing just to see how it fairs with some of the other comparably priced soap products out there. Brought out the Ethos Lather Booster just in case I needed an extra boost in lather & slickness. The shave yesterday was very good with the 1.2 & Bic Chrome as the stubble growth wasn’t as pronounced as normal. Nevertheless, there was enough to get my shave on and the 1.0 with the KAI did not disappoint. I used a bit more of the Daveli soap to get a thick and silky smooth lather and it actually provided very good protection and glide for the razor. I only used the Ethos Booster on the 2nd and final pass just to up the residual slickness of the soap. The Kai in the 1.0 is a step up in blade feel and most certainly in its efficiency in cutting thoroughly without any fanfare. I sacrificed just a tiny bit of the Le Maurice’s inherent smoothness to gain a bit more blade feel and overall feedback from this particular shave. Like I said previously, I was done in two great passes though I did create some heat/irritation at the corners of my mouth clearing out the ends of the stache area. No doubt caused by the extra blade feel/exposure on the skin and that is no fault of the razor itself. Just me experimenting with blades and feel. A lighter touch from hands and that irritation would have never reared its ugly head. On me, totally. Otherwise it was a BBS finish of the highest order with smooth and supple skin once all was said and done. Alum pass and the splash subdued the irritation gremlins in under 10 mins and I was good as new. The soap performed as it should providing good glide and protection for the skin allowing the Le Maurice to move smoothly and easily across my skin. Great shave, period.


Summation to follow. Getting dinner ready at the moment. Great shaves to all…
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 09-08-2022, 05:49 PM
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Excuse the delay gents in putting my final thoughts on this razor to the screen. I’ll be brief and to the point as I see no need to add anything that does not pertain to the shave performance and quality of this kits craftsmanship. Monetarily wise, I think it’s worth the 5 Benny’s + as I see it as an heirloom quality creation. Pricing is subjective and everyone is going to have a different look and opinion on it. I see the work & the time put into it. Plus, the performance backs it up.


Let’s cut to the chase. The quality and attention to the smallest of details is apparent in the whole kit itself. From the detailed cuts of the wood case that holds each individual piece in its place to the near perfect alignment of the blade on each of those base and top caps is exceptional. One might gripe on the kits individual finishes on each respective alloy but, I find it to be a grain of sand that happens to be white at the beach that’s predominantly colored beige/brown. To me it does not detract from the overall quality and character that this particular kit delivers. The artisan has a vision and a particular idea on what he believes is the nature of what this razor should deliver. The individual pours their time, heart & soul into a creation and as a whole, it tells a story of refinement and homage to someone in their life. And I truly appreciate that aspect of the creation and most importantly, the thought behind it. 

The 1.2 Brass. This is without question the most efficient operating option of the 3 included. Yet, I still felt comfortable in every stroke and at every particular pass whether it was ATG, WTG or XTG that it would deliver optimal feedback as long as the technique was equal to the task. Not saying that it is a razor that needs ultimate concentration or lock oneself into a zen like state but, just good razor sense on the individual and not be lazy about that technique. What it delivers is an exceptionally smooth & efficient shave that given its gap size and positive blade exposure, only a handful of razor makers have attained. Think R41 type like results with a Timeless SS .95 like type feel or a Karve F in Brass. Not bad company if you ask me.

The 1.0 SS. This one is slightly toned down from the 1.2 but, it still manages to give you good feel and feedback and when I installed a bit wider blade such as the KAI, blade feel was turned up a notch with a minuscule drop in comfort/smoothness. Still easier to maneuver than the 1.2 but, if you get lazy well, weepers and nics will abound without blinking an eye. With the Feather I would put this up against any mid aggressive razor in terms of shave prowess while still being quite nice on the skin and mean on the whiskers. And I believe that this particular set up with a milder or smoother blade would be the hands down winner for a perfect daily driver. 

The .8 Ti. This one was smooth, smooth and more smooth. But, this pup still has some teeth to nibble on your skin if you think it’s a daisy. Clearly it’s the easier razor of the three on face feel, comfort and affords one the ability to get real cozy with it right quick. But, the positive blade exposure still tells you that it’s still there and can take a quick bite if you get too over confident too quickly. If your a daily shaver who can care less for a BBS or Dolphin like smooth skin after every shave, this is your huckleberry. The Titanium feels great on the skin and with a Feather, that initial harshness is tamed somewhat and it really is a joy to use. Gillette Tech razor seekers that want a modern alloyed shaver with just the slightest bump over that Tech, your search is potentially over with this one.

Great shaves across the board with every single one of these. I can’t say there was a bad one for the week that I had it. I never had an issue with the razors ability in keeping lather and cut whiskers flowing away from the skin and through the lather slots. Never an issue with rinsing on the Open Comb side and let alone on the Safety Bar side. The blade posts on the base plate is a non issue for me. Drop the blade in, place the top cap over it and screw in the handle. 1,2,3 easy. Traditionalist might take exception to this set up but, barring a severe medical condition this is a point that I see no grounds in arguing over. The argument simply just does not hold any water. Now, if your a klutz then, you shouldn’t be near anything sharp let alone holding it. Disposables were meant for you. Just embrace it and be happy with your shaves. Anyhow, I do have a gripe and that is with the handle itself. Not that it didn’t over balance or feel but, I felt that somehow this razor kit would have benefited from a knurled handle or something along the lines of the Timeless Crown Ti handle. Not exact but, something that offered some type of tactile grip/texture with some type of curves or undulation within the length of the handle. The handle never felt like it was going to slip but, somehow I was always fidgeting with it during the shave on trying to find the sweet spot for my fingers. Alum always took care of the grip but, it just felt lacking. That’s just me and me being finicky. 

I would like to thank again the sponsor Atelier Durdan for supplying and allowing us to sample a wonderful creation and the heads at DFS for allowing this to take place here in the forum. It was a privilege for me and I really enjoyed every shave with this kit. I love what the kit represents and what the artisan was trying or is conveying with this product. Some old with some new. I get it and I might just spring for one….

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 09-09-2022, 05:17 AM
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Thank you for your thorough review of this interesting and unique razor.  Dual comb heads in brass, stainless and titanium certainly offers numerous options in one razor.

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