12-07-2012, 09:29 AM
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I received my ATT Atlas R1 yesterday and I thought I would give some first impressions and a quick review of my first shave.

I placed my order very late Sunday night and the razor arrived early Thursday afternoon. So order processing and handling is outstanding!

When I opened the box I found a slightly crushed black box that has the Above the Tie logo on it. And here is my first and really only complaint. For $185 I believe the packaging should be much better. My Tradere came in a nice hard cardboard box and the Feather comes in a fantastic wood box. So for this price point a flimsy cardboard box is disappointing to me. My razor also came with a pack of 5 Astra SP blades.

When I took the razor out of the box this is when the excitement kicked in! The razor is beautiful! The fit and finish is perfect and build quality is first rate. This is without a doubt the nicest looking razor I have ever owned. The weight distribution and balance is just what I’ve been looking for! I love the length of this handle! Now if it shaves as good as it looks…

The first shave:
Prep – Hot shower prior to shaving
Soap – Tabac
Brush – Art of Shaving Pure Badger
Blade – Gillette 7 o-Clock Black

After my shower I applied a hot compress to my face and applied a nice thick creamy layer of shaving cream by my usual face lathering method. My first pass was a WTG. The blade angle was easy to establish because this razor has great audible feedback. It sounded like I could hear each hair being cut. The first pass was very smooth with no weepers or skin irritation. I re-lathered and went for a XTG on my neck and an ATG on my face. Again very smooth, the razor just seems to balance perfectly in my hand and glide across my face. At this point I nearly had a BBS shave. I had a little touch up on my neck and I was done! I gave myself one weeper near the corner of my mouth, but that was it. When I applied my alum and aftershave there was almost no burn which tells me the shave was not harsh at all.

If this razor shaves this good every time I have finally found my keeper. I have tried and sold a Tradere SB, Ikon PB2, BRW Modified Progress XL and a Feather. I hope my search is over…

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 12-07-2012, 09:42 AM
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  • wlmcad
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  • Memphis, TN
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Need to see pics...

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 12-07-2012, 10:08 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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Great review Chris. Yours is the first review of the new Titan R1 and it appears you really like it. The fit and finish are excellent and I agree with you that a better box would be in order after paying $185 for a razor.

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 12-07-2012, 10:36 AM
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I'm not bothered about the box personally. The manufacturing is perfect so I was happy with the Titan.

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 12-07-2012, 08:17 PM
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Chris, congratulations on the new acquisition and the shave!

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 12-08-2012, 01:04 AM
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Thanks for the review, ATT seems to be a more recognized brand as of late, another big name in the world of modern safety razors.

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 12-08-2012, 09:44 AM
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(12-08-2012, 01:04 AM)cessnabird Wrote: Thanks for the review, ATT seems to be a more recognized brand as of late, another big name in the world of modern safety razors.

I think they are becoming recognized because of the fine product, but also because of Stan's great customer service. He shipped very fast and is also very quick to reply to any questions you may have!

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 12-08-2012, 10:14 AM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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I like this razor so much I bought all 3 base plates and use the Titan handle....I have used the H and R plates and have the M on the way....I even built a stand to hold the "Set up" by using a 3 3/8 X 2 1/2 piece of wood with a 1/2 " hole drilled for the handle and 2 pins for the unused plates.( pins are nails with the heads cut off) ....could use any material you can work with. Once I get the M plate I will compare all 3...so far I am very impressed.SmileShaving

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 12-08-2012, 11:23 PM
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I had my second shave today after another two day growth. This time I used an Astra SP blade. The shave was better than the first, truly exceptional for me. A two pass BBS. After the face shave I shaved my head and was again amazed at the ease with which this razor just glides across the skin and the smooth hair removal with no irritation. I was able to get a nice clean head shave with only one pass and touch up. I had no weepers on my face or head this shave. I see no reason to continue reviewing my shaves with this razor. I have finally found what I have been looking for. I hope everyone who picked up one of these fine razors enjoys it as much as I do!

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 12-09-2012, 12:21 AM
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Grrr, so tempting. You make it sound just wonderful!

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 12-09-2012, 05:27 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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Thank you again for a nice interesting review.

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 12-09-2012, 09:38 AM
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  • greyhawk
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  • Southern California
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Sounds great; thanks for the review.
Reports on the aggressiveness of the H1 convinced me that it would be too much for my sensitive skin, but the R1 sounds like it would be perfect.
How would you compare the R1 to the other razors you mention as far as aggressiveness/smoothness?

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 12-09-2012, 10:36 AM
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I want to echo the above: specifically, how would you compare it to the Tradere SB?

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 12-09-2012, 10:45 AM
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For me the Tradere was hard to find and hold the correct cutting angle. There was not much feedback from the razor and I was getting a bad shave or a lot of weepers. The handle was also to long for me and the razor felt out of balance. The Atlas has a great balance and gives me a very nice audible feedback when the angle is right and just makes for a very nice smooth shave. The R1 head is not to aggressive but not so mild that you feel like your not getting any shaving done...

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 10-28-2013, 09:38 PM
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The Atlas R1 is fantastic....The best razor on the market and shaves so close and so easy. You'll Love this razor. Talk to Stan!!

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 10-29-2013, 01:46 AM
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(12-07-2012, 09:29 AM)cdhumiston Wrote: I received my ATT Atlas R1 yesterday and I thought I would give some first impressions and a quick review of my first shave.

I placed my order very late Sunday night and the razor arrived early Thursday afternoon. So order processing and handling is outstanding!

When I opened the box I found a slightly crushed black box that has the Above the Tie logo on it. And here is my first and really only complaint. For $185 I believe the packaging should be much better. My Tradere came in a nice hard cardboard box and the Feather comes in a fantastic wood box. So for this price point a flimsy cardboard box is disappointing to me. My razor also came with a pack of 5 Astra SP blades.

When I took the razor out of the box this is when the excitement kicked in! The razor is beautiful! The fit and finish is perfect and build quality is first rate. This is without a doubt the nicest looking razor I have ever owned. The weight distribution and balance is just what I’ve been looking for! I love the length of this handle! Now if it shaves as good as it looks…

The first shave:
Prep – Hot shower prior to shaving
Soap – Tabac
Brush – Art of Shaving Pure Badger
Blade – Gillette 7 o-Clock Black

After my shower I applied a hot compress to my face and applied a nice thick creamy layer of shaving cream by my usual face lathering method. My first pass was a WTG. The blade angle was easy to establish because this razor has great audible feedback. It sounded like I could hear each hair being cut. The first pass was very smooth with no weepers or skin irritation. I re-lathered and went for a XTG on my neck and an ATG on my face. Again very smooth, the razor just seems to balance perfectly in my hand and glide across my face. At this point I nearly had a BBS shave. I had a little touch up on my neck and I was done! I gave myself one weeper near the corner of my mouth, but that was it. When I applied my alum and aftershave there was almost no burn which tells me the shave was not harsh at all.

If this razor shaves this good every time I have finally found my keeper. I have tried and sold a Tradere SB, Ikon PB2, BRW Modified Progress XL and a Feather. I hope my search is over…
I think your search is overBiggrin

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 08-02-2014, 01:04 PM
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  • cnj01
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Thanks for the info, I think I'm getting ready to pull the trigger.

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 03-18-2015, 03:58 AM
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I am about to pull the trigger in one of these.

More opinions about the R1, M1 and H1.

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 03-18-2015, 08:13 PM
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I have the R2 and H2, both are awesome, but I personally give a slight edge to the H2. I put a Gillette Black in that thing and it is aggressive and super smooth at the same time. Best combo I've found to date.

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 03-18-2015, 10:45 PM
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I have an Above the Tie 7pc set.
I also have a Weber.  I also have the Above the Tie 7pc. set. I like  R-1/Krona handle I use the R-1 regularly. It gives a great shave. 
I have had my Weber 3pc. W/Classic Handle for several year. I like this razor, also.

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