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Cadet Excalibur TP-26 OPEN COMB Review
05-10-2013, 01:23 PM
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  • Cadet Excalibur TP-26 OPEN COMB
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This review is of the Open Comb version of the Cadet TP-26 series.

I chose a soap / brush combo I am very fond of so as to not have a poor lather detract from the razor review. Soap: I Coloniali with Mango Oil, Brush: Vie Long BGS2012 Horse Hair in Butterscotch.

The head looks similar to a NEW Long Comb, or a less angled Joris / Fatip head but with shorter teeth. Once again the construction is very surprising for a $24.99 razor. Very solid and I love the knurling on the handle. I loaded up a Personna Red and got down to business. The first pass was WTG and I immediately noticed the sound. This baby does not have a muted sound, you can hear every whisker being cut. It's like a mini-symphony. I managed to get through the first pass nick free; not bad for a first use of a new OC. I rinsed and noticed my cheeks already felt pretty smooth I then re-lathered for my XTG pass. As suspected, I did not hear much at all when shaving my cheeks, they really were pretty well cleaned up from the first pass. Normal sounds from everywhere else. A very "non-nervous" feeling when doing the XTG pass. Normally I am pretty cautious when wielding a new OC razor but this one just seemed to do the job without much worry. Once again the razor sang. I rinsed again and lathered my neck area only for the ATG pass. Once again, a good smooth shave without issue and the razor continued to sing.

I rinsed, decided to pass on an alum pass, and went straight for the AS. Thee was some stinging on the neck where I did three full passes, but nothing major and my face area had no sting at all. Sitting here right now rubbing my face I feel very little left over stubble, more than a DFS, but not quite a BBS. Not bad for a first use.

I have a number of OC razors. Merkur 11c and 12c, Gillette OLD, Gillette NEW Long Comb, Mühle R41 new style, and more Joris razors than I know what to do with. I put this razor safely in the middle of that group. Not overly mild, but not tear your face off aggressive either.

I once again liked the handle. At one point I had lather dripping down the handle so I dunked the whole razor in the sink to rinse it all off and then went straight back to shaving. The grip was very secure.

Bottom line, this is one heck of a deal in the shaving world. A well made sturdy feeling razor for $25. Honestly it's not a bad looker either. Well worth spending the money to try for yourself.
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Dino
05-12-2013, 02:35 AM
Nice review, its a good looking razor especially when you factor in the great price. I dont have one as I kinda like my straight bar to the OC razors even tough I have several OC's in my rotation.
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WegianWarrior
05-12-2013, 02:42 AM
AFAIK the only difference between the various Cadet OC is the handle; the head is the same on all of them.

I have a TP-01 and like it very much. It's an aggressive razor, but not so much as to scare away a newcomer to Open Combs.

Recommended!
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freddy
05-12-2013, 10:55 AM
(05-12-2013 02:42 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:  AFAIK the only difference between the various Cadet OC is the handle; the head is the same on all of them.

I have a TP-01 and like it very much. It's an aggressive razor, but not so much as to scare away a newcomer to Open Combs.

Recommended!

I would have to disagree with this not scaring away a newcomer to open combs, Hans. I love my open combs but I found the Cadet way too aggressive and ended up with a few weepers. It wasn't anything to panic about but the shave was somewhat irritating and generally not pleasant.

In all fairness, I cannot remember the blade I used and that may make a difference. I shall have to give the Cadet another go at some point.
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WegianWarrior
05-12-2013, 01:15 PM
(05-12-2013 10:55 AM)freddy Wrote:  
(05-12-2013 02:42 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:  AFAIK the only difference between the various Cadet OC is the handle; the head is the same on all of them.

I have a TP-01 and like it very much. It's an aggressive razor, but not so much as to scare away a newcomer to Open Combs.

Recommended!

I would have to disagree with this not scaring away a newcomer to open combs, Hans. I love my open combs but I found the Cadet way too aggressive and ended up with a few weepers. It wasn't anything to panic about but the shave was somewhat irritating and generally not pleasant.

In all fairness, I cannot remember the blade I used and that may make a difference. I shall have to give the Cadet another go at some point.

That's odd - I never gotten a weeper with the Cadet OC - but then I'm pretty paranoid about angle when I'm using an Open Comb.
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Sharecropper
05-12-2013, 01:39 PM
I have three Cadet open combs: the 44, 26 (short handle), and Robusto. I find them only modestly aggressive. I don't have a problem finding the right angle, which I think is perhaps the most important quality in a razor. I enjoy using all three, especially the TP-26 and the Robusto. (I like shorter handles.)
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Blue line
05-12-2013, 04:32 PM
I traded my first Cadet Open Comb to Regularfella. However, I couldn't stand not having that BEAUTIFUL open comb head razor in my arsenal, so I just bought a TP-30. It irritated me pretty well and a few weepers. In the past, I lathered with a tallow AND a lanolin based soap and this gave me weeper and irritation reduced shaves. I just love the handle designs of the Cadet line.
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Kerrplunk
10-27-2013, 10:34 AM
Solid review. You sold me, I'll order one for my son.
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freddy
10-27-2013, 10:41 AM
Even though the Cadet didn't offer me a totally comfortable shave (though, once again, nothing really bad) I am sorely tempted to try the new Cadet TTO open comb.
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