10-20-2012, 11:16 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Yesterday this arrived in the post from Italian Barber...

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RazoRock Jaws Open Comb DE razor & complementary pack of Lord Platinum DE blades


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RazoRock Jaws Open Comb DE razor & complementary pack of Lord Platinum DE blades

Italian Barber Wrote:From here...

The new RazoRock Safety Razors come in both a Three-Piece design (TP) and a Twist-to-Open (TTO easy load) design. The Twist-to-Open models are chrome over a brass frame, the way it should be! The Three-Piece models sport a chrome over brass handle with a chrome over zinc alloy head. These, my friends, are safety razors the way they use to be made! The best part... we are offering these razors at extremely aggressive prices because we want to show the world that an amazing traditional wet shave can be had with an extremely low budget!

Overall length of the razor: Approximately 10.1cm (4 inches)
Weight: Approximately 82g (2.9 oz)
Packaging: Hard Plastic travel Case
Blades Included: 5-pack Lord Platinum Blades

Straight of the bat I noticed:
  • Overall weight of razor is (very) good, feels solid, you get the impression you're actually holding something that is well made...
  • The chrome finish is surprisingly good (this razor sells for $14.99), not quiet, but almost up there with the chrome finish of Edwin Jagger & MÜHLE razors. Definitely a LOT! better than the poor chrome job on the one Merkur I owned.
  • The only noticeable blemish I could spot was 2 teeny-tiny marks (dents) on one edge of the head cap, nothing that should effect the quality of shave delivered.
  • The length of the handle is good (my preference is for handles in the 100mm range), as is the knurling, but the diameter is too thin (IMHO) at 10mm. An additional 2mm to the diameter would make all the difference, yes I'm sure it would add a little more to the cost, but it would be so worth it (again IMHO).
  • I didn't buy this razor for the handle (as I knew it would be too thin for me), it was bought purely for the Open Comb head.
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RazoRock Jaws Three Piece Open Comb Double Edge Razor



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RazoRock Jaws Three Piece Open Comb Double Edge Razor



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RazoRock Jaws Three Piece Open Comb Double Edge Razor



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RazoRock Jaws Three Piece Open Comb Double Edge Razor

The threaded centre stud is surprisingly long -- something I've seen mentioned about the Cadet 3-Piece DE razors.

The head screwed securely into my Edwin Jagger handles and handmade stainless steel handle without any problems.

The head screwed into my Tradere handle and MÜHLE R41 handle without a problem, except for the threaded centre stud bottoming out before locking the head firmly down in place.

Unfortunately I can't comment about my couple of Weber handles as they are currently out on loan to a friend.

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(L to R) MÜHLE R41 - Open Comb 2011 head, RazoRock Jaws Open Comb head, Gillette Goodwill Open Comb head



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(L to R) MÜHLE R41 - Open Comb 2011 head, RazoRock Jaws Open Comb head, Gillette Goodwill Open Comb head

I therefore decided to (very carefully so not to damage the thread) remove 3 to 4mm from the threaded centre stud so I could attach the head securely to any handle I wanted...

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(L to R) MÜHLE R41 - Open Comb 2011 head, RazoRock Jaws Open Comb head, Gillette Goodwill Open Comb head



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(L to R) MÜHLE R41 - Open Comb 2011 head, RazoRock Jaws Open Comb head, Gillette Goodwill Open Comb head

After completing the above operation I attached the head to my handmade stainless steel handle and took the razor on its maiden shave.

The blade is held at a fairly flat angle, which translates to me as a razor that will generally shave in the (more) "aggressive" range.

Blade exposure is consistent and straight (nice and parallel) on both sides of the head.

Correct blade (head) angle was easy to find as you can feel the edge of the blade on your skin (when not held at the correct shaving angle).

Yes this Open Comb head offers a shave on the more "aggressive" side of the scale, but when held correctly (offers a fair amount of wiggle room compared to the MÜHLE R41) it offers a smooth and very! efficient shave.

All in all this is a very! good DE razor offered at a crazy low price of $14.99

Highly recommended!

Edit: Fixed grammar.

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 10-20-2012, 11:32 AM
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  • Johan
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Thanks for the review Mike. Its a really low bargain price for what you get indeed.

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 10-20-2012, 11:45 AM
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  • Arcadies
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Very nice looking razor and great review! I most likely will not be giving it a go. I've finally found my go to razors, killed RAD and sold off the surplus and I'm not going back into the trenches.

Besides..SBAD is my mistress now.

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 10-20-2012, 11:52 AM
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  • slantman
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Great review and pictures Mike. They are re-branded Cadets at a low price. I did the same thing on my Cadet OC cutting down the stud slightly. But I then used the top plate of a Sabi which fit perfectly and matched it up to an iKon Bulldog 11 handle. I created a monster razor which shaves fantastic.

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 10-20-2012, 11:59 AM
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Good review.

Great price!

Does anyone know where the Cadets are made?

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 10-20-2012, 11:59 AM
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Nice razor, at a really nice price. Looks like a rebrand of the Cadet razors. Still, it's a great choice to have.

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 10-20-2012, 12:17 PM
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  • gijames
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Awesome advice Mike!

I just carefully fitted my Cadet OC post into the electricians stripper 10-32 hole, snipped a little at a time, used my Tradere SS handle to help clear up the threads again on the head-post... Good to go!!!

*clean up, rotate the thread just a little bit after the snip while it is still mounted in the tool, to help clear the shavings at the end of the post*

Cool

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 10-20-2012, 02:16 PM
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  • Howler
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Great review Mike, seems like a pretty impressive razor for the price.

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 10-20-2012, 02:56 PM
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(10-20-2012, 11:59 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote:  Does anyone know where the Cadets are made?

India

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 10-20-2012, 03:56 PM
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Thanks Pat!

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 10-20-2012, 04:04 PM
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  • celestino
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Mike, thanks for the review!

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 10-21-2012, 10:33 AM
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Great review and very detailed photos. I got the Cadet brother for this one with the swivel handle. Those handles are not too bad.
Question: When you cut the post, was it brass color or something else?
There is some discussion wrt to the material of the head.

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 10-21-2012, 03:58 PM
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What did you use to shorten the threads on the head?

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 10-22-2012, 08:28 AM
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  • mikeperry
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(10-21-2012, 10:33 AM)Galhatz Wrote:  Question: When you cut the post, was it brass color or something else?
There is some discussion wrt to the material of the head.

Hi

The head definitely isn't brass.

Joe does say (from above), "chrome over zinc alloy head".

Take care, Mike

(10-21-2012, 03:58 PM)wingdo Wrote:  What did you use to shorten the threads on the head?

Hi Doug

I used a small (6inch) hacksaw, then a fine metal file to clean up the tiny burrs left by the saw-cut...

Take care, Mike

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 10-23-2012, 10:00 AM
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I find the razor to be very effective. Its hard to see with the eye but in terms of feel the razor has a lot of blade exposure and very little blade gap. I much prefer a razor that gets its aggressiveness from blade exposure as it can be aggressive without biting me. The razor is also very flexible in cutting angle due to the blade exposure.

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 10-23-2012, 01:48 PM
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Great review Mike...

Owning the Cadet Open Comb cousin I can honestly say that it has become my favorite open comb no matter what price point.

It seem yet another company is offering the same razor as well, the Groom Room out of Ames, IA.

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 10-23-2012, 03:57 PM
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(10-23-2012, 01:48 PM)Azarius Wrote:  Great review Mike...

Owning the Cadet Open Comb cousin I can honestly say that it has become my favorite open comb no matter what price point.

It seem yet another company is offering the same razor as well, the Groom Room out of Ames, IA.

I was told (email) by Joe from shaveabuck that his Cadet Open Comb razors are solid brass. Italian Barber has been upfront releasing information regarding the material of their razors.
Just wondering if these are same.

(10-20-2012, 11:52 AM)slantman Wrote:  Great review and pictures Mike. They are re-branded Cadets at a low price. I did the same thing on my Cadet OC cutting down the stud slightly. But I then used the top plate of a Sabi which fit perfectly and matched it up to an iKon Bulldog 11 handle. I created a monster razor which shaves fantastic.

Jerry, can you tell what kind of material the head is made of? Is it brass?

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 10-25-2012, 01:54 PM
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(10-23-2012, 03:57 PM)VerbaVolant Wrote:  Jerry, can you tell what kind of material the head is made of? Is it brass?

I cut down the stud on a Shaveabuck purchased head (I have a second from IB) and the stud is zinc. Didnt cut into the other parts of the head for obvious reasons so I cant speak for the rest of it.

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 10-25-2012, 04:03 PM
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(10-25-2012, 01:54 PM)speas Wrote:  
(10-23-2012, 03:57 PM)VerbaVolant Wrote:  Jerry, can you tell what kind of material the head is made of? Is it brass?

I cut down the stud on a Shaveabuck purchased head (I have a second from IB) and the stud is zinc. Didnt cut into the other parts of the head for obvious reasons so I cant speak for the rest of it.

Thank you speas.

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 11-24-2013, 02:21 PM
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Can someone explain if the difference between the heads on the Razorock Jaws OC and the Little Bastone? The Little Bastone has a seemingly much nicer handle, but the head looks the same.

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