The Fatip Grande Chrome Finish
07-05-2012, 06:48 PM  #1
  • syngent
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So after a bunch of praise from some members, friends, and BOTOC threadee's i finally jumped on getting one of these guys in chrome finish
I picked mine up of an ebay store that sells them, paying just under 40 shipped to my door it was a great value for the razor, came in a cardboard two piece box with a pack of astras (which brings me to somewhere around 405 astras now)

The fit and finish was as expected for something at that price point, nothing wrong it the razor but it doesnt have that highend feel or look you get with a BRW, Tradere, Weber, or other highend razors, but then it doesnt look like something that will fall apart or have its plating fall off either its about right for 40 bucks, much like a merkur,

I loaded a blade into it, it looked a bit off kilter to me, i used the end tabs to align it in, something i have to do with my old type, and just couldnt get it right till i heard a little "tink" and the blade fell into place, i think i caught a thread with blade or something, after a couple of tries the blade (a supermax sp) fell right into place, just a reminder to always check the seating of your blade as you load it into razors, things happen

I lathered up some Dr.Dittmar, after a preshave facial cleanse, got some great slick lather right where i need it to be for a good close shave with an aggressive razor and a sharp blade and did my two pass touch up shave

I had a tiny weeper near my adams apple, cold water took care of it, I nicked my nostril once ( havent done that in a while) not the razors fault but with an open comb razor these kind of nicks can go deep and bad, but a styptic pencil took care of that

smooth shaver indeed, i would say a bit to aggressive for a new guy on the scene, and maybe a bit much for a first time OC guy, but if your careful canget your angles down, and use zero,THATS ZERO, pressure, with a sharp blade, then you should get the hang of it in a shave or two

i did feel a bit raw after, a little more tingle then im used to, but that happened to me the first time i used my old type too, nothing to uncomfortable some alum (stung more then usual, someone used pressure !) and some AV A/S took care of it, im maybe 20 minutes out from shave and i have a few spots with some minor tingle, but again nothing major

If your not really a vintage razor kind of guy, but are curious about how some of them shave, i would say this is the closest thing i have used that resembles an "old type" gillette open comb, very similar to me indeed, its one of those same but different things

i would highly suggest this to anyone looking for an aggressive shaver, without spending the big bucks on the Joris counterpart

and of course, to prove it all happened, submitted for your approval, heres some pics
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07-05-2012, 07:11 PM  #2
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(This post was last modified: 07-05-2012, 07:11 PM by GDCarrington.)
The Nostril Nicking between you and Ken is now coming into clearer focus. We might have the makings of the "N Squared Gang!"

BTW: Nice and shiny razor. Looking good!

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07-05-2012, 07:17 PM  #3
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Haha, poor Ken is going to get dragged into something here, but man if i catch myself on the nostril anytime soon with this guy i may have to set it down and let that area get itself back together, I used to catch there quite a bit when i first started out

thanks, for the compliment always nice to hear as i do enjoy it, its nice when your looking forward to something so much and it doesnt disappoint you one bit,
(07-05-2012, 07:11 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:  The Nostril Nicking between you and Ken is now coming into clearer focus. We might have the makings of the "N Squared Gang!"

BTW: Nice and shiny razor. Looking good!

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07-05-2012, 08:46 PM  #4
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Thanks for sharing James!

I too felt that this razor demands respect in regard to pressure and angle. I don't have much experience with DE OC razors, but I can certainly tell the FaTip is much more aggressive than my Merkur 1904 OC Biggrin

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07-05-2012, 08:53 PM  #5
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I think i had a few shaves with the senator as my first OC, but it was the Old Type i really put some time into when i started, and it bit me more then once, nothing drawing major blood, a few nicks and some weepers lol, but i got the hang of it and it became my favourite razor after that, i just got my weber to thread up to this head, with the added weight and grip it provides i can see it becoming a top choice for me,

but OC's can take a bit to get used to, long comb news tend to be a less aggressive OC razor that is often recommended for people looking to try them, like a gateway razor lmao
(just incase any new shavers or people looking into OCs are reading i thought i would include the last bit)
I dont want to scare people off from these, but they need a better level of focus or muscel memory then say a HD or a tech for sure

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07-05-2012, 09:15 PM  #6
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Knock on wood, I have not nicked my nostril with the FaTip, I have with my Old Type, and a few times with the Tech though.

I can honestly say that currently the FaTip is my favorite razor. I'm sure that will change as I am saving up my pennies for a new iKon, but I know that the FaTip will remain high on my list.

I shaved with mine almost exclusively for about three weeks, after that, she became like an extension of my hand.

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07-06-2012, 02:57 AM  #7
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Very nice. I have 3 FaTip razors, but I've swapped the original handles for iKons. One Bulldog, one Bamboo and a gold plated Tech.

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07-06-2012, 03:13 AM  #8
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Great review! I love my FaTip Grande and the service from Maguire's on E-Bay was outstanding.

I think that this razor would suit someone that "almost" likes the 2011 R41 but finds it a tad aggressive and rough.
The FaTip seems to take it down some notches yet remain aggressive and smooth enough to make OC shaving pleasurable without as much worry about being bitten as the R41.

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07-06-2012, 03:29 AM  #9
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Great reviews I have been considering a FaTip razor and might have to add one to my den.

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07-06-2012, 03:56 AM  #10
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In case you didn't see the vendor news, Phil is now stocking FaTip!

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07-06-2012, 04:56 AM  #11
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Congrats, again, James. Enjoy the shaves.

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07-06-2012, 11:04 AM  #12
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I do love my Fatip...and yes...the flipping tabs of the blade have bit my Nostrils more than once!! That what I get for trying to keep that thin Clark Gable Stash with my Goatee....

Welcome to both the Fatip Club and the Brotherhood of the Nicked Nostrils!! LMAO!!24

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07-06-2012, 11:52 AM  #13
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(07-06-2012, 11:04 AM)bluesbishop Wrote:  I do love my Fatip...and yes...the flipping tabs of the blade have bit my Nostrils more than once!! That what I get for trying to keep that thin Clark Gable Stash with my Goatee....

Welcome to both the Fatip Club and the Brotherhood of the Nicked Nostrils!! LMAO!!24

Now excepting new members !, this exclusive club comes with a discount to styptic pencils, tissue paper, and a custom fit nose guard !

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07-06-2012, 08:53 PM  #14
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(07-05-2012, 07:17 PM)syngent Wrote:  Haha, poor Ken is going to get dragged into something here, but man if i catch myself on the nostril anytime soon with this guy i may have to set it down and let that area get itself back together, I used to catch there quite a bit when i first started out

thanks, for the compliment always nice to hear as i do enjoy it, its nice when your looking forward to something so much and it doesnt disappoint you one bit,
(07-05-2012, 07:11 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:  The Nostril Nicking between you and Ken is now coming into clearer focus. We might have the makings of the "N Squared Gang!"

BTW: Nice and shiny razor. Looking good!


Ok....I'm dragged in....Yes James and I are the Nsqaured crew....Blood brothers!!

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07-07-2012, 04:49 AM  #15
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lol it nice to be part of a crew, go N2, /\ \/

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07-07-2012, 11:40 AM  #16
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That's a great razor, I have one with the same head but with the Piccolo handle, terrible handle and I've been on the search for a new one for awhile now.

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07-07-2012, 06:32 PM  #17
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Sweet razor, thanks for sharing.

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07-07-2012, 06:40 PM  #18
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thanks for the review i just ordered the fatip grande from bullgoose at a great price and am looking forward to using it, Smile

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07-07-2012, 07:17 PM  #19
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hope you enjoy it as mucdoh as so many of us who own it do hoskins

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07-09-2012, 04:23 PM  #20
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Would you say the Fatip is more aggressive than the Old Type? Thanks

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