Closed Pass Around: Rocnel SE-G (GEM/FHS blade) razor - Finished

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A thought or two on Feather blades in the Rocnel

I have inserted a Feather blade (FAS, not FHS) into the head for my photo shoot. I found it very easy to get the blade fixed into position by tightening the screw. But I'm not comfortable with blade alignment. The Rocnel doesn't have blade stops and aligning the cutting edge of the Feather blade (which is lacking a spine and therefore narrower than a GEM) with the front of the razor is mere guesswork, even if you manage to get it straight. This makes the razor "adjustable" - in a bad way:

I could put a GEM spine on a Feather blade, but I won't. I can't stand those Feather blades. They barely last for a single shave and I will only use them in a Valet Autostrop, for the simple reason that there is no alternative.
I think I'd rather try a carbon Treet blade in the Rocnel, given that I still have two left.
 
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A thought or two on Feather blades in the Rocnel

I have inserted a Feather blade (FAS, not FHS) into the head for my photo shoot. I found it very easy to get the blade fixed into position by tightening the screw. But I'm not comfortable with blade alignment. The Rocnel doesn't have blade stops and aligning the cutting edge of the Feather blade (which is lacking a spine and therefore narrower than a GEM) with the front of the razor is mere guesswork, even if you manage to get it straight. This makes the razor "adjustable" - in a bad way:

I could put a GEM spine on a Feather blade, but I won't. I can't stand those Feather blades. They barely last for a single shave and I will only use them in a Valet Autostrop, for the simple reason that there is no alternative.
I think I'd rather try a carbon Treet blade in the Rocnel, given that I still have two left.
That last photo made me shudder - and I am a person who shaved for years with a straight !
 
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That last photo made me shudder - and I am a person who shaved for years with a straight !
Wuss. The blade was safely secured by the screw. Not only do you get an adjustable, you get a slant as well. :p
I don't even have a plaster on my finger... anymore... I did cut myself taking those pictures...
 
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Day 3 - Shave 2
  • Wickham 1912 Irish Fern
  • Mühle 25mm synthetic brush
  • Rocnel SE-G
  • GEM blade (2)
  • Alum block
  • Sir Irisch Mood ASL
  • Sir Irisch Moos EdT

I didn't need a shave yesterday. The first shave with the Rocnel was that good.
Today's shave didn't seem quite as good as the last one. The blade didn't feel as smooth as I expected. I have changed blades several times playing with the razor in the last two days and maybe the blade suffered a bit in the process. I didn't have a terrible shave, it just wasn't as terrific as the first one. I'll use a fresh blade tomorrow and see how it goes.
On a positive note, I was able to use Wickham 1912 and match it with Sir Irisch Moos. I love the stuff, but SWMBO hates the scent, so it's a rare treat.
To make up for this shortish review, here are two more pictures of the Rocnel:



To be continued…
 
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Day 4 - Shave 3
  • Tabac Original soap
  • Mühle 25mm synthetic brush
  • Rocnel SE-G
  • GEM blade (1)
  • Alum block
  • Cella Colonia Classica

I'm getting mixed signals from this razor. Today I put a fresh GEM blade in and although I inserted it from the "easy" side, it was a slight struggle. It is a clever way to insert a blade, but I find it too fiddly. Any of the vintage shovel head SE razors is so much easier to load and the way you load a 1912 and the spring at the back pushes the blade against the blade stops.... genius.
The lack of blade stops in the Rocnel bothers me. I inserted the blade best I could and it looked OK, but it felt markedly more aggressive than on my first shave. I can't be certain that the blade exposure is the same every time you insert a blade.
I had a very close shave, but also a minor blood bath on my lower neck - well... just a few weepers to be honest, but I'm not used to that from a GEM blade in, say, a 1912.
My initial enthusiasm has faded a bit. I need to compare the Rocnel side by side with my 1912 and maybe try a Treet carbon blade.
(No pictures today)
To be continued…
 
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My initial enthusiasm has faded a bit. I need to compare the Rocnel side by side with my 1912 and maybe try a Treet carbon blade.
(No pictures today)
To be continued…
When you say a Tree carbon Blade....are you referring to the Durasharp....or is this a blade I am not familiar with?
 
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