Chinese Razor Month

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Boycie83
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I'm certainly enjoying the Yaqi Katana at the moment ...

I'm shaving maybe every week to ten days at present and the Katana is just perfect! It's the kind of shave I'd reach for my 1912 over any double edge razor in my collection but the Katana is really doing it for me. 12 days taken off this evening. Very little clogging.
Now that's some praise!
 
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Boycie83
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Razor: Yaqi Katana
Blade: Gillette Winner (1)
Brush: Dscosmetics 2B
Soap: Tabac
Pre: Proraso Red
ASL: Proraso Red
ASB: Tabac

Firstly, I need to apologise for the delay in posting here. I've been using the ATT G1 for the last 8 shaves. What a phenomenal razor that is. Beautifully smooth and efficient. Also an absolute twat to load and dismantle but that's half its charm. It set a high bar for the SE Katana (yes, I know they're different blades but you know what I mean).

On to the Katana. Alignment was easy to get right when assembling and the WTG pass started well. It faced 48 hours of growth and felt tuggy around my chin and lips. It removed a lot of hair though. The XTG pass was similar in terms of 'tugginess' but it still delivered a DFS shave from 2 passes.

I think this razor would benefit from a sharper blade. I can certainly sense the potential with it. For the sake of this experiment, I'm going to complete a second shave with the Winner though.

Off topic but I don't really rate dscosmetics brushes. I know many people do but I've never had one that I've actually liked.
 
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Boycie83
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Razor: Yaqi Katana
Blade: Gillette Winner (2)
Brush: Oumo SHD Manchurian
Soap: P&B Imperial Rum
Pre: Proraso Wood and Spice
ASL: Floïd Suave
ASB: LEA

Another shave with the Katana and I can safely say I like this razor head. I'm still convinced it would perform better with a sharper blade though. I'll report back here at some point in the future once I've tried that. There's too many new razors in the den to go continue with this.

I do like P&B Imperial Rum. Great scent, great performance. I think I'm in a minorities though that doesn't like these densely packed badger brushes with high backbone. I don't rate this Oumo brush and I certainly wouldn't buy another one.
 

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A Small `and late addition !

Whilst sorting through some cupboards last week I came across a Razor head I had never tried and completely forgotten ! So with a busy weekend Running and working on the house , I wanted a quick shave on Sunday (Having not shaved Saturday)

The head was kindly sent to me by Chris @Boycie83 some time ago and I believe it is a Yaqi beast , the first thing you notice is there is quite a bit of blade exposure but not crazy , it also have a DOC style top cap with lather slots.

On to the shave I loaded it with a new Polsilver Lodz, started off riding the cap a little as was cautious of the blade exposure , an unnecessary fear it is a very blade forward razor but not in my opinion crazy , I like assertive razors and don't mind blade feel , if you don't like blade feel you are not going to enjoy this.

For me I would place it in that sort of R41 category of razors , assertive but comfortable , a great little razor in my opinion and it will definitely be featuring some more on my DE shaves.
 
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