Homelike Colibri

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I’ve been lucky to have received one of the production version of these razors on a pass around and have it for the next week.

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Colibri translates in English as ‘hummingbird’ and I shaved with the 1.5mm gap baseplate for the first time on Thursday evening. I found that, as expected, it definitely felt like a large gap razor with a blade forward feel. It did give a pretty smooth shave, though. I never usually do three passes, but I was able to easily do that with this razor without any nicks, cuts, weepers or irritation.

I’m not a fan of super efficient and aggressive razors, but must say that I did enjoy this shave. I also reckon that it could, potentially, make for a very good head shaver.
 
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I compared the Colibri with the 0.80mm baseplate to the Start fitted with a 0.90mm SB baseplate this evening.

I’ve rated the comparison as follows:

Smoothness: The Start felt ever so slightly smoother.

Blade Feel: The Colibri had just a touch more blade feel.

Efficiency: I couldn’t tell them apart in this respect.

I also had a head shave with the 1.50mm baseplate. It has, as I had hoped, turned out to be an excellent head shaver.
 
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I compared the Colibri with the 0.80mm baseplate to a GC 0.84 SB today.

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The Colibri felt very slightly smoother by a whisker and both the blade feel and efficiency were equal.

I also compared the Colibri fitted with the 1.10mm baseplate with a Start fitted with the 1.18 baseplate last night, and undertook a face and head shave with both.

The 1.10mm felt smoother than the 1.18mm with blade feel being identical. The 1.18mm was noticeably more efficient, though.

Both the Colibri 1.10mm and Start 1.18mm reasonably good head shavers but neither are anything special in this respect. I did enjoy using the 1.10mm baseplate on my face and, based upon this shave, think I may end up preferring it to the 0.80mm.
 
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I shaved with the 1.30mm baseplate today.

This was my second shave with this plate and it has proved to be the jewel in the crown for this razor when it comes to face shaving. It’s smoother than the other 3 plates and has minimal blade feel. It gives great audible feedback as well.

It doesn’t shave as close as the 1.50mm when it comes to head shaving but does a good enough job.

This is definitely, for me, the best all round baseplate for this razor. I still prefer the 1.50mm baseplate when it comes to head shaving and I suspect that the 1.50mm plate will also be better for clearing 4 to 5+ days worth of stubble.
 
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A comparison shave with the Homelike Colibri 0.80mm baseplate and a Haircut and Shave N075 this evening.

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I changed my blade choice and used a Feather.

This resulted in the smoothest shave I’ve had from the 0.80 plate so far. There was virtually no blade feel and the efficiency was identical to the H&S.

It was really difficult to tell the two razors apart and the only thing I could detect was slightest bit more blade feel from the Colibri (and it was very slight) and a very little bit more drag from the H&S.

The change to a Feather seems to have made a difference with the 0.80mm baseplate and it certainly performed better than either a Polsilver or Rapira Swedish Supersteel in this respect.

I’m looking forward to my final shave with this razor tomorrow night when I’ll compare it against a Carbon Cx razor.
 
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Final shave with the Colibri last night.

I continued with a Feather blade and compared the 0.80mm plate against a Carbon Cx with the regular baseplate.

This proved to be a very interesting shave. I literally couldn’t tell the two razors apart in terms of smoothness, blade feel and efficiency.

The only differences I could detect were a difference in handle weight and the Carbon having a hollower sound to it as it sliced through my stubble.

This proved to be a great end to my time with the razor.

Suffice to say another one is already winging it’s way over to me from Russia as I write this.
 
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