Closed Pass Around: Supply Provision Single Edge - CLOSED

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A Christmas Day pass around special

TSR member @Blademonkey asked me to organise a pass around of his Supply Provision Single Edge (V1) razor. The razor has been discussed here.


Please read and agree to the following rules and remarks before joining the list:
If you are new to pass arounds, please read this article on how pass arounds work first.
This pass around is available to members of both the ATG and TSR forums in the UK. If you don't want to post your reviews on both forums I will post a link to your review on the other forum.
The pass around is not limited to a fixed number of members. I’ll restrict the pass around to members who have been around for a while. Don’t apply with your first post. UK based members only, due to postage costs. EU based members are welcome if they are willing to cover the extra postage.
Please send the razor by a 'signed for' Royal Mail service or equivalent. You send the tracking number to the recipient and to me.
The razor will come with its original box. Do not put the box in a mail bag. Place it inside another box padded with bubble wrap or equivalent material.
The razor is your responsibility from the moment you receive it until the next person receives it. You break it or lose it - you buy it. If Royal Mail loses it, they’ll pay for it.
Don’t hog the razor. 7-10 days should be enough time to form an opinion.
Let’s know what you think about the razor. Post your thoughts on this thread and if possible on the other forum as well.
Make sure the razor is shave ready for the next person, i.e. cleaned and disinfected using for example Barbicide.
The razor will be shipped with a magazine of 20 Personna injector blades. You can use your own injector blades, but be aware that twin blades are not suitable for this razor and would damage the razor. Do not attempt to use twin blades.

Important note:
Care must be taken with the thumb screw that holds the plates on the razor, (A) it is very small and if dropped would be easily lost and (B) it is only to be pinched up to tighten and must not be over tightened which may strip the thread on the razor head rendering the razor unusable. Remember - if you break the razor, you replace it.


Who is interested?
  1. sɐǝɹpu∀ / riverrun (ATG/TSR)
  2. You?
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So far:
  1. sɐǝɹpu∀ / riverrun (ATG/TSR)
  2. p.b (ATG)
  3. Mr Bigmem (ATG/TSR)
  4. You?
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Blademonkey

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@riverrun, thankyou for putting the word out there on my behalf regarding my supply single edge.
Would you please furnish me with your address and I will package the razor and get it in the post to you.
Thankyou,
Paul.
 
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That reminds me...
  1. sɐǝɹpu∀ / riverrun (ATG/TSR)
  2. p.b (ATG)
  3. Mr Bigmem (ATG/TSR)
  4. Rowlers (ATG)
  5. You?
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The razor is now on its way to me.
Still plenty of room on the list.

  1. sɐǝɹpu∀ / riverrun (ATG/TSR)
  2. p.b (ATG)
  3. Mr Bigmem (ATG/TSR)
  4. Rowlers (ATG)
  5. You?
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The razor has arrived safely. First impressions and a shave report to follow later.
  1. sɐǝɹpu∀ / riverrun (ATG/TSR)
  2. p.b (ATG)
  3. Mr Bigmem (ATG/TSR)
  4. Rowlers (ATG)
  5. You?
The list is open.
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Supply Provision Single Edge - Initial impressions and shave #1

Finally. A pass around injector razor I don't already know. The second one after the wonderful PAL Injectomatic. And this time it's a rare modern one. The closest comparison I have is the Bunny V3, so that's what I'll compare it to.

First impressions

It's heavy. 108.4g - just over twice the weight of the Bunny.
It looks good. Simple and elegant lines with a lovely flawless satin finish. The head is at a slight angle to the handle, something I initially wished the Bunny had, but after more than 50 shaves I love the straight line Bunny handle.
This Single Edge comes with three plates. The 'classic' plate is already installed and I'll keep it for my first shave. The screw on the underside of the head does look a bit clunky though. It removes easily enough and then the entire head comes apart, including the blade. It's quite easy to reassemble the head (with the same or a different plate) using the same blade. This means you can install a blade without using an injector magazine. However, I would not want to change plates mid-shave, something that can be done much more easily with the Bunny V3. I must admit that I've probably done this once in 50+ shaves with the Bunny and even then I didn't see the point.
To see how injecting blades from a magazine works I take my magazine of dulled "blank" blades. Mostly it works OK, but on one occasion the new blade started being injected above the old one, not pushing it out. Something I do not want to do with a precious Chinese Schick blade, so I decide to inject one into an empty head for my first shave.
Having done this with ease, we come to....

Shave #1
Oh, the tragedy! My last shave with Truefitt&Hill lavender shaving cream I'm afraid. I love that scent and I'm almost out. Truefitt&Hill in their definitely finite wisdom have decided to discontinue this lovely scent and I'll keep the last bits in the pot as a scent sample until I find something that smells exactly the same and works as well. For a reasonable price.
On to the shave! It's a pass around, so for a level playing field I do a four pass WTG/XTG/GTX/ATG shave. The angle is easy to find - think vintage Schick injector. It is heavy though. Much heavier than any other injector razor I have tried, including the metal early Schick repeaters. Luckily the handle is not slippery, despite being smooth.
Apart from the weight the shave is what I expect from a fresh Chinese Schick blade. No incidents, no tugging. A very sharp, yet smooth blade. Fast forward and after four passes there are one or two places where I need a little clean-up. Not quite as close as I'd expect from the Bunny V3.
Then again, the alum block and ASL have no complaints whatsoever. The overall result is a very close skin-friendly shave, but it didn't last as long as others.
Most of the razor cleans nicely after the shave, except for the underside of the head, but that's an issue for most injectors. At least you can completely disassemble this one for a good clean.
Tomorrow I might use the more aggressive plate - I don't think I need the razor any milder. I also want to try the razor with a Personna blade, as that's what it ships with. A shave-off with the Bunny V3 is mandatory later on.
TBC...
 

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Supply Provision Single Edge - Initial impressions and shave #1

Finally. A pass around injector razor I don't already know. The second one after the wonderful PAL Injectomatic. And this time it's a rare modern one. The closest comparison I have is the Bunny V3, so that's what I'll compare it to.

First impressions

It's heavy. 108.4g - just over twice the weight of the Bunny.
It looks good. Simple and elegant lines with a lovely flawless satin finish. The head is at a slight angle to the handle, something I initially wished the Bunny had, but after more than 50 shaves I love the straight line Bunny handle.
This Single Edge comes with three plates. The 'classic' plate is already installed and I'll keep it for my first shave. The screw on the underside of the head does look a bit clunky though. It removes easily enough and then the entire head comes apart, including the blade. It's quite easy to reassemble the head (with the same or a different plate) using the same blade. This means you can install a blade without using an injector magazine. However, I would not want to change plates mid-shave, something that can be done much more easily with the Bunny V3. I must admit that I've probably done this once in 50+ shaves with the Bunny and even then I didn't see the point.
To see how injecting blades from a magazine works I take my magazine of dulled "blank" blades. Mostly it works OK, but on one occasion the new blade started being injected above the old one, not pushing it out. Something I do not want to do with a precious Chinese Schick blade, so I decide to inject one into an empty head for my first shave.
Having done this with ease, we come to....

Shave #1
Oh, the tragedy! My last shave with Truefitt&Hill lavender shaving cream I'm afraid. I love that scent and I'm almost out. Truefitt&Hill in their definitely finite wisdom have decided to discontinue this lovely scent and I'll keep the last bits in the pot as a scent sample until I find something that smells exactly the same and works as well. For a reasonable price.
On to the shave! It's a pass around, so for a level playing field I do a four pass WTG/XTG/GTX/ATG shave. The angle is easy to find - think vintage Schick injector. It is heavy though. Much heavier than any other injector razor I have tried, including the metal early Schick repeaters. Luckily the handle is not slippery, despite being smooth.
Apart from the weight the shave is what I expect from a fresh Chinese Schick blade. No incidents, no tugging. A very sharp, yet smooth blade. Fast forward and after four passes there are one or two places where I need a little clean-up. Not quite as close as I'd expect from the Bunny V3.
Then again, the alum block and ASL have no complaints whatsoever. The overall result is a very close skin-friendly shave, but it didn't last as long as others.
Most of the razor cleans nicely after the shave, except for the underside of the head, but that's an issue for most injectors. At least you can completely disassemble this one for a good clean.
Tomorrow I might use the more aggressive plate - I don't think I need the razor any milder. I also want to try the razor with a Personna blade, as that's what it ships with. A shave-off with the Bunny V3 is mandatory later on.
TBC...
Great write up, I look forward to your next posting.
 
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Shave #2
I need to keep it brief today.
I used the aggressive plate with the Single Edge. Changing the plate while keeping the blade is doable, but too fiddly for my taste. However, I expect that once you have found the right plate for you, changing plates would be a rare occurrence. I hardly ever change plates on the Bunny V3 (although I remove it after each shave for cleaning) and I mostly use other adjustables on the same setting all the time.
The aggressive plate gives noticeably more blade feel than the 'classic' plate. In the end the shave does not feel any closer than that with the classic plate, but I get three tiny weepers (not even bad enough to get the styptic out) and the alum block and ASL sting more than yesterday. Overall the shave was not as smooth as I would expect from an injector razor. Also, I like how nimble my injectors are and the Single Edge is just too heavy to give me that feeling. Maybe I'll get used to it.
I think I'll give the 'mild' plate a go after all.
TBC.
 
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