Oh Mama that hurts!!! Back-to-back shaves with Classic Shaving’s Godzilla razor less than twelve hours apart. No blood this time but my face was in flames, requiring two separate pass/rinse/pass/rinse cycles with the alum block. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I don’t like this razor; that would be premature before at least a full week of shaves. But if you are looking to challenge yourself beyond any traditional safety razor, yet are unsure of going to a straight, this is the razor for you. You can hear every beard shaft as it gets sliced off with that wonderful raspy feedback available only from very aggressive blades. It reminds me of the barbershop straight-razor shaves I would treat myself to a couple of times a year, before my barber of 40 years had the audacity and lack of consideration to retire at age 80…that SOB!
Godzilla? Hmmm…not bad…are you listening Will? It might be worthwhile to pay some royalty to the Godzilla Foundation for the use of that name…very fitting too, with its Japanese blade wreaking havoc on American (and Canadian) soil. :-)
Things I like about this razor so far:
1. The heft. This is the heaviest razor ever! I’m discovering that part of the trick to using it more effectively is to really let the weight of the razor do the work…I mean no, zero, nada, pressure whatsoever.
2. The artisanal look and feel. This razor looks like it was made by a metalworking artist in his basement workshop. Nothing mass produced here, right down to the teeny-weeny Allen screws holding the various latches together.
3. The danger. I break into a mild cold sweat in anticipation of using this razor, at the thought of the near masochistic pain that awaits me. I’m already strategizing how to minimize the damage before I even pick it up. The thinking man’s razor.
Things I don’t like:
1. The pain!!!!
2. The outcome. Nowhere near as smooth as with my E.J. Chatsworth loaded with a Shark. I suspect the biggest problem so far is that the razor/blade combo is so aggressive that I’m backing off on the passes and going way too gingerly in order to avoid injury. I’m hoping this will improve with experience.