Phoenix Bakelite Open Comb Slant - 3-Piece - Son Of A Classic!
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Most who know me know I have a real passion for all things Bakelite, so you can imagine how ecstatic I am to finally be able to offer our very own 3-piece Phoenix Bakelite Razor!
The open comb/slant design is inspired by one of my favorite vintage razors, The FASAN Twist. I absolutely LOVE that razor but it's hard to find and can be expensive to pick up when you do find one, and if you are not familiar with Bakelite, who wants to take a gamble at the current antique razor price?
So once again, we have gone back and plucked a rare gem from history in an effort to offer it at a fair and reasonable price, so the newb and collector alike can give this bad boy a go! Note: This design is based on "The Twist" and not The Fasan Dbl Slant (with Red Dot).
Bringing a Bakelite Razor to the market has been a mission of mine for almost 2 years! I approached many different Bakelite Manufacturers all over the world, even dropped one in the middle of the first production. None of them had ever heard of a Bakelite Razor, much less a Safety Razor and for the life of them couldn't understand why it had to be done in Bakelite when a modern plastic would be cheaper and easier to work with...I remained steadfast. Through much trial and error and many a return to the drawing board we proceeded until we nailed it! My first test shave was BBS, and though bias, possibly the best shave ever! :)
We decided to reveal these babies to the world at the SoCal Wet Shaver's Collective this past July and the reception was inspiring. It's amazing how many folks have not seen or held a Bakelite Razor or even seen a open comb slant, one person thought it was deformed, but that was "ok because it was a prototype" they remarked, lol. Many compared the clean, white razor to a Storm Trooper...and they were right, lol. Needless to say, after the meet up i was 10X more excited to get The Phoenix Bakelite to the people!
We made sure the post was the standard 1032 thread so that handles can be mixed and matched with your other favorite handles! Though I recommend you hang with the whole package before you switch it up! Unlike it's metal cousin, a Bakelite requires slight pressure, but very, very slight. As for the presumed learning curve, you should have it mastered by the end of a 3 pass shave! A slant need not be about weight, but finesse and angle.
One 3-piece Bakelite Open Comb Slant Safety Razor, in black or white
NOTE: This is For One Razor
Blade Exposure: 1.032 mm
Blade Gap: .203 mm
Complete Length: 3.25"
While I'm still not a huge fan of the weight of the razor (I still genuinely prefer heavier gear), this thing shaved like a dream. I was able to quickly dial in the angle, the pressure, and the feel. Once I did, it offered a super smooth, efficient shave. It wasn't perfect right away, but I got it. Even if you think you won't like the weight (or lack thereof), you should try this thing. Especially at the price, you need to experience the way this razor shaves. It will change your mind about Bakelite. I know it's changed mine.
It wasn't till I had a conversation I had with someone about their most prized razor in their collection. Which turned out to be a German Fasan bakelite razor. Which put me into a bit of disbelief, I mean its plastic, how is it possible? So that got me interested, I searched around did some research and almost bought Fasan (really), yet something told me to hold off. So when the PAA razor was released and at stomach-able price I ordered it.
After years of working in professional auto racing as a mechanic/engineer and as an Aircraft Mechanic (capitalized on purpose) I have a pretty keen for well made products and have a higher attention to detail then most. In my line of work peoples lives are on the line, and it is my responsibility determine the airworthiness of a given componet or system. So with my previously mentioned predjudices of plastic I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the razor. It feels absolutely solid in the hand, well balanced no sharp edges, or ugly mold lines, beautiful high luster finish, and what I like most are the bonded brass fasteners.
So the shave? Again my preconcieved notions of razors have been blown out the water with this one. The lack of weight I found to be more of an advantage then anything else. Because it is light and Bakelite feels super silky against the skin you really don't notice the razor but you can feel the blade. If the blade angel was off, the blade either cut or it didn't, I just moved the handle till it cut again. It was surprising that I used no added pressure like I thought I would need given its 18 gram weight. All I can say is it glides across your face and cuts hair quickly and smoothly.
As you can see I am pretty happy with this razor, and can not wait to shave with it again. PAA really nailed it with this one, only regret is I didn't buy both colors so I could make a Ebony and Ivory razor!!
It is a three piece razor with each piece just as beautifully fit and finished as the other. The blade went in perfectly and tightened up as it should. Upon shaving, I realized that I could hardly feel the hair being removed. In my opinion the razor felt like it had moderate aggression, but zero tug or pull. The hair simply fell off. After three passes my face was wonderfully smooth and irritation free. Light touch, smooth even strokes, and patience is all it takes to master this razor. Take your time and enjoy it!
For the price point you are getting much more than a razor. You get the collector style box, the cool instructions, and a beautifully crafted razor that allows the every man to experience an awesome antique that is unattainable for most.
I give this razor my highest recommendation. The white and the black both look awesome. you will not be disappointed. It really is "A True Classic"!