• Phoenix Bakelite Open Comb Slant - 3-Piece - Ox Blood Color - Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements
  • Phoenix Bakelite Open Comb Slant - 3-Piece - Ox Blood Color - Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements

Phoenix Bakelite Open Comb Slant - 3-Piece - Ox Blood Color

$19.95 USD

BOOM! Finally a world a little less Black & White...Behold The Ox Blood Phoenix Bakelite OC Slant Razor! 

For Our Black & White Models Click HERE!

You'd think getting another color made to be as easy as pie...it wasn't. This took far to long to get done. LOL, the Manufacturer I am working with just doesn't "get it". Not only was the concept of a Razor done in Bakelite to them alien, the new idea of one in Ox Blood completely threw them for a loop...yielding them useless in aiding me in my quest. That said, I had to locate and source the raw ingredients myself and then ship it to my manufacturer. Mind you, I didn't nail the color the first 2 times so this became quite the chore. But Alas, it is finished!

I need to add, this was originally what I had in mind when first considering recreating a Bakelite Razor. By not backing down or compromising in the end it came out perfect...and I believe my efforts are clear in the quality of these babies!


Already own a Black or White Bakelite? Get creative with your color combinations!




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!

Douglas Smythe 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.

Bakelite has such a rich history in the USA where it was born in 1907, created by Leo Baekeland! Did you know during the war effort, we almost minted our pennies in Bakelite, but eventually went with steel? Pool Balls were even made out of bakelite, if that tells you anything about durability. Our auto and aviation industries grew up along side Bakelite and we'd probably be 25 years behind if it wasn't for the stuff! The stuff was and is AMAZING and truly has 1000 uses...STILL!
*Instructions: Follow these instructions to ensure your experience with The Phoenix Bakelite will be a smooth one. There are a few things you need to know about this razor, especially if new to a classic bakelite safety razor model.
1. The main thing, the dramatic slant cap secures the blade always and exactly in a precisely calculated cutting angle. This in conjuction with the 2. Slanted Open Comb creates a smooth, drawing scythe-like cut. Both Efficient and pleasant, the beard disappears. Fully tighten the handle for shaving, for closer shaves you can try loosening the handle by a 1/8 turn to a maximum of 1/4 turn, depending on beard thickness and your own assessment.
Shave with a vertical downward motion and don’t be surprised if you don’t feel much of the smooth cutting action. The Slant Cut is an automatic result of the time tested classic design. But, you still have to choose the blade that works for your own unique face - That’s where the true edge is. As important as the features on this razor may be, the beard is still being cut by the strength and quality of the blade. It is recommended you experiment with different brands of blade till you find the optimal blade for you. Some favorites: Feathers, Bolzano, Astra and Voskhod.
*Based on original instructions, 1936
 Below is an excellent NPR Podcast that covers the story of Bakelite!

One 3-piece Bakelite Open Comb Slant Safety Razor, in Ox Blood

NOTE: This is For One Razor

Blade Exposure: 1.032 mm

Blade Gap: .203 mm

Complete Length: 3.25"

18 grams 

4.8 out of 5, based on 5 reviews
Andy from VA on Nov 15, 2017
Don’t make the mistake that this Bakelite razor is just another plastics razor because it’s not.

I was a little reluctant to buy this safety razor because of how little it weighs due to it being Bakelite and I genrally prefer heavier razors. That being said, I was intrigued how the razor was both a slant and open comb which was unique and something I had to try. Long story short, I’m very impressed with the shave and outcome.

I had my first shave with the Bakelite this morning and I used a Nacet razor blade. For the record, I used the same blade with an open comb on the previous shave and it created some bad razor burn on the neck area. I was a little worried about using that razor blade in the Bakelite slant open comb but thought what the heck.

The result was a 2-pass near BBS shave that was free of nicks and razor burns. I had a week’s worth of growth so I certainly put this lightrazor to the test and it performed great. The razor is extremely light but there’s still enough weight for you to let the razor do the work. I would say the aggressiveness would be at a 2.5-3 setting on a Merkur Progress so not too bad.

There are two things I would change or do a little differently. One would be a longer handle and the other a wider bottom and top cap. I do not like short handles and the total length of the razor is at approximately 3 inches. I would prefer the handle alone be 3.5 inches.

The other issue is that the left and right sides of the razor blade is exposed past the top and bottom bracket. I would prefer the sides of the razor blade be covered by the top and bottom cap which would make shaving around the nose a little more comfortable. Other then that, it’s a very good razor for a great price!

If you’re thinking about getting this razor then go ahead....you won’t be disappointed.
Gary from Connecticut on Oct 28, 2017
Unbelievable razor. Super light razor that requires no pressure for a BBS shave. Unbelievable but true.
Leroy Chavez from Northern California on Apr 26, 2017
I don't usually write reviews as I do not feel I am good at transferring my thoughts and feelings into writing, but after my 1st use of the PAA Bakelite OC Slant, I just had to!

I was lucky and fortunate enough to attend The Big Shave West 3 on April 22nd and at the PAA table, they were selling this razor in Red and Black. I had been looking at getting one for the past couple of weeks and was thrilled when I saw it available, so I snagged one of the red one’s right away!

Upon getting home and opening the box, I was really surprised at the weight, or lack thereof, of the razor. I have been using a Rockwell 6S for the past few months so I was used to the weight of that razor.

It was a little tricky getting the blade loaded, but there is a video on YouTube that addresses this. So, I loaded up the razor with an Astra SP and went into my normal pre-shave routine ( soak my brush, bloom shave soap and shower). What better soap to use with a PAA Razor than a PAA soap  (PAA Bay Rum in this case). I applied the bloom water to my face and began loaded by brush and went into a face lather…..

It was a little awkward trying to remember to keep the handle pointing straight down and not line the blade up flat with my side burns defeating the purpose of a slant. But, on that 1st stroke, I knew I was on to something. Efficient is not the right word. This razor is amazing! I usually do 2 passes plus clean up….with this razor, after 1 pass I was already at a DFS! I was so shocked! I did my 2nd pass and barley needed any clean up. I have been wetshaving for just one year and I have honestly NEVER had this close of a shave on my sensitive area between the Adam’s apple and chin. I have used it twice now, and twice I have BBS on 95% of my face. I still have a couple trouble spots that are a little difficult for me, but I continue to be impressed with this razor.

I would highly recommend this to anyone considering a slant. For 20 bucks, it’s a bargain! Douglas really does have a winner in this razor.
Daniel Hutchings from Oswego, NY on Mar 25, 2017
Just shaved with this tonight for the first time. Quite a change from using a typical "metal" razor. This has the weight of shaving with a single blade Bic style razor! I thoroughly enjoyed this. And at $20, you can't beat trying it out!
Norman D Lund from AZ on Mar 01, 2017
I bought this originally because it's made out of Bakelite. I never tried a slant before, and this was my first. I normally use safety razors to shave my head and face, and the problem I was having is with my regular safety razors clogging from hair and just feeling like it's too much to chew... so always used a straight razor to cut the mass off then a safety razor to close shave. This slant blade made it much easier! It's light and does require a light touch of pressure even though it's a slant, but the slant blade slipped right through my hair like it was hot butter. After a couple of strokes to make sure I have the angle okay, I started shaving against the grain and off the hair went. I did cut my scalp a couple of times due to angle, since the handle does need to be angled more away from the surface than most blades. I'm very glad I went with this slant blade, and I'm trying out other slants.

I'm a blade collector as well, and this one adds nicely to the mix.

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