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Tatara Masamune: Smoothest shave i ever experienced, done by a security razor. My search is done. Thanks guys.
I’ve now had eight shaves with the Masamune Nodachi, using both closed and open combs. I couldn’t wait to try this razor, and, being a wet-shaver of some fourteen years experience, I was perhaps a little too cavalier with a new Feather blade first up in the closed comb…!
I frowned, wiped away the blood, and immediately thought – “Well, I’m going to have to try a few combinations here – Masamune base-plate with Nodachi Top-cap – and vice-versa, etc, etc, to find a MILDER configuration…!
Fortunately, I had the perspicacity to try a few other blades first:
Nacet, Gillette Platinum, Polsilver, Kai and Gillette 7 O’Clock SP.
This beautifully-engineered, aesthetically wonderous precision instrument is an exhilarating shaver…! The Samurai logo and associated Japanese allusions are NOT out of place – all edges are so FINELY wrought, blade held firm in place, and even with these medium-sharp blades, the result is uniformly stunning.
You have to enjoy ‘blade-feel’ – that’s a given, because… well – you ARE now a SAMURAI….! …the intimate Samurai of cheek, chin and neck…
The open comb is becoming my preferred set-up – it is subtly more effective than the SB, and not intimidating in the slightest. Brilliant.
Thanks for everything, gentlemen of Tatara – for this exquisite razor, the attentive service, and the great shaves…!
I’m simply amazed. It has a bit of blade feel, so simply trusting the razor to do work is a must. It left me soooooo smooth after 3 passes with the OC, there’s just no words. Machining is top of the line, the threading is as smooth as it can get. It’s definitely going to last a lifetime.
First of all i would like to congratulate the Tatara team making these fantastic engineered razors. Feels like a surgical instrument. I have purchased both razors. In addition the Nodachi open comb. These razors are not picky regarding razor blades like many other razors. They give me the smoothest irritation free shaves ever. Love it. I have several other high class razors such as Rex Ambassador, Karve, Timeless and Rocca. It’s really hard to use other razors than Tatara in my rotation.
Finally i found my perfect razor. Wish i bought it sooner.
The customer service is spotless too.
Amazing razor. Got and immediately arranged the best shaving on the two-day bristle. Nodachi cap and Masamune plate with Masamune handle, Voshod Blade. It’s gorgeous. Comfort and efficiency at height. By feeling softness as on 4 rokwell plates, and efficiency at the level of Muhle Rocca. Excellent daily razor. Bravo, Tatara team.
I will add to my previous review. 30 days of shaving with Tatara. A great shave. There is no irritation. Comfortable, efficient. It’s the best razor for me.
It s a piece of work,i s perfect for me!
It is amazing how well the razor is made and how comfortable it feels both in your hand and on your face, It is simply the best razor I’ve have ever had and definitely my final razor
Masamune is a great razor. Very high quality. The parts fit exactly. Great appearance, especially like in dark color. Shaves effectively. Excellent balance, comfortable handle. For me, it replaced all the other razors. Very satisfied, thanks to the manufacturers.
A fabulous, V8 of a razor that is super smooth, and just did a wipeout job on two days’ growth with a Russian-made King C. Gillette blade. I use a number of aluminum/light razors, so the Masamune’s weight takes a minor adjustment when I switch, but a light touch and a vigorous face brush lathering with a highly moisturizing shaving soap or paste, and the combination makes short order of highly effective cleanup.
I recently purchased a Masamune and could not be happier with it. It’s truly a thing of engineering beauty. Super smooth to shave with, produces excellent results after two passes. My only other razor is a Rockwell 6S, and the Masamune is a very different experience. The closest plate on the 6s to the Masamune is probably a 5, but the feel and efficiency is very different – the Masamune is more efficient while being similarly smooth.
superb razor,I used it the day I got it and wow,this rasor is super smooth and super efficient,I had about 4 days growth and I only needed two passes for a very smooth shave,the quality of this razor is excellent,and it looks really good,I bought the Masamune Nodachi razor in dark,and am so glad I have,best razor I have got.
Okay so ordered the Masumune Nodachi razor after watching Kevy shaves on YT. First shave was stunning. In my collection have a Gillette Fatboy, Gillette Redtip, Merkur Slant and ES Outlaw. I only use Feather blades, nothing else is as smooth for me. Have used lots of different creams, but am now pretty much settled on Proraso Green and Red.I have been wet shaving for over 15 years.
First shave was with supplied Feather blade, Proraso Green pre-shave and Proraso Green shave cream, almond sized dollop whipped up using Kent BK2 brush in an Aesop shave bowl. 1 pass WTG, 1 ATG and touch up! This is a very smooth razor, blade gap would indicate otherwise but be careful not to apply any pressure let the blade do the work, let it rest against your face. Stunning shave mowed through 5 days growth effortlessly, that I had save up for this shave. I have thick stubble which grows quickly, I shave every day. For those with not have such thick stubble I would say go with the Masumune as this may be a little too aggressive for you. The shave for me was like a mix between a slant and the outlaw but oh so smooth and about 10-15% more efficient. Make sure your cream is slick and cushioning, take your time making a nice thick lather. Highly recommended for those with thick stubble. The balance is perfect and those dimples provide sufficient grip, it did not slip once. Love the massive lather channels, easily rinse out. Gorgeous finish, worth every penny. Pressure wise let it glide across the face, if you can feel the blade there is too much pressure. Great modern take on the DE razor, stunning design and stunning finish, exquisitely made. Stunning shave. Well done Team Tatara !
I own 50 Stainless Steel Razor and now the Masamune Nodachi, I say ; wow, wow, wow, wow, a wonderful shaver, very good, a very good purchase. 5 Sterne !!
So I used the blade sent with the razor which is the feather hi -stainless, the only things in the shipment that was made in Japan despite the Japanese theme.
I have to say that this feels like a Feather As-D2… but it shaves like a blackland with positive blade exposure. I had to shave twice to figure it out but the negative blade exposure and high blade gap, at least that’s what it looks like to me, must be the reason.
Excellent razor, would shave again.
Amazingly smooth and efficient Mixed with unapologetic beauty truly the Lamborghini of razors. Also an incredibly nice staff that is very responsive and caring.
Beautiful aggressive razor that provides a close, comfortable shave with minimal effort. I prefer the standard Masamune handle to the Nodachi handle because I like my razors under 100g. If you like a little more weight, then the Nodachi handle is perfect. it doesn’t appear that either of the handles would provide much grip, but looks are deceiving. I’ve had no trouble with my grip slipping on either handle.
The finish on the razor is simple and attractive. The shave provided by the Nodachi is top notch as well. I can easily limit my routine to 2 passes and still reach baby-smooth status. Easy recommendation for anyone looking for a quality machined razor.
In the the final analysis exceptional design is very hard to find. Very few world class designs, hit it right the first time but the Tatara Razor does just that!
I bought the Nodachi SB reluctantly, because I always instinctively error on the side of smoothness over efficiency itself, but I found neither one of these virtues sacrificed with this precision tool, dare I say supremely made Katana!
I’m so impressed and pleased, I plan to purchase an open-comb version right after I post this very positive review.
Buy it now so you can use it more times before you die!
I just had my first shave with Masumune base plate Nodachi cap and Noachi handle. Was very mild but very efficient. I wish I would have purchase when I first saw reviews for the razor. Thanks so much for a superior product with ideas geometry for my face.
hey guys…since i was so excited to review this beauty i ve forgot to place the fifth star.
Ipnotizing effect of a great tool
great razor.great shipment.great comunications.great packaging.great shave.
This is the best razor you can get. Make no mistake about it. You can spend a lot more on a Wolfman, or Charcoal goods, but it will not be a better razor. The tolerances of Tatara razors are nothing short of spectacular with 0 tooling marks, like the others mentioned. Very very fine razor.
I could not be more happy with the products that Tatara offers, you can’t go wrong with the brand,I recomend them highly to everyone thinking about buying there excellent products.
Perfect balance between smoothness and efficiency. Well crafted and engineered design – gives a wonderful feel in the hand. I was impressed with the customer service and the speed of shipping. Well worth the investment!
he started immediately complimenting me for the well-made and well-structured website. I purchased both products, both Masamune and Masamune Nodaci. delivery times are quick, nothing to say. as soon as I arrived I could immediately admire the splendid packaging, truly unique and inimitable, as soon as I opened the gift pack, I was able to appreciate the splendid razors, inserted in a cork frame, nothing to say even here, if the good day starts in the morning. … rather than razors we speak of splendid works of art, beautiful and unique in their kind. I will soon try them on the field, but I believe that shaving will become more than ever, a splendid form of relaxation and body care. as soon as private I will be able to insert an even more detailed review. for now thank you for everything TATARA. by Fabrizio.
Today I received my Tatara masamune SB the dark version the craftsmanship is just stunning the packaging is excellent,
I’m completely satisfied with my order!!!
Ordered the Masamune and Nodachi.
Beautifully machined razors which are incredibly smooth and efficient!
If Masamune was still about today, No doubt this would be his razor!
Wonderful machine of a premium level! Made with great accuracy and high quality workmanship! Comes in original cork wood packaging. Due to the average weight, the machine can be safely classified as universal, which can be used not only at home, but also to take with you on a trip. Due to possible variations with plates (both upper and lower), the machine will surely suit a wide range of users. When used in hands it does not slip, it shaves softly, cleanly and comfortably! Quick and easy to clean after use! In my opinion, this is exactly the machine that you must have in your collection! It seemed to me that the machine has some kind of magic and originality! It is pleasant to hold it in hands and do not want to let it out! A decent machine in all respects and certainly worth the money!
Great razor that is surprisingly very efficient. Why surprisingly? Because it is so mild. Shaving with Masamune is super easy. I don’t even need to concentrate. Great achievement.
The only small little neat pick I have is that the blade tabs are not covered.
Coming from using disposable razors, I took a big leap in getting a black Masumune after reading a lot of reviews. I think I have fairly high standards when it comes to buying things, and the razor still impressed me. I wasn’t quite sure on the handle design, but in person it’s actually really beautiful. I’m definitely not a razor enthusiast, but I’m very happy with this purchase.
Perfect in every way. Design, engineering, aesthetics, and most importantly” performance. Smooth & efficient. I love looking at my Masamune in my bathroom each morning. Function art!
I was looking for a razor that was at the same time comfortable to use, and beautiful to handle and look at. The Masamune turned out to be just perfect. Shavings are smooth but at the same time effective. And it’s a marvelous object, extremely well made. I got the black version, nothing can beat its elegance.
I bought originally bought the Masamune and it was one the smoothest razor I owned and that smoothness is due to the fact that it’s blade geometry has a negative -0.13mm blade exposure.
This coupled with its 0.63mm blade gap gives the razor its extremely comfortable and smooth shave but because the blade is set behind the shave plane, thus giving minimal blade to skin contact, the razor works best with good sharp blades such as Feathers, Bic, Gillette Nacets and the like.
I also own the Nodachi Head assembly.
This has a 0.90mm blade gap and a 0.13mm positive blade exposure.
While still a very smooth razor, the wider gap and positive blade exposure makes this razor far more aggressive and efficient than its Masamune cousin. I would recommend this setup for the user who shaves once a week or has a tough beard that grows extremely fast and heavy. Due significantly more blade to skin contact, this might not be ideal razor as a daily or someone like me, a twice a day shaver as skin irritation is likely.
The good news is that Tatara’s Razor parts are interchangeable.
My current favorite configuration is the combining the Nodachi Cap with the Masamune Base Plate.
This gives a razor with a 0.63mm blade gap with a true neutral 0.00mm blade exposure.
Extremely smooth, and now with the blade neutral against the skin, it guillotine growth off easily and I have used them twice daily with no irritation at all. True Glass BBS before work and when after I come home before going out for a dinner outing with the wife.
The other possible favorite configuration is combining the Masamune cap and Nodachi Base Plate for a razor with blade geometry of 0.90mm blade gap and a very slight negative -0.03mm blade exposure.
This configuration gives a very smooth and yet extremely comfortable shave and I have use it as a daily shaver with no issues.
A side note.
While the Masamune cap at the moment does not take a standard handle and requires a Tatara Handle to fit, the Nodcahi Cap allows for Standard handles to be used.
That means at the moment there only three options if you want to use custom made or standard razor handles (eg : Bulldog Handle / longer Barber pole Kurled handles) are ;
1) Nodachi Cap + Masamune Solid Bar Plate : 0.63mm gap, True Neutral 0.00mm exposure
2) Nodachi Cap + Masamune Open Comb Plate : 0.73mm gap, 0.05mm Positive Exposure
3) Nodachi Cap + Nodachi Solid Bar Plate : 090mm gap, 0.13mm Positive Exposure.
The only tiny criticism I have is that there blade tabs are slightly exposed.
I hope that we might in the future with V2 get a head assembly that completely covers the blade tabs and we get a Masamune cap that can accept standard handles.
I’m a wet shaver in the middle of the United States. Saw this razor on a SOTD post and liked what I saw. After some research, I ordered a Masamune. First of all, the customer service is great. I ordered the separate pieces then got an email letting me know I had ordered what amounted to a complete razor and they lowered the price. They also responded to questions I had during the wait process.
As far as the razor, it is great. Look forward to shaving with it every time. So smooth, yet very efficient. Makes it easy to get a bbs shave. Highly recommended.
Got the Nodachi and went right in with a Feather blade. Smooth shave with a superbly made razor. Everything is finely fitted and finished along with an easy shave angle to find. I shave every other day and use a Feather for an extra smooth shave. Top notch razor and well worth the money.
Extremely well made razor. The look and feel in hand is great. Very smooth on skin and hard to beat effiency. I highly recommanded thèses razors. From Canada. Sylvain
I tried the Masamune Razor and was fascinated by the softness! I highly recommend
At the first attempt the Nodachi, paired with Polsilver blade, seems to me a very efficient razor: smooth shave, though one must be coutious not to apply pressure while going through the stubble. The audio feedback is stunning. One must keep in the mind, though, that the gap between the blade and the safety bar is sufficiently wide in this razor and if the blade becomes blunt after several shaves, in combination with the wide gap it can cause an irritatin. In my case four shaves with the Polsilver were OK, but the fifth was a disaster.
Nice product! Nice team!