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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!
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