Brotherhood of the Open Comb Founders Tradere Pass Around Prep: Tepid Water Shower, Brush soaking in hot water Razor: Tradere Open Comb Blade: SuperMax Super Platinum Brush: Vie-Long LE Beehive Horse Hair Soap: Tabac AS: Gillette Cool Wave Post: Cold Water Rinse, Alum, Cold Water Rinse, Double Splash Of Aftershave. I first would like to thank our friend who wishes to remain anonymous for providing this razor to Ken, Johnnie and myself so we could provide our opions and review of new Tradere Open Comb Razor. Although Ken may be the "ΘΣ of BOTOC", I have the dubious distinction of being "Asshat Numero Uno", so with that being said, the razor was sent to me for the first round of testing. I first would like to comment on overall appearance and construction. Razor Head The head of the razor is a piece of art from an engineering perpesticve, form meets function. The design, while in my opinion has been borrowed from iKon models such as the H20 and S35, is unique in it's own right. Handle Although my personal preference if for a handle with more girth and a shorter length, I found the Tradere handle to feel better in my hand than most. It may be the best weight to length ratio handle that I have had in my hand. The finish I am mixed on. Although I could see why a matte finish could be usefully, I think that if deeper knurling was provided, a higher level of polish could be used. That leads to the next point, as you can see from the picture, this handle, even after a quick cleaning, is tarnished. A stainless steal handle that is more polished will resist this. With that said, I will definitely be buying a Tradere handle in the near future, as it fits the FaTip like a glove, and just feels great in your hand. Overall Appearance and Feel I would rate the overall appearance and feel of the razor as high. The quality of the craftsmanship is apparent as soon as you open the case. This is not a mass produced razor coming out of a factory, this is quality work, and it shows. The Shave When I first put the razor to my skin, it took me a moment to find the correct angle. For me, I found it to be a very steep one, the same that I would use with the 20111 Mühle R41. The first thing that I noticed was how all I felt was blade. It was if I was holding a blade with my fingers and scraping. I did not like this feeling, but I continued. After the first WTG pass on my face, I moved to my next. Although the shave was smooth, it was the same as my face, it felt like the blade was scraping my skin. I rinsed my face, put on my glasses and did a visual inspection of hair reduction. While hair reduction was good on my face, the area from my jawline down had more stubble than I do when shaving with a Tech. While feeling my skin that is when I noticed the weepers and nicks which was gushing the blood from my cheek, necks, jaw and lower lip. I quickly rinsed my face, gave it a rub down with Alum and waited for the bleeding to supside before attempting the second pass. I decided that since my face felt raw already that I should do another WTG pass, as I did not want to cause any irritation. Although my touch was light and I was allowing the weight for the handle to do all of the work, the pass was no different than the first. My skin on my face felt like someone had taken an onion peeler and was removing a thin layer of skin. I rinsed my skin, put on more alum, took a smoke break and came back to attempt a DFS by finishing the shave with my Short Comb New. My skin felt so raw that I decided not to even attempt a third pass, and had only done some light touch ups. I have more stubble left below my jawline than I have had since I began Classic Shaving. My face is raw. I have cuts and weeper all over my face. I am glad that I did not buy this razor. Conclusion I know that razors and blades are very subjective, we each have the ones that we like best. I also know there is a huge fan club out there for the Tradere Open Comb, well I am glad that it works for you. I know that for me and my beard this razor does not work. I think that those who like the 2011 Mühle R41 you will like the Tradere Open Comb. I have read where others have posted that they have found this to be a mild shave. I would like to know what they think is aggressive. I normally use my Slim Adjustable on 9, use the FaTiP and Short Comb New almost religiously, and find them to be like shaving with a Tech in mildness when compared to the Tradere. My face has only felt this Raw from the R41. I may have to take a day off from shaving. I am undecided if I am going to give this a round two or just immediately send off to Johnnie.