How I Rank the KARVE Plate-E VS. Game Changer .84-P

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by bigwaverazor, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. bigwaverazor

    bigwaverazor Well-Known Member

    20190216_133216.jpg This is my ranking after using and owning these two razors. Up front, both are outstanding! In the KARVE, I own plates B, C, D, E, and F with (2) heads and handles. I'm only comparing plate-E to the GC .84-P. However, I'd give the same marks to the KARVE plate-F. As in a specific shave, the Game Changer has given me the best head shave, so far, in terms of BBS. Both razors get me to BBS, with face shaving, with a higher risk of a nick with the Game Changer. I've tested this in a traditional 3-pass pattern, as well as WTG, ATG, ATG pattern. Your opinions may differ! With a slightly higher price but higher quality and versatility, I'd steer a friend to the KARVE razor over the GC. The handle knurling on the KARVE is impeccably perfect, as good as any $200-$300 razor. Being able to change plates is a plus for owning a KARVE. The KARVE is made at the quality of a Timeless or an Above the Tie razor for a fraction of the price, approximately $100. The KARVE remains my favorite and recommendation!!!

    UPDATE (March 13, 2019): I still have an endearing love for the KARVE, BUT I'm actually getting slightly better shaves from the Game Changer. As smooth as my KARVE plate-C but with the efficiency of the Plate-F. Both are outstanding!!!
     
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  2. DesertTime

    DesertTime Well-Known Member

    Actually, you can also get a .68 plate for the GC. I have both but prefer the .68. Still not as versatile, but there is an option.
    Nice comparison. I like the way you provide a numeric rating, side-by-side.
     
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  3. bigwaverazor

    bigwaverazor Well-Known Member

    From what I'm seeing on the website and others, I was under the impression that the .68 has been discontinued indefinitely????

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  4. DesertTime

    DesertTime Well-Known Member

    Didn't know that. From what I've read, many people like the .68. I guess i have guard mine carefully.
     
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  5. BigMark83

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    Yessir. I exchanged emails with Joe at IB and he told me they are just making the .84. I was seriously bummed out because I really wanted the .68.
     
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  6. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    Very good comparison break down of the two razors IMO, I have a Razorock Game changer .84 and it's alright. I like lather grooves on a safety bar and Karve has that and Game Changer should also.
    I'm happy with my GC .84 razor mid to slightly mid mild razor that was MFG with great care and accuracy. Karve will be out with their version of SS soon and they have the know how to give a nice razor to clients of their brand. Machining Stainless is a ornery metal to get finishes of mirror reflection quality and can be hard on tooling from my experiences. Razorock knocked the finish of stainless to a whole new level in my opinion.

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    Have some great shaves!
     
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  7. BigMark83

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    I know I'm going to get flak for this, but, what number on a Slim would you compare this to?
     
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  8. DesertTime

    DesertTime Well-Known Member

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  9. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    On either notch side of 4-5-6 on my slim should get you in the ball park IMO for the GC.84.
     
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  10. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    between 5 and 6
     
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  11. BigMark83

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    The .84 my friend?

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  12. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    yes..if the .84 is referring to blade gap. DesertTime posted a good chart here with all the gaps for gillettes..
     
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  13. BigMark83

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    I know. The thing about that is blade reveal/exposure and I'd imagine angle plays a factor as well.

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  14. BigMark83

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    By personal experience or by gap?

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  15. Zed117

    Zed117 Well-Known Member

    I have the A.60 ,B .70 and C .85 plates on the Karve and both .68 and .84 GC plates. I get a better shave with the GC than the Karve. Both are great razors though. YMMV and all that, but I would steer a close friend to the 6s over either.
     
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  16. bigwaverazor

    bigwaverazor Well-Known Member

    I agree, my KARVE can't compete with the GC .84 with plates B or C, in terms of efficiency. However, with plates E and F, the razors become much more similar! The KARVE remains just a tab smoother, too.

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  17. bigwaverazor

    bigwaverazor Well-Known Member

    My KARVE OC plates will be here in a few days. I had a fantastic shave the other day with the GC .84 using an Eddison Israeli blade. I really like both razors!!!
    If anyone has noticed...ha,ha... RazoRock is almost completely sold out of the .84-P, only having the configuration with the head matted to the Super Knurl. Since I like the Weber handle better and ordered a few extra of them, I ordered a 2nd Game Changer .84-P. I don't know what I'll do with the 2 Super Knurl handles but I wanted the .84 heads in case RazoRock decides to not restock the .84-p, like what has been experienced with the .68 head. Rumor has it that maybe they are coming out with a 1.05 instead. The KARVE and GC .84-p both ROCK!
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  18. bigwaverazor

    bigwaverazor Well-Known Member

    UPDATE (March 13, 2019): I still have an endearing love for the KARVE, BUT I'm actually getting slightly better shaves from the Game Changer. The GC is as smooth as my KARVE plate-C but with the efficiency of the Plate-F. Both razors are outstanding and rule my den!!! Lately, I've been using a Gillette Nacet in the Game Changer with brilliant results.
     
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  19. Zed117

    Zed117 Well-Known Member

    Hard to beat those two. My modern razor rotation has the Karve and GC, as well as the 6s and Rex. Everything else besides a few vintage Gillettes is gone now. Amazing razors in the last few years.
     
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  20. bigwaverazor

    bigwaverazor Well-Known Member

    Totally agree, Zed

    We have some really great razors here!!!! You can't go wrong with any of these. I have almost the complete Karve set and (2) complete Game Changer .84-p razors. :happy093:
     
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