Timeless Ti & Stainless Slim......

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Str8on2, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    They've cut down on base plate thickness for ease of use under the schnoze. And it is touted as their most aggressive feeling razor to date. It's on.....

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  2. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    Just in today. Looks great and love the slim profile. It’s ready to go for tomorrow mornings shave...

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    Slim middle, Ti left & Stainless right.....
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  3. ischiapp

    ischiapp Well-Known Member

    First time I like head geometry of Timeless.
    This new Slim Edition is nice.
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    The OC version sounds smooth too.
     
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  4. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    Got the Slim Timeless .5 SB into it’s first shave. I was surprised and yet quite delighted with it’s performance. For Timeless owners that own one or multiple versions, it’s a given on the excellent quality of workmanship & super tight tolerances that this razor artisan brings to the table. Impeccable attention to details with presentation that is 2nd to none. It’s what is expected of a premium razor for a premium price. Totally worth it if you ask me.

    Onto the shave and it was a pleasing eye opener. Installed a twice used KAI SS blade and went to work on 24 hrs. of facial hair growth. One thing I will say is the profile is thin & sleek and not as head heavy as the OG versions in either .68/.95 bar or open comb. In there is where I find a bit of an adjustment is needed. I enjoy using longer handles as this one is equipped with the 100mm Pineapple version. Great handle but, a bit to long for this slim head configuration as it throws off feel & balance for me just a wee bit. No biggie as one can just adjust their grip and position on the handle and be quite fine. But, I will definitely be acquiring one of their other offerings in the 85mm size as I think that would help in creating better balance and feel. Not the razors fault in design, just me not taking into account that overall feel can be thrown off. For some this might not be an issue, for others it is something to keep in mind. Performance was excellent on the cutting side. A bump in blade feel without being harsh or aggressive feeling at all. Has a bit of a window for a slight adjustment in angle but, not as much as it’s older brethren in the .68/.95. I think the smaller width of the safety bar is a big reason for the quick feel in more blade with less room for backing off. You don’t get much of the safety bar or the top cap but, you’re greeted with a nice blade feel that is somewhat tempered from the smoothness of the polished stainless. Think somewhere between the Timeless .95 and the Blackbird. Close in smoothness to the .95 yet not as bitey or blade forward as the venerable Blackbird. The shortness/depth of the guard just brings the blade on the Slim a bit closer to one’s skin that is actually quite good without being intimidating. I have no doubt that the open comb version will just ramp that blade feel up ever so slightly to give even some more feel to those that prefer more blade feel on their skin. A 2 pass affair that left nothing behind on both neck and face. I can’t attest to shaving under the schnoze but, I do trim over the stache line and corners and it’s easier to get those straight edges and contours comfortably & quickly. Do not press or be forceful with the razor on your skin, it will bite and remind you that it’s there to cut efficiently and effectively. Overall a very pleasing and performing razor. Quality & efficiency at it’s finest.

    As always, it’s just one shave in but, I enjoyed the Slim immensely and believe it’s a winner from Timeless. If you thought the .95 was a bit to much, don’t even bother looking at this razor. This is not for you, hands down. But, if you enjoy the .95 in either configuration and always thought to yourself “how would this razor feel with a bit more exposure and a thinner overall profile?” then, this is one that should be considered and would fit perfectly in one’s Timeless Razor Collection.


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  5. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Terrific write up, Gus. I went back and forth whether or not to get this one. By the time I talked myself out of talking myself out of buying it they were sold out. Sounds like one I'd like to add to the collection. Thanks for the review.

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  6. Str8on2

    Str8on2 Well-Known Member

    A quick rundown on today’s shave with both the Timeless Stainless Slim .50 vs. the Timeless Bronze .78 OC. Straight to the point, the Slim was smoother and more forgiving than the Bronze OC. Now, take that with a grain of salt as the Bronze is at a disadvantage in terms of it will inherently have more blade feel over the Slim .50. I’m sure that if the Slim was outfitted with it’s OC brother (which I’m considering to order as I don’t have it) the comparison would be closer to apples to apples rather than apples to oranges. That being said, both offer tremendously good blade feel with the Bronze feeling not as smooth and for lack of a better word, more harsh. With an experienced hand both deliver amazing 2 pass shaves with minor touch ups if necessary in achieving a BBS result. Ironically, I was quite surprised by both razor head dimensions as they are quite close in profile with the Slim being ever so slightly lower in in height from base plate to top cap. The weight is definitely on the Slim’s side as the Bronze is substantially heavier & cumbersome. In this shave I swapped out the SS Pineapple handle and used the shorter Ti handle on the Slim head and it was a marked improvement over yesterday’s shave in terms of balance, feel and just overall comfort with the Slim razor. Easier to wield and control on any part of my face. I feel as though the Slim matched the Bronze OC stroke for stroke in cutting efficiency with a noticeable increase in ease of use, smoothness and overall comfort. I’m not saying that the Timeless Slim is a piece of cake or a walk in the park in shave prowess as it still needs a light touch and good technique to maintain a fairly intuitive shave/cutting angle but, it’s easier to keep it there over the Bronze OC and it inspires a reinforced confidence that if you mind your P’s and Q’s it will deliver amazingly close and comfy shaves.

    I do love them both but, in the end I think the Timeless Slim .50 is the perfect bridge between the .95 Ti/SS & Bronze OC .78. It gives one about 90% of the .95 smoothness with 95% of the Bronze OC .78 cutting efficiency. It’s a real sweet combo for blade feel lovers without sacrificing much in smoothness/comfort. Great shaver.....


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