Weekly Razor Review

Errol

Razor Review Guru
Joined
Apr 29, 2017
Location
Nhulunbuy
Carbon Shaving Cx-316L/Ti (Titanium Handle) – Original Plate (USA)



Last year Carbon Shaving released a version of their Cx model with a titanium handle so I bought one. It is pleasing to advise that the quality of fit and finish on this titanium handled Cx-316L/Ti is about 500 times better than the original Cx I received; there are not many complaints but the underside of the cap displays machine marks that have been polished over; I’d prefer to see machine marks than a half hearted attempt to camouflage them. In Carbon’s head designed there is no excess metal and with this minimalist approach, the Cx-316L/Ti with the titanium handle weighs in at a remarkable 67g. The balance and feel of the razor is certainly good and that titanium handle is visually striking. Four large triangular lather slots are a feature of the plate and are machined so that you can see across the flats straight through the lather slots on the opposite side. Positive blade clamping is provided on the large clamping surfaces at the edge of the cap and these mate with equally large flats on the plate; a very robust design.

Carbon now produce three different plates for their Cx and this one is the mildest plate, known as the Original Base Plate. Immediately obvious when the razor is loaded and ready to perform is the light weight of the package and moving on from reviewing some heavy weight razors made the weight difference appear more noticeable. After a couple of strokes with the Cx-316L/Ti, I was attuned to the light weight of the package and it was not a factor. There is a realistic amount of blade feel present and with an efficiency around that of a Karve CB Level #C, a very close shave resulted. I appreciated the way the razor just glided over the face for a super smooth shave. Initially the grip on the handle wasn’t positive but in a strange twist, when the handle was run under water the grip improved. This is one very pleasant razor to use and to Carbon’s credit their quality of production has markedly improved.

Blades Used – Gillette Nacet and Gillette 7’Oclock Yellow
Material – 316L Stainless steel/ Titanium (6AL-4V ELI) handle
Blade Tab - Exposed
Weight – 67g
Head Width – 40.66mm
Handle Length – 91.7mm
Handle Diameter – 12.64mm
Availability – Carbon Shaving
Final Word – Thoroughly enjoyable
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2020
Location
Sherborn, Massachusetts
Carbon Shaving Cx-316L/Ti (Titanium Handle) – Original Plate (USA)



Last year Carbon Shaving released a version of their Cx model with a titanium handle so I bought one. It is pleasing to advise that the quality of fit and finish on this titanium handled Cx-316L/Ti is about 500 times better than the original Cx I received; there are not many complaints but the underside of the cap displays machine marks that have been polished over; I’d prefer to see machine marks than a half hearted attempt to camouflage them. In Carbon’s head designed there is no excess metal and with this minimalist approach, the Cx-316L/Ti with the titanium handle weighs in at a remarkable 67g. The balance and feel of the razor is certainly good and that titanium handle is visually striking. Four large triangular lather slots are a feature of the plate and are machined so that you can see across the flats straight through the lather slots on the opposite side. Positive blade clamping is provided on the large clamping surfaces at the edge of the cap and these mate with equally large flats on the plate; a very robust design.

Carbon now produce three different plates for their Cx and this one is the mildest plate, known as the Original Base Plate. Immediately obvious when the razor is loaded and ready to perform is the light weight of the package and moving on from reviewing some heavy weight razors made the weight difference appear more noticeable. After a couple of strokes with the Cx-316L/Ti, I was attuned to the light weight of the package and it was not a factor. There is a realistic amount of blade feel present and with an efficiency around that of a Karve CB Level #C, a very close shave resulted. I appreciated the way the razor just glided over the face for a super smooth shave. Initially the grip on the handle wasn’t positive but in a strange twist, when the handle was run under water the grip improved. This is one very pleasant razor to use and to Carbon’s credit their quality of production has markedly improved.

Blades Used – Gillette Nacet and Gillette 7’Oclock Yellow
Material – 316L Stainless steel/ Titanium (6AL-4V ELI) handle
Blade Tab - Exposed
Weight – 67g
Head Width – 40.66mm
Handle Length – 91.7mm
Handle Diameter – 12.64mm
Availability – Carbon Shaving
Final Word – Thoroughly enjoyable
Another excellent and extremely thorough review Errol (y)
 

Errol

Razor Review Guru
Joined
Apr 29, 2017
Location
Nhulunbuy
Carbon Shaving Model Cx-Ti (All Titanium) - Original Plate (USA)



Of the many metals used in the manufacture razors, titanium is my preferred choice. Production of full titanium razors is not unique but they remain far from common and are priced accordingly. This is Carbon Shavings first foray into making a complete titanium razor so I decided that one would be mine as soon as they were offered for sale. Carbon Shaving have a very good head design so it makes perfect sense to use the same design in the titanium razor and that’s exactly what has happened. A differently designed handle is used compared to the titanium handle supplied with the stainless steel headed Cx model; it has a thinner center section but maintains that distinctive Carbon Shaving handle look.

I’ve long stated that I appreciate a quality machined finish so the underside of the cap not being polished is acceptable, but the half hearted attempt at polishing the blade clamping surface on the plate does not sit well. Please don’t try to tell me these machining marks are a design feature to facilitate positive clamping of the blade when the cap is screwed down. Carbon have designed their heads so that the clamping of the blade is at the outer edge of the cap and this is another feature I appreciate. Lather build up should never be an issue as the channels to disperse the lather are large and triangular in section and if the plate is held flat it is possible to see through the lather slot and out the other side. On another positive note the quality of the thread and its engagement is very good. All Carbon has to do is get their finish up to scratch and they will have a quality razor.

For Carbon’s titanium range of razors there are also three different plates available and again this week the Cx-Ti is equipped with the original and mildest plate. It’s a noticeably lighter razor than the Cx316L/ Ti I used last week but again the shave was superb. There was very little adjustment required to move down in weight to the lighter razor and to the Cx-Ti’s credit the balance of the razor felt neutral. If there was any change in the efficiency between the two razors I could not detect it, Karve CB Level #C and oh so smooooth but with a satisfying amount of blade feel. The best part of the whole shave was just how close the result was. This is one very satisfying razor to use and one to store in the memory bank.

Blades Used – Gillette Rubie Plus and Kai
Material – Titanium (6AL-4V)
Blade Tab - Exposed
Weight – 51g
Head Width – 40.55mm
Handle Length – 91.22mm
Handle Diameter – 12.78mm
Availability – Carbon Shaving
Final Word – Nothing wrong with the shave
 
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