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Member
Peachtree City, GA
The Leaf razor has been reappearing in shave fora after an initial period of interest some time back and subsequent fading to obscurity.  The design principle has long fascinated due to its providing a cartridge experience of brainless, nick less, close enough shaving without the absurd pricing of cartridge blade refills.  Numerous generic cartridge razor companies have also appeared in recent years capitalizing on the shaving community’s simmering anger at the price of disposable refill blade cartridges and media advertisements mocking that the shave aisles of grocers and pharmacies have higher security protocol than opiate dispensaries.  Paradoxically, odd that nearly all such start up insurgent razor companies have been bought out by the majors and integrated into cynical faux competitors slowly migrating prices upward as internet store fronts run by the same majors slowly and ever so slightly lower the direct to consumer price of their branded products via disintermediation simultaneously raising profits…hmmmmm….  Irrespective, have long been intrigued, wanting to try the razor prior to purchasing to determine if it would work as a body shaver.  Until recently this has been on the back burner of desires for hardware until Phil of BullGoose posted he was testing one to ascertain if it worth carrying.  Honestly, just wanting to determine if it was possible to borrow the razor for a test, it was suggested obliquely that he would be amenable to sponsoring a passaround.  Thus did I get involved in sharing this razor with the wider community.
 
Make no mistake that this is a razor built to a price point – no artfully crafted stainless steel, copper or titanium here – just inexpensive pot metal with various grades of coating, in this particular case, chrome.  Truth of the matter, given that their primary target users are cartridge shavers, even this is a significant step up in quality of material and execution.  It literally feels as exclusive and over the top compared to the cartridge razors as some of the best artisan craftsman razors feel in comparison to Merkur, Rockwell and other such DE razors – life is but a game of comparison, eh?  That is not to suggest it an ugly razor; it actually has a sleek futuristic look.  Ergonomically, the shape falls readily to hand and despite having absolutely minimal stippling seemingly more oriented to aesthetics than ergonomics and completely lacking knurling, never feels slippy in use be it sink or shower.  In fact, the biggest danger of the razor falling is when laid flat on a surface, as it is so rounded that the slightest bump sends it flying; it would be well advised to purchase the optional stand and use it even whilst shaving between lathers.
 
Another area where there was much trepidation was the blade loading: the process seems hopelessly complex relative to any other shaver ever encountered.  “Seems complex” are the operative words; while more complex to load than other razors, it really is quite easily achieved after viewing the online video even once.  Sure, it requires snapping regular DE blades in half – quite easily and safely accomplished by folding lengthwise while in their wrapper and then using the knurled knob on the reverse of the razor to release the various plates, placing the halved blades securely in the magnetized notches then retightening the knurled knob – much easier to undertake than describe, I swear.  While on the subject of loading blades, it best to inform users that Leaf provides no option but to take their standard private labeled boxed blades when buying a razor – a frightening prospect for any experienced DE shaver hating unknowns, particularly blades.  Fear not; as it happens, Leaf’s private labeled boxed blades are simply Astra SPs, a favourite of mine for body shaving with DEs.  Unfortunately, Leaf asks quite a premium over market price for their Astra SPs and wish they would simply provide the razor sans blades at an even lower price but it is what it is.
 
Enough talk, now we shave, eh?!  Hitherto, literally thought it was impossible for anything to shave with less feedback than a Gillette Fusion – ha!  The Leaf absolutely feels as though one is dragging an extremely smooth and contoured metal plate across the skin BUT the shave quality is at least as good as a cartridge razor.  It is amazing how well this razor mows down hair; unlike its cartridge brethren, it never clogs and rinses with ease too.  However, the sheer physical size of the shaving surface that provides some of its comfort no doubt conspires to work against it in tighter nether reaches.  One would be well advised to maintain a second single edge razor of some sort for touch ups in tight areas to complement the Leaf.  Unsurprisingly, Leaf is on the verge of releasing a single edge using halved blades branded as the Twig.  I shall endeavour to have Leaf provide one mid passaround as well as a stand.
 
Long and short, it is easy to see why women love this razor as it is incredibly comfortable and efficient  at removing hair in easily accessed areas such as legs and arms while being inexpensive to feed blades.  Men really should inform their wives/gal pals of this razor and its ability to use their blades for refills – she will adore you for the advice.  Aerobic athletes body shaving for sports activities will love this as much for its abilities as sticking it to the majors taking advantage of oligopolistic pricing power.  For face shaving it is certainly mild if only moderately efficient.  For those with lean, irregular or disfigured faces it is quite difficult to access all the irregularities and tighter confines and even the most symmetrical aesthetically gifted handsome men of normal dimensions will need to rely on the Twig, reverse side of a Gillette Cartridge or DE for finishing touch ups.  But as a body shaver for my intended usage, am definitely keeping this razor in rotation after the passaround concludes.


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Just an old slow fat man
#2
Loading is funky but it's a great head shaver, love mine.

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Member
Peachtree City, GA
(This post was last modified: 05-22-2020, 07:19 PM by DanLaw.)
It excels in open area shaving when seeking brainless, no worries hair removal.  Loading is more involved than any other razor but really quite easy upon viewing the video even once without really paying attention - let's term it novel....

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Just an old slow fat man
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Member
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Astra blades huh. Used to ship with Crystals. I quite enjoy the Leaf and two of the ladies in my clan own one

DanLaw likes this post
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Member
Peachtree City, GA
Have contacted Leaf. They have generously offered to provide us with a Twig trimmer and chrome stand. In order to facilitate the passaround, am having them ship these products directly to the next trialer. Want to extend our gratitude to both BullGoose and Leaf for their generosity in contributing to this passaround.
Just an old slow fat man
#6

Member
Peachtree City, GA
New Twig edger razor forthcoming from Leaf - we will have a plastic prototype one in by this week but this coming by end of passaround

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Marhos24 likes this post
Just an old slow fat man
#7

Member
Peachtree City, GA
In the interim, we will be using the prototype Twig SE.  Here is the loading instructional video:

https://www.facebook.com/LeafShave/video...367100983/
Just an old slow fat man


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