#1

Member
Virginia USA
(This post was last modified: 05-08-2023, 06:53 PM by 1981eagle.)
I ordered a Blackland Vector Titanium with a stand and a few packs of Feather Professional Artist Club blades.
This was not my first single edge, but it was by first single edge in an artist club length

The shipping was fast, the packaging was first rate.   (But you shave with the razor, not the packaging Smile ) 

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What follows is my experience - but as always - your mileage may vary - everyone's skin is different, etc, etc, etc.


The blade loading was pretty easy, but I watched a few videos on it before purchase.   

I used a cream from Taylor of Old Bond Street, in St. James scent - face lather with a Je&Co brush in a black badger.  
Whatever soap, or cream, you use will probably not make much of a difference. 

I found that there is not a lot of 'blade feel' so it doesn't feel overly aggressive.   That said, the SE blades feel thicker and firmer than a DE blade, so despite not feeling as 'sharp' they are hugely efficient. 

The entire razor without the blade installed weighed in at 44.5 grams.  it is light and nimble.  Sometimes, with a SS razor, you barely need to 'press' and the weight of the razor does all the 'work' - with a Ti razor, you sometimes need a little pressure to get the same shave.  

With a slight pressure, I got a GREAT shave.  Two passes and no clean-up needed.   It may have not been exactly BBS ... but it was damn close for a first attempt.   The blade being wider was nice too.

The narrowness of the head made me nearly wish that I didn't wear a van dyke (mustache and goatee) so I could see how easy it was to shave under the nose.   But I didn't need to go there.

It's not a 'cheap' razor, but there are more expensive ones on the market too.  If you are able to pick one up, I recommend it.   I'm happy with my purchase and I'd do it again without hesitation, knowing what I know now.

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#2

Scentsless Shaver
Oakland, ME
I love the Vector and have the titanium as well. I had the SS version for 4-5 months and found it too much for my delicate visage to use daily, but the titanium version is outstanding!

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#3
(05-07-2023, 09:18 PM)MaineYooper Wrote: I love the Vector and have the titanium as well. I had the SS version for 4-5 months and found it too much for my delicate visage to use daily, but the titanium version is outstanding!
Is it just the lighter weight of Ti that's doing the trick or is there a change in the aggression levels of the razor per se?

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#4

Posting Freak
Peachtree City, GA
(This post was last modified: 05-08-2023, 03:38 AM by DanLaw.)
jags009, here's a take from a guy that has used both preferring the Ti version:

https://damnfineshave.com/thread-an-alte...031?page=2

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(05-08-2023, 03:37 AM)DanLaw Wrote: jags009, here's a take from a guy that has used both preferring the Ti version:

https://damnfineshave.com/thread-an-alte...031?page=2
Link n its not working Dan.

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#6
(This post was last modified: 05-08-2023, 06:07 AM by rocket.)
jags009 The link is working for me but you can also navigate to : Damn Fine Shave  / Shaving & Grooming/  Single Edge Razors/ An Alternative for DE Shavers - BlackLand Vector Ti
Latest Post in that thread

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#7

Scentsless Shaver
Oakland, ME
Here is a link to Shane's blog post on the benefits of titanium. Shane had posted something similar in an email and that was what led me to buy the titanium version. There is not change to the razor in manufacturing, other than the metal is titanium. So you are on the right track, jags009, weight definitely factors into it. Hopefully this link will work for you. It not, the blog is on Blackland Razors website, posted April 29th of last year.  Enjoy your shaves!

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#8

Merchant
San Diego CA
Nicely considered review! I’m glad you’re enjoying your new Vector Ti!

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#9
I love both the SS and Ti vectors. It is the best AC single edge razor on the market, in my opinion. In terms of comparing the two, I have a preference for the titanium version. This is because the vector head is so slight; the complete razor has better balance for me with the lighter titanium handle.

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#10

Member
Virginia USA
(This post was last modified: 05-08-2023, 09:25 PM by 1981eagle.)
To tell the truth, one thing that led me to the Vector was DanLaw's post in the WR4 head discussion where he said that the Vector would be hard to beat.  

I hadn't really considered an artist club SE before that, but I had used Gem SE's and injectors in the past.  For me the Gem was too wide for my tastes, and injectors, while a good idea, just seemed too ... I don't know ... unnessarily complicated?   'Gimmicky'?  

So I looked at the AC SE's and compared brands.   I have a Timeless Ti, and a Wolfman Ti ... and I like a light razor.

The Vector, as a complete razor, weighs less than many 3-piece handles themselves! 

I'm liking it!

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