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(This post was last modified: 02-20-2020, 06:11 PM by kooshman7.)
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Not sure when this razor went on sale, but it must have been quite recent. The original intrigued me for some time, and couldn’t resist any longer. I’m not one for open combs really, but the design is just too unique to pass up for the price. If nothing else I’ll have another nice display piece like my Game Changers. I know eventually I’ll get back around to those too.

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Joe
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I believe that the “second wave” is on sale right now, as the razor was sold out for a while.

Several reports I’ve read have stated that the open comb design is very sharp on this one, which can make it uncomfortable for some users. It does remind me of the iKon ShaveCraft 103 Short Comb that I used to have, which felt a little sharp against the skin if any pressure was applied. (Other than that, it was a great shaver.)

Then again, the original SLOC is favored by many, and this one is made of more durable materials. Keep us posted on how you like the razor!

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I’ll try and do that. I typically reserve OCs for shaves with heavy stubble, but I’ll try giving it a chance with less growth on my face as well. I’ll do some blade swapping if the shaves aren’t going so well. I never gave much credence to blades having an effect on the shave quality until one day trying a green Derby in my Tuckaway razor. Anything I tried those blades in were terrible, but that combination was just wonderful.

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(02-20-2020, 07:56 PM)kooshman7 Wrote: I’ll try and do that. I typically reserve OCs for shaves with heavy stubble, but I’ll try giving it a chance with less growth on my face as well. I’ll do some blade swapping if the shaves aren’t going so well. I never gave much credence to blades having an effect on the shave quality until one day trying a green Derby in my Tuckaway razor. Anything I tried those blades in were terrible, but that combination was just wonderful.
Please do a mini review, I want one of these.

The RR SLOC 1.0 pot metal razor is probably one of my most favourite.  You can speed shave at any angle, works with any blade, efficiently mild,  it’s such a fantastic budget piece!  If the blade tabs were covered it would have been the most perfect low cost head out there.  Worth the $6 I paid.

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I have one coming in the next few days. I really like my YAQI DOC (Double Open Comb) so it will be interesting to compare them.

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Okay, I originally planned to shave again with my Nodachi again a few days back, but was tired and the SLOC 2.0 came in. Since I had decent growth from a few days of not shaving I took the SLOC 2.0 and my Gillette Tuckaway (Not flat plate) out for a spin.

Equipment used:

Simpson Vetyver & Lavendar shaving cream
Nivea face wash
A new Personna Lab Blue in both
Mazorin After Shave Balm w/ a dollop of 444
SLOC 2.0 & Gillette Tuckaway of course

Left side was devoted to the tuckaway and the right side to the SLOC 2.0

I started with the left side as I haven't used it in awhile and wanted to start with something familiar. Started with my WTG pass. I had a few areas where the blade felt like it tugged a bit, which is a common occurrence for me. I was not much concerned with this as it was minimal, and I wanted to use my blade I've been using the most for years now. I have a known blade, Derby Extra Green, that excels with the Tuckaway, and I'll revisit this shave with it sometime. Other than a few areas of minor discomfort that was resolved with a slight change in angle and reattempting it, the pass went well. No nicks to worry about. Smoothness was mostly decent, but know from prior experiences the Derby Extra just works better. It's strange as I detest that blade in everything else I tested it with, and when I've tested newer blades with it I was not happy. Derby Premium does better. Blade feel is slightly present, but for the most part feels recessed. I wouldn't call it aggressive either, but if you have a skin imperfection it can nick it if not careful, so it is more middling.

The second pass went much the same being my standard XTG/ATG pass. It favors towards across the grain by 70 percent, but I do a slight angling to get some slight against the grain as well since the hairs go in a circular pattern. Running my hand across the left section against the grain shows some that feel slightly rough, but nothing that shows visibly. It was a close comfortable shave, and one I am well happy with.

The SLOC 2.0 razor impressed me with the first stroke that I took with it with my first WTG pass on my right side of my face. The handle is definitely slippery, so you will want to use alum, but with it I felt the grip was secure, and the rings in it were beneficial in the grip. I believe what was impressive with the first stroke was the glide. I tested cutting with it on my hand to see if I could find what it was I liked, and would probably have to say that was what it was, along with one of the best cutting angles I've felt in a razor. It seems to be quite versatile with a wide range for its sweet spot. I felt above and under my lips using a slightly different angle for cutting that gave increased blade feel as the angle was steeper, but had no decreased discomfort as I've experienced with some razors when going steeper. For just right under the nose I would have to say if it isn't the best I've used for cutting there, it is in the top three. Another big nod in its favor is I experienced increased smoothness and considerably less tugging. There is a pleasurable feeling to the top cap having teeth in them. I can't explain the feeling, but it was one I noticed, and found pleasant.

The second pass was perhaps just a bit more pleasurable as I went more ATG than XTG with this pass, and found I could fiddle with the angle in many ways that all felt great. The teeth in the top cap do seem to aid in blade buffing and have to say that even going ATG on my face now after the shave find few spots that I could improve upon. I would say the shave is closer on the right side right now than the left side which I consider quite excellent as it is my right side that has the heavier growth, and is tougher to shave usually. I only have one spot where breakouts can occur if I have a blemish there before shaving and accidently nick it, but it has been few and far that has happened to me in the past few years.

It's hard to say everything that I feel with the shave, but just this first time out with the SLOC 2.0 razor has left me well impressed with it, and it feels like a razor 3 times its price. I'm not one for open combs, and have considered my Gillette Tuckaway my best open comb I have for some time. I feel that this SLOC 2.0 is a serious contender to that, and could well become my preference when using an OC razor.

This was the best scenario I could give the SLOC 2.0 for a beginning shave, and it did admirably. I'll need to test it out under conditions more favorable to my Tuckaway now. I've viewed OC razors for myself personally to be used when I haven't shaved for awhile, and not everyday. I could do my Gillette Tuckaway with a Green Derby everyday, but I just found my SB razors to do a better job with better comfort.

I'll try to test the SLOC with the Tuckaway with a Green Derby around the same time about tomorrow or possibly early morning Monday to see how that goes. Oh, and before I forget, the teeth in use do not feel sharp to me, but they might possibly be a deal breaker for some. It would depend on the angle you shave at with this, and as I noted it seems to have a good range for its sweet spot to shave with. I can say the teeth on the SLOC 2.0 are not to the level of sharp as an iKon razor I had in the past. I forgot the model, but that was terribly sharp. I might notice it become an issue with more use, and if it does I will bring that up. I want to get in more uses with this, and have a Masamune OC head I can use for comparison. I want to try and be as impartial as possible, but know that can be nigh impossible. Flavor of the month is so easy to let yourself become overcome with!

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Joe
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Thanks for sharing your experience, kooshman7. Sounds like a great first run with the razor.

Do you recall if the iKon razor you mentioned was the iKon ShaveCraft 103 Short Comb? I had that razor for a while, and it actually looks a bit like the SLOC 2.0. It was quite a nice razor, but the teeth on it definitely felt sharp if there was too much pressure or angle was not right. Glad to see this didn’t seem to be an issue with the SLOC 2.0.
Whenever I go to shave, I assume there’s someone else on the planet shaving, so I say “I’m gonna go shave, too.”
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(03-01-2020, 10:44 AM)Matsilainen Wrote: Thanks for sharing your experience, kooshman7. Sounds like a great first run with the razor.

Do you recall if the iKon razor you mentioned was the iKon ShaveCraft 103 Short Comb? I had that razor for a while, and it actually looks a bit like the SLOC 2.0. It was quite a nice razor, but the teeth on it definitely felt sharp if there was too much pressure or angle was not right. Glad to see this didn’t seem to be an issue with the SLOC 2.0.

I believe it was indeed that razor. I didn't keep it for so long, but looking it up in my orders it said it was the Shave Craft. Got it on a Massdrop drop when they still called themselves Massdrop.

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Just wanted to update that I had my second shave with the Gillette Tuckaway vs the SLOC 2.0.

Equipment used:

Simpson Vetyver & Lavendar shaving cream
Proraso Sandalwood Preshave
Nivea face wash
A new Green Derby in both razors
Coral Skin Food
SLOC 2.0 & Gillette Tuckaway of course

I had a suspicion going into the shave that the Tuckaway would shine better with a Green Derby in it, and made the SLOC 2.0 do the same. My suspicion was right. I chose to use the Tuckaway on my right side this time, and the SLOC 2.0 got delegated to the left side. There was noticeably less tugging and a more comfortable shave overall using the Tuckaway with a Green Derby blade, and a closer shave for my right side.

The SLOC 2.0 still held up pretty well, and while I have some noticeable spots when going against the grain that didn't get down as well as the last time with a Lab Blue Personna, I have to say I'm still impressed with how it did. Usually the Green Derby blade is abysmal in whatever else I try it in, and I think with some time getting used to the green Derby in the SLOC 2.0, it could be the second razor I've found that those blades are usable in. Going off a first shave impression the Personna Lab Blue was much better with increased comfort and better efficiency in cutting down the stubble and I would rather choose the PLB for the SLOC 2.0 and a Green Derby for the Tuckaway. I only had one nick as a result, and that was in my trouble area right in the middle down at my neckline when going ATG/XTG. One area that shined again during usage for the SLOC 2.0 was the cutting angle, and again was a pleasure to use getting the hairs just below my nose, corners of my mouth, and just below my lower lip. I didn't get into as much detail with this one as I would have liked to being tired, but I'll come back to the SLOC 2.0 and the Tuckaway again in about 36 hours time to give a chance for facial growth to regrow and this time I will give the 2.0 a new PLB and a new Green Derby to the Tuckaway to see how that goes.

I would have to say with the second use around I'm willing to revisit using OC razors more often. Not that I have a huge selection with a Masamune OC being my only other choice. I'll give the Masamune a chance with both blades as well against the SLOC 2.0.

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(This post was last modified: 03-06-2020, 06:42 PM by stuartshaver.)
(03-03-2020, 05:52 AM)kooshman7 Wrote: Just wanted to update that I had my second shave with the Gillette Tuckaway vs the SLOC 2.0.


I had a suspicion going into the shave that the Tuckaway would shine better with a Green Derby in it, and made the SLOC 2.0 do the same. My suspicion was right. I chose to use the Tuckaway on my right side this time, and the SLOC 2.0 got delegated to the left side. There was noticeably less tugging and a more comfortable shave overall using the Tuckaway with a Green Derby blade, and a closer shave for my right side.

The SLOC 2.0 still held up pretty well, and while I have some noticeable spots when going against the grain that didn't get down as well as the last time with a Lab Blue Personna, I have to say I'm still impressed with how it did. Usually the Green Derby blade is abysmal in whatever else I try it in, and I think with some time getting used to the green Derby in the SLOC 2.0, it could be the second razor I've found that those blades are usable in. Going off a first shave impression the Personna Lab Blue was much better with increased comfort and better efficiency in cutting down the stubble and I would rather choose the PLB for the SLOC 2.0 and a Green Derby for the Tuckaway. I only had one


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I don't have the SLOC 2.0, but I do have the original SLOC. I also have a Chinese head that I got off of Ebay that's identical to the original SLOC head. I had a Schone (Fatip) OC razor too, but returned it due to its sub-par quality. (The Schone shaved ok, but not as well as the SLOC IMO. The plating was crappy to begin with, and after using it for a few days the plating started shedding so I sent it back.)



I'm not really worried about the original SLOC head being made of zamak. It's not that expensive if I have to replace it, and I'm sure it would last me several years anyway.



I like the shave that the original SLOC gives, but then I got a Gamechanger and now I use it 99% of the time.



I actually like the Derby green blades and they seem to work well for me in any razor I've put them in. I like the Derby Premium blades too. On the other hand, I haven't found any Russian or Egyptian blades that work for me. :-)


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