Have a read of my post - #71. Sounds like you may have one of the ropey caps. Drop Steve a message and he'll sort this for you.Just got my first shave in with the Claymore Evolution about 45 minutes ago and just wanted to do a quick write up while the thought and first impression was still fresh in my mind. The pics above tell of a pretty good kit though, upon a closer look there was a slight issue with the top cap edge being completely parallel with the blade. There is a slight deviation from one end to the other (if you look at my previous post and look at the 3rd pic down, you will see the discrepancy that I’m trying to describe here just above the blade to the right of the razor head from your perspective) that at first I thought was just my eyes playing tricks on me. But, upon looking at it further, there is a slight chamfer and the gap is slightly bigger from mid point on as it sits atop the blade fully tightened. I thought that this issue would have something to say once the shave began to more or less of blade feel but, if there was one, I didn’t feel or perceive the slightest of differences during my 3 pass shave that brought about a first rate BBS finish.
For a first time out it was a very enjoyable shave with just 3-4 weepers and that I attribute to just getting the razor down and accustomed to the shave angle that it requires for my particular technique. The shave angle is easy to get and maintain with a bit of blade feel but, nothing like the Claymore V2 which has reveal and exposure galore. The Evolution is much more toned down in that aspect and actually gives a smoother and softer feel on the skin. Yet it still cut the whiskers effectively without any of the potential harshness that the Claymore V2 had exhibited especially with any of the Feather blades installed. This feels closer to an IKON MR-SE than it does to the Claymore V2, only slightly smoother and a bit more forgiving if memory serves me well. The razor has some heft but, does feel well balanced and showed better than average maneuverability (I’ve been forever ruined with the nimbleness of the Vector) though the extra weight helped in keeping pressure to a minimum. The grip and feel is excellent rivaling some of the best out there in the handle knurling department. Handle attachment to the top cap stud is smooth and nearly effortless.
All in all it was a very good first outing with the Claymore Evolution sans the minor issue with the top cap not being grade A machined. For the price though and overall quality of the kit, it’s a wash.
A couple more shaves with the Feather then on to a Schick Proline…..
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*Edit: On a side note. I did try a Feather Super, Kai Captain, Kai Pink & Kai ProTouch Guarded and no luck. At least in this Claymore they do not fit over the blade holding studs. Just to let you know if you’re not a Feather AC blade fan, the only other maker that will fit is the Schick Proline.