Sneaky Peak of a new SE on the block. Claymore Evolution.

Boycie83

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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.
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.
 

Str8Mug

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Early morning shave and #2 with the Claymore Evolution. Used the same Feather Pro that cut down 2 days growth yesterday and prepped up for just barely a days worth. Stubble was light that’s how close the shave was but, just enough there today to get two passes in, basically an ATG pass with an extended buff and straggler pick ups to finish off. The Evo & Feather did it well with a smooth feel without any incident. This razor really excels in the ATG pass and just made short work of the stubble present. Back to a smooth BBS state with no weepers or irritation to speak of.

I’d like to mention that there is the slightest of play between the top cap & base plate when first getting them together that I failed to mention in my first shave report. Barely noticeable but, it is there. I simply just hold the cap and base together while putting a bit of pressure to keep the blade aligned within the head while tightening down the handle and securing the whole unit. Nothing crazy say like, the IKON “El Jefe” but, just wanted to note the tiny discrepancy.

The top cap still did not release any negative feel or create any cause for concern as the minor top cap edge variance gave no inkling of imminent danger during the shave. Nice, smooth and efficient……

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Str8Mug

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Late shave yesterday evening and had no time to post last night with the storm that hit here in the Garden State.

Anyways, shave #3 was nothing extraordinary or mindblowing. Just a real nice solid 3 pass shave without incident. The Feather Po behaves quite nicely in the Evo with no harsh feeling nor giving one the tendency that it can potentially bite. It's smooth and easy on the skin and deceptively efficient.

Next shave I'll be moving onto the Schick Proline just to see if it shaves as efficiently as the Pro as I know that the Proline is considered to be one of the smoothest feeling AC blades in the business....

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Boycie83

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I'm still patientily waiting for mine to arrive. It left HK on 9th September according to the tracking. Any UK members received theirs yet?
 

Str8Mug

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I'm still patientily waiting for mine to arrive. It left HK on 9th September according to the tracking. Any UK members received theirs yet?
I think the gentleman was in the hospital until just recently. There could be a slight delay in getting orders processed if no one else was there to man customer order processing & shipping. Speculation, of course.....
 

Boycie83

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I think the gentleman was in the hospital until just recently. There could be a slight delay in getting orders processed if no one else was there to man customer order processing & shipping. Speculation, of course.....
Steve got them shipped before his hospital trip. It's definitely inbound but seems to be stuck in that postal void between two countries.
 

Zhang Doe

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Are the problems with any of the "approved" blades? I read one person saying they had problems getting a Feather Super in there, but on the product page, it specifically says that it's not compatible. The Schick ProLines are also not listed.
 

jmudrick

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Are the problems with any of the "approved" blades? I read one person saying they had problems getting a Feather Super in there, but on the product page, it specifically says that it's not compatible. The Schick ProLines are also not listed.
I have not seen anyone having problems with Feather Pro
 

Ventastic

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Making this razor compatible with only 2 types of AC blade seems like a missed opportunity. Was this clear from the beginning?
 
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