Let's talk about single and double edged razors and the blades that they use.
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A few months ago I bought a Phoenix Artisan double open comb in stainless steel. I'd already tried and liked the cast alloy version but wanted something a bit more aggressive. Overall I liked the stainless DOC a lot but the supplied handle was too light and had the wrong balance. After trying several handles, I settled on a titanium one that I had - gave a good weight and balance but still perhaps room for improvement. A few days ago I bought a Stirling Fort Worth handle from John on the forum. The pairing is outstanding. The aggressive look of the deep knurling and pentagonal cross section handle complement the head. The heavy "waist on the handle makes for near perfect balance and control. The razor also seems to shave slightly more aggressively. Perhaps the perfect combination of stunning appearance and great shaving?
I mainly hold the handle around the upper knurled part which is extremely grippy. That said the smooth, tapering part seems fine even when soapy. I think that being pentagonal rather than hexagonal helps - you tend to grip between a flat and an apex rather than on two flats so it naturally tends to be stable.fallingwickets wrote:Razor looks very nice. How hard is it to keep a grip on the handle?