Sharpologist got a good look at the prototype of the Supply “Injector” style razor a while back. That razor is now in full production, and Supply is even working on “Version 2.0” of the razor, so I thought now would be a good time to take a good look.
I wrote in the article about the prototype:
“The Single Edge razor by Supply Provisions bears a passing resemblance to the PAL injector razor of the 1960’s…. The main feature of the razor is the interchangeable base plates that are available. That lets you adjust the type of shave you want. It’s not continuously adjustable but the idea here is to find the level of closeness you’re looking for most of the time and use that base plate…. Swapping out a base plate involves loosening a small set screw on the head. Due to it’s low profile it might be a little difficult to grasp if you have chubby fingers but the screw head is knurled so a quick twist with a pliers will loosen it easily enough.”
The prototype was heavy: 140 grams! The production version is a much more manageable 110 grams–still a “heavyweight” razor to be sure but not a brick. 🙂 Even though I thought the prototype razor was well-balanced I think the production Supply razor feels even better in my hand (probably from the lighter weight).
The production razor, like the prototype has a smooth finish. I wish there was more texture to the handle for a more “sure” grip but the hold is adequate and not a deal-breaker for me.
There are three available base plates to provide different levels of shave: mild, average, and aggressive. The prototype’s plates had a small set screw to remove/replace plates that was a bit finicky to use. The production version has a slightly larger and definitely smoother set screw. Like the Rockwell 6S DE razor, the base plates make the razor “adjustable” but is not for on-the-fly changes during a shave.
The supply razor uses “Injector” style blades, made popular by Schick back in the day (as Gillette’s chief competitor). Injector blades are single edge (vs. the double edge of classic blades) and thicker: many think Injector blades are better for those with thicker beards.
Injector blades are still available but not as widely found–or in as many different manufacturing specifications–as double edge blades. Still, you can still find them from a number of sources,* including Supply. Note these are not the same blade as “shaper” blades like the Feather Pro Guard–shaper blades are slightly longer than Injector blades.
The shave with the Supply Injector razor is pretty solid for me. I definitely prefer the “mild” base plate. Although I think it’s near the upper end of what I consider “mild,” it may be too mild for many. The average shave base plate seemed to be in the Merkur HD range for me, or perhaps a bit more. I didn’t tempt fate by using the aggressive shave base plate more than once. 🙂
I had a minor issue with the “mild” base plate: inserting a blade could result in a slightly crooked blade alignment. I discovered that if I inserted the blade more slowly it aligned much better. I didn’t have any issues with the other two base plates.
As I write this article, Supply has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next version of the Supply razor, “Supply 2.0.” This next version will tweak the design to include a different manufacturing process (metal injection molding or “MIM”), different colors, and some design tweaks.
Do you use the Supply razor? What do you think of it? Leave a comment below!