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Above The Tie X1 SE Slant Razor Review

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I recently had a chance to try the new Above The Tie (ATT) X1 Single Edge (SE) Slant Safety Razor.  Here are my thoughts.

ATT X1 Slant SE Razor

From the ATT Website:

“Above the Tie is proud to offer the X1 Single Edge Slant Safety Razor, hand crafted from solid 303 stainless steel here in the USA.

“The X1 is a mid aggressive, slant & single edge, solid bar razor. The blade gap is 0.55 mm. The blade exposure is 1.5 mm. The weight of the head is 46 g / 1.6 oz.

“The X1 uses Artist Club blades, which are thicker than DE blades. This thickness prevents vibration in the blade, for a smoother feeling shave. The thicker blade is also better for denser areas of hair, such as the chin.

“The Slant design holds the blade at an angle. This creates a slicing motion on the hair. Slants typically feel smoother, yet more efficient, than the blade gap indicates. Slants can cause irritation to sensitive skin.”

My Experience With The Above The Tie X1 Single Edge Slant Safety Razor

Note: Above The Tie loaned me an X1 temporarily to try.

I received an X1 with the ATT Calypso handle.  The Calypso is one of ATT’s most popular handles (along with the shorter Atlas), and the weight of that handle brings the total weight of the razor to over 4 oz.  I find the razor’s balance very good, even with the longer handle: still balanced more toward the head, which I prefer.  Fit-and-finish on my razor is excellent, as I’ve come to expect from ATT.

I’ve always found changing “barber blades” in a three-piece razor to be a bit fussy–it’s just “the nature of the beast.”  But dealing with blade changing in the X1 isn’t too bad for me: the size and shape of the razor’s head and blade-holding tabs make it reasonably easy to clamp into.   Speaking of the head, the “slant” design looks quite modest–I can barely see the blade torquing “by eye,” compared to a typical double edge slant design.  Of course, since it’s a single edge design and SE blades don’t have nearly the same “depth” as a double edge blade, torquing may not look as obvious.

Knowing that slant-type razors are usually more aggressive than others (I normally prefer “mild” razors) I decided to try a “mild” barber blade for my first few shaves with the X1.  I chose the Feather Professional “SoftGuard” blade (Amazon affiliate link).  The Feather Pro SoftGuard has a “wavy guard” that supposedly eases pressure on the skin:

The first strokes of my initial shave with the X1 seemed to confirm my caution: there’s a lot of blade feel.  On the other hand, my first shaves went quite well!  No pulling or tugging, and the relatively thin head height made getting in places like under my nose easier than I thought it would be.  Getting into larger curved regions like under the jawline was a bit more challenging due to the width of the barber blade–but again, understand this is “the nature of the beast” with wider blades and I anticipated that issue.

I decided to try a shave with a more efficient blade, a Kai Captain Titan (“Mild” but without a guard. Amazon affiliate link).  Shaves with this blade were also excellent but with a few minor “weepers.”  In the end I decided to go back to the Feather Pro SoftGuard.  YMMV.

Overall, shaves with the ATT X1 are excellent for me: “baby’s butt smooth” (BBS) with a three-pass shave and just a bit of touch-up.  It definitely passes my wife’s “face caress test.”  🙂


The Above The Tie X1 Slant Single Edge Razor occupies a unique niche’ in the artisan razor world: a slant SE.  It continues ATT’s reputation of high-quality, innovative razors.


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2 thoughts on “Above The Tie X1 SE Slant Razor Review”

  1. I have been using my ATT S1 slant since 2016 as my main razor, I mainly use a Gillette Nacet blade in this razor.
    I purchased an X1 slant and used the Feather Guard blade but found the shave was not very smooth, I changed to the Feather Pro and absolutely love this combination and I usually use this to mow down several day of growth, I will do two pass shave with no irritation and almost BBS.
    I can not use daily because my mechanic is really sensitive.
    This X1 slant is a very welcome razor that I enjoy once a week.
    I think Above The Tie does not get enough recognition in this community, used to be well regarded and their razors shave great but I don’t hear about them much.

  2. After doing a lot of research many years ago, I bought the ATT Slant S1 (closed) with Kronos handle. It’s my first and only razor so I have nothing to compare it to. The reason I chose it was because I read that a Slant razor is ideal for sensitive skin with thick, coarse beards — a difficult combination. What’s odd is that ATT’s own website says that a Slant is not always ideal for sensitive skin. When I received the razor, it came with a free pack of Astra blades. First three shaves left my face a bloody mess. That’s when I almost gave up wet shaving.

    But I also read that a sharp blade is the best synergy with a Slant. So after ordering and trying a half dozen DE blades, I found the KAI offered a great shave like none other. My experience is that it’s just as sharp as the Feather but smoother. It seems like a contradiction but the KAI blade, while extremely sharp, gave me the smoothest, irritation-free shave. I wrote to ATT about my experience and I find it amusing is that they now sell the KAI DE blades on their website with pretty much the same feedback I sent them in their description.

    BTW Mark, you’re the one who turned me on to wet shaving through your YouTube videos. Thank you 🙂

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