I’ve written about the OneBlade Razor several times (like HERE, HERE, and HERE). I think it’s an excellent razor but the recent manufacturing update to their razor head (“Model 2.0”) confused me a little. So I reached out to OneBlade for an explanation of what has changed. I also surveyed some users who have used both versions of the razor for their opinion on how the change may have affected their shave.
OneBlade “Model 2.0” Updates
The OneBlade “Model 2.0” updates involve a different metallurgy in the head parts, and some redesign of the internal blade-holding mechanism inside the head.
Metallurgy – PANACEA
The razor head parts are now made with an even higher-grade of stainless steel known as “PANACEA” (a newer alloy that was until recently restricted to medical device application). The previous model of OneBlade used 316L stainless steel. PANACEA offers four times the strength and durability of 316 and can survive accidental impacts (like getting dropped onto a hard bathroom floor!) much better. It is even less susceptible to corrosion than 316L stainless steel (a bit of a moot point given OneBlade’s PVD coating, but still worth mentioning).
It’s also interesting to note that the new alloy is nickel-free, a happy side-benefit to those who might have a nickel sensitivity.
Using the new alloy also permits the manufacturer to make parts at an even tighter tolerance than previously permitted.
(Note: You really won’t be able to tell the difference between 316L stainless steel and PANACEA by looking at the two steels head-on as there’s no discernible difference in appearance or weight).
“Active Floating Blade Approach System”
The conventional wisdom of razor design is that razors are supposed to hold a blade in place very securely. OneBlade turned this on its head by “slightly expanding the blade insertion area and by adding a longitudinal pivot point approximately halfway back from the cutting edge of the blade which allows the blade edge to rock up and down during the shaving process.” This permits a blade, once latched in, to still move very minutely, while still maintaining blade angle, exposure, and gap tolerances (the pivot point is very tiny. I can barely see it with a macro lens on my camera). This “Active Floating Blade Approach System” (AFBAS) design is patent-pending.
The end result of the AFBAS design is that the OneBlade razor is even more “forgiving” than the previous version (which was pretty “forgiving” to me already!).
Full details of the metallurgy and design changes HERE.
These changes will also help avoid transient manufacturing glitches like the “smiling blade” issue that affected a small number of OneBlade Razors last year.
Curious if your OneBlade Razor is a model 1.0 or a model 2.0? If you purchased a new OneBlade Razor after October 15, 2016 directly from OneBlade or on Amazon, it’s a 2.0 model (even if they didn’t outright tell you). If you’re still unsure, you can shoot them a message and they’ll be able to confirm, just have the razor’s serial number handy.
Design and manufacturing tweaks are one thing but the shaving experience is where “the rubber meets the road.” How’s the shave?
For myself–from a purely subjective point of view–it feels like the razor’s pivot is ever-so-slightly “heavier” and there isn’t quite as much tactile feedback from the blade edge. In fact, the first time I tried it I did a double take to make sure I had inserted a blade! It almost feels as if the blade isn’t there but that stubble just magically disappears. 🙂
What about others?
Sensation of smoothness very similar using both of them, although in the OB 2.0 is a little more noticeable the edge of the blade, because I believe that you have to shave yourself with no pressure in the case of OB 2.0. With the OB 1.0 you have to shave yourself with some pressure and more retouches to achieve a similar final result.
I find pivoting very similar in both razors.
Something I had not noticed until I used both at the same time, in the same shave, is that the edges of the OB 2.0 handle are more rounded (not seen at first sight), which makes it even more comfortable.
Although I have not experienced irritated skin feeling on either side throughout the day, I do notice a better skin sensation on the side shaved with
CONCLUSION: If you have good technique and a Oneblade 1.0 with no tares, you can reach a similar close shave with both razors. And there is something to keep in mind in my case… Oneblade 1.0 is like a continuation of my arm. I have shaved with it no less than 180-200 times and my technique using it is now very refined, that make my shaves practically perfect.
I feel it is better for having a much smoorther shave, you just feel less the blade, yet it is more efficent
The pivot is kind of the same, didn’t feel any notice, but I do feel the blade has some more “play” (it is a con), but when you shave you don’t feel it
For me, 1.0 was an excellent shaver. Is shaves very close and is very comfortable and effortless. No nicks, cuts, and one of the best that i have tested to shave my neck ATG. I have very sensitive neck. I was very pleased with Oneblade 1.0.
The 2.0 shaves as good as 1.0 but the new blade system where the blade can move a little in the three dimensions helps with the smoothness. I get the same close shaves or more but it feels smoother in the face due to this system. This is the only change i noticed, but for me is worth the upgrade.
Day 3, I think I may have taken a break from the head to head comparison and done a RR old type vs v2. Old type won on results, but v2 won on ease, from the standpoint of, “how would this have gone if I’d never used a DE?