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Today on the Show:
Fall is in the Air
Mag T Delta Review
Charcoal Goods is Back
Chiseled Face Heat Treated Razor
Collector’s Corner: Custom Gold Dollar Straight Razor
Mag T Delta Review
Check out my thoughts on the MAG T Delta : https://sharpologist.com/mag-t-razor-review/
Charcoal Goods is Back
Charcoal goods is back after a shop remodel project.
Created in the 1950’s, Fatip is one of the longest running safety razor companies in existence. We rarely see much information about them. Is it because they’re readily available? Are they truly underrated? Made in Itay these razors are available and affordable. I’ll tell you my thoughts.
Chiseled Face Heat Treated Razor
Heat treated Titanium. Made to order. Looks great
Collector’s Corner: Custom Gold Dollar
This razor was made by myself. A cool project I did a few years ago. 1 of 1.
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You’re listening to Wet Shaving Talk, powered by sharpologist.Com, where we’re dedicated to preserving the art and skillof classic shaving. I’m your host, Joe Borrelli and today is September 27, 2021.
All right, everyone, welcome back to the podcast. That’s right. It is fall officially all the season of Fall autumn. This is when the weather starts to cool down in most of the world in Florida hasn’t really done so that much, but we actually have been out of the 80s for a couple of days here. So we’ve had some 70s in the morning and no more 90s in the day. It’s been 80. So yeah, we’re feeling fall here in South Florida. If it gets any cold, everybody’s going to be in their sweat shirts in their jackets. And that’s a big lol for everybody else in the rest of the country who’s probably laughing at me right now for saying that falls in the air.
Guys, this opens up the best holiday s for Wet Shaving, in my opinion, the most releases the fall seasonal special. I’m already starting to work on it. I’m really looking forward to doing that this year, and especially with everything going on to Pandemic still pending, everything going on. Guys, it’s really a lot of fun to talk about some Wet shaving stuff, and well, I’m gonna hopefully making some cool purchases, too. I’m gonna look at a couple items here and there, and I’m gonna definitely buy a couple of fall items. I always wait until this time of the year to do the bulk of my purchasing because I’m always looking forward to these releases for some reason. This release and I like the winter release, too. Some releases are good, and even spring is nice as well. But I always look forward to fall for some reason. The solar is so much different stuff and just I don’t know, I guess living in South Florida you look for I guess, anything that makes you feel like fall because we really don’t get the seasons down here. We get summer and spring. Really. That’s about all we get. We don’t really ever get winter. We get sometimes a little cold. It gets in the 30s or 40s, maybe two or three weeks out of the year sporadically. So I guess that’s why we look forward to it, or I look forward to it.
And I know a lot of my friends down in South Florida that are into wet shaving. Look forward to it as well.
All right. So the Mag-t Delta Razor, I just had the review come out. We’ve talked about this several times. I was really interested in getting this review going and being able to talk to the guy, the guy behind the concept of the mag-t. So if you get a chance to take a look at that article and it was just a lot of fun writing it. And I’ll tell you a little bit more when the show gets going here.
Charcoal Goods is back there back after about a year long hiatus of rebuilding their shop. So that’s really, really exciting that they’re back and they have handles available and fatip razors. Are they underrated? These razors have been around a long time, but we very rarely see them in the forums or see them, especially on Facebook groups and stuff with the newer wet shavers. Some of the older guys that are still talking about them but are they underrated? Do they deserve more than what they get from us. I’ll tell you my thoughts.
The chiseled face titanium razor is now available in a heat treated coating, so the heat treat the titanium looks awesome. Put a picture in there and we’ll talk a little bit about heat treating titanium and aluminum and what it does to the metals and collectors corner. The custom gold Dollar straight razor. I know a lot of these straighter are guys like some of you are all for it. Some of you aren’t. I took my chance against one one time.
I actually tried it and I made my own custom gold dollar so it’s one of one and I have a picture of it in the show notes and I’ll tell you my process and what I did it with that as well.
So guys without further Ado, let’s get on with the show.
Alright, so the Mag T Delta razor. I wrote the review. It’s on sharpologist.Com left the link for the for the actual article itself in the show notes. Really interesting razor. I had a good time with it. I purchased one. They were around $50 is shipped to my house. Really been playing around with the razor for a little bit. I love the open comb design. I do like the actual uniqueness of it. I thought it was really cool looking and I really did enjoy my time with it. I still have it. But you know how I am. I go through stages also. I use it for a few weeks when I test it and I go back to my old rotation and one thing going back into the older razors that I have.
One of the other stuff that I’m more familiar with. Some of the vintage Gillette and I’ve been using a fat boy lately for shaving and I’ve also going to use straight razors again getting really back into the straight razor game. I do like it. It’s just one of those razors that around $50. I don’t think you can expect much more out of it or much less out of it. You’re not going to get much more. You’re not going to get stainless steel. You’re not going to get crazy material or crazy box or anything like that for around 50.
So I think for the price point it’s a great razor. I think it’s fun as you shave with. I do recommend mend having a little bit of experience because of the open command is that aggressive? And I didn’t head shave with it at all. So I’m going to recommend using that just for face had a great time. Guys, I’m not going to get too much in detail with it because I’ve talked about it a lot. But if you get a chance to check out the article that I wrote I wrote recently in sharpologist and let me know your thoughts. If you have one, if you picked one up, or if you’re looking to pick one up and let me know if you’re interested, I could probably pick mine out for a little while. I was looking at maybe possibly lending it out to see if anybody wants to try it. You can give me an email Joe@wetshavingnews.com. When you get a chance and we’ll talk about it, we’ll see what we can do.
But definitely if you haven’t tried this razor, if you’re looking to get something new, that’s different. It’s a cool concept, so I recommend it. I would definitely buy it again. And yeah, I thought it was great. I thought it was for $50. I thought it was a great razor. It’s really cool. Looks awesome on the mantle where my razors are because it’s upside down, doesn’t need a stand or anything like that and definitely would be a conversation piece. So check it out, guys, I give it a thumbs up. I definitely think the razor is very nice to use and great. Now the only thing I would hope for in the future for this razor is honestly a solid guard bar and maybe a little bit tad less aggression and possibly different materials. Like if they have a different hand, they came out with a different handle, which is pretty cool, but I like the original design. I think it’s very unique to them. So check out the article when you get a chance.
So Charcoal Goods is back. They just sent out an email a couple of weeks ago regarding they are back. So if you’re unfamiliar with Charcoal Goods, if you’re new to the game, Charcoal Goods is a CNC machine. One man operation shop who’s moving around. He’s moved around quite a few times and really, honestly, this razor is awesome. I have used it, have one myself. I purchased one back when they’re really hard to get. I had to have it made, waited on. Brian is the maker of these razors. I had to wait on a wait list for a while. When I got my name came up, I picked out what I wanted and really the way this company started, I used an old fashioned like World War II late and he was hand hammering the handles and everything like that.
I mean, a lot of the concepts of this razor was really you want to talk about artisan? This is how it is. And now he’s moved on to CNC machining, and I mean it’s not really that technological. It’s a little bit more equipment, but the razor is awesome and they have different types of aggressions or they did. And I just found out I bought one in brass and I really just enjoy using it. And I think that they’re one of the better handmade razors out there, and they’re also the packaging and everything that the razor comes in is really rustic. It looks like something that somebody made with their hands. So if this is something that you’re interested in to, I would recommend keeping a watch on them. They do make everything’s made here by hand with CNC machining by one person. So it does take some time to get it, but worth the wait. Definitely worth the wait. I have one and I’m never going to give it up. I’m definitely keeping the one I have. The only thing is I really want one of those hammered brass handles, so I’ll probably end up picking one of those up here shortly in the next few weeks or or months or so. So Brian is definitely back up in business. He’s getting his machine shop going and the razors are going to probably be made soon. But he does have some handles available on the website. So check out the website. If you’re looking for a handle or if you’re actually into charcoal goods, you need some more parts. There they go. Another unique thing about charcoal goods is they used to sell. I don’t know if they still does or will again used to sell just the top gap and all the parts to go with. It kind of like come to some of the other companies do that. So really, you want to get a more aggressive base plate, you can buy one and add it to your razor. So awesome to see their back. Really happy to hear that they are back in business and to see that we’ll see some more razors in the next few months, possibly December or January. So salute to you guys at Charcoal Goods, Brian, and welcome back to the Wet Shaving World.
So the feature of the month Fatip Razors, right? I’m going to talk a little bit about this in October too. I think I’m on the process of picking one up and I haven’t really tried one of these in years. I tried one probably about eight years ago and I borrowed it from a friend and I don’t really remember how it worked. It was pretty good, I remember, but I’m going to try a different one because I feel bad myself fatip razors. Are they underrated? Have they not gotten their time in the sun with the wet, shave world? I think so, especially by myself.
Now a little story about fatip razors. They’ve been around since the 1950s and have been made in Italy since. I think they switched over producers once in the eight and they’re one of the longest running safety razor companies in in the world right now. I mean, we talk about a lot of, like, Wolfman, we talk about Rex ambassador. We talk about some of the Phoenix artist accoutrements razors, some of the new site guys, we talked about Tradere talking about all these other guys. And then this company has been around for 50 years or more, 60 plus years now. So what is that? What is that telling me? Boy, I’m not very good at then looking at the other razors, that’s what it’s telling me because I felt kind of bad when I said, oh, man, I was looking up razors. I went on before I do the shows. I always look at the forms, all the major forms before just to see what their people are talking about. And I saw somebody talking about Fatip razors in. Oh, my God, I forgot all about these. I have not talked about these in maybe years, maybe ever. So Fatip is one of the longest running safety razor companies in existence still.
And they’re readily available. And most of them are are available for under $50 USD. You can get a couple front or 30. They have a couple of brands and stuff like that. And what are your thoughts on these razors? Because I always thought they were great. The quality now it’s not. And again, we’re gonna talk about quality. It’s not. They’re brass coated razors. They’re not gonna be like stainless steel CNC machine. They’re not gonna be at that quality level, but they are a decent quality, and they will last. So I’ve messed around with them a few times. I forgot the one. I was a special edition when I tried, and I’m picking one up this week. So I’m going to go and you can get them on Amazon. You can get them through major wet shaving retailers, and I’m going to definitely give it a go. Guys, fatip razors are definitely underrated. I think it’s been a lot, you know, a lot of the forums here and there. You can see them here and there.
Now. I was in Italy a couple of years ago for about two weeks for work, and I went to a few drug stores and stuff like that while I was there and I picked up a few things, a lot of Proraso cream and some soap. But I didn’t see any tip raises in any drug store that I went to. And I was from Rome all the way up to Venice traveling. So I didn’t get to see anything there. But I have a feeling that these are probably available in, like, wet shaving or specialty shops there, maybe Barber shops in Italy. So I don’t know how. No, I don’t think if you on the street side, you’re going to see them in every shop, but you’ll probably see them in specialty shops that have shaving brushes and stuff, which is something else they make for Fatip razors. We’re going to give you some more time in the line light here. Definitely going to start talking about you in the next few weeks and hopefully we get some good reviews and I want to get some feedback from you guys, a listener too. So feel free to email me about your experience with these because I’d like to share it on the show and get more going further. Fatip Razor because it does deserve some time in the limelight here with 50 or 60 years now being in existence. Yeah, definitely one of the wet shaving companies we need to speak more about for Tip Razors. We salute you Wet Shaving podcast salute and we’ll see you in the future here now turning it around to another razor.
That’s a brand new razor company or company that’s making razors is chiseled face. They were making razors with titanium, which are made to order. So you order one. It takes about three to six weeks. You get it. And now they’re doing heat treated treatments to the actual razor themselves. So they’re heat treating the titanium to make it multi color. Now, if you’ve ever messed around with metal something I haven’t really done too much. You know that if you heat treat like aluminum or you can actually like change the color on them with heat and the Titan. If you ever look like Titam exhaust for cars, you’ll see when it gets hot it can turn bluish and the color will actually change. That’s what they’ve known.
This razor made like a two tone razor with different heat treatments. So it does strengthen the metal. They’ll keep it. It’s not going to affect the shave or the quality of the metal or the structure of the metal. It’s going to stay the same, but it just looks really cool. So check out the picture I put on the show notes. Really awesome. I can guarantee you that no two razors or two handles are going to be alike because they’re going to be slightly different. But yeah, the flame treated pineapple twist handle really interesting looking. I think it’s cool trying not to get one for myself because I have tons of razors right now, but it’s definitely on the horizon. I’m looking right at it right now. So yeah, thinking about it, guys. So that’s the chiseled face he treated handle titanium razor
Moving along to collectors corner. Alright everyone, this is something that seen a lot of if you go on the forums, if your industry razors a lot of controversy around this one, but it is pretty awesome to try and see and use. And if you want to, you do it yourself. You can because I did it and I’m not. I’m not no pro with metal. So in the show notes you’ll see a picture of a gold dollar razor that I actually started out as a regular gold dollar, I think 66 or 67 call. Then I took two and I customize it for a contest on Badger and Blade, like, a few years ago, they had this contest for let’s customize gold dollar by the five dollar gold dollar razor or whatever it is and make the best looking one you can out of it.
So this is what I did with mine. And I didn’t win because there was some guy that did, like, classic cars out of his. He did some crazy stuff with the metal and obviously a metal worker, a woodworker. The guy by trade, this is mine. So what I did is I took the Dremel tool, and I just kind of shaved it out and made those shapes. And then I took ferric chloride, and I kind of, like, etched it to make it look old, as you can see if you’re looking at the picture right now. Yeah, I made on the gyms on the top. I wasn’t really perfectly symmetrical and probably not as right. But I did make it shave worthy, and it’s really a fundraiser to use.
I’m sorry, guys, if you hear anything, my little guy just walked in the room and he’s watching his father do a podcast right now. He’s very interested in it. So he’s taking a look and watching me do it. And now he’s kind of lost interest. So if you hear a few little things with a little kid, that’s that’s a little Anthony, my son, my two year old. So talking about this razor itself, the concept, what you have to do is I took it. I kind of shave down the shoulders of it to make it even so they can be honed the Razer. Now this one personally, my personal razor is sharp and very, very shave ready. Because I did that, I was able to really get a good hone on it. Now some of these gold dollars from the factory, you have to kind of take the shoulder and Dremel it out to straighten it out, because some of them, they’re not even you can’t Hone it very well.
So I did that. And now this razor is very sharp. It will definitely shave well, passes the hanging hair test, thumbnail tests, everything. No problem. That’s really where it comes with that. I also took the tail and the handle of it. And I actually, like, shave it down and slimmed it out a little bit. And with the gymps on the on the spine, I did that with the Dremel tool. Everything was done with the Dremel, and I shaped this the blade, so it’s not perfect. But I thought it was pretty cool. I did take a while. It took me about a few days. I just messing around with it in the garage. And then I bought those Acrylic red scales. I got it from Whippeddog.Com for, like, $10. Came with the pins and everything very simple to pin together. And it really was a fun project. Really. I had the tools already so if you have a Dremel tool, that’s all I needed. And the fare chloride. I actually got it at radio back when we could go to Radio check was like $6. The razor was probably $10. So all in all, you’re looking at maybe a $20 razor that shaves well, and it’s really cool on the mantle. I use it periodically here and there. I do enjoy using it and honing within messing with it. So it’s a fundraiser. And if you ever get a chance to get bored and you’re a straight razor guy, you want to try it out. It’s definitely something you can do.
I mean, anybody can do it.
And you’ve seen a lot of really good examples of some gold dollar razors out there that are really cool and really nice and customized shave. Walt, now I know there’s a lot of old timers and new timers and all the people out there with straight razors that are not into gold dollars because it’s it’s inferior or their cheap junk. Whatever, blah, blah, blah.
They say this. And honestly, guys, I am all about quality and good stuff, but gold dollar razor can be made shave, ready if you do some adjustments to it. If you grind down the shoulders and grind it out a little bit, you can on the side, you can definitely get a good home on it. It’s made out of carbon steel, so it’s Honeable. Now, some of those razors from Pakistan you get are made out of stainless steel. I’ve bought a couple of those I can’t get them to shape. I’m going to be honest with you, they’re not shave worthy. You can’t get them to shave no matter what you do, and it’s just really difficult to get them to even do anything. So I don’t even think I cut a banana with it. So I would definitely stay away from anything that says made those Pakistan razors that main Pakistan made that stainless steel. I can’t get him to sharp. Maybe you can.
Or maybe, you know, somebody that can, but a lot of metal will have to be removed on those. But the gold dollars are not as bad, at least some of them, at least this one that I had. I bought a couple of them. This is the second call. I’ve done two of them. The first one I did, and I gave it away to a friend. Actually, I’m sorry. This is the first one, the second one I did. I did like a basic smile blade, and I gave it away to a friend and he really enjoyed it and still has it to this day. And this one is just mine. My personal one. I don’t know if I’m going to do it again.
It’s a fun project. I definitely was thinking about making another one in the near future. I did have fun with it, so I’ll probably end up doing if I get some free time here and there I think I do a little bit of a different design to do a little bit of a no gymps on there just do like a really slick looking design. I’ll draw it out first. So there you go, guys. That’s the gold dollar collectors corner. Definitely collectible this razor you’re seeing in the picture. My personal with the red scales is one of one. There’s nothing else like in the world. Probably never will be. So this is a truly custom piece that I made for probably around total investment. If even if you don’t have the tools, you can buy it or a Dremel from I guess from like Harbor Freight for like 20 or $30. Probably $30 $40 invested right here into this razor and it’s total custom piece for me. And Shade is actually pretty well.
All right guys.
So that concludes the show for this week. Coming up in the next few weeks, we do have the fall seasonal special coming up in the next show, the show. After that, I cannot believe it’s already coming up. We are almost into October, so we are ready for Halloween time and all that good stuff. So really looking forward to that. Also, guys, if you have any really cool images of Halloween razors or Shave of the days or something like that, please feel free to share with me if you’d like. I’d love to put it on the show notes for the fall season special. I will definitely give you a picture credit for it. If you have a website or anything like that, you want it linked up to, you can give you the link and I’ll link it up to the picture.
So when you click on the show notes, you’ll get to that actual site. So I’m really looking forward to doing this fall seasonal special will be the best one we’ve done yet, and I already starting to work on it, so it’s going to be some time. I usually put about 40 hours into these specials, so I’m looking forward to researching and just learning more and hopefully not buying too much this year. But who knows? So guys, remember, our show is powered by sharpologist.Com, what your father didn’t teach you about Shaving special thanks to you guys, the listeners and Mark Mantic59 for everything that he does with the wet Shaving community. Alright guys, until the 11 October shave straight and shave safe. Bye bye now.