Vikings blade recently launched their Emperor “Meiji Edition” adjustable double edge safety razor. Since they know I like adjustable razors they sent me one to try.
Vikings Blade Emperor “Meiji Edition” Adjustable Razor
Vikings Blade has a rather brief sales copy of this razor on their website:
“An ultra heavy short-handled adjustable safety razor
The All-in-One razor: Adjustable dual head, fat & heavy
Brass construction, hefty (124g) and short (95mm)”
The Meiji page on Amazon, Vikings’ primary sales outlet, has more detail [Ed. note: Amazon links are Sharpologist affiliate] :
“The Emperor MEIJI safety razor is an All-in-One ruler: a hefty adjustable razor so intuitive, so enjoyable, so mesmerising that it will possibly be the final razor in your collection. Its multiple aggression micro-settings and dual head are scientifically designed to give you a smooth & close BBS shave without irritation.
- Content: 1x Safety razor handle + Carry case. NOTE: No blade provided as blade suitability is subjective and personal. Please buy your double edge blades separately and see which brand suits your hair/skin the best
- IMPORTANT NOTE: The razor doors have 2 symmetrical burrs on the corners which will push the blade edges down, making the blade slightly curvy. NOT a defect. This is part of the Meiji’s 2020 mold and has passed all QC standards. Despite the burring effect, razors made from this mold repeatedly give an excellent smooth shave and this has been confirmed by all our genuine beta testers
- 2020 NEW Release: a hefty SHORT handled adjustable safety razor. Enjoyably solid, substantial and satisfying to hold in your hand
- Adjustable dual head with multiple aggression micro-settings, suitable for both normal and sensitive skin. Durable (Brass) Hefty (124g), Short (95mm)”
My Experience With Vikings Blade Meiji Adjustable Razor
This razor is essentially the Vikings Blade Emperor Augustus razor head on a different handle. I’m told the new “Raven Black” coating is harder and more durable than the coating on earlier Emperor Augustus razors. All new Augustus razors are coated in Raven Black.
The razor is presented in a nice case and feels solid, hefty, and well-balanced, even with the shorter handle. The action of the TTO mechanism and the adjustment dial are good. Although the Meiji razor is 10 grams lighter than the Emperor Augustus it “feels” heavier in my hand, no doubt because of the different center of gravity the Meiji has due to the shorter handle (95mm for the Meiji vs. 110mm for the Augustus). Here they are side-by-side:
Despite the shorter handle I find the Meiji easy to hold and I haven’t had any slippage problems.
Like the Augustus, the Meiji features a “dual comb” head design with a solid bar on one side and a scalloped bar on the other. Since the Meiji uses the same head as the Augustus it “feels” the same: for me the smooth safety bar gives me a more comfortable-feeling shave with less blade feel, while I get noticeably more blade feel using the scalloped side, given the same adjustment setting. I can’t tell any actual difference in the amount of stubble reduction from either side–it’s more of a feedback kind of thing for me. The shaving angle “sweet spot” is easy for me to find.
Like most other adjustable razors the adjustment settings are painted on (vs. etched in the metal): only time will tell if there may be a problem with fading. The adjustment “window” on the Meiji is similar to the Augustus. It should be suitable for everyone except those who want either a very mild or a very aggressive shave. Personally, I prefer “mild” razors and I get excellent results using the 2-2.5 range with the Meiji.
The Vikings Blade Emperor “Meiji” Edition is essentially a short-handled variant of the Vikings Blade Emperor Augustus razor. So there are now three versions: the “Frosted Chrome” version, the Augustus version, and now the Meiji version. The Augustus and Meiji razors are the same price; the Frosted Chrome version slightly less. I find these razors well-built and flexible enough for all but the fussiest shavers. I give this razor a 4 out of 5 rating.
Do you have one of the Vikings Blade adjustable razors? What do you think of it? Leave a comment!