Tatara Masamune – a review

As I mentioned a little while ago I was lucky enough to receive a open comb Tatara Masamune stainless razor as a gift from Tatara Razors, and – as the ones who have kept track of my SOTD posts will know – used it continuously for three weeks with three different blades. Given that experience, and some time to think, what follows is my opinions and review.

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Shave of the day 23rd May

Razor: Tatara Masamune
Blade: Wilkinson Sword
Brush: Artesania Romera Manchurian Badger, imitation horn
Pre-Shave: The Lavish Gentleman Natural Strength Oil Cleanser
Lather: Mike’s Natural Soaps Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Aftershave: Myrsol Aqua De Limón
Additional Care: Alum Block & BullDog Original Beard Balm

Shave of the day 14th May

Razor: Tatara Masamune
Blade: Feather Hi-Stainless
Brush: Vie-Long #14033
Pre-Shave: The Lavish Gentleman Natural Strength Oil Cleanser
Lather: Mike’s Natural Soaps Hungarian Lavender
Aftershave: BullDog Sensitive Aftershave Balm
Additional Care: Alum Block, Gentlemen of Sweden Original Beard Oil, & Pereira Shavery Boomerang Beard Comb

Shave of the day 11th May

Razor: Tatara Masamune
Blade: Feather Hi-Stainless
Brush: Vie-Long #13051M
Pre-Shave: The Lavish Gentleman Natural Strength Oil Cleanser
Lather: Pereira Shavery Orange Blossom w/ activated charcoal
Aftershave: Proraso Liquid Cream After Shave
Additional Care: Alum Block & BullDog Original Beard Balm

First shave report:

My initial impression that the Masamune is a mild razors is not far of the mark, it did a good job of taming the Feather blade – a blade I haven’t seen eye to eye with for a long time. The balance is good, handle provided me with a secure grip, and the design of the base plate and handle gives a reasonable large contact surface between the two while making sure no excess stress is placed on the threads.