New Razor by Yates Precision Manufacturing

Shavemd

Senior Member
YPM in Pennsylvania USA has recently released a new 316 SS DE Razor here is my experience with it after 3 Shaves in with the YPM 921-M
Initial thoughts on the razor. The finish is very shiny but machine marks are still slightly visible, I like the look.
The edge of the blades are covered by the baseplate but the top cap has indentations so it is easy to remove the blade.
The handle thread is is 10-24 so most handles will not swap out. The handle is 4” and a little thinner than many but it felt good and balanced for the 3 shaves and Jake has plans to make different handles.
The additional hybrid baseplate is made of brass, SS is on the way, it has the same geometry of the 921 baseplate but offers a dual SB/ OC option.
Now on to the shaves.
Pre shave Hot shower
I used a Feather blade ( a 5 pack is included with the razor), Polsilver and GSB. The feather was just as smooth and offered the greatest efficiency ( number of passes to BBS)
Soap I used was PannaCrema Nuavia, Proraso and M&M.
The first shave using the SS baseplate was 24 hours after Wolfman WR1 .94 and I was able to do a 2 pass WTG, XTG with touchup under the jaw line using the feather blade for a BBS shave without irritation or nicks. The shave was very smooth and there was just a touch of blade feel. 12 hours later I was just starting to feel some stubble but looked very clean.
The second shave I used the hybrid baseplate shaving one side of my face with the OC and the other with the SB. I used a Polsilver blade. The brass SB side felt exactly like the SS and the OC side had just a touch more blade feel, and I mean just a small difference. Using the Proraso green preshave and soap I did a 3 pass WTG, XTG and ATG shave. The OC side took down a little more beard WTG but overall results were identical. Again this was a mindless smooth shave.
My 3rd shave was with a GSB blade using my M&M soap about 17 hours following my last shave. I went back to the SS baseplate and had a wonderful 2 pass WTG, XTG with touchup under the jawline and upper lip shave. I followed it up with Thayer and Aqua DI Parma Colonia Club for an irritation free smooth shave.
In a time where so many members are reaching for hyper aggressive razors this would not be a razor for them. However, if you are a daily shaver like me, this is a very well built, smooth shave that delivers BBS without irritation and is very maneuverable at a very reasonable price for 316 SS.
I will be keeping this razor and Feather blades will be standard in it. I look forward to seeing where Jake goes from here
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Rasatura Bagnata

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Although it's all in the shave, there are aspects of the razor itself that lose some appeal, at least for me. The logo on the top cap reminds me of another Chinese brand that sells inexpensive razors; I dislike Raw Shaving's top cap logo as well. The thread pitch of the handle and top cap screw is a minus as I prefer a finer thread and it also looks like (I cannot see the top cap of the handle) that it is along the lines of Blackland Razors. Lose these two items and I'm likely in.
 

chris.hale

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Staff member
I can see no reason why a razor manufacturer would go with a non-standard thread, the inability to swap handles has stopped me buying razors before. I’m also not a fan of logos on the top cap.
 
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Wilga

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I’m all for the manufacturers name on the top cap and actually like this design and the one on the RAW. I will have to agree with you on the choice of threads though.
 

slantman

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Great review. The handle size at 10/24 is strange. At lease 10/32 or ideally M5/0.8. Why Yates went with this size is weird.
 

Rowlers

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The thread choice is madness. The notch on the top cap "shows the inner workings" of the razor. It needs some tiding up as it looks unfinished.
The handle I do like, which is just as well!
I hope that this what I would consider a prototype, move on and gets better!
 

Shavemd

Senior Member
Just received an Email from Jake and he is going to offer a new top cap with 10-32 threading. I also saw that West Coast Shaving is going to carry his razor.
 
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