Completed Option Five - Finished.

sɐǝɹpu∀

riverrun
Thanks to the generosity of ↪Option Five I can offer a pass around of the new, you guessed it, Option Five razor.


This is an exciting opportunity to try this new and very modern razor. The razor has been discussed in ↪this thread on ATG and ↪this thread on TSR.
Please read and agree to the following rules and remarks before joining the list:
If you are new to pass arounds, please read ↪this article on how pass arounds work first.
This pass around is available to members of both the ATG and TSR forums in the UK. If you don't want to post your reviews on both forums I will post a link to your review on the other forum.
The pass around is not limited to a fixed number of members. I’ll restrict the pass around to members who have been around for a while. Don’t apply with your first post. UK based members only, due to postage costs. EU based members are welcome if they are willing to cover the extra postage.
Please send the razor by a 'signed for' Royal Mail service or equivalent. You send the tracking number to the recipient and to me.
The razor is your responsibility from the moment you receive it until the next person receives it. You break it or lose it - you buy it. If Royal Mail loses it, they’ll pay for it.
Don’t hog the razor. A week should be enough time to form an opinion.
Let’s know what you think about the razor. Post your thoughts on this thread and if possible on the other forum as well. OptionFive deserve your feedback for making this pass around possible.
Make sure the razor is shave ready for the next person, i.e. cleaned and disinfected using for example ↪Barbicide.

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  1. sɐǝɹpu∀ / riverrun (ATG/TSR)
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sɐǝɹpu∀

riverrun
Certainly.
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sɐǝɹpu∀

riverrun
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sɐǝɹpu∀

riverrun
Day 1 - Shave 1

  • Mühle 35K256 25mm synthetic brush
  • Tabac Original soap
  • Option Five razor
  • Voskhod blade (1)
  • Alum block
  • Tüff Herb ASL

There goes my plan for tomorrow. I was building up four days worth of stubble to have a go with a straight razor tomorrow, when the postie delivered the Option Five today. So the Option Five gets three days worth to work with.
Let's have a look at the razor first. It comes in a cardboard box. Nothing special, but that's OK with me. I don't need a handcrafted box made from unicorn hide. Inside the box is one of those thin and flimsy plastic insets covered with some velvety stuff. Those easily break and this one already has two cracks. I note that there is room for improvement and then decide that I don't care.
Inside the box is of course the Option Five razor. I'm not going to describe it in details. That's been done before. My first thought, when lifting it out of its box was: This is different! The second thought was: This is heavy!
Option Five are to be congratulated for coming up with a novel and unique design. It makes a nice change from the same old Gillette inspired design of most DE razors. It looks good. The handle is very smooth and in combination with a hefty weight of 116g I get worried about it being slippery when wet. I'll come back to that later.
Let's have a look at the blade changing mechanism. Press the two buttons on the handle and the cap pops off. Nice. Put the blade inside the cap and click the cap back on the handle. Done. Easy enough. Now here's a detail that will get everyone (except me) excited: the blade tabs are completely hidden inside the head. I have two problems with this: Firstly, I use the very edge of the blade to shave the stubble close to (almost inside) my nose. The head is too wide to achieve this. Secondly, I found that removing the blade after the shave was difficult. The top cap makes the blade taps completely inaccessible leaving nowhere to touch the blade safely when removing it. I managed without injury, but I don't like it.
On to the shave. As I have three days of stubble I give the Option Five good stuff to work with - a fresh Voskhod blade and some Tabac Original soap. I'll do my usual four pass WTG/XTG/GTX/ATG routine. Right from the start this razor surprises me. Because of the weight and heft of it I was expecting a quite shave, but this razor is quite noisy. It gives excellent audible feedback. I like it. I find that I need to 'ride the cap' more than with other DE razors. I like that as well. What I initially don't like is the slippery handle and the balance of the razor. The razor is very top heavy. The balance point is right where the handle joins the bulk of the head where the buttons to release the top cap are. Holding the razor down on the handle, it's too heavy on my face and the handle feels a bit slippery. However, very soon I adjust my grip and hold the razor at the balance point and all is well. The handle is no longer slippery and there is none of that excessive pressure on my face. From now on everything is (almost) great. I find that the head is not as easy to use just under the nose (see above), but apart from that I have an easy and great shave. I get a very smooth result and eight hours later I'm still pleased with it. The shave was not without incidents. I must have had a small spot or something on my neck. Styptic pencil and Proraso Riparatore gel don't do the trick and I don't have any plasters at hand. 45 minutes later the bleeding finally stops. This doesn't happen very often. Luckily. And I can't blame the razor for it.
To conclude: So far I like this razor.
To be continued...
 

sɐǝɹpu∀

riverrun
Day 2 - Shave #2
  • Mühle 35K256 25mm synthetic brush
  • Castle Forbes Lavender
  • Option Five razor
  • PolSilver blade (1)
  • Alum block
  • Cella Eau de Lavande
I'll keep it short. Disappointing lather (strangely). Good shave. No blood. Smooth face.
However... here is a thought on the Option Five razor:
Will stuff get into the mechanism chamber under the head? I'm sure it will. So how do you clean the razor thoroughly? Can it be disassembled? I spotted some very tiny screws hidden deep inside the head.. (The hole is 3.1mm in diameter and the screw is 4.4mm down the hole). Here's a picture (why doesn't my phone do manual focus?):

Can the head be taken apart for cleaning? Is it advisable? I'm tempted to try, but I know that I'll either drop an almost invisible screw, won't be able to reassemble the razor or the screws are not meant to be used more than once.
As I don't want to kill the pass around before it has even started, I'll refrain from experiments. I'm confident that my ultrasonic cleaner is capable of removing any soapy crap that might potentially build up inside.
Tomorrow there will be no shave with the Option Five, because it's August-W-Scheuber-Day, or 1912 patent day as it is otherwise known. 105 years ago tomorrow, August W. Scheuber was granted the ↪Patent for the 1912 razor. So that's what I'll shave with tomorrow.
To be continued....
 
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sɐǝɹpu∀

riverrun
Another one on the list....
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sɐǝɹpu∀

riverrun
Day 5 - Shave #3
  • Mühle 35K256 25mm synthetic brush
  • Faena Mastic soap
  • Option Five razor
  • PolSilver blade (1)
  • Alum block
  • Faena Mastic ASL
Monday was 1912 patent day and yesterday I couldn't find five minutes to shave, so today I'll treat myself with a mastic shave. I can clearly see half the bottom of the Faena Mastic container by now, but no panic - I've got a spare one. Oh how I love the smell of mastic and how I love the performance of this divine soap. The perfect combination of slickness, protection and intoxicating scent. The Option Five with a fresh PolSilver blade had no choice but give me an almost perfect shave. I even seem to get better at reaching the tricky bits under the nose. I still think the weight is a bit high and the balance slightly weird, but I'm getting used to it. Don't be tempted to hold the razor at the bottom of the handle and then use the weight of the razor to do the work. That would be way too much pressure. At least for me.
I tried the trick to drop the cap with the blade in upside down and then press on one tab of the blade to lift the other one. That works fine, but it's not how I normally do things. I'll get used to it.
A word on the Faena Mastic ASL... it smells nice, but I can't detect any alcohol in it. I like a good sting at the end of a shave. Maybe I'll mix some of it with the unscented Tüff Sensitiv ASL for extra oomph. My skin feels nice and soft though.
I think I'll have one more shave with this razor before passing it on to @p.b (I still have your address if you haven't moved) and then I'll deliver my final verdict.
To be continued....
 

sɐǝɹpu∀

riverrun
Shave #4 - And now for something completely different

One of my first thoughts when I first got the Option Five was: I bet that's slippery when you do an oil shave. Today I felt mischievous.
I don't do oil shaves very often, because they are weird. There are other things I don't do very often: Exfoliating and hot towels are somewhat out of fashion in my shave routine. And I haven't used L'Eau d'Issey in months. So today, for something completely different: (I'll stick with a blade I know well and the alum block)
  • Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
  • Hot Towel (from the Microwave)
  • Nuagé Men Shaving Oil with Menthol
  • Option Five razor
  • PolSilver blade (2)
  • Alum block
  • L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme ASL
  • L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme EdT
I don't see the point in face scrubs and hot towels anymore. I find that a good face lather is enough prep for me. A hot towel on a cold day can be quite pleasant though.
The Nuagé Men Shaving Oil does the trick for me and it has the advantage that it only costs £1 at Sainsbury's. From my experience it does the job as well as more expensive brands. Shaving with oil is weird. There is no lather on your face and therefore you can't see where you have already shaved. As I always shave my face in the same order this is not a problem for me. I always try to apply the oil with my left hand and shave with the right hand, so it's not too slippery. This never works. I always get some oil on my right hand. The Option Five is quite heavy and has a very smooth handle with no knurling. To my astonishment this was not a problem. I hold the Option Five rather close to the head, where the handle is at its narrowest. Not once did I fear that the razor would slip from my hands. The cap glides smoothly across my oily face and I can see (advantage of no lather) and hear stubble being removed.
Fast forward... four passes later...
Oil shaves have the advantage that any clean-up pass is very straight forward. Feel your face and any stubble you still find can be removed without applying any more oil - there is still enough on your face (I do reapply a few drops of oil between passes though).
I had a very easy and very gentle shave. Perfectly smooth everywhere without the slightest incident. I'm impressed and pleased. The alum block stings a bit, but not more than usual. After I wash off the alum my skin is very smooth and slick, but a bit too oily for my taste. The alcohol in L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme ASL takes care of that. I apply a bit of the matching EdT here and there and I'm left very clean shaven and smelling nice. What more could I want?
To my surprise the Option Five has coped with oily hands rather well.
The oily razor has been cleaned with denture cleansing tablets, followed by a few minutes in the ultrasonic cleaner and a ten minute soak in Barbicide solution and a gentle rub with a microfibre cloth. It's now all packaged up and ready to be posted to @p.b later today. My final verdict on the Option Five will follow later.
To be continued...
 
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