It weighs in at 4.6 ounces (130 grams) which is nearly 3 times the weight of the aluminum version. It's heavier than an ATT SE1 or Asylum Rx (both around 3.9 oz) and approaching the 5 ounce weight of a stainless Mongoose 2.
The brass is unfinished and is already showing some tarnish. Colonial Razors recommends letting it develop a natural patina, but I don't know - as a Navy veteran I have this overwhelming urge to polish anything brass.
It feels quite solid in the hand. The solid handle is roughly a quarter inch shorter than the aluminum version and is a plain cylinder, rather than tapered like the aluminum handle.
The head appears to be identical to the aluminum General, although the anodized finish on the aluminum model adds a few thousandths to the dimensions.
Not surprisingly the shave is not all that different from the aluminum General, especially since I have heavier stainless steel handles on my aluminum models. The additional weight increases the perceived aggressiveness slightly, and yet also increases the smoothness.
The handle has no grooves or knurling and I was afraid it would be slippery. While I didn't drop it, it didn't feel as secure in my hand as I would have liked.
I buy the Feather Professional blades in bulk from Japan and use them almost exclusively in all of these razors.
So far I've had all of one shave with the brass General, so my opinions are very much subject to revision, but I like this razor a lot. It retains everything I like about the aluminum Generals while the added weight of the head improves the balance compared to an aluminum model with a stainless steel handle.
All that unfinished brass is just begging to be plated with something.
We are writing to you now with much excitement and we hope you share in our excitement once you read why we are emailing you now. Since the release of The General in aluminum, we have been asked by many customers when are we going to release it in stainless steel. We knew in order to remain more competitive in the Artist Club single edge market, we needed to release a stainless steel version.
Today, we are proud to unveil to you all The General in 316L stainless steel! This version of The General weighs approximately 123 grams. It has been a joy to use over the last few days and believe many will enjoy it as well.
Over the past few months, we have followed threads on the shaving forums about the brass version and how many would like to see a knurled handle from us. Prior to releasing the 316L version, we have asked our machine shop to provide us a new handle design for assessment. This new handle will be 12.20 mm diameter, 85 mm long, and have a diamond knurled portion. If the knurled handle passes our inspection, all 316L stainless steel razors will be released with this handle.
When you look at the stainless steel artist club razor market, most razors are priced at $185+ and do not provide a better shave than The General. Our 316L version will be priced at an incredible $59.99 + shipping.
We expect to release this version in mid to late September and hope to earn your business! We will send out updates through this newsletter as we near the official release.
9nein9: To like or not to like the like button? That is the question. Our society thrives off the like button it seems . I'm not sure if I like it or I don't like it.Just kind of got used to it .
Dec 15, 2019 20:32:06 GMT -6
carlfrommo: Hey guys. Last minute question here. What shot size should I use for flying reindeer?
Dec 24, 2019 22:11:29 GMT -6
ordinaryshaver: You want to use 3 1/2 in magnum lead shot, in size T. Problem solved.
Dec 25, 2019 19:03:30 GMT -6
ordinaryshaver: No steel, too light and use an extra full choke, unless you have a good blind setup
Dec 25, 2019 19:03:54 GMT -6
carlfrommo: Well, last night was a failure. I had one shot, and I didn't lead the red-nosed one enough. I think I ended up shooting the driver. Might have gotten him in the leg. Hard to tell because he was wearing red pants and coat.
Dec 25, 2019 21:31:47 GMT -6
carlfrommo: He turned his sled away and landed on the roof two blocks down. Out of range for a second shot. I did notice he walked with a bit of a limp though. He shouldn't be coming in my yard anyway.
Dec 25, 2019 21:34:48 GMT -6
mrconklin: Last time I hunted waterfowl. 2 3/4 shells were standard and the cool kids were starting to play with the 3 inch, but most guns weren't made for them. Steel was also just starting to be mandated on Federal and State land.
Jan 19, 2020 11:35:39 GMT -6
9nein9: Is it just me or is the site acting wonky?
Jan 23, 2020 0:12:49 GMT -6
9nein9: All good now . Was slow scrolling and freezing up earlier
Jan 23, 2020 1:59:36 GMT -6
ordinaryshaver: No issue on our end, must have been a pro boards issue.
Jan 24, 2020 18:51:19 GMT -6
wchnu: I only see this when I am not in the mobile version.
Jan 29, 2020 18:24:58 GMT -6
ordinaryshaver: Y'all, if y'all only knew what's been going on around my place. Not gone, just have had issues lately.
Feb 5, 2020 15:24:37 GMT -6
ordinaryshaver: If I hadn't gone through it, I couldn't laugh like I do now. All good, and will be back around soon.
Feb 5, 2020 15:25:06 GMT -6
ordinaryshaver: Just got done with 2nd interview with the prospective employer. It went well, so here's to hoping they finish the background check soon. I'll let y'all know when I hear more.
Feb 27, 2020 15:26:47 GMT -6
ordinaryshaver: Starting the new job tomorrow. Going to do the initial paperwork and all that jazz.
Mar 12, 2020 15:40:29 GMT -6
andy914: Congrats on the new job!
Mar 14, 2020 22:44:39 GMT -6