Maggard Razors Slant Safety Razor Head
Released in September 2016, this new Slant Razor Head is a great way to try out a slant head design without breaking the bank. The best part of the Maggard Slant is the price — $26.00 for the head alone. The head fits on all major manufacturer’s handles, including the Rockwell Razors v1 stainless steel handle.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS SLANT HEAD BEFORE PURCHASING
1) This isn’t a razor for beginners. We rarely recommend slants as a first razor to anyone; and the Maggard Slant is no exception. If we had to give an aggressiveness rating, this Slant would fall somewhere in the 5/10 range. It is a comfortable and efficient razor — but, you’ll have to take your time with it, and it helps to build off of a base skill set you’ve already developed.
2) It’s based on a vintage Mulcuto / Paul Müller slant that was produced in the 1930s. This Slant is based on the same vintage razor that the “iKon Stainless Steel Slant” was based on; but has several design modifications to enable mass production with the materials chosen. The shave has a different, unique feel from other slants on the market, and actually ended up different from the razor it was based on.
3) The head is made from cast Zinc Alloy. Are there better materials? Sure. But price is important for many of customers – and at $26.00, it opens up the slant razor to a whole new market.
4) The head sometimes requires manual blade alignment. Although testers have said it wasn’t a huge problem, there is, without a doubt, a fair amount of play in the blade fitting. Now — all slant razors typically have SOME play – but we would say that this one has more than the average slant. This is due to the fact that the original 1930’s razor it is modeled from also had the same characteristics. The two alignment pegs needed to be about 5 thousands larger to resolve this issue – but the costs to modify and re-tool were just too high, so, they decided to release it anyway, because they felt the benefits of this head far outweigh this minor inconvenience. Most of the time you can load a blade without thinking and it will be just fine. But, double checking before tightening down your handle isn’t a terrible idea. Again, this is a trade off to meet the price target. Every single head test fitted (and it’s been a lot), is able to be properly aligned with a small amount of effort. The easiest way is to drop on the blade to the top cap, align it with the top cap edges, hold it there on the ends of the cap, and then put the base plate on and tighten down the handle. If it still doesn’t appear straight, loosen the handle a couple turns and use your fingers to make slight adjustments. If you don’t like this trade off, we wouldn’t recommend purchasing this head. With this release, Slants are now available to the masses and a great price.
Materials: Zinc Alloy with a matte gray plating.
Threading: Standard M5 x 0.8