Blackland Sabre Gem safety razor - Level two
The Sabre single-edge GEM razor. Proudly designed and machined in the United States
The Sabre is a modern three-piece safety razor that uses a single-edge GEM blade. It is designed, machined, and finished entirely in the United States. By using a modified threaded top cap, the Sabre assembles like a standard three-piece safety razor and is compatible with standard safety razor handles. Each of the Sabre's three pieces is machined from solid 303 stainless steel to astoundingly tight tolerances, delivering exceptionally close and consistent shaves.
When designing the Sabre they committed to making a manoeuvrable and balanced head. Rather than use a spring-loaded top cap to hold the blade in place as older GEM razors did, they decided to use a modified threaded post to hold the blade as tightly as possible. This makes the Sabre a true three-piece safety razor that requires no extra parts to function properly. Due to the length of the GEM blade, positioning the post behind the blade creates an unacceptably unwieldy and front-heavy razor. By modifying a standard post they were able to make the Sabre head as small and manoeuvrable as possible while maintaining perfect balance. The result is a wonderfully smooth razor that is a joy to use.
Aggressiveness: Level One - 4/10. Level Two - 5.5/10
Blade gap: Level One - 0.6mm. Level Two - 0.9mm
Ideal shaving angle: 20-40°
Weight: 111g, Head: 33g
Handle length: 85mm
Material: 303 Stainless Steel
Finishing: California and Ohio
Packaging: Indiana and Ohio
Includes three (3) Personna GEM PTFE-coated stainless steel blades, made in the USA.
A very well made razor, clamps down on the blade firmly and is very efficient without being too aggressive. The best GEM razor I've tried. Would really like to know how the plate 1 compares.
With the level 2 I'm almost tempted to try doing only 1 pass and I think that would very well be enough. With a little touch up.
Anyway, now I'd like to try other Blackland razors, I'm sure they perform great as the Sabre!