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WCS Toothsome Safety Razor Base Plate Designed by Charcoal Goods

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Original price $6.24
Current price $4.99
Designed by Charcoal Goods exclusively for WCS
  • Choose a Baseplate & Cap or Baseplate only
  • Economical price, Luxury design
  • Comes in lithe & brawny as well

West Coast Shaving is coming out with 3 new safety razor heads, each of which uses the same top cap design. Our goal was simple: To make the best budget razor head - period. The razors were designed by Charcoal Goods exclusively for WCS. Like the GEM razors of old, the top cap has a pre-defined "sweet spot" to help guide new shavers to the right angle.

Our open comb razor melds the efficiency of our Brawny base plate with the smoothness of our Lithe version.

WCS is all about giving you choices to hone in on the shave that is just right for you. Pair this safety razor head with any number of handles to create your perfect grooming tool. Check out the other heads coming soon, Brawny & Lithe. With WCS, premium is standard.

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4.2 Based on 9 Reviews
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Madison L.
United States United States
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The Ultimate Affordable Razor Head Serie

To begin with, I purchased the Lithe M.P.S (multi-plate system), and I effin love it! Wel done, in terms of both design, tolerances, and execution. I purchased a Vikings Blade adjustable, and was horrified by the shoddy mechanics and blade alignment issues. This M.P.S. absolutely whoops that razor’s buttocks. (And for about $20 less, with your 87S stainless steel razor handle.) After trying each of the base plates with the lithe head cap, I can attest to their functionality. I found that diagonal, short strokes work best for the moustache area. Furthermore, if one disregards the prearranged top cap angle, and use it as a normal DE razor, one gets an additional adjustment level. For instance, the mild plate, the Lithe, goes from about a 3, (on a Gillette Slim Adjustable) to a 4, merely by using it like a regular safety razor.

Doug M.
United States United States
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Not So Smooth

I was eager to try this design but it is not as smooth as my 1930's Gillette Short Comb NEW head. It does give average aggression shave but a little tough to hold a smooth angle stroke. This is my first initial impression and I will continue to work it into my rotation from time to time ...........

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This should get 4-5 stars for build quality, and 2 stars for shaving characteristics. First the good. It is well made and a good value. It looks nice and the plating is as good or better than any of my other chrome plated zinc heads. The shave that it gives, however, is nothing to write home about. It really is not very efficient or aggressive, and it is not that smooth, especially given the fact that it is only moderate at best. The Yaqi Beast, for example, available here for roughly half the price when the top cap is included, is much more efficient and gives a much, much better shave. It may not have the cache of being "designed by Charcoal Goods" but my first thought after using this base plate is that it is no wonder CG licenses this to someone else instead of selling it itself, it is nothing special. This head has given me the worst shaves I have had in a long time, lots of untouched whiskers and patches that just did not get mowed down. With the Yaqi I can get a great shave with 2 passes, and if I buff with a milder razor I can skip a day with no problem. Not so here. And the Beast is not even their most aggressive head - If you really want aggression the Knight head is set to 11, but is still smoother than this base plate. As if the shave performance from the base plate was not bad enough, the top plate is odd and I found it to do the opposite of what it purported to be designed for. Instead of making the angle easy to find I found it fiddly - the true angle that cuts well does not match the slope of the cap, and if you try to use the cap as a guide you end up not cutting anything. I did not find it to drag as some others have complained, but I also did not find it pleasant to use. Again, with the Yaqi the head does all the work, you have to make an effort for it not to cut efficiently and smoothly. This head is the opposite and is fussy and annoying. Plus this head and base combo (as well as the Lithe) stick together when used with a 5ml washer and are very hard to pull apart. I do not have this issue with any other head and use the washer with SS handles that could damage the plating when cranked down. This seems to be from a slight recession in the bottom of the plate. It looks fancy, but without a washer the plating is not going to hold up with SS handles. Not remotely as smooth as any of my gillettes, and I can dial in the blade exposure on the adjustables and still get a much smoother shave. I have a couple of EJ 89 clone heads, and those are smoother and more efficient. My old gillette open combs are milder but give a better shave. Overall this is a bummer and will be taking up space in the drawer.

James J.
United States United States
**** yes

I use this on a wcs hyperion cnc handle. Amazing. I am military and shave 5-6 times a week. Follow the cap angle. Works wonderful. Let the handle/head weight do work while guiding the razor blade with the grain.

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Smooth And Mild But Fixed Angle a Drawback

I've been using this razor for a few weeks now and I think it gives a smooth and pretty efficient shave. This is the first time I used a fixed-angle cap and I find it hard for me to shave under my nose - there always seems to be some whiskers I can't reach with it. It would be great if you could switch out the cap but the base designed to only work with the accompanying cap. For the price I think it's a fine product and worth trying but I won't be buying any more fixed angle caps now that I know it's hard for me to shave under my nose. Of course, everyone's face is different so it may work just fine for you.