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Yates Precision Manufacturing Double Edge Safety Razor, Updated Threading Model 921-M with Bonus Hybrid Brass Plate

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  • 316 stainless steel
  • Handmade in Pennsylvania
  • "Stonewashed" durable, grippy finish
In June of 2017, mechanical engineer Jake Yates turned his experience in the aerospace & medical industries into Yates Precision Manufacturing. His passion for design, engineering, & manufacturing prompted him to start his own business creating quality, aesthetically pleasing products.

NOW WITH 10-32 THREADING - ensures wide compatibility with most DE handles

Jared's Testing Notes:

As I had no prior knowledge about the brand, I was shocked by how well this razor performed. Super smooth yet efficient enough for my barbed-wire beard. The handle is much longer and thinner than I generally prefer, but I had no problems during use. If you shave your head or legs, you might even appreciate the longer handle design. The bonus brass hybrid plate (closed/open comb) provides a cool color contrast with the stonewashed steel. The baseplate serial numbers demonstrate the artisan's attention to detail. Needless to say, I get to test a lot of gear. I'm really excited about this razor.

I was skeptical about my own excitement and invited some fellow razor enthusiasts to try it too. Here's actual feedback from one of those testers: "The razor is a marvel: probably the best combination of aggressiveness (5.5/10) and efficiency (at least 8.5 /10, if not 9) I've ever come across. The two things are at odds with one another, and it's very difficult to minimize aggressiveness while simultaneously maximizing efficiency. A complete unknown in the community, this is made in Pennsylvania and comes with two plates for around $130. Welcome to the party, Yates." B. Myers, 11/16/19.


This Model 921-M is made of 316 stainless steel bar and completely precision machined in the USA. The machining ensures that this safety razor has amazingly tight, consistent tolerances (compared to casting processes). “M” stands for mid as this is a medium level baseplate. It is great for all kinds of everyday shavers or other neutral shavers. The result is a nice, close shave without nicks and cuts.

The razor is a bit longer than some with a 4 inch handle. Another benefit is that the blades do not protrude from the sides of the razor, making changing blades safer and easier. Each base plate features an engraved serial number that is unique to you. The stone-washed finish almost hides scratches well and makes this a long-lasting, robust choice.

What's Included:

One complete razor (Handle, Baseplate, and Top Cap)
BONUS: Hybrid brass baseplate. The Model 921-HYB baseplate combines the best of both worlds. The open-comb side provides aggressive, clog-free shaving for quickly tackling longer hair, while the traditional scalloped, closed-comb side provides a close finishing pass. This baseplate is only compatible with the Yates Precision Model 921 Safety Razor. Note: Brass oxidizes over time, forming a "Patina". This can be left as-is for an aged look, or removed using fine Scotch Brite pads.
Size: 4 inch handle plus head
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5.0 Based on 31 Reviews
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Graham C.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product
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Sheer Shaving Pleasure

Just completed my initial shave with the Yates 921-M. Initial impressions: very smooth and good efficiency. I’ll try the optional H baseplate next. Attractive appearance which exudes quality and artisan craftsmanship. Quite delighted with my purchase. Highly recommended.

Jhos S.
United States United States
Great, grippy, gets the job(s) done well, razor.

This is an awesome razor! The handle is a bit longer than most of my razors, that said is very well balanced at this length so I'm getting used to it quickly. With the regular base plate it makes a unique feedback sound that I really like. So far I've tried a few different blades without too much difference in aggression. I get comfortable, close shaves and so far no nickage. I love the extra Hybrid Brass plate, it's great for travel if you want or need some options but don't want to pack a set of base plates. I also love the finish--very grippy and handsome. Highly recommend this set up.

Eifion J.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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A very pleasant surprise!

I have only used this razor a few times since purchase (not tried the brass plate yet) but it has provided me with two great shaves. No nicks, no cuts, just very smooth shaves. Very impressed with its performance.

Gabriel G.
United States United States
Nice Razor

I like this razor. It works well, feels solid, and I like the muted look.

Don H.
Canada Canada
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My new Yates razor

A very well made and machined freezer. I especially enjoyed using the hybrid base plate because I do like open comb razors. The fit and finish is superb. And dealing with West Coast shaving was an absolute pleasure

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