Oristo Mi: 316L-Grade Safety Razor with Interchangeable Ends
This is Oristo Mi: The most precisely manufactured stainless steel razor for the best shave possible. Now, with interchangeable ends.
Throughout the second half of 2016, with a humbling and much needed boost from the Kickstarter community, we brought the original Oristo to market. What came next, once our backers received their razors, was an overwhelming amount of encouraging words & positive reviews.
It was both humbling & motivating to receive such strong validation that the highest quality in terms of materials and manufacturing-accuracy directly translates into a ubiquitous thumbs up for the final result of what we strived to provide. But of course, there was valuable critical feedback.
Oristo Mi is our response to the two main suggestions to us: grip & price.
You know what serendipity is? Sure, it's probably a lot of things, but in the case of Oristo Mi, it's when one solution solves two sticking points. We examined the knurling on the handle of the original Oristo, and experimented with a multitude of new polishing procedures, yet always returned to the same result: smoothed out knurling from polishing the handle to a true mirror-like shine.
So we experimented with a true matte aesthetic that didn't require the 5-step polishing procedure of the original Oristo. And you know what? The smoothness of the razor's head in use was incredible in our test groups, while the new finishing steps retained aggression from the knurling process to achieve a fantastic grip, both wet and dry.
The best part? The serendipity? By changing the finishing procedures to preclude a perfectly polished net result, the final few steps of manufacturing get cut by nearly 60% in both time and cost. And so, not only does Oristo Mi's matte gunmetal finish enable a grippier handle, it simultaneously enables us to offer it at a dramatically lower price point.
The one thing we felt was a little bit off with this new finish, was the way it looked with the sleek and curvy handle of the original Oristo. The tone of this new smooth matte-gunmetal finish feels so confidently strong, so we took inspiration from tactical batons for an equally strong & confident handle.
What's more? In true tactical fashion, we're introducing something that's unique to the industry: interchangeable ends. Each Oristo Mi will ship with two ends: a standard end, and a podium-base end.
The detailing on the standard end is such that there's a seamless flow with the core of the handle, while the podium-base end enables a stable vertical stance when not in use, for those who do not own a dedicated safety razor stand, or, just prefer to occupy a minimal footprint on sink-side real-estate.
The podium-base end went through many design iterations with tweaks in the radius of it's curve as well as the diameter of the base itself. These efforts were done to achieve an important end result: to enable you to leave it on while in use without it getting in the way of a truly comfortable and natural shave.
We've got some plans for interchangeable ends. If you and the rest of the Kickstarter community validate the idea, we plan on designing and manufacturing a multitude of interchangeable ends in the future, from the fun and cool (e.g. a Lego-compatible end), to the downright useful (e.g. a shaving brush end or an alum block end). In tandem with these though, is our plan to release different weighted ends in different lengths for true connoisseurs of double-edged wet-shaving to achieve a custom-tailored balance.
Employing the language of the passionate and knowledgeable shave culture community, the original Oristo would be rated as a true Efficient/Non-Aggressive shave experience, meaning, very few passes are required to achieve smoothness, and, hardly any feeling of the blade is experienced as it travels across your skin. Check out these two excerpts from comments left for us for the original Oristo:
Oristo Mi maintains this tradition of offering an Efficient/Non-Aggressive shave. We look forward to even more people experiencing the results that a perfectly anchored blade on a well-crafted stainless steel double-edge safety razor can offer!
Risks and challenges
As with all product manufacturing projects, unforeseen delays and issues with the process of production are guaranteed to happen. With that said, we're not new to this. As our third Kickstarter product-design project, we know what to expect and are prepared to deliver as promised and on time. One thing we're known for, is our complete transparency & strong sense of accountability (feel free to check out comments on the original Oristo page). If, for any reason, a delay happens that forces us to push back our committed delivery date, we will always be up front, proactive in our resolution, and responsive to inquiries.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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