Oristo is the most accurately billet machined 316L stainless steel double edge safety razor, ensuring the most precise and gentle shaving experience for him and her.
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From a straight economics point of view, the cost of replacing disposables and cartridge razors over the course of just one year, are astronomically high when compared to the savings enjoyed by using single razor blades. What's more – using individual blades is orders of magnitude more environmentally friendly; significantly smaller footprint, zero plastic waste, and recyclable.
Despite the incredible lengths the big names in shaving go to advertise their products, cartridge and disposable razors all suffer from the same problem: it's the plastic construction and multiple blades that cause skin-irritation and inconsistent results. A single blade anchored on a well-crafted double edge safety razor is without a doubt, the most gentle, efficient, sensitive, and consistent shave experience.
The key words in the last sentence though, are 'well-crafted'...
There are two core problems with most safety razors on the market today. They can be summed up in these two categories: materials, and manufacturing precision.
When it comes to materials, many current safety razors use metals that are too soft and don't have a necessary level of corrosion resistance on their own. Whether we're talking about aluminum, brass, or a myriad of alloy options, what we have discovered is that stainless steel is the end-all-be-all if you want to create a product that is not only strong enough to be made to last, but also, won't degrade or warp over time from constant use. Oristo, is made with the incredibly high quality alloy of stainless steel called 316L; it's what's used in the food industry, operating rooms, and many other highly demanding applications.
Manufacturing is the biggest area where the vast majority of double edge safety razors on the market today suffer from. What we realized is that the single most important factor to the quality of the shave, is a blade that is truly fixed and secure. Why? Because anything that changes the exact positioning between the blade and the razor head will dramatically and very noticeably change one's shaving experience. We experimented with a variety of manufacturing processes including casting, powder-metallurgy injection moulding, and even coining.
None of these modes of production are able to consistently replicate the strict tolerances necessary to guarantee a perfectly anchored blade. Take casting as an example; a process where metal is heated to liquid form and poured into a mould. Well you and I both know, that such drastic temperature and state changes cause metals to expand and contract. How would it be possible to duplicate consistent results with expanding and contracting parts?
It is only through CNC-machining, and consistently changing to fresh sharp endmills and other cutting tools, that such strict tolerances can be met. This process is, of course significantly more time-consuming and onerous than every other means of production, but when we're talking about something you have to do every day, like shaving, the investment in time and materials is worth more than its weight in gold.
Oristo is billet-machined ('billet', meaning, machined out of a single piece), to a level of accuracy that sees critical dimensions result in a variance of no more than 2-thousandths of an inch (and in most cases, even less); a level of accuracy typically reserved for mission-critical medical equipment. With the components billet-machined out of the highest quality 316L stainless steel, the blade is anchored perfectly with zero chance of movement or chatter. Ultimately, this results in the best, and most consistent shaving experience available.
From a design and engineering perspective, we're tremendously proud of innovations in both usability and optimal safety that we've conjured up with Oristo. There are three components to Oristo: the handle, the anvil, and the retainer. We'd like to take a brief moment to talk about each one.
The design of the handle is so much more than it first appears. For starters, the hourglass shape at the top allows for optimal usability in terms of being able to comfortably accommodate an overhand grip typically used for the moustache, sideburns, legs, and bikini-line, but also, allows for a knuckle-pull grip typically used for going against the grain under the chin, and armpits. What's more; the slight taper at the bottom of the handle allows the handle to have greater surface area be supported when the razor is resting on your countertop. To top things off, the knurled grip zones provide greater stability and control, especially when your hand is wet if you're shaving in the shower.
One of the first differentiators of Oristo that seasoned safety razor users will notice is that the blade mounting pins are on the anvil, and not the retainer like the vast majority (if not all) of what's available today. We made the conscious decision to machine the mounting pins onto the anvil because when you really think about it, it makes so much more sense...
... in order to achieve the optimal shave, the blade actually needs to be perfectly anchored on the anvil; not the retainer. The core purpose of the retainer is to keep the blade from popping off, so why trust it to ensure proper blade positioning when it's the anvil that should dictate blade position on any given safety razor? After realizing this, even though it'd be significantly easier to just affix mounting pins on the retainer, we made the decision to go with a more difficult, but process-logical design.
We're most proud of the retainer because of the innovations in both usability and safety that we've incorporated as part of its design. Its perfectly curved surface, and most importantly, ultra thin edges provide so much more to you when you shave with Oristo.
Most of the razors on the market today have a relatively boxy and bulky design that make it difficult to see exactly where you're placing the blade when you're trying to sculpt a precise definitive line. With such a tapered and curved design, accurately aiming each pass with Oristo is that much easier.
When it comes to safety, both the anvil and the retainer have a very slight graduating angle on the edges of their widths so that the safe, dull sides of the blade overhang the edges ever so slightly making blade replacement a breeze. With Oristo, there's no more risking getting cut when trying to replace your blades.
Oristo is available in four distinct finishes. Oristo Sheen is a gorgeous uncoated bright stainless steel finish, while Oristo Stealth (matte black), Oristo Royale (bright gold), and Oristo Cocoa (bronze shimmer), are all coated with precise, high quality true-fuses that protect the razor from tea-staining and scratches, and also, provide a slick low-drag-coefficient in use. The tolerances on the coated razors still fall within the strict maximum of 2-thousanths of an inch, continually ensuring a perfectly anchored blade; we're talking mere microns in coating thickness.
Would you be interested in mixing and matching the colours of the handle, anvil, and retainer? Let us know in the project comments; we'd love to know what you think, and may offer the option as a stretch goal if there's enough interest!
We're working on some exciting stretch-goals! Be sure to stay tuned and read our backer updates to see what's in store!
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 second Kickstarter product-design project, we know what to expect and are prepared to deliver as promised and on time. What's more: we've been working on this project for well over a year and because of this, have already hammered out supply chains, mode of production, and every last detail so that everything will run as smoothly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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