Asylum Rx Single Edge Razor -Made in the USA
The Asylum Rx Single Edge Razor was designed exclusively for BullGoose Shaving by a product engineer in Los Angeles, Ca. The razor was designed to be nimble, well balanced, highly efficient and consistent -partly attributable to the low profile head and the tongue and groove design that secures the blade and allows the two pieces of the head to slide together elegantly.
The razor is machined out of a solid block of 303 stainless steel to extremely tight tolerances in the heartland of the United States. If you are looking for a razor that can give you a BBS shave in two passes and without irritation, this is your candidate.
The Asylum Rx is designed to be used with the following blades: Kai Titan Mild, Kai Titan Mild with Guard, Kai Titan Original, Feather Professional and Feather Pro-Guard. Blade changing is so easy that you do not even have to take the razor apart.
Total Length: 110mm
Handle Length: 83mm
Total Weight: 112g
Handle Weight: 58.9g
Head Weight: 52.9g
Product of the United States of America
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I approached my first shave with the Asylum RX with trepidation. I had been using the Ikon "El Jefe" for serval months and achieving a wonderful and close shave but the Asylum RX caught my eye so I ordered one from Phil. Having the Ikon at the ready just in case, I lathered up and went at it with the RX. First,I must add, loading the blade was so easy I wasn't sure it was seated properly. For those not used to loading a s/e blade bileiive me it can be a challenge to seat the blade properly on some razors. My first pass went so smoothly I had to feel to see if I was removing any stubble. The second pass finished taking care of any remainder. All razors will remove facial hair when used properlly but at varying degrees of comfort. The RX was so smooth and efficient my face could not feel that I had shaved. No stinging when I applied a balm and no funky dancing after applying aftershave. There was no burn at all and I was BBS! One shave does not make a review but after using a Mongoose, Alumnigoose and the El Jefe I am confident the RX will be the go to from now on.
I have a little over 50 years of wet shaving experience,so there is very little I haven't seen or tried. That being said.I am relatively new to the single edge blade. Ever notice that when you pick up a razor and try it for the first time it just feels right? For me,the Asylum Rx does just that. It has a good weight,balance and grip. Very little learning curve was required. My shave was close,clean and comfortable and who could ask for more? I am very pleased to add this razor to my shaving razor rotation.
I read fantastic reviews on the Asylum razor and decided reward myself with this incredible razor. Pre ion engineering... Flawless in design.... And easy to manuver..the end result is the best shave ever! I own many vintage and current razors, and other than my Above The Tie Bamboo single blade... Nothing comes close to the resulting shave. I found for me the Feather Blades were too sharp and switched to the Kai and it was a perfect match... Glad I am the proud owner. My only request would be to include some manual with changing blades and the care if the razor... At this price, it should be there.. Does not effect the shave, but seems silly to not get anything but the razor and no directions.
First, it's as beautiful a razor as it is a shaving tool. Pictures do not do this razor justice. Wonderfully made and machined with exacting tolerances and a precision that is second to none. Looking at it is just virtual eye candy. The Shave it provides is straight razor shave like. The difference being that the RX has a handle. I have used the RX razor for 6 shaves. BBS in all with just a small nick and a couple weepers from shave no #1. After that, just sheer PERFECTION! No irritation, razor burn, nothing. Adjustment in angle and grip paired with the Kai Captain & Kai Mild Pink (3 shaves each blade, still plenty sharp) and it's been outstanding. I have an extensive list of razors from straights, de's in both open comb and closed, adjustables and another se that I won't mention. Haven't touched them since I've acquired this razor. Phil, you've outdone yourself. Thanks for the excellent service, and even a bigger Thank you for providing a razor that is the Cream of the Crop.....
I own almost every SE made in USA and the Rx tops them all. Build quality as good as ATT with the maneuverability of my King Cobra. I have had it only 1 week and got a BBS shave with a feather proguard in 2 passes (WTG, XTG) can't do that with any of my other shaver except the King Cobra but I can't use that everyday in fear that it will not last. I love it.
I have been using single edge razors for over 20 years,along with a couple of double edge razors. When I discovered the artist club blade razors, I realized they shaved me the best
because they are very rigid. I have used the cobra,king cobra,mongoose,allumigoose,ATT SE2, and the General. This RX razor is,by far,the closest and smoothest of the lot. The only one that comes close efficiency wise is the General but the RX is much more solidly built and much better made. Very happy with this purchase.
This review is long overdue. I've got RX when it just came ( second batch, since first has disappeared in seconds ). Terrific razor which combines Cobra slim profile head and 3 piece stainless steel construction without any moving parts. Shaves very closely, need to be respected , but once correct angle is applied it is irritation free. Cudos to Phi's persistency and drive , he single handedly brought it to live, tooks a few years starting with Huntley prototype, but result is worth it. Machinery/finish is impeccable.
To be fair, I can only compare the Asylum to the Above The Tie single edge.
The ATT is a bit more gentle and doesn't shave quite as close as the Asylum.
I do like the feel in hand with the Asylum better, in fact its feel reminds me of a Tradere. (if they made a single edge that is)
with the head being so narrow it does become more nibble but that also make it a little harder to get the blade angle.
after a few shaves I found it and I'm good.
the Asylum needs to be respected more than the ATT. All razors do..
I've been shaving with double edge for 40 years and with single edge just a couple of months.
I still have a lot to learn about single edge shaving, I am liking it and see some benefits with the single edge
I do need more time till I could say I like it better or not.
I like the razor and I would suggest it to any who wishes to venture away from double razors.
What more can I say it shaves like a dream
I am retiring my other razors. If you thinking to buy Single edge razor by the RX you will not regret. 10 Stars and the services is exelant
Without question my BEST razor. I started DE shaving about 4 years ago. I've gone through at least 3 phases of RAD hunting for the perfect razor for my style of achieving the perfect BBS shave, with the grain pass and 2 against the grain finishing passes with minor buffing. As always and similar to others, my neck is the most difficult area to get super close without some irritation or weepers. I'm most fond of my Weber, ATT H1/R1, '57 Fat Boy, Gillette SS Red Tip, and EJ DE89. Now to the Asylum. My brother and wife bought me the Asylum Rx for my 50th birthday. I have been completely invested in DE razors with more than 6,000 blades on hand for a "Razor Apocalypse" if one were to occur. Holy Smoke.... I never thought I could find another razor to match my perfect shaves. Not only does this Asylum match them but it performs the task of delivering BBS with much less effort and with more comfort. The Feather Pro blade just glides and cuts with no problem in finding the proper shave angle. Long strokes turn into shorter shaves, due to the extra width of SE blades and this razors efficiency. It cuts like my aggressive ATT H1 but feels as gentle as a DE89 or Weber. In addition, the smaller head allows for easier 'above the lip' access. The weight and balance are right-on, too. I'm not leaving DE shaving; however, a broader world of SE has just emerged. If I could only keep 1 razor in my den, the Asylum Rx would take it's rightful place. BTW, for you head shavers like me, don't fear. It'll give you that perfect shave too. In hoping that the extra blade longevity in SE blades will make SE shaving as inexpensive as DE. Off the record, the Asylum Rx has worked well with the Feather Pro SUPER. Thank You... Phil, my brother and my wife for a wonderful 50th birthday gift that's a true masterpiece.
The Asylum is the best razor i've ever tested in this two years of wet shaving. I shaved with many top quality DE and some SE but the Asylum was the best. Pair with a Kai Protouch MG blade, it gives me an extra close shave and free of any irritation or nicks. The best shaves of my life. And also the best razor for my most difficult zone, the lower neck. Other razors nicks me this zone very easy, but with the Asylum is very easy to shave this zone without problems.
I have used almost every SE razor on the market. Obviously they all have their pro and cons. Some work better with certain blades versus others. I have been using my new Asylum for several days now and due to the other reviews I decided to split the difference and start with a Kai Protouch (with guard). I received the closest shave with the least irritation of any SE or DE that I own, and I own quit a few. Becuase of the size and design I required only two passes with a couple of touch up areas instead of my usual three passes with touch ups. I have a very thick and heavy beard but very sensitive skin. Straits have also done well but I just don't have the time for the maintenance. So consider this razor a straight, without the up keep. If your face can use a Feather Pro or Progaurd then go for it; I have used those also now and although you need a softer touch, they work well also. But if you are using the razor for the first time, the Kai Protouch will work fine. The angle is very intuitive for an experienced shaver and the blade feel is terrific. Well done!!
This razor gives a clise shave the same way as a stright naw its one of my top favorites and fast shipping to thanks guts.
I have the Mongoose, ATT SE1, Colonial Razor the General, the oneblade, and now the Asylum Rx. All of them are fantastic SE razors! The Asylum is definitely one of my closest shaving razors and never lets me down! The feather professionals seem to work best for me in this razor edging out the Kai brand. Great razor!
I'd been waiting for over two years for BG Shaving to get his SE razor on the market and by the time he did I thought, do I really need another SE razor since I already had two other modern versions? But, boy am I glad I purchased one--the Rx takes shaving with a safety razor to a new level. The form, fit and function are exemplary--it's beautiful, unique and shaves perfectly. The weight is ideal because this razor demands a very light touch. There's a learning curve in loading a new blade, but there was one when I first starting using a DE razor, so it's something I'll get used to. Phil, I'm extremely happy you persisted and finally got this razor on the market--thank you.
I appreciate and admire well made instruments and machines. The Asylum Rx is just that. And an excellent razor!
Llevo 4 afeitados y la maquina muy bien,el acabado bien, se siente muy bien en la mano,es el unico monofilo que tengo pero no me hace falta otro....buena ideea Phil!!
I have used every SE razor out there. I love my King Cobra but its crap quality. I love my ATT S1, good quality and a good shave. When I came across the Asylum I loved the look and ordered. My first impressions... it's was quality. Nice weight, well thought out and attention to detail on head and handle was first class. Would I make a change? None to make, it's beautiful. Now the shave, first class and shaves as good as anything I've tried. If your reading this and thiinking of buying.....pull the trigger, it's a CLASS razor in every aspect. It you don't want to spend the money grow a beard or let the wife spend your hard earned money on nail polish. I'm from the `U.K. and it costs me far more to buy, so your getting a good deal. Also I want to add, the service form Phil was 100%
Part of the appeal of wet shaving to me is trying new and different products. I was completely satisfied with my Feather DE razor, but decided to give the Asylum Rx a try. I am very pleased with it. The quality and workmanship are both excellent and it is manufactured in the US! After some adjustments in technique, I am now getting closer and smoother shaves than I ever thought possible. The balance and feel of this razor is amazing. Areas that previously required a third pass are now shaved closely in 2 passes, some in only one. Blade life is very good - 8 shaves with either Kai Titan milds or Feather Professionals. I highly recommend this razor.
I have not had many shaves with the RX and have only used it with the Kai Titan Mild blades so far. There is a learning curve associated with it as it is definitely different than me DE razors. My first impression is that razor shaves great. I am sure that it will only get better as I improve my technique. One additional benefit is that the blades seem to last longer than DE blades. I am very happy with the razor. It is somewhat expensive but the fit and finish are exceptional. I am debating getting it plated with rhodium to give it a unique look although the mat stainless steel looks great.
Solid build quality and shaves are fantastic . Shaving and skin smoothness are like straight razor quality / feeling and within 2 passes BBS. Happily satisfied with the quality and performance of the product.
The best razor this wet shaver has used in a 40-plus-year career. Used Feather Professional. Take your time, do it the right way, listen to the razor: you'll be rewarded with a straight razor-quality ultra-smooth shave. Nicely balanced, sits well on the face, easy to position. Absolutely not a quick morning shave. Most highly recommended. Thanks to Phil for his great service and quick shipping.
The engineering and ergonomics are faultless. Weight is perfect as is balance. The finish is superb. I found changing blades to be trouble free. No problem with rust, which in any case would come from the blade not the razor (yes stainless will rust given the right, or wrong, conditions but in all my years using stainless razors this has not happened). So far I have not achieved quite the same quality of shave that I get from my ATT SE1, but very nearly. As my technique improves I am certain that this will be the best razor that I own.
I can only add my voice to the others here about how well this razor shaves. Overbladed on my first shave, but had the knack by the second. My quibbles are with the material and the blade changing. Neither criticism is enough to detract from a five star rating.
About the material. Stainless steel falls down in two respects. The mass is high, which makes it more difficult to control than a razor of lower mass. Now, I can already feel the flames about this, about how the high mass makes it easier to control. Can't agree.
Second, stainless will rust with a wet blade left in it, and rust badly. My Above The Tie razor got ruined like this. It's a pain removing the blade after every shave and drying the razor. It is because of this problem that iKon and OneBlade coat their razors.
The blade changing. They go in easily enough, but removing a wet blade is an adventure. Remember, these are injector blades, at least the Feather Professionals I use; they are not supposed to be handled in the first place. When wet, blades stick to the bottom plate, and great care is required not to slice'n'dice the fingers.
Criticisms aside, the thing shaves like a straight, with the protection of a blade guard. With good beard prep, a good brush, good soap, and good technique, you can shave very close with two passes and some clean up of problem areas. There's no call to shunt aside your straights or your DEs, but this razor will make you smile. Just be sure not to let it rust.
I couldn't help being impressed by the quality of workmanship, design conception and materials used for this single edge.
It truly delivers a BBs in two passes as promised. Its weight and balance feel in the hand are perfect. There is a learning curve however to be mastered like with every precision engineered equipment, but once mastered the shaving experience of this razor is second to none.
I bought a second one in case Phil decides to discontinue at some point or something happens to this one.
Now I'm thinking to put all my other DE razors on the bay as I don't think they will be getting any more use.
Thank you Phil for creating my dream razor.
I have been strictly a DE for over 50 something years adding a straight every once in awhile. My hands are shaky these days so straights are out of the question because I want to live. I have been using the RX now for a few weeks without interjecting a DE (I shave 7 days a week). I am delighted that I can get a straight razor feel, a close, smooth and efficient shave. I'm not giving up my DE's, but their going to have to make room for a new friend. The RX is Excellent shaver, I played with a few different blades, used a good soap and used light pressure, I couldn't be any happier.
A very well made razor. Solidly built, but above average aggressive. Head maneuverability is almost the best in the market. Loading the blade needs care. For sensitive skins, make sure to install a mild SE blade first. Real razor, not a toy. Service from BullGoose was excellent.
Sure the Asylum is a very machining finish quality Razor, but my King Cobra gives me a smoother, closer and comfortable shave after two days with the same feather pro blade in this two Razors.
First off, I will say that, in agreement with others who have posted here, there can be a learning curve when picking up the Rx after having shaved with a cartridge, DE or even another SE. It's definitely heavier than some of the recent market entrants (e.g., RazoRock, Colonial). And its introduction follows on the heels of some REALLY good razors with multiple release improvements, such as the Cobra and Mongoose.
For me, however, the Rx provides a very unique experience. I'll explain.
For one, the weight is heavier than most entrants, but the balance between head and handle is why I think it's outstanding. We all talk about "shaving a balloon" but I think that's an over-simplification, particularly for some of the recent aluminum and other releases. In this case, you really don't want to apply too much pressure, because the razor almost "sticks" to your face. That in itself helps avoid nicks or weepers from over-shaving.
Secondly, the blade really is embedded in the razor. I'm not sure how to explain that - there is no chatter, no movement, and you will find the right angle after a few shaves. I recommend, as always, great face prep - ample brush-on-face, good wetness and slickness. I face lather. I lather and shave cold, no pre-showers, no pre-glycerine. The work for me is in the lather-on-brush, and then brush-on-face. My beard is wickedly tough and multi-dimensional, my skin soft. I love DEs when the blade is really fixed, such as the iKon Shavecraft Tech and many of the slants out there. I don't need an aggressive razor, but I do need good blade curve without chatter. I think the SEs are superior in many cases.
My advice? I think your choice of razor depends on your experience and appetite to try something different. Would a rookie or cartridge shaver be up for the Rx? I think it depends on the individual. I love it though.
Effortless, sensational shave from first use and just keeps getting better. Well worth price!
Best razor I've owned. It took a few days to find the right blade for my beard, but once I did I knew this would be my go-to razor for many years. Love the fit and finish-it's superbly crafted-and the weight is perfect. Phil has truly given us a masterpiece.
The razor is the right weight and the angle is perfect for the perfect shave. Great design
Superbly designed, superbly machined an gives a sensational effortless shave. Would not change a thing.
Enjoy using the razor. It has changed the way I shave.
Right now the most precise razor , be it single, double edge, or injector to hit the market. The machining and precision tolerances are unheard of in an everyday device such as a razor.
All of that would be meaningless unless it delivered a good shave which it does.
As an owner of many razors, the Asylum has become my instant go-to favorite. The weight of the head, combined with a solid handle makes for a very comfortable fit in the hand. I must confess, that I am a bit of a wuss, and have been using Kai and Feather guarded blades. Both worked well. In 2 weeks, have had only 2 small nicks. Very smooth after a WTI and ATG shave. The head even allows a close shave under the nose. Changing the blade is a snap, and once seated, the blade does not move.
Would heartily recommend!!
Let me first start with the amazing shipping time. I ordered my RX on Friday late afternoon more like evening. It was at my door Monday Noon!!! What an amazing razor the minute you hold this razor you will hear the music start playing in your head once you shave with it it becomes more like a symphony although everyone is raving about the feather knife which I have tried I found out that the Kai captain pink works miracles for me. Got a that -BBS shave everyone is talking about with both knives but found a lot less irritations with the Kai Pink. I recommend this razor to all wet shaver enthusiasts to try. Well made Phil. I only wish you can have in the future a longer handle option to buy.
Are you sure this razor isn't made in Germany? Craftsmanship is equal to my Pils 101 NE but the shave is superior. Even with a guarded Kai blade the shave is BBS. The Porsche of razors.
In my opinion this is the best single-edge razor on the market today - significantly so, at least for my sensitive face and course wiry beard.
Context: I've had the good fortune of being able to own many razors, which includes a number of custom-made straight razors and over the years dozens of DE and SE razors. I also hone straight blades and have a very persnickety attitude toward blade efficiency and perfect blade bevel smoothness and refinement.
I have owned just about every popular SE razor brand on the market: Cobra, Mongoose, ATT-SE, Feather, and several vintage SE collectibles. Each one of these razors have certain qualities, but for me the Asylum Rx really stands out for - engineering and machining finish-quality, very high efficiency, but with outstanding smoothness, maneuverability and handling.
With the Asylum Rx I get super close shaves with no irritation, which can be a real trouble prone area for me. Because the blade rest so securely, perfect head and blade angle, and a narrow blade gap, there is no noticeable blade or head harmonic-distortion (chatter or vibration) the Asylum razor shaves like a custom near-wedge 6/8 straight razor - which is truly an amazing balance of maximum blade efficiency and very low aggression feel on skin. When the blade angle is correct against the face and vibration is nearly non-existent the blade does all the work and the beard cuts like melting butter.
Con: If you're not use to a SE razor especially with a larger and substantially thicker blade than a typical DE disposable you will need some practice and patience. (Regardless of the brand or model)
My advice, don't maneuver and buff like you might with a mild DE razor, treat the SE razor like a straight blade - linear direction strokes, slow and longer strokes, stretching skin, etc.
Watch some straight razor videos like Anthony Esposito and glean techniques from others.
PRO: This razor rocks and is a winner right out of the gate! ...
This razor was worth wait! Perfectly manufactured, it is a pleasure to use. I prefer the Feather mild blades for a smooth, gentle shave.
I agree that the workmanship is excellent however I am still working to achieve the stellar shave that others have reported. For me it has not performed much better than my other top line razors.I agree that it is quite good and perhaps I need to keep working on different techniques, but I overall expected more.
Without a doubt the best shaves of my life. Balance, ease of changing blades and the design makes for a ruthlessly efficient job. I've used Captain Titan Mild and the Feather Pro Blades. I'm tending toward favoring the Feather blades, but both deliver great performance. Bravo to Phil and all who made this elegant beast of a shaver.
A few years back I saw the plastic model on the forums and was very interested, now I have one and I'm very pleased with it. Of all the modern SE's I've tried this is by far the best for me.
The RX is one of the highest quality razors I have ever seen. The attention to detail, design and production is PERFECT. I have followed the development of this product from the start and was lucky enough to get one the 1st day they hit the market! Still learning the correct angle but is going to be the ONE!
Again this is the finest product I have owned! Nice work Phil!
I have a couple reviews on The Shave Nook and on the Facebook Group. My favorite comparison is the review where I compare the Rx to one of the best and most expensive sports cars in the world, the Porsche 918 Spyder. There's just no comparisons out there!
Fantastic razor, I have several other SE razors but the Asylum razor is the best. I find it very comfortable in the hand.
I get a closer shave with less effort with the Asylum razor.
Best single edge razor on the market great quality build great shave beautiful razor
I will not compare the Rx with the One Blade. The One Blades unique pivoting head makes for a completely different type of razor. I will compare it to my experience with All the Mongoose razors , Cobras and ATT SE.
Possibly, because the head is smaller than the other SE I have used the shave went much quicker than shaves with the other razors. That sucker just whizzed over my face. I did a three pass shave with a little buffing in my problem areas. The result was a fast clean shave with no shave burn. I did have 3 small weepers at the end of the shave. I attribute the weepers to my own ignorance. As stated before I did not have the angle down for the first half of the first pass. It is a heavy razor and I think I probably pressed a bit too hard. Finally. I have a light beard and sensitive skin. Weepers on a first shave with a new blade are not uncommon for me with any razor.
The RX is much milder than the Aluminum Mongoose. and even a bit more milder and more comfortable than the SS versions. Based on one shave I would rate the Rx over the Mongoose. The RX is very similar in feel and shave quality as the King Cobra. The Rx also compares favorably with the regular Cobra. Advantage Rx as to loading and holding the blade firmly in place. That is once you figure out how to load the RX. Remember the Rx has 3 pieces. After that it is a no-brainer on loading. The Rx held the blade perfectly aligned with no smile.I had to give a slight edge to the RX over the ATT SE as well. This last remark is simply based on personal preference. I find the ATT a bit aggressive. In addition I like the narrower head on the RX as compared to the head on the ATT. Both razors are definite keepers and will find their way into my rotation.
After a few more shaves I will try and evaluate the Rx further.
Those of you who have not received your RX yet hang in there it is worth the wait.
In the past six years I was lucky to try almost every type of contemporary straight, single edge, or double edge razors. Some were good for me, some not so much. Some looked awesome, but shaved less than OK, some looked not really good, but shaved exceptionally well. The Asylum Rx Single edge razor is the ONE. Looks ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, shaves ABSOLUTELY EXTRAORDINARY.
Phil, you really did it with this razor. It arrived today just in time for the daily shave. First impression was: beautiful design, flawless finish, easy to use. This all carried through to the first shave using Kai Captain Titan Mild. That was one beautiful shave. No awkwardness to the razor at all, providing a smooth, very comfortable shave. I couldn't be happier!!!!
I received this razor recently and the 1st thing that jumps out is the overall design. Slick, clean lines and very hefty but well balanced. Blade loading is easy, and as mentioned in the advertisements the tolerances are perfect and when tightly assembled it feels as it is just one solid piece of Stainless steel. The Matte finish is flawless. I am normally a straight razor shaver, however this is like a straight with a vertical handle. It feels like an extension of your hand, and due to the slim head profile and tongue and groove system, there is not a spot on your face of neck that will have any trace of whiskers. Also due to the blade profile, it does gather "shaving swarf" rather quickly, as I like to call it so rinse often and lather your soap a bit thinner and wetter for maximum efficiency. GREAT RAZOR, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, WILL GIVE YOU THE BEST SHAVES OF YOUR LIFE!!