So, I made the switch to a double edge razor in 2009.  After some research I started with a Merkur Futur 4 Piece Shaving Set that I bought from Amzon.com.  I really appreciated the shaving experience from the start as compared to a disposable razor or even some of the more expensive multi blade plastic razors out there.  Not only was the shave better but it just seemed a "classy" way to shave as well.  I'm usually all about new technology but sometimes I think old school ways can be better and shaving is definitely one of those.

So I recently ran across a new razor on the Yanko Design site.

The Safety Razor, Redesigned

Here is the Standard Razor web site if you are interested.


I really like the minimalist design of both of these razors and they do look quite similar.  My Merkur Futur razor is shown below.

My new Standard Razor is Shown below.

Here are both for comparison.

My Merkur Futur razor is made in Germany and is made of zamak (a zinc alloy) with a chrome plated satin finish.  It has some heft to it when you shave.  It sort of has a quality feel though.  The Futur also has adjustable blade settings but I didn't really adjust it much.  Also the Futur has a metal clasp in the head that snaps the blade holder on.  I wondered about how this would wear over time but so far it has held firm with no problems.  Also I read reviews about the razor prior to buying it and others complained that the smooth handle would slip while they shaved but I never had any issues with it slipping.

The Standard Razor is made here in US and the design is similar to the Futur.  The Standard Razor is made from aluminum and that makes it quite a bit lighter than the Futur.  Also the head and blade holder screw onto the handle.  I've used the Standard Razor a few times now and I am very impressed.  I hate to say it but it may just replace the Futur for my day to day use.  It's light and the head is shaped better for shaving tough to reach places like just under your nose.  The Futur's head is rounded at the corners so the blade is inset a bit so that makes it tough to shave in tight places.

One other difference is that the Standard Razor came with an Astra Superior Premium Platinum double edge razor blade.  I have been using Merkur blades and I'm not sure but I think the Astra blades give a much smoother shave that is very, very comfortable to my skin.  I think I'm going to switch to these blades as well.   I guess it pays to experiment a bit since I have been shaving for several years with the same blades and didn't realize how much difference another type of blade could make.

All in all I am super impressed with the Standard Razor.  I even bought the black anodized version for my wife who was using disposable razors.  She seems to be very pleased as well.


Well, Jo and I had a quiet Thanksgiving at home this year. We have both been quite busy and we felt that we needed the time off to recharge and relax. So far it has been exactly what we hoped for. I hope the family understands our desire to have a low key Thanksgiving. I hope everyone else had a great one as well.



So my new software development blog, GrafCode.net is up and running.


I'm enjoying working with WordPress as well. So I'll keep ChitiGraf.net for posts related to Jo and I and the software development posts will all be on my new blog.


So I really do not like how Blogger doesn't let you host custom HTML pages with JavaScript and CSS. As a blogging platform I find this to be quite a short coming. So I have hosting through my current DNS register and I'm also looking into WordPress as a potential new platform for Chiti-Graf.net. I'll have my new blog for my development work set up there soon at www.grafcode.net. In the meantime this is my first code project hosted on my new domain. I refactored my predator chasing prey JavaScript code. See the following link.

Predator Chasing Prey


Our new Kennedy chairs were delivered from Thrive Furniture.  They are awesome and match our Heywood Wakefield table perfectly.  We love sitting next to the bay windows.


Nothing much new going so I thought I'd post photos of my upgraded rotor head for my Walkera Genius FP helicopter. I found metal blade holders for the Walkera Super FP. They are pretty similar helicopters so I adapted the blade holder to my Geious FP, which requires that I use the Super FP blades as well. At this point my Genius is sort of a mash up of a several upgrade parts and pretty much the entire Super FP rotor head. So I'm calling mine a Super Genius FP. In any even it flys great now and I'm pretty much only flying this one. The other two helicopters are pretty much collecting dust at this point.


So Jo and I spent four days down in Redondo Beach visiting my sister, her family, and my mom.  We were down for my niece's first communion and mother's day, as wel as some much needed R&R.  We stayed at the Beach House in Hermosa Beach which was just awesome.  I couldn't recommend this place more.  I was remis in not getting any family photos but I did get some shots of the scenery from the patio of our hotel and around the strand.