View Full Version : Do slants make you want more aggressiveness?
12-26-2010, 07:57 PM
Sorry for the slightly risqué subject name, but had my first shave with my recently acquired gilette adjustable slim today and found myself wanting more aggressiveness. I should preface this by saying that I use a meeker 37C slant daily. I started on a 3 and ramped up to 7 on the 3rd pass and found it was getting better, but it still didn't strike awe quite like the business end of the slant.
On the plus side though I loved the aural reference you get from an adjustable. Something about the bomb bay doors resonates better than the solid heads on my Merkurs.
Anyway wondering if others have been spoilt by the huuuge cutting edge of the slant and have become "gap queens".
12-26-2010, 08:42 PM
I dearly love my 39C/Feather ... it is my favorite razor, and consistently gives me a BBS in 2.5 easy, comfortable passes.
My only regret is that I can't shave with it every day. I reserve it for shaves where I have 3+ days of stubble to harvest. Anything less and it gives me too much irritation.
But there are sometimes when I want a nice, gentle, easy shave. If I shave 2 days in a row, which is rare, I reach for my 34G/Derby. For a 2 day beard, I'll go with a Mergress/Astra or perhaps a Frankenrazor ccb-BullMastiff handle and a Stahly head.
Not all beards are the same, not even the same from day to day on any given face. You have to match your tools to the job at hand. Sometimes you need an aggressive shave, sometimes you want a gentle one.
Aggressive razors are great, but I wouldn't want that to be my only choice.
12-26-2010, 10:09 PM
Hmmm... I might be pushing it then. Shaved Friday morning... Friday evening, then Saturday, all with the slant. Maybe I've shaved off some of the sensitivity ;)
12-27-2010, 01:34 AM
lister I know exactly what you mean. I've only just recently discovered the joys and effectiveness of the Slant (37c). I'm finding that I'm now much "braver" with my adjustables and hiking them to a higher level. That said since getting the Slant I don't actually feel the need to use any other razor. It gives me a real close shave and with very little or no irritation - and I use it every day.
I also think the term "aggressiveness" is a bit of a misnomer. In many ways a more exposed blade is a more effective blade, and if one has a good technique, it's a much much better/safer shave
01-05-2011, 11:53 AM
When I open up the gap on my merkur futur for a trial run, I end up with a raw feeling face. Then I crank it back down to 3 and life is good again.
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