View Full Version : First shave with 39c sledgehammer....
06-27-2011, 09:01 PM
:w00t: OMG. This razor is amazing. I bought it off the BST after making a thread to see if it was worth it. To all those people who wrote to me, I have just 2 words. THANK YOU. This thing is truly different. For anyone who thinks that this is a gimmick let me explain this as best I can. The razor cuts hair just like anything else does. The final product is the same. This razor does nothing different to your face. However this razor does in fact cut the hair differently. It makes a much lighter sound than a normal de. I am not going to sit back and tell you that you can feel the slicing movement. (I think that might be bad if you do:001_tongu) I will tell you that it "drives" completely different. I have tried many different razor styles. lord tech, ej 89, 1912, OCMM, gillette flare tip, gillette slim, and finally the slant.
The previous razors all sound the same when cutting, some are louder than others but it the same distinct "scrappy" while the slant is just quieter and well, has more of a ping sound to it. Like when a katana finishes slicing it has a resonating metal sound.
Whoever said that this thing is aggressive well maybe my face has toughened up after my trial of the OCMM but this thing with a gillette black blade was a kitten. I think both SEs are more aggressive and so is my slim from setting number 3 and higher.
Do not fear the slant, embrace it. I am just amazed at how nice my face is after just 2 passes. I do have 1 small problem with this razor though, and that is the plate job on the unseen parts. The inside of the razor and underneath it look worse than my lord techs finish. I will say that from a german manufacturer this is a shock. I have started thinking of a way to protect those parts of the razor, cause I want it to be with me for a while. So far I am thinking clear fingernail polish (extremely light coat) should form a water barrier and keep it safe. It works for my car so why not for the razor.
06-27-2011, 09:04 PM
the OCMM tends to toughen up your skin.....lol The 39c is one hell of a razor, Im glad u enjoy using it too. It just personally wasnt for me, but I do agree, its definitely not a gimmick either.
06-27-2011, 09:09 PM
:w00t: OMG. This razor is amazing. Welcome to the club!
What blade did you use? I pair mine with a Feather, and its far and away my favorite combo. Its the perfect tool for harvesting 3 or more days worth of stubble ... I only regret that I can't use it every single day.
06-27-2011, 09:15 PM
The black gillette super platinum from a sampler. That blade rocks but seems to be rather expensive. Feather is up next.
06-27-2011, 09:25 PM
I love my 39C Slant too!! And they don't call it the "Sledgehammer" for nothing either!! I load mine with Feathers. The one other bade I also use is the Personna Super Lab/Prep blade, but I haven't tried it in the 39C just yet. As I'm happy with the Feathers, I really don't feel a need to, although I suppose I will, just out of curiosity.
06-27-2011, 09:33 PM
Awesome, you got what you wanted from it.
06-28-2011, 04:55 AM
I enjoy my Slant 37C.. Slants are great razors, congrats.
06-28-2011, 05:35 AM
My name is Mark K and I'm a Slantaholic.
06-28-2011, 07:07 AM
I have a 37C and it is my favorite DE razor, I totally agree with your thoughts on the Slant.
"The inside of the razor and underneath it look worse than my lord techs finish. I will say that from a german manufacturer this is a shock. I have started thinking of a way to protect those parts of the razor, cause I want it to be with me for a while. So far I am thinking clear fingernail polish (extremely light coat) should form a water barrier and keep it safe. It works for my car so why not for the razor."
I am having this problem too. Only three weeks after getting this razor I have had some flaking of the finish underneath. I too was shocked at the lack of quality from a German manufactured product. Especially one that touts "Solingen".
This is from their website, "As a mark of German craftsmanship, the name "Solingen" enjoys the confidence of the whole world.
In order to keep this trust and with it the reputation of the Solingen cutting tools, and to prevent misuse of this name, the government passed a law in 1938 to protect the name of Solingen.
The law makes stipulations relating to the geography of the production area with the intention of protecting regional industry. If an article is manufactured in Solingen but the raw materials, i.e. the blanks are produced elsewhere, the article may not bear the Solingen name.
The law "for the protection of the name of Solingen", which is now seen to be equivalent to EU guidelines, distinguishes between so-called hot-forged and cold-forged scissors.
Cold-forged scissors are of very poor quality and include the cheap scissors sold on the market in large quantities. They are made of steel wire which has been cut to length and placed under high pressure without heating, and are mostly only held together with a simple rivet. These scissors do not bear the Solingen mark of quality.
We neither manufacture nor offer scissors of this type. More than 90% of our scissors, which are largely produced manually, are hot-forged. The materials used in their manufacture include the tried-and-tested carbon steel categories C45 and C60; however, more than half of them are manufactured from non-corrosive stainless steel including at least 13% chromium and 0.46% carbon. In some cases, special alloys with a higher proportion of chromium or molybdenum are used.
A very small proportion of our scissors are fabricated from sheets or strips of non-corrosive material cut out with a fine stamping technique and hardened using inert gas. If they fulfil the minimum technical requirements stipulated in the Solingen
law, they are likewise protected by it. These reasonably priced scissors have a plastic grip, are lighter and there is less manual processing involved.
The "Solingen quality" is a minimum requirement for us, which is fulfilled by our entire product range. The endeavour to improve on this quality is our most important precept!"
Obviously Merkur doesn’t take this piece of verbiage too seriously. If only MÜHLE would make a Slant razor. The clear nail polish idea is possibly a good one, I was thinking of using a drop of solder to hopefully seal the problem area. But haven't done it yet.
06-28-2011, 07:16 AM
The razor cuts hair just like anything else does. The final product is the same. This razor does nothing different to your face.
Agreed. I get the same exact shave with a slant as I do with a Merkur 34C.
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