14 months of DE but can't yet tame the slanthammer
I like to think after this length of time I've got a pretty good DE technique. I regularly shave with a Tech, SS and the Merkurs HD and 38C and get excellent results. Very seldom do I cut myself or get irritation.
So what am I doing wrong with the 39C slanthammer?
I bought this months ago after reading that it was especially suitable for thick heavy beards, which is what mine is. I decided to do a night shave last night about an hour before I turned in and used the 39C for about the sixth time. The blade was a fresh Derby, what I usually use. Prep was a hot facecloth to the face and before applying the lather (Shaving Shop) which was, as it usually is, very rich and creamy. Everything as per usual.
The shave consisted of two passes: WTG on cheeks, neck, chin and moustache area, then repeated except with XTG on cheeks. After seeing quite a considerable amount of blood I decided to stop.
Areas of carnage were about 4 nicks on my chin and then, as I discovered when I rinsed my face, several nicks on the sides of my neck. Gah! Styptic pencil stopped the bleeding but my neck felt quite sensitive even after applying copious amounts of postshave balm. In fact, I applied some more just before I went to bed.
The shave wasn't especially close either. This morning thankfully the irritation had subsided so I cleared things up with my SS.
Given I can shave fine with the 38C, I can't help feeling there's something about using the slant I'm just not getting. Are you supposed to be able to shave in the same way as you would with a non-slant razor? For example, I shave N-S on my chin. With the slant are you supposed to do it a bit off-centre?
I've read so many experiences of guys here who have taken to the slanthammer from the first few goes and I'm determined to join their ranks. But I don't want to chew my face up again!
Razors: English Gillette Tech
Cream: TOBS Shaving Shop, Proraso
Soap: TOBS Sandalwood, Wilkinson Sword
AS - "Noir", Old Spice
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