Thanks for the kind words folks. I think for my follow up shaves I'm going to use both razors at the same time - one on each side of my face. That way I can get a little closer memory of each and really compare.
ShavingBacon: Thanks for the feedback and your impression of the Deluxe. As I mentioned, I'm only two shaves in on these guys, so possible I haven't squeezed out everything I can from the Deluxe. I really focused on using the razor's native shave angle, vs really experimenting much with other angles, so we'll see how it goes. The standard and deluxe are actually quite close to each other...one on either side of the New SC in terms of aggressiveness for me. But it's not mild in the overall sense, just relative to the standard, and milder than my usual R41 shaves. I agree with you on first pass take down, they both did very well on that as do most of my open combs. I'd like to see pictures of yours as well...it'd be interesting if there are differences between copies of the same model.
Haiku, Cal1961, if you're able to take pictures of your Standards, I'd really like to see them. A shot of the razor assembled looking at the head, either straight on at the shaving side, or maybe even a good square shot from the top. I'd also be interested in a front on shot like the one below with a blade installed. If you're game for close up profile shots like I did with the angle measurements, that would be even better...but those are PITA to do, trust me :). I was using a special add-on close up lens for that, and it takes a lot of shots and tweaking.
I need to take some better pictures of Connie's Standard for this, but here's one that sort of shows the cap issue:
As you an see the whole cap is shifted to the left a bit. On a top down shot it's actually rotated clockwise a tad as well. It's possible this is a key reason for the difference I feel between these two.
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James - 2011 R41 w/Ikon Handle, Feather, Arko (face lather), TGN Super Silvertip brush, Alum Block, Witch Hazel, Gillette Sun-Up AS
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