Almost a year since I began and the journey has been (from a razor pov) tech, slim, EJ 89 Barley, back to the slim (but dialed open - usually 7-9). I've found that the slim, now that my technique is a little more advanced, has been giving me great shaves in fewer passes than the EJ. However, I just love the feel and look of the Barley so having read up on "shims" I've cut 2 feather blades (just a couple mm of each "sharp" side) and shimmed the 89 to open the gap.
First shave today, lathered with Cella (I'm doing a month of Cella, and face lathering too!), and I'm happy with the results. 3 passes gave me a DFS and quite comfortably too. Still had a little touch up in places that the slim usually cleans up set on 7 but overall it's worth trying again for a few more days to get the angle right.
Is it going to be a RAD killer? Not sure, but the increased gap did slow me down and really concentrate on grip, angle etc and the alum pass was noticeably easier on the sting: even in my usually tough spots.
Anyone else experimented with shims!?