07-22-2013, 05:10 AM
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Hi, so im 3 weeks into DE shaving. I did 9 days with my Merkur 34C HD and 9 days with my Gillette Slim. The last 3 days with my slim i used the following setip/prep.

Wash with Glycerin soap
American Crew Preshave oil
Proraso Red shave cream
Badger Brush (soaked in mug for 5 min in hot water)
Face lather
Gillette Slim with Astra SP blade.
1st pass WTG
2nd pass XTG (ear to nose)
3rd Pass XTG (nose to ear, this is almost like an ATG)
Some touch ups.
Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm

So the most recent 3 days on the slim ive still noticed some irritation and a few nicks. Not too terribly impressed with the slim to be honest.

Now the interesting part. On Sat i replaced the slim with my 1960 Fatboy. I kept all other parts of my prep the same. I put in a fresh Astra Blade so everything the same, just switched razors.

Well i noticed immediately the shave was smoother. I had no irritation and no nicks!

So im asking fellow forumers, why is this? My skill didnt suddenly improve overnight. I already stated that every other part of my routine remained the same so it cant be due to that.

Maybe the fact that the fatboy is heavier with the head even heavier, caused me to use even less pressure. (i was conscious of using as little pressure as possible on my slim too.) The balance seems to feel better for me on the Fatboy. Could the higher domed head design be a factor?

Ive used the fatboy for 3 days now and it stills feels better than what i was getting on the slim. FYI the slim and fatboy are both in excellent shape with even blade gap etc.

Any thoughts/comments are welcome.

Thanks

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 07-22-2013, 09:41 AM
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  • Johnny
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Weight, balance, blade gap/angle, all contribute. Weight and balance are important factors, at least to me. The heavier the razor, the less pressure I use, the better the shave. For me, the lighter the razor the more pressure I tend to apply, and pressure is your enemy.

When you find the razor that works best for you it will be no time at all that you will be able to get a DFS in two passes and a little buffing.

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 07-22-2013, 10:35 AM
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(07-22-2013, 09:41 AM)Johnny Wrote: Weight, balance, blade gap/angle, all contribute. Weight and balance are important factors, at least to me. The heavier the razor, the less pressure I use, the better the shave. For me, the lighter the razor the more pressure I tend to apply, and pressure is your enemy.

When you find the razor that works best for you it will be no time at all that you will be able to get a DFS in two passes and a little buffing.

Not surprisingly, I can't say it any better than Johnny did. It's almost like it is easier to trust a heavier razor to stay "grounded" on your face so you (possibly subconsciously in this case) eased up on the pressure. With more experience, you will be able to attain great shaves with heavy and light razors alike.

He also brings up to the point about handle/head balance...how the weight is distributed is also important.

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 07-22-2013, 11:44 AM
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  • bjorney
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I agree with both responses so far. I am curious about one thing,
The Slim and Fatboy are both adjustable razors, what settings did you have them on?

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 07-22-2013, 12:04 PM
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Were both razors set on the same setting?

You know to loosen the clamshell doors when adjusting it, yes?

On a different note... if all razors worked the same for everyone we wouldn't have anything to discuss. That's why "YMMV" was invented. It's trial and error and no one can accurately suggest what you'll like. That's why the b/s/t/ exists.

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 07-22-2013, 02:41 PM
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  • tgutc
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Welcome to the Nook. Seems like you have some good gear to start with. how have your shaves with the Merkur went? Personally, I much prefer the new razors such as the 34C or the EJ DE89 to the vintage razors like the Slim and Fatboy.

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 07-22-2013, 02:51 PM
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YMMV and a different razor may have slight differences that make one a little better over another.

I prefer to shave with just about anything ... new or old.

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 07-28-2013, 07:45 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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You are also on a learning curve and as you gain experience you will become more proficient.
As Johnny pointed out PRESSURE is your enemy. Also with a safety razor you have to be conscience of angle. You have been shaving with razors that have pivoting heads. Here the pivot is your wrist/hand. When I figured that part out my shaves improved dramatically. I have a Fat Boy that I took out of retirement recently. Got a bad shave with it.. I'm sure it was my fault as I dialed it all the way up. I'm not giving up on it yet. I'll give it another go at what was my normal setting of 6, when I feel like... Your prep looks good. It's almost the same as mine. I only use a few drops of pre shave oil. I've found that too much clogs up the razor especially on the 1st pass.... Hang in there Brother. If your shaves are getting better you must be on the right track.... Happy Shaves !!!

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