09-11-2013, 03:03 PM
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I just started wet shaving 2 months ago and I have noticed Gillette dominated the safety razor market for the last 100 + years. So why or why dou feel Gillette never made a slant razor ?

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 09-11-2013, 03:15 PM
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  • Harvey
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probably too hard a process for the stamping out method they used and at that time it was probably considered as a weird European idea...as well the safety razor was well received as it was and mostly shaving forums were not invented yet....they just didn,t know what the furure would bring

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 09-11-2013, 03:28 PM
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A) Guillotines are slant blades.
B) French beheaded royalty.
C) Gillette's first name was King.

Can you blame him for not wanting to give Americans any bright ideas?

I have no idea whatsoever Smile

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 09-11-2013, 03:36 PM
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They never invested in that design. Instead of that, they told the customers to shave obliquely using the famous "Gillette slide". Way more cheaper that way, all that they had to do was print some pieces of paper. Biggrin

[Image: gillette_slide.jpg]

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 09-11-2013, 03:51 PM
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Nice post oversaturn !

Marc

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 09-11-2013, 07:48 PM
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(09-11-2013, 03:51 PM)golddie59 Wrote: Nice post oversaturn !

Marc

+1 Great info, Emanuel! Biggrin

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 09-11-2013, 08:53 PM
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Deco having just watched a history of the french revolution ...touche with your answer bro !!!

Marc

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 09-12-2013, 04:38 AM
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I also think we over-estimate the usage of slants during the "golden age" of DE shaving. I doubt it would have risen to the level that Gillette would have needed to start producing them.

Other than a couple of French-made ones, were there any slants not made by German companies? It seems that Germany was the place for slants.

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 09-12-2013, 04:44 AM
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The first patent is English, as seen here. Wink

[Image: patents?id=c_FpAAAAEBAJ&pg=PA1&img=1&zoo...260&edge=0]

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 09-12-2013, 05:24 AM
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Wow, that's pretty interesting. I'm so surprised that the patent was so early, 1916.


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 09-12-2013, 05:32 AM
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I have to say that the Gillette Slide is, in my experience, more effective than a slant. I know I probably will get a lot of flack for saying this, but after using two different Merkur slants (37C and a vintage) I could not feel any difference between them and a normal mild razor, especially if I used the Gillette Slide. Based on that I think Gillette did the right thing not developing a slant. It just doesn't bring much too the table while being fairly difficult to manufacture. I put slant head razors into a gimmick category. They are great mild shavers, but really not much different than a normal headed DE. This is why they are relegated to obscurity. They find an audience today with the wet shavers because they are very interesting looking and they shave well, but in a more utilitarian shaving culture of the past they would not make a profitable product and Gillette was pretty good at figuring this out. Gillette Slide is a slant killer and its free and built into every DE.

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 09-12-2013, 06:54 PM
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(09-12-2013, 05:32 AM)vferdman Wrote: I have to say that the Gillette Slide is, in my experience, more effective than a slant. I know I probably will get a lot of flack for saying this, but after using two different Merkur slants (37C and a vintage) I could not feel any difference between them and a normal mild razor, especially if I used the Gillette Slide. Based on that I think Gillette did the right thing not developing a slant. It just doesn't bring much too the table while being fairly difficult to manufacture. I put slant head razors into a gimmick category. They are great mild shavers, but really not much different than a normal headed DE. This is why they are relegated to obscurity. They find an audience today with the wet shavers because they are very interesting looking and they shave well, but in a more utilitarian shaving culture of the past they would not make a profitable product and Gillette was pretty good at figuring this out. Gillette Slide is a slant killer and its free and built into every DE.

I agree that the Slide is the most effective for me !

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 09-12-2013, 11:32 PM
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YMMV, but I consistently find my slants to be more efficient at mowing down a two day growth than an otherwise equally mild and/or aggressive normal DE - blade exposure and blade gap being what causes a razor to become aggressive.

Case in point; the Bakelite Slant and the Merkur 45C. Blade exposure and gap very similar, both mild razors - but the Slant has the edge on sheer stubble removal.

Also, the Gillette Glide looks like an invitation to slice my cheeks open Tongue

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 09-16-2013, 01:03 AM
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Like the post mentioned above, I can't help but find that my slant(s) are just too efficient to put down.

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 09-21-2013, 07:16 PM
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VERY GOOD QUESTION AND ANSWERS TOO.

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