10-02-2013, 06:53 AM
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I have a R41 2013 and I really like it. I never drew blood with it in the 15 shaves I've done so far. My problem is, it does not shave smooth. Even with a new blade, I've used Feather,
Astra, 7 O'Clock yellow, it still pulls. It only pulls in certain areas of my face but it doesn't seem right.
My question is, am I doing something wrong or is this just a trait of this razor?

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 10-02-2013, 07:33 AM
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  • Triad
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Are you using the stock handle?
A heavier handle seemed to help push the r41 on through for me

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 10-02-2013, 09:56 AM
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Are you accidentally going ATG in those areas without a WTG pass first?

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 10-02-2013, 10:10 AM
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Personally, I have used both the 2011 and 2013 version of this razor and I never got a smooth shave. Depending on your skin type, I wouldn't characterize this razor as 'smooth', but more like extremely effective. YMMV, however.Blush

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 10-02-2013, 11:10 AM
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I have tried it with a Weber Bulldog handle and I didn't see much of a difference.
I notice it most under my lower lip, that little spot in the center. But over-all it is like 'celestino' said, this is not a smooth shaving razor. It delivers a nice close shave but not a smooth shave.

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 10-02-2013, 11:23 AM
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  • slantman
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Although the 2013' R41 is not as aggressive as the 2011' version its still pretty aggressive. You need good slickness on your face so the blade glides more. Regardless of which blade you use I wouldn't go past 3 shaves. These razors have a tendency to eat up blades.

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 10-02-2013, 06:10 PM
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(10-02-2013, 11:10 AM)shave/brush Wrote: I have tried it with a Weber Bulldog handle and I didn't see much of a difference.
I notice it most under my lower lip, that little spot in the center. But over-all it is like 'celestino' said, this is not a smooth shaving razor. It delivers a nice close shave but not a smooth shave.

Under the lower lip is usually a rapid change in angle that can be difficult to follow with a long stroke. Try shorter strokes with great attention to the angle.

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 10-02-2013, 09:57 PM
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Welcome to TSN.

The following assumes you're relatively new to disposable blade shaving from your post count. You don't say, so that's all I have to go by.

After 2010 the R41 got quite aggressive and the razors demand perfect technique; especially the '11. Part of that is lather which performs a few functions, one of which is lubrication. The slicker and more cushioning the lather the better the razor glides and protects the skin from the blade. Fantastic lather is essential with an aggressive razor. As is a very light touch- NO PRESSURE.

Do a search on the site for ultralather and try that technique.

If the skin under your razor is deforming (going concave, not being pulled down slightly as the blade cuts) then you are using too much pressure. The skin should only move very slightly from resistence to the blade as it cuts whiskers.

If you're doing everything right (perfect technique) maybe the razor isn't for you.

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