10-02-2013, 08:47 AM
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In the "Better Lucky Than Smart" category.....

I just got back from the Post Office. I secured a '66 Gillette Slim in a "too good to be true" BST down the road. This is my first adjustable. I am anxious to shave with it.

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 10-02-2013, 10:11 AM
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Looks to be in great condition and good luck with the adjustable!Smile

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 10-02-2013, 04:22 PM
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Your going to love that adjustable Bob.

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 10-02-2013, 10:01 PM
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Biggrin Fantastic!

The Slim is a great razor. It was my first adjustable and one of my first DE razors.

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 10-02-2013, 10:12 PM
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I suspect you'll like it. The Slim is the only adjustable that has stayed in my regular razor rotation.

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 10-03-2013, 12:01 AM
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One tip... loosen the blade before changing settings. To do it without loosening the blade can result in damage.

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 10-03-2013, 03:47 AM
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There is a quirk with these adjustable razors that the last half turn is stiffer, but very important nonetheless otherwise the blade is not secured in place.'

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 10-03-2013, 04:36 AM
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Thanks for all the feedback. I had a great first shave with it today set on "3". Tomorrow I will go to "4". It is well balanced and easy to handle for me.

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 10-03-2013, 06:41 AM
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Congrats! A fine razor and one that I keep for testing new blades with. Also don't forget the last 1/4 turn after closing silo doors and enjoy!

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 10-04-2013, 02:58 AM
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A favorite of mine. I much prefer it to the Fatboy.

Just to repeat others; loosen the doors before adjusting the setting...

I tend to set it at 4,5 or 6. Never tried the extremes.

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 10-04-2013, 04:40 AM
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Another great shave. "4" today, "5" tomorrow. I really like the way it handles.

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 10-04-2013, 01:56 PM
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While I no longer use my Slim I tip my hat to it in thanks. It was the training wheels I used to nail down my technique for an every day BBS without irritation.

I found "5" to be not that far removed from "9" once I had the technique to stay at 5 day after day. It was only a mind game at that point. I had the technique, it was just dialing it up and knowing that I could handle it without choking. When I got to 6 I just skipped the rest and went right to 9.

Bob, if you get to magic 9, that is if you want to, and can stay there day after day, you'll possess the technique to handle any safety razor on the planet. I'm not suggesting you want that or that it's a goal. Only that once you get there, should you want to, that it opens up everything to you.

The Slim set to 9 isn't horrifically aggressive, but what you need to know to handle that setting is all anyone needs to know to handle any other safety razor on the planet. That's why I refer to setting 9 on a Gillette adjustable as "magic 9". After learning the technique required it's just the mind that gets in the way.

Be aware that tamer razors may not be as attractive as they once were once you get to that point. But that's what the b/s/t is all about.

I like to keep a few tame razors in the cabinet for those days when I just don't want to be around mentally for the shave. The shave suffers just a bit (not as long a BBS), but mentally I'm elsewhere on those days and the skin doesn't suffer.

Thumbsup You're doing fine!

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 10-05-2013, 05:54 AM
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Thanks Brian!

"5" today, "6" tomorrow. Another great close, nick & burn free shave.

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 10-05-2013, 07:17 PM
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(10-05-2013, 05:54 AM)Coyote Wrote: Thanks Brian!

"5" today, "6" tomorrow. Another great close, nick & burn free shave.

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Very handsome set up you have going there Bob! Keep us posted on the gradual increase in settings Smile
I've got the Black Beauty short and long handle razors, and I used a Feather blade in the long handle the other day set on "4". I didn't get a single pass shave but it was acceptable with some touch up.

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 10-06-2013, 04:50 AM
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One more update. I am getting it dialed in. Another great close, nick & burn free shave. I could tell I definitely needed to give it my complete attention with my technique. No OOP's though.

"6" today, "7" tomorrow.

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 10-07-2013, 03:55 AM
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Well, we hit "7" together today, and yes it does demand respect there. I had a great close, nick & burn free shave though. I love the way the Slim handles.

"8" tomorrow.......

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 10-08-2013, 04:55 AM
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Almost there...........

I had a great shave on “8” today. A close call on my chin, but sill a close nick free shave. I did pick up a little burn this morning though. No biggie….

I survived “8”, “9” tomorrow.

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 10-08-2013, 07:15 AM
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You're doing good Bob. Once you get all the way to 9 there's nothing written anywhere that says you need to keep it there if you choose not to. Lots of folks back it off to where they're more comfortable for a lot of reasons. Or they move to even more aggressive razors.

If you're getting burn you're also getting an extremely close shave because burn means you're removing all of the dead skin layers and beginning to expose living nerves.

If it was me I'd re-evaluate all technique and find out what's causing it. If you can handle 8 you can handle 9 so the increase to 9 will be meaningless IMO. It's just a head game at this point and the refining of technique to produce an irritation free shave every day.

When I got burn I blamed it on poor lather. I fixed it and haven't gotten burn since. I'm thinking it might also be pressure, but not being there all I can do is guess. If your skin is deforming "in" (concave) under the pressure of the razor, it's too much pressure. It's OK if the skin is deformed as the blade cuts whiskers, a stretching of the skin from resistence of the whiskers is normal, but not deforming inward.

It's interesting watching your progress.

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 10-08-2013, 08:53 AM
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WOW! You are in the "To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before" territory! Wink
I have not taken my adjustable Black Beauty past 4. I've got a 4 day beard going so I may give 5 a shot tonight.

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 10-09-2013, 05:14 AM
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I survived “9” today! Using a Personna Med Prep (3), and lathering with Stirling Scots Pine, I got my best shave to date with any DE. Close, nick & burn free! On a side note, the Slim was made the year I got my first Driver’s License, 47 years ago. Life is good!

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