01-24-2014, 11:01 AM
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  • Barrylu
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I just received a Edward Jagger Chatsworth razor. The razor is far too mild for me yet it is too beautiful for me to want to part with it. I understand the concept of adding shims to the blade to increase the shave angle. Thus, increasing the aggressiveness of the razor. What does one use for shims? Doe simply putting more than one blade in at a time accomplish this or is somethning else used?

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 01-24-2014, 11:10 AM
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  • Harvey
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Just trim the edges off an dull blade and place it under the new blade which will slightly increase the gap and therefore make the razor a bit more aggressive...you can use scissors...naturally be careful how you hold the blade when cutting.

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 01-24-2014, 11:22 AM
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  • Barrylu
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(01-24-2014, 11:10 AM)Harvey Wrote: Just trim the edges off an dull blade and place it under the new blade which will slightly increase the gap and therefore make the razor a bit more aggressive...you can use scissors...naturally be careful how you hold the blade when cutting.
Thank You I figured it was something like that but was afraid of damaging the razor.

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 01-24-2014, 11:57 AM
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I would start with one shim, although two was ideal for me in this razor.

Also be careful where you do the cutting, as the blade part tends to go flying when you cut it off. Would hate to see it go flying in the bathroom onto the floor and not be able to find it...not that that ever happened...Rolleyes

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 01-24-2014, 02:54 PM
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  • Shaun
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Also, do not use high-quality, expensive scissors....the edges can get a little damaged. Point taken also about the edge of the blade flying off. I'd also wear glasses...I can't imagine anything worse than a razor edge going into you eye...

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 01-24-2014, 04:29 PM
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  • Barrylu
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Just shaved with the razor with one shim in it. What a difference. It is like 2 different razors. I was about to put the razor up for sale or just use it for display. Nice shave. Hmm, I wonder if one shim made such a difference what would 2 shims do?

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 01-27-2014, 03:38 PM
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I've used shims in just about every DE razor that I found needed them and at least one that didn't. One shim makes them better, 2 shims make Gillette DE razors very interesting indeed.

The razor that didn't need shimming but got the treatment anyway? My Muhle '11 R41. Not a typo. Frankly I found little or no difference. So I removed the shims. The gap however, was awe inspiring. Musicians write ballads about blade gaps like that.

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 01-27-2014, 03:46 PM
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(01-27-2014, 03:38 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: [...]The gap however, was awe inspiring. Musicians write ballads about blade gaps like that.

I gave a good laugh reading this! 24Laughing1

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 01-27-2014, 04:58 PM
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(01-27-2014, 03:46 PM)oversaturn Wrote:
(01-27-2014, 03:38 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: [...]The gap however, was awe inspiring. Musicians write ballads about blade gaps like that.

I gave a good laugh reading this! 24Laughing1

There was a whole band founded to write and play songs about that. The Gap Band.

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 01-27-2014, 05:28 PM
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 02-02-2014, 08:10 AM
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To each their own for shims. I tried it and am not into it. I either like the razor or not. If I want a large blade gap I have a couple of adjustables for that.

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 02-04-2014, 07:53 AM
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(01-24-2014, 11:10 AM)Harvey Wrote: Just trim the edges off an dull blade and place it under the new blade which will slightly increase the gap and therefore make the razor a bit more aggressive...you can use scissors...naturally be careful how you hold the blade when cutting.
+1

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