04-12-2014, 01:27 PM
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  • Lutebro
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Recently acquired an Ikon Slant thanks to TSN and decided to take it for a spin today. I gotta admit I was a little nervous! I am used to fairly mild razors so was worried I would do some real damage. Whipped up some GFT Coconut Cream and went to town.

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After realizing this required the same motions of a standard DE with a little bit more attention I soon found a rhythm. I did 3 passes. WTG, XTG AND XTG. A very nice shave indeed! I did end up with a couple weepers that the alum block took care of and a tiny bit of burn but really not bad for the first go around. Really looking forward to getting to know this razor and getting some amazing shaves!

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 04-12-2014, 02:36 PM
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  • eengler
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Nice! I found my first shave with the Slant to be fantastic. Going for round 2 tonight.

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 04-13-2014, 07:04 AM
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The Ikon slant is a mild razor. It is well made and looks great.

I didn't think the shave was great, but that's a personal thing. It certainly works for some people.

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 04-13-2014, 09:55 AM
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Congratulations Dustin - sounds like you are well on your way! ++ on taking the time for pictures - they always add to a post!

I also was tempted from the mild side...

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 04-13-2014, 12:25 PM
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  • refles
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Great post Dusty, well done.. To me slants by their nature I think are intimidating if you don't use one regularly. But thanks for the pics and experience... the nice thick lather you had on always helps as well!

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 04-14-2014, 05:30 AM
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  • ojinsa
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Congrats on finding a trusty shaving tool! I liked the aesthetic and sound the razor made as I made passes, but I didn't like that I had to keep manipulating the blade just before locking the top cap down to prevent a misaligned blade. I found that the blade had a tendency to move a bit as I was tightening the cap which led to inconsistent results for me. Thankfully you don't have that issue. Enjoy!

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 04-14-2014, 07:48 AM
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Congratulations on the new razor! Smile

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 04-14-2014, 09:55 AM
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Enjoy your new razor. I especially like using a slant razor.


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 04-14-2014, 10:22 AM
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I've always wanted to try a slant. Maybe one day.
Btw, that's some great lather you got going there.

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 04-14-2014, 10:28 AM
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I got this razor in January with some Christmas cash. I haven't shaved with anything else since. It's pretty much a perfect match for my technique and face.

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 04-15-2014, 10:18 AM
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I've never been able to try a slant but they sure look like they do a great job. Someday.

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 04-15-2014, 12:40 PM
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There are some vintage OC slants out there I'd be interested in trying Wink

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 04-15-2014, 11:37 PM
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(04-15-2014, 12:40 PM)Darkbulb Wrote: There are some vintage OC slants out there I'd be interested in trying Wink

Fasan???? I keep my eyes open for the open comb slants....maybe we will both be lucky some day

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 04-15-2014, 11:42 PM
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I love the weight, grip and heft of my Weber PH and now I've discovered that I love slants too, so this razor will be a GREAT addition to my Weber. Now all I need is a Cobra and I think I'll be fairly set on razor choices. I've also got a couple others but they don't end up getting used much.

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 04-16-2014, 12:18 AM
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(04-15-2014, 11:37 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote:
(04-15-2014, 12:40 PM)Darkbulb Wrote: There are some vintage OC slants out there I'd be interested in trying Wink

Fasan???? I keep my eyes open for the open comb slants....maybe we will both be lucky some day

Well, I like the Ziglar OC slant razor more I think.

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 04-20-2014, 10:04 AM
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thanks for the informative post. Your lather looks fantastic!

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 08-25-2014, 06:43 AM
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I tried the slant head several days and wondered about highly inconsistent results.
Sometimes too aggressive, sometimes only moving lather.
I found out the very same problem ad described by ojinsa - the blade can move approximately 1 mm in the head and ... does.

I would have loved this head to work for its mere looks, but I cannot accept this lack of precision.[Image: NwH7bG4.jpg]

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 08-25-2014, 08:09 PM
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 09-13-2014, 02:27 PM
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  • joedy
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I was eager to try the iKon slant after having spent several years now with a vintage Merkur slant.

With the the Merkur slants (both vintage and modern) the beveled head helps to keep your blade angle correct. With the iKon, though, the smooth curved slant head requires much more muscle memory in order to ensure a good cutting angle that takes whiskers away and not just shaving cream.

The iKon is a bit on the heavy side, but the aggressive knurling helps to maintain the finger grip.

So far I've used two different blade brands and the shave results seem to be consistent.

I consider the modern Merkur to be the most aggressive of the three with the iKon being the mildest shaver.

I'm still not yet sold on the efficiency of the iKon slant, but I don't know if this is a result of the foreign shave head geometry for me or the result of the actual designed cutting angle and slant unique to the iKon.

It is extremely well made and exudes a notable sense of craftmanship.

Of course: YMMV and all of that, but suffice to say that if you're interested in trying a slant razor, the iKon is an excellent introduction.

-joedy

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 09-14-2014, 03:54 AM
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I bought a Merkur slant and liked it.
Efficient and let's you feel the blade.
I then got the I-slant and did not like it at all.
Felt like there was no blade in it so I pressed too hard trying to get a feel for the blade and ended up burnt and cut!
Sat it aside for a while, and started using SE razors, mainly the Valet autostrop.
Went back to the I-slant last week and have finally gelled with it.
If you use the lightest touch and listen for the razor cutting you'll naturally get the correct angle. It is best razor I've tried for smoothness vs efficiency.
I now find the Merkur slant a bit rough. The bigger blade gap on it makes it very easy to get the angle correct, but I think the I-slant is the superior razor. After a learning curve !

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