Poll: How do you use an adjustable razor like the Fat Boy?
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I found the setting I like, and I leave it there.
43.14% of votes
I sometimes change the setting—e.g., open it a bit for a 3-day beard.
29.41% of votes
I use a different setting for each pass—e.g., 6 for WTG, 3 for XTG, 1 for ATG.
27.45% of votes
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 07-14-2014, 03:31 PM
#1
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I have the idea that adjustable razors are generally left unadjusted once the shaver has found the setting he likes. But then I realized that this was simply projection: it's what I do. (On a Gillette adjustable, the razor stays at "5".)

So it seems a poll might be useful. If you're one who does change settings, what settings do you use? and for what?

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 07-14-2014, 03:46 PM
#2
  • Elendil
  • Raggedy man, good night
  • The snow's back.
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I don't think guys were as adventurous as some of us are, when the adjustables were first introduced. You had a one razor fits all shavers product who literally dialed up the setting that worked best for them, and stuck with it. I'm one of those guys, set to 3 on the Fatboy and 4 on the Slim. Could they even conceive of different settings for each pass?

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 07-14-2014, 03:58 PM
#3
  • LORDBISHOP
  • Lover of the Wet Shaving way of Life
  • Westchester, NY
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I have settings that I'm comfortable with for each of my adjustable razors. Take a Slim, Fatboy and Progress, I'm comfortable using the Slim on 4 as a daily driver, the Fatboy on 5 and the Progress at 2.5. Once growth gets to three days or more, I basically open up each razor to it's max setting (ie. 9 for the Slim & Fatboy, 5+ on the Progress). Then for each subsequent pass I usually dial the razor back to my daily driver setting. This is the best advantage of an adjustable razor for me. I know many like adjustables for the fact that they know they will find a level of aggression good for them, therefor making an adjustable a safe purchase, which is true too... but I really like variety and enjoy mild to aggressive razors, in both open comb and closed...just depends on my moodTongue

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 07-14-2014, 05:05 PM
#4
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I have to dial my Progress to 1 for it to fit into its case. Therefore I have to dial it out to 5 every time I use it. Once in a while I will throttle it back to 3 on the final pass.

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 07-14-2014, 05:57 PM
#5
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on my progress i dial 3,2,1 for first,second and final pass respectively. i like to use an adjustable occasionally but using an aggressive razor for first pass and a mild razor for subsequent passes yield better results for me. just tried a 37c for first pass and a 34c for next pass yesterday .... and boy i experienced the best shave of my life.

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 07-14-2014, 07:39 PM
#6
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I can't vote for any of the choices. I used it set to one since it was my first adjustable (Slim). That didn't last long and I fairly quickly ratcheted it up to 5 where it stayed for a time. Then it eventually worked it's way up to 9. Then it was put away because the head was just too large and unwieldy, and not aggressive enough.

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 07-14-2014, 10:29 PM
#7
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I have a Futur, which is my go to razor, first pass is on 2.5 second on 3 third pass on 3.5/4 I also use a Schick adjustable on setting 3/5/7

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 07-15-2014, 06:23 AM
#8
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After loading the blade I just leave my Progress at 3.5. So far that's the level of aggression that works best for me and I keep it that way for all 3 passes.

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 07-15-2014, 06:47 AM
#9
  • RedRocks
  • Active Member
  • Four-Corners, USA
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I do things a little differently. I have 4 Gillette adjustables (Slim, Fat Boy, Gold Aristocrat Adjustable, Super Adjustable), but work them all the same.

When I load a new blade (Iridium Super exclusively) I start out on 7 - any higher with a new blade & I end up with face-slaw! After 2 shaves on 7, the blade has worn down enough that I go up to 8. On shaves 5 & 6 I take it up all the way to 9.

The blade is replaced after the 6th shave. Repeat the process. I use a single die to track the number of shaves.

I didn't vote for any of the 3. Although #2 comes the closest, I think the OP had beard growth in mind rather than blade wear.

~Frank

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 07-15-2014, 06:50 AM
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On my '65 slim, '75 Black Beauty I use 7 on the first pass and then 5 thereafter. Sometimes a 3 if a cleanup pass is needed. So much for theories!
Herm
- '57 SS, '58 Exec, ,65 Slim, '70 SA, '75 SA, DE89 -

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 07-15-2014, 07:29 AM
#11
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Once I find a comfortable setting, that's where it stays always.

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 07-15-2014, 07:40 AM
#12
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(07-15-2014, 07:29 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Once I find a comfortable setting, that's where it stays always.

+1 This is what I do 90% of the time, but at other times, I feel a bit adventurous. Biggrin

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 07-15-2014, 08:40 AM
#13
  • Karlo
  • Active Member
  • Manila, PHL
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On a Progress, I'll do 1.5 for WTG and open up to 2.5 for ATG. For cleanups, I'll back it down to 2 or 1.5. I can get away with a 2 pass shave with this razor. I cannot get away with setting it at 3 for any pass with any blade I have.

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 07-15-2014, 09:25 AM
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  • CRAusmus
  • Senior Member
  • Going from Texas to Georgia
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Slim and Super stay at 5, while the Fatboy stays at 4.

Does anyone else not think the Fatboy is more aggressive then the Slim? I tried it at 5, but it was too aggressive and found it perfect at 4.

At any rate, I set it and forget it. I kind of feel like these were invented so that people could buy it and find their setting like Bob said.

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 07-15-2014, 09:30 AM
#15
  • Harvey
  • Senior Member
  • North Hills CA
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Isn,t that the point of buying an adjustible....find your number and then "be happy"....that is why they make them.

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 07-15-2014, 10:50 AM
#16
  • blzrfn
  • Butterscotch Bandit
  • Vancouver USA
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I adjust my razors according to what the blade dictates. The first pass with the first use of a blade I like to dial it in to the lowest setting where it is still effective. I generally start on the high side and lower the setting until I can no longer feel any harshness from the blade. Some blades are so smooth they can stay at a higher setting, other blades (recently 7 O'Clock Yellow) need to be dialed down to avoid irritation. I generally value smoothness over closeness, but when you can get both then that is what I call the sweet spot.

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 07-15-2014, 11:13 AM
#17
  • ben74
  • Senior Member
  • Perth, Australia
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I adjusted my adjustable razors at first, but once I hit the sweet spot, which is just over half way on my Mergress, Mergress XL, Futur and Vision, it hasn't moved since.

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 07-15-2014, 11:21 AM
#18
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Set it and forget it.

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 07-15-2014, 11:30 AM
#19
  • Jack
  • Old School
  • Long Island
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I have not adjusted my Futur in years

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 07-15-2014, 03:36 PM
#20
  • CMur12
  • Semogueiro de Coração
  • Moses Lake, Washington State, USA
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I look for the setting that works for me, then I leave it there.

I'm late coming to adjustables, so this history probably colors my approach. I use my Mergress at the lowest setting, which in this configuration has the best combination of gentleness and effectiveness that I have found to date. I used a Fatboy briefly set at 5.

- Murray

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