09-16-2014, 12:28 PM
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My next purchase will be a slant. I've never used a slant personally but normally use a mild to moderately aggressive DE (merkur 34c, parker 94r, adjustable set at 5 or 6 etc.) I was wandering if I could get some feedback as to which slant I should get. I'm currently looking at the merkur & the ikon but I've read the ikon is a bit mild.

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 09-16-2014, 01:11 PM
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The Ikon DLC slant is slightly more aggressive than the original non-DLC version.

I find it to be a nice, moderate, middle-of-the-road shave, about perfect for my taste. Gives me a shave comparable to my Fatboy on 7.

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 09-16-2014, 03:54 PM
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Wait for the Razorock slant which is coming soon. Don't know when (maybe someone else has seen something more specific), but my guess would be early 2015.

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 09-16-2014, 04:04 PM
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The razorock looks promising but I really don't care for the black color. One of there customers had there's plated. [Image: E0qjcfA.jpg]
An improvement IMHO.

(09-16-2014, 01:11 PM)david1201 Wrote: The Ikon DLC slant is slightly more aggressive than the original non-DLC version.

I find it to be a nice, moderate, middle-of-the-road shave, about perfect for my taste. Gives me a shave comparable to my Fatboy on 7.

Probably a dumb question but what does DLC stand for?

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 09-16-2014, 04:10 PM
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Diamond-like carbon, I think. That plating job above is wild, looks nice. The aluminum version should be in general release any time now.

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 09-16-2014, 04:10 PM
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(09-16-2014, 03:54 PM)Face Bannon Wrote: Wait for the Razorock slant which is coming soon...

No: don't sit around and wait for a slant that may or may not show up this year or maybe next year. Personally, while I'd be interested in trying the Razorock slant, I think that it's been hyped up to the max while only providing mediocre shaving results.

If you're not sure about staying with slants, the Merkur variant is probably the best bet into the world of slants. It's a moderately aggressive slant that is readily available.

The iKon is much more expensive and is much more pretty to look at, but the performance is milder than the Merkur. I'm getting good results now with mine, but the price:performance ratio isn't anywhere near proportional as to their price differences.

I've used the Bakelite slant, the 4-piece traveling Hoffritz slant and a vintage Merkur slant.

The vintage Merkur slant is by far the smoothest and most consistent razor of them all. They're pretty rare, but pop up occasionally.

I will stress though that the torsional flexing of the blades in a slant will make blades perform differently. Be prepared to experiment a little when you have your slant. You may find that other blades that you wrote off as unusable are actually great blades in a slant razor. I find this to be the case even across different slant manufacturers; the Derbys work great in the vintage Merkur, but turn into Weeper City when used in the Hoffritz slant.

Shaving with a slant is no different, but there's an aura of mystique and danger for the uninitiated. But in reality, they're just more efficient for some beards.

-joedy

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 09-16-2014, 04:23 PM
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(09-16-2014, 04:10 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: Diamond-like carbon, I think. That plating job above is wild, looks nice. The aluminum version should be in general release any time now.

I'd rather see a stainless or brass if only for added weight & durability. Also I just don't care for the aesthetics of the DLC even if it has less friction. Are any of the ikon heads still available in non coated stainless?

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 09-16-2014, 04:28 PM
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I'd buy the Merkur and never think twice about it. I love the RazoRocks, but if your gonna wait for one, your not serious about a slant. The RazoRock SLAB is one of my favorite razors, but you can't ever buy one, just like the slant.

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 09-16-2014, 04:32 PM
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(09-16-2014, 04:23 PM)captain caveman Wrote: I'd rather see a stainless or brass if only for added weight & durability. . .

They've got a stainless prototype that's been released in fits and starts. Hard to catch the limited release so far.

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 09-16-2014, 04:40 PM
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(09-16-2014, 04:32 PM)rsp1202 Wrote:
(09-16-2014, 04:23 PM)captain caveman Wrote: I'd rather see a stainless or brass if only for added weight & durability. . .

They've got a stainless prototype that's been released in fits and starts. Hard to catch the limited release so far.

That's the one I want, hopefully the stainless will be offered regularly at some point. Until then I may go with a merkur.

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 09-16-2014, 06:14 PM
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Well don't forget about the ATT Slant that's in development that's slated for this year.

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 09-16-2014, 06:31 PM
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(09-16-2014, 06:14 PM)refles Wrote: Well don't forget about the ATT Slant that's in development that's slated for this year.
I was about to bring this up... the ATT stainless razors are very nice.

(I'm not a slant fan, myself -- though I have limited experience. I just bring it up because of the desire for stainless and non-DLC).

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 09-16-2014, 06:45 PM
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Prototype photos were posted and Stan sourced opinions on what ppl thought would make a more effective and improved slant so this is something I'm looking forward to.. But I believe it's maybe only in 1 size compared to the customary 3 sizes for ATT, but if he does it would be interesting.

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 09-16-2014, 08:46 PM
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I would try to find a used Merkur 37C to try to see if slants work for you. Good luck.

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 09-17-2014, 03:40 AM
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My suggestion would be to get the Merkur Slant. It is a good shaver, is easily available, and is not overpriced.

I found the iKon to be too mild. The bakelite slant was okay. Eventually, I sold those and returned to the Merkur.

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 09-17-2014, 05:32 AM
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(09-16-2014, 08:46 PM)celestino Wrote: I would try to find a used Merkur 37C to try to see if slants work for you. Good luck.

I do tend to stick with the shoerter versions like the 37c, around three inches or so.

(09-17-2014, 03:40 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: My suggestion would be to get the Merkur Slant. It is a good shaver, is easily available, and is not overpriced.

I found the iKon to be too mild. The bakelite slant was okay. Eventually, I sold those and returned to the Merkur.

That's exactly what I've read which is why I'm leaning towards the 37c. I'm tired of waiting for all the prototypes that seem to always be right around the corner.

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 09-17-2014, 06:30 AM
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Agreed, but the DLC has a redesigned, smaller top cap and is more aggressive.

(09-17-2014, 03:40 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: I found the iKon to be too mild. The bakelite slant was okay. Eventually, I sold those and returned to the Merkur.

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 09-17-2014, 07:22 AM
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(09-16-2014, 08:46 PM)celestino Wrote: I would try to find a used Merkur 37C to try to see if slants work for you. Good luck.

That's how I would start. See if you like a slant before you invest in an expensive model. I love my 37C.

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 09-17-2014, 08:31 AM
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(09-16-2014, 08:46 PM)celestino Wrote: I would try to find a used Merkur 37C to try to see if slants work for you. Good luck.

I agree. It's a great way to try one out without a whole lot of expense. I love mine, but they aren't for everyone. Plus, you'll have no trouble reselling if you don't like it.

Plus, I've heard the Ikons are very sensitive to blade selection and blade angles. It doesn't take much to end up with poor results. The 37c isn't that sensitive.

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