10-04-2014, 03:32 PM
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Hi Shave Nook! Some might have seen my thread elsewhere but I wanted to share. I recently bought a Merkur 15c because I wanted to try an OC razor. From reading reviews it seems as if it's mild and a great beginners OC. I haven't been using a DE too long. A little over two months. I figuered this razor would be ideal.

Razor comes and it looks great! Handle has a nice grip so no slips. I put a razor in and it's basically touching the teeth. Say to my self "not very aggressive looking". I go for a shave. Well, the first shave was so so. I did about 4 passes and still had some patches. Used a new Derby(I know not the sharpest). I guess the reviews were accurate but I will try again. Next day I try it again. Little better but still not good. I have a Progress which is set at "3" and shaves great. I want the same out of the 15c.

So I do a little research on shims. Figuered it was done way back in the day. Got an old blade, cut the edges and threw her in. Moment of truth. Wow, what a difference!!!!!! That shim changed that docile razor to a more aggressive beast. Ok, not a beast but more whisker hungry.LOL I read warnings about blade chatter but it was only one shim so no chatter. I didn't have to hold it at an exact angle in order for it to cut. I used less passes and got a BBS shave!!! No weepers, nicks or burn. I was stoked!! I love my 15c now!! Sorry for being long winded but I am excited!lol Hope this helps. Now the pics!

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Shim on the left and untouched blade on right.
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The 15c loaded without shim.
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With the shim
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Thanks for looking Shave Nook!!

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 10-04-2014, 08:43 PM
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Congratulatoins and shimming is the most inexpensive way to get a more aggressive razor. Biggrin
Enjoy that lovely razor.

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 10-04-2014, 10:04 PM
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+1

And it's almost instantly reversible and costs nothing. What's not to like?

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 10-05-2014, 09:56 AM
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(10-04-2014, 08:43 PM)celestino Wrote: Congratulatoins and shimming is the most inexpensive way to get a more aggressive razor. Biggrin
Enjoy that lovely razor.

Thanks!! The cost of a used blade.lol

(10-04-2014, 10:04 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: +1

And it's almost instantly reversible and costs nothing. What's not to like?

Yes sir. When it gets passed to my son he can start without the shim.

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 10-05-2014, 10:44 AM
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Do you put the shim under the blade or on top of the blade???

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 10-05-2014, 11:07 AM
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(10-05-2014, 10:44 AM)Harvey Wrote: Do you put the shim under the blade or on top of the blade???

Under the blade. Base plate, shim, blade and top plate.

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 10-05-2014, 12:11 PM
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Thanks..I just tried it and it works great!!!!...(should have done that about $2000.00 ago!!!)

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 10-05-2014, 01:53 PM
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(10-05-2014, 12:11 PM)Harvey Wrote: Thanks..I just tried it and it works great!!!!...(should have done that about $2000.00 ago!!!)

Awesome! Wasn't my idea but I wanted to share. I received some Astra's so I can't wait to try!!

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 10-06-2014, 09:34 AM
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So I tried the Astra blade w/shim today. The shave was nice but I thought it would be better. First seemed like the blade/shim combo wasn't as aggressive in looks or shave. It did shave a lot smoother than the Derby blade. But had to buff a little more with the Astra. I am going to try the Astra with one shim again and if I get the same results I will add another shim. Maybe the Astra blade is thinner than the Derby?

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 10-06-2014, 09:47 AM
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could be...I used a Derby shim with the Derby blade...worked great...

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 10-06-2014, 03:59 PM
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(10-06-2014, 09:47 AM)Harvey Wrote: could be...I used a Derby shim with the Derby blade...worked great...

More reason to try different combos. Maybe a Astra shim with Astra blade.

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 10-06-2014, 05:13 PM
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I was thinking about this all day. Does that happen to anybody else?lol I came home from work and decided to see if there is a difference in blade thickness. I am just using my eye to judge. A tool like a caliper would be better but I don't have one. On to the pics.

Merkur 15 with Astra blade and 2 Derby shims.
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With Derby blade and 2 Derby shims.
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For giggles..Merkur Progress set at "3" with Astra blade.
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So, to me it does seem as the derby blade would be thicker than the Astra blade. Kinda hard to tell on the pics but upon close inspection more aggressive. That's the only explaination I have for the difference in shaving with the Debry and Astra.

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 10-08-2014, 10:04 AM
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So I had a shave with the Astra blade and 2 shims. It definitely kicked up the aggressive scale! The first few stokes were slow. I wanted to see how wild this ride would be.lol Then the fear went away and I was shaving just like any normal day. I did take my time and went slow around the jaw line. The did hover over the base of the neck. My skin folds there and it's a hard area to shave without weepers. But, no weepers! End result was a BBS shave! This thread might be boring to the experienced DE users but to a noob like me it's exciting! Discovering the blade/shim combos on this razor was and will continue to be fun!!

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