02-02-2015, 06:56 PM
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Ok, been DE shaving about 6 months and very much enjoying it. So many positives. I believe I am ready for a more aggressive razor but don't want to get to crazy... Here is my current situation...

I enjoy and shave with these 3 on a as needed rotation

Mekur 34c
Edwin jagger de89
1971 Gillette adjustable black


Often it is tough to get a bbs.... What would be a good razor to be a bit more aggressive but not over do it.....

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 02-02-2015, 07:02 PM
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Merkur 37C or 39C slant or maybe a Muhle R41. The Muhle is the more aggressive of the 3 but the slants are a different level and an awesome shave!

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 02-02-2015, 07:17 PM
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I have a lot of different slants and stainless steel high end razors.  I keep going back to the weber polished head for a reliable shave.  just a bit more aggressive than your list.  my next favorite would be a r-1 att  a goldilocks razor for me and easy to sell if not  your cup of tea.  the manufacturer even gives you 30 days to decide.

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 02-02-2015, 09:51 PM
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Slants are often considered to be more aggressive, but I'm not convinced aggressive is the proper term to use for them... efficient maybe?

To me at least, aggressiveness is caused by a reasonable shallow blade angle ("flatter" blade) and a large blade gap (between the edge and the razor)... neither of which the Merkur slants scores very high on.

For an aggressive razor you can look towards the Lord Racer - with it's almost flat blade and large gap, it's the most aggressive razor in my rotation. Got got to pair it with a mild blade though, or it'll give you a rather rough ride... you quickly learn the benefits of 'no pressure' if you're not careful  Wink

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 02-02-2015, 09:53 PM
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Maybe you need a sharper blade.

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 02-02-2015, 11:16 PM
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Have you opened the adjustable all the way? I don't have the black version, but the Fatboy or the Slim is pretty aggressive opened up all the way.

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 02-02-2015, 11:19 PM
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Have you thought about a Mongoose SE with a Feather Pro blade ?
Or a Feather Artist Club Japanese Straight with a Feather Proguard blade in it ?

Both will need a learning curve, but so will a Mühle R41

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 02-03-2015, 03:53 AM
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Like Hans, I don't consider slants to be particularly aggressive - just efficient. 

I'll add another razor to your list - the Merkur Vision. It can be very aggressive, and can even be made more aggressive than when it comes out of the factory, as there's a manual way to change the adjustment limits. 

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 02-03-2015, 04:20 AM
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A Parker 94r is a nice "hefty" razor & a little more aggressive than your 34c and it won't break the bank. About $30.00

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 02-03-2015, 05:33 AM
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the Parker is very  efficient. 
i lked mine very much, but it broke apart after I dropped it. Be  careful. 
Besides the Parker I like my Fatip grande. This and the R41 are no easy shavers, but i like them nonetheless, maybe just because of that..Smile

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 02-03-2015, 06:03 AM
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(02-02-2015, 11:16 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Have you opened the adjustable all the way? I don't have the black version, but the Fatboy or the Slim is pretty aggressive opened up all the way.
This!  Also, try a Kai, Polsilver or Feather blade.  My Fatboy on 9 is plenty aggressive.  Next step imho would be a single-edge razor like the Mongoose. 

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 02-03-2015, 06:44 AM
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I concur with the majority here. I started out with a Merkur 180 HD and have since "upgraded" to a Mühle R41 and a Merkur 37C, both significantly more aggressive than the 180. However, aggressiveness in a razor does not a great shave make. The combination of technique, blade and prep do. I can get a BBS shave from my mildest razors, the Mühle R89 and the Feather AS-D2.

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 02-03-2015, 06:56 AM
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(02-02-2015, 06:56 PM)txtag1 Wrote: Ok,  been DE shaving about 6 months and very much enjoying it.    So many positives.    I believe I am ready for a more aggressive razor but don't want to get to crazy...  Here is my current situation...

I enjoy and shave with these 3 on a as needed rotation

Mekur 34c
Edwin jagger de89
1971 Gillette adjustable black


Often it is tough to get a bbs....  What would be a good razor to be a bit more aggressive but not over do it.....

I wouldn't chase the BBS.  It will often lead to a lot of irritation.  

I know this isn't what you want to hear, but I would work on lather and shaving technique rather than looking for a piece of kit to overcome a deficiency.

If you just want a new a razor, by all means go get one, but don't look for magic.

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 02-03-2015, 11:20 AM
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Best choice at this point for you a Merkur Progress....

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 02-03-2015, 11:25 AM
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Matador Toro Mastiff - Blade gap is like a progress on level 5. Price is amazing for that razor. 

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 02-03-2015, 11:30 AM
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All of my friends were going to give up on DE shaving until I gave them the R41. The only other razor I might reach for is the Cobra Classic.

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 02-03-2015, 12:22 PM
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(02-03-2015, 11:30 AM)Shakamoto Wrote: All of my friends were going to give up on DE shaving until I gave them the R41.

Very true!  An aggressive/efficient razor is much more interesting!

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 02-03-2015, 12:43 PM
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(02-03-2015, 12:22 PM)Bibbelmann Wrote:
(02-03-2015, 11:30 AM)Shakamoto Wrote: All of my friends were going to give up on DE shaving until I gave them the R41.

Very true!  An aggressive/efficient razor is much more interesting!

They aren't in the hobby so they couldn't believe the R41 had a reputation of being too aggressive. This is after passing around the 34c, slant, ej89, Futur, Maggards, IB, etc. Maybe the bad experiences have been from the first version of the R41?

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 02-03-2015, 12:45 PM
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(02-02-2015, 06:56 PM)txtag1 Wrote: Ok,  been DE shaving about 6 months...

I enjoy and shave with these 3 on a as needed rotation

Mekur 34c
Edwin jagger de89
1971 Gillette adjustable black
My first reaction to this is you need more than six months rotating three (or 11, considering the nine positions on the Gillette) razors.  There has been a great deal of information already presented to get you going, including exhausting the adjustable's permutations (and that doesn't yet include the variable of another blade, or blades. at each of the adjustable's stops!).

This site, however, is full of enablers, who will stroke your RAD.  If you are hell-bent on getting another razor, you have come to the right place and asked the right question.  If you are chasing the BBS shave, try more than six months of working on your prep, your technique (inlcuding razor angle and pressure), and your blade choice.

If it is both you are after, welcome home!

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 02-03-2015, 05:49 PM
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Yes to all of the above! 😀 I enjoy all my current razors and continue to experiment with different blades.. My technique continues to evolve and improve, I just haven't settled on the right combination yet... Probably need more patience & practice....

The razor advice is appreciated

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