04-30-2015, 08:08 PM
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Maybe I am doing it wrong or I may be on to something useful to the community. I have been getting great BBS shaves using my most aggressive razor (currently a cadet tto, but looking for a fatip or r41 to try) for my wtg pass and then xtg and atg with a RRSS. I started this because I find that the RRSS has trouble on longer stubble.

Now when I am rushed I can get a DFS with a xtg Cadet pass and a mostly atg RRSS. (Polsilver blades in both)

Just a thought and maybe a way to encourage a little RAD with purpose to explain to SWMBO. Thoughts ?

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 05-01-2015, 01:08 AM
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I have about 10 razors myself. I look instead of using the word aggressive I use efficient. It seems like when I was using my DE89 and 34C it took at least 3 passes and a clean up to get BBS. When I got my 2013 R41 and my Merkur slant it went to 2 passes and maybe a clean up. Both of these razors I do WTG and then XTG and thats it.

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 05-01-2015, 04:50 AM
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Do you feel that your skin does better with the two passes vs. three?

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 05-02-2015, 01:02 PM
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The razors I use for my SOTD are in the cabinet, the rest are in "mothballs" and are no longer used for my current ShavesOTD.

I have 4 DE razors in the cabinet for more or less, "regular" use- 2 Muhle R41s ('11 and '13), and pre '21 Gillettes with shims. But my real razor love is for my SE razors. I have 16 of those in the cabinet and in regular use. Of those I have fewer than a handful rise to the top of the heap of the 16 and see the lions share of shaves. They'd be the GEM '24, the GEM OCMM, and the ER '24.

When I first saw the ER '24, I didn't think it would ever have as coveted place in the lineup as it does. It is one homely razor. But the results say that it's beauty is in the shave and not in the appearance of the razor.

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 05-02-2015, 01:28 PM
  • BobH
  • Senior Member
  • Thunder Bay Canada
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The DE razors I use the most when I do use a DE are some variety of vintage OC Gillette, a Merkur slant or a Muhle R41 2013 version usually with Feather blades. Out of the 3 the Merkur slant seems to have the nicest balance of aggressiveness/efficiency to ease of use for a very close shave. The other DEs and SEs I have, aside from those 3, I keep around for variety. I may shave once a week with a DE the rest of the time it is with a SR.


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 05-17-2015, 10:23 AM
  • Longnecks
  • Junior Member
  • St. Louis, Missouri
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I have a E Jagger 89LBL, 34C, 37C, Merkur Progress, R41. Maggard MR1, MR5, Fatip, Weber, Razorock Bamboozled Rake,, Matador Toro Mastif. All of these razors I use and rotate. Love them all but the best and most comfortable shaves I get is from my Merkur 37C Slant with an Astra SP blade. I also rotate my soaps and creams every shave. Each razor I use I shave with the same blade until I pitch it then go to a different razor and blade. I thought DE shaving was supposed to save money??.  Longnecks

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 05-17-2015, 10:33 AM
  • Barrylu
  • Senior Member
  • Portland OR
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I am down from 10 razors to 2. I use a Mongoose most of the time. For light shaves and touch ups I use a PILS. I am thinking of adding a Mongoose Aluminum for days when my hands hurt too much to use a heavy razor.That is when the Aluminum Mongoose becomes available.
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 05-17-2015, 10:55 AM
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Sixteen in my rotation at home, one travel razor and one I keep at work... so eighteen.

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 05-17-2015, 12:19 PM
  • jarobe
  • Junior Member
  • Auckland, New Zealand
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I keep 4 razors in my rotation. My 1921-1929 old type OC is often used when my facial hair is longer. If I'm shaving every day I have a great 40's tech that does an excellent job. I could simply keep just these two in my rotation, but to mix things up I also have a Slim and #58 as the Slim, being adjustable, covers a range of "efficiencies" while the #58 is a bit like the Tech, it also looks nice.

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 05-17-2015, 12:46 PM
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I have a handfull of vintage TTO Gillettes but with the exception of my Fatboy I rarely use them. I prefer heavier razors and my 3 pieces let me customize that.

My current rotation is an Edwin Jagger DE89 with a Weber bulldog handle, an iKon slant with a Wolfman Razor WRH2 handle, an iKon Shave Craft #101 on a bamboo handle, and an iKon Shave Craft #102 on a bulldog handle.

For aggression I would say the iKon slant is the most aggressive of my rotation. It is a real weed wacker! Gives me the closest shaves but can cause some mild irritation if I am not careful.

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 05-17-2015, 01:10 PM
  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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I cannot answer that on the grounds of self incrimination....I plead the 5th your Honor.....

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 05-17-2015, 06:14 PM
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I only use one razor per day.  My rotation currently:

1. Gillette SS Red Tip A4 - This razor gets the most use.
2. Gillette NEW LC - The change-up razor.  It is very efficient and still easy to use.
3. Gillette Adjustable Toggle - Set to 5-7.  I use this razor on Tuesdays.(Toggle Tuesday for me)  This razor is efficient on these settings.  I only use it once a week, because they are scarce and I'm trying to be gentle with this razor.

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 05-18-2015, 06:33 AM
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Every DE razor I own (5+ a travel one)gets to see some action on a 2 week rotation. my R41(2013) for heavy duty, in 4-5 days growth. My ikon DLC slant and RR SLAB are the ones who gets to see more action. My Parker travel kit when on the Road. And finally my MR5 and EJ 89 to complete the rotation. Have to say RR SLAB is the one I get the most comfortable and efficient shave.  

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 05-18-2015, 08:12 AM
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Never was hit with a case of RAD. I have 4 razors in my rotation:

1) Merkur 37C (I am of the opinion that a slant razor is unnecessary; I use the "Primo Slide" to recreate the guillotine effect)

2) 2013 Mühle R41 (You know, aggression personified. Good razor, requires a secure, advanced technique)
3) Mühle R89 (Mild razor. Provides comfortable shaves. Great entry-level razor--same as the EJ89)

4) Feather AS-D2 (My most expensive and, IMO, highest-quality razor. Highly recommended.)

I have pondered a Mongoose, I have considered a Cobra, I have thought about a Pils, but in the end, my razors provide me everything I need for a BBS shave on a daily basis, so I can focus my acquisition disorders on soaps and fragrances.  Biggrin

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 05-18-2015, 08:31 AM
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For a day of growth: EJ DE89L, EJ DE89 Barley, Merkur 34C, 42C, Feather Popular( my travel razor).
For 2 or more: Merkur 41C, 39C, Futur, Muhle R41 2013, Muhle R41 Grande.

I also have some others like Gillette Tech, G1000 but I don't use them anymore.


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 05-18-2015, 09:30 AM
  • celar36
  • Enjoying Life 1 shave at time
  • London, UK
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Gillette Big Fellow 1920 or 1921  depends
Gillette 58
Eclipse Red Ring
Feather New Wooden handle model
Feather Portable

SE anything in stash

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 05-18-2015, 10:18 AM
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F2 Gillette fat boy , undated gold fat handle tech , Gillette D1 ss, Shick Krona.

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 05-20-2015, 08:44 AM
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I'm currently rotating through four DEs -- iKon Standard bar, ATT S1, Mühle R41, and a Merkur 37C. I have many others, and I add them into the mix as the mood takes me.

Just acquired a Maggard OC razor head, I will give it a try next shave. I also love the iKon Shavecraft 101 -- that's my travel razor, but it's so good I often use it between trips!

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 05-20-2015, 09:21 AM
  • Rufus
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  • Greater Toronto Area
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After years of using my DE and SE razors I've gone back to using a cartridge.  I use a Mach3 at home and a Sensor whilst travelling and find that I now get a BBS shave after 2 passes and clean up.  I must say, however, that my years of using a DE razor taught me to refine my technique, which I now use with my cartridge razors resulting in a much improved shave in far less time.  As is the case in all things, YMMV.

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 05-21-2015, 07:59 PM
  • chazt
  • Shimmer of Techs
  • Queens, NY
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Primarily it's my 56 Red Tip. The black short handle slim adjustable sees use as does an ikonmerkur fankenrazor. My SS and Techs try to break the rotation but lately the Red Tip gets the nod more often than not. Great balance and feel. Wonderful shave.

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