06-17-2012, 03:14 PM
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first, I've been reading up on slants as of late to find the ultimate razor that'll suit me and the slant seems intriguing, at least enough to try one out.

which slant do you gents recommend for someone who has never tried a slant before? would anyone be willing to loan me a slant for a few weeks to try it out rather me buying one and possibly not liking it? I'd pay the shipping costs, of course.

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 06-17-2012, 03:18 PM
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What do you use now?

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 06-17-2012, 03:26 PM
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(06-17-2012, 03:18 PM)xraygun Wrote: What do you use now?

I've never tried a slant nor do I own one. or do you mean which de/se razors do I use?

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 06-17-2012, 03:31 PM
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Yes. What have you tried and liked. What didn't you like? Might give a little insight as to if you'll enjoy a slant.

cheers,

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 06-17-2012, 03:34 PM
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(06-17-2012, 03:31 PM)xraygun Wrote: Yes. What have you tried and liked. What didn't you like? Might give a little insight as to if you'll enjoy a slant.

cheers,

various injectors, gillette new and old, gillette super speed, gillette tech, merkur '41, EJ DE89 and I think that about wraps it out for what I've tried so far. my favorites would have to be my injectors and my new.

The SS didn't do much for me and the DE89 was a little bit heavy.

I have a GEM 1912 on the agenda tonight for my shave.

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 06-17-2012, 03:46 PM
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I'd describe to you the currently available Merkur 37C is in between a New and a R41, closer to the New, sort of around Red Tip territory. Nothing I'm aware of is as aggressive as the R41.
Personally I find the Sledgehammers (38&39C) unwieldy, but some folks like that big handle. A little milder than my Joris if you've had the pleasure.

Most of the vintage Hoffritz are so similar to the current 37 merkur that they are only of interest for the better plating and /or rarity. Be cautious of a split handle however.

I'm not a fan of bakelite razors myself, so someone can chime in on those.

The Brumml Sausalito slant (good luck finding) has a slightly different top piece I prefer over the Merkur.

There are a few others, but I haven't had them in my hands.

I hope this helps.
I'm not an SE user so I can't compare to those.

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 06-17-2012, 03:51 PM
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I like bakelite slants for a few reasons. First, they are not as expensive as a metal slant. Two, they are light in weight, and I like light, well balanced, razors.

If you would like to try a Fasan open comb slant, I would be happy to loan one to you.

PM me with your address.
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 06-17-2012, 04:39 PM
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Thanks for your input!

(06-17-2012, 03:46 PM)xraygun Wrote: I'd describe to you the currently available Merkur 37C is in between a New and a R41, closer to the New, sort of around Red Tip territory. Nothing I'm aware of is as aggressive as the R41.
Personally I find the Sledgehammers (38&39C) unwieldy, but some folks like that big handle. A little milder than my Joris if you've had the pleasure.

Most of the vintage Hoffritz are so similar to the current 37 merkur that they are only of interest for the better plating and /or rarity. Be cautious of a split handle however.

I'm not a fan of bakelite razors myself, so someone can chime in on those.

The Brumml Sausalito slant (good luck finding) has a slightly different top piece I prefer over the Merkur.

There are a few others, but I haven't had them in my hands.

I hope this helps.
I'm not an SE user so I can't compare to those.

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 06-17-2012, 04:43 PM
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I'd be delighted to try it. Is the fasan a razor that's easy to find for purchase? Is there an exact model to the razor so I can research it some more?

I sent you my address.

(06-17-2012, 03:51 PM)Bowlturner Wrote: I like bakelite slants for a few reasons. First, they are not as expensive as a metal slant. Two, they are light in weight, and I like light, well balanced, razors.

If you would like to try a Fasan open comb slant, I would be happy to loan one to you.

PM me with your address.
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 06-17-2012, 07:46 PM
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The Fasan is just one brand of bakelite slants. Most bakelite slants are made in Germany. I have two Fasan slants and they are are not of the same quality. The one pictured, that I am sending you to try, was made during, or around, the time of WWII. Later Fasan razors are of higher quality bakelite, or metal. I have not seen them refered to by models.

Mark - Bowlturner

(06-17-2012, 04:43 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: I'd be delighted to try it. Is the fasan a razor that's easy to find for purchase? Is there an exact model to the razor so I can research it some more?

I sent you my address.

(06-17-2012, 03:51 PM)Bowlturner Wrote: I like bakelite slants for a few reasons. First, they are not as expensive as a metal slant. Two, they are light in weight, and I like light, well balanced, razors.

If you would like to try a Fasan open comb slant, I would be happy to loan one to you.

PM me with your address.
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 06-17-2012, 08:43 PM
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You might also want to look into a Merkur 39C - it's a fairly hefty razor, but the long handle balances the head nicely. It's also easy to get hold of - still being manufactured.

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 06-18-2012, 08:59 AM
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I absolutely love my 39C but I'm wondering if the DE89 was a bit heavy for Andrew, perhaps the 37C would hit the spot(s) a bit better. Biggrin
I do agree that the 39C is well balanced for such a brute though.

(06-17-2012, 08:43 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: You might also want to look into a Merkur 39C - it's a fairly hefty razor, but the long handle balances the head nicely. It's also easy to get hold of - still being manufactured.

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 06-18-2012, 12:56 PM
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The bakelite slants are either used or NOS - as far as I know, none have been made in quite some time.

The only production slants are the ones made by Merkur, that others have mentioned.

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 06-19-2012, 06:12 PM
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Buy a new Merkur and avoid the vintage razors because they will cost a good bit more. You only need to decide on what type of handle and what plating you prefer. I was trying to buy another slant, but all of the 37C's seem to be sold out from my usual vendors.

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 06-19-2012, 08:30 PM
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i would also recommend the Merkur 37C as the handle is smaller than the 39C which is a very heavy razor.

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 07-01-2012, 02:48 PM
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I agree with Johnny9. Buy the 37C first. It has good balance, more nimble & not as heavy or as slick as the 39C. Then, go from there. You may be satisfied and not want to buy anything else. I like mine a lot. It's fun to use. IMO.

Vic

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 07-01-2012, 02:56 PM
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Something interesting occurred to me regarding Andrew shaving with the Slant.
The sound that you'll get from the Slant is going to be quite different than what you get with the Gem!
If you can hear it...Biggrin it'll be quite muffled instead of the buttering toast sound that you're used to!

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 07-01-2012, 09:21 PM
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(07-01-2012, 02:56 PM)EHV Wrote: Something interesting occurred to me regarding Andrew shaving with the Slant.
The sound that you'll get from the Slant is going to be quite different than what you get with the Gem!
If you can hear it...Biggrin it'll be quite muffled instead of the buttering toast sound that you're used to!

I'm going to get another shave or two in with the GEM before I try the slant bowlturner sent me.

I will say, I do like the audible feedback the GEM gives me.

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 07-03-2012, 03:24 PM
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I'd probably direct you towards the 37C......It's a great razor. I had one, sold it, then missed it, and bought another....lol

Worst case scenario, you buy it don't like it and sell it. They are an easy seller, I've found!

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