08-21-2015, 05:40 PM
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After trying ATT S1 I've increased my faith on slant razor. 
Tried Merkur 39C yesterday. 
The blade exposure and aggressiveness are far more then S1. 
Thus I shaved by the razor's weight without pressuring it.
2 passes ATG.
Still hesitated XTG though.
I used ASD2 for XTG 2 passes.  
Got BBS!

Any tip XTG with slant razor?

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 08-21-2015, 06:26 PM
  • tdmsu
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I use my 39c the same way as any other razor, just more careful to allow the weight of the razor do the work. 
Maybe just go slowly on your XTG until you get used to it. 
Congrats on the BBS!

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 08-21-2015, 06:35 PM
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Congrats! That is a razor I have been anxious to try. It seems everyone is happy with the 39C for the most part.

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 08-21-2015, 06:43 PM
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Very nice razor indeed.

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 08-22-2015, 03:35 AM
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I am gonna revisit later on,  but it was too harsh for me when i tried it last time.

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 08-22-2015, 03:47 AM
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Congratulations on achieving a BBS.

I tried the 39C around three years ago. Not as aggressive as I was led to believe; just treat it like any other DE. I didn't get on with the long handle. Just bought a 37C which has the same head but shorter handle, and I couldn't be happier.

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 08-22-2015, 04:29 AM
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Nice job on the shave, the 39c is great razor and the Merkur slants tend to be more aggressive when you compare them to other slant razors but nothing to worry about too much, like David said if you treat it like any other razor you should be fine.

Is it the neck area your having trouble with? Short and light strokes, perhaps try shaving downwards and then slowly curve the razor following the contours of your neck (so start north to south then transition to east to west and vice versa on the other side).

Best of luck and may your good shaves continue Smile

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 08-23-2015, 08:39 PM
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(08-21-2015, 06:26 PM)tdmsu Wrote: I use my 39c the same way as any other razor, just more careful to allow the weight of the razor do the work. 
Maybe just go slowly on your XTG until you get used to it. 
Congrats on the BBS!

I have been using mine with Feather blades as described by tdmsu with great results!

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 08-23-2015, 08:50 PM
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I find the 37 and 39c just a tab more aggressive than an Edwin Jagger,and less aggressive than a progress turned all the way up. For me a slant is just like any other razor no special treatment or technique. Shaves with my merkurs and my IKON don't get any closer than. A straight bar and definitely not closer than an r41 or other open comb. Not saying its a bad razor,just saying I don't find them to be any different than other razors. Of course YMMV

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 08-24-2015, 05:27 AM
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I bought one from Johnny and just don't get the hype around slants. The slanted blade feels more like a gimmick. It doesn't feel any different.

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 08-24-2015, 06:06 PM
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My wife got me a 39c for my birthday last week. I used it once and haven't tried it since. It wasn't great to me. I went back to my OC 1934 Aristocrat and Mongoose. I'd like to think that I'll go back to it but I just might not.

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 08-25-2015, 12:21 AM
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I use the 37c which is the short handle version of the 39c. It is one of my favourite DEs providing excellent shaves even with Feather blades. You might get a tad closer shave with a Muhle R41 or Fatip but they are not as relaxing to shave with for me. I don't understand the Merkur slants reputation of being very aggressive. With any DE I try to use no pressure and watch the angle. I'd guess it is just a matter of getting to know a new razor to get the best results.


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 08-25-2015, 04:35 AM
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 08-25-2015, 07:32 AM
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I've found that if I lightly stretch the area that's being shaved I really don't need to go XTG with my 37C to get a smooth shave. Give it a try.

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