12-26-2015, 10:14 AM
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I'm thinking about purchasing a Merkur 39c slant. Do you need a special blade for the slant or will any D/E blade work? (granted i currently use Astra green box. i"m sure everyone has a preferred blade)

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 12-26-2015, 10:15 AM
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Any DE blade will fit into any standard slant. You're good to go!

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 12-26-2015, 10:20 AM
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(12-26-2015, 10:15 AM)chamm Wrote: Any DE blade will fit into any standard slant. You're good to go!

thank you for the info.

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 12-26-2015, 11:38 AM
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Any blade works in The Axe, although I prefer NOT using Feathers in mine... she can be nippy Tongue

You should be good to go with the Astra, it's one of my favourite blades.

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 12-29-2015, 06:09 PM
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How does a merkur slant compare to ikon slant?

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 12-29-2015, 06:25 PM
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Milder and less blade "feedback"..(sound).....however easier to load and possibly safer for less "experienced" shavers...also quite a bit less expensive

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 12-29-2015, 06:26 PM
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(12-29-2015, 06:09 PM)cibolodave Wrote: How does a merkur slant compare to ikon slant?

I don't have any experience but just ordered the Ikon 102 slant head last night. I read some reviews that compared slants and every review I read said the Ikon was better than the Merkur. I went with the Ikon because I have a 101 and find it to be a very good razor on the safety bar side, and because the 102 does not twist the blade, which on the Ikon stainless model some complain of alignment issues due to the twisting of the blade.

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 12-29-2015, 06:32 PM
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I have both the iKon slant and the Merkur. I think the Merkur shaves a little closer, but the iKon is much smoother, and much better made. The iKon is made from stainless steel, and will outlast the Merkur by a lot. If you get a new Merkur, their moods are not as good as they used to be. This causes a lot of metal flash, and ultimately will cause the chrome to flake off prematurely. They're not junk, but they probably won't last decades.

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 12-29-2015, 07:03 PM
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(12-29-2015, 06:32 PM)chamm Wrote: I have both the iKon slant and the Merkur. I think the Merkur shaves a little closer, but the iKon is much smoother, and much better made. The iKon is made from stainless steel, and will outlast the Merkur by a lot. If you get a new Merkur, their moods are not as good as they used to be. This causes a lot of metal flash, and ultimately will cause the chrome to flake off prematurely. They're not junk, but they probably won't last decades.

The Ikon 102 is made of aluminum. You are referring to the stainless model which is different design, the blade twist in that one I believe.

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 12-30-2015, 05:02 AM
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The jury is still out for me on the 102. It gives a good, comfortable shave, but I think that I don't much care for the angled head. I much prefer the B1 head.


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 12-30-2015, 05:29 AM
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Sorry, somehow I missed that the OP was talking about the 102. I was definitely referring to the Stainless Slant; I've never used a 102 before.

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 12-31-2015, 12:09 PM
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102 is way milder, but still a very nice shaver. Also milder than the Merkur, and milder than the similar Mulcato design. I would judge mine to be just above average in efficiency, and it is a nice combination of qualities.

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 12-31-2015, 02:19 PM
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(12-30-2015, 05:29 AM)chamm Wrote: Sorry, somehow I missed that the OP was talking about the 102. I was definitely referring to the Stainless Slant; I've never used a 102 before.

My bad actually. I got this thread confused with another one I guess because the OP didn't even mention the Ikon slant.

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 01-04-2016, 07:38 PM
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I have a 37C and Astras work beautifully with it. I usually use feathers in my regular razors, but they tore me up with the slant. Good luck!

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 01-04-2016, 09:59 PM
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The Merkur 39C is a true champion. I prefer the 37C with the shorter handle, but both razors are top notch! The 39C has a longer handle, and it weighs a few grams more, but they have the same shaving head. I own both, but I prefer the 37C because I like the shorter handle. If you favor longer handled razors, then the 39C is perfect for you.

There is some talk of slant razors being aggressive. I don't find them so, and I think that the fear some folks have is mistaken -- If it's your first double edge razor, maybe a 38C might suit you better, but the 39C is an easy to handle beast. I use my 37 every shave, and it's a sweetheart.

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 01-04-2016, 11:25 PM
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(12-29-2015, 06:32 PM)chamm Wrote: I have both the iKon slant and the Merkur. I think the Merkur shaves a little closer, but the iKon is much smoother, and much better made. The iKon is made from stainless steel, and will outlast the Merkur by a lot. If you get a new Merkur, their moods are not as good as they used to be. This causes a lot of metal flash, and ultimately will cause the chrome to flake off prematurely. They're not junk, but they probably won't last decades.

This is no longer the case at Merkur. Last year Dovo replaced all the castingmolds, and also made some minor modifications to the heads. The difference in quality between the older (in my case 37c) and new (in my case 39c) molds is noticable.

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 01-04-2016, 11:42 PM
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(01-04-2016, 11:25 PM)efsk Wrote:
(12-29-2015, 06:32 PM)chamm Wrote: I have both the iKon slant and the Merkur. I think the Merkur shaves a little closer, but the iKon is much smoother, and much better made. The iKon is made from stainless steel, and will outlast the Merkur by a lot. If you get a new Merkur, their moods are not as good as they used to be. This causes a lot of metal flash, and ultimately will cause the chrome to flake off prematurely. They're not junk, but they probably won't last decades.

This is no longer the case at Merkur. Last year Dovo replaced all the castingmolds, and also made some minor modifications to the heads. The difference in quality between the older (in my case 37c) and new (in my case 39c) molds is noticable.
could you please elaborate a little? Smile

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 01-05-2016, 12:06 AM
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The underside of the newer head, both bottom and topplates, are smoother and have a nice somewhat matte finish. The features on the head (ribbing) looks somewhat more distinct and all lines and edges seem just that little bit more straight.
The underside of the topplate of the older razor looks like it is machined where they stopped a bit too early. Also the chrome has a few (very small) bumps.
These differences are noticable when you compare the heads side by side. I will try to make some foto's tonight, see if I can show what I've tried to explain.
My information on Dovo changing the castingmolds comes from a German shavingforum, where a member first noticed something and emailed Dovo to ask. Dovo confirmed.

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 01-05-2016, 12:23 AM
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great information, thanks! and i'd love to see a few pics Cheers

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 01-05-2016, 06:09 AM
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(01-05-2016, 12:06 AM)efsk Wrote: The underside of the newer head, both bottom and topplates, are smoother and have a nice somewhat matte finish. The features on the head (ribbing) looks somewhat more distinct and all lines and edges seem just that little bit more straight.
The underside of the topplate of the older razor looks like it is machined where they stopped a bit too early. Also the chrome has a few (very small) bumps.
These differences are noticable when you compare the heads side by side. I will try to make some foto's tonight, see if I can show what I've tried to explain.
My information on Dovo changing the castingmolds comes from a German shavingforum, where a member first noticed something and emailed Dovo to ask. Dovo confirmed.

Thanks for the updated Merker info.  Will factor in my future decision to re-purchase.

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