04-17-2016, 09:02 AM
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For perspective, I have been wet shaving for years. I began with a Merkur 34C, then got a Merkur 37C slant which I gave to my son when I got an Ikon stainless steel slant( not sure of the model, the one with the black coating). Along the way, I added a fatboy , a Standard and a Muhle R41. After reading about the old Merkur bakelite slant, I was intrigued when Mr. Fine announced he was cloning this in plastic. For $30, I figured it was worth a shot. When it arrived and I opened the box, my reaction was similar to when I first held my Wee Scot brush - this seems like a child's toy. It is incredibly light. It seems short but is about the same length as the Merkur 34. I started out with Mystic Water and a Razo Rock synthetic brush, and loaded a new Feather blade. A terrific shave. There was great audio feed back which I like as it is how I set the angle. I had to focus on light pressure because the razor is so light and I did get a little irritation on my neck the first time which I eliminated on my second shave by really focusing on the pressure.. I went this time with with Coates cream bowl lathered with a Kent BK 8. Another very smooth and efficient shave. Again 3 passes (WTG, XTG and ATG) to a BBS result. I highly recommend this razor as an inexpensive way to experience a slant.

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 04-17-2016, 09:26 AM
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Great review. Glad you liked the slant.

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 04-18-2016, 05:12 AM
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Thanks for providing your feedback.

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 04-18-2016, 06:27 AM
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Thanks for the review. Had been looking at these as an inexpensive travel razor option.

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 04-18-2016, 06:43 AM
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Thanks for the review!  I should get mine today and looking forward to see how it goes.

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 04-18-2016, 07:36 AM
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  • dajmacd
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I've considered purchasing this razor, but for a mere $4 more I got a Merkur 37C ($3 more when shipping is included on both).

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 04-18-2016, 07:42 AM
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Three shaves down with the Fine Slant and really enjoying it.  
Made of the same material as those children's LEGO blocks.  
So light but feels really rigid & solid. Faithful to the original Bakelite.  
Torque's the blade beautifully. Just a Fine & fun shave! (Voskhod.)

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 04-18-2016, 08:37 AM
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I think the Fine shaves better than the Merkur - YMMV, of course.

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 04-18-2016, 08:39 AM
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(04-18-2016, 06:27 AM)ssultan Wrote: Thanks for the review. Had been looking at these as an inexpensive travel razor option.

I hadn't thought about that, but I agree, a great travel razor.

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 04-18-2016, 08:50 AM
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(04-18-2016, 08:37 AM)shmuel Wrote: I think the Fine shaves better than the Merkur - YMMV, of course.

Maybe I'll add it to the arsenal then.  Is the threaded stud metal or plastic?  Also, does it fit aftermarket handles?

Thanks

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 04-18-2016, 09:01 AM
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  • blzrfn
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How is the blade alignment on the Fine?  Mine should be here today and I couldn't be more excited!  I loved my IB Bakelite but sold it to a friend that had tried it and fell in love.

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 04-18-2016, 09:55 AM
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Screw and threads are metal 

I found it to be super light as well and as such has a tendency to 'skip' and can cause weepers if you're not holding tightly and paying attention to your pressure. 

I generally go for heavier handles and heads so I dont have to worry about pressures as much, so this is a change for me. 

It's a very efficient razor and can be a bit on the aggressive side, but I think that may be me learning how to handle the lightness of the razor.

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 04-18-2016, 10:00 AM
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Blade alignment is great. Threaded stud is metal with a metal insert in the handle. It doesn't have the obvious distinguished build quality of my Wolfman or AS-D2 but I'd be lying if I said it was a second rate shaver to those two.

One wouldn't think it holding this little wonder but there's no denying the quality shave.

Here sitting atop an IKEA Grundtal tin (perfect fit for an AOS Tallow soap inverted flat side down fyi) for size comparison. [Image: e4b50c3752dcc64966e732ca5964050b.jpg]


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 04-18-2016, 10:27 AM
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  • Harvey
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Looks quite nice...i ordered one as well..should be here Wed/Thur...I,ll post my thoughts then.

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 04-18-2016, 03:45 PM
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(04-18-2016, 07:36 AM)dajmacd Wrote: I've considered purchasing this razor, but for a mere $4 more I got a Merkur 37C ($3 more when shipping is included on both).

Where do you find the 37C for so cheap? I am looking for one.

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 04-18-2016, 05:34 PM
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(04-18-2016, 09:55 AM)GloryUprising Wrote: Screw and threads are metal 

I found it to be super light as well and as such has a tendency to 'skip' and can cause weepers if you're not holding tightly and paying attention to your pressure. 

I generally go for heavier handles and heads so I dont have to worry about pressures as much, so this is a change for me. 

It's a very efficient razor and can be a bit on the aggressive side, but I think that may be me learning how to handle the lightness of the razor.


Try it with your favorite stainless steel handle; that should take the skip out of it.

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 04-18-2016, 08:14 PM
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almost looks like something that came out of a 3d printer.  Tempted to try, but I shall wait for more reviews.
Also, I saw one on that ended up on BST after 1 shaves, I am curious as to why it wasn't liked very much and wasn't given a second or third chance.

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 04-19-2016, 04:20 AM
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This razor to me shaves as closely as those German bakelite slants as anything else I've ever encountered. The handle is a little shorter than the bakelite version but otherwise it is dead ringer. It is just as light and nimble.

I think it's really great that these are being offered and in my opinion $30 is pretty reasonable. Remember the bakelite versions sold for $50 for the short period of time they were available.


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 04-19-2016, 05:06 AM
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I agree with Josh in that it is a reasonable price and with four shaves done I'm loving it.
My Wolfman clamps down on the blade perfectly for a straight bar but there's just something about the way this particular slant twists the blade.
I find its weight an advantage.

It shaves as well as anything out there imo.

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 04-19-2016, 09:04 AM
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(04-19-2016, 05:06 AM)VTMAX Wrote: I agree with Josh in that it is a reasonable price and with four shaves done I'm loving it.
My Wolfman clamps down on the blade perfectly for a straight bar but there's just something about the way this particular slant twists the blade.
I find its weight an advantage.

It shaves as well as anything out there imo.

I wrote this about the bakelite slant, but I think it bears repeating here (obviously).  You'd think the extreme lightweight of the bakelite/plastic would be drawback for a slant, but I actually think it works better.

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