08-01-2012, 08:28 PM
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  • Andrew
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  • Austin, TX
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As the title says: how do you use your adjustable razor?

Do you dial it to one setting before you begin to shave and leave it there?

Do you always shave with it on the same setting?

Do you dial it up (more aggressive) with subsequent passes?

Or do you dial it down with subsequent passes?

Do you favor the aggressive side or the mild side of the razor?

Vintage or current?

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 08-01-2012, 09:13 PM
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  • beartrap
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  • Southern California
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If I use a Slim, I start with 7-9 depends on how fat my beard is, dial it to 5 to finish up. Favor semi-aggressive razors.

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 08-01-2012, 09:16 PM
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  • Tonality
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My '60 Fatboy is the greatest thing I have found so far. I keep it at a 3 and enjoy the smooth shave.

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 08-01-2012, 09:16 PM
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I've gotten rid of all my adjustables except for a Schick injector razor. But I do the same thing with it that I always did with the others, which is using an aggressive setting for the WTG and XTG passes, and then dialing it down to a low to medium setting for the final ATG pass.

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 08-01-2012, 09:34 PM
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When i used to use one, i would usually leave it on the highest setting.

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 08-01-2012, 09:35 PM
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I used it initially to explore different razor aggressiveness and see what I liked best. I got to the magical 9 setting on the Slim and decided to just keep it there. Now it changes setting to exercise the mechanism and nothing more. The Fatboy is on 9 as well and stays there. That's it for my adjustables.

My buddy just worked his way up to magical 9 on the Slim I got for him and decided he loves it there as well. IMO, it's a great gateway razor for aggressive razors. Now I have a foot in the door to turn him on to aggressive razors since he discovered how much he likes them (and has the technique).

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 08-02-2012, 03:18 AM
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  • Andrew
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I used to have a Futur, and I eventually worked up to number 6 (the highest setting) where I left it for the whole shave. I don't know that this is what led me to use more aggressive razors, but I feel that it really honed my DE skills, allowing me to comfortably shave with most any razor.

My only adjustable right now is a Fatboy, which I keep dialed to 5 for the whole shave. I get a fantastic, easy, comfortable shave on this setting. But I wonder if I should try changing the setting during the shave?

In a few weeks I'll have a Mergress to play with.

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 08-02-2012, 04:55 AM
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I keep mine set to 9. When I first got it I had it at 6, then started playing around with higher numbers for first pass, then going to lower numbers for the 2nd and 3rd pass.

For me keeping it dialed in to 9 just works the best.

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 08-02-2012, 05:24 AM
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  • wlmcad
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  • Memphis, TN
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I have both a Gillette Slim and a Super. When I started DE shaving I used my Super and started at 4 - 5 and gradually moved up to 9 and I haven't moved it. When I got my Slim I started at 9 and I'm staying at 9. But I have to say that this is a YMMV from the rest of us.
Biggrin

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 08-02-2012, 06:08 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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On a Futur or Progress I start on a higher setting. The third pass I knock them down to a lower setting.

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 08-02-2012, 06:27 AM
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I find a setting that works for me and I leave it there. On rare occasions, I'll change the setting mid-shave, but that's very rare.

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 08-02-2012, 08:16 AM
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  • vuk
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  • Virginia
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I picked up a fatboy recently, its my first adjustable and I am really enjoying it. I perfer mild razors in general and I set it to 4-5 and then leave it there for the shave. I would probably dial it down midshave if it turned out rough or something but it hasn't happened yet.

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 08-02-2012, 08:22 AM
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i use my slim and BRW progress the same way.

1st 2 passes on a higher setting (6 for the slim)...WTG, XTG.

3rd pass i finish by dialing it down (5 for the slim)...ATG.

no touch ups needed, BBS every time.

works for me. when i go higher, i get too much redness and weepers.

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 08-02-2012, 10:51 AM
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I'm a set and forget guy.

Keeping things simple leads to a good shave everytime Smile

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 08-02-2012, 12:47 PM
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  • gijames
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(08-01-2012, 08:28 PM)Andrew Wrote: how do you use your adjustable razor?
Hey Andrew, great question!, I use a Merkur Progress LH

Do you dial it to one setting before you begin to shave and leave it there?
- still new to the razor, so I have started on setting and left it there the whole (3-pass) shave, and other times I have changed it during the shave

Do you always shave with it on the same setting?
no

Do you dial it up (more aggressive) with subsequent passes?
- No, I have not tried this technique

Or do you dial it down with subsequent passes?
- Yes, I have used this technique (3-3-1, 3-2-1, 4-4-4, 5-5-5)

Do you favor the aggressive side or the mild side of the razor?
- undecided, my Progress LH seems to not only be a 5-4-3-2-1 (5 most aggressive) razor, but also has a *milder* side to shave with, but the blade doesn't look *off* while sitting in the head with the cap on... I need to check it a bit more, because it feels very noticeable when I am shaving. However, the bonus to me finding this out- I can flip my razor to which ever side I may need, like a *milder* touch on my upper-lip and lower-neck areas Biggrin

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 08-02-2012, 01:32 PM
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  • bjorney
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  • Los Angeles
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I've got a Super-Adjustable and 3 seems to be my magic number. Surprising, because I generally prefer more aggressive razors like GEM Micromatics and E-model Schick injectors... I've tried 4 and 5 and it just wasn't as comfortable.

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 08-02-2012, 02:02 PM
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Set and forget. Don't forget to adjust only with the silo doors open.

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 08-02-2012, 02:37 PM
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  • Andrew
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  • Austin, TX
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(08-02-2012, 06:27 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: I find a setting that works for me and I leave it there. On rare occasions, I'll change the setting mid-shave, but that's very rare.

If you change the setting, Yohann, do you dial it up or down?

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 08-02-2012, 03:17 PM
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  • matloffm
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I started using a Merkur Futur and found I want/have to adjust it. The skin on my face is uneven and my neck is even worse (scar tissue). I started DE shaving with a Merkur 34C. I added a Jagger Plaza. I like both razors, but getting a clean shave on my neck is very difficult. The beard on my neck grows in patches each with a different grain. I need three passes and a touch up to get a BBS.

As I said, these two razors are very difficult on my neck so I got the Futur as my first adjustable and I am very impressed with the results. As others have said, on 3 this razor is very similar to the other two. But set at 1 or 2 I can get my neck very clean w/o any nicks (or bad cuts on some days). I use a Feather blade with it which cuts just fine on the low settings. If you are not blessed with smooth skin or you need a very mild angel at times, I would highly recommend this razor to anyone new or a veteran of DE shaving.

I understand that, as expressed here and elsewhere, aggressive razors are more popular than very mild ones, but can anyone tell me what other non-adjustable DE razors are this mild?

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 08-02-2012, 03:34 PM
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  • Andrew
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(08-02-2012, 03:17 PM)matloffm Wrote: I understand that, as expressed here and elsewhere, aggressive razors are more popular than very mild ones, but can anyone tell me what other non-adjustable DE razors are this mild?

The Feather AS, Gillette Tech, and Wilkinson Sticky come to my mind.

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