08-06-2012, 03:15 PM
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Someone just asked me about the Merkur 198 and how it differs from the 37c. I hadn't been aware of the razor, but I thought one of you might know. It occurs to me that Merkur might just be using a new model-numbering scheme (cf. the 180, though that is indeed a razor not like others in the line).

But so far as the photo shows, the 198 and the 37c look very much alike.

Anyone have any information on this?

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 08-06-2012, 03:22 PM
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  • Triad
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Looks just like the 37c to me

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 08-06-2012, 03:45 PM
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  • matloffm
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I read in your book, edition 5, that you recommend a slant as a second razor for a newbie. I have great difficulty shaving my neck with a Merkur 34HD. Are not these slant razors significantly more aggressive than the Merkur 34HD?

Just curious. Undecided

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 08-06-2012, 04:26 PM
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(08-06-2012, 03:45 PM)matloffm Wrote: I read in your book, edition 5, that you recommend a slant as a second razor for a newbie. I have great difficulty shaving my neck with a Merkur 34HD. Are not these slant razors significantly more aggressive than the Merkur 34HD?

Just curious. Undecided

I don't think of slants as aggressive. Rather they are smoothly efficient.

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 08-06-2012, 05:15 PM
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"Aggressive" is one of those awkward terms: it can mean "efficient," as SharpSpine says, and it can also mean "harsh." The Slant is a very smooth, very comfortable shave, and it seems to eliminate various problems some guys have in shaving their neck---because it doesn't chop straight ahead, it doesn't produce pushback: I think that's the reason. The stubble simply falls, effortlessly. This poll indicates that about 70% of those who try a slant love it; it doesn't work for about 7%.

I stand behind the statement in the book. In the 6th edition I emphasize it more strongly. When it does work, it really works well.

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 08-06-2012, 06:02 PM
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Hey Michael,

I looked up some references to the "198" and it should be the 37 , based on the weight, and pictures from the link you posted,
and comparing to this other link from Razor Blades & More

http://www.razorbladesandmore.com/conten...max-blades

I am looking forward to a future purchase of the Tradere version... if it ever happens Wink

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 08-06-2012, 06:05 PM
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  • bullgoose
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Col conk, the u.s. distributor for merkur has their own model numbers. The 198 and the 37c are the same razor.

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 08-06-2012, 09:03 PM
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Too many numbers abounding! How are we going to keep track?

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 08-07-2012, 12:54 AM
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(08-06-2012, 03:45 PM)matloffm Wrote: I read in your book, edition 5, that you recommend a slant as a second razor for a newbie. I have great difficulty shaving my neck with a Merkur 34HD. Are not these slant razors significantly more aggressive than the Merkur 34HD?

Just curious. Undecided

I have both razors HD and 37 slant , If I want bbs on my neck I go to the slant to avoid irritation on my neck

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 08-07-2012, 03:33 AM
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  • gijames
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(08-06-2012, 03:15 PM)Leisureguy Wrote: Someone just asked me about the Merkur 198 and how it differs from the 37c. I hadn't been aware of the razor, but I thought one of you might know. It occurs to me that Merkur might just be using a new model-numbering scheme (cf. the 180, though that is indeed a razor not like others in the line).

But so far as the photo shows, the 198 and the 37c look very much alike.

Anyone have any information on this?

the price from that amazon link is the same price range for the larger slant-hammer at most our favorite wet-shaving sites Biggrin

Michael, how do you rate the larger Merkur 39c vs the 37c? I tend to prefer a longer handle and a heavier razor, which is why I am hoping Richard/Tradere will pull off their version of a slant Lightbulb

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 08-07-2012, 03:56 PM
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Okay, I will give a slant a try. :qmiedo:

(08-06-2012, 05:15 PM)Leisureguy Wrote: "Aggressive" is one of those awkward terms: it can mean "efficient," as SharpSpine says, and it can also mean "harsh." The Slant is a very smooth, very comfortable shave, and it seems to eliminate various problems some guys have in shaving their neck---because it doesn't chop straight ahead, it doesn't produce pushback: I think that's the reason. The stubble simply falls, effortlessly. This poll indicates that about 70% of those who try a slant love it; it doesn't work for about 7%.

I stand behind the statement in the book. In the 6th edition I emphasize it more strongly. When it does work, it really works well.

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 08-07-2012, 04:39 PM
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(08-07-2012, 03:33 AM)gijames Wrote:
(08-06-2012, 03:15 PM)Leisureguy Wrote: Someone just asked me about the Merkur 198 and how it differs from the 37c. I hadn't been aware of the razor, but I thought one of you might know. It occurs to me that Merkur might just be using a new model-numbering scheme (cf. the 180, though that is indeed a razor not like others in the line).

But so far as the photo shows, the 198 and the 37c look very much alike.

Anyone have any information on this?

the price from that amazon link is the same price range for the larger slant-hammer at most our favorite wet-shaving sites Biggrin

Michael, how do you rate the larger Merkur 39c vs the 37c? I tend to prefer a longer handle and a heavier razor, which is why I am hoping Richard/Tradere will pull off their version of a slant Lightbulb

I've been thinking about trying a slant and was wondering about the difference between the 39c and the 37c as well. How do they compare?

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 08-07-2012, 04:58 PM
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I have both, and, honestly I prefer the 37c. I generally like long handles and heavy razors but I feel that the 39c is weighted just too much in the handle, which causes me to use more pressure. While you have more margin for error with a straight bar or even an open comb, you have much less with the slant. I think the 37c is balanced better. Also, I agree with Michael: everyone's second razor should be a slant.

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 08-10-2012, 03:48 PM
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  • matloffm
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Does anybody know why so many vendors are out of the 37C? I may have found one at Superior but I won't know until next week if the order can be filled. I even checked some European sites and they are out also.

Any reason for this?

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 08-10-2012, 05:24 PM
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Sorry I've been away. The 39C has uninterrupted (by any cross-checks) deep spiral engraving on the handle. That, combined with the weight of the handle, makes the razor want to twist in my hand. I tried twice to like it, and failed both times and quickly sold it. Some do like it, but I much prefer the 37C (or the 37G, which is what I have: the gold-plated one). I also have a white bakelite model, quite light, that turns out to be surprisingly nice to use. The threaded parts are metal, so no danger of breakage of threads. You do have to apply some pressure with it, but it's quite comfortable and still slant-efficient.

As to the short supply: perhaps word is getting around about how well the Slant works. That's just a guess, but when outages are general, it usually implies an uptick in demand.

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 08-12-2012, 07:04 PM
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I like the shave I get with my 39C and I like long handles in general, but I also agree that the spiral-engraved handle seems to make the handle want to twist in my hand. I don't use my 39C very often, but every time I do, I think to myself that I should use it more often because it gives me a really nice shave.

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 08-12-2012, 07:20 PM
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  • Johnny
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Does anyone else make a slant other than Merkur?

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 08-12-2012, 07:26 PM
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No one currently. Tradere has one in the works supposedly.

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