08-13-2012, 01:06 PM
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  • syngent
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Do you have an old razor you love, but out grew it a bit because its a little to mild for you ?

Well there is something you can do about that, you can shim the blade between your baseplate and the blade itself and its super easy to do too

let me show you how, first get an old blade you are going to throw away and a regular pair of scissors, and simple cut the edges off as close to the end as possible, it cuts just fine believe it or not will be like a piece of cardboard,

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then just assemble it together with the cut blade shim, towards the safety bar plate, and the sharp blade towards the head

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and you will increase your gap, and have a more aggressive razor, i did this with an old type that usually sits the blade flat on the teeth, i had to monky with this pic to get the shade to show up a bit more but you can see it has more of an open gap then before

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you can shim with as many blades as you need to get a great shave, each blade will make it more aggressive im going to try two shims myself next time out with the old type

happy shaves guys !

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 08-13-2012, 01:29 PM
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Good tip!

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 08-13-2012, 01:34 PM
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  • beartrap
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Damn man! I had to read it twice, my imagination wasn't up to it Biggrin

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 08-13-2012, 01:54 PM
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I shim my short tooth NEW. It usually takes two shims for me on that razor. Nice pics.!!

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 08-13-2012, 01:57 PM
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  • syngent
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I fell out with my new someone mentioned it to me a while ago and I forgot about it but I know my old type much better and wanted to feel the difference so I think the next time the new comes up it will get some shimmy shimmy cocoa puffs

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 08-13-2012, 02:40 PM
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  • biggiej42
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Has anyone tried this with a Feather AS? I might have kept it if I knew you could do this!

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 08-13-2012, 02:41 PM
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  • Samjax
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A considerable thread on another forum regarding shimming the Feather. Apparently it works fairly well.

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 08-13-2012, 02:44 PM
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  • slantman
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That is an easy way to make a razor more aggressive. Thank you for sharing this tip.

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 08-13-2012, 03:58 PM
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This is a new one on me, but seems like very handy info. Thanks for the tip!

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 08-13-2012, 04:05 PM
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  • syngent
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It's been around for a long time just doesn't come up that often like the 1/4 unscrew

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 08-13-2012, 07:29 PM
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can't tell from the photo and excuse me if this sounds like a dumb question
are you shimming under the blade (which is usually how you shim something) or putting the shim above the blade?

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 08-13-2012, 07:35 PM
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  • syngent
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Under, above the blade would change the blade angle, and would do something too, but if you own an adjustable razor, put a blade in it and turn the ring, and see where it adjusts from, this is how i figured out to shim the bottom, from the top i dont think would do as much as from the bottom

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 08-13-2012, 07:52 PM
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(08-13-2012, 02:40 PM)biggiej42 Wrote: Has anyone tried this with a Feather AS? I might have kept it if I knew you could do this!

* Hee hee. i was just thinking the same thing!
Thanks, again, James. i may have to try this with my Tech!

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 08-13-2012, 08:14 PM
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Could you use washers to achieve the same effect?

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 08-13-2012, 08:40 PM
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I wasn't aware that it was so easy to cut blades! I'm going to have to try and cut some to fit the Ender's Speed Razor that I picked up today!

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 08-14-2012, 06:24 PM
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This is really interesting! Will remember to try this on a day I'm feeling confident.

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 08-14-2012, 07:19 PM
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(08-13-2012, 08:14 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: Could you use washers to achieve the same effect?

Well, maybe, but only a few thousandths would make a difference in the shave and most washers are much thicker than that. They wouldn't fit as nicely either, being round, and you might have unacceptable blade flexing. Some razors won't take washers at all.

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 08-14-2012, 07:27 PM
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Well, i have to report to you gents that i shimmed my R101 2010 with one shim this morning and had one of my best shaves! It was very close, comfortable, and NO irritation which is very rare! i plan on experimenting for a few more weeks with all of my mild razors to see if i can get the same results. i will stay with one shim and add if need with any of the razors. As the R101 is an open-comb, the one shim seemed enough. i will report back later!
Thanks again, James.

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 08-14-2012, 08:14 PM
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  • syngent
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No trouble, apparently men used to do this all the time, it is were the idea for the adjustables came from which would make sense,....

A custom Shave, we are kings and deserve nothing less !!! lmao

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 08-15-2012, 08:43 AM
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Just did this little trick this morning with my Silvertone (Tech copy) wow - did it change my shave! I used just ONE SHIM and a very nice classic vintage Gillette blade. This razor went from
leaving lots of foam on my face yesterday to cutting nice clean paths today. WTG, XTG, ATG, all good!

Great tip- even for a newbie!

Biggrin

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