08-24-2012, 10:18 PM
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In my brief time as a member of this forum, I've come across multiple quotes advocating the use of shims on various razors.

1. What is the purpose of such an activity?

2. What do people use for a shim?

3. Does it go above, or beneath the blade?

I'd really appreciate people's experiences with this activity!

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 08-24-2012, 10:23 PM
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  • syngent
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http://shavenook.com/thread-shim-a-razor

that thread will answer most of your questions,

before the adjustables came along people likes to change the aggressiveness of a razor by either turning back the hand a bit, or to shim the blade to open a wider gap and expose more of the blade to get a closer shave

in fact it was because of people doing this that lead to the invention of the adjustable razors in the first place...

people do it to customize their shave a bit, take a razor they love but doesnt shave the best for them and change it to something they prefer is all

plus sometimes its just fun to do

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 08-24-2012, 10:42 PM
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  • Teiste
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I did it once with a Merkur 34C HD...never again...

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 08-25-2012, 05:06 AM
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(08-24-2012, 10:42 PM)Teiste Wrote: I did it once with a Merkur 34C HD...never again...

What went wrong?

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 08-25-2012, 05:06 AM
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(08-24-2012, 10:42 PM)Teiste Wrote: I did it once with a Merkur 34C HD...never again...

I did it with an Old Type, i liked it, and once with a tech which i did not so much like at all,... but then i dont like Techs very much to begin with,... a young man at work is starting to show more signs of intrest into my gear,... so im going to pif him a tweezerman brush i have some proraso soap and the tech

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 08-25-2012, 01:17 PM
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Yeah, the Tech isn't a favorite of mine either, but I tried one of my mothballed Techs the other day, with 2 shims and it actually worked well enough to convince me to take the NEW LC head out of my travel razor kit and put the original Tech head back into it. With 2 shims of course. A Tech is far easier to replace than a NEW if it gets disappeared.

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 08-25-2012, 07:34 PM
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i have been having some fantastic shaves using one shim in some of my most mild razors! i have been using my Merkur 1904, Muhle R101 2010, Tech, Pils, and EJ89 and the shaves have been fantastic! i am contemplating not buying any more razors, or even trying any more! Hee hee. You should really give this a try if you have some mild razors that you are not enjoying.

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 08-25-2012, 09:00 PM
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Whoa, wait a minute there, C! I'm afraid you have this shimming thing all wrong. It's not supposed to cure your RAD, just help you enjoy what you have more.24

(08-25-2012, 07:34 PM)celestino Wrote: i have been having some fantastic shaves using one shim in some of my most mild razors! i have been using my Merkur 1904, Muhle R101 2010, Tech, Pils, and EJ89 and the shaves have been fantastic! i am contemplating not buying any more razors, or even trying any more! Hee hee. You should really give this a try if you have some mild razors that you are not enjoying.

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 08-25-2012, 09:07 PM
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Biggrin

+1 what CM wrote, except for me of course. (I'm special) Rolleyes (rrrright!)

C, I find the same thing. I'm quite content and have plenty of options at the moment. That's one thing the SE razors can't do... take shims. But of course they don't need to take shims.

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 08-28-2012, 10:05 AM
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I sold my Feather due to its mildness. I have read that using a shim would make it more aggressive, but I just didn't see the need to have to modify a fairly expensive razor in the first place.

Of course changing handles on virtually anything makes perfect sense! Tongue

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 08-28-2012, 10:17 AM
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I am a newbie to the westshave scene but I have aquired a BUNCH of razors and tried to shim most of them - had the best results with an English tech (very small) and a US tech. I would start with one shim then move up to two - use the newest smoothest blade you have as the full blade

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 08-28-2012, 08:37 PM
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(08-25-2012, 09:00 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: Whoa, wait a minute there, C! I'm afraid you have this shimming thing all wrong. It's not supposed to cure your RAD, just help you enjoy what you have more.24

(08-25-2012, 07:34 PM)celestino Wrote: i have been having some fantastic shaves using one shim in some of my most mild razors! i have been using my Merkur 1904, Muhle R101 2010, Tech, Pils, and EJ89 and the shaves have been fantastic! i am contemplating not buying any more razors, or even trying any more! Hee hee. You should really give this a try if you have some mild razors that you are not enjoying.

* Randy, Hee hee. i said POSSIBLY, my friend. Possibly.

(08-25-2012, 09:07 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Biggrin

+1 what CM wrote, except for me of course. (I'm special) Rolleyes (rrrright!)

C, I find the same thing. I'm quite content and have plenty of options at the moment. That's one thing the SE razors can't do... take shims. But of course they don't need to take shims.

* Brian, would love to enjoy those SEs, but not for me, my friend. Enjoy.

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 04-06-2013, 07:02 AM
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(08-28-2012, 10:05 AM)Samjax Wrote: I sold my Feather due to its mildness. I have read that using a shim would make it more aggressive, but I just didn't see the need to have to modify a fairly expensive razor in the first place.

Of course changing handles on virtually anything makes perfect sense! Tongue

I just put one shim on my Feather AS-D1 and turned it into a daily shaver instead of a trophy mount. I suppose you could look at it from your perspective and arrive at your conclusion. My conclusion is to make a beautiful razor more functional. I'm glad I did.

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 04-06-2013, 07:14 AM
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I agree with you, Midway. If I bought an AS-D1 because I loved the design but struggled to get a decent shave and one shim cured it then great, I'd keep it. However, I wouldn't buy an AS-D1 or D2 on the strength of a shim potentially ramping up the shave.

I'll be forever indebted to Celestino who very kindly took the time to PM me last year describing the shimming process and including a link. It woke up my EJ DE89 and made it my favourite razor. Up until then, I'd never heard of shims and a 'face-off' bad shave caused by far too many passes and touch ups might have permanently stalled my DE conversion. Man, the fun I would've missed. Cheers, 'tino!

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 04-06-2013, 07:43 AM
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Graeme, it was my pleasure.
Funny thing is that i don't use any shims, now! Biggrin
My Weber DLC is providing me with the best shaves i have gotten without using a shim!
Enjoy your DE89, my friend and i hope you are well.

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 04-06-2013, 11:26 AM
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It's a YMMV thing. With some razors i saw a benefit (lord) and in some none (Weber) . Worth a try.

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