08-29-2012, 11:01 AM
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What is the best and most aggressive DE razor out there? I'm not trying to tempt the fates but I love a clsoe shave ala BBS.

I've been shaving with a DE for over 30 years. So I am an experienced shaver. My first DE was a Gillette TTO as a teenager. I currently own a Merkur Futur (it's always on level 6) and an IKON S3S. My blade of choice is the Feather.

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 08-29-2012, 11:05 AM
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  • P Funk
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I haven't tried a Futur or the S3S but in my experience, the Muhle R41 is the most belligerent DE out there. I love mine!

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 08-29-2012, 11:06 AM
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I think a popular favorite is going to the the Muhle R41 with the 2011 (current) head design. I tried it for a could weeks, it was like shaving with a bare blade. I think you might want to start there.

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 08-29-2012, 11:08 AM
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  • Triad
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Im with you on this one!! I,ve tried and love the aggressive razors

Muhle R41 most aggressive de razor, i prefer a heavier aftermarket handle the stock handle is light

Joris just about the same blade exposure as the 41 but shaves smoother due to blade curvature

Cobra Classic se razor takes the feather pro blades which are very sharp

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 08-29-2012, 11:14 AM
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Best and most aggressive is ultimately a severe case of YMMV - but it seems like a lot of people think that a slant is at least close to being the most aggressive axe you can get.

Off course, not all slants are created equal, but I find that the Merkur 39C is all that and then some more - it's a sledgehammer, and is built to last a lifetime.

You might want to try other blades than a Feather in it though... I find that combo a little too aggressive.

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 08-29-2012, 11:15 AM
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Sounds like a razor blade stapled to a hammer handle would be good...wait, that's called a straight razor. Sounds like you're a prime candidate for the jump!

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 08-29-2012, 11:18 AM
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(08-29-2012, 11:14 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Best and most aggressive is ultimately a severe case of YMMV - but it seems like a lot of people think that a slant is at least close to being the most aggressive axe you can get.

Off course, not all slants are created equal, but I find that the Merkur 39C is all that and then some more - it's a sledgehammer, and is built to last a lifetime.

You might want to try other blades than a Feather in it though... I find that combo a little too aggressive.
Man it must be a YMMV i find the slant pretty mild even with a feather blade, have you tried the R41?

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 08-29-2012, 11:31 AM
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(08-29-2012, 11:18 AM)Triad Wrote: Man it must be a YMMV i find the slant pretty mild even with a feather blade, have you tried the R41?

Triad I am convinced that you must have a face made of leather. Biggrin If i used an R41 with a Feather now I'd have no face left.

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 08-29-2012, 11:38 AM
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r41 is the most aggressive I have tried but there are plenty of aggressive ones out there, look into Parker, if you are into OC at all look into Fatip.

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 08-29-2012, 11:43 AM
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Welcome to the forum. If you feel like it, go to the Introductions section and tell us a little about who you are. Thanks.

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 08-29-2012, 11:59 AM
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(08-29-2012, 11:31 AM)Dave Wrote:
(08-29-2012, 11:18 AM)Triad Wrote: Man it must be a YMMV i find the slant pretty mild even with a feather blade, have you tried the R41?

Triad I am convinced that you must have a face made of leather. Biggrin If i used an R41 with a Feather now I'd have no face left.

Lol i dont know about that but i have barbed wire growing on it i find the R41, Joris and more aggressive razor give me little to no irritation and the milder razors burn me up due to the amount of passes and touch ups required.

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 08-29-2012, 12:28 PM
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The open comb Cadets from shaveabuck are fairly aggressive and inexpensive. Or like it was previously mentioned the Muhle R41 2011 edition.

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 08-29-2012, 01:24 PM
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I love aggressive razors (except for the 2011 R41), but before recommending any razor, I have an analogy that I would like to share...

A razor is like a car...the cream, it's tires...the blade it's gasoline...and your technique it's engine.

You can have the most aggressive car on the planet but without the proper tires, correct grade of gasoline or fined tuned engine it will not get you far.

Technique is by far the most crucial part of the shaving equation, no razor at any price will perform magic and make your shaves perfect.

Without the the proper blades that work best for your beard your shave will suffer. If the cream that you use does not offer enough cushion and slickness you will get razor burn.

....so with that said, it is hard to imagine that you cannot get a BBS shave with a Merkur Futur or IKON S3S loaded with a Feather Blade.

If neither of those are working for you go for the R41, nothing I have used is as aggressive is that.

Good luck in your search.

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 08-29-2012, 07:43 PM
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Yup, dittos the Muhle '11 R41, but don't even think of anything less than one of the ultra sharp blades, smooth helps too. For me that leaves out Feather 'cause it isn't smooth, but allows all of the StPetersburg Russia Gillette blades. The Iridiums are also on that blade pinnacle as is the Permasharp super and the ASR Med Prep.

Also, if you can just buy an '11 R41 head, that's the way to go, then put on an aftermarket handle. IMO the stock handle doesn't do justice to the head; the factory was insane to pair up a slick handle with such an aggressive head. I always felt as though it was going to slip.

The razor demands the lightest of touches and perfect technique, but what a shave!

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 08-29-2012, 08:01 PM
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R41! If that does not work, try adding one or two shims!
If that fails, then you need to go to the straights!

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 08-29-2012, 08:35 PM
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  • syngent
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my favourites are my old type, and my fatip,... but the cadet heads are getting a whole lotta love right now,... and of course the R41 has a reputation as the top dog of aggression by many people i see with some heavy aggressive hitters but i still like my vintage old type best

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 08-30-2012, 12:34 AM
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In order of aggressiveness IMO:

1. Muhle R41 (2011) ... My most aggressive DE and I enjoy it when I have time.
2. Tradere OC (First Generation) .. I couldn't reach an accord with this one!
3. Joris ... Effective
4. FaTip ... On par with the Joris or just slightly less aggressive.

Any of the above with a sharp blade and possibly a heavier handle should be aggressive, but I think the R41 definitely tops the list...

I haven't used a Slant yet, but I've read that they can be aggressive...

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 08-30-2012, 01:27 AM
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How about a gem open comb micromatic or Gillette single ring or old? Are the classics out of style around these parts. (I am rather new here. That is why I ask)

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 08-30-2012, 06:06 AM
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  • VTMAX
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Muhle R41. Two weeks in but a great Monday morning wakeup for sure! I'm really enjoying the R41 for my heavy beard.

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 08-30-2012, 11:07 AM
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(08-30-2012, 06:06 AM)VTMAX Wrote: Muhle R41. Two weeks in but a great Monday morning wakeup for sure! I'm really enjoying the R41 for my heavy beard.

Amen

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