09-07-2012, 02:25 PM
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  • brian
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Hey Nook!

So I've apparently been bitten with a mild case of R.A.D. and I've procured my first slant razor. (A sharp looking vintage hoffritz...)

Any tips on how to get on with this for a smooth shave without planing skin off my face? It looks a little vicious at first glance 24

And yes, I know some threads are worthless without pics... I won't disappoint Cool

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 09-07-2012, 03:33 PM
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Just do what you usually do with your other razors. It just takes a bit of practice. Slow and easy, my friend.
Yes, pictures, please. Congratulations.

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 09-07-2012, 03:45 PM
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  • slantman
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Pretend its like any other razor. Do your normal shaves and don't think about it.

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 09-07-2012, 04:22 PM
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Don't Fear the Reaper, Brian!

Dude! If its anything like the newer Merkurs, 37 or 39C's, I think you will be shocked at how smooth the shave is. By its appearance and by its reputation it sounds like an evil beast few have tamed. But quite honestly, its a very effective razor that has the added bonus of being very comfortable.

Here's my tips for using it, and they are almost identical to using any other DE. Watch the pressure, watch any sideways motion (If you ever Gillette Slide, dont do that with the slant). Also, as you may notice the head shape is a little different. What I have found as have others is it will work more effectively and comfortably with a slightly steeper angle, meaning closer to parralel to your face than perpendicular. But, find what angle feels best to you ultimately.

I'm stoked to hear what you think! Enjoy it man!

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 09-07-2012, 04:38 PM
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(09-07-2012, 04:22 PM)CyberJCM Wrote: Don't Fear the Reaper, Brian!

Dude! If its anything like the newer Merkurs, 37 or 39C's, I think you will be shocked at how smooth the shave is. By its appearance and by its reputation it sounds like an evil beast few have tamed. But quite honestly, its a very effective razor that has the added bonus of being very comfortable.

Here's my tips for using it, and they are almost identical to using any other DE. Watch the pressure, watch any sideways motion (If you ever Gillette Slide, dont do that with the slant). Also, as you may notice the head shape is a little different. What I have found as have others is it will work more effectively and comfortably with a slightly steeper angle, meaning closer to parralel to your face than perpendicular. But, find what angle feels best to you ultimately.

I'm stoked to hear what you think! Enjoy it man!

+1, thanks for saving me some typing!

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 09-07-2012, 04:41 PM
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Agree with all the above. The slant is not to be feared if technique is good.

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 09-07-2012, 05:13 PM
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I shave with my slant like any DE razor. No problems. Close shave. Smooth shave.

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 09-07-2012, 07:06 PM
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  • freddy
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Same as everyone else here, Brian. Just pretty much follow your normal routine. Slants offer up some excellent shaves so just enjoy. Smile

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 09-09-2012, 07:02 PM
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THAT WAS IT?

Thank you, gentlemen, for all of the great tips and encouragement... I just took my "new" hoffritz for a spin, and you were all exactly right.
Honestly, it was more on par with how I would expect the 34c to shave. There really wasn't anything too different about the slant at all.

I typically do four passes to get a BBS. As per my normal "testing" rules, I only did three passes tonight so I could try and gauge the slant's efficiency.

All in all, it was really fun to try something different and I look forward to getting to know this little guy better in time. Given the ability to get pretty close in three passes, I see this as a definite candidate for "quicker" (but not rushed) shaves.

And though it's not the best picture you'll see today, here's a quick SOTD pic to show off my new toy Biggrin

[Image: OKZHpl.jpg]

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 09-09-2012, 07:20 PM
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  • freddy
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Brian, that is a very good looking razor. Continue using it in the best of health. Thumbsup

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 09-09-2012, 07:23 PM
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  • Shanman
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I will add that slants tend to be a tad fickle in blade selection, so be sure to try many different ones before you form a real representation. They typically require a bit of fiddling with the cap/blade to keep the blade exposure even along that torsional twist it makes.

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 09-09-2012, 07:42 PM
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Good stuff Brian!!

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 09-09-2012, 07:55 PM
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Well done brian. I have the Proraso on deck to be used tomorrow.

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 09-09-2012, 08:18 PM
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(09-07-2012, 04:22 PM)CyberJCM Wrote: Don't Fear the Reaper, Brian!

Dude! If its anything like the newer Merkurs, 37 or 39C's, I think you will be shocked at how smooth the shave is. By its appearance and by its reputation it sounds like an evil beast few have tamed. But quite honestly, its a very effective razor that has the added bonus of being very comfortable.

Here's my tips for using it, and they are almost identical to using any other DE. Watch the pressure, watch any sideways motion (If you ever Gillette Slide, dont do that with the slant). Also, as you may notice the head shape is a little different. What I have found as have others is it will work more effectively and comfortably with a slightly steeper angle, meaning closer to parralel to your face than perpendicular. But, find what angle feels best to you ultimately.

I'm stoked to hear what you think! Enjoy it man!

(09-09-2012, 07:23 PM)Shanman Wrote: I will add that slants tend to be a tad fickle in blade selection, so be sure to try many different ones before you form a real representation. They typically require a bit of fiddling with the cap/blade to keep the blade exposure even along that torsional twist it makes.

I second these motions! Glad the first shave went well.

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