11-05-2019, 08:09 AM
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Hello shave gurus.

The moment I saw these semi slants, I knew I had to buy one.
And now it has become available in The Netherlands.

So I can present my new acquisition, the satin Semi slant.

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Now I do not nothing anything about slants.
Or the proper shaving technique.
Or the risks ?

So, please enlighten me!

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 11-05-2019, 08:14 AM
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Beautiful razor. Regarding technique:
Pull directly towards the handle. Don't attempt to compensate for the slant. There are no inherent dangers. They shave just like any other DE, except they angle the blade to imitate a guillotine. Some if us do that naturally and Gillette called it the Gillette slide. Don't overthink it. Enjoy.

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 11-05-2019, 08:24 AM
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What Primo said; there is no major difference in using a slant compared to any other DE. Some find that they are more sensitive to the angle than other razors, but I own razors that are even more picky about that than my two slants.

So in short: prep, lather, shave Smile

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 11-05-2019, 10:18 AM
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(11-05-2019, 08:14 AM)primotenore Wrote: Beautiful razor. Regarding technique:
Pull directly towards the handle. Don't attempt to compensate for the slant. There are no inherent dangers. They shave just like any other DE, except they angle the blade to imitate a guillotine. Some if us do that naturally and Gillette called it the Gillette slide. Don't overthink it. Enjoy.

OK, so I use normal strokes?
Like I would do with any normal DE, say a R89?

May the slant force be with me ;-)

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 11-05-2019, 10:20 AM
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(11-05-2019, 08:24 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: ...

So in short: prep, lather, shave Smile

That I can do Smile

Looking forward to the first try!

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 11-05-2019, 10:31 AM
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Just use it like a regular razor! Slants are designed to use just like a regular razor, but with a slant. Nothing more to it really Smile

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 11-05-2019, 04:31 PM
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(11-05-2019, 10:18 AM)wimbouman Wrote:
(11-05-2019, 08:14 AM)primotenore Wrote: Beautiful razor. Regarding technique:
Pull directly towards the handle. Don't attempt to compensate for the slant. There are no inherent dangers. They shave just like any other DE, except they angle the blade to imitate a guillotine. Some if us do that naturally and Gillette called it the Gillette slide. Don't overthink it. Enjoy.

OK, so I use normal strokes?
Like I would do with any normal DE, say a R89?

May the slant force be with me ;-)
Exactly!

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 11-05-2019, 10:54 PM
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Just pull the horizontal base of the cap directly toward the handle (in whatever direction) in shortish strokes, just as advised above. I love me some slants. Makes me want to pull a couple of mine out. Don't let yourself get psyched out by it. As mentioned, the actual shaving is no different unless you try to get fancy with a Gillette slide...then you could get into some trouble I imagine. Stick with the basics and enjoy! Let us know how it goes.

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 11-06-2019, 02:21 AM
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Well, first try this morning.

With full confidence after the advice you gave me, I decided to go full Zen and shave as normal.
Short strokes down in the first pass, no special attention to technique - just let the razor find its way.

I found the touch of the Parker to be light as a feather.
But, at the same time, comfortably close and it felt natural.
Not aggressive at all.

Results were impressive for a first try.
And no blood, so all good.

Did a second pass as usual following the grain.
Even a bit against the grain as usual in the spots on my face where that has proven to be effective.

Again, no problem.
Effortless shaving, good results.

So, as you all predicted: a legit and safe shave with a razor that is a pleasure to use.
I imagine as with any razor that results will improve with use, so looking forward to that.

Guess I have to find myself a few more slants in the future ;-)

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 11-06-2019, 04:15 AM
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 11-06-2019, 04:28 AM
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Wim, it’s good to hear that all went well. FWIW, the iKon X3 slant is inexpensive and a very good shaver. Maybe something to consider down the road.

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 11-06-2019, 04:34 AM
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(11-06-2019, 02:21 AM)wimbouman Wrote: Well, first try this morning.

With full confidence after the advice you gave me, I decided to go full Zen and shave as normal.
Short strokes down in the first pass, no special attention to technique - just let the razor find its way.

I found the touch of the Parker to be light as a feather.
But, at the same time, comfortably close and it felt natural.
Not aggressive at all.

Results were impressive for a first try.
And no blood, so all good.

Did a second pass as usual following the grain.
Even a bit against the grain as usual in the spots on my face where that has proven to be effective.

Again, no problem.
Effortless shaving, good results.

So, as you all predicted: a legit and safe shave with a razor that is a pleasure to use.
I imagine as with any razor that results will improve with use, so looking forward to that.

Guess I have to find myself a few more slants in the future ;-)
Thumbup

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 11-07-2019, 04:58 AM
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(11-06-2019, 04:28 AM)chazt Wrote: Wim, it’s good to hear that all went well. FWIW, the iKon X3 slant is inexpensive and a very good shaver. Maybe something to consider down the road.
The iKon X3 is an excellent slant razor. Never cut myself with it. I have a Razorock slant razor that you have to be very careful of as it is so smooth that you can cut skin.

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 11-07-2019, 06:44 AM
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(11-06-2019, 04:15 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Cheers


+1

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 11-07-2019, 11:18 AM
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Thanks for all the replies!

And if I can ask one more question, what exactly makes this a semi-slant and not a slant?
Ate spme razors more slanted thsn this?

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 11-07-2019, 11:58 AM
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Slants wary in their, uhm, slantines... for example, compare my Merkur 39C slant and the Merkur (most likely) Bakelite slant:
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As you can see, the bakelite slant have a steeper angle than the 39C. Both are great shavers though Smile

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 11-10-2019, 12:13 AM
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(11-07-2019, 11:18 AM)wimbouman Wrote: what exactly makes this a semi-slant and not a slant?
Nothing. It is a stupid name.

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