09-28-2012, 04:20 AM
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I've used many Slants in the past. I had several Hoffritz Slants, vintage Merkur Slants, modern Merkur Slants, open-comb Slants etc. I've always liked the shave from all the Slants. However, the only Slants I retained until quite recently were the Fasan OC ones.

A few weeks ago, I decided to treat myself to a new Slant. I wanted to go with a modern Merkur, but I was reluctant to do so, because their QC has been shoddy on these. I had two modern ones in the past that had all sorts of finishing issues. However, after seeing the 'Wildlife Collection' that Bob Quinn from Elite Razors was offering, I decided to take the plunge and buy one.

The razor arrived really quickly, and it is a lovely razor.

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The razor started off as a sledgehammer Slant, and the handle was replaced with one made with a real Python skin encased in acrylic. The snakeskin handle is really lovely, and suits the chrome finish of the rest of the razor. The handle shape is much better than that of the original Sledgehammer Slant, and the balance is excellent.

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Because it was originally a Sledgehammer Slant, it is larger than a traditional razor. Here it is,next to a handsome vintage Bulldog.

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Merkur's QC must have improved recently, because the head didn't have any of the issues I'd noticed in the past. As expected, the shave is excellent. The shape and weight of the handle really makes the shave better. There were no slip issues, as the acrylic seems to work like the Wilkinson Sticky handle and gets tacky when wet.

Now, not everything was perfect. Since the snakeskin was real, there's a seam on the other side of the razor:

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I initially thought this was ugly, but I don't notice it anymore. Perhaps it would be better to cut the skin along the scales, thus breaking up the seam, but that would be time (and cost) intensive.

Also, the polishing job on the acrylic could be better. There are visible scratches in the finish. This is not a problem for me, as I have several polishes that will take care of it, but it's something to mention.


To finish: I really like this razor. It is handsome, comfortable to use, and it shaves really well. I'm glad I bought it.


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 09-28-2012, 04:51 AM
  • leonidas
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.....the python skin is a great choice...

......the bulge in the handle makes it look like a python after it has swallowed a meal...... very cool!!

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 09-28-2012, 06:02 AM
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Bob does excellent work Yohann. Its looks beautiful and use it well.

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 09-28-2012, 06:06 AM
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A beauty indeed, Yohann! The shape of the handle strongly resembles the stainless steel handle of the Merkur 43C.

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 09-28-2012, 07:44 AM
  • Shanman
  • Reserve Collection Squirrel Hair
  • NE Florida
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Nice viper you have there.

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 09-28-2012, 11:42 AM
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Great looking razor, Yohann!
i love that Bulldog. Hee hee.

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 09-28-2012, 12:10 PM
  • UFO
  • Artisan
  • Seville, Spain
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Ooooh, what a handle!!!

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 09-28-2012, 01:31 PM
  • Triad
  • Triad Razor Handles
  • Texas
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Thats bad ass!!

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 09-28-2012, 04:56 PM
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I really like that a lot. I had no idea that real snakeskin was used, that kicks up the coolness factor by 100 notches.

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 09-28-2012, 04:59 PM
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Very nice! Very nice indeed!

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 09-29-2012, 07:13 AM
  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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Congrats Yohann that's a beauty!

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 09-29-2012, 07:42 AM
  • Eskimo
  • Artisan & Custom Shaving Equipment
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Yohann, thank for the kinds words. I'm glad the razor found a good home.

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 09-29-2012, 06:29 PM
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I have the North Dakota rattlesnake version of the big slant done by Elite Razor. Beautiful piece of kit with a different skin pattern than the Cobra. And it does not bite!!


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