12-06-2012, 08:25 AM
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  • Samjax
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This week finds me on yet another road trip...and among other things, in the mood to experiment a bit.

There is ample talk of shimming - particularly with the milder razors; Weber, EJ89s, etc...

To my knowledge, there hasn't been quite as much talk about shimming things that actually shave moderately (or more) aggressive straight out of the box.

This I know - I love shims and I love my Merkur 39C Slant - the experiment thus becomes fairly obvious.

Here's what I did - I cut a couple of Astra blades the best that I could with my tools on hand to create a couple of shims. The shims add approximately .1 mm thickness each (although I could be wrong on the exact thickness of the Astras). This gives me roughly .2mm of extra gap...if not a bit more due to the way the blades clamp up when you tighten it all together.

Put your shaving blade in first - follow it with the 2 shims - jiggle them around just a bit to make sure it's all straight - leave the head down flat just like you see it in the pictures and add your handle. You can jiggle it a little more while you tighten things down - but it works pretty well by just keeping it simple and to the point.

The pictures will explain what I did - the order in which I did it - and the finished blade gap...which results in Slant more than a little aggressive that shaves exceedingly close...but exceptionally smooth. The Slant is great on its own - to me, it's even better now (as I like aggressive shaves). Is it as close as an R41? I don't think so, but it is very, very close. It is certainly in the league of my Joris and Barbasol Floating Head - and will shave you as smooth and as close as the latest offerings from any of the current "artisan" makers (OC or SB).

In any event - if you want to "kick it up a notch" with your Slant - 2 shims will change your razor's personality a fair amount.

   

   

   

   

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 12-06-2012, 08:53 AM
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  • Agravic
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The Slant looks rather menacing in that last shot!
I do love my Slants, and look forward to hearing how the shimming goes ...

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 12-06-2012, 09:29 AM
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Looks great and not hard to do. However, you got to be careful cutting those blades.

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 12-06-2012, 11:40 AM
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Man, making the Slant more aggressive! Wow!

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 12-06-2012, 12:37 PM
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Braveheart, let us know how it performs. If you survive Biggrin
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 12-06-2012, 12:53 PM
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I can understand how using a shim will increase the blade gap. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether it will increase the blade stiffness by forcing more torque on the blade?

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 12-06-2012, 03:12 PM
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(12-06-2012, 12:53 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: I can understand how using a shim will increase the blade gap. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether it will increase the blade stiffness by forcing more torque on the blade?

Good question, I had wondered about that myself. I'm not sure if .2 or .3mm is going to make a lot of difference "blade stiffness" wise...but the added gap did indeed provide a bit more aggression without any degradation in the quality of shave.

I'm going to experiment a bit more and maybe ramp it up to 4 shims tomorrow...just to see how it turns out. As far as I know, if you want to go with a Slant, your options in terms of aggressiveness are pretty much nil. I'm not sure if the older Hoffritz razors or the Fasans offer more in terms of aggression over a stock 37C or 39C. Shimming seemed to be a fairly easy way to accomplish what I wanted to.

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 12-06-2012, 03:26 PM
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Some of the older slants seem to have a more severe curvature to the heads than the currently produced versions. I know there will be a point where it's detrimental to the shave (poking yourself with a corner), but I'd want the slant to torque the blade as much as possible.

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 12-06-2012, 10:59 PM
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Sweet thread, I never put much thought into shimming my slant. Does the razor "feel" that much different with the shims vs none on the face? I am assuming it is still really comfortable.?

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 12-07-2012, 05:25 AM
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Still a very comfortable shave.

I would encourage Slant users to at least experiment with shimming (provided they lean towards aggressive razors). The Slant is a great razor on it's own, but the added "hot sauce" makes it all the more fun to use.

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 12-07-2012, 06:00 AM
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(12-07-2012, 05:25 AM)Samjax Wrote: Still a very comfortable shave.

I would encourage Slant users to at least experiment with shimming (provided they lean towards aggressive razors). The Slant is a great razor on it's own, but the added "hot sauce" makes it all the more fun to use.

I will definitely try this ... provided my Cobra allows me a reprieve!

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