A formidable slant entry into the world of stainless steel DE razors!
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Available at http://www.ikonrazors.com/| Price : 149 US Dollars
Review 08-23-2013, 08:54 AM #1
The iKon Slant razor ... unique in that it's the first stainless steel slant razor to be offered for sale.

I recently purchased one, and this is my preliminary review.

Packaging/presentation: The razor is shipped in a cardboard box, and is well-protected for this purpose. Nothing fancy here, but my bias has always been that functional packaging is sufficient if it keeps costs down.

Appearance/Design: The iKon Slant is a beautiful razor to look at and hold. Finishing is well done, with no rough edges or blemishes to speak of. The razor head has a nice, solid heft to it. The top cap is curved, in contrast to the flattened top cap of the Merkur Slants. The head is wide i.e. conceals blade ends when the blade is loaded. This allows for a clean and uncluttered look, however I have also noted that this feature makes it more difficult to fine tune or adjust the blade alignment using the ends, in contrast to the Merkur Slants. 3-piece design of this head/handle is a tremendous advantage for folks like me who like to use after-market handles such as UFO. Until now, options for a 3-piece slant were limited to vintage razors only.

Shaving Performance: The iKon Slant is efficient and smooth. The razor head allows for intuitive angle approach to the face. Blade exposure is by my estimation less than with the Merkur Slants, and this allows for a more forgiving experience. It seems less prone to causing nicks or cuts as a result. Despite the apparent shallow exposure, this razor is very efficient and performs as well as the Merkur Slants, perhaps a little better. For me, 2 passes (WTG and XTG) allowed for an easy DFS result. A 3rd pass (XTG/ATG) resulted in BBS. Skin irritation was negligable.
Blade used was Polsilver SI.

Verdict: The iKon Slant is a winner in my book. The solid stainless steel composition, 3-piece construction, and superb performance are the most notable strengths of this razor, and set it apart from other DE razors, slants in particular, as a result. The one area of potential difficulty with this razor is blade alignment/adjustment when loading, because of the wide cap. Value is a relative term, but for me this razor is $149 well spent, considering what it offers. Slant lovers will undoubtedly rejoice, as they have been waiting for this arrival for some time now. Slant wary folks should definitely give this razor consideration, as it is more forgiving and less potentially irritating compared to the Merkur Slants.

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#2 08-23-2013, 09:08 AM 
  • slr31
  • Active Member
  • Austin, TX & Bangalore, India
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Thank You, Ravi, for the detailed review and my, what a beautiful picture. Is that handle, UFO Zeus?

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#3 08-23-2013, 09:37 AM 
  • Agravic
  • Administrator
  • Pennsylvania, USA
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(08-23-2013, 09:08 AM)slr31 Wrote:  Thank You, Ravi, for the detailed review and my, what a beautiful picture. Is that handle, UFO Zeus?

Thank you.

Yes, the handle pictured in the bottom photo is the UFO Zeus.

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#4 08-23-2013, 09:52 AM 
  • Johnny
  • Super Moderator
  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Excellent review Ravi and your pictures really do it justice.

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#5 08-23-2013, 09:55 AM 
  • celestino
  • Escanhoado em Vilar de Perdizes
  • Vancouver, BC
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Ravi, excellent review and you may have convinced me to try one....possibly! Biggrin

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#6 08-23-2013, 10:00 AM 
  • freddy
  • Super Moderator
  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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Ravi, thank you for a superb review. As has been mentioned, your photos are beautiful and do show off the razor to best advantage.

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#7 08-23-2013, 10:55 AM 
  • ojinsa
  • Senior Member
  • San Antonio
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(This post was last modified: 08-23-2013, 10:56 AM by ojinsa.)
I agree with the posters above, great review Ravi! I tried mine out today as well. What I found was that the trickiest part of the shave for me came on my neck, and more specifically, on my dominant side and not so much on my left side. I wound up with some irritation/weepers on the right side of my adam's apple. The irritation could be from yesterday's shave (Cobra Classic with Feather Pro Guard...not my favorite blade), but can't be sure.

I agree with everything in your review and would like to add that the razor's design allows for lather to pass and rinse easily which in turn prevents any shaving foul-ups due to lather accumulation. The studs right above the guard bar may help with this, but even if they don't, the studs look pretty cool (and menacing)! The blade sings as it removes stubble, also providing some satisfying audible feedback from the shave which is absent in many other razors.

Good design and good execution of the design. Overall, a very good razor.

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#8 08-23-2013, 03:34 PM 
  • ischiapp
  • Senior Member
  • Ischia, Naples, Italy
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(08-23-2013, 09:52 AM)Johnny Wrote:  Excellent review Ravi and your pictures really do it justice.
+1

Congrats!!

Heart Heart Heart

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#9 08-23-2013, 06:20 PM 
  • Hanzo
  • Active Member
  • Oakland, California
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(This post was last modified: 08-23-2013, 06:21 PM by Hanzo.)
Great review Ravi.

If a shaver has a very coarse beard and requires an aggressive slant shaver for a shave Cobra close, I'm gathering from a few reviews I've read, that the Ikon slant is not the one for them. Would you agree?

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#10 08-23-2013, 06:41 PM 
  • warhawk
  • Active Member
  • Beautiful NorthWest Florida
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Hi Ravi: That was a great review of the iKON Slant. Great pic my friend.


WARHAWK

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#11 08-23-2013, 07:16 PM 
  • Agravic
  • Administrator
  • Pennsylvania, USA
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(08-23-2013, 06:20 PM)Hanzo Wrote:  Great review Ravi.

If a shaver has a very coarse beard and requires an aggressive slant shaver for a shave Cobra close, I'm gathering from a few reviews I've read, that the Ikon slant is not the one for them. Would you agree?

I don't believe any slant shaver current or past can equal the Cobra in terms of shaving performance ... they are different breeds of razors, and perform quite differently. Amongst the DE razors I have tried, the slants have given me the most efficient or aggressive shaves yet provided a semblance of smoothness and ease of use. There are more aggressive or efficient DE razors out there such as the Muhle R41, but for me those razors are not as 'user friendly'. The Cobra, owing to the type of blade employed, provides a different level of efficiency and smoothness, which in my opinion cannot be achieved with any DE razor. Coming back to the point of shaving coarse stubble, I do believe slant razors such as the iKon slant to be top performers amongst the DE razors, and they do a fairly effective job. Yes, the Cobra is better, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the iKon slant will not perform well in this task.
So the simple answer to the question would be, yes I agree, in the situation that someone wants a DE razor to be as close as the Cobra, the iKon slant will not satisfy i.e. will not be 'the one'.

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#12 08-24-2013, 08:32 AM 
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Excellent review Ravi!
Fortunately, mine is on the way straight from California, so it will get here fast. Cool

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#13 08-24-2013, 08:18 PM 
  • Hanzo
  • Active Member
  • Oakland, California
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Appreciative of your well thought out comment Ravi.

Thanks

Hanzo

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#14 08-24-2013, 10:26 PM 
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(This post was last modified: 08-24-2013, 10:28 PM by wingdo.)
Just dying for mine to arrive. Great reviews like this are making the wait difficult.

Luckily post office tracking shows I should receive it two days ago. I wonder if my shave lived up to the hype.

Sent from my GT-N8013 using Tapatalk 4

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#15 08-27-2013, 09:02 AM 
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Great review! Mine should be here in a few days, eager to compare this to my Above the Tie M1/R1.

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#16 08-27-2013, 07:57 PM 
  • bullgoose
  • The Enabler
  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
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I broke down and adopted an iKon Slant for myself and I am glad that I did. People have mentioned the audible feedback and they were not kidding...this razor provides more audible feedback than any other razor in my rotation. Greg hit it out of the park with the Slant. Two thumbs up!

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#17 08-28-2013, 12:51 AM 
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(08-23-2013, 08:54 AM)Agravic Wrote:  Blade exposure is by my estimation less than with the Merkur Slants, and this allows for a more forgiving experience.

Thank you a lot for the great review !
I am an Open Comb lover and the Merkur was a little mild for me
I want some aggressiveness so to give 147 $ for a "softer" than a mild razor ?
Nevertheless is a nice looking razor and for anyone who has it i wish happy shavings.

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#18 08-28-2013, 04:16 AM 
  • ischiapp
  • Senior Member
  • Ischia, Naples, Italy
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I'm trying to purchase the Ikonrazor Sland Head (ALONE).
http://ikonrazors.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=53&products_id=179
I'm in Italy, and the Ikonrazor tell me the doesn't ship here, and to ask their EU dealer ... but they at the moment have just the COMPLETE razor. Maybe ... in the future !! Huh Confused Sad

Anyone know how to deal this issue ?? Blush

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#19 08-29-2013, 12:18 AM 
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(This post was last modified: 08-29-2013, 12:19 AM by Doryferon.)
(08-28-2013, 04:16 AM)ischiapp Wrote:  I'm trying to purchase the Ikonrazor Sland Head (ALONE).

I'm in Italy, and the Ikonrazor tell me the doesn't ship here, and to ask their EU dealer ...
Anyone know how to deal this issue ??

The problem is in the shipping rates and the Customs of your country
Ikons sends to Greece by the way
The best thing to do is to send money in a friend in USA to buy it and then send it to you
I hope to make it and have that razor in your hands.

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#20 08-31-2013, 04:49 AM 
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Great review, and agree with your assessment!

First shave today with the slant - crazy loud feedback and super smooth! A littler milder than I expected, but that might change once I get the angle dialed in on this one!

Beautiful razor as well - polished head works for me, looks great with my Bulldog II handle.

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