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Old 12-08-2014, 09:53 PM   #61
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I'm surprised.

I had a awesome shave today using a astra blade loaded into a $1.50 Concord.

First time using astra, felt liked a class above supermax and gillettes green 7oclocks.

If i do ATG, I usually get irritated or tugs at the above lip mustache area. With astra i was able to do WTG XTG ATG all without any problems.

Shave cream was Kiss my Face mint.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:55 PM   #62
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:21 PM   #63
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Fatip with Derby Extra (5 or 6?)
Mistura brush
Bodyshop cream
Alum Block
Nivea Coolkick
A cup of coffee (moka pot brewed)

This is the second night where I got irritation and burn free shave with fatip.
Techniques = near perfect.
Alum block and Nivea=silent...

Lessons:
  1. Never be stingy with shaving cream. I used a lot = dug a finger into the tub, placed on face and brush. Lots of lather
  2. No pressure but blade must be able to cut without pressure. Derby performs well in fatip.

Unless the slant comes home tomorrow, I will try Astra Platinum in the fatip, to see if it can mimic the derby. Don't want to buy any more blades...but honestly, derby was smooth (in an aggressive razor) and lasted my 5~6 shaves. Wish I have more derby so I can try in the slant too
Which derby?
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:55 PM   #64
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Which derby?
derby extra which I bought (sample) from connaughtshaving 1~2 years ago...
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Old 13-08-2014, 11:06 AM   #65
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derby extra
I check at home. I might have a spare or two. If you want let me know and we arrange a way to pass to you.
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Old 13-08-2014, 11:55 AM   #66
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I check at home. I might have a spare or two. If you want let me know and we arrange a way to pass to you.
arigato for the generous offer!

Let me first try out the few good blades in the slant to see if they are equal (or better). Will let you know.
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Old 13-08-2014, 12:39 PM   #67
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Spouse just signed for the slant.
Tonight, it will be loaded with astra sp...

and singpost still has the item running about at the airport...
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Old 13-08-2014, 07:49 PM   #68
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Here's....slanty!



Got a free pack of red personna and...derby

The brown thingy pack is the alum sticks (20)

Worth the GBP30 (incl shipping)
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Old 13-08-2014, 08:04 PM   #69
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Getting ready for the night's shave


Somehow it feels like I'm getting back my old merkur 34C but with a different head...
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Old 13-08-2014, 09:06 PM   #70
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Shaving with Merkur Slant 37C

First impression: shocked!

I had expected it to be more aggressive than my weber or 34C, but less aggressive than fatip. The design is such that (for one day sparsely populated beard) you can't feel the blade going WTG or XTG. I had to check to make sure there was a blade

Where there were more hair, I could hear the audio of cutting...like tiny hair being grind...maybe it was the fresh astra blade but it mowed past so smooth that I couldn't believe it is possible - smoother than weber or 34C It feels like I am shaving with a smoother but more effective 34C.

On problem areas (sides of moustache XTG), a blade in fatip touches the skin too much (making it a tad harsh), while a blade in weber misses too much (but smooth), the slant went thro it smoothly yet taking out most of the hair. Wow.

It beats the fatip in ATG on my problematic moustache area ( the typical tug but not much). This is where weber shines - it just grind down the hair ATG but takes more passes. The slant beats the weber on this ATG but getting a slant gives a cleaner shave with less passes (with minor tug which is common with most razors)

With the Slant, and astra SP working well in it, I don't think I need derby. But then derby is known to spring surprises...

Caveat: there is a possibility that my shave with the slant went so well simply because I had been practicing with 'difficult' and aggressive fatip for the last 2~3 weeks, getting pressure and techniques down pat. Noob may not find the slant so friendly...
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Old 13-08-2014, 09:24 PM   #71
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First impression: shocked!

I had expected it to be more aggressive than my weber or 34C, but less aggressive than fatip. The design is such that (for one day sparsely populated beard) you can't feel the blade going WTG or XTG. I had to check to make sure there was a blade

Where there were more hair, I could hear the audio of cutting...like tiny hair being grind...maybe it was the fresh astra blade but it mowed past so smooth that I couldn't believe it is possible - smoother than weber or 34C It feels like I am shaving with a smoother but more effective 34C.

On problem areas (sides of moustache XTG), a blade in fatip touches the skin too much (making it a tad harsh), while a blade in weber misses too much (but smooth), the slant went thro it smoothly yet taking out most of the hair. Wow.

It beats the fatip in ATG on my problematic moustache area ( the typical tug but not much). This is where weber shines - it just grind down the hair ATG but takes more passes. The slant beats the weber on this ATG but getting a slant gives a cleaner shave with less passes (with minor tug which is common with most razors)

With the Slant, and astra SP working well in it, I don't think I need derby. But then derby is known to spring surprises...

Caveat: there is a possibility that my shave with the slant went so well simply because I had been practicing with 'difficult' and aggressive fatip for the last 2~3 weeks, getting pressure and techniques down pat. Noob may not find the slant so friendly...
Wow congrats! Sounds like you got yourself another winner.
%$*%^ This post sure didn't help to reduce my RAD hor!
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Old 13-08-2014, 09:28 PM   #72
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First impression: shocked!

I had expected it to be more aggressive than my weber or 34C, but less aggressive than fatip. The design is such that (for one day sparsely populated beard) you can't feel the blade going WTG or XTG. I had to check to make sure there was a blade

Where there were more hair, I could hear the audio of cutting...like tiny hair being grind...maybe it was the fresh astra blade but it mowed past so smooth that I couldn't believe it is possible - smoother than weber or 34C It feels like I am shaving with a smoother but more effective 34C.

On problem areas (sides of moustache XTG), a blade in fatip touches the skin too much (making it a tad harsh), while a blade in weber misses too much (but smooth), the slant went thro it smoothly yet taking out most of the hair. Wow.

It beats the fatip in ATG on my problematic moustache area ( the typical tug but not much). This is where weber shines - it just grind down the hair ATG but takes more passes. The slant beats the weber on this ATG but getting a slant gives a cleaner shave with less passes (with minor tug which is common with most razors)

With the Slant, and astra SP working well in it, I don't think I need derby. But then derby is known to spring surprises...

Caveat: there is a possibility that my shave with the slant went so well simply because I had been practicing with 'difficult' and aggressive fatip for the last 2~3 weeks, getting pressure and techniques down pat. Noob may not find the slant so friendly...
Bro, sorry to ask but why use a slant to begin with. Your dlc weber already give u a good job (the last I remember you talking about it) why the change to a slant
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Old 13-08-2014, 09:30 PM   #73
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Wow congrats! Sounds like you got yourself another winner.
%$*%^ This post sure didn't help to reduce my RAD hor!
But it is only a first impression

I used to think I need to keep one aggressive razor for those days when I want a really clean shave. And a mild one where I can shave daily.

With razor, its like having a mild razor that shaves as good as the aggressive ones.

Caveat: not sure how this will work out for someone with heavy beard...
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Old 13-08-2014, 09:49 PM   #74
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Bro, sorry to ask but why use a slant to begin with. Your dlc weber already give u a good job (the last I remember you talking about it) why the change to a slant
RAD

Though I didn't expect the results. As good as my weber but more effective.
With weber, I do 2~3 buffing for trouble areas. With slant, it felt like 34c (a tad more efficient and aggressive razor compared to weber) but with more pleasant shave and result.

I guess it is just the elusive hunt for the desert island razor

PS: I've stopped believing in rotation of razors in the sense that one needs to use a razor for weeks on end to really appreciate it. My love for weber arose due to prolonged use. So is my new love for fatip
For slant, it was instant love - something I have always wanted in a razor.

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Old 13-08-2014, 09:51 PM   #75
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another caveat.

It may be that I just came off fatip, having 'perfected' technique for aggressive razor, and the slant just fit this technique.

I wonder if I would love the slant as much if I just came off weber which allows sloppy techniques.
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