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    Posted: 15 November 2013 at 6:07am
Originally posted by procarbinefreak procarbinefreak wrote:

I think this is something I'd be interested in, but I keep a beard and only really shave down my neck once or twice a week.  I can't even imagine being clean shaven anymore.


That's my situation now. But I still like using the mug, brush, and razor for that bit. Still feels better/less irritation than using a cartridge razor, but then again, I can understand not wanting to shell out the scratch for what is ultimately such a small/quick shave each week.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote procarbinefreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2013 at 9:11pm
I think this is something I'd be interested in, but I keep a beard and only really shave down my neck once or twice a week.  I can't even imagine being clean shaven anymore.

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Originally posted by Yomillio Yomillio wrote:

Ahh, right - straight bar then.  Got my durn turminology messed up.


Technically, what you have is a "closed comb"

Merkur isn't the only one who makes slant bar razors, they're just the first to bring them back into style.

Closed comb is your standard razor. It has divots in the comb/bar to help reduce friction (making the razor glide better) and guide hairs to the blade to be cut properly.

Open comb razors have what look like a straight line of teeth where the divots would normally be on the bar. The gaps in the teeth recede all the way from the face of the bar to beyond the leading edge of the blade. This allows the blade to be closer to the skin and the "comb" makes the hairs stand straight just before being cut, giving a closer shave and leading to fewer ingrown hairs as they are cut more level than they would be wit a closed comb razor.

Slant bars are a closed comb where the bar actually pitches on a downward angle from one end of the blade to the other. This pitch and curl provides for a slicing motion through the whiskers giving you an easier shave with less applied pressure. However, it can mean angled cuts on whiskers. If you're prone to in grown hairs, slant bar razors can actually aggravate that problem, though not as bad as multi-blade razors do.

Any and all of these DE safety razors will give you a closer shave with less irritation and fewer issues than any multi-blade cartridge razor.
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Originally posted by *Stealth* *Stealth* wrote:

Originally posted by Yomillio Yomillio wrote:

I don't know how everyone else's experiences are, but I get 100000x less ingrowns after going from a cartridge to just a slant bar - far from miserable here.  Might be in part to non-aggressive Tech and blades though, and i also don't go against the grain (just with- and cross-grain).

For the record - any Tech you're using is not a Slant Bar.

I'm fairly certain Merkur is the only one who makes a slant, which is called - the slant bar. 


Ahh, right - straight bar then.  Got my durn turminology messed up.
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Originally posted by Yomillio Yomillio wrote:

I don't know how everyone else's experiences are, but I get 100000x less ingrowns after going from a cartridge to just a slant bar - far from miserable here.  Might be in part to non-aggressive Tech and blades though, and i also don't go against the grain (just with- and cross-grain).

For the record - any Tech you're using is not a Slant Bar.

I'm fairly certain Merkur is the only one who makes a slant, which is called - the slant bar. 

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Originally posted by Yomillio Yomillio wrote:

I don't know how everyone else's experiences are, but I get 100000x less ingrowns after going from a cartridge to just a slant bar - far from miserable here.  Might be in part to non-aggressive Tech and blades though, and i also don't go against the grain (just with- and cross-grain).


Yep, that'll help prevent them quite a bit. A DE razor is always going to give you fewer ingrown problems. You're actually making fewer passes with the razor if you do the math, which means you aren't burying the cut ends of the whiskers down underneath the top layer of skin. If you do two passes with a Mach 5, you're actually making the equivalent of 10 passes with a DE safety razor. Meanwhile, you can make 2 passes with a DE and get the same, if not better results than the Mach 5 with fewer ancillary issues like ingrowns, cuts, dry skin, etc.
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I don't know how everyone else's experiences are, but I get 100000x less ingrowns after going from a cartridge to just a slant bar - far from miserable here.  Might be in part to non-aggressive Tech and blades though, and i also don't go against the grain (just with- and cross-grain).
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Slant bar gives you a really close shave with less irritation, but if you're prone to ingrown hairs, it'll make you miserable. The open comb will eliminate the ingrown hairs as it cuts the hair straight and right at skin level which prevents it from growing back in under the skin.
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How are the open comb compared to the slant bar (or whatever they're called) types?

I currently use vintage Gillettes (one Travel Tech, a TTO Super Speed, and a full size gold plated Tech I have yet to use) which I like, but I need to pull the blade out and rinse everything almost every pass because I don't shave as often as I should. It gets really clogged up.

I'm also going to buy some Personna blades. Their cheapy ones are good to me, and I can buy their top of the line ones on eBay for $13/100. They're also the only blades made in USA.
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I think Astras have been my favorite in my sampler pack too. Yet to use the Feathers also.

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I use a 1940's Gillette Tech, Edwin Jagger Badger brush, and Proraso's sensitive skin soap which is pretty awesome stuff.  Currently working my way through a blade sampler pack to see what I like best; so far, it's been Astras.  Yet to use the Feathers though.
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I didn't say "too expensive" I just said "expensive compared to" which is true. You can get some Col. Conk's for about 2/3rd what you pay for Mitchells, but Mitchells is worth that extra scratch.
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Originally posted by *Stealth* *Stealth* wrote:

I shave with a Merkur Slant Bar and feather blades. I use Proraso soup, and Captians Choice Bay Rum aftershave.

Occasional use of an alum block.



I shave every day and have found I hardly take longer than I would with a Mach now.

I also use the Captain's Choice Bay Rum, the lack of cloves is quite nice.

I also don't think Mitchells is too expensive, if you get it in their tub it is but I just got a refill puck and put it in an old TOBS tub.
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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Originally posted by DaveEllis DaveEllis wrote:

Right now my current soap choice is between Mitchell's Wool Fat and RazoRock Lily of the Valley


Mitchell's Wool Fat is the shiznit. A bit expensive compared to the basics, but totally worth it.

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Originally posted by DaveEllis DaveEllis wrote:

Right now my current soap choice is between Mitchell's Wool Fat and RazoRock Lily of the Valley


Mitchell's Wool Fat is the shiznit. A bit expensive compared to the basics, but totally worth it.
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I shave with a Merkur Slant Bar and feather blades. I use Proraso soup, and Captians Choice Bay Rum aftershave.

Occasional use of an alum block.



I shave every day and have found I hardly take longer than I would with a Mach now.
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I use a Merkur with Merkur blades, only because I haven't ordered feathers online yet. I use some random shave soap I got for free from Art of Shaving. I have some Mach 3's I keep stashed away in case I'm in a hurry, but I use my Merkur frequently. Even though it takes longer, I'd rather spend 5 dollars on 15 blades than 15 dollars on 5 blades.
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I use a Merkur with Feather blades.  I've had the same Vulfix brush going on a few years now.

Right now my current soap choice is between Mitchell's Wool Fat and RazoRock Lily of the Valley, both are nice.

For awhile I was using I was using RazoRock Zi Peppino which is a green tobacco scent, I need to find more of it.
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Thanks for the responses guys. They really helped.

Just gotta scrounge up some dough for the initial buy, then away I go!
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