Excellent linked information, Doug.I stand corrected. After reviewing a drawing I could see that I was confusing blade exposure with cap span. From Adjustable Razor Blade Gaps – Gillette Adjustable Razors - https://gilletteadjustable.com/misc-2/adjustable-razor-blade-gaps/
*Standard Slims are built using the same physical parts as the Aristocrat Slim – only the plating metal (nickel or gold) is different.
“Blade Gap” is the dimension in red on this Gillette diagram.
See how “Blade Gap” changes based on Adjustment Dial position. A higher dial setting equals more Blade Gap equals greater blade Exposure equals closer shave.
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My Slim freed up nicely after a long soak in Dawn.My Slim is soaking in Dawn. Maybe tomorrow I can examine it carefully and compare what I see in hand with what I see in the video. The razor is undergoing its second of the day long soak. After the first soak the action of the adjustment wheel felt definitely more free and easy. That's very very good, and may save me from ordering an ultrasonic cleaner today.
The OC Fatip Lo Storto is a great slant, definitely suitable as a starting point. I can't imagine that it would give you any problems, especially if you are a Gem / E-R fan.Looks like "Slant Fever" has taken hold here.
Never having tried a Slant myself, but having a cigar box full of DE blades (100's of the buggers), should I buy one of the Fatip's?
Been asking myself that question on and off for a while. Got Connaught's page open right now and my finger on the trigger - but, which one? Open or Closed?
I've not really enjoyed most of the DE razors that I've tried and never got the hang of steep angle shaving either. It's a bit of a dilemma, that could easily be solved by not buying anything. But then, am I missing out on the Holy Grail of shaving?
Question for you Jim.
Knowing that I like shaving with Schicks and other SE razors (Ever Ready and Gems). Dislike aggressive DE razors or steep angle shaving, and was scared stiff of the Fatip Grande I once had.
Am I wasting my time buying one?
If not, which one should I consider?
I assume the Gentile (closed comb) is the least aggressive?
More than one question I know, sorry about that.
To be quite honest, I don't need another razor. After trying to give away the DE blades I have, there still seems to be years and years worth in the box. So, I keep thinking that maybe I should find something to use them up with. Something thats inexpensive - at least for experimenting purposes.
I have tried using them in shavettes, but they have never really impressed me that much.
I still shave with straights, although pretty much only use my two Tanifuji's. When they need refreshed and can't be bothered to get my stones out, I'll shave for a while with my Schicks or Ever Ready or Feather SS and Proline.
My closest shaves by far are with the SS/Proline, closely followed by Tanifuji's and then the Schicks.
You just can't beat a Proline with a couple of shaves under it's belt.
Thanks Cal. Never really been away, just never felt the need to post - lurking around you could say.
You're welcome, my friend.
I'll be interested in how you like the FOCS, Doug.
What soap do you buy from Connaught? The last I bought there was a kilo of Vitos Red. I'm only about a quarter into that brick.
I expected that one to be higher up the list than the Salter Sandalwood, based on your earlier comments (or at least, my perception/memory of your earlier comments).Maybe the exception to that would be Proraso's Wood & Spice Single Edge Cream. I'll get to that when it eventually runs out.
You're probably right Al, I remember thinking that a while back. But the more I used the Sandalwood the more I wanted to use it.I expected that one to be higher up the list than the Salter Sandalwood, based on your earlier comments (or at least, my perception/memory of your earlier comments).
Good to see you back posting, Doug.
My Slim freed up nicely after a long soak in Dawn.
Good to hear, @Rosseforp! I think it’s great that you and @Chan Eil Whiskers both got such fine shaves on setting #1. I could not believe it the first time it happened and it really caused me to start questioning my assumptions. The next time the Slim comes up on a dice roll I’m going to start at #4 and finish with #1.Every time I had used my Slim in the past I started with setting #5, usually adjusting it during the shave trying to find a setting that was comfortable and getting bit instead.
I picked it up 2 weeks ago after reading @4and20blackbirds journal, set it on #1 and was very surprised how comfortable it had become, along with a very close shave, irritation free. Now on setting #4, I plan on leaving it there, and using it more.
Slim on 1.Too bad the little video (probably a gif) can't be paused. If we could pause it, we could guesstimate, er, measure the blade exposure (I think there's a blade installed; a bit hard to see).
When checking your Slim, look at the SB straight on while you click through the range of adjustments from both sides to make sure the blade tray rises equally end to end.I havent seen picture of a Wolfman taken with the proper angle, but I suspect the blade exposure is neutral to slightly positive. Much the same as the NEW SC that has .023" blade gap.
1.25mm gap equates to .049". Adding three shims would increase that by around .012" giving a total of .061" blade gap.
I dont have a proper set of feeler gauges but I do have a dime. A Canadian dime is .049" thick and fits tightly under the blade edge of my Slim on 9. From that I'd guess a Slim on 9 is equal in blade gap to the Wolfman 1.25mm but with barely neutral blade exposure.
Increasing blade gap also increases blade exposure so I would assume a Wolfman with .061" gap to have positive blade exposure.
I'd put the performance of CRS against any other soap out there. It's easily the equal of WK DM and Wickham and might even equal SV but I need to use my SV more. I think it's performance betters Cella Bio and Vitos.I've not tried the CRS Sandalwood, but a lot of guys seem to love it. From what I've concluded from reading about it, its scent is the main attraction, but I'm sure the scent wouldn't appeal were the CRS's performance subpar.
Awesome link Jim, thanks.Here's where I read that stuff, or at least some of that stuff. You'll find a number of pages of information and data, a terrific resource for anyone interested in the Gillette adjustables.
You're welcome. Someone posted it on another thread. It was too good not to spread around a bit.Awesome link Jim, thanks.
Slim on 1. Slim on 4. Slim on 9.
When checking your Slim, look at the SB straight on while you click through the range of adjustments from both sides to make sure the blade tray rises equally end to end.
Yeah, those cleaners were almost a good buy for $6 and change haha.
Nice post shave products including the Pineapple Bay Rum.
(It's not my favorite bay rum but it's nice.)