Kyle said:User Friendly - This razor is a lot like a good woman. If you respect her and handle her gently, tending to her needs, she will pamper you like a king and spoil you with a shave that is unmatched by any other razor. Also note, respect does not equal fear.
There are several gents, including myself, who have struggled during the first several shaves with the Slant Bar. Holding the handle of the razor higher (more parallel to the floor) than when using the HD combined with the execution of longer stroke length have proved to be two great adjustments for taming this razor (thank you, Joel, for pointing this out to me). Other than these two points, follow the same rules you would for any DE: no pressure, use reduction techniques, only shave lathered areas, etc. Not surprisingly, after using this razor for a while, I've found that it has improved my overall technique such that even shaves with my HD and Fatboy have been noticeably better.
Ron, I appreciate your kind words. There really is a lot of mystery surrounding this razor. I hope that the pics can help to clear up some of the long-standing questions.I encourage Slant Bar users to experiment with various blades. You will be very surprised with the difference it makes.
On the slant, the blade is indeed more exposed at one end than another. But it works fine.
Well, I was judging the aggressiveness from the reviews on http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1788
When I bought my razor, I couldn't imagine a website like this (which shows a bit of stupidity on my part), so I couldn't just buy "recommended" gear. But, the razor I have is a definite improvement over the 'ol mach3 in every way possible -- price, closeness, irritation, cuts, and enjoyability.
I've heard of the HD, I just thought I may as well go all out. I'll step back a bit and get that -- thanks