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Taking the '62 Slim Adjustable for another ride. Want to bump the aggression higher and see how I fare. To reduce unknowns I lather with the TGN Badger and my Cella sample, in hindsight should have considered a soap I'm a little more familiar with. Lather has a great consistency but I just don't quite have enough of it, and I still go for a 3 pass anyway. I could have been more patient and persistent with my loading. Started in bowl and finished on face, after hot towel.
I set the razor at 7, the AstraSP has had two previous shaves. WTG I follow the more N->S pattern, presuming the razor will still be "mild" but I'm quickly proved wrong. It's productive, but leaves some smoothness to be desired. I have a similar feeling in the E->W XTG pass. Lots of bladefeel, but unlike in some of my other razors there's a little skipping happening, especially in the second pass--I presume this is because the blade is not clamped as tightly. I even check the TTO handle, and I've got it firmly twisted. Despite all this, I'd prefer to get a little closer after two passes and do a full ATG, even if I barely made enough lather to accomplish the task. I don't change the razor settings, another missed opportunity to improve the shave. A couple weepers get opened, but it generally goes well--I can just tell I'm teasing some razor burn with all this blade contact. I do make the correct decision to do this pass with a pretty direct ATG approach, so at least I'm effectively removing stubble.
Alum has some places of noticeable sting, weepers all close without much trouble. I reach for Nivea Sensitive, hoping it will absorb rapidly. BBS-/DFS+ but far far less comfortable than other razors have given me. On the other hand, I think prior to rejoining B&B I would frequently experience similar irritation and considered it normal. My standards for comfort have increased, apparently. And I imagine with a little more familiarity I might be able to tolerate this setting for a 3 pass, especially with better lather. Still feeling a little warmth along the jawline and chin 20 minutes later.
I still want to try the Slim at a 9, but will restrict myself to only shaving W/XTG or two passes at such a setting. I have read a number of folks do 9/7/5 for their 3 passes, so far my experience supports this strategy.
Happy February, especially to all you brave one-blade participants.
My three experiments with a slim on 7 went about the same as yours has. I read about some guys using 9 and that just blows me away, my technique isn't anywhere near good enough yet to survive that with the Slim. Especially not for a XTG pass.
Like @Guido75 pointed out some guys go up per pass and I gave that a shot, trying 5-6-7. It was not a smooth shave. At all. Now the slim lives pretty much between 4-5 for all my shaves.
Although once my technique improves I'd like to come back and try the higher gap settings again.