Likes a fat handle in his hand
This is a 2-piece, closed comb, slant bar, polished razor with knurling on the handle. The razor is 3.3 inches long, weighing in at 2.7-ounces, or 77-grams, and is made in Solingen Germany. Because of its weight, I would consider this razor to be in the medium weight class of razors. I actually like the 2-piece design, I felt like I was able to load, and remove a blade quicker. Because I am used to 3-piece razors, I made the mistake of trying to loosen the head by rotating the handle. Silly me, 2-piece razors loosen and tighten the head, by turning the knob at the bottom of the handle, similar to a TTO butterfly adjustable razor.
The weight of this razor feels good in the hand, not too heavy, not too light, and balance point is about midway up the handle. Because the handle has decent knurling, I was able to grip it just fine with my fingers. The razor didn't slip on me when my fingers were wet, or soapy, so thats a major plus. I have a Merkur Futur razor, and it has perhaps the worst handle with lack of knurling, and soapy fingers will have you dropping that razor for sure!
So what is the deal with slant razors you ask? Well, if you asked some folks, they'd tell you that, because slant razors shave at an angle, they are thereby more efficient at removing whiskers. IMO, this is most certainly an efficient shaving razor, it can remove a lot of whiskers in just the WTG pass. But, to say this razor is anymore efficient then say my Merkur Futur, or Rex Ambassador, that is simply not the case. Where I discovered this razors best efficiency, was getting into places better then my other razors.
IMO, this razors efficiency was made known to me, when I was going over my difficult problem areas, like under the jaw line, upper lip, and chin area. Most of my razors have difficulties doing these areas efficiently, because they are not flat and level areas. But something about this razors slanted design, allows it to get those areas more efficiently, and that IMO, is where this razor truly excels! I was pitting this razor up against multiple day whiskers growth, and I surely wasn't expecting much from a solid bar, but this razor provided closer to an open comb razor in performance, which blew me away of course.
Aggression level of this razor based on blade gap alone, would put it around level 4 on both the Merkur Futur & Rex Ambassador, its got quite the gap, and appears to be greater of a gap then the Timeless TI95 razor too. And even if I put my Gillette Fatboy razor on level 9, I am not quite sure that even it would equal the same gap, as this 37C razor! Slant razors are known to be aggressive, and since they sort of require a learning curve to use them, I wouldn't recommend this razor to any beginners to wet shaving. A beginner should start out with a Merkur 34C or Edwin Jagger DE89.
A technique I learned to do, which improves my chances of getting a quality shave without nicks and weepers, is by shaving steep, AKA riding the bar. I discovered with this razor, I can still shave steep, but I have to raze the handle up to go slightly shallow, then it started slicing whiskers. I loaded this razor up with a Gillette Platinum blade, and this razor holds the blade well, no blade chatter folks! The 37C also did an excellent job on my neck, managed to get my problem spots without issue.
(1) ATG passes went smooth, there was audible feedback, but no tugging with brand new GP blade.
(2) XTG passes provided more audible feedback, and more whiskers were removed, surprisingly smooth.
(3) DTG passes just for neck, this razors's weight allowed me to do a light touch for these passes, which prevents nicks/weepers!
(4) ATG passes went OK, no greater efficiency found here, nor greater smoothness then my Fatboy razor, but overall smooth.
(5) Touch up passes were required in chin area, so the slant angle didn't help there too much, as I had to DTG them.
In conclusion, I felt that this is a really good quality DE razor, that has a bit of character, with its slanted personality. I agree with @LRod that this razor lives up to the hype in being a smooth shaving razor, which seems to have an easier time getting some problem areas. Having said that however, its still not perfect, but it does a pretty darn good job. I like the quality build of this razor, the weight is decent, and allows me to get my shave on. I classify this as an "intermediate" to "experienced" wet shaver class of razor, and I am going to give it 5 out of 5 STARS!
List of shaving items used for todays shave involving this razor...
(1) Merkur 37C Slant Razor
(2) Gillette Platinum Blade
(3) Stirling Bath Soap For Face Wash Prep
(4) Stirling Pre-Shave Oil For Face Prep
(5) Stirling Pumpkin Spice Shave Soap
(6) Cayune Dark Nebula Shave Bowl
(7) Cayune Dark Nebula Shave Brush
(8) Stirling 125G Alum Block
(9) Pinaud Clubman Vanilla Aftershave