I must say I'd never thought about it. I've just checked the shims in my shim box and no, they're not particularly sharp and don't have burrs.So, are the cut edges sharp with burrs that are going to scratch my baseplates?
Ideally just ONE cut (per edge, no nibbles) following your pencil/pen/sharpie line. At the end of the cut is where the single barb (usually) flies off dangerously at great speed and unknown trajectory.Oh...and dangerous is not a good enough description for making shims. This needs to be done outside over a garbage can. I had no idea a pair of scissors could cut a blade as fine as it can. It's not one clean cut, its a bunch of nibbles and every nibble leaves what could be very spooky. I may have done it wrong tho.
Points well taken...I didn't draw a line. Next time.Ideally just ONE cut (per edge, no nibbles) following your pencil/pen/sharpie line. At the end of the cut is where the single barb (usually) flies off dangerously at great speed and unknown trajectory.
Outside is usually a bad idea, especially if you can't find the shard. You DON'T want it to be (accidentally) found by a small child, animal, or your bare feet, knees, or hands.
It all depends on the razor and the user. Bear in mind the reason for the guard is to stretch the skin and prepare it (and your whiskers) for the blade. If you want to ride the cap and bunch the skin up in front of the blade... well, that's your choice.Am I right in thinking that steeper angle shaves are better with more aggressive razors?
I look forward to your shave report either or any way. I'm hoping you give it a try. It would be nice to see if it makes a difference, and you can actually like a razor that has heretofore problematic.Having read through the early years of SASA I wonder whether I'm reading with comprehension.
I seem to understand that it really doesn't matter what kind of razor (DE or SE) we're talking about, it's worth trying a steeper angle and see what happens.
I've been thinking a LOT about this the last few days, because it's OCtober and I have one more OC to trot out. That razor is one that, to be really honest, has taken as much blood from me as the Red Cross: the ATT SE2. Absolutely deadly with a Proline! I can do OK with it WTG. Even trying to do XTG it starts to chatter and bounce and the next thing I know I've got nicks and hacks all over my skull. (Head shaver...) ATG is hopeless. It literally hooks under my hair and then pulls up the skin, stopping cold if I'm lucky. Drawing blood if I'm not.
I've been rationalizing: "Oh, you sissy. Just do the WTG pass with it and you can say you used it. Good enough."
When I first got this razor I bought the SE1/SE2 combo. I tried to trade them both off for an S1/S2 combo, but the gentleman I traded with only wanted the SE1, and only offered an S2. I have to say that S2 is my bar-none favourite DE. But that leaves me with this crazy SE2. I gave my trade partner the Prolines, kept a pack of Feather Pros just in case.
Tomorrow, and the necessity to make a decision, is beginning to loom. At this point I don't have a major amount to lose by trying a steep angle. As I've said before, I really want to like the SE2, but it and me are like Ambrose Bierce and Oakland: incompossible.
Assuming I don't either chicken out or bleed out, I'll report back.
Nothing to lose and possibly success to gain.Tomorrow, and the necessity to make a decision, is beginning to loom. At this point I don't have a major amount to lose by trying a steep angle.
I'm 100% with you on this. I never cared for the Piccolo but after trying the thin cap old type at a steep angle I decided to try it on the Fatip and voila! it works!Nothing to lose and possibly success to gain.
I was long a skeptic of steep angle shaving. It's not what I really learned, and most of the difficulties I encountered were solved by going shallower, not steeper.
But all the time I carried this belief there were two DE razors that I couldn't master: the Gillette ball-end Old Type and the Fatip Piccolo. Nick city almost every time I shave with them, and if I was lucky--irritated too.
Then someone on the OCtober thread said he had the same issue with the Old Type and tried a steep angle and got great shaves.
Nothing to lose, I thought. Shaved with the Old Type (both thin and thick caps) using a steep angle, and I got a close, fairly comfortable, but-most-importantly, ZERO NICKS! Blew my mind.
Worked with the Fatip Piccolo too. This was a razor I had failed to get a comfortable shave from, ever. I ended up labeling it "Too Aggressive" and relegating it to the don't-shave-with drawer. Steep angle shaving tamed that beast too.
This technique is totally counter-intuitive to me and is going to take some practice, and I doubt it's going to replace how I shave with the bulk of my razors, but I'm pleased to see razors resurrected into use by the steep angle approach.