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Slant on Monday

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Monday’s shave tackles a two-day stubble, and a Slant is a pleasant razor for the task—and 70% of those who try a Slant love it. (23% find it’s an okay razors, and 7% report that it doesn’t work for them.) I got this lightweight Bakelite slant as NOS (and stocks are now exhausted). It shaves beautifully, but I do have to supply the pressure: the weight of the razor doesn’t do it.

Before that, though, was the pre-shave wash using Whole Foods 365 brand glycerin soap, and then one of those great Strop Shoppe lathers, this time the Black Tie fragrance, worked up with the Simpson Case, big brother to the Wee Scot. I would describe the Black Tie fragrance if only I had a literate nose, which I don’t. (For a wonderfully entertaining profile of a man with an extraordinary sense of smell, I recommend Chandler Burr’s The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses(inexpensive used copies at the link).)

I had a wonderful shave. Those readers who are now routinely getting fine shaves with their regular razor should certainly try a Slant at the first opportunity: the odds favor you, and if it doesn’t work, you can quickly sell it on reddit/r/shave_bazaar.

A splash of Captain’s Choice, a very nice handmade bay rum with no cloves, and I’m ready for another good day. And I just backed up my hard drive again—is it time for you to do a back-up? (PSA)

Written by LeisureGuy

9 July 2012 at 8:07 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. This reminded me: I have a new-to-me slant I wanted to put on your radar. If you don’t have a Ben Hur slant, try and pick one up. Here’s mine; I think it has a more pronounced slant than your basic Merkur/Hoffritz — with the fun and variety of a three-piece format.

    I have a bakelite too, a Trumpf open-comb. Adding my own pressure took some learning, but I think it pays off with better control.


    9 July 2012 at 8:48 am

  2. Had a shave with my Merkur slant this morning as wel,l great minds!! I’ve now started to use each razor out of the 6 I have in my rotation for the whole week rather than change each day this seems to work better for me as each one needs a slightly different approach. For variety I still use a different shaving soap or cream each day of the 24 I’ve got on the go at the moment. That’s down to you recomending the ones you have used please stop there’s no more room on the bathroom shelves!! I’ve had to stop myself joining the Strop Shoppe club after your comments about how good their soaps are. Maybe I’ll just press that buy now button anyway and look forward to a new soap each month from over the pond!! We could always move to a bigger house

    Tony The Blade

    9 July 2012 at 8:58 am

  3. @Middlesmith: I’d not heard of the Ben Hur Slant, but looking at those photos makes me *really* want one. Did you find it on eBay?

    @Tony the Blade: I’ve stopped buying new soaps for a while myself. It gets to be too much, doesn’t it?


    9 July 2012 at 9:23 am

  4. Yes, eBay. I go on there now and then and type in “slant razor” just to see what gems come up. Usually it’s Merkurs and $120 Hoffritzes. This was labeled as a “slant stroke” razor, which I think worked to my advantage. Actual Slant Stroke brand razors don’t appear to be slants at all, so someone shopping for slants would probably overlook this.


    9 July 2012 at 9:32 am

  5. I’ve been trying to rein it in with the soaps/creams. But today I fell off the wagon. I poped into Merz’ apothecary for a refill of that very aftershave. While there, I noticed the new Proraso sandalwood cream. I’ve never used Proraso because I’m not a fan of the menthol scent. But sandalwood might be a bit much in this summer heat.

    Dan J

    9 July 2012 at 6:49 pm

  6. Well, you’re stocked up for this fall. 🙂


    9 July 2012 at 7:01 pm

  7. It does look cool. Wonder how all these slants are turning up now.


    11 July 2012 at 8:17 pm

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