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BBS from humpback razor

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SOTD 2 Oct 2013

A WEdger using the handle “proraso” offered a different sort of bakelite slant, shown in the photo. The brand, he told me, is Eros. [UPDATE 20 June 2014: It seems to be rather a German razor: the 1930 Walbusch. I saw one on eBay.]

This slant (unlike, say, the Merkur 37C) is asymmetric because it bends the blade over the baseplate in the usual way, without the twist the 37C applies, so that in this razor the blade slants down left to right on one side, down right to left on the other. The odd appearance, the black color, …  it was a bit intimidating. It didn’t help that when I put in the blade, it looked flat-out dangerous, and then I discovered I had made a classic mistake: baseplate was upside down.

Once that was corrected, it didn’t look so fierce, but I wanted to give it a go. If it worked, I figured I now had assembled a 7-day set of slants (this being the 7th one).

First, prep. I used Jlocke98’s formula with emu oil, which I’ve come to prefer. Part of the reason is explained at the link. Also, the lanolin oil separated and solidified as a disk. (Jlocke98 actually adds the lanolin as he uses it: a little Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, a couple of drops of lanolin oil, and wash beard. But I prefer to have it mixed in a bottle.) The formula I worked out based on his practice: 1/4 cup liquid Dr. Bronner’s soap, any fragrance, and 2 tsp oil. (I’ve used olive oil, emu oil, lanolin oil, and jojoba oil, and they all work. Some are allergic to lanolin, though). Shake well before each use, and wash beard at the sink with about 1 tsp, rinsing partially with a splash and then applying lather. I keep mine in a pump bottle.

I really like the Omega 20102 shown—a tip from another WEdger. Great brush, and it immediately evoked a thick, creamy, satisfying slick lather from my How To Grow A Moustache soap, which I continue to like a lot, both for the soap and for the generous work space the large puck provides.

The Eros in practice worked great. It carried a brand new Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Platinum blade and the action was smooth and comfortable. The asymmetry was not an issue—in fact, I barely noticed it. Once again experience proved expectations were incorrect A very smooth shave, no nicks or other problems, and totally BBS. A good razor. For me.

UPDATE: More photos of razor per request in comment:

Eros slant 1

The other side:

Eros slant 2

And looking at the ends:

Eros slant side

And the other end:

Eros slant 3

UPDATE 2: The iKon Shavecraft #102 uses this same approach. See these posts.

Written by Leisureguy

2 October 2013 at 8:34 am

Posted in Shaving

5 Responses

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  1. Good morning — if you ever have the chance, I’d love to see some more pics of that slant. Just a couple more angles to understand it better.

  2. Okay: see above.

    LeisureGuy

    2 October 2013 at 10:13 am

  3. Is the razor still available somewhere?

    Michael Napier

    3 October 2013 at 4:25 am

  4. This razor is no longer in production, but you might occasionally see one on eBay or in the B/S/T threads on forums or on Reddit’s /r/shave_bazaar. I had another of similar design, but with diamond-shaped alignment studs so that only blades from that manufacturer (now defunct) could be used, so I eventually sold it. That was a French razor, but I don’t know the origin of Eros razors.

    Hope this helps. Your best bet is a “favorite search” for “slant razor” on eBay in various countries (e.g., in Italy, France, Germany, and Spain as well as the US).

    LeisureGuy

    3 October 2013 at 9:15 am

  5. I should add that the iKon Shavecraft #102 has this same general “humpback slant” configuration. I tried that razor, which has a stainless steel handle and an aluminum head, and I like it a lot. Here are some posts on the Shavecraft slant.

    LeisureGuy

    6 September 2014 at 7:51 am


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