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RazoRock German 37 slant with Tallow + Steel “Dark”

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SOtD 2016-08-20

Tallow + Steel “Dark” once more, and a wonderful soap it is. The Plisson European Grey badger brush is an extremely nice brush for those who like to feel some texture: it has a coarse but not prickly feel on the face that is very nice, and it easily worked up a fine lather.

The RazoRock German 37 is a knockoff of the Merkur 37C slant, but the German 37 is a three-piece razor, and with a solid chromed brass handle the German 37 has more heft than the 37C: the 37C is 78g and the German 37 is 95g (both weights include blade). The 37C handle is 2.8″ long, the German 37 handle is 3.5″ long.

The benefit of the three-piece design is obvious: if you later want to get a different head (e.g., a different slant, such as the iKon X3 or 102 or the upcoming Maggard slant head), you can use the German 37 handle.

Int terms of shave it was efficient but (like the 37C) not quite so comfortable for me as some other slants. I will soon compare it to the 37C directly (side-by-side shave) and later to the Fine Superlite slant. The German 37 costs $10 less than the Fine Superlite ($20 for German 37, $30 for Fine Superlite—and around $40 for the Merkur 37C; the iKon X3 head is $35 and the iKon 102 head is $45).

I got one small nick on my upper lip in the XTG pass—probably bad blade angle—but no other problems and the result was an easy BBS.

For $20, this is quite a good slant. I will emphasize once more: use very light pressure when using a slant.

A dot of Esbjerg aftershave gel—a really nice aftershave balm—and the weekend gets underway.

In the next SOTD post I compare the German 37 and my Merkur 37G.

Written by LeisureGuy

20 August 2016 at 8:43 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. To check that I’m understanding your blog and Reddit comments correctly: you think the NOS Bakelite slant is one of your most comfortable+efficient slants, along with the 102 and X3 heads, right? The Superlight is slightly less loved, and the merkur, this razorock, and the black one you’ve used recently are another step below? I’ve missed the ATT completely…


    20 August 2016 at 1:46 pm

  2. Okay, I’ll take a shot at it.

    First, put Above the Tie aside: at $185 for a slant, they are totally in another category in terms of price, and their feel and performance is no better than other high-end slants and, IMO, not quite so good as the best.

    The best (for me, in my experience) are the iKon X3 and 102. I do read occasional complaints about the 102 clogging or the angle hard to find (which might be to some degree a function of blade width), and I don’t hear so many of that nature about the 102.

    The Above the Tie would be next (disregarding price), but it’s iffy: the S1 was perfectly fine for me, but the S2 was just too harsh and I returned it. Matching feel and performance of the S1 and perhaps even a little better: the no-longer-available Stealth slant.

    And I would be the iKon B1 slant. This one requires pressure-consciousness for a while, and any slip back to using pressure will produce nicks. But with very light pressure, a lovely shave.

    Also here would be the Fine Superlite, The Holy Black’s SR-71 slant, and the Merkur 37C/G.

    I used the Wunderbar briefly, but decided it was not for me.

    I haven’t used the German 37 enough to judge it, and the Maggard slant won’t be here until September.


    20 August 2016 at 2:53 pm

  3. Impressive that iKon can come out with a second original design and still top the list wth both. They’re obviously aware of the results that their design process is trying to achieve.

    Thanks for replying with your run-down.


    20 August 2016 at 4:31 pm

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