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The wonderful Monday shave — CK-6 and a slant FTW

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I’m feeling my face — smooth, soft, satisfying. I owe it to the pictured products and tools and a certain amount of practice. Dapper Doc’s lilac & fig fragrance is pleasing, and the lather was extremely good — overloading brush, then working a little water into the lather on my face.

The slant today is the German 37, which did an excellent job. A splash of the aftershave — thankfully with no menthol — finished the job. A good start to a very rainy day and what is predicted to be a rainy week. So it goes.

Written by Leisureguy

11 January 2021 at 9:34 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Today’s nicely composed picture and its good shaving hardware fortifies one for a coming week of potential challenges, politically and weather wise.

    Am I correct that the shaves of the German 37 and the Merkur 37 are identical?

    The handle of German 37 may be a tiny bit longer. Or is that an optical illusion?

    I have the Merkur 37, and I have the Phoenix lilac and fig shave cream and aftershave, so tomorrow might be a good day to use them. Thanx for the reminder.


    Steve Riehle

    11 January 2021 at 10:22 am

  2. Yes, the German 37 and the Merkur 37 shave very much alike. The German 37 handle is a bit longer (and somewhat heavier, but since it is a three-piece razor, you can swap for any handle you like. Maggard Razors, for examples, offers a good selection



    11 January 2021 at 11:18 am

  3. I like the concept of slant razors. They have a reputation for being more aggressive, but I have not experienced that in my admittedly limited experience with slants.

    On an ascending scale of one to 10, as a benchmark I’d rate the ubiquitous Merkur 34 as a bland 5. I’d rate its wicked and twisted sibling, the Merkur 37, surprisingly as only a 6.

    My other slant is the Krect Shave slant made in Portland, Oregon, I’d rate its aggressiveness as only a 4. The Krect Shave razor definitely is a “four pass shaver” for me. Still, it’s an ingenious razor in design, closing by cam action. I consider it my birthyear razor, as it was made circa. 1936. It’s a keeper for me.

    One thing I have noticed when shaving with a slanted razor is a few hours after the shave the barely reemerging whiskers seem more “pointed and sharp.” My unproven theory is a slanted blade when slicing the whisker leaves them microscopically “pointed.”

    Have you experienced that phenomenon? Or am I nuts? (You don’t need to address the second question.)


    Steve Riehle

    11 January 2021 at 12:55 pm

  4. I haven’t noticed sharper stubble with a slant, though in the Guide I include photos showing how stubble from a DE shave is sharper than stubble from an electric razor shave (because the electric razor tends to fray the ends of the stubble whereas the DE razor makes a clean, sharp cut). I’ll pay attention to see if I note a difference.



    11 January 2021 at 12:59 pm

  5. Hello and a very Happy New year Michael. Looking at several of your recent photos there is a swing between them being overly dark or the reverse. I don’t know what you use to take and edit the daily shot, depnding on your answer, there maybe a simple one click remedy to improve them. Even basic photo software normally has an “automatic adjust” function. I appreciate you use existing light which is the cause of the exposure swings. If you are interested I can send you a one click fix on the Dapper Doc photo to illustrate my point.
    Take care, stay safe, keep away from large gatherings and all the very best.


    Chris R

    12 January 2021 at 1:10 am

  6. Hi, Chris. You’re absolutely right — I live at latitude 48ºN, so the days right now are quite short, and I’m often taking a photo before the sun has risen. Moreover, the days recently have been dark and overcast. I could use flash — and perhaps I should (I’ll experiment) — but flash tends toward harshness and sharp shadows.

    The immediate problem is that the only lamp I have for general room illumination is not very bright. It’s an LED torchière and not well-designed. I actually grew frustrated and ordered a replacement — this one, though with a different brand name — 43 watt, 3010 lumens. The one I have now is 30 watt, so I’m expecting much more brightness.

    I do use the automatic adjust in Apple Photos, but perhaps I should not leave it so automatic and try upping the brightness and contrast a bit. I’d be very interested to see the adjustments you’ve made to Dapper Doc, and would like to blog it as an example if that’s okay.

    The time-delay shutter release (2-second delay) has been a godsend with the dim lighting. It has totally solved the focus problem, though it hasn’t helped with the lighting problem.



    12 January 2021 at 4:42 am

  7. Hello again Michael, thanks for the informative reply. I agree using flash is not the best as it would increase contrast. I’m not an Apple user but surely there is some simple way to make your shots either lighter or darker without hitting ‘auto adjust’. Re Lighting do you have a second floor lamp? If so one either side might do the trick. Also how does one forward the Dapper Doc image to you?


    Chris R

    12 January 2021 at 5:29 pm

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