Several people have contacted me recently, bemoaning the lack of a centralized product review database. So let’s open a dialog: what do you want? What do you think?
A slant-bar razor (“slant” for short) is a double-edged (DE) safety razor whose blade is mounted to strike the stubble at a slant, since a slanted blade cuts more easily than a straight-on chop—thus the slanted blade of the guillotine and of many mandolines, such as the Swissmar Borner V-Slicer. The slant razor, patented on 6 February 1915 by Thomas Wild (thus approaching its centennial), brought a slanted blade to shaving. [Patent date and holder corrected, thanks to comment below. – LG]
At some point in our lives, we were once one of the two toddlers fighting in the backseat of our parent’s car. If you were an only child, then imagine you’re fighting with your childhood friend, the point still stands. My friends, for a century, for one hundred years, we’ve been witnessing the ongoing business equivalent of two toddlers fighting in the backseat of the car that is our face. As we’ve grown, many of us have evolved our shaving skills and honed them into the practices of using DE razors, or if you’re really brave, straight edge razors.
A reader writes: “I have a Merkur 34C heavy duty that I really like. Having ordered a Feather AS-D2 and being left disappointed in its performance compared to the Merkur, I’m wondering if you can give me some advice on what to buy to complement the Merkur. I tried the Feather for about two weeks with different blades and was pretty careful about the distinct blade angle. If it’s helpful, I typically use Feather platinum or the Israeli Personna blades in my Merkur. I tried those in the Feather, too, but did not get the same shave.”
Open comb razors seem to be enjoying a modest little resurgence recently, with several new models coming onto the market. Here is a little background on open comb razors and a look at some new models.