|The Gillette Slim Adjustable razor is the model that Sean Connery as James Bond shaved with in the movie, Goldfinger.|
- It's a twist-to-open, butterfly-door design, which some prefer to the earlier three-piece designs
- The blade-bar gap is adjustable allowing capacity adjustments from modest to large
- It is made of brass, which is durable and hefty, and is of high-quality construction
- They, the users, have fairly smooth, tough skin
- I have found the shaves it provides are a bit too harsh as compared to my Merkur three-piece razors, the 33C and 15C.
|This shows the blade reveal, exposure, angle, and gap on the lowest setting, one.|
|This shows the blade reveal, exposure, angle, and gap on the highest setting, nine.|
[CORRECTION UPDATE: After printing enlarged versions of these photos, extending the shave-plane and blade-angle lines, and then measuring the blade angle with a protractor, I have proven my eyeball assessment of these angles to be incorrect. When set to one, the Gillette Slim's blade angle is about 31 degrees, and when set to nine, is about 35 degrees. Especially at the lower setting, this angle has little to do with the extra perceived harshness of the shave. If the relative harshness actually exists, it is more likely due to the positive blade exposure combined with the larger blade gap when measured along the shave plane and as compared to the Merkur.]
So as one can see from the photos, the much-beloved and admired Gillette Slim Adjustable razor may be a well-made instrument, but one that will offer those with sensitive skin or otherwise at-risk skin the potential for a harsh shave, when compared to other more face-friendly razors such as the Merkur 33C Classic. In fact, I go as far as to suggest that most, if not all, TTO razors have this larger blade-to-plane angle, when compared to select three-piece razors, which renders the TTO shaves relatively harsh. That has been my experience with every TTO razor I've tried -- even the otherwise mild-shaving Weishi 9306-F (a.k.a. the Micro Touch One razor).
[CORRECTION: When I'm wrong, I'm wrong. The blade angles, as noted above in the correction update, are not significantly different between TTO razors and three-piece designs -- especially when the adjustables are set to their lowest setting.]