|The most intimidating view of the Merkur 37C slant-bar razor.|
I used it this morning paired with a fourth-use SuperMax Titanium blade. The results were instructive.
After feeling some new-razor infatuation, I previously, finally (I thought) rejected the 37C for the following reasons:
- Always seemed to get the after-the-shave burning-skin sensation more than with other razors
- Always seemed to get nicks/weepers
- Didn't seem to get a significantly closer shave -- at least not one that was worth the weepers and irritation
- Close shave on the planes of my cheeks, where it can be most rewarding
- No weepers on my neck (especially my lower neck, which is very vulnerable and sensitive)
- Very light pressure of razor against skin worked rather well (duh!)
- I got a couple of weepers on my chin, which should probably not be shaved against grain using the slant. In the future I will probably approach that area as I do my upper lip: with grain, then across grain.
- Under my jaw line was not particularly close though this is always a challenge. The differernce today was that I didn't really take many additional clean-up strokes; I just wanted to see the outcome of taking a rather minimal number of strokes in the upward direction, which is almost against the grain.
- Though my skin looked good, there was still the post-shave-burning sensation, which was not calmed much by lotions. It's not a huge problem and is now almost gone as I write this (and is probably persisting more than necessary because I keep evaluating the closeness of the shave with my hand).
- Probably rather than just mindlessly day after day going through the rotation of my razors at hand in the bathroom, I may be more attentive to skipping or choosing certain razors based on the blade I'm currently using and the number of shaves on the blade.