Merkur Solingen Heavy Duty Slant Bar Safety Razor (37C)
- Product Review (submitted on 20 September 2011):
I moved to this after about six months with a regular HD, wanting a closer shave, and that's precisely what I got. The slant is by no means a face-shredder, though (not for me, anyway). If your technique is well honed this razor should not present any problems. The slant produces more of a slicing or scything action with the blade, and also permits the use of a steeper cutting angle than with the regular HD or other less aggressive razors, which will reward good technique.
My only annoyance is that the standard HD blade locking mechanism of the central threaded bolt and two posts to the sides does not seem well-suited to the slant. The blade tends to shift around while the thread is being tightened and the blade can end up being inappropriately skewed as a result. Holding the sides of the blade in place can help counteract this. A correctly loaded blade should have roughly the same exposure along its horizontal length and be aligned with the head rather than the safety bar.
Overall, a very good razor; I can't imagine needing another DE between this and the regular HD - if I want a closer shave, it'll be a straight.