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    I'm bidding on a nos fatboy right now. I'm prob gonna be outbid but............. I decided to get one for the days I don't have time to shave which isn't very often but still happens. At least that's my justification :3)

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    And here I was going to say the Fatboy was too big! I Actually prefer my Gillette fat Techs over my Fatboy. I love those little techs, they fit under my nose better (when I don't have a beard.)
    But yes, I still do like using my Fatboy. It's a great razor and the adjustability of it is great. I will never sell it, thats for sure!
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    Wow a 9?! You are brave! I've always liked adjustable razors because it can grow with you as you get more experienced. Adjustables are a good investment

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    Using the 9 setting is something you ease up to in single digit increments as your improving technique allows. You will know when you have gone past the setting you should be using for your level of proficiency right quickly. Definitely not a setting for a novice DE shaver to use.

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    I've had one of those things laying around forever. Bought a pack of blades at CVS today. Hadn't shaved in 4 days and the missus was complaining so I decided to give it a try. Plopped one in it, lathered up and then tried to figure out what all those numbers did. Cranked it up to 9, decided that looked about right and went to town. Got a good quick smooth shave. It missed a few here and there and I only did pretty much one pass as she was yelling supper was on the table. No sting from the after shave.

    I still prefer my straights but that was fun adventure. Last time I used something similar was in the late 60's I think. Then I started using those damn plastic POS's until a couple of years ago when I started shaving with a straight.

    Straights are still more comfortable for me because I've got two screwed up wrists and it hurts to hold a "normal" razor because of the way you have to hold your wrist to make 'em work.
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    My first DE was a Merkur, after using disposables for 20 years it made shaving much more enjoyable and the DE led me to start learning about straight razors and moved into that area recently. A gateway drug/addiction comparison?
    I use a Gillette slim now and went straight to 6 on the dial and get great shaves. Now when I use the Merkur as a comparison it feels very mild. I enjoy old things that stand the test of time and straights and some DE definately do.

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    It has been about 50 years since I first picked up an Adjustable. I just wish I had back all I've tossed, lost or gave away.

    a "9" is definitely not a setting for a newb.

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    I think my adventure in DE shaving is done. May be my technique or lack thereof, but I was whiskery the next morning. 24 hours later my wife told me my whiskers were sharp, way sharper than normal. I could tell that by rubbing the back of my hand across my cheek. SO, I took a hot shower, and shaved with it a second time. Dialed it back to 5, then 7, then back to 9. 9 was the smoothest feeling for me, no tugging or rubbing, just made the whiskers go away. No burn from the aftershave either.

    CVS's blades are made in Israel and they cut smooth as silk from what I can tell. Been 22 hours since I shaved and I'm right back where I was.

    I will say it's faster than shaving with a straight, but not nearly as enjoyable for me. I'll keep it handy for the times when I want to mow 'em in a hurry, otherwise, I'll be using old Sheffield steel.
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    I use a modified Merkur Progress (it's called the Mergress). It is the only new adjustable that I know of, but it is a great shaver. They can be purchased at "Lee's Razors".

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