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    Alex7,

    By way of a change, you could try a vintage GEM/EverReady SE razor.

    The GEM/EverReady 1912 would be an excellent choice to start with. They are easily available and well priced.

    For me, these SE razors shave superbly when paired with a GEM PTFE coated stainless blade.

    Have fun

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    Alex, try a Gillette fatboy, they're an excellent adjustable DE. One in good condition will set you back a few dollars but less than what you'd pay for a new quality straight razor. Check out that well-known auction site and you'll get an idea of values and condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maladroit View Post
    Alex, try a Gillette fatboy, they're an excellent adjustable DE. One in good condition will set you back a few dollars but less than what you'd pay for a new quality straight razor. Check out that well-known auction site and you'll get an idea of values and condition.

    I'll second the recommendations for a vintage Gillette adjustable, the FatBoy being my personal favorite. On the other hand, when it comes to slants, the Alpha is the recently released Open Combed Slant S-2 from Above the Tie. Machined out of stainless, not cheap, cast pot metal like the Merkurs.

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    After all the DE's I tried I found that many provided nearly identical results.
    The adjustable Gillette's are nice, and I liked the Ikon Shavecraft 101 as well (beautifully machined head...)
    I finally settled on the Muhle R41 though. My shaves are so close and last for such a long time after using this razor I just never looked back.

    I love how the slants look, and tried them but they didn't work well for me.
    Regardless of what you decide to try, I hope you get lucky and grab something that works well and meets your expectations!

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    Right now my go to DE is a Standard. it's muscled out my Feather DS-2.
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    I broke my bank on a Feather Stainless not long ago. Its been worth every penny. Superb shaver.

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    Given the one you have is fairly mild, I'd go with something more aggressive like the Muhle R41. It's open comb, and more aggressive, but I get an excellent close shave with mine. Some suggest it's too aggressive, but I don't find it so...you just need to pay attention.
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    You can't go wrong with a vintage Gillette! Maybe a Fatboy, Aristocrat, Flaretip.........

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    The problem is there are so many great choices.

    And full disclosure - I very seldom use a DE these days...

    I have the Weber that Obie suggests, and it is indeed well made and a great razor.

    The Slants...with a Feather...with some experience...great (amazing) shaves.

    In my stand on the counter? A 1953 (Y-4) Super Speed TTO to remind me of the Glory Days of the TTO...

    Good luck with your choice...

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    after buying a Merkur Futur its hard to recomend anything else !! i love it .. bbbuuuttt i still have a heart for my Gillette Slim adjustable and an older Gillette TTO ... as stated above try a sampler pack of blades .. ive had the worst DE shave with a certain razor then tried a new blade and then loved the razor ... good luck in your search !!

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