OCtober 19th- I have been eyeing up my Valet auto strop Canadian C1 model for my SOTD & it can be a little rough for some of us and I decided a month or so ago to correct the gap for today's blades and it works excellent. I brought it in closer, the orginal blade gap was .011 thousands & now adjusted to .007 thousands of a inch and it still shaves very close but much more smoother if you like to know for Valet auto-strop razor owners. When they manufactured these iconic razors they used a malleable brass for the open comb and mine are easy to bend them upwards gently with taped needle nose pliers(basically a adjustable razor to owners comfort level and not some average generic gap the factory produced.) Razor: Valet auto strop Canadian C1,modified blade gap from .011 to .007 thousands of a inch- Mfg 1920's Blade :GEM SS PTFE de-spined with corners trimmed to fit their unique propitiatory clamping system(3rd blade use) Soap: Tabac Brush: Yaki tuxedo knot 24mm+ Preshave: Brush wash the face with CeraVe hand bar soap Post shave: Alum + cold water rinse followed by some Dickenson's witch hazel Post shave: Nivea sensitive balm + Razorock King Louis Lavender Results: CCS,DFS,BBs+ Alum indicated minor irritation + 1 minor weeper= very good close shave from my C1 Valet auto-strop. Have some great shaves!