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DrumsAndBeer

DrumsAndBeer

Age : 47
Location : Northern, CA
Registration date : 2012-04-04

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptySat May 14, 2016 1:06 am

I use Personna Red and Blue. I prefer the Isreali made reds over the blue medicals, but the blues are more economical. I can get 5 shaves out of one blue and the 100 packs are rediculously cheap. Reds are sharper and a bit more articulate. Honestly in all my years of shaving with a DE razor, these are the only blades I have tried, but they work for me.
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Behike54

Behike54

Location : Midwest
Registration date : 2011-12-25

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptyWed Sep 07, 2016 3:18 am

RZR BLADES 101:

You can't rate a razor blade on one variable.

Aggressive razor or mild?

Days of growth, etc.

That said, your soap and how well you lather is a HUGE variable.

anything more than 3 days of growth and my recipe is Feather + Muhle R41 + Mitchell's Wool Fat

If I have to shave everyday for a stretch, it's Merk 34C+ Pol Silver stainless or Supermax Tiger Super Platinum + CRSWs soap.

IMHO, regarding performance/protection and post shave feel, Cold River Soap Works is my hands-down fave. Truth be told, it's not really close...FOR ME.
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Stick

Stick

Age : 49
Location : 'Blighty'
Registration date : 2014-02-19

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptyWed Sep 07, 2016 4:45 pm

Well my first 100 pack was Astra SPs and I'm still working my way through them. They suit me really well and are a well balanced blade in terms of comfort vs sharpness. I get 7 days per blade and at £10 /100, that's good value.

Yup, that's me.
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Behike54

Behike54

Location : Midwest
Registration date : 2011-12-25

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptyWed Sep 07, 2016 4:57 pm

Stick wrote:
Well my first 100 pack was Astra SPs and I'm still working my way through them. They suit me really well and are a well balanced blade in terms of comfort vs sharpness. I get 7 days per blade and at £10 /100, that's good value.

Yup, that's me.

So many people go for the sharpest, forgetting comfort.

I'm Greek...would you believe I have a course beard but sensitive skin?

Finding the right "recipe," for you is have the job and fun.

One thing that I haven't seen mentioned is beard-mapping. My hair grows in all sorts of weird ways and direction and differently on each side. YIKES!

Hey, it only took me 2 years to get it right! Basketball
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Zeno Marx

Zeno Marx

Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptyWed Sep 07, 2016 11:15 pm

I have a wiry, thick-haired beard and sensitive skin. I still haven't found a better blade than the Astra SP (greens). The Gillette Silver Blues are pretty nice as well, but I think I still prefer the Astra greens by just a tad. I'm presently working my way through a fairly large sampler pack, so we'll see if I can find anything better. The only blade not present in this sampler that I want to try is the Perma-Sharp Supers. I'll have to trade someone for a few of those.
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Zeno Marx

Zeno Marx

Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptyFri Sep 06, 2019 5:00 pm

A little update.

1) Gillette Silver Blues are my favorite blade. They're almost as sharp as Feathers and Astras, but they're smoother right from the start than both of those.

2) This is going to be old news for some, but I've learned something new about blades in the past couple months. I used to use a blade 4-5 times and be done with it. When the sharpness gets noticeably different. After watching Michael Freedberg for so long, he finally convinced me to keep using the blades beyond that. By the way, Freedberg, for my money, is far and away the best shaving reviewer on youtube. Back to his videos...he often talks about being on a blade's 8th, 12th, 15th, and sometimes more shave. For the longest time, I just ignored that little ditty. Assumed he had such a different beard, or had very different expectations for shave, so his insane number of shaves from a single blade didn't apply to me. One day, by his subliminal urging, I kept using the blade. 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th shave. I'm done in that 7-8 range. At that point, I have to keep going over a spot to get all the hair. It's not worth the extra time, but I'm sure the blade could still provide a nice shave beyond that 8th shave.

But here's the fun and surprising part of this experiment: around that 5th or 6th shave, as I said, I do notice the blade not being as sharp, but I also notice that blade is providing a much smoother shave. I'm getting anywhere from 2-4 more shaves (usually 4 more shaves), and they're also more comfortable shaves. I might get a weeper or two on the first 1-4 shaves, but I get zero weepers on the 5-8 shaves. So, two different feels there. 1-4 = sharp against the skin. 5-8+ = smooth against the skin.

I have no good excuse as to why I didn't learn this years ago. I guess at $.10/blade, I was never curious enough to find out how a blade performed after that sharpest stage of its life. From $.025/shave to $.0125/shave.
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Stick

Stick

Age : 49
Location : 'Blighty'
Registration date : 2014-02-19

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptySat Sep 07, 2019 6:06 am

Zeno Marx wrote:
A little update.

1)  Gillette Silver Blues are my favorite blade.  They're almost as sharp as Feathers and Astras, but they're smoother right from the start than both of those.

2)  This is going to be old news for some, but I've learned something new about blades in the past couple months.  I used to use a blade 4-5 times and be done with it.  When the sharpness gets noticeably different.  After watching Michael Freedberg for so long, he finally convinced me to keep using the blades beyond that.  By the way, Freedberg, for my money, is far and away the best shaving reviewer on youtube.  Back to his videos...he often talks about being on a blade's 8th, 12th, 15th, and sometimes more shave.  For the longest time, I just ignored that little ditty.  Assumed he had such a different beard, or had very different expectations for shave, so his insane number of shaves from a single blade didn't apply to me.  One day, by his subliminal urging, I kept using the blade.  5th, 6th, 7th, 8th shave.  I'm done in that 7-8 range.  At that point, I have to keep going over a spot to get all the hair.  It's not worth the extra time, but I'm sure the blade could still provide a nice shave beyond that 8th shave.

But here's the fun and surprising part of this experiment:  around that 5th or 6th shave, as I said, I do notice the blade not being as sharp, but I also notice that blade is providing a much smoother shave.  I'm getting anywhere from 2-4 more shaves (usually 4 more shaves), and they're also more comfortable shaves.  I might get a weeper or two on the first 1-4 shaves, but I get zero weepers on the 5-8 shaves.  So, two different feels there.  1-4 = sharp against the skin.  5-8+ = smooth against the skin.

I have no good excuse as to why I didn't learn this years ago.  I guess at $.10/blade, I was never curious enough to find out how a blade performed after that sharpest stage of its life.  From $.025/shave to $.0125/shave.

Looks like you and I have trod a similar path Zeno.

Partly as a means of an update, here's my thoughts...

I've been using a DE razor for about 5 years now, shaving daily but sometimes relaxing the Mess rules on a Sunday. As per my comments in a post above, for the past 3 years or so I've been using Astra SPs as they give me a nice balance between comfort and sharpness.

After 5 years I would say I'm completely 'in the zone' now. I have a mental beard map and use to get the best shave. I only do one lather and will do one pass and a few tidy ups off this and this is always against the grain. This gives me a really tight super smooth shave that I like to think is akin to Jennifer Connelley's butt cheek. At weekends when I'm not against the clock I might take more time, enjoy the moment more and have 2 or 3 passes.

Similar to you Zeno, I used to toss blades after 4 - 5 shaves but, partly because I lost track and probably because I was being bone idle, I discovered that I was actually running this out to 2 sometimes 3 weeks with no real significant decline in shaving performance. What I will do though is regularly drop the blade out to give it a clean.

Doing some quick math (never my strong point), if I run each blade out to 2 weeks which is pretty much standard for me, a 100 pack of Astra SPs will last just short of 4 years and each shave costs ~ £0.007 (just shy of 1 pence); a quantum leap from how much I was paying for Gillette cartridges.

Going forward, with the performance and economy outlined above I can't see me changing this routine too much at all, apart from an occasional foray into trying a new blade just for the hell of it; a still have a neglected sample pack that I'm a way off finishing.
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Zeno Marx

Zeno Marx

Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptySat Sep 07, 2019 12:15 pm

That's cool to hear. I think I'm in my maybe fourth year of wet shaving. I'm still always learning. The learning curve is crazy...or I'm a dense dunce, embarrassingly slow to learn. Just learning all that about the blade life. Still honing my soap building, which, if I'm completely honest about it, frustrates me quite a bit. Our water is so hard that it beats me 50% of the time. Maybe more. The only thing I haven't tried is adding a couple of grains of citric acid to the water. My technique is finally becoming second nature, though I do seem to get distracted enough to occasionally lose it.

I'm envious of your two-pass satisfaction. I've ADDED a pass. I'm now at four passes because each side of my face grows in a diagonal, from chin towards the ears. First pass is down across the whole face. Second pass is right to left. Third pass is left to right. Fourth pass is against the grain for that baby smooth feel. I've tried the two-pass thing. I'm OK with the results right then, but a few hours later, when finally relaxing, touching my face for an itch or resting my head on my palm etc, I feel all the places that aren't baby smooth. That's when it bugs me. It's that perfectionist in me that I've tried so hard to squash in my personality, but can't seem to dominate when it comes to shaving. I DO NOT like to stand in front of the mirror for as long as it takes to do four passes. It's ridiculous. I'm ridiculous.
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RetLEO-07



Age : 64
Location : The Great Garden State
Registration date : 2019-09-26

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PostSubject: My preferred blades   Wet Shavers' preferred blades - Page 2 EmptyWed Oct 16, 2019 11:14 am

Gillette Silver Blue, Shark & Voskhod. I use the Voskhod in my Gillette Super Adjustable & Slim Adjustable. The GSB’s for my other Gillettes. He Shark’s work best in my Gillette Black Tip.
That is all...
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