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PostSubject: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:05 pm

For those who use a DE safety razor, what's your preferred choice of blade?

Poorly regarded by many, I'm having great results with Derby Extras.  They give me a very close, comfortable and smooth shave every time with 2 passes plus touch up.  My current go to blade.

I've also used Feathers, mostly because I was intrigued by their fearsome reputation.  If I'd heeded the hype I'd have considered myself lucky to have both ears and my head still firmly attached to my neck.  Turned out to have little difference to the Derbys, but just a fair bit sharper (IMO).  No nicks or weepers, just another very close shave.  I achieve a great shave quicker with these than I do the Derbys.

So what are you loading into your DE razors chaps?
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:32 pm

About 2 years ago, a friend of mine who worked for the Wallgreen's pharmacy co. told me that Shick was stopping making DE blades and he could get me some remaining stock from his distributor so I bought 400 blades worth and am set for life !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil  Over the years I've been shaving, having tried just about everything from Wilkonson Sword to Gillette Blue blades I kept coming back to the Shick Platinum Plus DE blades that worked best in my Gillette 109 DE razor and my face! If you can find some, I recomend you try them. they are sharp. smooth and work well with a good lathering soap such as Williams. They came in the 10 blade blister packs in boxes of 200 count and I'm barely down a 1/4 of the first box !!!  Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:45 pm

I'm still working through some samples, but I've had great luck with Bluebird, Gillette 7 'OClocks here lately.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:19 am

As seen on my Shaveology 101 Exit Exam cheat sheet.

Q:Are feathers as sharp as rumored on the Internet?

A: Yes. Feathers are sharp because they are razor blades. Razor blades that aren't sharp aren't razor blades, they are just thin pieces of metal.



Part of the Feather Myth started when the first pack was ever sold.. The guy behind the counter told the gent "These are made by the folk that make scalpels." It's true, and it's fun, but it's still just a razor blade.  Later on that same gent bought a pack of Personna Med Prep and was told "These are what hospital use to shave patients, and Hospitals chose these over feather brand, so you know how sharp they must be."  Maybe true? maybe not, it's still fun, but it's still just a razor blade.

 One thing that is very true about feathers: They are made in Japan. Japan is where Samurai Sword came from. Samurai Sword often killed Ninja. Feathers are tiny modern Samurai Swords. Carry some in your pocket in case miniature ninja are ever foolish enough to attack you... You'll show them!

What did I use when I shaved me?    Personna Reds from a 10,000,000 pack me and pops bought in 2002.  But that doesn't matter.   You found a couple that works, be happy.  Every face/blade/lather combination is different. I don't know why that's true but the guy that sold me the 25 count sampler pack for $50 said it was true and he had an honest enough looking avatar.

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:54 am

I prefer the medical persona blades. Second would be the lab blue and lastly are the reds.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:57 am

10.000.000 huh ? So you guys went to the factory and bought the next decade of their production of these blades !! ? Neat Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:52 am

Seems like it. I think the actual number was 2,500 split between us but I bet I still have 1,000 left. Unless I get attacked by a horde of tiny ninja I can't imagine I'm not set for life if I shave 3 times a day from now on.

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:29 am

I went through a sampler of various blades, maybe a dozen different ones. The two that stood out as best for me were the Feathers and the Personna blues. The feathers seemed sharper at first but also seemed to dull quicker than the Personnas. I ended up buying a 100 pack of the blues about 18 months ago, still have maybe half the box left. I shave daily and get a couple weeks between blade changes. The razor I use most often is a Gillette New long comb.

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:45 am

Getting back on topic from my silly rant...

If you are serious about trying various blades, http://connaughtshaving.com. Even across the drink they were worth shopping from on this side.. I don't know if it was always a favorable dollar (doubt it) or they are just that good. They sell samplers.

Monblablabla's SPP is good (even a blind squirrel gets a nut occasionally, the company, not Monblablabla. Shick should have stopped R&D when they made the L injector, although I could argue they perfected it as early as the E ). Persona Red are worth examining. Wilkenson Swords. Derby isn't a bad blade, they seemed to dull a little quicker than the Personna Red I settled on but the new shave was about the same. I liked one of the colors of Gillette 7 but got a horrible case of OMG!! From the others. It had to be the blade, no chance it was me using different razors and soaps and trading lathering technique back a forth. Some of the least of the 'good brands' are just damn good. Badger & Blade had an article showing the various factories the blades are sourced from. The Indians are surprisingly good at making blades. I guess cause they all use DE razors???

I'm really no expert. I just used hate to shave. And I sought out as comfortable an experience as I could find. Which ended up with me loving to shave. I said that so I can say this, to me, the quality of soap and a consistent pattern of shaving seems to be more important than blade choice (as long as it's a decent blade). The biggest difference I ever noticed was some last a shave or two longer than the other.

Amortizing the initial cost, wet shaving is the cheapest way to shave. The extra penny or two per blade (if you like a higher priced blade) isn't worth a single bad shave searching for the perfect blade. Even considered over a life time of shaving.. A penny a shave extra is worst case scenarios $1.50 a year. How many decades before you make up the cost of the sampler pack? And whose to say the desired blade will be remembered or even anything more than a subjective guess without journaling over a period of time? And finally whose to say the preferred blade will be available when you run out of you first 1,000 pack or if it is available that it's made in the same factory?

But by all means, go buy that sampler, it'll make me feel less stupid for having done so if more people do it. cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:11 pm

Another interesting place that sells singles is www.tryablade.com

Of course it's going to be more expensive per blade, but if you get a wild hair and want to try something without buying a pack, it might be worth it. I haven't used them yet, but might pick up some of the AC blades to take a spin with.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:30 pm

Some interesting stuff there.  It's in my bookmarks but I hadn't been there in a good while.

I like that they list country of manufacturer.

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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:50 pm

Don't forget about http://www.maggardrazors.com/ and http://razorbladesandmore.com/
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:52 am

Stick wrote:
...Poorly regarded by many, I'm having great results with Derby Extras.  They give me a very close, comfortable and smooth shave every time with 2 passes plus touch up.  My current go to blade.

I've also used Feathers, mostly because I was intrigued by their fearsome reputation.  

My experience exactly. I was gifted a large quantity of Derbys at least a decade ago and find them perfectly adequate. The Feathers are very sharp at first, but seem to dull quicker. Until the Derbys are gone, I'm not in the market for anything else.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:51 pm

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A: Yes. Feathers are sharp because they are razor blades. Razor blades that aren't sharp aren't razor blades, they are just thin pieces of metal.

Part of the Feather Myth... but it's still just a razor blade.

It's very refreshing to read this PB. I was beginning to think I was missing something. Razor blades in general are, well, razor sharp. I think I can discern a difference between the Feathers and Derbys, but maybe I'm just looking for what I've read elsewhere. It maybe that sometime in the future I become a razor blade expert (sincerely doubt this) where I'll be able to recognise a blade just by it's smell. Until then, I think I'll stick with the Derbys and keep a few other exotics for interest.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:54 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
Stick wrote:
...Poorly regarded by many, I'm having great results with Derby Extras.  They give me a very close, comfortable and smooth shave every time with 2 passes plus touch up.  My current go to blade.

I've also used Feathers, mostly because I was intrigued by their fearsome reputation.  

My experience exactly. I was gifted a large quantity of Derbys at least a decade ago and find them perfectly adequate. The Feathers are very sharp at first, but seem to dull quicker. Until the Derbys are gone, I'm not in the market for anything else.

I'm with you, Richard.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:20 pm

My everyday blades are persona blues, but I've had some Derby samples and I found that in a couple of my razors they work pretty good.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:40 am

Tried the Gillette 7 o'clock Sharp Edges over the past few days.

Reckon they're a tinch sharper than the Derbys and just as smooth. No sign of the red stuff at all either. My problem is they're Gillette and after years of them having my pants down with the price of cartridges I'm loathed to feather the Gillette nest anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:52 am

Stick wrote:
Tried the Gillette 7 o'clock Sharp Edges over the past few days.

Reckon they're a tinch sharper than the Derbys and just as smooth. No sign of the red stuff at all either. My problem is they're Gillette and after years of them having my pants down with the price of cartridges I'm loathed to feather the Gillette nest anymore.

That won't fly!! Remember all those years you used cartridges, you could have been shaving with a DE razor, soap & brush but YOU chose to use the cartridge razor. If it's a good blade and works for you get over the other stuff and USE them !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil You can't say you weren't aware of another way of shaving during that time !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:41 pm

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Stick wrote:
Tried the Gillette 7 o'clock Sharp Edges over the past few days.

Reckon they're a tinch sharper than the Derbys and just as smooth. No sign of the red stuff at all either. My problem is they're Gillette and after years of them having my pants down with the price of cartridges I'm loathed to feather the Gillette nest anymore.

That won't fly!! Remember all those years you used cartridges, you could have been shaving with a DE razor, soap & brush but YOU chose to use the cartridge razor. If it's a good blade and works for you get over the other stuff and USE them !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil You can't say you weren't aware of another way of shaving during that time !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

Interesting thoughts Michael. And of course you are right; I am responsible for choosing my own destiny. I think that's what makes it all the more galling for me. I was aware (in some instances vaguely aware) of the options but still chose the Gillette cartridge route. Damn you Gillette and your effective advertising campaigns! You had me hook, line and sinker.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:43 pm

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monbla256 wrote:
Stick wrote:
Tried the Gillette 7 o'clock Sharp Edges over the past few days.

Reckon they're a tinch sharper than the Derbys and just as smooth. No sign of the red stuff at all either. My problem is they're Gillette and after years of them having my pants down with the price of cartridges I'm loathed to feather the Gillette nest anymore.

That won't fly!! Remember all those years you used cartridges, you could have been shaving with a DE razor, soap & brush but YOU chose to use the cartridge razor. If it's a good blade and works for you get over the other stuff and USE them !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil You can't say you weren't aware of another way of shaving during that time !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

Interesting thoughts Michael. And of course you are right; I am responsible for choosing my own destiny. I think that's what makes it all the more galling for me. I was aware (in some instances vaguely aware) of the options but still chose the Gillette cartridge route. Damn you Gillette and your effective advertising campaigns! You had me hook, line and sinker.

I have a friend over in Dallas who has worked as a copywriter for an Ad agency for the last 50 years and he always told me that his job was to ".... lie in an honest manner so that folks would buy his clients products" Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
As far as the blade/soap/razor thing goes my advice would be to get one of the three currently made adjustable DE razors, or one of the older "vintage" versions available, a few packs of blades and one or two pucks of soap and use a set combination of blade setting/blade brand/soap and see what gives one the best shave for them. Once you've found a combo that works , STAY WITH IT and just get on with shaving as a part of ones life !! This multiple razors/brushes/soap thing is really something I would say a dilletante would engage in. It's not rocket science and ones face and beard will tell you when you've found it and it won't really take all that long! Remember K.I.S.S. it in life ! This is my rant for the day !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:52 pm

Sound advice again Michael.

As outlined above, I think I'm pretty much there. The other blades I have that aren't Derbys are from the sampler packs I bought. Figured I may as well finish them. Once I've settled on a combo I don't see any point in dabbling anymore. My reasons for moving to DE razors were primarily the price of cartridges. If I end up with cupboards of razors, blades and brushes it kind of defeats the purpose.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:53 pm

Stick wrote:
Sound advice again Michael.

As outlined above, I think I'm pretty much there. The other blades I have that aren't Derbys are from the sampler packs I bought. Figured I may as well finish them. Once I've settled on a combo I don't see any point in dabbling anymore. My reasons for moving to DE razors were primarily the price of cartridges. If I end up with cupboards of razors, blades and brushes it kind of defeats the purpose.

Another one to try out if you're dead set on steering away from Gillette would be the Bluebirds. I favored them over the Derby's and they're still a very inexpensive blade.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:31 pm

I don't have much experience, so my opinion isn't worth a whole lot.  The two criteria I seem to find are 1)  smoothness  2)  sharpness.  There's a balance in there, because super sharp comes at the cost of smoothness.  That's why many talk about how sharp Feathers are, but you rarely hear anyone talk about them giving a smooth, comfortable shave.  Is it possible?  Sure.  It is something you're going to get every day with them?  Probably not.

I was given Feathers and Astras SP before I had any outside feedback or coloring.   I've been an electric shaver all my life, but I was open to trying a blade again.  Found an old Gillette adjustable for a few bucks.  A friend who had done some research and some shopping gave me a few blades.  Then when I went about reading, my findings happened to be in line with all others.  I got some of the closest shaves with Feathers, but I also found myself with more irritation and having to be more careful on the contours.  Astras were close to being as sharp, but they offered a lot more smoothness and less irritation.  Astras are also $10-/100, including shipping.  I'd like to try Personna Blues and Perma Sharp Supers, but it probably won't happen anytime soon.

I get four complete shaves out of each Astra blade, but I've never pushed it.  I'm good with $.025/shave.

There are a couple/few very useful and trustworthy shaving enthusiasts who are on youtube. You can find a review on practically any soap, blade, brush, razor, or accessory.

I'm looking for a couple of different slant razors. I know this isn't the seller forum, but because it isn't pipe related, should I post a WTB here or there? I also know this isn't exactly a place with heavy shaving foot traffic, but I'd really like to avoid getting on another set of forums if I can.
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PostSubject: Re: Wet Shavers' preferred blades   Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:42 pm

Some people are picky about their blades, others are not. I'm in the second group: after trying many brands, I found they all worked, except Merkur. The real difference for me concerned how many shaves they last. Some lasted only one or two shaves, while others lasted more than 6 or 7. I like to replace my blade every Sunday regardless, meaning they they have to last for at least 4 shaves, therefore that's my main criterion. My favorites are Persona blue box (because the wrappers have no glue dots) and Kai (because they are thicker than the others and have no lettering on the blade itself). Smile
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PostSubject: Blades   Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:22 pm

I use Feather and Astra. Keep in mind that different razors have different angles and clearances and that makes more of a difference than blade brand. I like open comb, aggressive razors because I have a tough beard. I read somewhere that single use of a Feather blade is great, but if you use blades twice it might not be a good blade for you because the edge rolls, it being so sharp and thin. I can confirm this with my experience. I can use the Astras twice though they are slightly less amazingly smooth.

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