04-02-2013, 05:40 PM
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  • MickToley
  • Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a shave soap addict
  • Brooklyn, NY
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I started out with full hollow blades. I'd say that my preferred grind is a quarter hollow or a near wedge. It's a toss up between the two. What's your preferred grind?

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 04-02-2013, 08:05 PM
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Mike, i don't really use straights, but when i tried them out, i preferred the wedges, 1/4 grinds, but most of all the Kamisoris.

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 04-02-2013, 09:32 PM
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I prefer half hollow. Easy to maintain, light enough to whip around easily, and still has momentum.

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 04-02-2013, 09:49 PM
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I tend to prefer full hollow or extra hollow grinds and another feature I prefer in my razor is a square point, but I do own two quarter hollow grinds which shave just as well as my other razors, what's the most important factor that they are all honed equally and kept that way through a good stropping technique and a good maintenance program with the occasionally taking them back to a high grade hone around a 12K when needs be for refreshing your edge, I was thinking of this yesterday strangely enough, and I took a photo of my Heljestrand Le Duc 13/16 which is a quarter hollow, I may take photo's of them all and eventually post them.

Jamie.

Heljestrand Le Duc 13/16 quarter hollow
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Hishakaku folding kamisori 6/8 grind
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Orion Kikuboshi 13/16 half hollow
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Merkur 6/8 full hollow.
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 04-03-2013, 04:36 AM
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Full Hollow, round point

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 04-03-2013, 05:06 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen, I don't have a particular preference, as I take each razor for what it is. My five Le Grelot are all 3/4 hollow. I would not want them any other way. The Frederick Reynolds are wedge or near wedge, and I find that perfect. The mysterious George Packwood, from the 1820s, is wedge — the only way that dazzling razor makes sense. The Carl Schliper, Paul Schultz, Rudolf Schmidt and razors in the same category are all full hollows — and I would not want them any other way either. All my 5/8 blades are hollow ground, including LouPer, Fromm, Tennis, Bohlerstahl, Tiger, and so on — and it's the best way to have them.

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 04-03-2013, 11:50 AM
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I only have used full hollows, and they do an excellent job for me. My preferred blade is a modern Dovo round point, and I have 2 vintage. The vintage full hollows are a much thinner grind than the modern blade and can bite me much quicker so I don't care for those as much.

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 04-03-2013, 05:44 PM
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  • matloffm
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I have full, half and quarter hollow razors. I definitely enjoy using the half and quarter hollow blades. I am still not sure about the full hollow. I currently have 7 months experience with straights and I probably need more experience to manage the full hollow blades. I am told they flex more than other grinds and are thus tricker to use. Undecided

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 04-04-2013, 05:44 AM
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Anything from 1/2 hollow to wedge. Silent but deadly. Not as twitchy.

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 04-04-2013, 01:49 PM
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After shaving with a basic TI heavy grind, I much prefer them to the full hollow grounds of the dovo's. The hollow grounds, though lighter and more agile aren't as easy to control as the heavier grinds and make me more nervous.

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 04-04-2013, 02:03 PM
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I'd venture to say that's why W&Bs generally have a good following as most tend to be heavier grinds.

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 04-11-2013, 11:41 AM
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  • oscar11
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I sure enjoy using frame backs.

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 04-11-2013, 11:55 AM
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  • Johnny
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Back when I shaved with straights I preferred 1/4 grind. I've got the itch to get back in to it and will be looking for a good 1/4 grind when/if I do.

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 04-14-2013, 05:45 PM
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  • MickToley
  • Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a shave soap addict
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(04-11-2013, 11:55 AM)Johnny Wrote: Back when I shaved with straights I preferred 1/4 grind. I've got the itch to get back in to it and will be looking for a good 1/4 grind when/if I do.

I'd be happy to see you pick up the straight again, Johnny, hopefully sooner than later. Biggrin

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 04-14-2013, 06:02 PM
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  • Johnny
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(04-14-2013, 05:45 PM)MickToley Wrote:
(04-11-2013, 11:55 AM)Johnny Wrote: Back when I shaved with straights I preferred 1/4 grind. I've got the itch to get back in to it and will be looking for a good 1/4 grind when/if I do.

I'd be happy to see you pick up the straight again, Johnny, hopefully sooner than later. Biggrin

Well Michael, I know what I want, I just have to decide if I want a 6/8 or 7/8. As soon as the tax refund hits, one of these will be on order.

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 04-14-2013, 07:01 PM
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  • MickToley
  • Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a shave soap addict
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I've always been intrigued by those, Johnny, just never wanted to put the cash into it. I'd rather go vintage, though. Maybe I'll go the modern route one day. Cool

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