04-21-2013, 12:15 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Going down in size, how many of you use a 4/8 straight razor?

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 04-21-2013, 05:21 PM
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The only straight I have left is a little 4/8 made in France. I rarely have time to use it but it certainly does the job nicely. But it is somewhere around a 1/4 to half hollow grind so it still has a nice heft to it. Very smooth and easy to hone but it is ancient.

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 04-21-2013, 07:01 PM
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I have them, but don't use them. I mainly use 13/16 and larger. I have a nice 5/8 7 day set and 6/8 7 day set. I even have a 3/8. It can be fun to use.

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 04-21-2013, 09:31 PM
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  • Snuff
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  • Belgium
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I have used them when I first started with straights but I no longer use anything under 7/8"

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 04-21-2013, 09:39 PM
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I use 4/8 and little else. This size just works for me.

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 04-21-2013, 10:01 PM
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I find the 4/8 hard to shave with and strop. It's just an awkward size for me to hold. A slightly larger blade because of its weight and width is easier for me.

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 04-22-2013, 01:21 AM
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I prefer larger sazes (5/8'' and above), but have a 4/8'' Filarmonica. It shaves well... but the smaller size doesn't appeal that much to me.

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 04-22-2013, 02:04 AM
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  • Leon
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  • Porto, Portugal
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Too small for me. It has to be at lease 5/8''

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 04-26-2013, 03:57 AM
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  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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Johnny, I find the 4/8 razor too small and uncomfortable. Except for a 7/8 Wade & Butcher and a 7/8 Frederick Reynolds, my razor collection splits between sizes 5/8 and 6/8.

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 04-26-2013, 04:22 AM
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I have a Heljestrand MK30 that gets used mostly for touch ups. When I use a straight, I prefer a 6/8 Torrey. It's just easier for me to use.

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 04-26-2013, 09:57 AM
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(04-22-2013, 02:04 AM)Leon Wrote: Too small for me. It has to be at lease 5/8''

Exactly. Hard to strop too. Not that I can't use it or that it isn't fun, but I just prefer larger razors.

7/8 is my upper limit if anyone was wondering.

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 04-26-2013, 11:42 AM
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I've used razors from 3/8" to 19/16". I find the 4/8" razors to be useable, but I still like the 5/8" razors better.

I've never had any issues stropping the 4/8" blades, but I didn't like stropping the 3/8" ones.

My 'touch-up' straight - that's always in the bathroom - is a 4/8" Wosty Pipe razor.

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 04-26-2013, 02:04 PM
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It could have been a 3/8" blade, but ever since slicing a horsehide strop in half with one, I've been wary about them ever since. Angry

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 04-29-2013, 11:06 PM
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  • tezza
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  • Los Angeles
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I have a razor that's about 9/16 and it does a great job! It's light, maneuverable and feels good in the hand - and I have big hands too. The only drawback is it loads up with soap fast so you're constantly stopping to clear it. Otherwise, I get a really close shave with it. Nice for scything, too.

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 06-02-2013, 07:39 PM
#15
  • djh985
  • Straight Survivor
  • Louisana
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I am about to get into Straight razor shaving and was under the impression that the 4/8 was easier to learn with. Guess I may be wrong in that assumption.

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 06-04-2013, 11:38 AM
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  • Attila
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  • Vancouver, Canada
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I would stick with a 5/8 or 6/8 at most.

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 07-04-2013, 09:17 AM
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  • Cobre
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  • Vancouver, Canada
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I have from 4/8 to 8/8 in my rotation, but I do like the smaller blades as they make shaving my jawline easier.

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 07-04-2013, 03:07 PM
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  • OldDog23
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t'ain't so much the blade being the issue for me, partly, it's the dimensions of the tang and jimp/jimpless.

some of my 4/8 have skimpy tangs, also very light and wispy, some of them have rather meaty tangs and spines, even though they are all ground the same.
like a bigger blade, the ones with the heftier tangs feel a bit more "auto-pilot", the smaller sized ones want a bit more hand -"input".

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