Poll: Best Setup for a Close Irritation Free Shave
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 07-25-2013, 07:32 AM
#1
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Just curious where people draw the line between "I need some practice" and "This razor and or blade are prone to nicks and irritation".

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 07-25-2013, 08:25 AM
#2
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I'm in the "aggressive razor, mild blade camp". My Cadet OC works great with Derby and Wilkinson blade.

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 07-25-2013, 08:41 AM
#3
  • Howler
  • A calamophile and vintage razor lover
  • Fort Smith AR
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I prefer both a mild razor and sharp blade, an aggressive razor with a milder blade.

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 07-25-2013, 08:46 AM
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i use a Weber DLC with Super Iridiums / Perma Sharp Supers / vintage Wilkinson Swords.
i am not sure how to classify these, but i voted for mild razor/sharp blade.

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 07-25-2013, 08:49 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I cast my vote for "Mild DE Razor w/ Sharp Blade".

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 07-25-2013, 08:56 AM
#6
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Lately my DE's have been getting blown out of the water by my Schick Adjustable Injector. I could very easily just shave with the Injector from now on. It give's a smooth comfortable shave every time.

Clayton

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 07-25-2013, 09:12 AM
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  • bjorney
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  • Los Angeles
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Like several posters here, I like both (relatively) mild razors with sharp blades and aggressive razors with mild blades.

Then of course we have SE with very little choice in blades, but quite a range of razors.

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 07-25-2013, 12:23 PM
#8
  • tgutc
  • Senior Member
  • Michigan
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I prefer a mild razor with a medium to sharp blade.

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 07-25-2013, 01:38 PM
#9
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A Feather Straight with ProGuard Blades and a WW1 vintage Gillette '04 razor. Two best shaves that there are.

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 07-25-2013, 01:48 PM
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(07-25-2013, 01:38 PM)Johnus Wrote: A Feather Straight with ProGuard Blades and a WW1 vintage Gillette '04 razor. Two best shaves that there are.

You using the SS model?

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 07-25-2013, 02:23 PM
#11
  • OldDog23
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  • BeanTown MetroWest
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DE...mild razor/sharp blade.
late model Injector does it best for me.
blades could be sharper, but I manage.

there is a limit to "mild" in sharpness will still cut my beard at all.

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 07-25-2013, 02:25 PM
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mild with sharp get's my vote.

my go-to razor/blade has turned out to be a SLIM set on 3, 4, 5 with a Gillette Silver Blue.

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 07-25-2013, 02:45 PM
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None of the above. All DEs are prone to nicks and irritation for me.

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 07-25-2013, 03:14 PM
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(07-25-2013, 02:45 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: None of the above. All DEs are prone to nicks and irritation for me.

Straights?

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 07-25-2013, 03:15 PM
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(07-25-2013, 03:14 PM)olblueyez Wrote:
(07-25-2013, 02:45 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: None of the above. All DEs are prone to nicks and irritation for me.

Straights?

SEs

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 07-25-2013, 03:25 PM
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  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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Merkur slant (37C/37G/39C) couple with Polsilver SI blade.

I voted 'aggressive razor with sharp blade', assuming the Merkur slant is considered an aggressive razor. The Polsilver SI is sharp and smooth, thereby limiting nicks and cuts for me.

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 07-25-2013, 04:53 PM
#17
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A tech with a feather or a new BRW with a permasharp

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 07-25-2013, 05:42 PM
#18
  • vferdman
  • Artisan
  • Western Massachusetts
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For me it's Merkur Progress set to 4 and pretty much any blade. Other razors tend to have an affinity for a certain blade, but Progress makes any blade work.

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 07-25-2013, 05:58 PM
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While I voted for the aggressive razor with a sharp blade, I can get great shaves with any of my razors. Good prep, technique and a light touch go a long way.

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 07-26-2013, 03:38 PM
#20
  • vferdman
  • Artisan
  • Western Massachusetts
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I prefer aggressive razors with sharp blades and agree that anything else is just stressing the skin out more than necessary. Having said that, I recently found that there is a point of diminishing returns for me in aggressive razors. I tried Muhle R41 recently. I tried both the 2011 and 2013 models and used them with Feathers and Polsilver SI. I did not mind the aggressive action, I actually really liked both razors. However, both failed to deliver a better shave for me than I get with my Progress set to 4 using pretty much any of the usual suspects in blades. The R41 felt rougher than the Progress, though. I even get a better shave from a Fatip and RazoRock/Cadet OC. It may have been me, but I just could not make the R41 work better. Even though I tried it with the Feather I still didn't get as good a shave as what I got today with a New LC and a Feather. New LC is fairly mild, but way more aggressive than EJ DE89. So not super mild, but a milder OC. Still gave me a smoother shave than the R41. It may have taken me a few weeks and I would get perfect shaves with the R41, but why bother if I already get BBS with any of my other razors?

My current workhorses are:

Hallmark OC
New LC
Big Fellow (New Improved)
RazoRock OC
Fatip

Progress

My blades range from Dorco ST300, which works well in the Progress, surprisingly to Feather. I got most of the usual suspects like 7 O'clocks of various colors, Personna labs (my goto in the Progress), Merkur, Perma-Sharp, Astra Sp, Super-Max SP, etc.

I do not use mild blades other than Dorcos (got a great deal on a 100 pack, so I bought it), my mildest bkade has to be Lord Platinum, Rapira. Occasional use of Merkur, Wally Wilkies.

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