04-16-2012, 08:38 AM
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OK so I've been trying out different blades in my quest for the holy grail over the 2 months I've been DE shaving. I came up with a question for you guys this morning.

What do you do with blades that just don't work for you? I have some Sharks and Astra's that are just too...aggressive for my face. So my questions is, do you guys get rid of blades like these (either through a PIF, or the trash) or do you hang on to them to try later when technique may have improved?

Personally, while I can see the appeal of trying different creams or soaps...it kind of seems to me that if you find a great razor/blade combo for your face, why fight it? On the other hand I don't throw stuff out too often.

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 04-16-2012, 08:44 AM
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  • Songwind
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If you get another razor, you may find that the head geometry favors another blade. Having a cache of blades around for that purpose can be handy.

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 04-16-2012, 09:18 AM
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I don't use DEs but I can see keeping them around when you get better but if you really know you don't like them (some blades just don't work for some people) it may be a good idea to PIF them to a newbie who can try it out. You never know, they may be the perfect blade for them.

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 04-16-2012, 09:25 AM
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  • Howler
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I PIF blades that do not work for me because who knows that me a great blade for someone else.

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 04-16-2012, 09:35 AM
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I would recommend trying a particular blade in 3 or 4 razors. If you still don't like it in any of them, then PIF that blade type to someone else.

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 04-16-2012, 10:01 AM
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Since you are new to DE shaving, I would hold onto them and come back and try them again later, once you have your technique down. You might be surprised at how that blade's performance has changed with improved technique.

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 04-16-2012, 10:01 AM
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I fuse them into coasters.

   

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 04-16-2012, 10:07 AM
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(04-16-2012, 10:01 AM)PanChango Wrote: I fuse them into coasters.

That looks nice.

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 04-16-2012, 10:12 AM
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(04-16-2012, 10:01 AM)PanChango Wrote: I fuse them into coasters.

Thats cool Smile Is it glass?

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 04-16-2012, 10:19 AM
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Thanks.

They are glass coasters that I heat in the kiln to about 1400F. There are two pieces of glass, one with color and a clear cap.

Most bad blades I stick back in my blade box and revisit down the road. There are a few that I know won't work for me and I just fuse them.

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 04-16-2012, 10:39 AM
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(04-16-2012, 10:01 AM)PanChango Wrote: I fuse them into coasters.

They certainly would be less aggressive like that.

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 04-16-2012, 10:40 AM
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(04-16-2012, 08:44 AM)Songwind Wrote: If you get another razor, you may find that the head geometry favors another blade. Having a cache of blades around for that purpose can be handy.

This! I have some Crystals that I really like in a Mekur 43C. They're terrible in a Muhle R89 Grande. The Muhle really likes Sharks.

Truth is, I think I'm kind of a wuss. Mild shavers are what I find myself reaching for. For me the Muhle 41 is just no fun, I've also got a Parker 98R that falls into the same category. The Merkur's I have seem to for the most part agree with me. I just ordered a Merkur Progress that is being converted into a Mergress. I'm hoping that with it's adjustability that I can find a setting that I like.

Back to my original statement. I wouldn't have believed this had I not tried it but different blades work well in one razor and not so well in others.

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 04-16-2012, 11:08 AM
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I had bought 300 Ladas blades when a few of the vendors were clearing out of them. I bought them without ever trying them because the price was right and I loved the Voskhods. It turns out that in my 38M, they were just marginal and left me disappointed in my purchase.

Then two weeks ago, while trying out my Gillette ball end tech for the first time, I tried the Ladas in one and it was a huge improvement. I'm glad I kept them around.

Now one blade I did get rid of, quick! It was the 7 A.M. blade. The first blade made it through just 1 pass before I tossed that blade and PIF'd the remaining 4.

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 04-16-2012, 11:34 AM
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(04-16-2012, 10:01 AM)alabamalawyer Wrote: Since you are new to DE shaving, I would hold onto them and come back and try them again later, once you have your technique down. You might be surprised at how that blade's performance has changed with improved technique.

+1

There's also value in having a sampler on hand in the case of a different razor coming onto the scene.

Gearhead, I love your signature line!

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 04-16-2012, 11:53 AM
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(04-16-2012, 11:34 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Gearhead, I love your signature line!

Thank you, not everyone fully appreciates it.

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 04-16-2012, 12:11 PM
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so what you're saying is clearly I need to get another razor vs getting rid of these blades?

"But Honey, the guys on the internet said so..."

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 04-16-2012, 12:38 PM
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(04-16-2012, 12:11 PM)Bittermormon Wrote: so what you're saying is clearly I need to get another razor vs getting rid of these blades?

"But Honey, the guys on the internet said so..."

LOL

You don't tell her.
If she notices a new razor, you say "I've always had that one"

But seriously, you would be surprised how different a blade will perform in a different style of razor.
What has been said about improved technique will change a blades' performance I also found to be true.

If you're a one razor guy and like what you like, then PIF them away. On to the next one.

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 04-16-2012, 08:14 PM
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Agree with everything about the second razor idea. I use Feathers, Kais, Sharks (all the sharp ones which bother me) in my Feather AS sor a nice smooth shave w/o issues. I pop em in my OSS and I will get at least one nick every time.

For little $ you can pick up a Gillette Super Speed or Slim Adjustable (Fat Boy too) which can be dialed down to very mild and you may find you like those hated blades.

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 04-16-2012, 08:28 PM
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Well, I didn't mention it before, but I found a great outlet for hated blades from the sampler...

I got the wife a Lady Gillette. You need to understand, she shaves using bath soap, and appears to be immune to any negative effects from any blade or cartridge. So I suggested, "Here Hon, try these blades.". Of course they were the blades from hell. She uses them now. She also gets 6 months out of a blade (I swear she does shave!) so at that rate we'll both be pushing up daisies before she uses up all of the crappy blades.

I know what you all are thinking, "Brian, you're one heck of a guy.", or some such. Yup, that's me. And a hero to the wife.

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 04-16-2012, 08:29 PM
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(04-16-2012, 08:14 PM)wingdo Wrote: Agree with everything about the second razor idea. I use Feathers, Kais, Sharks (all the sharp ones which bother me) in my Feather AS sor a nice smooth shave w/o issues. I pop em in my OSS and I will get at least one nick every time.

For little $ you can pick up a Gillette Super Speed or Slim Adjustable (Fat Boy too) which can be dialed down to very mild and you may find you like those hated blades.

That is what I found. In fact, my second razor is a Gillette "Slim" adjustable. Being able to adjust the razor allows blades that would otherwise not work to be quite good. It shaves much differently than my Edwin Jagger DE89L. Not better or worse overall, just differently.

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