11-03-2013, 04:48 PM
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  • Deco
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What has been your experience, how many shaves you get before replacing your SE blade?

I've done 10, but I don't have a dense beard.

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 11-03-2013, 05:35 PM
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Deco, which kind of SE blade?

I'm usually around 14 shaves for a GEM PTFE blade...or less than $4 a year in blade costs if I used them all year!

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 11-03-2013, 06:09 PM
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  • ojinsa
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(11-03-2013, 05:35 PM)kentclark Wrote: Deco, which kind of SE blade?

I'm usually around 14 shaves for a GEM PTFE blade...or less than $4 a year in blade costs if I used them all year!

14? Wow. I typically toss those after 2, maybe 3 shaves. I've gone 5 shaves with Feather Pro blades with my cobra, but that was only as an experiment and only because I wanted to learn what the sweet spot was for my face and those blades. Now, I seldom go past 4 shaves with the Feather Pro blades.

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 11-03-2013, 06:19 PM
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(11-03-2013, 06:09 PM)ojinsa Wrote:
(11-03-2013, 05:35 PM)kentclark Wrote: Deco, which kind of SE blade?

I'm usually around 14 shaves for a GEM PTFE blade...or less than $4 a year in blade costs if I used them all year!

14? Wow. I typically toss those after 2, maybe 3 shaves. I've gone 5 shaves with Feather Pro blades with my cobra, but that was only as an experiment and only because I wanted to learn what the sweet spot was for my face and those blades. Now, I seldom go past 4 shaves with the Feather Pro blades.

Sometimes several more shaves more than that, Oscar. And I've heard of a couple others push them almost twice as far. I do palm strop before the first shave and after every shave and feel it makes a difference, but I haven't tested it scientifically.

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 11-03-2013, 07:02 PM
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  • Deco
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GEM PTFE blades.

Oh, I've been palm stropping them as well.

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 11-03-2013, 07:35 PM
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(11-03-2013, 06:09 PM)ojinsa Wrote:
(11-03-2013, 05:35 PM)kentclark Wrote: Deco, which kind of SE blade?

I'm usually around 14 shaves for a GEM PTFE blade...or less than $4 a year in blade costs if I used them all year!

14? Wow. I typically toss those after 2, maybe 3 shaves. I've gone 5 shaves with Feather Pro blades with my cobra, but that was only as an experiment and only because I wanted to learn what the sweet spot was for my face and those blades. Now, I seldom go past 4 shaves with the Feather Pro blades.

* Wow, Oscar! When I was using my Cobras, I could, usually, get 8-10 shaves comfortably with the Feather Pros.

* Deco, good luck with the SE blades.

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 11-03-2013, 07:48 PM
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  • Agravic
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For me : dense beard and coarse hair.

Feather Pros with Cobra

I typically change blades once a week i.e. 7 shaves, but have mistakenly gone 2 weeks i.e. 14 shaves without significant decrement in terms of smoothness. In retrospect, there is a tad bit of 'tugging' after 10 shaves.

SE blades are untouchable for the most part in terms of longevity, compared to modern DE blades.

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 11-03-2013, 07:54 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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I'm stuck on Gem SS's and SS PTFE's. I get about the same results from each. I've gone 6 to 10 shaves and probably could have gone more. That was when I began my SE journey and I was looking for learning the nuances of my new found SE experience. I put a new blade in all my rotation razors (7 razors) Right now my rotation is at 6 shaves across the board. I plan on pushing them as far as I can before thy begin tugging just to see how far I can go. I'll post when I get final results. I did find that palm stropping before the 1st shave offered a smooth 1st shave. Without these blades were just a tad aggressive. This is purely a YMMV issue and my results may not sit with everyone. HAPPY SHAVES !!!

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 11-03-2013, 09:16 PM
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I claim that I get 14 shaves on average also, but I actually get, with most blades, a minimum of 14 shaves. Recently I had one that I took to over 20 comfortable 2 1/3 pass BBS shaves. I forget the exact number of shaves, and I probably could have gotten a few more but didn't want to push it. I've done that a few times, and I begin getting bored with the test before the blade gives out most times. FWIW, when the shave suffers or I get any indication that theblade has had it I change it. I don't use a blade that shouldn't be in service just to get a lot of shaves from a blade. But neither do I change a blade just because it gets a certain arbitrary number of shaves on it (I do that with DE blades however). I use only one SE blade; GEM SS ptfe.

I do nothing special to the blade. No hand stropping, no extra care between shaves. Just rinse it and put it away wet. I have no idea how I'd know if I have a light or heavy beard, but it's definitely heavier than when I was in my 20s.

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 11-04-2013, 01:49 AM
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On a GEM PTFE it feels duller around the 8th shave, but if I wanted I could probably go for more. About 8 shaves on a personna injector blade.

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 11-04-2013, 02:59 AM
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I usually go for 10 when I use GEM PTFE SS blades. Maybe push it to 12 in a mild razor like the Featherweight.

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 11-04-2013, 04:10 AM
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Another recent SE convert here.
I am still on the first blade for three weeks, but I do not shave with an SE every day.
Say, 7 shaves now and still going strong.


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 11-04-2013, 05:57 AM
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With GEM PTFE blades I get decent 10 shaves,with Pal carbon SE blades only 5 shaves (carbon blades isn,t my cup of tea) and with Personna injector I get 4 or 5 also decent shaves.

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 11-06-2013, 03:55 PM
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Managed 12 shaves but on the last one I needed a new blade.

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 11-06-2013, 05:01 PM
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  • tsimmns
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I got around 20 shaves on my last Feather Pro blade in the Cobra. After popping a new blade in Saturday morning I wondered why I didn't do it sooner. The shaves are so smooth, but the 20th shave was just about as close as all the other.

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 11-06-2013, 06:34 PM
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Feather Professional:
Max: 19
Average: 15

GEM PTFE:
Max: 18+ (got tired of testing)
Average: 14+

I consider my stubble to be pretty coarse & thick. I can't use DE blades because the blade flexes when trying to cut. Even a Feather "spineless" blade wasn't rigid enough for me.

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 11-20-2013, 09:31 PM
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At least 15 with the stainless... not too many for the carbon steel because of the rust, probably not careful enough with my rinsing and dryingUndecided

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 11-20-2013, 09:38 PM
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  • ben74
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I use both Feather and Kai SE blades in my Cobra and usually discard either after 4 shaves...

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 11-26-2013, 01:24 PM
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These blades amaze me!
Still not have changed the blade after I started SE, and it is still smooth and sharp.

I do not use my new SEs everyday for every pass, but still I think I am in shave 15-20. With next blade, I'll keep track.

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 11-26-2013, 03:03 PM
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  • ben74
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I'm amazed that you gents are able to obtain so many comfortable uses from a single blade...

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