04-30-2012, 06:30 AM
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Have you ever had the experience of doing something right the very first time. Hit a hole in one, sink a basket in Basketball from 50 feet away on the first attempt. Well, getting a BBS shave in one pass with no touchups is a rarity at least for me. My normal shave is 2 to 3 passes South to North with a few touch ups on a Slim set to 3 or 4. That is the shave that I am most comfortable with.

I have had two prior opportunities to have a BBS shave in one pass. Both were with my very aggressive (to me at least) PAL floating head razor. I rarely use that razor because it will leave me in bad shape if I use it two days in a row. Both times I got that one pass BBS my skin felt it the rest of the day. It was smooth but the blade did exfoliate rather well each time.

Today I was trying a combination of Gillette OC Head with a brand new Rapira Supersteel blade, my Muhle 33K257 Silvertip Fibre and Palmolive stick for a good face lather. I got my lather worked up well and went to work with short strokes from South to North with very light pressure. I have used OCs before and they are very efficient razors. After the first pass, I noticed a few small weepers that I will get if the razor/blade combination is really good. Washing my face with water, I noticed that when I rubbed up, there was no stubble, none. I was not expecting it, but there it was a BBS on the first pass. Wow!

Since I head shave, and have always noticed that that level of blade and razor combination that creates the type of face shave I had just received would cause a couple of areas to nick, I passed on using that combination for the head shave. I picked up my Trac II which I use frequently on head shaves and finished for the morning.

That Rapira Supersteel coupled with the OC head is a very potent combination for me. Now I am interested in tomorrow's shave.

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 04-30-2012, 10:35 AM
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I've been playing with a 3 pin Old since one was sent to me a few days ago. The first shave was with a Med Prep, today was with a vintage Schick with 6 shaves on the blade. The best I can ever do is 2 1/3 passes for a BBS, and as with you, if the razor is good and aggressive and the blade is ultra sharp I'll get one or 2 weepers for absolutely no reason other than the blade hit a micro bump and removed it.

Initially I thought the Old was as aggressive as the Muhle R41, but I no longer think so. It just shaves as good as the R41.

But the point of this rambling post, and to get back to your thread... I'd really like to get a 1 pass BBS, but I just can't. Too many whiskers poking out in every direction. It must be nice.

Yes, a few times I've had things like that happen, the stars align, whatever. Like shooting a perfect 300 and everything just felt perfect, the handgun was just an extension of the arm and the group just materialized all in the black. Magical when that stuff happens.

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 04-30-2012, 10:43 AM
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Congrats and have a great shave, tomorrow! Open-combs are amazing!

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 05-01-2012, 02:29 AM
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  • etoyoc
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Wow and I still find it amazing when I get a 4 pass BBS (very rare to get 100% BBS... stupid neck patches)

Congrats!

let us know how it goes!

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 05-01-2012, 03:18 AM
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Gary, south-to-north shaving is probably the only way I can possibly achieve a good (nevermind BBS) one-pass shave but the risk of irritation is not worth it. Besides, one pass means less time in the Nook! Undecided Good luck on your quest.

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 05-01-2012, 11:23 AM
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  • RedRocks
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I did try a single pass south to north a couple weeks ago just to see how it turned out. I could get by, but definitely not BBS, closer to socially acceptable. So I went back & did a north-south, and another south-north before I was totally satisfied.

I'm still on my first package of Walgreen Stainless blades. I am anxiously awaiting the MVP Sampler that Phil sent off to me today.

But heck, I'm barely a month into this, so I think I have plenty of time to develop some technique & learn my equipment!

~Frank

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 05-01-2012, 12:47 PM
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Congrats on the great shave!

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 05-01-2012, 03:31 PM
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I have always been told that proper shaving with a DE razor or a straight razor is about beard reduction on each pass. I can get a DFS with one pass and so long as I rub my hand with the grain then it is fine. When I touch my face and run my hand against the grain then I can easily tell that I still have lots of stubble so at best for me I can just get DFS.

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