05-02-2014, 06:10 AM
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I got the idea from a thread across the street.
I scissored off the tabs, the blade is just about the right width.
It arcs a bit inside the razor, plenty of room in a regular 1912, not so much in a Damaskeene though.

The shave itself was terrific. Astras are sharper than PTFE blades, i treated it as a shavette shave, with zero pressure.
1 pass yielded an excellent DFS, second was just for touch ups.

The idea was out for a while and I initially shrugged it off because isn't the whole point about the stiff SE blades?
I think that as long as the angle is correct, the blades don't really flex.
Anyway, I liked it.
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 05-02-2014, 09:13 AM
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I'm glad it worked for you but I will not be trying this. The blade will still flex because of the thinness of the blade. Heck, I could even feel flex in an old lather catcher razor, but it was the razor head flexing and I got a horrible shave from it. For those that can use DE blades successfully I don't see any reason why one shouldn't experiment with this and see how it goes. Godspeed!

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 05-02-2014, 12:46 PM
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There are SE razors which IMO should not have this done. They have springs at the rear of the head that push the blade forward. The ER '14 comes to mind. The spring can be thrown out of whack.

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 05-02-2014, 05:22 PM
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Yikes! NO WAY!

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 05-06-2014, 12:45 PM
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For comparison sake, I used it today with a fresh PTFE SE blade and to be honest... I think I like the Astra better.

As for the spring. This does not fit in a Damaskeen - it wouldn't close (but I guess the blade can be trimmed further... length wise ... got to check that).

In a regular 1912 while the blade touches the back spring, so does an SE and I don't see it as an issue. A DE blade is so thin and flexes so easily, there is very little pressure on the spring to be concerned about, IMO.

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 05-06-2014, 01:14 PM
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Not for me. Plenty of other shaving options to choose from!

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 05-07-2014, 08:00 AM
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Back to the Astra today and it is just plain better, for me.

What can I say ... don't knock it 'till you've try it....

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 05-07-2014, 02:46 PM
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It doesn't work on a Pushbutton, but good to go on '24 and on ER '12.

What are you all using to cut the DE razors? When I cut the blade it bends a bit out of shape.

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 05-07-2014, 08:45 PM
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I use kitchen scissors. The cutting bends the blade or slightly ''curls'' it.
I flip the blade so the bend is consistent on both sides.

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 05-09-2014, 05:35 PM
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This just might actually allow me to use my OCMM! Biggrin

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 05-14-2014, 01:44 AM
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I think the blade is not wide enough - it was not wide enough for the CPMM.

I tried this with a Lord blade the other day.... very smooth but not sharp enough, which is my general feeling about Lord blades anyway...

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 05-29-2014, 09:51 AM
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I had a 4th great shave today with that one edge of an Astra. That is equivalent to 8 shaves on a DE. I attribute this to a perfect angle of incision, for my skin and beard.
There was a slight degradation in blade sharpness, nothing like tugging or uncomfortable, just like regular SE blades degrade, so I decided to let the blade go at this point. I never even tried to push a DE blade beyond 3 shaves.

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 05-29-2014, 12:17 PM
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I'm following this even though I may never try it.

It's definitely interesting.

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 05-29-2014, 08:13 PM
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  • taco8slo
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(05-29-2014, 12:17 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I'm following this even though I may never try it.

It's definitely interesting.

Following as well, but I most likely will be trying it in the very near future...

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 06-17-2014, 07:21 PM
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Hmm very interesting. Of probably be the one who disfigures myself.


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 06-19-2014, 02:22 AM
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why? if you can shave with a regular GEM blade without getting cut, this is no different - just better.

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 06-23-2014, 10:06 PM
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Interesting indeed.

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