Poll: Is achieving a BBS shave important to you?
 05-18-2012, 09:39 PM
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Is achieving a BBS shave important to you?

I've come across people in the traditional wet shaving community who don't care about getting a completely BBS shave -- people who make one or two passes and they're content even if their face isn't completely smooth.

Personally, I always aim for a BBS everywhere except my neck region. If I could get a completely BBS shave there without experiencing irritation, I'd always try to aim to get a BBS shave there. But I've found this to be impossible.

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 05-18-2012, 09:43 PM
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  • uncledave
  • Returned to DE Shaving After 40 years
  • Kentucky, USA
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(05-18-2012, 09:39 PM)Pnume Wrote: Is achieving a BBS shave important to you?

I've come across some people in the traditional wet shaving community who don't care about getting a completely BBS shave -- people who make one or two passes and they're content even if their face isn't completely smooth.

Personally, I always aim for a BBS everywhere except my neck region. If I could get a completely BBS shave there without experiencing irritation I'd always try to aim to get a BBS shave there, but I've found this to be impossible.

If I were younger and on the go it wouldn't matter to me at all. A simple good shave would be enough. Now, though, I am retired and have lots of time. I'm spending some of my time trying to get a BBS shave for the first time in my life. I'm just pampering myself and trying to see how good a shave I can get with lots of practice.

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 05-18-2012, 10:32 PM
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For precisely the same reason that UncleDave gave...Retired.

I know my facial hair map and employ it to get what I want. The right razor and blade simply delivers it seemingly w/o effort because I know how my hair lies.

Did I mention that I enjoy it (BBS)? The wife does too. If it wasn't for her I might be a bearded savage and call it good. Or not. :-)

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 05-19-2012, 01:16 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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For me the goal of shaving is BBS, it's important to me because it's a measure of success with my shave...

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 05-19-2012, 02:03 AM
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  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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It's important and I really like when it happens. But some days I know not to keep pushing or I will get irritation. However, my worst DE shave is still better than any shave I ever had with a cartridge.

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 05-19-2012, 02:40 AM
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I don't really set any type of shaving goals for myself, I simply shave and enjoy the results

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 05-19-2012, 03:40 AM
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  • ben74
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(05-19-2012, 02:40 AM)Johnny9 Wrote: I don't really set any type of shaving goals for myself, I simply shave and enjoy the results

I agree and alluded as such in the other BBS thread. See quote below:

(05-19-2012, 01:18 AM)ben74 Wrote: BBS is the goal, but enjoying the shave is the most important part of this game IMO!

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 05-19-2012, 03:41 AM
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I can get a BBS if I let my beard grow out two days. But I can't do that very often, as I need to, and want to, look clean shaven. So, I am very happy to get a DFS any day.

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 05-19-2012, 03:47 AM
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  • ben74
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(05-19-2012, 03:41 AM)Bowlturner Wrote: I can get a BBS if I let my beard grow out two days. But I can't do that very often, as I need to, and want to, look clean shaven. So, I am very happy to get a DFS any day.

I'm not sure I've ever really achieved a BBS, but I regularly have a Damn Fine Shave (DFS)!

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 05-19-2012, 05:02 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Only on Sunday. The rest of the week, DFS is good enough for me.

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 05-19-2012, 05:14 AM
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Yes. Everyday because I have to shave at 5 in the morning and usually do not arrive home until 6 to 7 in the evening so a BBS shave is mandatory to be able to support late afternoon meetings especially as a presenter.

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 05-19-2012, 05:29 AM
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  • ben74
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(05-19-2012, 05:14 AM)GDCarrington Wrote: Yes. Everyday because I have to shave at 5 in the morning and usually do not arrive home until 6 to 7 in the evening so a BBS shave is mandatory to be able to support late afternoon meetings especially as a presenter.

Gee and I thought I worked long hours! Actually, I do - 16 hours (at work, not including travel) yesterday in fact! I'm happy so long as I arrive clean shaven, there's no way my shave will last until the end of my days!

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 05-19-2012, 05:36 AM
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  • ajc347
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  • Exeter, UK
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A 2-pass DFS works best for me as I can repeat it daily if needs be.

If I go for BBS I tend to find that my face starts feeling uncomfortable after a day or two.

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 05-19-2012, 06:18 AM
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DFS works for me. I do get BBS from time to time but usually it's a DFS. No complaints as long as I look presentable.

Clayton

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 05-19-2012, 06:28 AM
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(05-19-2012, 05:29 AM)ben74 Wrote:
(05-19-2012, 05:14 AM)GDCarrington Wrote: Yes. Everyday because I have to shave at 5 in the morning and usually do not arrive home until 6 to 7 in the evening so a BBS shave is mandatory to be able to support late afternoon meetings especially as a presenter.

Gee and I thought I worked long hours! Actually, I do - 16 hours (at work, not including travel) yesterday in fact! I'm happy so long as I arrive clean shaven, there's no way my shave will last until the end of my days!

Mine does not either, it is just a matter of not looking like having a thick layer salt and pepper sandpaper on my face. I used to do a shave in the morning and in the evening (at home) when I was a Trac II and canned goo only shaver in my mid twenties. The problem was that it caused my face to have microweepers and so I went to Trac II and canned goo in the morning and an electric in the evening. This went for on for years if I needed to have a cleaner shave.

Now almost twenty five years later I am more than happy that I changed to traditional shaving. The DE (or the injector when I choose it) can get in closer without wrecking my skin. So I can now get away with one shave per day as a normal routine. That is why it is a two to three pass BBS as my normal shave routine.

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 05-19-2012, 06:46 AM
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  • texquill
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As I've gained more experience and developed preferences for equipment (specifically, Cobra Classic razor and Simpson's Best brush in any style), I've come to expect a BBS every day. Some days it takes two passes, some days three, but the result has become consistent.

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 05-19-2012, 07:03 AM
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Yes, a BBS shave is important to me. When I used the 5 blade cartridges, I would shave in the morning before work and have 5 o'clock shadow by 3 PM and if I went out at night I would have to shave again. With DE shaving I get BBS shave in 2 passes with my Webers and it lasts into the night.

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 05-19-2012, 07:12 AM
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When I first became involved with shaving forums, BBS shaves seemed like an objective I should strive for each day.
However, too many passes were required for the stubborn whiskers on my chin.

These days I'm quite satisfied with a DFS every morning! Smile

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 05-19-2012, 07:16 AM
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(05-19-2012, 03:41 AM)Bowlturner Wrote: I can get a BBS if I let my beard grow out two days. But I can't do that very often, as I need to, and want to, look clean shaven. So, I am very happy to get a DFS any day.

If I have a few day or even longer I can easily geta BBS. I think the hairs become easier to cut. Plus it's fun mowing those long things down.

A DFS is the type of shave that make me smack my face with A/S and say, "ahhhh. Now that's a mighty fine shave." The smell of Proraso A/S really helps open my eyes, the cool water rinse is pretty lively as well.

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 05-19-2012, 07:20 AM
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I try to get a close, comfortable shave every day. I'll never sacrifice comfort at the altar of smoothness.

Most times, my shave is closer than most people's. Sometimes it isn't. My aim is to enjoy the shave.....not to focus on the 'goal'.

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