Poll: Which razor next (assuming costs don't matter)
Feather AS
Wilkinson Sticky
iKon (specify which in thread)
Other (specify in thread)
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 06-11-2012, 02:54 AM
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I suggest a Weber as the biggest bang for the buck. I get better performance from that than from the Feather AS, which costs substantially more than twice as much.

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 06-11-2012, 04:21 AM
#22
  • EHV
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For me, the Weber is in a different class than the Feather and any of the others mentioned that I have experienced, (I am limited to the Schick Krona on the vintage side).

I adore the Weber and agree that it's a great razor at a great price but find it on the medium aggressive side versus the Feather or an Ikon SK9 and the Krona, all of which I find *VERY* mild compared to the Weber. Always a YMMV, I guess.Smile

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 06-11-2012, 04:26 AM
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  • Dave
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Of the razors I have here's how I rank them

Modern
Feather Popular-very mild, great shave with a good sharp blade
DE89-mild, great shaver with the right blade
Weber-moderately aggressive, great shaver
S3S-a bit more aggressive than the Weber (due to weight I'd guess)
Tradere-the most aggressive razor I have and it's about medium aggressive from what I've tried.

Vintage
Gilette Tech-I'd say about midways between the Popular and the DE89
Gillette Short Comb-moderately aggressive
Gillette Long Comb-more aggressive
Old Type- Rather Aggressive but not overly aggressive

The Tradere is between the Long Comb and the Old Type at least for me.

Hope that helps
Dave

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 06-11-2012, 04:30 AM
#24
  • Persius
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  • Reading, England
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Does anyone have any comments on the Gillette Blue tip? I like the the TTO razors generally (Superspeed black, Slim adjustable & Fatboy), and was wondering about posting a WLTB for one of these on BST, but would appreciate any experience other members have of this razor.

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 06-11-2012, 04:37 AM
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  • Dave
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I got a blue tip in a lot of razors I bought at an antique store. I shaved once or twice with it before selling it. It's just a small bit more aggressive than a Tech to me. Hope that helps.

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 06-11-2012, 05:59 AM
#26
  • Persius
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  • Reading, England
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(06-11-2012, 04:37 AM)Dave Wrote: I got a blue tip in a lot of razors I bought at an antique store. I shaved once or twice with it before selling it. It's just a small bit more aggressive than a Tech to me. Hope that helps.

Cheers Dave; yes it is helpful. I guess I'd like another vintage TTO that is slightly less aggressive than the Super Speed black. Do you think that the Blue tip fits in that slot?

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 06-30-2012, 06:06 PM
#27
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I have a Gillette Flair Tip Super Speed that is so mild I can't shave with it.

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 06-30-2012, 06:11 PM
#28
  • Tonality
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Well, the Feather wasn't for me, but for a different reason. While I could get a smooth shave from it, my stubble seemed togrow back much sooner than any other razor, within hours. Next up, the Sticky!

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 06-30-2012, 08:14 PM
#29
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Conventional wisdom is that the iKon OSS is a mild razor.The final result is anything but mild.

I use the OC side and CC sides equally,depends on the area and which pass

With the CC side I'm using a little more than usual pressure,fast short shaving strokes,a shallow angle and getting a really close smooth shave...

Sounds like the classic description of pushing a mild razor harder resulting in irritation....Right ?

No not at all,I'm getting a great shave with zero irritation.Actually it's more effective than more agressive razors I've used although it seems it wouldn't be.

The OSS with an Astra SP or Feather on board is a versatile winner with a comfortable grippy handle that has earned go to razor status at my house.

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 06-30-2012, 08:23 PM
#30
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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The Goodfella OC is a rather mild razor. I have the black head version...

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 06-30-2012, 08:27 PM
#31
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Mild vs aggressive is a strange debate. A straight or guardless razor can give you a mild shave. Any razor which allows you to have the edge at a 15 to 20 degree angle to your face will give you a close shave.

I think that when people say aggressive they mean that with their technique the razor is more prone to to give nicks and cuts. By mild they mean that the razor does not provide a close enough shave with their technique.

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 07-01-2012, 09:22 AM
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I have paired a NOS Tech travel razor head with an iKon Bulldog handle, it provides and extremely mild shave that feels great in your hands.

Although I do not own one, friends I trust all rave how well that the Weber performs. The other tech like razor I keep looking at is the Goodfella, although I am not to keen on the handle.

For SE's, I really like my G-Bar and virtually any injector. They provide very close, comfortable mild shaves.

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 07-01-2012, 09:33 AM
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  • Tonality
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  • Washington State
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(07-01-2012, 09:22 AM)Azarius Wrote: I have paired a NOS Tech travel razor head with an iKon Bulldog handle, it provides and extremely mild shave that feels great in your hands.

Although I do not own one, friends I trust all rave how well that the Weber performs. The other tech like razor I keep looking at is the Goodfella, although I am not to keen on the handle.

For SE's, I really like my G-Bar and virtually any injector. They provide very close, comfortable mild shaves.

I've been thinking about getting either a Weber or iKon bulldog handle for just that purpose. I may yet one day.

(06-30-2012, 08:14 PM)razorx Wrote: Conventional wisdom is that the iKon OSS is a mild razor.The final result is anything but mild.

I use the OC side and CC sides equally,depends on the area and which pass

With the CC side I'm using a little more than usual pressure,fast short shaving strokes,a shallow angle and getting a really close smooth shave...

Sounds like the classic description of pushing a mild razor harder resulting in irritation....Right ?

No not at all,I'm getting a great shave with zero irritation.Actually it's more effective than more agressive razors I've used although it seems it wouldn't be.

The OSS with an Astra SP or Feather on board is a versatile winner with a comfortable grippy handle that has earned go to razor status at my house.

I agree, the OSS is a favorite of mine in my rotation. I'm very interested in the new iKon with a solid guard bar on both sides.

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 07-01-2012, 11:32 AM
#34
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(06-10-2012, 10:45 AM)Tonality Wrote: I prefer mild razors.

There, I said it, it's out there. It may be because of my particular chemistry, I don't have the thickest beard for example, but I am more regularly pleased with my shaves with a mild razor, and have less irritation (if any) than with a more aggressive one.

I've been narrowing it down, and topping my list (in no particular order) would be:

Double Edge
  • Gillette Fatboy set at a 3
  • Gillette Tech

    So it has come down to four razors I actually enjoy using and which provide excellent shaves. So my question is now, what else is out there on the "mild" side.

Hi there,

You and I are sympatico here when it comes to using a mild razor. Paired with a very sharp blade, they tame it to provide a smooth and close shave without having to pay lots of attention to detail. Best set up for going ATG on my neck, at least for me.

So to answer your question, yes, there is another razor you are gonna love. Heh, frankenrazor to be more exact. It involves using a Stahly Live Blade head with a handle of your choice. I'd recommend a fairly heavy one to give it the best feel in your hand. Try finding a 'dead' Stahly....one that doesn't vibrate, since the handle is pretty clunky.

This head shaves like that #3 fatboy setting, but with the performance of a Tech on steroids (a good thing). Very mild and forgiving head, but loaded with a Feather the Stahly whacks them whiskers nicely.

I use a Weber handle on mine and call it a 'Webly'....heh. It's one of my two go to razors.

Martin

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 07-01-2012, 01:10 PM
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  • Tonality
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(07-01-2012, 11:32 AM)dodger Wrote:
(06-10-2012, 10:45 AM)Tonality Wrote: I prefer mild razors.

There, I said it, it's out there. It may be because of my particular chemistry, I don't have the thickest beard for example, but I am more regularly pleased with my shaves with a mild razor, and have less irritation (if any) than with a more aggressive one.

I've been narrowing it down, and topping my list (in no particular order) would be:

Double Edge
  • Gillette Fatboy set at a 3
  • Gillette Tech

    So it has come down to four razors I actually enjoy using and which provide excellent shaves. So my question is now, what else is out there on the "mild" side.

Hi there,

You and I are sympatico here when it comes to using a mild razor. Paired with a very sharp blade, they tame it to provide a smooth and close shave without having to pay lots of attention to detail. Best set up for going ATG on my neck, at least for me.

So to answer your question, yes, there is another razor you are gonna love. Heh, frankenrazor to be more exact. It involves using a Stahly Live Blade head with a handle of your choice. I'd recommend a fairly heavy one to give it the best feel in your hand. Try finding a 'dead' Stahly....one that doesn't vibrate, since the handle is pretty clunky.

This head shaves like that #3 fatboy setting, but with the performance of a Tech on steroids (a good thing). Very mild and forgiving head, but loaded with a Feather the Stahly whacks them whiskers nicely.

I use a Weber handle on mine and call it a 'Webly'....heh. It's one of my two go to razors.

Martin

Sounds fascinating! I've watching a few Stahly razors on ebay, but I had no idea the head came off in such a way it could be put onto another handle. Sounds fascinating (and relatively inexpensive), I may give it a try!

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 07-01-2012, 02:07 PM
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(07-01-2012, 01:10 PM)Tonality Wrote: [ I use a Weber handle on mine and call it a 'Webly'....heh. It's one of my two go to razors.

Martin

Sounds fascinating! I've watching a few Stahly razors on ebay, but I had no idea the head came off in such a way it could be put onto another handle. Sounds fascinating (and relatively inexpensive), I may give it a try!
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This head really surprised me. Up till maybe 6 months ago, the 1958 Executive dialed in juuuust right had been my go to razor for almost three years. This head fits me even better, for whatever the reason.

The trick is finding a good handle to pair the head with and luckily there's a bunch of places to order those from. I found a long handle Weber (2 ounces I think) to give it a good feel in my hand. Originally I used various ones like Merkur, Gillette, and Muhle/EJ, and finally settled on the Weber.

The Stahly, from what I've read, has become kinda popular in the last year or so. Turns out lots of people like shaving with a frankenrazor created from one.

Anyway, I'll include a link to a Stahly review on another forum. If that's not allowed for any reason I apologize and have no problem with the mods deleting it.

Seems like it would be a good fit for you,

Martin

http://www.theshavingroom.co.uk/forum/th...#pid165760

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 07-01-2012, 05:05 PM
#37
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I have a 40's Gillette SS and a Feather Popular and to me they both shave about the same. I like the Gillette better just because of the weight.

If I buy another DE razor it will be the Feather AS. I've just always liked the looks of that razor but they are out of my price range.

Between my two DE razors and all of my Schick Injectors, I have more than enough razors to last the rest of my life and then some.

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 07-01-2012, 10:22 PM
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I'd say the Gillette ball-end Tech is my mildest DE razor, followed by the Gillette NEW short-comb, long-comb and Gillette Old-type (most aggressive).

Of the Schick injectors, the L1 is the mildest, followed by the I1, I2 Hydro-magic, E2 and G1 (most aggressive). My G1 actually has more blade exposure than the E2.

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 07-01-2012, 10:26 PM
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  • Tonality
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(07-01-2012, 10:22 PM)wknicholas Wrote: I'd say the Gillette ball-end Tech is my mildest DE razor, followed by the Gillette NEW short-comb, long-comb and Gillette Old-type (most aggressive).

Of the Schick injectors, the L1 is the mildest, followed by the I1, I2 Hydro-magic, E2 and G1 (most aggressive). My G1 actually has more blade exposure than the E2.

How interesting! I find the Old type to be less aggressive than the New. Then again, I was using a long comb and haven't tried the short comb yet. I had a rough time with a Schick L2 injector and have stayed away from them since.

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