04-10-2015, 12:14 PM
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  • Johnny
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Which one of you esteemed straight shavers have both a 5/8 and 6/8 razor that could do me a favor? The favor is, I would like for you to take a picture of them with the blades touching tips. I am just trying to get a good visual of what the actual size difference is. I know, I could just look at a ruler, but it's just not the same as seeing the actual product.

I'm fixing to pull the old trigger on a straight later on this month and I don't want to make a mistake on the size I get.

Thank you.

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 04-10-2015, 12:32 PM
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I can't provide you with a picture now that I don't have straights but it is quite the size difference despite it just being 1/8 of a difference. 5/8 is much more comfortable (less blade flex and less likely to bite) and more manoeuvrable. 

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 04-10-2015, 01:34 PM
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  • jtmke
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Here goes

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 04-10-2015, 01:35 PM
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  • jtmke
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5/8 on right. 7/8 left

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 04-10-2015, 01:36 PM
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5/8 right. 8/8 left

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 04-10-2015, 01:39 PM
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  • jtmke
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6/8 is a great size. A little more heft and still most of the maneuverability of a 5/8. Most of my great shaves come off 5/8 or 6/8. 

Jim

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 04-10-2015, 01:42 PM
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  • Johnny
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Wow! Thanks so much.  Fram was correct, there is quite the size difference between the 5/8 and 6/8 even though they are only 1/8 apart.

That 8/8 is way bigger than I would ever want to go.

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 04-10-2015, 06:39 PM
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  • geezer
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9/16ths is the smallest size most folks and barbers used the most. The razor size, among purists is measured from edge to bottom of the spine. The means overall size of a razor can be the same for a 5/8th with a rounded spine and a 6/8ths with a flat top and little below its edge.
If you await the get together in WI near Tomah, the 25th, you may see and decide from many differing razors that folks haul along. Probably could buy one there also. Enough guys will be honing to get one to perfection!
~Richard

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 04-10-2015, 06:42 PM
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  • Java
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It's been covered pretty well, but I'll add my two cents. All of the straight razors left in my rotation are either 5/8s or 6/8s. Any bigger or smaller and I just don't get along with them. I prefer the 6/8 by a slim margin, mostly because  they're slightly heavier, and let's be honest, the bigger ones look cooler. The other thing to be aware of is the grind. I like half-hollow, not for any perceived extra stiffness, but because again, they are a little heavier than a full hollow. My favorite is a 6/8 half hollow, but I still get just as good a shave with my first straight, which is a 5/8 full hollow. The difference in size when you look at them is huge, and I can tell the difference on the strop, but during the actual shave, the difference isn't that big a deal. If I found a good deal on a 5/8 full hollow, I wouldn't let the size stop me from buying it. They're pretty close.

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 04-11-2015, 12:06 AM
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  • Thug
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Thanks for the pictures.

As with Johnny, I didn't realise that the difference between 5/8 & 6/8 was that large even though they're only a 1/8 apart.

Maybe one of these days I'll pull the trigger on a straight.

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 04-11-2015, 02:43 AM
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Johnny you honestly wouldn't know the difference between a 5/8 and a 6/8 in your hand while shaving, and the top razors the 5/8 and the 6/8 look a bit more than 1/8 apart to me.

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 04-11-2015, 06:11 AM
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(04-11-2015, 02:43 AM)Jamie Mahoney Wrote: Johnny you honestly wouldn't know the difference between a 5/8 and a 6/8 in your hand while shaving, and the top razors the 5/8 and the 6/8 look a bit more than 1/8 apart to me.

I agree - the measurements on these blades is often off by a bit (more like 'at least' 6/8", if you know what I mean). Anyway, I prefer 5/8" blades, but most people would be happy with either 5/8" or 6/8". 

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 04-11-2015, 06:25 AM
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  • BobH
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In use I do not find too much difference between 5/8 and 6/8, not nearly what the photo comparison of the two sizes seems to indicate. I will happily use either.

Bob

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 04-11-2015, 06:52 AM
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  • evnpar
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I have very large hands, and my grip often feels cramped when using 5/8 razors. A 6/8 - 7/8 razor is generally a better fit for me. 

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 04-13-2015, 08:43 PM
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Johnny, sorry to intrude here but thought I would ask. I know very little about straights and have been wanting to give them a shot.
So would you gentlemen say for a beginner a 5/8 full hollow is a safer option compared to 6/8 Half hollow?

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 04-14-2015, 02:23 AM
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(04-13-2015, 08:43 PM)bebo8 Wrote: Johnny, sorry to intrude here but thought I would ask. I know very little about straights and have been wanting to give them a shot.
So would you gentlemen say for a beginner a 5/8 full hollow is a safer option compared to 6/8 Half hollow?

They're going to be about the same. People who are new to straights seem to prefer slightly heavier grinds, so the 6/8 half-hollow would be a good way to go, but either will work. 

What you need to focus on is the condition of the razor and the honing job that's been done on it. 

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 04-14-2015, 02:37 AM
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(04-14-2015, 02:23 AM)yohannrjm Wrote:
(04-13-2015, 08:43 PM)bebo8 Wrote: Johnny, sorry to intrude here but thought I would ask. I know very little about straights and have been wanting to give them a shot.
So would you gentlemen say for a beginner a 5/8 full hollow is a safer option compared to 6/8 Half hollow?

They're going to be about the same. People who are new to straights seem to prefer slightly heavier grinds, so the 6/8 half-hollow would be a good way to go, but either will work. 

What you need to focus on is the condition of the razor and the honing job that's been done on it. 

Thanks Yohann. That's why I am only buying it from someone I trust or buy new! I have a very sensitive skin so I am not sure if that makes a difference in the decision but I think the 5/8 might be a good start

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 04-14-2015, 02:51 AM
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(04-14-2015, 02:37 AM)bebo8 Wrote: Thanks Yohann. That's why I am only buying it from someone I trust or buy new! I have a very sensitive skin so I am not sure if that makes a difference in the decision but I think the 5/8 might be a good start

Well, buying new may be a risk, unless you buy it from a reseller who also offers a honing service (SRD, for example). Most manufacturer's edges are not shave-ready. Larry at Whipped Dog offers a nice cheap way to start. 

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 04-14-2015, 03:01 AM
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Thanks again. I have dealt with Larry before so it shouldn't be difficult!

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 04-14-2015, 07:39 AM
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  • Johnny
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I would like to thank everyone for their replies and for all those that I pestered with my PM's. I ordered this razor, this morning. The Ralf Aust 5/8 Round Point.

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