04-25-2015, 10:31 PM
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  • Johnny
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As the title says, who has shaved with a 4/8 razor? Pros and cons.

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 04-26-2015, 01:05 AM
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  • BobH
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Started SR shaving with 2 4/8 razors but now find them too small and light for my tastes and they seem slightly less comfortable to strop. On the plus side they shave as well as any other.

Bob

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 04-26-2015, 01:52 AM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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I've shaved with 3/8, 5/8, and 6/8.
The 3/8 was VERY lightweight and awkward to use for the whole face because it needed extra pressure.  It was really made for detail work.
My preference is for 6/8 round-point.

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 04-26-2015, 02:14 AM
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I have used 3/8 and 4/8" razors quite a bit. I went through a 'small razor' phase a while ago. 

I found them to be usable, and actually quite pleasant to use. The main thing was that you have to have them perfectly honed - the edge has to be perfect, as you have no weight to mask a sub-par edge. Your shaving technique also has to be good, and I had to employ advanced strokes (slicing strokes, guillotine, etc.). 

The 3/8" was really a pain to strop properly, but I put that down to my inexperience with them. The 4/8" was much easier to master. 

However, after using them for several months, I came to the conclusion that I prefer 5/8" blades. 

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 04-26-2015, 03:04 AM
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  • jtmke
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I find 4/8 on the lighter side but some 5/8 and even 6/8 can be light depending on the spine and grind. As mentioned a properly honed 4/8 is a fine razor. Improperly honed any razor will be an issue. 

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 04-26-2015, 03:12 AM
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  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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Johnny,
I have used the 4/8 straight razors and found them too light and uncomfortable. They were fine shavers, yes, but still uncomfortable. The 5/8 is the lowest I go now, and even that is rare. The 6/8 is my preferred size blade.

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 04-26-2015, 04:13 AM
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  • Snuff
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Same thing here, too light for my big hands but perfectly useable if honed correctly.

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 04-27-2015, 09:13 AM
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I have used a couple, and they worked well. It just took more effort to get a good shave. I have come to prefer the 5/8 size, but 6/8 is perfectly OK, too. It seems that most fellows lately prefer the larger razors, but I haven't found anything larger than 6/8 that I really enjoy using, no matter how nice the razor has been.

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 04-27-2015, 09:34 AM
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I have a Filarmonica #10 that is essencially a 4/8''. But I prefer bigger models, I think that 6/8'' is the sweet spot to me.

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 04-27-2015, 10:37 AM
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  • BobH
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(04-27-2015, 09:13 AM)Beadog Wrote: I have used a couple, and they worked well. It just took more effort to get a good shave. I have come to prefer the 5/8 size, but 6/8 is perfectly OK, too. It seems that most fellows lately prefer the larger razors, but I haven't found anything larger than 6/8 that I really enjoy using, no matter how nice the razor has been.

Feel the same way about razors larger than 5/8-6/8. I have one 8/8 that I call the spatula. There must have been a reason that there are far more 5/8-6/8 vintage razors out there than anything else. As a bonus it has saved me a pile of money not to have big blade RAD.

Bob

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 04-27-2015, 04:12 PM
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I have used several smaller 3/8 and 4/8s razor. Not my preference, but certainly capable of doing the job. 

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 04-28-2015, 09:37 AM
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  • GMofmiami
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As one who really enjoys shaving with big blades (6/8 thru 8/8) everyday, I must admit that the one razor that always gets use throughout the week and especially during my travels is the Boker 4/8th Extra Full Hollow. 

This little blade is an AWESOME shaver! Yes it is lighter and sometimes feels like you're holding a toy but gents I kid you not when I say that it shaves superbly with no additional pressure or adjustments to my technique (YMMV of course). 

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 04-28-2015, 04:36 PM
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 What is the Feather AC/SS disposable straights sized at?

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 04-28-2015, 05:18 PM
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(04-28-2015, 04:36 PM)Starkicker Wrote:  What is the Feather AC/SS disposable straights sized at?

My non-folding SS is 5/8 at the narrowest, and 6/8 at the widest point, from top of the spine to bottom (sharp edge) of an installed Super Pro blade. The shaving edge is a hair under 2 inches long.

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 04-28-2015, 05:46 PM
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Ah, ok thanks Beadog. I just used a Feather SS and it's a great razor - light and nible. I'll The blade length is just long enough - a traditional straight I find are usually too long and I end up knicking my nose or ear lobes.

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 05-31-2015, 09:24 AM
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  • Johnny
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Since I made this initial enquiry I have purchased both a Boker 4/8 and a Friodur 3/8 razor. Both were bought mainly for use on my upper/lower lip and chin area but I have found both to be excellent small razors for the entire shave.

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 05-31-2015, 10:44 AM
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  • gijames
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Nice looking shavers Johnny!

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 06-01-2015, 02:31 AM
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  • MikekiM
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Two beautiful razors Johnny!!  

I've used 4/8 as well as a host of mustache razors that were both narrow and extra short..  they all shave well though required a bit more effort to manipulate into position.  Plus they need to be rinsed far more often.  I prefer 13/16 and bigger, with 6/8 at my lower limit.  I do have and use a few 5/8 as well. 

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 06-01-2015, 08:00 AM
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That's a couple of beauties there Johnny, I have a couple of small razors 3/8th's and 4/8th's and while I agree with others, when they are properly honed and stropped they shave very well.
For me they have been relegated to shaving others.
The smallest razor that I prefer to shave with is 9/16th's

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 06-13-2015, 09:27 PM
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My Dubl Duck <4/8 shaves as well as anything else in my rotation all the way up to heavy GD's and Ralf Aust 7/8.  I shave face and head and grab this wonderfully delicate razor without hesitation.


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