04-27-2015, 11:35 AM
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I am new to straight razor shaving so pardon my ignorance.  I see members selling their 5/8 because they use their 6/8 more.  I realize 6/8 is larger but as for the quality of the shave, does it really make a difference?  Assuming the same manufacturer and model.

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 04-27-2015, 11:48 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Not as for as I can tell.  I am enjoying 5/8, 6/8, 11/16, and 13/16 razors.  Just depends on what feels best for your face.



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 04-27-2015, 12:34 PM
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  • jtmke
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  • milwaukee
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If if the razor is shave ready, 5/8 to 6/8 makes very little difference. Grind and spine can add more weight that an 1/8 inch of full hollow. 

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 04-27-2015, 01:22 PM
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  • BobH
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  • Thunder Bay Canada
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(04-27-2015, 11:48 AM)Johnny Wrote: Not as for as I can tell.  I am enjoying 5/8, 6/8, 11/16, and 13/16 razors.  Just depends on what feels best for your face.



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Ditto for me.

Bob

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 04-27-2015, 03:30 PM
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  • Leo K.
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For the first time ever, I'm thinking maybe I should try shaving with a straight!

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 04-27-2015, 04:30 PM
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They're all capable. It becomes a preference over time.

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 04-27-2015, 05:03 PM
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  • BobH
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(04-27-2015, 03:30 PM)Leo K. Wrote: For the first time ever, I'm thinking maybe I should try shaving with a straight!

Come on in the water is fine.

Bob

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 04-27-2015, 05:42 PM
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  • Johnny
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(04-27-2015, 04:30 PM)Solex Wrote: They're all capable. It becomes a preference over time.

Use the credit card that has a zero balance. Smile

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 04-27-2015, 10:12 PM
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  • RobinK
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There is typically a tradeoff whether you opt for smaller or larger razors. The smaller the blade, the more nimble it is. Which is great if your muscle memory is near perfect with regards to honing, stropping, and shaving. I started with 4/8th razors, and they provided an extremely steep, and often frustrating, learning curve.

I then switched to a 6/8ths, and never looked back. I do own a few 5/8ths, but they see limited use.

However, all of this is a matter of personal preference. 8/8ths have recently become extremely popular, and I personally don't understand why. I have a few, but they live a solitary life in a cabinet. They look cool, but I find them too cumbersome to use. YMMV, of course.

So, only one way to find out. Get a 6/8ths, and see whether you like it. They are not exactly rare, and typically sell for the buying price if you stick to reasonably well known names, or modern production razors like Aust or Revisor. Good luck.

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 04-27-2015, 10:52 PM
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  • Thug
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  • South Africa
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I'm hoping that my JA Henckels 5/8" arrives this week. This will be my 1st straight but if everything works out, my next purchase will either be an Aust or Revisor 6/8".

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