09-26-2015, 02:45 AM
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Hello all,

Newbie to wet shaving but NOT to razors. I use different razors every day at my job. I work in a Pathology lab. We use thousands of  GEM single edged safety razors and long single sided razors for my microtome that are made by Feather. It is common knowledge that turning a blade around in your hand or microtome can give you a little bump in improved cutting ability before scrapping the razor.....
My question is.... Would flipping over a double edged razorblade in your razor to the other side do the same or not? If this is common knowledge than my appologies.

Shave On!

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 09-26-2015, 07:56 AM
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I am curious too.  Wonder if one side wear more than the other quicker..... Hm..

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 09-26-2015, 08:28 AM
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Old rumor that has no empirical evidence in day to day shaving. I liken it to OCD type behaviors that do nothing but soothe the conscience.

Take for example this ball player and his pre bat ritual. Does it do anything that improves his performance?



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 09-26-2015, 10:42 AM
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A blade  is quickly subjected to not only edge wear, but rolling over and distortion or warping. This is true of a two handed great sword and a near paper thin razorblade. Flipping is like turning dirty socks inside out. You are better off washing the socks or buying a new 12 pair economy pack if a bachelor.

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 09-26-2015, 12:00 PM
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It won't make a difference unless you think it does. Shy

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 09-26-2015, 12:29 PM
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My grandfather always told me to do it, since he started shaving in 1925 I figured he knew better than me so I still do it.

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 09-26-2015, 01:40 PM
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(09-26-2015, 12:00 PM)celestino Wrote: It won't make a difference unless you think it does. Shy

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 09-26-2015, 03:14 PM
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(09-26-2015, 12:00 PM)celestino Wrote: It won't make a difference unless you think it does. Shy

Hence the soothed conscience. It scratches the itch in the back of your brain and doesnt cost a dime. Myself, I dont touch a used blade unless it's coming out to go to the trash. The time wasted to pull and flip a blade could be used for putting in a new one that is arguably sharper than the one you flipped.

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 09-26-2015, 03:16 PM
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I do it, but honestly I don't even know why I do it Biggrin

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 09-28-2015, 06:21 PM
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I always flip my blades 2 days each side

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 09-28-2015, 06:28 PM
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Never flipped one before. I already use both sides so don't see the need to flip it. I shave a few strokes and then when the shave soap covers that side I spin the handle around and shave with the other side of the blade for a few strokes, then rinse and repeat process. I always shave 4 times with a Astra blade, and only 3 with a Feather which just doesn't seem to last after that. I am now using Kai blades but only have used for 3 shaves but the last shave was as good as the first so might get more than 4 out of these babies, which would be great because they cost a lot more than Feather and Astra.

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 09-28-2015, 06:37 PM
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I'm 99.99999% sure it makes no difference. The only thing you may gain is a finger cut.

All evidence has been buried. All tapes have been erased.

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 09-28-2015, 06:43 PM
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I shave with each blade for 4 shaves (unless I get a clunker) If I remember to flip on shave three, I do. If not I don't. So far I have never noticed a difference. Could anyone?  Sherlock

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 09-29-2015, 08:16 AM
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Flipping is much like rotating automobile tires. You MAY see increased mileage. You will also LOSE optimum performance as the tires have 'scrubbed' into their initial location. We know blades actually improve after the initial pass. They too, have 'scrubbed'

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 09-29-2015, 08:28 AM
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So many areas to consider when embarking into the wet shaving realm.

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 09-29-2015, 08:37 AM
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Yes, but in the end it's a personal choice and will not alter climate change, the teams in the championships or the next Blood Moon. I really don't want to know everything another man does in a bathroom once that door closes anyway.

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 09-29-2015, 09:51 AM
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I flip everyday.  Why?  My granddad did it, my dad did it, now I do it.  My oldest son flips for the same reason.

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 09-29-2015, 10:40 AM
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(09-29-2015, 08:16 AM)kav Wrote: Flipping is much like rotating automobile tires. You MAY see increased mileage. You will also LOSE optimum performance as the tires have 'scrubbed' into their initial location. We know blades actually improve after the initial pass. They too, have 'scrubbed'

Dodgy  tires should be rotated consistently and you WILL see increased mileage, there is no loss of performance. Now if they haven't been done consistently and your rotate a tire with poor wear pattern from the rear to the front you could notice vibration etc. Maybe this is the case with blades as well?

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 09-29-2015, 11:00 AM
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Grand Pres world champion Phil Hill taught me this while we raced  each other at Willow Springs racetrack in the VRCCA Cool

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 09-29-2015, 11:02 AM
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(09-29-2015, 09:51 AM)Johnny Wrote: I flip everyday.  Why?  My granddad did it, my dad did it, now I do it.  My oldest son flips for the same reason.

I flip my blades with every use, as well as hand stropping my GEM blades. I'm not sure if it actually makes a difference other than my shaves are generally very smooth, so I figure it's worth my time.

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