02-25-2016, 03:34 PM
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  • Slim
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Hello,

  Feather blades are the only blade I can use, because of my tough stubble. Today I was just curious, when I tried to see if Feather would pass hht. A brand new feather failed the hht, but a brand new Derby passed the test multiple times, in fact everytime. How is this? Derby blades are terrible blades, but feathers are the sharpest.

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 02-25-2016, 04:47 PM
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I have no idea how that happens, but have you tried polsilvers? Up there in sharpness with the feathers but seem to be smoother

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 02-25-2016, 05:16 PM
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Derby blades are nice.

Different strokes for different folks.

Prep work goes a long way. Hot water face wash, hot towel, good lather.

Feathers are rough. I only like them if I cork them them first to smooth them out. Otherwise give me a Derby on the first shave.

However Feathers are produced, they could stand a bit more stropping at the factory in my opinion.

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 02-25-2016, 05:46 PM
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I've never been able to make the HHT work as a measure of sharpness, and have seen it opined from others that it doesn't really mean much.  A Derby has never in my memory been accused of being the sharpest blade around, even though some may like them.  Still and all, it is curious that a Derby would pass on the same hair that a Feather fails on ..

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 02-25-2016, 05:54 PM
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HHT? translation please

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 02-25-2016, 05:58 PM
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Hanging Hair Test I think.

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 02-25-2016, 07:40 PM
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I find feathers to be the sharpest for my beard, but still can't figure out why they won't pass the hht. When new freshly opened won't pass hht, but when used a couple of times they will pass the test. Maybe it's because feather uses a thicker coating on the blades.

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 02-25-2016, 07:42 PM
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Anybody have any good microscopic images of feather blades? All  images I've seen online look rough, but to me they're the best.

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 02-25-2016, 09:00 PM
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They are the roughest "best" blades I ever used and are noticeably worse by the third pass of the first shave.  But that's just me.
P.S. how do you do an HHT?

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 02-25-2016, 09:15 PM
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(02-25-2016, 09:00 PM)Mouser Wrote: They are the roughest "best" blades I ever used and are noticeably worse by the third pass of the first shave.  But that's just me.
P.S. how do you do an HHT?

You hold the blade edge facing towards the ceiling with one hand. Use the other hand to hold a single hair. with just the weight of the hair, lay it across the edge, and the blade will grab the tip of the hair and popping the tip of the hair. hanging hair test. That's the best way I know how to articulate the hht, I hope others can explain it better.

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 02-25-2016, 09:35 PM
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I never remember if we can post a link of another forum, but here are some pics: 

http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/scalma...x.jpg.html
http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/scalma...x.jpg.html
http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/scalma...x.jpg.html

Am sorry but its a scientific fact: Feathers are simply not very good blades ... Smile

BTW, I totally agree with bakerbarber.

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 02-25-2016, 11:31 PM
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For my beard and skin they are the best blade on the market, both sharp and smooth. Shy

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 02-26-2016, 07:48 AM
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(02-25-2016, 11:31 PM)Slim Wrote: For my beard and skin they are the best blade on the market, both sharp and smooth. Shy

You have that right. It's your beard, your face. What works best for you is the best...for you.

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 02-26-2016, 08:28 AM
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The HHT has too many variables. A few are the hair type, are you holding the hair by the root ,technique you use etc.

The most reliable test you can use is the shave test.

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 02-26-2016, 12:35 PM
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(02-26-2016, 08:28 AM)John Wayne Wrote: The HHT has too many variables. A few are the hair type, are you holding the hair by the root ,technique you use etc.

The most reliable test you can use is the shave test.

Your 100% right!

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 02-26-2016, 02:21 PM
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An apocryphal tale tells of Saladin meeting Richard the Lionheart. Richard pulled his two handed fighting sword and with a mighty blow cut an anvil in half. Saladin tossed a length of silk in the air, drew his damascene scimitar and let the silk float down on the blade, cutting in half. On the various knife forums members were going to extremes with super fine micropastes. The achieved edges were so fine they lost ANY ability to cut anything. The effectiveness of an edge is a combination of many factors. I guess feathers are so sharp they too, are actually curling in use and therefore rough.

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