12-25-2016, 05:24 PM
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bbs probably depends on
1) expectation
2) razor (straight)

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 12-25-2016, 06:13 PM
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(12-21-2016, 03:45 PM)beamon Wrote: I doubt there's any official definition, so here's mine:  A shave that after ½ hour, with all the post shave done and pores closed, allows me to rub ATG on 95 % of my face and feel as though I'm rubbing WTG. This will hold for 6 hours after the shave. My best BBS shaves will meet those criteria for 12 hours after which the gtowing stubble wii start to make its presence felt.

What's yours?

Good defn - for me though I'd modify yours slightly.  Post 1/2 hour I am typically able to rub ATG on 100% of my face without feeling any stubble - save for any small areas I might have missed while shaving (my technique can always stand improving).  This typically holds for about 8-10 hours before I notice any stubble (function of how well I buff) - and on my best shaves (Polsilver blade, best tallow soap and post-shave balm) will hold for 12-14 hours.

I've developed a new habit of rubbing my face throughout the day in utter disbelief for how smooth and soft my skin feels.

Put differently, my usual pre-wetshaving "5 o-clock shadow" with today's best mass-market, multi-colored, cheap plastic handled cartridge razors would typically show up around 2-3 hours post-shave (and just get worse from there).  That same level of stubble then won't show up now until a couple of hours before my next morning shave.

My greatest fear now is that I might not have enough stubble to justify my next shave. 

That's "BBS" in my humble opinion.   Smile

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 12-25-2016, 07:19 PM
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(12-25-2016, 05:24 PM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: bbs probably depends on
1) expectation
2) razor (straight)


If a BBS was not the main expectation then what would be the point of shaving.
And I use Cobras and get a BBS, so I don't think you require a straight.

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 12-26-2016, 05:09 AM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(12-25-2016, 06:13 PM)Niemander Wrote: Put differently, my usual pre-wetshaving "5 o-clock shadow" with today's best mass-market, multi-colored, cheap plastic handled cartridge razors

Waitaminnit [tm].   Are we reading that correctly?  You had been using a disposable cartridge razor to shave a DRY face and beard?

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 12-26-2016, 11:45 AM
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(12-26-2016, 05:09 AM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(12-25-2016, 06:13 PM)Niemander Wrote: Put differently, my usual pre-wetshaving "5 o-clock shadow" with today's best mass-market, multi-colored, cheap plastic handled cartridge razors

Waitaminnit [tm].   Are we reading that correctly?  You had been using a disposable cartridge razor to shave a DRY face and beard?

Huh  Huh?



"Wet shaving is a technique that’s fallen out of favor since the advent of disposable, multiblade razors."  
http://www.instructables.com/id/An-In-de...t-Shaving/

(Referring to that which the bulk of this site is devoted - DE, SE, and Straight Razor shaving - aka "traditional" wet shaving - as opposed to modern, disposable cartridge razor shaving)

I apologize for any confusion with my use of the term "pre-wetshaving."  I guess I just assumed everyone would know from the context that I was referring to modern, disposable cartridge razor shaving.  My total bad.

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 12-26-2016, 12:39 PM
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BBS when you can't feel any stubble on your face no matter wich direction you are feeling with hands or cotten pad. Just smoooooth. 

Is it possible or just a myth?!?!? 

Shaving

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 12-26-2016, 04:38 PM
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I cannot get a bbs shave no matter what I use. The absolute BEST shave and closest to it is from a local barber who still shaves with a real straight razor but even that is not fully bbs for me. Fast growing, thick strong dense dark course and multi directional pretty much ensure I will not have a bbs shave arbitration least until i get older and maybe the testosterone slows down a little. Even then I'm not sure.
That said i still like a good shave. I like comfort and closeness. As I'm in court or meeting with clients or potential clients nearly everyday including weekends, I don't like redness rashes or cuts. It's a delicate balance for me.

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 12-26-2016, 04:48 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(12-26-2016, 11:45 AM)Niemander Wrote:
(12-26-2016, 05:09 AM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(12-25-2016, 06:13 PM)Niemander Wrote: Put differently, my usual pre-wetshaving "5 o-clock shadow" with today's best mass-market, multi-colored, cheap plastic handled cartridge razors

Waitaminnit [tm].   Are we reading that correctly?  You had been using a disposable cartridge razor to shave a DRY face and beard?

Huh  Huh?

I apologize for any confusion with my use of the term "pre-wetshaving."  I guess I just assumed everyone would know from the context that I was referring to modern, disposable cartridge razor shaving.  My total bad.

The reason for my confusion was that I had been under the impression that I wetshaved using cartridge razors for 35 to 40 years, all that time lathering up with a brush and mug before I applied blades to my beard.  Even in 2016, when I travel — on commercial airlines carry-on luggage cannot contain bare blades — I carry only a cartridge razor with me; but I can, and do, also carry and use a brush and a shave stick at my destination to prepare for a shave with the cartridge razor.  Funny, over all those years, I always thought that I was wetshaving; it never occurred to me that I was dryshaving.  Maybe I need to take a course in Shaving as a Second Language?

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 12-26-2016, 05:55 PM
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Why I quit shaving with over-priced cartridges and their cheap, proprietary, multi-colored plastic handles.  Reason #23

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 12-27-2016, 10:28 PM
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BBS only in places, never everywhere for me Roger. The most BBS I have gotten was from the Blackbird razor, and for some reason, the smoothness seems to last longer than any of my other razors.

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 01-02-2017, 06:45 PM
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The answer to this question is always that it depends on the kind of beard and skin you have to deal with.  As others above have said, it depends on many things including expectations.  When I was young, I could have shaved with a pocket knife as my beard was soft.  Today I am having trouble cutting it with Feather blades, DE or SE.  Even after a shower, my mustache and chin will cause a new  Feather blade to tug.  The goal is to get the best and most comfortable shave you can for your skin and beard, more than this is just kind of bragging.  Wink

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 01-02-2017, 07:54 PM
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Personally, I go for a BS. I rub my butt, I rub my face. If my face is at least as smooth, I call it a BS -- and call it a day. Piggy_214

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 01-04-2017, 03:36 AM
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(01-02-2017, 07:54 PM)Viseguy Wrote: Personally, I go for a BS. I rub my butt, I rub my face. If my face is at least as smooth, I call it a BS -- and call it a day. Piggy_214
Dare I ask which you rub first? It's important, you know.

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 01-04-2017, 04:28 AM
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I used to shoot for a BBS each and every time but my face was getting wrecked trying for it so now I get a DFS and both me and my face are much happier, I do get pretty close to BBS but not every time and thats ok.

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 01-11-2017, 08:56 AM
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  • doc47
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Is it possible to get a shave that is better than BBS?  Wink

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 01-17-2017, 01:23 PM
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I don't go against the grain, so i don't get BBS and I don't like the feeling and don't want to take the chance of iritation.
So wtg and xtg gives me a good and representable shave.

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 02-11-2017, 08:39 PM
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(01-04-2017, 03:36 AM)beamon Wrote:
(01-02-2017, 07:54 PM)Viseguy Wrote: Personally, I go for a BS. I rub my butt, I rub my face. If my face is at least as smooth, I call it a BS -- and call it a day. Piggy_214
Dare I ask which you rub first? It's important, you know.

Dear Beamon and Viseguy;

Here you have me, past midnight, laughing my heart out...!!!  Amazing!

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 02-19-2017, 04:10 PM
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If I can rub with the grain, and, feel no stubble, then, I win.  Depending on the man's genetic make-up, he might not be able to be smooth in all directions.  No way I could ever do that without leaving half my face bleeding in the sink.  

This lasts until a few hours later, when the stubble starts to grow back.  By 5 O'Clock, I have a shadow.  Not quite scruff, but, the term "5 O'Clock Shadow" describes my face perfectly, in the evenings.

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 02-19-2017, 04:24 PM
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I'm pretty sure the definition lies within the man…emphasis on lies


~Royce

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 02-19-2017, 04:36 PM
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Agree totally. I found that changing blades after 2 uses made all the difference to my shaves.
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This true for me also

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