02-26-2017, 09:00 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Time to try a Timeless, but which gap?

My current preferred DE razor is the polished Blackbird SB. 

Any direction or advice as to 0.68 versus 0.95 would be appreciated.

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 02-26-2017, 10:48 AM
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  • Harvey
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I have the original SB .95 and it is not too aggressive in any way....I do not have the .68 but why bother ..the Muhle  89,s are a bit too mild so I liked having something more efficient   kind of like the BBS-1 and BlackBird,s....

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 02-26-2017, 10:49 AM
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i went .95.  i come from straights.  so, i like to have control of what is going on.  never used a blackbird... :-/

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 02-26-2017, 10:53 AM
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(02-26-2017, 10:49 AM)carlospppena Wrote: i went .95.  i come from straights.  so, i like to have control of what is going on.  never used a blackbird... :-/

timeless is a great razor.  probably the best i have, maybe.  i don't think that the gap difference is too big, and i don't think it affects the quality of the product or of the shave. of course, it will affect how much you can play with the angle of attack, but i don't doubt that both are great shavers in terms of closeness and smoothness.

if in doubt, get both.  i bet they have very good resale value... jajajaja  just kiddin!

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 02-26-2017, 11:35 AM
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Ben, I've been using a loaned 0.68 closed scalloped base and head for a few days and I find it efficient, yet very mild. A three pass shave gives no irritation. If it wasn't for the audible cutting sound, I would think it wasn't cutting, it's so smooth.

An hour ago, I ordered the 0.95 SB and OC, based upon opinions on another forum. It sounds quite aggressive, but I've been told a 0.95 is slightly milder than a Wolfman at 0.74. We shall see.

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 02-26-2017, 11:52 AM
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I have used both and I would go with the .95 gap seeing how you have used SE razors and prefer a slightly bigger gap. Don't be fooled by the .95 it cuts more like a both hands above a DE89 with no aggression. I would think the OC could add some to an already efficient razor.

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 02-26-2017, 11:57 AM
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Ben I've owned both.  The 0.95 is more aggressive than the 0.68, but not by much and it is not (what I'd consider) an aggressive razor.  It is efficient and smooth.  I prefer it to the 0.68, which I found a bit too mild.

Although the 0.95 is Timeless' "aggressive" razor, I would not put it in the same category as a Muhle R41 or TECH.  More like the Wolfman with increased gap, but smoother (for me).

I personally feel that their original 0.95 gap with scalloped base is where they shine.

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 02-26-2017, 11:57 AM
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I have both the .68 and .95 SB Timeless heads.  The .95 is slightly more aggressive than the .68.  On 1-10 scale for aggressiveness, the .68 would be a 7 and the .95 would be an 8.  I prefer the Blackbird over either Timeless, since i achieve a perfect shave every time with the Blackbird.

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 02-26-2017, 12:01 PM
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  • Lando
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I have both in sb and slightly prefer the .68, shave is smoother.  I agree .95 is not as aggressive as it sounds.
.68 comparable to 2 or 3 on merkur progress, .95 closer to a 4

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 02-26-2017, 02:59 PM
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  • ARGH
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I have all three (BB, and Timeless .68 and .95 standard bar) and my BlackBirds are the best. The .95 comes close in efficiency but gives more irritation.

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 02-26-2017, 04:02 PM
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Like ARGH, I have all 3, the polished Blackbird and the Timeless with the .68 in scalloped and .95 in straight bar and open comb. As you might imagine, the .95 in the open comb is the most aggressive, followed by the .95 in straight bar, and then the .68 in scalloped.

However, none of them felt rough, although I definitely get more 'blade feel' on the .95 bases.

If you're looking for a more 'efficient' razor, I'd go with the .95; If you want something similar to the Blackbird, I'd go with the .68, as I believe the gap on the Blackbird is .58mm.

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 02-26-2017, 04:56 PM
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  • Giorgio
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I have both scalloped heads along with a polished BB SB--I would echo some previous comments and recommend the .95 for an experience closest to the BB.  Still a very different shave, but you might find the .68 too mild.  I like both heads personally, and regularly switch between both. I find the .68 to be incredibly smooth, yet still yielding quite a close shave after a little experience with it.

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 02-26-2017, 06:58 PM
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  • Chaddy
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Next to the BBS1 and classic cobra the .95 SB smooth cap is the best. I've got the blackbird ATT's S and H r41 and a lot more. The .95 timeless is a long ways from being aggressive.

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 02-26-2017, 09:13 PM
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  • EricM
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For this razor I like the .68.  I had a lot of unnecessary irritation using the .95.  For reference my daily go-tos are the BBS-1, Wolfman OC (regular and reduced gap), Wolfman DC, King and Classic Cobras.

Eric

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 02-26-2017, 10:02 PM
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I find the .68 gap to be very smooth and efficient. I get irritation free shaves and I do not find it to be overly mild. To me, my .68 OC is the smoothest razor I own. Haven't tried the .95 yet but I probably will in the future.

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 02-27-2017, 04:48 AM
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  • ben74
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Thank-you gentlemen for your responses, I appreciate your time and advice.

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 03-07-2017, 03:22 PM
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I have two timeless razors both .68 and it's mild yet very efficient and the smoothest shave like my wolfman. I don't think you can go wrong with either blade gap

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 03-08-2017, 11:03 AM
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I have the open comb 0.95.  Very smooth shaver much less aggressive than an R41, also less aggressive than a Futur on the 2 or 3 setting(for me).

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 03-08-2017, 11:30 AM
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(03-07-2017, 03:22 PM)bgolfo Wrote: I have two timeless razors both .68 and it's mild yet very efficient and the smoothest shave like my wolfman. I don't think you can go wrong with either blade gap

I agree with the smoothness of the razor - the first time I used it, I could hardly hear it work, making me double check it had done its job!  I think my Wolfman is smooth but since it's relatively more aggressive, I'd say the .68 beats it from a comfort standpoint.

I'm looking for a .95 scalloped base so I can have the best of both worlds but agree you can't go wrong with the .68.

Have fun, Gents.

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 03-08-2017, 03:37 PM
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  • Chaddy
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I have a SB .95 and it's no where near as ruff as a R41 or ikon tech. Blade gap and blade exposure are different.

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