09-10-2017, 01:21 PM
  • Deuce
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Thinking I'm going to try a good vintage blade this week. Everything has worked very well.

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 09-10-2017, 01:33 PM
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(09-10-2017, 01:21 PM)Deuce Wrote: Thinking I'm going to try a good vintage blade this week. Everything has worked very well.
Some of the vintage blades are thicker and carbon blades may not snap as easily as stainless steel blades.

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 09-11-2017, 07:19 AM
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My shave for yesterday while we were being hit by Irma was with the Focus and a Feather blade.
Both came out great.
I live only a couple of miles from the water and about 100 miles above Miami.
I am indeed Grateful.
My heart goes out to all that have had to endure Irma.
Ron

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 09-12-2017, 12:10 AM
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This is the first time I have used an Astra blade in the Focus.  Wonderful shave, as if Astra was made for this razor.

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 09-17-2017, 02:10 AM
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To make the half blade stick while you install it, smear a tiny bit of face or pre shave cream on the plate. Works very well. Still hold the plate vertically whilst you slide the bottommpkate with the handle in place.Gravity also helps!

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 09-17-2017, 05:50 AM
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As someone said, the blades with the wax on them tend to hold the blade in place while you tighten it.

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 10-07-2017, 03:47 AM
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I love Astra blades in the Focus but those used so far were bought a year ago. Today, I tried one bought recently in a sample pack,  pale writing etched on the blade. What on Earth has happened to Astra! Snapped in two easily as usual, but each half warped and bent.....useless. Has anyone else had this trouble?

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 10-07-2017, 04:23 PM
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I thought I'd use the weekend as a time out between the Open Comb razors to let some recent additions get a little face time.  Today the Focus Dynamic was up with half of an old Wilkinson Sword blade.


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The Focus Dynamic is an Italian built single edge, swivel head aluminum razor.  It uses half a regular DE blade.  The top cap is wide enough that it fully covers the tabs on the blade. It is mounted in a keyhole fashion, place half blade on head pushed up against the posts then as a unit insert the posts into the body, press down and slide the cap in place to lock. They recommend positioning the broken end curve to point the upturned parts towards the top.

Here is where some experimentation and caution is needed.  Once assembled look closely because with some blades a corner of the blade can stick out on the edge.  I tried three blades and two were perfect but a Merkur Super blade would not center fully and left a tiny unprotected edge exposed.  Would it have made a difference?  I doubt it but why take chances.

Today I used Speick cream and a nice old EverReady 400PB pure badger.

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The final result is a PDG very near perfect shave but it took three full passes and some significant touchup.  It's likely that once I get more experience with this razor I will be able to get my PDG shave with just two passes.

Like the OneBlade Core though, this razor initially just feels wrong. It seems to like long strokes with considerable pressure against the face.  It's super mild but so far just average in efficiency. The shave is really comfortable with absolutely no irritation or scraping or nicks or cuts or boo-boos.

If someone who has been using Safety Razors for a long time picks this up it is gonna feel weird and wrong.  But if it is someone coming from the cartridge world it is likely magnificent (once they get over the terror of breaking a razor blade in half).

In all it seems after just one shave to be a really fun little jewel and it comes in lots of colors.  Collect the whole set.

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 10-09-2017, 05:48 AM
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Today I used this razor with a feather blade. Proraso cream. Extremely good shave. Almost only one pass needed. Did two tho. Odd touch up which I did after rinsing face and leaving it wet. No irritation, nicks etc.

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