02-19-2018, 04:07 PM
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  • Sully
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Until yesterday it had been a long time since I've had a bad blade.  I loaded a new Astra in my Blackbird, lathered up with some Glide and proceeded to get a rough shave.  Thinking that the problem had to be me and not the equipment I tried it again this morning.  Well, it wasn't me, it had to be the blade.  I was careful with my technique and my lather, and the shave was still terrible.  It wasn't the worst shave I've ever had but it was not a good shave and it was a rough shave as well.  I binned the blade and I'll try again tomorrow with a new blade.  How often do you get a bad blade?

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 02-19-2018, 05:19 PM
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I’m using feather SE pro’s and pro-supers exclusively these days, and I’ve only had two bad blades ever.

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 02-19-2018, 05:26 PM
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I'm fortunate and have have never gotten a dud blade.

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 02-19-2018, 06:07 PM
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I think I remember one or two Voshkods being off and I normally buy buy the 100 pack so I find them normally pretty consistently.

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 02-20-2018, 03:54 AM
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  • Sully
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After thinking about bad blades yesterday I remembered a pack of Merkur blades I had about 10 years ago that seemed to be all bad   Confused  It was only later that I realized that Merkur blades just don't agree we at all.

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 02-20-2018, 07:37 AM
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  • chazt
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(02-19-2018, 04:07 PM)Sully Wrote: Until yesterday it had been a long time since I've had a bad blade.  I loaded a new Astra in my Blackbird, lathered up with some Glide and proceeded to get a rough shave.  Thinking that the problem had to be me and not the equipment I tried it again this morning.  Well, it wasn't me, it had to be the blade.  I was careful with my technique and my lather, and the shave was still terrible.  It wasn't the worst shave I've ever had but it was not a good shave and it was a rough shave as well.  I binned the blade and I'll try again tomorrow with a new blade.  How often do you get a bad blade?

Good question, Shawn. In retrospect, I can honestly say that the incidence of “bad” blades has declined as my technique has improved and become consistently repeatable. I should go back and try those brands again. Realistically, nowadays I come across only one or two bad blades a year.

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 02-21-2018, 04:04 PM
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My first two KAI blades. They sat too far to one side and blade reveal was off too in my Feather II. I began to think they were made that way, lousy shave too. Number three was just fine. Glad I gave them another chance. Been thru about thirty of them now.

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 02-21-2018, 04:29 PM
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I just had a bad blade Monday. I had to switch mid shave. Which isn't a big deal I suppose if I was shaving at the sink. I was in the shower though...

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 02-21-2018, 05:16 PM
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(02-21-2018, 04:29 PM)bakerbarber Wrote: I just had a bad blade Monday. I had to switch mid shave. Which isn't a big deal I suppose if I was shaving at the sink. I was in the shower though...

That sounds like it was less than fun.

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 02-22-2018, 06:31 PM
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I had my first shave with a Kai blade the other day and it was worse then my very first ever DE shave withe a VDH blade, which was absolutely gruesome.  I have heard many good things about Kai blades on all the forums, so I hope it was just a bad blade.  It will take some time for the wounds to heal as well as to build up the courage to try another.

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 04-15-2018, 09:07 AM
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  • Niro884
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Kai was not very favourable for me as well in my wolfman. Very rough.  It did get better by the 3 rd shave when I switched to my Weber.  The extra wide blade will probably only work with certain razors.  No issues with sharpness, just smoothness.

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 04-16-2018, 05:44 AM
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Every company produces the odd blade that gets by quality control.  Some manufacturers are less adept at Q.C. than others.  Gillette's St. Petersburg plant is one of the best with regard to maintaining high standards for quality, but it is statistically impossible to catch every bad blade.  I've found, generally speaking, that Astra is a lot more consistent than, say, Merkur or Timor.  I don't know exactly which blade brand Van Der Hagen sells with its re-branded Weishis, because the print bears the VDH logo rather than its actual manufacturer.  But I've never gotten a shave with VDH that hasn't given me more than a few nicks and a lot of irritation.  They're just dull blades overall.

In fact, the only blade brands that have given me ANY trouble with nicks and irritation are VDH, Feather, and Dorco Prime Platinum.  All the other brands I've used have been great, with no irritation and only the occasional tiny weeper that closed up right away on its own.  These included Voskhod, Treet Carbon Steel, Personna Lab Blue, and two types of Rapira.  The PolSIlver Stainless and the Super Iridium blades, as well as the Astra Superior Platinum, have been the most forgiving on my face and have given me the best shaves overall.  Someone sent me a tuck of Shark blades, and I'm eager to try out a tuck of Kai to see how that compares to the Feather brand.  I'm willing to trade a tuck of Voskhod and Van Der Hagen for a tuck of Kai if anyone is interested.

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 04-16-2018, 11:46 AM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(04-15-2018, 09:07 AM)Niro884 Wrote: Kai was not very favourable ....  The extra wide blade will probably only work with certain razors. 

Huh  I alternate between Feather DE blades and KAI DE blades, and the lengths and the widths of the blades of both brands are, within microns, identical.

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 04-17-2018, 03:09 PM
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bad blades do happen from time to time

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