04-08-2018, 01:03 AM
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I have owned close to 100 DE razors.
Sold them all after 5-6 years.

One thing that puzzled me was that most of them had this overhand/overlap on the end of the DE blade.

Can someone explain why most DE razors have this feature ?

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 04-08-2018, 03:29 AM
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I would love to theorize, but I'm not entirely sure what you're meaning Claus... A picture perhaps?

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 04-08-2018, 04:27 AM
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  • jar
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It gives you something safe to hold when removing a blade.

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 04-08-2018, 08:42 AM
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  • SCOV
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(04-08-2018, 04:27 AM)jar Wrote: It gives you something safe to hold when removing a blade.

+1.  Obviously not safety or better looking razor.

Best answer would be from razor vendor.

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 04-08-2018, 09:52 AM
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It is not an overhang but rather a cutout.  The original design of the top cap for vintage Gillette razors had a post set in each corner to help hold the blade in place.  Since Gillette originated the design everyone else had to copy/follow it.  Gillette did away with those squares as production carried forward but kept the notch in their blades to keep them compatible with previous Gillette designs.  The tradition can still be seen today in razors such as the ASD2.

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 04-08-2018, 10:48 AM
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Ah.. if it's the tab on the end of the blade you're talking about, that is indeed - as Timothy points out - a way to register the blade correctly in the razor. It harks back to the patents for the Probak, as discussed here.

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 04-08-2018, 12:34 PM
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Three hole blade on the old type also had overhang. 
I didn't find a picture to illustrate but you can picture where the ends of the razor should be, right next to the ends of edge. 

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(picture from Mr-Razor)

IMO they are for holding the blade.

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 04-08-2018, 02:15 PM
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Sorry if I didn't know the word for it in English, heck I don't even know the word for it in my own language  Biggrin

This is what I'm talking about, the ends of the DE blade sticks out of the razor, which can you give you a nasty bite under the nose if you don't pay attention.
I can't for the life of me see the reason behind it, when a good deal of razors cover the entire de blade.

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 04-08-2018, 02:51 PM
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I used to call them ears. It was to remove the blade safely. As you know blades can become stuck to the top or bottom plate due to soap scum etc.

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 04-08-2018, 03:57 PM
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I always thought those designs put the cutting edge of the blade closer to the edge of the razor so you can maneuver in tight spots, like under the nose.

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 04-08-2018, 04:00 PM
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(04-08-2018, 10:48 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Ah.. if it's the tab on the end of the blade you're talking about, that is indeed - as Timothy points out - a way to register the blade correctly in the razor. It harks back to the patents for the Probak, as discussed here.

I will give a +1 to this response also.

Personally. I use the tab for
1) easy blade removal
2) blade alignment on one razor with that "need"

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 04-08-2018, 04:31 PM
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I clicked on this thread to see what an overhang was .. now I understand.  I prefer that those ears be exposed, like others for blade removal, alignment, and the fact that it allows closer shaving around the creases & crevasses ..

Covering them only makes the razor head necessarily bigger and clumbsier in my opinion, and offers no advantage.

As far as safety, they aren't sharpened so not likely to do any real damage unless you swing them pretty hard.  I started using DE when the blades were in fact Blue, and in all those years of using DE's I've cut myself in any number of ways, but never with the "ears" ..

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 04-09-2018, 07:52 PM
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Ease of install in a 3 piece. Ease & safety of removal in a 3 piece. You hold them when tightening a 3 piece that has some wiggle room in the posts. Lots of practical reasons. None aesthetic.

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 04-10-2018, 10:34 AM
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I prefer the blade completely covered as in the Feather. Never got the "ears" bit either.... Huh

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