05-25-2019, 12:39 PM
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Gents,

Does anyone else have a multiple blade rotation?  I clean the blades with an alcohol wipe when I take them out of the package since they are vintage, and I wipe them off with another wipe before each use.

These are just very thin nails put into the wall about 7 feet off the floor so my kids can’t get to them.  From left to right it’s:  Wilkinson Light Brigade, Personna 74, Wilkinson blade from 1982, a Polsilver Stainless (made in Poland), and an unidentified vintage Wilkinson that came with a black wrapping out of the tuck with German on it.  

I haven’t used the polsilver yet!

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Matt

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 05-25-2019, 01:09 PM
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(05-25-2019, 12:39 PM)Ols67 Wrote: Does anyone else have a multiple blade rotation?  


Not like yours, and so my answer may sound non-responsive.   For the past two years, with only the occasional, short, deviation, I have alternated Feather Hi-Stainless blades and KAI Stainless blades.  However, I use each blade for five or six consecutive shaves until it tells me that it is time to change; that is, I do not rotate by individual shave, but by blade-until-used-up.   On any given day, I do not have more than one blade unwrapped and exposed to the elements.

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 05-25-2019, 01:10 PM
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I would say two counts as a rotation Mel!

Gotta go where the mood takes us!

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Matt

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 05-25-2019, 01:14 PM
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The only thing I might add, Matt, is to reconsider "wiping" your blades. I think a rinse and then hanging them as you do will keep the edges unmolested, leading to better blade longevity. Food for thought.

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 05-25-2019, 01:17 PM
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Not I.  I use one blade until it is time to toss it out (24 shaves for vintage Light Brigades, Gillette Swedes, and Personna 74s, 12 shaves for Super Iridium and Personna Super Platinum Chrome or Super Stainless).  I do pat dry the blade and flip it over after each use so that the edges "wear" evenly - a bit of OCD.  I don't bother with alcohol wipes unless a vintage blade looks corroded or sticky.

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 05-25-2019, 01:25 PM
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I stick to one blade until it's no good then move on to the next. Remove the blade to rinse after each shave and either pat dry or, if the razor is tto, just leave the razor open to dry.

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 05-25-2019, 01:33 PM
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I use several brands of blades, but only use any blade once.  Very simple.

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 05-25-2019, 02:17 PM
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(05-25-2019, 01:17 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Not I.  I use one blade until it is time to toss it out (24 shaves for vintage Light Brigades, Gillette Swedes, and Personna 74s, 12 shaves for Super Iridium and Personna Super Platinum Chrome or Super Stainless).  I do pat dry the blade and flip it over after each use so that the edges "wear" evenly - a bit of OCD.  I don't bother with alcohol wipes unless a vintage blade looks corroded or sticky.

I might gravitate to this, using a blade until it’s finished, but right now I am trying many different vintage blades, or I might stick to the silly rotation...whatever works as the process is refined!

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Matt

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 05-25-2019, 02:19 PM
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(05-25-2019, 01:14 PM)primotenore Wrote: The only thing I might add, Matt, is to reconsider "wiping" your blades. I think a rinse and then hanging them as you do will keep the edges unmolested, leading to better blade longevity. Food for thought.

You are probably right on this one Primo!

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Matt

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 05-25-2019, 02:30 PM
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I can't go this route. Cleaning them off for me is a quick rinse and a pat dry then laid out for the  next shave. I use one blade all week then toss it regardless of how many shaves.

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 05-25-2019, 03:07 PM
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(05-25-2019, 01:09 PM)Mel S Meles Wrote:
(05-25-2019, 12:39 PM)Ols67 Wrote: Does anyone else have a multiple blade rotation?  


Not like yours, and so my answer may sound non-responsive.   For the past two years, with only the occasional, short, deviation, I have alternated Feather Hi-Stainless blades and KAI Stainless blades.  However, I use each blade for five or six consecutive shaves until it tells me that it is time to change; that is, I do not rotate by individual shave, but by blade-until-used-up.   On any given day, I do not have more than one blade unwrapped and exposed to the elements.

I use the same strategy as this - rotating between feather pro/pro-supers, using each blade in isolation until it communicates end of life. The reason I do this is because I only have two razors, one that favors the feather pro (Asylum rx), and another that favors the pro-super (ATT SE1).

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 05-25-2019, 05:20 PM
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(05-25-2019, 01:17 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I do pat dry the blade and flip it over after each use so that the edges "wear" evenly

same here

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 05-25-2019, 05:34 PM
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Lots of options, some I hadn't thought of .. but I still kinda do like I did back when, actually like I did after I picked up the free carts in the mailings .. I shave them until I don't like the shave, then change out.  I have picked up the alcohol dip, and hand stropping, from hanging about the forums, but still have only one de or se blade in play at a time.  Injectors, well, as you know they don't appreciate swapping around, so there are two out, a Personna 74 in the Supply, and a Twin in the Schick M type.

But despite having 5 blades available, the principle stays the same, if it tugs, out it goes

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 05-25-2019, 05:35 PM
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As do most, I rotate through blades, but use only one at a time. I rinse the blade and palm strop each edge once post shave and it’s ready for the next shave. I use modern Personna blades and generally get 3 shaves on average, per blade. Some go after only 2 shaves, others make it to 4. But 3 and toss seems to work for me.

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 05-25-2019, 08:04 PM
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Lately I've been using one blade no matter which razor I'm using.  I'll use the blade until it's done and then break out another.

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 05-26-2019, 06:47 AM
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This comment "hand stropping". What exactly is this? Sorry to jump in again after my initial post.

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 05-26-2019, 08:22 AM
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(05-26-2019, 06:47 AM)Garb Wrote: This comment "hand stropping". What exactly is this? Sorry to jump in again after my initial post.

No worries! At the top of the blade forum there is a thread about it with a video.

Same principle as stripping a straight but with a DE blade and the palm of your hand.

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 05-26-2019, 09:29 AM
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(05-26-2019, 06:47 AM)Garb Wrote: This comment "hand stropping". What exactly is this? Sorry to jump in again after my initial post.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=40056

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 05-26-2019, 10:44 AM
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(05-26-2019, 09:29 AM)mike_the_kraken Wrote:
(05-26-2019, 06:47 AM)Garb Wrote: This comment "hand stropping". What exactly is this? Sorry to jump in again after my initial post.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=40056

Also there is Butt stropping if you have nice glutes.........

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 05-26-2019, 11:11 AM
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(05-26-2019, 10:44 AM)Harvey Wrote:
(05-26-2019, 09:29 AM)mike_the_kraken Wrote:
(05-26-2019, 06:47 AM)Garb Wrote: This comment "hand stropping". What exactly is this? Sorry to jump in again after my initial post.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=40056

Also there is Butt stropping if you have nice glutes.........

Bahahaha! My gluteus ripples so it hones the edge unevenly...not advised!

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Matt

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