11-29-2019, 01:41 PM
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Hello everyone,


I've been lucky enough that years ago I acquired a BBS-1 head in a trade and I have used it more than any other razor in my 7 years wet shaving. If I could su up what makes this so suitable for me is that is has just about as much efficiency as I could ask for while maintaining a high amount of comfort and smoothness to my skin. I guess i have a medium/coarse beard and I can get most of the beard off, even up to a week or more, with 1 against the grain first pass. This razor is almost perfect but it doesn't have quite the same aggressiveness as other razors I've used like an r41 (2011 and 2013) so the BBS-1 is more for comfort but still is efficient enough for my shaves.

Anyways, the last year I have changed up my preferences in blades as I found early on that I didn't like many blades in the BBS-1. I found a brand new Voskhod was what I liked the most and I would say I would rate those now in 2nd or 3rd place. I also used to use Crystal Personna Platinums as a preferred second blade but things have changed. I think I found that I really enjoy the increased sharpness and retained smoothness using the Red Pack Israeli Personna's (Platinum Chrome) as my best blades in the BBS-1.

I recently ran out of my Red Pack Personna and started experimenting with some of the Gillette blades. I know many like Gillette Silver Blues in the various Wolfmans as well as Feathers being popular. I don't care for many Gillette blades as they previously didn't work great in my shaves using them in other razors. I just did an order with IB and stocked up on some blades. I am wanting to do some more serious testing using Gillette Yellow 7 O'Clock SharpEdge and Gillette Nacet blades and I also have a couple vintage blades such as Personna 74 and Gillette "Super Blue" black blades to try out as well.

Is there anyone else that would care to share their findings in variety or what the best blade(s) is for them in the BBS-1?

#1 pick - Israeli Red Pack Personnna (Platinum Chrome)
#2 (most used in my shaves with this razor)- Voskhod (Teflon)
#3 (a handful of impressive feeling shaves) - Gillette Yellow 7 O'Clock SharpEdge

#4 Pol Silver Super Iridiums

I don't think I would ever used Kai's or Crystals anymore in them as the smoothness is not where I need it to be for my skin.

Any suggestions of blades that I haven't made mention of my friends? Thank you and happy holidays my friends [Image: smile.png]

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 11-29-2019, 01:54 PM
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Wizamet Iridium Super Extra Stainless (the Russian made ones, NOT the older Polish made) are what I have landed on for just about every razor I own these days. I’m pressed to think of another blade I use in any razor tbph.

The blades themselves look EXACTLY like PolSilver, but they do not shave the same for me.

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 11-29-2019, 01:58 PM
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(11-29-2019, 01:54 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: Wizamet Iridium Super Extra Stainless are what I have landed on for just about every razor I own these days. I’m pressed to think of another blade I use in any razor tbph.

I think I do have one of the brown/white label Pol Silvers. I'll double check if it has that same "Extra" but I think you're referring to the diagonal packaging with blue and silver packaging.

One question, have you ever tried Perma-Sharps as these tend to get suggested a lot together, if you like the Pol Silvers you may enjoy the Perma Sharp blades.

Thanks for your reply by the way vigilantesd Smile

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 11-29-2019, 02:01 PM
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  • DanLaw
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  • Peachtree City, GA
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A vintage blade afficiando suggested Timor for duFour razors a while back and it is all I use in them now including my BBS-1  He swears they the only modern blade with vintage characteristics; while can't speak to that, can state with certainty they have a feel unlike any other modern blade I have tried.  As close to a straight as found to date.

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 11-29-2019, 02:04 PM
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(11-29-2019, 02:01 PM)DanLaw Wrote: A vintage blade afficiando suggested Timor for duFour razors a while back and it is all I use in them now including my BBS-1  He swears they the only modern blade with vintage characteristics; while can't speak to that, can state with certainty they have a feel unlike any other modern blade I have tried.  As close to a straight as found to date.

Ohhhh nice little post. I will keep this in mind and I may have one. Sometime whenever convenient, can you post a picture of which packaging you have for the Timor blade you like? I think I have only heard of one variety but not sure. I believe they are German made blades, correct? 

Before the Timors, what was your best blade in the BBS-1?

Thanks for the reply my friend!

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 11-29-2019, 02:28 PM
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(11-29-2019, 01:58 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote:
(11-29-2019, 01:54 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: Wizamet Iridium Super Extra Stainless are what I have landed on for just about every razor I own these days. I’m pressed to think of another blade I use in any razor tbph.

I think I do have one of the brown/white label Pol Silvers. I'll double check if it has that same "Extra" but I think you're referring to the diagonal packaging with blue and silver packaging.

One question, have you ever tried Perma-Sharps as these tend to get suggested a lot together, if you like the Pol Silvers you may enjoy the Perma Sharp blades.

Thanks for your reply by the way vigilantesd Smile

You are correct, I am referring to the blue/silver diagonal logo, but both Polish made and Russian made come in very similar packaging. The Russian made say 10 Zyletek in the upper left corner, that’s the most visible difference. 

I thought I’ve tried Perma-Sharp, but upon looking at the images, I don’t believe I have. I must be confusing them with dura-sharp lol

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 12-21-2019, 10:09 AM
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  • DanLaw
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(11-29-2019, 02:04 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote:
(11-29-2019, 02:01 PM)DanLaw Wrote: A vintage blade afficiando suggested Timor for duFour razors a while back and it is all I use in them now including my BBS-1  He swears they the only modern blade with vintage characteristics; while can't speak to that, can state with certainty they have a feel unlike any other modern blade I have tried.  As close to a straight as found to date.

Ohhhh nice little post. I will keep this in mind and I may have one. Sometime whenever convenient, can you post a picture of which packaging you have for the Timor blade you like? I think I have only heard of one variety but not sure. I believe they are German made blades, correct? 

Before the Timors, what was your best blade in the BBS-1?

Thanks for the reply my friend!

For me, prior to Timor, best blade for duFour razors was corked PolSilver. The Timors are German made and the current ones sold Internationally. There is only one variant to my knowledge

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 12-21-2019, 01:03 PM
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I use BBS-1 with London Bridge blades ...
The best combo for me Smile

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 12-31-2019, 10:19 AM
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  • DanLaw
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 01-25-2020, 12:09 AM
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DanLaw, the next time I make an order where the Timor blades are available, I will get a good handful to test out. I'm sure I can get some to try this year. Since I started this thread I was dabbling with the Gillette 7 O Clock Yellow SharpEdge and Gillette Nacet. The Yellow blades are ones I have used before in a couple razors as well as in the BBS-1 with good results. 

So far though, I think I will shave with another Facet for the 4th time soon and may say it is a better shave for me over the 7 O Clock. The Nacet blade has felt very smooth during the shave and after left the skin irritation free. It still feels like it cuts so how you say, the edge is smooth. My skin is fairly nick prone but it has played nice and I still nicked my face. I'm looking forward to more shaves this year using a bunch of different blades with a few razors. There is a chance this year I may buy a new DE, but for now I want to keep using the BBS-1 and find the best blade. Is it possible that I may find something okay for daily shaving my face? Maybe, or with a different razor.

Thanks for the comments everyone and as I get more shaves in and gather more thoughts, I will keep checking in if anyone else has narrowed their best.

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 01-25-2020, 04:55 AM
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  • DanLaw
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Have you tried corking your blades? Just run each edge through a cork to a depth of @5mm lengthwise twice prior to shaving. Makes a huge delta to my experience

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 02-19-2020, 10:54 PM
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Dan, still haven't tried corking a blade but I do have some so I can try that as another variable. I appreciate your posts explaining how you do it. I got some Timor blades and will test 3-4 just fresh and use them one time uses. I also snagged a pack of Bolzano that I will test in the BBS-1 and another razor.

I have probably ruled out purchasing Gillette Yellow 7 oClock SharpEdge as the smoothness is pretty much there but the edge isn't as sharp as I need it to be in the BBS-1. I'm not sure if I'm getting to the point where I only want to do one against the grain pass for my shave and be done. It may lead to that but I'm using changing what my second pass is to figure out the balance of the visual closeness and where I can see stubble. My skin is pretty unforgiving so I'm always getting little nicks. It's fine with me if I can avoid the red skin from razor burn. 

The Gillette Nacets I think are a nice find recently and I may want to buy a huge ton of Nacets and Voskhods for a lifetime stash since they are affordable. It's really about the quest for finding the "better" blade that is different but probably more expensive in bulk. I really like the feeling of the Israeli Red Pack Personna and they are different. They are smoother that both of those blades but in my experience the Red Personna blade is that much sharper than the edge on Voshkods/GilletteNacet. I'm more likely to be cut with the Red Personna, especially on the neck.

I will look for some Light Bridges to try sometime in the future. I think later this year I will get in the tests of using the 2 variations of the Pol Silver blades I have and will try the cork method. Will post again soon my friends and happy shaving.

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 03-25-2020, 06:27 AM
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  • Niro884
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I've tried a Personna Med Prep blade in the BBS-1, expecting a great experience; not so much.  Not sure if it was just a bad blade or not but it was horribly rough.  I've used the BBS-1 several times and never had this happen.  The only blades I have had success with in the BBS-1 is the Feather and to a slightly lesser extent, the Wizamet Super Iridium. The feather seems tailor made for the BBS-1.  I will have to try nacet and Gillette Yellows next.

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 03-25-2020, 02:08 PM
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  • DanLaw
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Nacets are not a good combo for the BBS1 although they are great in WR1s  Go Timor, you'll never look back

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 03-25-2020, 03:54 PM
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(03-25-2020, 02:08 PM)DanLaw Wrote: Nacets are not a good combo for the BBS1 although they are great in WR1s  Go Timor, you'll never look back

I will give them a try

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 03-25-2020, 05:40 PM
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Dan has been awesome in this thread for me and I would agree with his suggestion that the Timors are pretty nice. I'll probably shave with a Timor tomorrow. DanLaw knows what he is talking about but I will say the Gillette Facets have been the smoother more affordable blade I have found to love in the BBS-1 so give them a shot. I'm sure he won't hate you if you tell him the Nacet worked for you Wink

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 03-27-2020, 07:29 AM
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  • DanLaw
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Of course, people have varying experiences with all shave equipment. No prejudice against Nacets though; been using them as the primary blade in the various H&S passarounds to great effect. Hell,they even work pretty damn good in WR1s 0,54 thru 0,67 (albeit not as well as the Timors there). Anyway, really like Nacets generally is the bottom line; have found though they are pretty much a 3-4 3 pass shave blade, after which they get tuggy.

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 03-27-2020, 02:54 PM
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DanLaw, again, you've shocked me with this Timor suggestion months ago. It wasn't on my radar then but it so far 4 shaves in, has yielded really really nice results. I will stick this blade for a bit more testing. I have been corking it to see if that helps keep the edge clean in between the week or so until my next use. We shall see how many shaves I can get from one blade. Normally, I prefer to just ditch blades after 1 use but the Timor has proved me wrong in thinking the best shave is with the first use. The shave yesterday was with a Timor on it's 3rd use and the face was so smooth and comfortable. My face was very happy and hoping to have a better idea if this could remain a top choice blade. Maybe it will continue going that direction but once again, thank you for your recommendation. The Gillette Facets are hanging sideline for a bit if that makes you happy Wink cheers

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 03-28-2020, 01:53 PM
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  • DanLaw
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You are in the peak zone from my experience. It slowly starts tapering off performancewise after 5 shaves but is acceptable for 7 uses in my experience. Migrate the blade thru different gap WR1s. First 1-3 shaves 0,54: 4-5 0,61:6-7 0,67.

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