09-30-2012, 08:26 AM
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Are there any advantages to a razor holding the blade flat ( i.e. Tradere,Pils ) as opposed to the "traditional" style of curved or bent?Huh

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 09-30-2012, 10:23 AM
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I won't say advantages, more like different characteristics. A blade that is bent more is under more stress & should therefore exhibit characteristics of a stiffer blade. The flatter presentation will then be the opposite & be more flexible.

For me this translates into the following:
Stiffer blade = Smoother shave
Less stiff blade = Rougher shave

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 09-30-2012, 10:34 AM
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  • Triad
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I think it changes the angle you need to use the razor at

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 09-30-2012, 02:58 PM
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I greatly prefer a curved blade for rigidity and a more natural shaving angle.I believe stellar DE examples to be the pre 1921 Gillete OLD and Single Rings that featured a baseplate and cap that were both curved.

Gillette had it right from the start...

My thinking is that the manufacturing costs of the curved baseplate are greater than that of the "NEW"

Call it "progress" or "profit margin", take your pick.

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 09-30-2012, 05:58 PM
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  • Shanman
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I find razors with too much curve have a very small sweet spot that are hard to consistently keep there.

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 09-30-2012, 07:50 PM
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(09-30-2012, 10:34 AM)Triad Wrote: I think it changes the angle you need to use the razor at

+1 The all work well, but you just need different angles with them.

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 09-30-2012, 08:15 PM
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(09-30-2012, 07:50 PM)celestino Wrote:
(09-30-2012, 10:34 AM)Triad Wrote: I think it changes the angle you need to use the razor at

+1 The all work well, but you just need different angles with them.

I don't think it's as simple as that. While it may not be noticeable to most, when under extremes these different orientations exhibit very different properties that is more complex than a mere angle change.

They work so differently for me that I won't use a DE razor anymore that doesn't torque the blade in multiple planes.

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 09-30-2012, 11:40 PM
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(09-30-2012, 08:15 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(09-30-2012, 07:50 PM)celestino Wrote:
(09-30-2012, 10:34 AM)Triad Wrote: I think it changes the angle you need to use the razor at

+1 The all work well, but you just need different angles with them.

I don't think it's as simple as that. While it may not be noticeable to most, when under extremes these different orientations exhibit very different properties that is more complex than a mere angle change.

They work so differently for me that I won't use a DE razor anymore that doesn't torque the blade in multiple planes.

And thus the reason I prefer SE razors...nice stiff blades out of the box...no torquing required.

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 10-01-2012, 04:14 AM
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  • Johan
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As already said i believe a curved blade becomes more rigid and that means more comfort when shaving. But every razor i have bends the blade so i cant really compare.

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 10-01-2012, 04:21 AM
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(09-30-2012, 11:40 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: And thus the reason I prefer SE razors...nice stiff blades out of the box...no torquing required.

You & me both! Biggrin

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 10-02-2012, 08:51 AM
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  • Samjax
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I believe the curved heads tend to shave better overall (speaking specifically to DEs). They are also considerably more expensive to manufacture according the the late Cooncat Bob of BRW.

Getting the "right" angle on a Gillette is about as tough as falling out of a tree btw...pretty easy to do; as millions upon millions of uses have discovered.

In regards to SEs, I have a few of those as well...Gem Damaskeene OC, OCMM, Lather Catchers, etc... They all shave fine, but your overall blade choices (of good blades) is somewhat limited.

The Cobra Classic shaves better than all of the above - primarily due to its use of the Feather Pro Artist Club blades...the downside is, if you don't like the Cobra, you have to go with the straight razor designs (DX, RG, SS). The blade selection is even worse than the SEs...the upside is, the Artist Club Feathers pretty much blow away any blade out there...at least in my opinion and experience. YMMV as always.

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 10-02-2012, 10:36 AM
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I had included the Tradere in the flat blade category but it actually does bend the blade when the handle is screwed in. I am not sure about the Pils or certain Ikon models.

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