11-02-2012, 04:07 PM
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I have tried a number of straights and keep coming back to the wedges. Mine are all vintage and some restored vintage. The appeal for me is the momentum they have when shaving. That added heft / mass of a wedge just mows 'em down. If I tried a 4/8 extra hollow it just would not get the job done (for me).

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 11-02-2012, 04:15 PM
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I like WEDGE Straight Razors and have a couple of them.

The appeal for me is the fact that they are solidly different.

I enjoy the feel, the heft and the weight.

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 11-02-2012, 05:51 PM
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I'm not a fan. I much prefer full hollows. A properly honed full hollow is a joy to shave with.

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 11-02-2012, 06:22 PM
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i also really enjoy the weight of the wedges and the 1/4 ground straights. Even with my limited time using straights, i enjoyed the heft of the blade and it seemed better for me, but what do i know as i still can not get a good shave from any of them. Hee hee.

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 11-02-2012, 08:00 PM
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I tend to love a wedge. Some of my best shaves have been with one. I like how they seem to be so silent,the heft, and they just seem to glide over my face.

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 11-02-2012, 08:01 PM
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Wedge, hollow, quarter, true wedge, I love them all. Biggrin

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 11-02-2012, 08:15 PM
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The best part of shaving with a wedge, of course, is sending it off to be honed by someone else. Biggrin

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 11-02-2012, 08:19 PM
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Biggrin lol. They aren't that hard to hone.

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 11-02-2012, 11:11 PM
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I'm not a fan, I much prefer full hollow, don't care much for that style of razor, all my vintage razors are with the exception of my old Wade & Butcher hollow grinds.

Jamie.

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 11-03-2012, 12:16 AM
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Didn't expect to see so many "not a fans". How interesting.

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 11-03-2012, 03:57 AM
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Well, I still have some in the den (including a lovely matched pair of J. Weiss wedges), and an 8/8" Greaves chopper. I even had a 19/16" almost-wedge blade at one time.

I just found myself gravitating more and more to my 5/8" full hollows, so the wedges are mostly with other people at this time. I still have maybe a half-dozen of them with a few 1/4 hollow blades thrown in.

I'll pull them out occasionally for a shave, but I can't say I want to shave with them.

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 11-03-2012, 05:31 AM
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Not a huge fan, I prefer a full hollow. Although I do have a Brian Brown 1/4 hollow that is a joy to use.

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 11-03-2012, 06:27 AM
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Not a big fan either. They feel like shaving with a kitchen knife. Hollows are also dead bang easy to hone and sing a sweeter tune on the face.

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 11-05-2012, 08:27 PM
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I've been using straights for almost 5 months and prefer the full to extra hollows for ease in honing with lapping film, but am beginning to like the western style Japanese 1/4 hollows. The less hollow and the near wedges the smaller wedges like my Dubl Duck SatinWedge and full size wedges like my Geo. Wostenholm and Frederick Reynolds are smoother shavers for a novice like me, meaning less nicks, but I don't use them often. I tend to use my Schulzes or ERNs or Henckels or especially my larger Bartmann full hollow to extra hollow.

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 12-06-2012, 09:27 PM
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I am very curious to try one, I have a couple of bids out there for this weekend, it may be my debut wedge razor

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 12-07-2012, 11:54 AM
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I just like straight razors, all grinds. From a maintenance stand point I feel that the hollow grounds are easier to take care of. Once you have a wedge dialed in their o.k. to maintain. Wedges usually take me more time to get shave ready. Yes, I like wedges and enjoy them but I'm not going to sell my full hollows or 1/4 or 1/2 hollows. The fulls talk to you while your shaving the wedges are much more quiet, kinda like wiping the whiskers away. I enjoy both sensations.

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 12-07-2012, 06:17 PM
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I agree with the above. I'm using my 1/4 and 1/2 hollows lately and the wedges and get less nicks and easier shave, but I do love those full and extra hollows.

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 12-07-2012, 08:35 PM
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(12-07-2012, 11:54 AM)oscar11 Wrote: I just like straight razors, all grinds. From a maintenance stand point I feel that the hollow grounds are easier to take care of. Once you have a wedge dialed in their o.k. to maintain. Wedges usually take me more time to get shave ready. Yes, I like wedges and enjoy them but I'm not going to sell my full hollows or 1/4 or 1/2 hollows. The fulls talk to you while your shaving the wedges are much more quiet, kinda like wiping the whiskers away. I enjoy both sensations.

They are if you hone them with the spine flat against the stone. Adding tape also takes a little bit of time.

But considering they were designed to be honed with the spine lifted, I suppose it's a small price to pay to add the tape and get a guide.

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 12-07-2012, 09:05 PM
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I've never tried one but, I'd like to one day. I started on full hollows and they work fine for me.

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 12-11-2012, 08:44 PM
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I still need to get a true wedge, but my favorite straight is a 6/8 qtr hollow.

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