Poll: Do you prefer wider razor heads that encapsulate the short ends of the blades so that they don't protrude out both sides of the head?
Yes, it just looks better.
Yes, it protects my finger during blade changes. Yes, all of the above. No, I don't like the way it looks. No, I don't like the added bulk of the head in this design. No, all of the above.
Note: This is a public poll, other users will be able to see what you voted for.
 11-24-2012, 09:25 AM
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Do you have a preference with respect to head designs where the blade is exposed on either side of the head?

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 11-24-2012, 09:47 AM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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easier to change blades and prevents blade from falling out of razor when removing headLightbulb

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 11-24-2012, 09:50 AM
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  • Tonality
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  • Boston
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This is a hard question. I find having full blade coverage more of a bonus feature than something critical. It's nice when the razor has it, but I don't see, but so many of the razors I use don't cover the ends of the blade, I don't really mind.

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 11-24-2012, 10:44 AM
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But, what is the design main reason to expose the blade sides? Anybody know? Or maybe anybody think they know it? I do not know it, certainly.

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 11-24-2012, 11:04 AM
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  • OldDog23
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both ways have their advantages and disadvantages. why are the ends there at all ?
it gives us a "tab" to handle the blade with. if it's covered, can't inadvertently scrape anything.
when it's not covered, it's slightly easier to handle the blade. placing a blade from a dispenser into a TTO is one thing.
unwrapping a blade from a piece of paper and handling it, is another.

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 11-24-2012, 11:05 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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How many times have you cut part of your nose from that darn blade tab hanging out? One of the main reasons I don't use a DE.

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 11-24-2012, 11:06 AM
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I like the look of the covered ends, such as the Feather SS razor, but also think it is bit flawed.

If he covering is overlapped with the blade, giving a few mm on each side that is not actually shaving. So when you make a pass, it removes lather in those areas, but no whiskers.

If it came to the edge of the blade, no extra, no less, it would be perfect.

I have both designs, use 2pc and 3pc and TTO razors and never found changing the blade was any harder or easier with the extra coverage on my Feather.

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 11-24-2012, 11:15 AM
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  • beartrap
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  • Southern California
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(11-24-2012, 11:05 AM)Johnny Wrote: How many times have you cut part of your nose from that darn blade tab hanging out? One of the main reasons I don't use a DE.

I did, many times... Not anymore, I know it's there now, got used to it, I guess Biggrin

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 11-24-2012, 12:15 PM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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It doesn't matter to me as exposed blade end caps were never a problem for me.

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 11-24-2012, 01:49 PM
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(11-24-2012, 10:44 AM)Dr Dulcamara Wrote: But, what is the design main reason to expose the blade sides? Anybody know? Or maybe anybody think they know it? I do not know it, certainly.

My guess is it so that the cutting edges of the blade extend the entire length of the razor so that one knows exactly where the blade is cutting all the time.

That, and it reduces the overall bulk of the head which may afford better maneuverability.

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 11-24-2012, 02:35 PM
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Having the tabs accessible allows you to make sure the blade is aligned correctly. The tolerances for a lot of the razors I've used, both modern and vintage, aren't that tight.

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 11-24-2012, 03:04 PM
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(11-24-2012, 02:35 PM)Yellow Jim Wrote: Having the tabs accessible allows you to make sure the blade is aligned correctly. The tolerances for a lot of the razors I've used, both modern and vintage, aren't that tight.

True enough - I just noticed that today for the first time with my Aristocrat - that the blade was protruding more from one end than the other.

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 11-24-2012, 03:10 PM
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I never used one with closed ends, but I don't think I'd care for the added bulk. So never having used one I don't think I can have a meaningful opinion. (an uninformed opinion is meaningless)

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 11-24-2012, 04:44 PM
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  • ajc347
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  • Exeter, UK
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It doesn't make a difference to me either way.

I've not voted because I can't see a Not Fussed option.

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 11-24-2012, 05:31 PM
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  • MikekiM
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  • Long Island, NY
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I have and use both styles.

I don't find any issues with the covered tab style shaving any less whiskers because of the blade ends being covered, nor have I ever cut my nose with the exposed tabs..

However I have cut my fingers on the tab ends during blade changes.

So I find the covered ends more comfortable during blade changes, but that's about it.

From a perspective of aesthetics, my initial impression was that the visual balance of the covered tabs was a little off with the head being just a few mm wider. But since I now use the OSS head on longer narrower handles, the looks are fine, different, but equally appealing.

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 11-24-2012, 09:40 PM
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(11-24-2012, 11:05 AM)Johnny Wrote: How many times have you cut part of your nose from that darn blade tab hanging out?

+1

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 11-25-2012, 01:06 AM
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  • DEW
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(11-24-2012, 10:44 AM)Dr Dulcamara Wrote: But, what is the design main reason to expose the blade sides? Anybody know? Or maybe anybody think they know it? I do not know it, certainly.

Not for sure but probably MONEY, more material to make the razor means more money. Ever hear the phrase "Cash is King" ?

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