Poll: Do you prefer razors with the blade tabs showing or covered?
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 01-07-2013, 10:24 AM
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Gents- it seems like theres a new trend of modern razors hiding the DE blade tabs that would stick out the side on the old razors.

I always thought these tabs / exposure helped 1) get the blade in and out and 2) help the blade tray dry out to prevent stains / rust deposits.

What's the consensus on this? Thanks!

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 01-07-2013, 10:28 AM
  • beartrap
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  • Southern California
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Covered blade removes lather but does not shave in those covered areas. I used to like covered ends starting out, because I used to cut my nostrils all the time with exposed blades ends. All good now Biggrin

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 01-07-2013, 10:48 AM
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Shave wise to me it doesn't matter as I never cut myself. I just like closed end tabs because it looks better. But with covered end tabs the head is slightly longer. Six of one and half dozen of the other.

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 01-07-2013, 11:30 AM
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Don't matter much either way, but I find the two razors I have with covered tabs - ie my Wilkinson Classic and my Racer - are slightly less manoeuvrable around my goatee due to the larger head... so I go with the more classical look.

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 01-07-2013, 11:32 AM
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Exposed for the reasons you stated. Also the length of cutting edge of the razor is closer to the length of the guard bar.

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 01-07-2013, 11:45 AM
  • Howler
  • A calamophile and vintage razor lover
  • Fort Smith AR
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I have never really paid any attention to it one way the other.
I do have one razor where the tabs are more exposed, as Beartrap mention my nostrils sometimes got nicked.

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 01-07-2013, 01:30 PM
  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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I don't really have a preference although I do find the open tabs easy to change blades.

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 01-07-2013, 01:39 PM
  • Triad
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  • Texas
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Not a big deal for me either way

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 01-07-2013, 01:49 PM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I prefer those pesky little tabs be covered.

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 01-07-2013, 02:15 PM
  • greyhawk
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  • Southern California
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I honestly don't care. Really. I evaluate each razor on its own aesthetics...some razors I like have exposed blades and some don't. I've never cut myself with an exposed tab.

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 01-07-2013, 02:30 PM
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(01-07-2013, 01:49 PM)Johnny Wrote: I prefer those pesky little tabs be covered.


I use my the backside of my Edwin Jagger Bulbous Fusion or Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Barley Fusion for my nostrils and ear area anyway, so cover those tabs please Tongue

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 01-07-2013, 03:30 PM
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Covered is my preference.

I remove the blade after each use and leave the pieces separated to dry and reassemble right before my next shave. So rust etc is not an issue.

I always thought the exposed portion was to show/warn that the razor was loaded?

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 01-07-2013, 04:13 PM
  • ajc347
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  • Exeter, UK
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I have no preference either way.

I would have thought that the main reason for producing razors with exposed tabs would be that they would be cheaper as less material would need to be used.

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 01-08-2013, 12:03 AM
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I prefer the tabs to be exposed, it aids in handling the blade for me.

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 01-08-2013, 04:38 AM
  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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Gentlemen, I prefer to have the tabs covered. The Feather does a fine job of that. Removing the blade has never been a problem whether the tabs are exposed or not, but there is something esthetically pleasing about the blade completely tucked away inside the shave head — except for the cutting edges, of course.

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 01-08-2013, 01:21 PM
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For me it does not make any difference I look more to the cutting efficiency of the head. Never (yet) managed to nick my nose with the tabs and. I use mainly vintage razors.

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