Blades for razors and vice versa

Discussion started by gthomas04, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. gthomas04

    gthomas04 ...was Drubbing's first.

    I recall some knowledgeable person on one of the forums reckoning the blade/razor combination made little real difference to the shave. Having just completed a shave, I must disagree. Close followers of my fascinating posts to these forums will recall my fondness for my Gillette Slim. Needed a new blade so replaced the Indian Wilkinson with a Gillete Blue 7 O'clock. Not the same shave at all. All the prep was the same - used my big badger and Cella, but the shave felt knowhere near as smooth as with the Wilkinson. Not to sure why this should be as theoretically a blade is just a very thin piece of metal with a really sharp edge.

    Anyway that is my subjective views on things - must get anothe Slim so I can compare side by side.

    Merry thingy and a happy whtsisname to you all

  2. hunnymonster

    hunnymonster Member Grand Society 2017 Sabbatical

    For me it's more a case of blades for faces. The same subset of blades appear to work best for me in whatever I put them in... rather than it's razor X, must use blade Y.
  3. gthomas04

    gthomas04 ...was Drubbing's first.

    Probably quite correct - I , probably like many others, find something I like and stick to it, when I really must get into my other razors (a couple of flares and a speed something or other) and start using my collection of blades (not large numerically but certainly in variety) and see what I come up with.

    All part of the wonderful journey.

  4. Drubbing

    Drubbing 110% Smiley-Free

    Agree to some point, but a Feather in a (mild) slim still carved me up, I just never knew about it till I finished up, when it was too frickin late...
  5. gthomas04

    gthomas04 ...was Drubbing's first.

    Got some of those, might be next ones to try - a lot of people seem to have a down on Derbys, but they were my first blade and I quite liked them (maybe ignorance was bliss).
  6. gthomas04

    gthomas04 ...was Drubbing's first.

    Of course there is nothing quite as nerve wracking as the first use of an SE with a new blade. You get the impression that fractions of a millimetre offline will remove most of your face. Not the case of course, just a totally different sensation to any of the DEs I have tried.
  7. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Staff Member Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    I'm a big believer in the blade/razor combo effect. The real revaluation for me was the Eclipse Red Ring. Horrible with an Astra SP my usual go to blade after first trying a Personna Red because that was just what I grabbed. I couldn't 'feel the love' that others expressed for the Eclipse at all.

    In desperation I chucked a Feather in - WOW! It made a huge difference and I still swear that the Feathers have the best results of any blade I've used in the Eclipse (YMMV of course)

    I agree that beard type is likely to play a factor as well and some blades will not work for some people no matter what. My argument if a razor is not working for somebody though is not to give up until you have tried a couple of blades.

    Drubbs, of course, is the exception to the rule :)
  8. Monsta_AU

    Monsta_AU ...can I interest you in some vintage blades? Forum Administrator Grand Society

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    Yes, I have been saying this since the start. Certain blades really shine in combination with a certain handle, and others are just awful.

    Everyone knows that I have been down on Derby since the get-go, but that was in the DE86. When dropping a new Derby into my Slim as part of a Monsta using up all the open blade packs in the bathroom which will take 2 years project, then the shave was remarkably good.

    Strange as I usually find that the Slim brings out the best in almost every blade. I would have thought that the 7OC Blue would have really done a nice job in the Slim also. You may need to go to a higher number.

    Now I want to try the Indian Wilks in the Slim, followed by a Blue (of which I have none - shock horror!)

    You will find that different Slims will do a different job. Over time they get bumped and most are now misaligned at least a little bit.

    I think the issue with the Feathers is that the mildness of a razor gives you false security. Better to throw it in something super-agressive and really take care.

    In the Slim they are good, at least in my experience. Not awesome, not exceptional. Good, acceptable and good value.

    +1 to this madman's post.
  9. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Staff Member Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail 2018 Charity Auction Winner

    Nice to have your support RM!
  10. SmallYetDeadly

    SmallYetDeadly Brotherhood of Fanbois

    The razor and blade combination I definitely believe in.

    Permasharp super - Useless in Krona and Rocket HD. Best blade I have tried when paired with Merkur HD.

    Derby - Quite possibly the best all-rounder out there, It just works to the best of it's capabilities in every razor I've tried it in.

    Feather - Awesome in Krona. Rough shave in my other razors.

    Pretty sure I am stocking up on PSS and Derby from bestshave after Xmas.

    The gillette Yellow is good but I think it's a bit expensive for the 3 shaves I got from it.
  11. gthomas04

    gthomas04 ...was Drubbing's first.

    Second shave with the 7 Oclock and the slim and also the final for this combination. Although the quality of the shave was quite good, it just didn't feel right. I really didn't have the confidence in this combination as I have had in others. Think I will switch the 7 Oclock into the Fatboy and see how I go.


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