Blackland Brotherhood (BB)

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  1. Troy M

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    I know that two shaves is too soon to make a real judgement about my BB but my first face shave was amazing! Shane, did you secretly map my face and observe my shaving habits? This thing seems to be custom made for me! 2 passes and I have a BB-BBS shave! Even on my neck and I never have a completely smooth neck.
     
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  2. Troy M

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    Sorry, I see now that I was a little squeely like a teenage girl. (cough) (grunt) (spatooey) Decent razor. (grunt);)
     
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  3. Boojum1

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    I may have missed it. What blade did you use Troy?
     
  4. Troy M

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    Sorry, got a little overwhelmed by the shave. Persona Blue that was included with the razor. 2nd use.
     
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  5. PLANofMAN

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    I'm going to have to revisit those blades.
     
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  6. Jbrew

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    Love the vintage old spice bottles. If I wasn't a student I would pick one of these razors up. Such is life. I will have to wait.
     
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  7. Jbrew

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    I just looked up how much it would cost to pick up that Ralph Lauren set.... yikes. It's freaking gorgeous though.
     
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  8. PLANofMAN

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    Oh, the brush can be picked up from time to time for about $20. It's a bit harder to find the other pieces, but it's doable. Took me a few years. The biggest difficulty is that it's vintage. Hasn't been made since 1998, and I doubt it was a big seller even then.

    It is lovely though. Exudes luxury like no other brush and mug set...except maybe for some of @Darkbulb's silver shave mug sets.
     
  9. Darkbulb

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    Well thanks - and it seems like I will be able to pair those silver mugs with my $20 RL brush come Monday :)
     
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  10. Jbrew

    Jbrew Well-Known Member

    So many products so little money!
     
  11. Colonel_K

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    If anyone has a s RL shaving brush available, I'll happily take it off your hands...
     
  12. Troy M

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    I've heard that one factor in extending blade life is to have a shallow angle. I wonder if the BB will contribute to that? Any thoughts?
     
  13. Papa Roy

    Papa Roy Active Member

    Just a question? Am I a member? Haven't used anything else since II got mine. Love it and my Mongoose! Best 2 razors Ihave!
     
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  14. Troy M

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    Face shave #2 today and the angle of attack was even more instinctive when shaving from ear to neck. Not quite as much from neck up. I may just use 2 passes from top to bottom and see what happens. Didn't even do any touch up today and everything is close to BBS.
     
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  15. ShaneS

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    Never heard that one. What's the reasoning behind that?
     
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  16. PLANofMAN

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    Later today, I'm going to do an in-depth review of the Blackbird. I will explain the phenomenon of why people keep saying, "It shaves differently, and I don't know why."

    I do know why, and I know why some folks are having trouble with this razor. I'll explain both reasons, and include pictures. I'm also going to explain why this is really not a razor for people just learning to wet shave. This is a razor that will show you exactly how good a shaver you really are.

    Stay tuned.
    Added you to the list.
    You won't be getting mine. :)
    Possibly...and I do have thoughts on that subject. I'll save them for the review.
     
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  17. jakie55

    jakie55 Well-Known Member

    I will be needing to update my avatar picture, as the Blackbird has arrived, and I completed my first shave with said implement! Having shaved for the last four months with either my schick Krona, or my 70s vintage superspeed, and before that, my 50s Canadian Tech, I must say that this beauty is HEAVY.... good heavy, mind you. The enclosed Personna blues seemed to work very well, but I will be trying the Astra SP (my favorite to date blade). Given the handle length I have been using, I used the shorter of the two. As for the shave, I found the shave to be much closer than I have had with the aforementioned razors, but not unexpected. I got a slight nick on my upper cheek, due to user carelessness, but the rest of the shave was DFS to BBS, with a WTG, and XTG pass. Further shaves with the BB are absolutely going to happen this week. This is my first "expensive" razor purchase, and I am VERY HAPPY with it. ( PS, I got the KS two handle, stand, and soap deal.... )
     
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  18. jakie55

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    PS, please include me in the club...
     
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  19. PLANofMAN

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    ...and you are on the list. :)
     
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  20. Troy M

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    I think it is because a shallow angle is more efficient and thus the blade is doing more of what it is capable of - shearing the whisker off, rather than scrapping it off with a steeper angle. So...if a blade lasts 3 shaves longer with a Blackbird and at the current depreciated cost of razor blades, the cost savings in blades alone will allow me to pay back the cost of the razor in around 345 years. Bonus!!;)
     
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