What Straight Razor Did You Use Today?

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by lindyhopper66, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Lol, no Hans, I strop. There’s a thread here where I did an edge longevity test using only linen and leather, 153 shaves from a Sub Cero.
     
  2. Billyfergie

    Billyfergie The Scottish Ninja

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    Hae..Hae..Aye its a Chopper..Its VERY Manoeuvrable & Steerable around the Face..Surprisingly Enough..:sport001:

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  3. lottenhem

    lottenhem Well-Known Member

    The difference between that little fellow and me is that I am 193 cm long…. And no Lederhosen!


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  4. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Filarmonica Doble Temple 14
    Brush: Razorock
    Suds: MWF
    Splash: Razorock Blue Fougere
    Early Filarmonica, plain scales, “JMP” on the face... I’m thinking this is my favorite of the bunch. :)
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    Enjoy your shave.
    Tom
     
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  5. Ky K

    Ky K Well-Known Member

    Today’s shave brought to me by my pre tariff 5/8 Wade and Butcher. Turn n Shave M1. Declaration Grooming.[​IMG]


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  6. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Nice gen 1 Filly Tom, people do seem to gravitate to the first generation JMP blades. I’ve always thought that the quality between F14s depended more on the individual razor than the generation, but maybe there were some differences. I certainly have gen 2 razors that shave as well as my gen 1 razors. The only measurable difference that I’ve noted is that the gen 2 Doble Temple’s tangs are a little shorter top to bottom than the gen 1 or the Novodur or Sub Cero.

    Kikuboshi 45, soap was MdC agrumes lathered with a Keyhole 4, and a splash of Myrsol limon finished up a perfect shave. I bought this razor years ago, and nice ones back then were pricy but not excessively so. Recently I saw a NOS one go for an eye-popping price and TBH I never understood why. They’re a nice razor of course, but nothing is really special about them. I like it because of the shorter blade, very maneuverable over the hills and dales so to say.

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  7. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    100% agree. So much depends on the blade we find... and the edge we put on. Ah, the variables - good times! :)
     
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  8. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    This big W&B is always an enjoyable shave - today was another winner :happy036:

    Hot water preparation
    Argan Oil PSO
    Savile Row 3824 Silvertip Badger
    Castle Forbes 1445 Shaving Cream
    Wade & Butcher The Celebrated Hollow Ground 9/8
    Old Spice After Shave

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    Happy shaving - Karl
     
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  9. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    That’s a big beauty Karl! I always enjoy seeing it.
     
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  10. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    :thanks:
     
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  11. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Ribbon 100, soap was vintage Yardley lathered with a Simpsons 57, and the AS was SMN lavanda. Great shave on Saturday morning.

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  12. taskind

    taskind Well-Known Member

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  13. lottenhem

    lottenhem Well-Known Member

    Beautiful razor!


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  14. lottenhem

    lottenhem Well-Known Member

    Saturday afternoon shave, CVH 923F, Military razor that works perfectly.
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  15. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Filarmonica Doble Temple 14
    Brush: Van Chase shift knob
    Suds: Southern Superior Shave “Rue Bourbon”
    Splash: Zingari Man Unscented
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    Enjoy your shave.
    Tom
     
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  16. lottenhem

    lottenhem Well-Known Member

    Another butcher knife!no offence from my side, however I wonder about the big deal about broad razors? What is the benefit against a 4/8-5/8” razor? Personally I think that size only complicate the process? Perhaps I have missed the benefit of a broad razor? I can only relate to my CVH and other Swedish razors.


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  17. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    One thing that I’ve noted, having both wide and narrow razors, is that if that both a wide and narrow razor are full hollow, the narrow razor is stiffer because there’s less width of thin material. Some Filarmonica 14s will have a width of very thin steel that’s likely wider than an entire 4/8 razor. Same with some German razors and the Grelot 14. That makes a difference - you may like it or not like it.

    The first image shows a ~9/16 Klas Tornblöm next to a Filarmonica 14 Novodur. The width of thin steel in the Filarmonica is a lot larger than the KT, and the KT is actually getting an optical ‘boost’ by being closer to the camera lens. The second image maybe better shows the difference, the thin portion of the Novodur almost equals the width of the KT. The KT is stiff even though it’s fairly thinly ground, the Novodur is anything but stiff.

    On heavier grinds, maybe the difference is not as apparent. Personally I don’t like large razors with a heavy grind, they’re just too heavy though many people like that heft. My Filarmonica 14s and CVH No 140 are quite light for razors this size, especially the No 140 because it has a shorter blade. As far as maneuverability goes, I’d rather have a shorter 6/8 than 3” 4/8, I find that the shorter blades better in this respect.

    Some men like large women, others like small ones. There’s no accounting for taste as we say, or c’est la vie as the French say. You won’t have any luck understanding why people like something different than you do. Hans, why don’t you try a wide razor or two and see what you think? Before Billy buys them all, yuk, yuk.

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  18. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    The only way to know is to buy and use one :happy093:

    Seriously, I shave with all sizes and grinds (except wedges) and they all have their charms. I came to larger blades late but find they are far more maneuverable than I’d have ever thought and the extra heft can make the shave really enjoyable with a heavier growth. The 5/8 Wonderedge I used recently was a wonderful shave and memorable. So was the 9/8 W&B I used yesterday. I’m definitely a fan of big blades even though I stayed away from them for a long time. :happy088:

    I’m not joking when I say you have to try it out to know - it’s good to broaden your horizons :eatdrink047:
     
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  19. lottenhem

    lottenhem Well-Known Member

    Thanks Steve, I have to buy one before our Scottish friend have drained the market . Suggestions off good websites would be appreciated.
    Regards
    Hans


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  20. lottenhem

    lottenhem Well-Known Member

    Thanks Karl!
    I certainly will buy one, what scares me is that if I like the broader blades more I have to scrap +50 razors…
    Regards
    Hans


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