Which Blade Gap Would you Choose for your Daily Shaver?

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by johnnyflake, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. johnnyflake

    johnnyflake Well-Known Member

    If you were going to order a new custom razor, from where ever, and you have the opportunity, to select, the exact Blade Gap you wanted, as this razor will be your daily driver, what Blade Gap would you request? Why?

    Personally, I am thinking it would be .88 gap. For a daily driver, I believe a gap of .88 is enough to provide a very close shave, without causing any irritation.
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  2. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    No offense but gap is meaningless without reference to exposure. Fatip has zero gap, Timeless Bronze only .38...

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  3. johnnyflake

    johnnyflake Well-Known Member


    Thanks for the heads-up! I guess that I am really not sure how to ask the question properly. Maybe exposure is the word, rather than gap?
    Would this question, using the word exposure, rather than gap. make sense?
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  4. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Nope they work in concert to establish how aggressive razor feels and contribute much to how efficient the razor is. Generally though it's exposure that creates the aggressive feel but it's difficult to measure, usually all you get is positive, neutral, or negative. If you want to determine what gap is desirable, best start with what type exposure you want. Most boutique razors these days have neutral to slightly positive exposure. The aforementioned Timeless Bronze has unusually positive exposure. The Tatara is an example of a high end razor with negative exposure.

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  5. johnnyflake

    johnnyflake Well-Known Member

    Thanks again, with your knowledgeable response.

    Well, I guess I am at an in-pass. I have no idea how to properly ask my question. Looking at, what they call, an Above the Tie Blade Gap Comparison Chart, for example, it shows that a Merkur HD 34C has a Blade Gap of .71mm, that a Muhle R89 or Edwin Jagger DE89L have a Blade Gap of .76mm. They also show an Above The Tie ATT H1, with a Blade Gap of .91mm. Based on that type of information, I was trying to find out what different people would prefer for a Blade Gap on their daily driver.
  6. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Makes more sense to ask which razor they would prefer I would think. I doubt anyone's preference for a DE89 vs 34C comes down to .05mm difference in blade gap.

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  7. johnnyflake

    johnnyflake Well-Known Member

    That is probably correct!

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  8. Leclec13

    Leclec13 Well-Known Member

    i have discovered that blade gap is not the end all be all in determining shave quality.
    i have read where the Fatip has a .14mm exposure, very low but still is considered aggressive
    there are many other factors that affect of shave outside of blade gap .... exposure , angle. open comb. etc etc...........

    i just asked around for others preference

    merkur HD
    red tip
    R41 .14 gap
    fatip piccolo
    gilette adjustable @8 1.14 gap
    maggard slant
    german r 37 slant

    i own have shaved with all of the above all with aggressive reputations

    the R41, fatip, V3A and slants are famous for being aggressive

    personally the R41, german R37 slant, and fatip piccolo, V3a perform very close and are in the running for closest shave/ most comfortable

    weird thing is gillete old style, single ring, long and short comb leave my face irritated.
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  9. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Probably not what you are looking for but..
    I'd buy one of each of what they offer. IF I had the money to go custom, I'd have a complete set. If they were varible upon order, I'd go mild, middle, full open.
    But its up to you, you know your skin/beard type.
    Good luck!
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  10. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    I think the above the tie r plate to be an excellent choice for a daily driver. I've only used the calypso version in the m and r plates. My advice would be to start in the middle, then choose to go more or less aggressive. If you the above the tie, you can buy the plates alone . So you get either the complete set(for bigger money). Ir choose a handle style and plate/ top cap. Once there, if you want to soup it up, get an h plate, if you decide to go milder get an m plate. If you want to recoup the money's spent, sell the one you don't like.
    But the r plate is middle of the road.
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  11. Shaver X

    Shaver X Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't select a razor based in blade gap, but on multiple reviews of different razors from other wetshavers. Reading about their likes, dislikes, and other comments, I could then determine which models I would like. It is no guarantee that a razor selected this way will give me great shaves, but it is better than just looking at a product listing online or one characteristic. This method has never failed me yet for any shaving products, so it must have some merit.
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  12. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    100% blade gap. Straight Razor. 3/4 Hollow ground, 7/8 inch. Just for starts.
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  13. Leclec13

    Leclec13 Well-Known Member


    straights are my poison of choice

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