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eastrun
02-28-2012, 06:11 PM
What is the advantage of a 8/8 blade? I honed it and it shaves very nicely. But it sure is big!

Wid
02-28-2012, 06:17 PM
I'm not a fan of blades over 6/8. I tried a couple of bigger blades and don't see any advantage at all.

Doc226
02-28-2012, 06:25 PM
You can shave one side of the face without having to rinse off the lather, they look cool.

Seraphim
02-28-2012, 06:37 PM
I find them easier to maintain a consistent angle.

And there's also more steel to love!

Earcutter
02-28-2012, 06:43 PM
I agree - they look cool. I understand that larger blades "feel" sharper for a longer time as well... I wouldn't know. I am loving 4/8's these days. But yeah they look cool and they can double as a meat cleaver to boot lol!

cb91710
02-28-2012, 06:45 PM
Yup... I love my big blades.
Got a Dovo 6/8, Seraphim Gold Dollar that is at least 6/8, maybe a bit bigger, and my favorite is my Wacker 15/16.

Earcutter
02-28-2012, 06:45 PM
Hey - welcome to B&B! Good to have you here. Not many 3 posters who state I got a 8/8 that i just honed lol, so I didn't notice.

GreekGuy
02-28-2012, 06:49 PM
There is no advantage to an 8/8 per se.

Some guys like the weight and feel of a heftier blade. All things being equal, an 8/8 is heavier than a 5/8 or 6/8.

Smaller blades tend to be a little more nimble.

All things being equal, larger blades from certain vintage makers tend to be more desirable and cost significantly more than smaller sizes from the same maker

Kentos
02-28-2012, 07:41 PM
Size matters! Sometimes. :Lol:

johnmrson
02-28-2012, 07:45 PM
It's just personal preference. I've got blades that range from 3/8 to 10/8 and in the end, they all do the same job.

dakotaev
02-28-2012, 07:46 PM
I prefer mostly 5/8 - 6/8 blades, but there are just some days I love using a giant 8/8.

Earcutter
02-28-2012, 08:10 PM
There is no advantage to an 8/8 per se.

Some guys like the weight and feel of a heftier blade. All things being equal, an 8/8 is heavier than a 5/8 or 6/8.

Smaller blades tend to be a little more nimble.

All things being equal, larger blades from certain vintage makers tend to be more desirable and cost significantly more than smaller sizes from the same maker

That's no joke!

tomjr
02-28-2012, 08:13 PM
nothing over a 6/8 to shave with 4 me, but i have several over just because.

paco664
02-28-2012, 08:58 PM
i am fascinated by the larger blades.... all that i make/made are at least 8/8ths or larger ... including a 12/8ths chopper...

the smallest razor i use is my 11/16ths wolsty pipe razor...

well... thats not quite true i also have/use a KAI/feather type kamisori that i use with feather blades..... wicked sharp but only ~5/8ths.....

bytor
02-28-2012, 09:29 PM
You can shave one side of the face without having to rinse off the lather, they look cool.

Exactly.

life2short1971
02-28-2012, 10:27 PM
I love the 8/8 and thats mostly what I have anymore. They don't slow down for much and lather buildup on the blade is never a problem. I just like the added weight but then again I like big cars and trucks too.

hig789
02-28-2012, 10:59 PM
I can't wait to get my 8/8 W&B back so I can use it for the first time. 6/8's is the biggest I have used to date. I am also honing my 8/8 Emeraude right now so I can't state an opinion on the size; but I look forward to trying them.

FiveOhNine
02-28-2012, 11:04 PM
I have a hard(er) time with anything under 6/8, but I've found my sweet spot is 6/8-8/8 +/- a hair on both sides.

Brent
02-29-2012, 09:08 AM
I have a hard(er) time with anything under 6/8, but I've found my sweet spot is 6/8-8/8 +/- a hair on both sides.

Me too. I used to love my 5/8ths but once I got into the larger blades it just seems to work for me much better and I get better shaves.

Brent
02-29-2012, 09:13 AM
i am fascinated by the larger blades.... all that i make/made are at least 8/8ths or larger ... including a 12/8ths chopper...

the smallest razor i use is my 11/16ths wolsty pipe razor...

well... thats not quite true i also have/use a KAI/feather type kamisori that i use with feather blades..... wicked sharp but only ~5/8ths.....

Do you put any of these in the hobbyist forum?

paco664
02-29-2012, 09:28 AM
Do you put any of these in the hobbyist forum?

working on it.....

the kamisori that uses disposables i have 1 of them right now that is boxed.... i have more on order....

so i guess i could sell that one... i am waiting for my week to be up so i can list them in the hobbyist forum.... i can only post a thread once a week there...

MajorBurnz
02-29-2012, 09:29 AM
There's no advantage to an 8/8" blade.

Unless you're using a serious 'Santa Claus' lather, even a 5/8" blade will be able to shave one side of your face without needing to be rinsed more than once - a minor loss of time.

I find 8/8"+ blades to be slightly more cumbersome to use. Most of my blades are 5/8"-11/16" wide, which suits me. They all shave equally well.

Why are the 8/8" blades so popular, and so expensive?

Well, why do people like massive cars, houses, guns, bombs,. etc.? There's a psychological reason for all this, but I'm not going to discuss that here. :lol: :lol:

paco664
02-29-2012, 09:31 AM
in my particular case i have really big hands and the 5/8ths and smaller feel really really really tiny in my paw......

YMMV... :001_tt2:

Jporco
02-29-2012, 01:42 PM
Hmmmm. 8/8. Geez, I can't think of one single advantage.....I can think of about 30, but just one? Nope!
:drool:

honed
02-29-2012, 02:10 PM
Well, why do people like massive cars, houses, guns, bombs,. etc.? There's a psychological reason for all this, but I'm not going to discuss that here. :lol: :lol:
For the record, my daily shaver is a 3/8 :biggrin:

Brent
02-29-2012, 02:15 PM
working on it.....

the kamisori that uses disposables i have 1 of them right now that is boxed.... i have more on order....

so i guess i could sell that one... i am waiting for my week to be up so i can list them in the hobbyist forum.... i can only post a thread once a week there...

Awesome... I'll have to keep my eye out then on the hobbyist section. Thanks for the update. I didn't know you even had any of them on their or I would have definately checked them out.


For the record, my daily shaver is a 3/8 :biggrin:

I thought you only shaved with axes and meat cleavers?

danielghofrani
03-22-2012, 10:37 PM
I just feel that 8/8s are easier to handle, easier to strop, nicer to shave with and better looking.

professorchaos
03-23-2012, 07:28 AM
I really enjoy very hollow ground 8/8s. You get the best of both worlds - plenty of heft and flex.

Woodash
03-23-2012, 11:10 AM
I really enjoy very hollow ground 8/8s. You get the best of both worlds - plenty of heft and flex.
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