View Full Version : How did John from Westcoastshaving develop the list of the order of blades to try?
Or what I really mean is, how are these blades (listed in the FAQ on westcoastshaving.com) different to a beginner? I know that Feathers are very sharp, so it would make sense that they are last, so does that mean that the list basically just goes in the order of increasing sharpness? Or are there other reasons for trying the blades in that order?
In general, this order is considered to be the most forgiving first to the least forgiving last. Example, you'll probably be able to get away with a sloppier technique with a Dorco or Derby as opposed to a Feather.
Of course, this is a YMMV thing. You will probably find a blade (or two) that no matter what you do you get a crappy shave. Or you might find that the Feather, considered to be the sharpest and least forgiving, works the best for you, even as a beginner. Keep in mind too that blades can act very different in different razors. If a blade doesn't work for you keep it around and try it again in a couple of months, a change in your technique or a different razor may make the blade "work for you".
Eventually, you'll probably get into a groove and you'll be able to get good shaves from any blade, but some blades will consistently stand out and those will be "your blades".
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