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rogimoto
03-22-2009, 12:26 AM
Actually I don't get it, and I'm hoping for some guidance.

I just used a DE, not for the first time in a long time, but for the first time in my life. My head is still atop my shoulders.

I noticed that on the blade (Merkur Super Platinum) the two edges were marked I and II. Is this so I can use up one side before using the other? Or perhaps to rotate each day? I never had much challenge concerning which side was which before. If I rotate my M3 180 degrees, I can tell after I shave that something was wrong. :lol:

All seriousness aside, I really am curious about the markings and about what, if anything, people do to keep track of which edge they are using.

blackfoot
03-22-2009, 12:29 AM
I thought I heard this was done to make people ask questions. I can'timagine why it would make any other difference. BWTFDIK!

Windwalker
03-22-2009, 12:38 AM
I thought I heard this was done to make people ask questions. I can'timagine why it would make any other difference. BWTFDIK!

ROFLMAO! Hadn't seen that one yet! Me likey :biggrin:

Shane
03-22-2009, 12:40 AM
The markings mean nothing. Enjoy your shave.

Dubbya
03-22-2009, 12:43 AM
The markings mean nothing. Enjoy your shave.

They do mean something. They just mean nothing to us.:biggrin: They are part of the QC process.

AsylumGuido
03-22-2009, 07:18 AM
Actually I don't get it, and I'm hoping for some guidance.

I just used a DE, not for the first time in a long time, but for the first time in my life. My head is still atop my shoulders.

I noticed that on the blade (Merkur Super Platinum) the two edges were marked I and II. Is this so I can use up one side before using the other? Or perhaps to rotate each day? I never had much challenge concerning which side was which before. If I rotate my M3 180 degrees, I can tell after I shave that something was wrong. :lol:

All seriousness aside, I really am curious about the markings and about what, if anything, people do to keep track of which edge they are using.

I always use both sides when I shave. There is no need to remember which side. I make a pass, turn it around, make another pass on that side, then rinse, and repeat. I end up using different sides equally during a shave and always using a clean edge.

Ru4scuba?
03-22-2009, 07:29 AM
LOL!

Hope Albuquerque treats you well my friend! I loved it there.

shaved_*****
03-22-2009, 10:10 AM
the DE has two edges because 2 has more value than 1. In the early days Gillette was trying to compete with the SE blades, and they were charging people nearly $2(in today's money) per blade! Two edges were just thought to be more economical. You will see in their old ads: "12 Blades, 24 cutting edges, for $1". I doubt highly that the two edges (verses 1) were motivated by an advanced shaving technique.

rogimoto
03-22-2009, 01:30 PM
I always use both sides when I shave. There is no need to remember which side. I make a pass, turn it around, make another pass on that side, then rinse, and repeat. I end up using different sides equally during a shave and always using a clean edge.

Thanks. I think you have gotten to what I was trying to ask.

Bertilak
03-22-2009, 02:02 PM
I always use both sides when I shave. There is no need to remember which side. I make a pass, turn it around, make another pass on that side, then rinse, and repeat. I end up using different sides equally during a shave and always using a clean edge.

+1 on that.

One more thing for the OP. Merkur is known for their razors and for their blades. Unfortunately they are only known in a positive sense for their razors. Toss the Merkur blades and get a blade sampler pack. There are several about but I think West Coast Shaving originated the idea so try one of theirs.

Seamaster
03-22-2009, 02:53 PM
They do mean something. They just mean nothing to us.:biggrin: They are part of the QC process.

Merkur blades undergo a QC process? WHO KNEW?! :lol:

rogimoto
03-22-2009, 05:25 PM
+1 on that.

One more thing for the OP. Merkur is known for their razors and for their blades. Unfortunately they are only known in a positive sense for their razors. Toss the Merkur blades and get a blade sampler pack. There are several about but I think West Coast Shaving originated the idea so try one of theirs.

Actually I am just starting a sample pack from WCS. Merkur is one of 5 blade varieties in the pack. Maybe by the time those are gone, I'll have developed my technique to the point that I can tell the difference. Right now I'm simply in awe of how a DE slides over the skin, compared to my M3.

Bertilak
03-22-2009, 06:08 PM
Actually I am just starting a sample pack from WCS. Merkur is one of 5 blade varieties in the pack. Maybe by the time those are gone, I'll have developed my technique to the point that I can tell the difference. Right now I'm simply in awe of how a DE slides over the skin, compared to my M3.

Ah, OK -- you're on the right track. Usually new guys that have a Merkur razor start with the sample blade that came with it, a Merkur of course!

I still say you should switch to something else (perhaps a Derby) before finishing up the Merkurs.

SRock
03-22-2009, 06:39 PM
the markings mean nothing. Enjoy your shave.

+1

rabidpotatochip
03-22-2009, 06:43 PM
Those numbers on the blades are the crop circles of the DE shaving world.

rogimoto
03-22-2009, 07:05 PM
Those numbers on the blades are the crop circles of the DE shaving world.

Should I conclude that this topic has cropped up before?

rabidpotatochip
03-22-2009, 07:10 PM
Should I conclude that this topic has cropped up before?

It sprouts like weeds. :biggrin:

StillShaving
03-22-2009, 08:17 PM
...Or perhaps to rotate each day?...
I actually tried doing this a few times, but found it impossible to keep track of. I believe one would need a special razor that only exposed one side or take drastic action like duct taping the other side closed. I thought this might be a good way to shave with a fresh blade every time while using half the number of blades. But it isn't practical.

rogimoto
03-22-2009, 08:24 PM
Ah, OK -- you're on the right track. Usually new guys that have a Merkur razor start with the sample blade that came with it, a Merkur of course!

I still say you should switch to something else (perhaps a Derby) before finishing up the Merkurs.

Bob,
Thanks for taking an interest. I'm starting out DE shaving with a Gillette slim adjustable. I know its recommended to start with the Merkur, but RAD came early for me, when I saw the slim along with a gold, long black handle, slim adjustable on ebay.

I have seen various comments around and about B&B, concerning the virtues of the Derby. I am anxious to try them, they were #2 in line in my intended trial. As blades go, the Merkurs are kinda pricey.

I still don't know what I will like or dislike about a certain blade, but perhaps I will when I finish the sample pack.

Audiolab
03-22-2009, 09:15 PM
I got a pack of Merkurs in a sample pacl I ordered and own two Merkurs that were purchased for me as a gift, both of which came with a free pack of Merkur blades.

I started out with the Merkurs and thought they were good till the sample pack arrived, I then thought they were rubbish comparing to a Derby or Astra so did not use any for a year. I recently went back and tried a Merkur blade and now find that they are OK....just OK not great. They are expensive for what seems to be a mediocre blade and don't think I will purchase any. Nice to try for free

Dubbya
03-22-2009, 09:26 PM
Merkur blades undergo a QC process? WHO KNEW?! :lol:

I never said it was good QC, just a process.:lol: