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    Default Blade making a difference in closeness?

    I had worked through a sampler pack of blades from WCS and finally settled on Astra SPs as my daily blade. 2 weeks ago, I loaded a Feather and got a really close shave, better than with the Astra. Did the same thing today. I can't imagine my technique is that much different. Same razor as well- 59' Fat Boy. Anyone else out there notice they get a closer shave with different blades?

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    Absolutely...all blades are not created equal.
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    I get a closer shave with some blades compared with others. But the sharpest blades don't necessarily give me the closest shave.

    I started with Merkur, using about 5 blades. Then I got Astras, which are sharper, and I got a closer shave.

    I recently started sampling other blades. So far, I have sampled Shark and Derby.

    The Shark (stainless) is noticeably less sharp compared with the Astra, but it got me just as close a shave, minus dryness and irritation.

    I just tried a Derby blade today, and I am very pleased. The blade was slightly sharper than the Shark. It was almost as comfortable, and I got the closest shave I've ever had.

    So yes, the blade does make a difference in closeness.

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    omg, yes. There are places on my face, under my chin to be precise, that I can almost never get BBS. Some blades will come close and give me true BBS everywhere else. Some blades will do worse in this tough spot and leave just a little something that you can still feel elsewhere.

    There's no "Official", objective list of blades ranked by sharpness, but I think the blades I get the closest shaves from are generally considered to be sharp, e.g., Iridiums, Perma-Sharps, 7 Yellows. Strangely, I have used 3 or 4 Feathers for a couple of shaves each and have yet to get a shave from them as close as some of these others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwilock View Post
    omg, yes. There are places on my face, under my chin to be precise, that I can almost never get BBS. Some blades will come close and give me true BBS everywhere else. Some blades will do worse in this tough spot and leave just a little something that you can still feel elsewhere.

    There's no "Official", objective list of blades ranked by sharpness, but I think the blades I get the closest shaves from are generally considered to be sharp, e.g., Iridiums, Perma-Sharps, 7 Yellows. Strangely, I have used 3 or 4 Feathers for a couple of shaves each and have yet to get a shave from them as close as some of these others.
    +1 I agree with everything Jim said--Even the "under the chin"-- my problem area too-and Jim thanks for turning me on to the SI's 2 months ago--
    BARRY BBS OR BUST --- STRICTLY A LOSER---BOTOC---MWF-MDC ONLY

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    Closest shave I can get is the first shave from a Feather. Unfortunately, the bloodiest shave I can get is likely to be the second shave from a Feather. If I could afford one blade per day, I'd use Feathers.

    As it is, my regular daily blades are Astra SPs and Personna Lab Blues.
    "All I wanted was a clean shave, not a self-sacrifice." - Bill Cosby

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    yes, I think blade and razor aggresiveness affect closeness.
    but imho, you don't have to use the sharpest blade or the most aggressive razor for the closest shave.

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    Of course. I noticed a big difference with Feathers. And I get 5 smooth saves from any of them, while other guys can't stand the second! It's a YMMV issue.
    Last edited by Useless shaver; 12-21-2011 at 09:53 AM.
    Juan Manuel. TOFLAC-U. Survivor of the 2013 M&F Chief Group Buy.

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    The consensus is that Feathers are the sharpest but there is a balance between sharpness and smoothness. I get good shaves from Wilkinson Sword Classics, Personnas, Astra SP (currently my favorites), Israeli Personnas and Crystals. Derby, not so much.
    It is just soap, hot water and a sharp blade. It isn't rocket science or a Zen ritual.

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    Best balance for me, in terms of closeness, smooth irritaion free shaves are a Medical Prep and a Perma Sharp. I find these blades to have the good balance between sharpness and smoothness.

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