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    Default Best blade for chopping down a forest

    Because of my neck I can only shave once every four or five days, by then the rest of my face is a full grown forest. I have a sampler pack and have been through most of them but the pack I bought seems to be all the low end blades. Derby, 7 a.m etc. I have tried to shave twice with the same blade but found I need a fresh new blade everytime. Which is no problem for me as I had to do the same with M3 cartridges.$$$$

    So, what would be your blade of choice to mow down a forest while still providing a smooth shave?

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    I can personally say that Personna Lab Blues do a great job on my 3-4 day growth.

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    I would go with Gillette 7 o'clock either Blue or Black. Sharp and smooth. The Yellows are good but it sounds like your skin may be too easily irritated for the Yellows. The Blues and Blacks are excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddyboy View Post
    I would go with Gillette 7 o'clock either Blue or Black. Sharp and smooth. The Yellows are good but it sounds like your skin may be too easily irritated for the Yellows. The Blues and Blacks are excellent.
    right on.. I second the rec for Personna Lab's.. very nice. If I were you I'd check the Yellows out too since they cut like lazers.. just use zero pressure or your face will be melty looking like plastic due to burn(but smooth). I had trouble getting the blacks to last me but they're very smooth and sharp.. unfortunately haven't tried the 7oclock blues.
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    Might I suggest investing in a slant razor? They excel at, er, old growth forest.

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    You sound like the perfect candidate for a singe edge razor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierTrooper View Post
    You sound like the perfect candidate for a singe edge razor.
    Maybe the much-heralded open-comb single-edge red-tipped adjustable slant?

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    Isn't that the one that comes with a free lifetime supply of witch hazel, alum and styptic pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by insomniac View Post
    Maybe the much-heralded open-comb single-edge red-tipped adjustable slant?
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    I think it's more the shaver then the blade. When you find a razor/blade combo that works it should be good for one days growth or one weeks growth. I do usually reach for the slant on those occasions but today I had 6 days growth and I did one pass with a gem bullet tip and I was DFS. I happen to have coarse and curly facial hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by insomniac View Post
    Might I suggest investing in a slant razor? They excel at, er, old growth forest.
    +1 on the slant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by insomniac View Post
    Might I suggest investing in a slant razor? They excel at, er, old growth forest.
    Added to wish list. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierTrooper View Post
    You sound like the perfect candidate for a singe edge razor.
    Just spit it out and say I need a cut throat. lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Teddyboy View Post
    I would go with Gillette 7 o'clock either Blue or Black. Sharp and smooth. The Yellows are good but it sounds like your skin may be too easily irritated for the Yellows. The Blues and Blacks are excellent.
    What do you think of the greens?

    Quote Originally Posted by insomniac View Post
    Maybe the much-heralded open-comb single-edge red-tipped adjustable slant?
    Where would one find such a beast?

    Thanks for all the tips guys. Looks like I need to buy more stuff. lol

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    HT is on the right track. Here's what I accomplished on several day's worth of growth with Gem 1912 + stainless Gem blade. First pass, no touch ups in the after pic (as you can see I had trouble getting the under-chin, but this was my first ever shave with a SE razor)

    It did however clog and need to be freed of hair half way through.
    Last edited by mos6502; 01-14-2012 at 06:20 AM.

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    Whenever I have a shrubbery that needs clearing (and I've been through phases where I've only shaved around once a month), I use an open comb DE, and one of my regular blades - Feather, 7 o'clock yellow, Astra SP, Personna Med Prep.

    (I can't comment on an SE as I've never tried one - but the more I read about them, the more I feel I'll end up with one before 2012 draws to a close )

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    Open comb and a Gillette 7 O'clock Yellow. Gillette New Long Comb is what I have. That should get through a few days growth quickly, and I find the 7 O'clock Yellow to be much sharper and tougher on stubble than the Lab Blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiss Rasierer View Post
    So, what would be your blade of choice to mow down a forest while still providing a smooth shave?
    Hmmmmm. For blade, I'd suggest a Bolzano or Souplex.

    I can't help but wonder what's going so wrong on your neck, though. Shaving only once every 4-5 days makes me curious about prep and lather. Are you using brush-built lather?

    I don't have very curly facial hair, though, and I do know that folks who do make a complaint similar to yours... that they need to rest their face & neck for at least a few days owing to ingrowns or bumps.

    If I was to make a suggestion for an alternate razor, I'd echo the suggestion for an open-comb. If you can find a Fasan open-comb slant (many in bakelite or plastic, but there are metal ones), that might be a good option. Short of that, I suggest a long-comb New or maybe something with an old-type head. The old type is excellent for big growth, but it does require attention to technique. That's why I suggest the long-comb New -- it can present a very intuitive, mild shave, and yet do a great job at mowing down the forest.

    I hope it helps,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester View Post
    Hmmmmm. For blade, I'd suggest a Bolzano or Souplex.

    I can't help but wonder what's going so wrong on your neck, though. Shaving only once every 4-5 days makes me curious about prep and lather. Are you using brush-built lather?

    I don't have very curly facial hair, though, and I do know that folks who do make a complaint similar to yours... that they need to rest their face & neck for at least a few days owing to ingrowns or bumps.

    If I was to make a suggestion for an alternate razor, I'd echo the suggestion for an open-comb. If you can find a Fasan open-comb slant (many in bakelite or plastic, but there are metal ones), that might be a good option. Short of that, I suggest a long-comb New or maybe something with an old-type head. The old type is excellent for big growth, but it does require attention to technique. That's why I suggest the long-comb New -- it can present a very intuitive, mild shave, and yet do a great job at mowing down the forest.


    I hope it helps,
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    The problem I have is on both sides of my neck the hair grows in the same pattern as a tropical storm. So no matter what direction I shave in its essentially XTG. The eye of the storm is the worst. Then I need 4 or 5 days before all the bumps and ingrown hairs come out. Once they are out I can shave again. Totally sucks.

    I am thinking of trying a straight razor to see if that helps. Maybe I'll try a slant first. The never ending search continues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiss Rasierer View Post


    Just spit it out and say I need a cut throat.
    No, I suggested a single edge; the kind made by Gem, Star, Ever-Ready or an injector made by Schick, Personna or PAL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierTrooper View Post
    No, I suggested a single edge; the kind made by Gem, Star, Ever-Ready or an injector made by Schick, Personna or PAL.
    But I really wanted you to suggest a cut throat..... Some of them are absolutely beautiful works of art, I just need someone to ever so slightly twist my arm to get me to try them. lol

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    I recommend the Personna Lab of Medical. My skin is too sensitive and needs a 4 or 5 day rest, too. Both of these blades work great for me. I can't tell there's a difference. The shave is great no matter how thick. I use a Merkur razor which doesn't get clogged with gobs of hair. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierTrooper View Post
    Isn't that the one that comes with a free lifetime supply of witch hazel, alum and styptic pencils?
    They were going to include a lifetime's worth of lilac vegetal as well, but since a week of the Veg will kill anyone they decided not to bother.

    Oh, and: Personna med prep or lab blades.

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