View Poll Results: Do you use/like your 4/8?

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  • I like mine and use it regularly

    17 17.53%
  • Itís in the rotation but itís just one of many that are larger

    27 27.84%
  • Bah, donít like em

    21 21.65%
  • Donít know? Never owned one.

    29 29.90%
  • Other

    3 3.09%
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Thread: 4/8's

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    Sure those > than 4/8 razors look & shave great Ė but where is the 4/8 love?

    I have grown kind of fond of my little 4/8. So much so, I just bought another; a Boker Extra Hollow Ground from Jerrod over at TSS.

    What about you guys? Do you like them? Tell me why you do, and post a picture.
    Couldnít care less for them? Tell me why you donít, and post a picture of those you got rid of lol.
    - David

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    I have two 4/8. One is a Simmon's, and the other is just labeled "Wedge". I enjoy using them as much as my 8/8 razors, and everything in between. Here is a picture of my Simmons. Sorry, I don't have any pics of the "Wedge".Click image for larger version. 

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    I've had a few but find it easier to use a larger blade.
    Rick

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    I have a couple and I like them. Nice and nimble

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    I like it and use it, but not regularly. Mine's a Gotta. The enjoyment comes from the razor's agility.

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    I've tried seven and kept four (no longer have a Griffon XX, Union Cutlery Spike and a Case Blue Steel, or pics of them).
    They're light and precise.
    My rotation consists of razors 4/8 to 7/8 and is by whim, so they see occasional use.
    Top to bottom: DePew's Perfect razor, Heljestrand MK 24, Dubl Duck Dwarf, Original Schulze. The Depew doesn't see much use. It's really small.

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    Peter

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    they are great, nimble and very easy to use. when i use my larger blades i keep one handy for under the nose usually a shorty. here's a pic of my boker's baby a favorite at 9/16" it's only 4 &1/8" long closed if memory serves. the smallest factory length razor i own. the cutting edge is 2 &1/4".
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    The baby of my small assembly of alleged NAZI razors:

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    Most razors that size or smaller are pretty blah in dealing with my beard, but that one shaves with surgical precision. It's a real treat.
    VENI, VIDI, TOTONDI!

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    I don't use anything smaller than 5/8's really.
    Blix

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    I have only used mine twice (today and yesterday). So far so good, a little harder to get the angle right though. Will vote when I have more experience.
    "There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line."

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    4/8 is fine, harder to hone easier to use than a 5/8 razor for me. 3/8 is getting small for both use and honing. 5/8 is nice, bigger feels huge to me but I don't own much bigger. I want to try a 2/8 razor.

    Phil

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    I've only the one which is a Dovo best and as rotation would have it, I shaved with it earlier today: and as always, it delivers a grey shave. Squeaky clean : )

    Oops, I'm lying, I've an old unnamed Sheffield that does the business too.
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    the smallest blade i shave with anymore is a 11/16ths..... my regular shavers are all 8/8ths +++

    not fond of tiny razors...
    a nice walk in the woods helps me relax and relieves tension....

    the fact i'm dragging a shovel and a body should be irrelevant...

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    I've only got one little blade. From what I gather it's Solingen and possibly an Ed. Wusthof, stamped Alexadrie. It's a lovely shaver though it took me a while to get used to stropping it, it's around half hollow and stropping feedback is minimal to say the least. Once I got the hang of it it's a joy to shave with. I have heard people say you have to wipe the lather more often but haven't found this an issue, but maybe I just have crappy lather.


    It's a nice match for my coticule which is also titchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skrymr View Post
    I have two 4/8. One is a Simmon's, and the other is just labeled "Wedge". I enjoy using them as much as my 8/8 razors, and everything in between. Here is a picture of my Simmons. Sorry, I don't have any pics of the "Wedge".Click image for larger version. 

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    I liked the look of that Simmons so much I went out and won this on the bay just now - It's going to take some work though lol... sigh.
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    Who knows who made this thing though! Have never heard of Chatillion before -you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earcutter View Post
    I liked the look of that Simmons so much I went out and won this on the bay just now - It's going to take some work though lol... sigh.
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    Who knows who made this thing though! Have never heard of Chatillion before -you?
    I've never heard of them before. Looks great though. Not much clean up necessary to me. I had never heard of Simmons before I got mine. I too a chance because I really liked the way it looked. It is a great shaver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earcutter View Post
    Who knows who made this thing though! Have never heard of Chatillion before -you?
    It's a german razor in what looks like bone scales. Hard to tell by the picture but it looks like it's in pretty good shape. Nice score.
    Imported and rebranded for sale in the US by:

    John Chatillon
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    1835 to 1937 (for razors)
    Peter

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    I just finished shaving with me Le Grelot 4/8 then. Nice BBS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greybeard View Post
    It's a german razor in what looks like bone scales. Hard to tell by the picture but it looks like it's in pretty good shape. Nice score.
    Imported and rebranded for sale in the US by:

    John Chatillon
    New York City
    1835 to 1937 (for razors)
    Wow - thanks Greybeard! Where you get all your info from I'll never know - but your sure seem to be B&B's "go to" guy when it comes to identifying straights!

    Now that I see tomjr's Boker - I got to get back on the Bay lol. You really have to take a photo of that with something for scale. I would never believe the dimensions by looking at that photo lol!
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    Nice thread, I've been curious about this myself. A few months ago, while a in France, a barber cut my hair using something like a 3/8. So I have been wondering, would 3/8s have been intended for hair-cutting, with 4/8s being the bridge between hair-cutting and face-shaving?

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