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    What is the advantage of a 8/8 blade? I honed it and it shaves very nicely. But it sure is big!

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    I'm not a fan of blades over 6/8. I tried a couple of bigger blades and don't see any advantage at all.
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    You can shave one side of the face without having to rinse off the lather, they look cool.
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    I find them easier to maintain a consistent angle.

    And there's also more steel to love!
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    I agree - they look cool. I understand that larger blades "feel" sharper for a longer time as well... I wouldn't know. I am loving 4/8's these days. But yeah they look cool and they can double as a meat cleaver to boot lol!
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    Yup... I love my big blades.
    Got a Dovo 6/8, Seraphim Gold Dollar that is at least 6/8, maybe a bit bigger, and my favorite is my Wacker 15/16.

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    Hey - welcome to B&B! Good to have you here. Not many 3 posters who state I got a 8/8 that i just honed lol, so I didn't notice.
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    There is no advantage to an 8/8 per se.

    Some guys like the weight and feel of a heftier blade. All things being equal, an 8/8 is heavier than a 5/8 or 6/8.

    Smaller blades tend to be a little more nimble.

    All things being equal, larger blades from certain vintage makers tend to be more desirable and cost significantly more than smaller sizes from the same maker
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    Size matters! Sometimes. :Lol:
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    It's just personal preference. I've got blades that range from 3/8 to 10/8 and in the end, they all do the same job.

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    I prefer mostly 5/8 - 6/8 blades, but there are just some days I love using a giant 8/8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreekGuy View Post
    There is no advantage to an 8/8 per se.

    Some guys like the weight and feel of a heftier blade. All things being equal, an 8/8 is heavier than a 5/8 or 6/8.

    Smaller blades tend to be a little more nimble.

    All things being equal, larger blades from certain vintage makers tend to be more desirable and cost significantly more than smaller sizes from the same maker
    That's no joke!
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    nothing over a 6/8 to shave with 4 me, but i have several over just because.

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    i am fascinated by the larger blades.... all that i make/made are at least 8/8ths or larger ... including a 12/8ths chopper...

    the smallest razor i use is my 11/16ths wolsty pipe razor...

    well... thats not quite true i also have/use a KAI/feather type kamisori that i use with feather blades..... wicked sharp but only ~5/8ths.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc226 View Post
    You can shave one side of the face without having to rinse off the lather, they look cool.
    Exactly.

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    I love the 8/8 and thats mostly what I have anymore. They don't slow down for much and lather buildup on the blade is never a problem. I just like the added weight but then again I like big cars and trucks too.
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    I can't wait to get my 8/8 W&B back so I can use it for the first time. 6/8's is the biggest I have used to date. I am also honing my 8/8 Emeraude right now so I can't state an opinion on the size; but I look forward to trying them.
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    I have a hard(er) time with anything under 6/8, but I've found my sweet spot is 6/8-8/8 +/- a hair on both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveOhNine View Post
    I have a hard(er) time with anything under 6/8, but I've found my sweet spot is 6/8-8/8 +/- a hair on both sides.
    Me too. I used to love my 5/8ths but once I got into the larger blades it just seems to work for me much better and I get better shaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paco664 View Post
    i am fascinated by the larger blades.... all that i make/made are at least 8/8ths or larger ... including a 12/8ths chopper...

    the smallest razor i use is my 11/16ths wolsty pipe razor...

    well... thats not quite true i also have/use a KAI/feather type kamisori that i use with feather blades..... wicked sharp but only ~5/8ths.....
    Do you put any of these in the hobbyist forum?
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