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post #76 of 117
Gillette platinum is probably my favourite blade, and I would absolutely reccomend them. Feathers are nice as well, but possibly a bit too sharp for my tastes.

I haven't been shaving a lot for the past 6 months or so, and I quite miss it. I just happened to find a beard style I liked, and it requires very little shaving. I only shave some of the neck, and I rarely put much care into that.
post #77 of 117
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Originally Posted by Cognacad View Post
I have the Merkur blade that came with the razor, but I have 100 derby blades waiting on me.

maybe they will do a better job. Time will tell.

That's your problem right there. Throw away the blades that come with your razor they are dull as hell man. That was a disaster waiting to happen right out of the box. Shoulda said that in the beginning I guess, but didn't think about it.
post #78 of 117
Will shave tomorrow with a Derby then.

Thanks!
post #79 of 117
All of the Merkur razors I have are used, so they never came with blades. But I read a lot of posts on the shaving forums of people tearing themselves up with the blades that come inside new Merkurs.
post #80 of 117
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Originally Posted by ulim View Post
Feathers are the sharpest, but I suggest you gradually increase the sharpness of your blades until you figure out the brand/sharpness that gives you the closest shave without any irritation.

If you are starting with the Merkur blades, try Derby, Gillette Platinums, then the Feathers.

I would also take another look at your shaving technique and pre-shave preparation, since I think these probably affect the closeness of the shave the most.

+ 1 on the Derby blades, I have been using them for over a year in a mid 1960's Gillette Slim Adjustable and I am very happy with the results.
post #81 of 117
I have a Merkur Futur and don't like Derby blades...they seem to die fast and are tougher on me for some reason.

Call me a noob, but how does the Futur actually adjust - I don't see anything when I change the setting...what is happening in there?
post #82 of 117
^^^ That is my experience with Derby also...4-5 shaves and they're done. Your Futur should be numbered 1, 2, 3...right below the head, no? Turn that part to move the blade closer/further to the edge.
post #83 of 117
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Originally Posted by JohnGalt View Post
I have a Merkur Futur and don't like Derby blades...they seem to die fast and are tougher on me for some reason.

Call me a noob, but how does the Futur actually adjust - I don't see anything when I change the setting...what is happening in there?

Adjusting the Futur or any adjustable razor for that matter just moves the razor blade to and from the safety bar. The higher the setting, the more separated the blade is from the safety bar right underneath it, resulting in a more aggressive shave. Setting the Futur to it's highest setting of 6 provides no protection from the safety bar, so if you gotta adjust it that high, you may as well use a straight razor b/c there isn't much difference there.

I love Derby blades. They last me anywhere from 3 - 7 shaves. Even if some are duds and last only 3, it's only 10 cents a blade so I have no trouble tossing it and putting in a new one.

When a Gillette Fusion replacement cartridge costs around $2.50....I don't see a big deal throwing away a 10 cent Derby blade after 3 or 4 shaves.
post #84 of 117
How often do you guys change your blades? I noticed mine cut less after a week.
post #85 of 117
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Originally Posted by javyn View Post
Adjusting the Futur or any adjustable razor for that matter just moves the razor blade to and from the safety bar. The higher the setting, the more separated the blade is from the safety bar right underneath it, resulting in a more aggressive shave. Setting the Futur to it's highest setting of 6 provides no protection from the safety bar, so if you gotta adjust it that high, you may as well use a straight razor b/c there isn't much difference there.

I love Derby blades. They last me anywhere from 3 - 7 shaves. Even if some are duds and last only 3, it's only 10 cents a blade so I have no trouble tossing it and putting in a new one.

When a Gillette Fusion replacement cartridge costs around $2.50....I don't see a big deal throwing away a 10 cent Derby blade after 3 or 4 shaves.

But when I adjust my Futur - like if I move it from 1 - 6, I don't see any difference. I don't see the blade move - nothing. Am I doing something wrong?
post #86 of 117
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post
How often do you guys change your blades? I noticed mine cut less after a week.

I use Derby blades, and I replace mine every single week.

Though you can get away with not replacing the blade for longer with certain blades and depending on your facial hair, in my opinion it is NEVER a good idea to go much longer than a week.

The best thing about wetshaving is that the replacement blades are a lot cheaper than say buying those Gilette Fusion cartridges. To ensure the closest shave with the least amount of irritation, use this feature of wetshaving to your best advantage by replacing your blades often.
post #87 of 117
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Originally Posted by JohnGalt View Post
But when I adjust my Futur - like if I move it from 1 - 6, I don't see any difference. I don't see the blade move - nothing. Am I doing something wrong?

I think you're looking at it from the wrong angle. You have to look at it from the side. Focus on the gap between the safety bar and the blade. Notice that the gap widens when you adjust it to a higher number.
post #88 of 117
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Originally Posted by huy View Post
I think you're looking at it from the wrong angle. You have to look at it from the side. Focus on the gap between the safety bar and the blade. Notice that the gap widens when you adjust it to a higher number.
figured it out, thanks
post #89 of 117
How do you people manage to fit something this huge under your nose ?
By that I mean, how do you shave the area under your nostrils ?


post #90 of 117
^^^ I've got the Merkur Vision which probably has the biggest head of any DE Safety Razor. If you read the online reviews that is one of the biggest complaints about it. Maybe it has to do with "facial shape" or something but two of the things I really like about shaving now is knowing that I can get right up under my nose without paperslicing just above that little lip/nose crook and the ability to shave right up to my lip. I was always slicing the bottom of my nose with a disposable and have way too much scar tissue in the corners of my lips trying to get a close shave. For me anyway, the bigger head shape does not cause a problem and actually lets me get right up against the bottom of my nose.

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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post
How often do you guys change your blades? I noticed mine cut less after a week.
Whenever they start feeling a little dull but yeah, about every 7-10 days.
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