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by Joe Lerch
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

I would like to add that the pressure is a key issue with Feathers. THey will shave with a lot less than you think, and that's how they should be used. For example, when I tried to use them in my Vision wide open, the weight of the razor was too much pressure. Get used to the feel of the razor grazi...
by Joe Lerch
Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Tips for a sensitive neck?
Replies: 29
Views: 4767

don't worry about "BBS" - especially with the neck. Better to have some light stubble than gross irritation. THis is likely to be true at first, but if you are careful about everything else, you'll avoid overshaving because you'll get the feel of when it's about to happen. In other words, BBS is no...
by Joe Lerch
Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone shave more then once a day?
Replies: 18
Views: 2175

I've tried it the way Joe describes, both with a Feather AC and with a DE. It works pretty well for me, and ensures that my face is always (more or less) in a very closely shaven state. The drawback to me is that, like Joe, I can't consistently shave morning and evening simply due to the random nat...
by Joe Lerch
Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone shave more then once a day?
Replies: 18
Views: 2175

I always shave in the morning and for a treat every now and then I'll shave again at night. If I did this every day, though, it would be too irritating on my skin Not if you did a one pass shave each time. How many passes do you do on the days you shave twice? Is it two full shaves? Could you get a...
by Joe Lerch
Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone shave more then once a day?
Replies: 18
Views: 2175

Re: Does anyone shave more then once a day?

I would not advise regularly shaving twice a day with a blade and brush. Way too much exfoliation and you can get very sensitive skin. Much more important than how many times a day you shave and the number of passes is the aggressiveness of those passes. As I pointed out, shaving twice a day can ac...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Tips for a sensitive neck?
Replies: 29
Views: 4767

Re: Tips for a sensitive neck?

I simply can't do the south-to-north pass on my neck. In my gallery I have a short article on kneck irritation. One thing you need to be aware of is that the grain changes direction on the neck for most men, so the NS is against the grain. Stretching is particularly important on the neck. Don't str...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Spyderco "fine" and "ultrafine" hones
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

If you go to and do a search at straightedgerazors.com for hones and scratch lines you'll find microscope shots of a razor sharpened with all sorts of hones and a discussion of various hones. The Spydercos are included.

The address is http://www.straightedgerazors.com/forums/index.php
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Spyderco "fine" and "ultrafine" hones
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

I have one: it is far too coarse for a finishing hone. I have used it for lapping other hones though. It is really for sharpening knives. Chris I have a fine and ultrafine. You must have a fine, because the ultrafine is an excellent finishing hone. It seems to be 12k or finer. The fine is not for f...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:39 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Just got my 7/8 Henckels!
Replies: 9
Views: 1645

I love my 7/8" Henckel's. It is a serious bit of business, the spine is very hefty and there is a lot of steel. It does plow through the beard very nicely when sharp. And they do stay sharp for a long time. Did you try the shavingshop honing service? I got a 4000/8000 waterstone, but I thought that...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

Michael, did you try Swedish Gillettes? For me they came the closest to the Feathers.
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

Joe, I could make some recommendations, but the problem is the GREAT variance from shaver to shaver in their response to a given brand. A brand that I think is the best---sharp and smooth---actually was rated as the absolute worst by another shaver. Take any brand, and you'll find shavers all over ...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

I just came across this machine , which would settle the question of sharpness. I know about those types of machines and sometimes wish I had one to test str8s. Unfortunately it wouldn't solve the sharpness issue for razors. There's such a thing as perceived sharpness. Things like coatings can make...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:02 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

The way different shavers respond to any given blade really is a mystery. It obviously depends only in part on how sharp the blade is. Much more important, apparently, is the shaver's beard, skin, razor (blade exposure and angle), technique, prep, and the like. It's all important, but my assumption...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

All that irritation is solely caused by using a Feather. Merkurs and US Personnas don't do that to me. It sounds like the "Twilight Zone." It shouldn't happen with normal blades (not that extreme, and not that selective). did you try more than one blade? The only thing I can think of is that maybe ...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

Feathers were my blade until I explored a bit further and found blades that were (for me) sharper and smoother. (YMMV) With good technique (light touch, correct blade angle), they work fine for me, but some find them impossible to use---as is pretty much true of any blade you name. I cant say that ...
by Joe Lerch
Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

Feathers were my blade until I explored a bit further and found blades that were (for me) sharper and smoother. (YMMV) With good technique (light touch, correct blade angle), they work fine for me, but some find them impossible to use---as is pretty much true of any blade you name. Since I've been ...
by Joe Lerch
Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Gillette Fusion
Replies: 26
Views: 3793

I'm afraid I'm very cynical about these sorts of things. Gillette are currently ripping off the consumer in so many ways, and this is just another one of many. As you can see, I was skeptical, too, but I put it through the paces, and it did well. The trimmer is just for touchup, and I had no proble...
by Joe Lerch
Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:06 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Gillette Fusion
Replies: 26
Views: 3793

and with the motorized Fusion, they finally delivered. The sixth blade is more than a trimmer. The problem with the pivoting heads was that you couldn't get the angle control to shave really close. The extra blade gives you a stationary head. Do you really shave with that, or just trim? It's for to...
by Joe Lerch
Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone shave more then once a day?
Replies: 18
Views: 2175

The only guy I know of that does it constantly is Gramps (in Canada). I experimented and came up with my own method for doing this, but I don't use it. The idea is you do a one pass shave twice a day (morning and eveing). You start by doing your best shave to get BBS. After that, the one pass shaves...
by Joe Lerch
Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:48 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Is it hard to believe that I prefer Feather blades?
Replies: 57
Views: 9873

This blade allows you to do all of that, and it's up to you to get it right. There's not a lot of room for error, so you need to work to get it right.. Getting it right means learning to shave a lot lighter than you're used to and than most think. But when a guy gets it right he won't give up these ...