when is a blade dull?

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FireDragon76
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when is a blade dull?

Post by FireDragon76 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:02 am

I am a former DE shaver, I've been using other things the past few years. Currently I'm using a Sensor Excel in my rotation. I can't remember how long I used the current cartridge- I've used it at least a dozen times. I use a brush, soap (mostly cheap triple milled stuff) and lather and I don't have trouble getting a close shave. I use a silicone strop/blade saver after every shave (Razorpit).

The last shave I did, though... I was lathering up a bit with a new synthetic brush and I lathered and relathered a few times just to test it out, and got a bit of burn from the bristles. So I had to take a day off shaving to let my face heal up (I'm going to have to invest in a good balm- alcohol aftershave does nothing for a face to heal). So... is my blade just too dull, or was it the brush?

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Re: when is a blade dull?

Post by ShadowsDad » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:19 am

I can't help you with the latest and greatest (as advertised on TV) razors. But in DE you'll know a blade is dull when it bites and draws blood. In SE they just stop giving an efficient shave, no biting involved. Others will come in to the discussion eventually who can.

Never have I ever heard of a brush and soap giving a burn unless one is allergic to an ingredient in the soap. With a synthetic brush if you're allergic to nylon that could be the culprit; I've never heard of that though and it would be a first for me unless it was a really horrible brush.

That's all I have for your question.

FWIW, if it's burn it leaves in 8-12 hours as the skin heals all on it's own.
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FireDragon76
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Re: when is a blade dull?

Post by FireDragon76 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:00 am

The soap was Godrej. I've noticed it is extremely drying as far as soaps go. I retired it after that: I've used it in the past years ago with OK results, I guess my skin can't put up with it anymore. I've also used some C&E Almond recently and even that was very dry as compared to shave cream (Arko) that I regularly use. All in all, neither soap was particularly luxurious. I plan to revisit VDH Deluxe, I have an unused puck in my stash.

I think a burn could happen with a brush if it exfoliates too much.

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Re: when is a blade dull?

Post by brothers » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:27 pm

Maybe there are two possibilities - dull blade or irritation from the lather/brush. I don't know about a dull cartridge, but I am familiar with how a burn can result from a pH chemical reaction or a reaction to some unusual scrubbing action between the skin/soap/brush. I would lean toward the latter.
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