BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

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BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by BiffBuff » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:20 pm

For starters I love DE shaving, and I don't at all regret leaving my old Gillette Atra in the rear-view mirror. However, I read a post or two in the cartridge razor section, trying to find what people recommend for TSA compliant razors (damned hard to find BiC METAL disposables anymore) and got interested in some threads regarding Schick Hydro and Gillette Fusion. I do remember how easy it was with those multi-blades to whip around my face - very little care, caution, or thought required.

Anyway, I saw Fusion disposables in a two pack at the store so, on impulse, I bought them. Today I shaved with a Mühle R41 and, just before calling it good, I took a few swipes with the Fusion (upper lip ATG and a little underchin buffing). Only one word for the result:

WOW!

As many here will testify, the R41 is no slouch for closeness, but the finishing touch with the five-bladed creature was like buffing smooth marble - really extraordinary! I know there are some here that might see this as blasphemy, but I simply can't find fault with success this complete.

I doubt very much that I will make this a regular practice, but it's very nice to know that I can get a true BBS anytime if I finish up with the multi-blade.

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Re: BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by Squire » Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:17 pm

Oh hardly blasphemy, or even slightly worthy of criticism for that matter. Of course multi blade razors work well for many, but razor and blade choices are just part of the over all traditional shaving experience.
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Post by fallingwickets » Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:56 am

ditto on what squire said

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Re: BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by Rufus » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:17 am

I, for one, am one of those heretics, who after many years of shaving with a DE have gone to a multi blade cartridge. I have not looked back. One man's meat is another man's poison.
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Re: BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by brothers » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:46 am

It really is all good, especially if it makes you happy.
But some're better'n others.
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Re: BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by Seamaster » Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:17 pm

BiffBuff wrote:~ at what cost?
Indeed. What does one of those five blade carts run you, like a hundred times the cost of a DE blade?

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Re: BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by Brutus » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:28 pm

Intriguing thought.

Yesterday and today I did a comparison using a (Sensor clone) cartridge and my standard DE razor, a Mühle R101 (black handle R41) with Astra blade, instead of one of my straights.
Not surprisingly, cartridge and DE shaves were quicker.

Using similar stretching techniques and the three passes that I use when shaving with a straight, I cannot say that the shave with the cartridge razor felt any smoother or closer.
If anything, after the cartridge shave the skin felt more "raw" throughout the day, and this morning's DE shave was smoother and more comfortable.

Of course, this was based on three passes.
If someone uses minimal skills, minimal preparation and a single pass, the cartridge shave might well have the edge, but this is just not how I start my day.

It was a sound endorsement for my DE razor though, as in half the time I got results that are for all practical purposes indistinguishable from a straight shave.
Where the DE razor really shines though is around chin and jawline where it negotiates the tight radii almost effortlessly when compared with a straight.

Not having used my DE for some time, I felt actually quite good. :)


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Post by Squire » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:26 pm

Brutus wrote: It was a sound endorsement for my DE razor though, as in half the time I got results that are for all practical purposes indistinguishable from a straight shave.
Where the DE razor really shines though is around chin and jawline where it negotiates the tight radii almost effortlessly when compared with a straight.
Greater control is the principal reason why I settled on the DE as my shaving tool of choice
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Re: BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by fallingwickets » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:23 pm

If someone uses minimal skills, minimal preparation and a single pass, the cartridge shave might well have the edge,
:D :D :D :D

thats me you're talking about LOL, but the only thing wrong is that the cart doesnt come close. :lol: :lol:

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Re: BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by brothers » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:05 pm

Finding the one cartridge that gives me better results than others, at least in my case, was an unanticipated bit of good luck.
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Re: BBS Holy Grail achieved ~ at what cost?

Post by BeatlesFan » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:19 am

I travel frequently by air, and I have been pleased to have discovered that the Schick Hydro 3 works well for me.

I did a comparison of double edge versus the Hydro in another posting, and concluded that there are advantages and disadvantages to each -- probably no absolute winner.

For myself, I rarely use a cartridge razor at home. My 1956 red tip, matched with a Personna hospital use blade is just fine for daily shaving in terms of closeness and comfort. Moreover, I simply enjoy shaving with it more, and of course there is the factor that the blades are only a fraction of the cost of any cartridge.

Anyway my bottom line is this: Schick Hydro for shaving while traveling; Gillette Red tip (and sometimes other double edge razors) for use at home.

I can get a great shave from either, and the cartridge is perfect for traveling (TSA Compliant) whereas the double edge suits my preferences more for daily use at home.

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