BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Seamaster » Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:55 am

gil3591 wrote:after reading this thread i picked up a bag of these. very good results! just as good as my fancy double edhe razors. these may make my double edge razors antiques. how many shave are you guys getting from them?
At less than 8p each they're cheap enough to use once and chuck away.

I can get a week out of one, but that's pushing it.

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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Squire » Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:45 am

I can also get close to a week's work out of one if I only shave once a day.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by BiffBuff » Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:41 pm

I think they're great little shavers too. Not quite as good as the BiC METAL for travel, but they're nearly impossible to find. That leaves the Gillette GUARD as the only single edge disposable alternative that I'm aware of. Seems a bit silly prohibiting DE blades in carry-on bags, yet allowing freshly sharpened wooden pencils to pass through...smoke and mirrors, right? ...off topic, sorry.

Some of the twin blade disposables are OK too; hell, I can shave in the shower by touch alone if I use a Schick slim twin disposable. The ST2s are pretty easily found in the USA and I've seen ST3s on the Schick website, but not in any retail stores.

I think that the only reason for me not to use the disposables all the time is that I love the whole feel and look of a "real" razor. BiC sensitive is a great example of minimalist design; near perfection achieved by removing everything not absolutely essential to the task at hand - NOT by adding everything that can be thought of.
I read recently where someone said, "The bulk of the past century consisted of replacing what worked, with what sounded good."

....a chilling thought.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by CMur12 » Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:48 pm

Welcome to SMF, BiffBuff. It's good to see another fellow Washingtonian here.

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Post by Squire » Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:26 pm

Yes Biff, welcome aboard.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by brothers » Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:27 pm

BiffBuff, welcome to SMF!
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Squire » Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:43 pm

As an added note, years ago I traveled quite a bit and carried disposal razors, usually the dual blade Gillette Good News model. As likely as not I shaved by feel in the shower. That actually worked rather well, more a chore than pleasure, but it was efficient.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Seamaster » Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:39 pm

One further observation I will make about the Bic Sensitives is that to get a close shave you need to revert to the cartridge-style technique of applying a little pressure with each stroke. This is the antithesis of what we learn to do with a DE razor, and will feel unnatural to an established DE convert. But this slight adaptation pays dividends.

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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by BiffBuff » Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:42 pm

Yeah, I agree with Seamaster. It does require a different technique. These potato chip weight razors need just a small amount of pressure to compensate for their lack of tonnage. It's kind of fun to use whilst traveling - sometimes a bit like the bargain rental car you get: nothing you'd ever want to own, but fun to drive for a little while all the same.

Sort of like a pretend razor - except that this little jewel can definitely cut you if you use it too incautiously. If I thought I had these alone to shave with from now on, I'd be unhappy, but I think they serve their purpose very well.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Squire » Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:58 pm

Pretend razor, good phrase.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Seamaster » Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:06 am

BiffBuff wrote:If I thought I had these alone to shave with from now on, I'd be unhappy...
I wouldn't be, I really wouldn't.

And no one's more surprised by that than me.

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Post by Squire » Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:00 am

They also work for me but why date a plain girl when you can have a pretty one.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Seamaster » Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:21 am

There's something to be said for a girl that's cheap and easy.

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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Squire » Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:27 am

Easy is good but none of them are truly cheap.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Rufust445 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:23 am

Squire wrote:They also work for me but why date a plain girl when you can have a pretty one.
The best looking girl I can remember dating was fun short term, but prolonged exposure could be
hazardous to one's mental health.

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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Squire » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:48 am

Also ruinous to one's financial health but you can't take it with you.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Seamaster » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:14 pm

Squire wrote:Also ruinous to one's financial health but you can't take it with you.
As my late father used to quip, "In that case, I'm not going".

I've done three weeks now with nothing other than Bic Sensitives and a can of Proraso foam, and I remain slightly embarrassed by how good my shaves have been.

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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by brothers » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:25 pm

You're a lucky guy to have discovered a simple and inexensive means of adding an element of enjoyment to an otherwise mundane grooming activity.
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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by Seamaster » Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:04 pm

I still enjoy using my Merkur Slant with a good DE blade, but it's become the exception rather than the rule.

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Re: BIC 1 Sensitive single blade disposables

Post by dosco » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:55 am

I recently picked up some Polsilver Iridiums to try ... wowza.

I've been only using Iridiums with my Slim lately and I'm very pleased with the combo.

I do, however, need to go out and get some Bic Sensitives ... I've run out and the other day I was looking for one to compare to the Iridium.

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