View Poll Results: What Size Blade ?

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  • 4/8

    3 3.41%
  • 5/8

    14 15.91%
  • 6/8

    41 46.59%
  • 7/8

    19 21.59%
  • 8/8

    7 7.95%
  • 9/8

    2 2.27%
  • 10/8

    1 1.14%
  • Big as they can make it !

    1 1.14%
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Thread: Poll : What size razor do you prefer ? Why ?

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    Gentlemen, I prefer 6/8 and 7/8 razors, although currently all my blades are 6/8, except for eight 5/8 blades, and I have no 7/8 razors left. I am considering adding a 7/8 to my collection, though, but no decision on brand yet. I prefer to go with a new-old-stock full hollow German razor. For some reason the 6/8 razor especially feels comfortable in my small hands. In time I have discovered the same thing with the 7/8. The one size I dislike is the 4/8, and anything bigger than a 7/8 erases my comfort zone.

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    I voted 7/8. To me that's the perfect balance of size and heft with out compromising maneuverability. I tend to prefer any blade 6/8-8/8. I find that 5/8 have to be rinsed too often and the weight and balance of the blade is not preferable to me over a slightly larger blade.

    With a 7/8 you can shave almost half ur face w/o a rinse and have enough weight to the blade that let's it do all the work. I wish a lot of the currant production offerings would be available in 7/8 with out having to go custom- but at the end of the day I'm a vintage guy anyway.... God knows there was no shortage of 7/8 blades back in the day so I guess I'm good to go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birnando View Post
    I use, and like, anything from a 5/8 to a 10/8.
    My vote was 7/8 though, as that is a middle ground of sorts

    As I am 6'5" I reckon a 7/8 to me is like a 5/8 to all those guys situated a bit closer to mother earth
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    4/8 for me. They are more fun to shave with, IMO. They're agile, nimble.


    I think that if production razors were 8/8 to 10/8, the custom guys would be getting orders for 14/8. We are wired to want something bigger than the other guy has.
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    I'm an average 6' tall guy, but i love 7/8.
    Not so heavy as 8/8 or more.
    A little more weight of a 6/8. A lot more of charisma!!
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    started shaving with a straight about a year ago. I started with a 5/8 boker that I got from SRD, and loved it. Then I got a Mistro Levi New Grind at 6/8, and loved it more. Then I got a restored Geldmacher 7/8 wedge on ebay from lax1mxr and i loved it even more! So I voted 7/8. I would love to try bigger blades 8/8+ but I could see it being cumbersome to use. 7/8 seems perfect for me. Plus, the razor budget doesnt allow for anymore blades at the moment!

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    I choose 10/8, because I'm a little guy & a 10/8 makes me feel like a big guy.
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    Maybe I'm one of the few, but I have over 30 straights & I have never measured any of them. I like all the sizes, but favor large wedge style blades for collecting. Then again, my best shaves come from razors about half the size of my large razors.

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    My two best shavers are
    15/16 carbo-magnetic
    And my 8/8 henckels with a Spanish point
    I believe the first one is a 3/4 hollow because the blade is pretty rigid. The henckels is a bit softer but just as sharp. At first I hated the scraping sound of the hollow grinds, but now I have come to expect it. Both of the razor because of the grind make superb sounds when stropping and shaving.
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    I do think that larger razors might present a a.c.and cost problem for production manufacturers like dovo, thiers issard, etc. specially when they are hollow grinds. Now most custom jobs that I have seen here have very mild grinds, add that to the ability to control your product quality makes an 8/8 a viable choice for production.

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