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    If you order a sampler pack you may be surprised by the differences in the way various blade can feel on your skin. For instance, I have always liked Merkur blades but many guys have posted that they don't like them. OTOH, many like Dorko and I can't shave with them. The Feather is a very sharp blade IME and the one I would choose if I was shaving with DEs. First choice is the Gillette Swede but I don't think they are around anymore ? Anyhow, try a sampler pack that includes the Feathers and other choices. Lot of good blades out there and one of them may be perfect for your particular face. Blade angle on a DE is more or less dictated by the razor head AFAIK. There is a 'sweet spot' and you'll know it when you feel it. Just IMHO.
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    I flipped off Blade once. He cut off my hand. Thankfully it grew back.
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    I usually remove the blade from my DE and wipe down the razor after every shave, I am not sure which way it goes back in so I guess it gets flipped but not for any specific reason.
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    Hello, Goings8: Flipping the blade is redundant, because it is still the same blade with the same two cutting edges. I, too, also remove the blade after every shave and clean and dry the razor.

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    I read an original set of instructions once on how to use a Gillete DE, (circa 1940's). It stated to never touch or remove the blade once it had been put into the razor until it was time to change it. I have always followed this since I read it. After all, who would know better than the people who manufactured the razor?

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    I've tried flipping the blade, if there's a difference it's minimal, at least to my face. I don't bother nowadays as I'm only going to get 3-4 shaves from a blade regardless of what I do.

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    The only part of the blade you care about corrosion on is the edge, right? Why wouldn't the trick that works with cartridges (dab off the water on a towl, lightly, so as not to push on the edge) do the trick? Chromium or platinum or whatever on the edges, it'll all still corrode eventually, and I would be surprised if you couldn't get several weeks out of a DE blade, but I have yet to use them because I can't find anything wrong with straights, and if I don't use a straight (if I'm in a hurry), I can make a coupon cartridge gilette sensor last a year of off and on use and still be sharp enough to give a smooth shave.

    Closest I got to DE was two times - one, my dad always shaved with a DE, so did his dad. I guess they had no tolerance for straights, and two, when I built my medicine cabinet, had to take out the old one to swap them and the old one had a covered over blade slot (so it was a surprise there were blades behind it, given the hole was wallpapered over on the inside of the old cabinet). There were *hundreds* and hundreds of blades in the wall - blue, it was before I was a straight razor shaver, I didn't pay too close of attention. They were in a bone dry wall, and every one of them had been put in there with a little bit of rust on. The must've rusted if there was rain in the next state over the day before.

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    I dont flip my blades. I usually get about 5 shaves out of each blade and then I bin them and replace with a new one. They're only about 3 for 10 over here so I dont get too precious about them!

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