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    This morning had my third shave. Used my Gillette red tip with NOS Gillette blades. This morning I did my prep, had a good lather but the shave was horrible! Did a three pass but my neck still has stubble. Is the blade dull and needs changed? What did I do wrong. Thanks

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    Hard to say but at the third shave you are still learning. Maybe your technique was off.

    In general you can get up to 3 shaves from a blade but I'm not familiar with the ones you are using so it's possible it was dull. That's easy to check just by changing the blade and seeing what happens.
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    +1 on new blade. I saw/read on mantic59 YouTube video or blog that he advises using nos de blade as they may got knocked around making them blunt or deteriorate with unproper storage and handling.

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    What blade are you using? And how many shaves have you done with it?

    If your "3-pass shave" means WTG / XTG / ATG, here's my experience:

    . . . For a comfortable ATG pass, the blade has to be _very sharp_.

    For straight razor ATG passes, the general rule is:

    . . . Sharp razor;
    . . . Very light pressure;
    . . . Flatter blade angle than for WTG / XTG.

    With a safety razor, you don't have any control over the blade angle. If you did an ATG pass, and you have stubble left, here's my bet:

    . . . Change the blade for a new one.

    Whatever you do, _do not_ increase your pressure to compensate for a dull blade !

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    On my thing shave. Gillette Thin Blades in the red package.

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    Are those NOS blades actually old? If so, they may not have been used but still might not be sharp.

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    I just read on another site that they don't make them any longer. That the blades were cr*p then.

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    It could be the blades or it could be the technique or a little of both. It took me about 3 months to get my neck area silky smooth. In that time frame I tried different blades till I found one I liked.

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    crazy8days71,

    The Gillette Red-Tips are fine razors, and are more than capable, with the right blade, of giving you excellent shaves.

    As others have recommended, I would suggest getting a blade sampler pack :

    West Coast Shaving : DE Blade Sampler Pack, Everything

    ConnaughtShaving : Connaught DE Sample Packs

    The choice of blade is extremely personal; one persons Nirvana blade is somebody else's worst blade !

    Good luck !

    Have fun !

    Best regards

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    Crazy8,

    I ditto what Mr. Cohen states. Those Gillette Reds are OLD! They weren't that great to begin with and have probably deteriorated over the years. I shave often with a Super Speed Red Tip.
    It is a fine shaver with any of a number of new blades. I prefer Israeli Personnas but, order a sampler pack of blades, keep records and whatever you do....don't compensate with more pressure!

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