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    Hello, mcgyver74,
    In my experience, the Merkur blade, although it has some fans, is kept at a distance by many shavers. I gave up on them a long time ago. Yes, a sampler pack will be your best bet to determine what works for you.

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    I now need to find a local place that has sampler packs all the AOS place has is merkur

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgyver74 View Post
    Actually I was hoping for either , my problem this morning is that I didn't feel any tugging, or any more effort required, it just gave me burn (the Alum block really stung this morning)

    I am using the Merkur blades currently, Need to find myself a sampler pack to see which ones I like
    amazon has a bunch of sample packs for cheap. pretty nice ones too. i shave 3 days a week and been changing my blade every 2 weeks or about 6 shaves. i do 2 pass straight shave and the atg with the de so it is only after 6 actual passes that i change blades and these are the easiest passes since the most of the hair came off with the straight. I suspect I would change it every week if I used the DE for more passes.

    amazon actually has lots of great shave gear and you can group things to get free shipping.

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    Yeah it looks like I will have to go the nets for samplers Finding DE blades in stores anymore is difficult to say the least

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    No more than 4 shaves for me.

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    A dull blade is the one that always nicks me. I've settled on 3 days and thats it, see no need to push it at less that $ .10 per blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgyver74 View Post
    Yeah it looks like I will have to go the nets for samplers Finding DE blades in stores anymore is difficult to say the least
    SRD has a sampler pack the last time I looked and it was reasonably priced. Another thought, if there is a Sally's Beauty Supply store near you, they sell Personna blades, not top shelf but also not the bottom of the barrel of DE blades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgyver74 View Post
    Quick dumb question.

    How can I tell when it's time to change the blade on my DE and approx how often do you find that it needs to be changed.

    This morning when I shaved, I found I got some irritation on my face even though it didn't feel like the blade was "grabbing"
    the blade has been in there just shy of a week so I wonder if it's time for a new one......

    Thanks in advance!
    NOT a dumb question.

    The answer depends on your face, your whiskers,
    your shave prep, the blade, the razor
    holding the blade and your personal
    preference.

    If you have a safe place to keep it remove the
    blade in question and shave with a new one.
    Then put it back for a shave the next day.
    Compare and contrast. Pay attention to
    the top side when you put it back.

    Some folk get more than a week some
    a couple of days. I do not get five good shaves
    from any brand. Some brands only two.

    Some blades shave harshly on the first day and
    then give a number of smooth shave to "dull". Some
    shave smooth from day one to "dull". Some just
    go downhill to dull and never are marvelous.

    FWIW: This is one of the interesting and difficult topics for str8 razor shavers
    that hone their own edges. With an open blade razor (straight/ str8)
    the quality of the edge is in your hands and skill is an important
    component. DE razors are much more consistent in a single
    production lot which is why some folk buy +100 when they
    find a good run.

    Do not overlook the DE blades at the likes of Wallmart and Target.
    Try a single package and if it is good empty the shelf the next day.
    Do the math... shaves per blade , blades per package, price per......

    To obtain the most shaves from a DE remember to rinse well
    under hot water so it drys quickly. There are other tricks
    but rinsing the razor clean is the important one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgyver74 View Post
    Actually I was hoping for either , my problem this morning is that I didn't feel any tugging, or any more effort required, it just gave me burn (the Alum block really stung this morning)

    I am using the Merkur blades currently, Need to find myself a sampler pack to see which ones I like
    Sounds like you should use an Alum block each morning.
    When you get that burn pull the blade after checking
    that it is not your last.

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    I tossed a new blade in today, hopefully tomorrow is better

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