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    Ok so far I have tried shark
    And a blade from Israel blue label.

    The shark cut me but gave a bbs shave.
    Israeli blade doesn't cut me as much but no bbs.
    Is it possible that the Israeli blade is to wimpy?

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    pbsd:

    The term "wimpy" has a negative connotation. The Israeli Personna blades are highly regarded. Yes, they are mild, but they are also smooth. They are a perfect match for my Weber razor.

    I find Shark blades quite harsh. I used them once or twice years ago and that was it. The cutting, however, is probably more due to technique.

    Finally, I would much rather have a comfortable shave than a glassy smooth one that feels harsh.

    For good blades, try: Polsiver Super Iridium or Gillete 7 O'Clock "SharpEdge" yellow packs for starters.

    Stay well.

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    Everyone has diefferent tastes. I found the sharks...eh, my favorites have been the blue label personna, and the wilkinson swords from the drug store in the black case for $1.99, feathers were nice, but no more than two passes. Derby was horrible, and the gilletes were all a big flop for me. You just gotta find what works for you.
    Mastering implies there is nothing more for you to learn of something... I prefer proficient enough to not totally screw it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiddle View Post
    Everyone has diefferent tastes. I found the sharks...eh, my favorites have been the blue label personna, and the wilkinson swords from the drug store in the black case for $1.99, feathers were nice, but no more than two passes. Derby was horrible, and the gilletes were all a big flop for me. You just gotta find what works for you.
    and just as an example .. i love the Derby's and Feathers ... so like said above everyone's taste is different !!
    best advice i can give , that was given to me on here is to order a sample pack of blades online and hopefully you will find one in there that meets the shave you are looking for !!

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    I think I wrote somewhere here the other day that I started looking at blades under the microscope. Sharks were all over the place in terms of the sizes of their bevels and level of shine. For the most part they were pretty good, but not 100%. Personnas were of military precision, definite and neat.

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    I find the Israeli blades to be in the middle of the sharpness spectrum yet very smooth. I get great shaves every time when I use them. As for Shark, I don't care for them at all. They feel sharp yet don't seem to be smooth cutters, and the quality of the shave is all over the map. So IMO Israeli blades aren't "wimpy"at all.

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    Israeli Persona blades are excellent blades, albeit a little mild for my taste. One blade you should IMO try are Astra Platinums. they are very consistent, and are sharper than IP blades. Blades are oen of those things you have to play around with to find what works best for you, though.

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    My go to blade is a Derby Extra. I find it gives me the best shave, without cuts. I ordered a sleeve of 20 packs of five blades, on line for a very good price. Should last me years.

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    It's hard to recommend a blade, because everyone's face is different. You'll notice everyone either loves or hates Derbys. I love them. I am maybe the only person in the world who has never gotten a good shave with an Israeli Personna, in any kind of razor. Don't know why. My favorite would be a tie between the Yellow Gillette 7'oclocks and the Astra Platinums. Since the Astras are usually much cheaper, they are my "go-to" blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Java View Post
    You'll notice everyone either loves or hates Derbys. I love them.
    I agree, but only to a point (no pun intended ). I used to love Derby blades myself, that is until I tried some remarkable blades that left Derby somewhere in the middle of the opinion poll. I still like them, they're another weapon in the arsenal.

    I have noticed that Astra's have really gained traction in the last couple years, now topping a lot of "favourite blade" threads. I agree, they are very nice - one of the blades that knocked Derby off their perch for me lol.

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