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    I like the heft of a big blade. They certainly look cool, but maybe the biggest plus for me, is that they can hold more lather between rinses.
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    I think that may generally be my attachment. I feel like I can almost get a whole pass done in one rinse with the huge blade!

    (Slight exaggeration, swapping hands makes two rinses. Regardless )

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    My first straight razor was a 5/8 i find that I like my 6/8 straights better though. I think part of the reason I prefer the bigger blade is because I like the feeling of the weight of the blade and I feel like I am able to control the 6/8 better.
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    5/8 seems to be the most common size for the options when purchasing a razor. I believe that it is best to learn on a razor that is 5/8 or 6/8, not too big or small and is relative to the scales. I learned on a 6/8, but own 4/8, 5/8, and 7/8. I like them all in different beard growth situations.
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    I started out with a 5/8 round point, I have a variety of sizes from 3/8 to 7/8 and in my experience the maneuverability comes more from the tang size versus the blade size on the blades 5/8 and up. Most larger blades have large tangs but those ones that have a small tang seem way easier to use.

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    It's nothing more than over compensation and a cool factor. I like large blades to, but the shave doesn't change from my 4/8- 10/8. Not the amount of lather it holds, which why does that matter? I wipe my 10-8 as much as a little one, the biggest reason to recommend a 5/8 is availability at an affordable price. So what you use truly us only about preference. I get just as good a shave with any razor I have as long as the edge is right. Your hand eye coordination and dexterity have no bearing on the width,, if the coordination you speak of was there, then you would weilding the smaller blades just as well,,, just saying TC
    Even better advise, " don't impede on a 850# Harley with me aboard, then I don't care what your driving, my 10 takes care of it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcrideshd View Post
    It's nothing more than over compensation and a cool factor
    Since you mentioned it, that is basically my view too. I did not want to get anyone's nose out of joint by mentioning that. It's that darned Canadian trait again that I am trying to loose.

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    I guess I'm not Canadien Bob. I,m just an old southern roughneck Tc
    Even better advise, " don't impede on a 850# Harley with me aboard, then I don't care what your driving, my 10 takes care of it"

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    All of my favorite shavers are 4/8. It's like driving a Ferrari vs a dump truck.

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    My first blade was a 5/8, then I got a 6/8 and most recently a 4/8. I like each for different reasons, but my favorite is the 6/8 followed by the 4/8 (especially for the mustache area).
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