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    So, as I have built a not large and mostly focused group of razors. The question I have is there a specific reason for your go-to rotation? I currently have ten razors and five of them "standout" for different reasons as my go-to shavers. I find myself going for blades lately that have no specific connection of design or build more how they speak to me. Literally, I find myself longing to shave with some and therefore it's in the rotation. Just curious as I build further if a specific rotation may be my goal or just work through a huge and highly enjoyable cycle.

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    IMHO, YMMV
    I would say having a few blades that you enjoy would be sufficient. But...I have added a lot of blades over the last ten years for every reason under the sun.
    Do what feels good and that you can easily afford. It is easy to spend a lot of money on the "hunt" for blades.
    Enjoy the hobby and the shaves and then consider what will be the best for you and your finances.
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    My go to changes all the time. I have a few that I choose more often than others, and that changes. Typically I will pick a razor and use it for a week or so. Some have a dedicated rotation.
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    I just use what i feel like that day.
    Right now im in the process of going thru them all to check them for shave ready as my honing was hit and miss a few months back.

    Some like to have just a few to use on a regular basis and its best to do what you want. Its all your choice.
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    I start with the top razor in the first cabinet and go to the next razor in the rotation until I get back to the first razor. It takes a while with 80 or so razors but I figure I bought them, restored a lot of them and pretty much honed them all, so I use them all.

    I rotate through my soaps and brushes the same way.

    The only exception is the "Sunday Shave," where I usually pick out something special.

    Good luck in your persuit.

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    I have a seven day rotation. It makes it easy to keep track of the number of shaves between honing. I just make a note of the date the razor was honed and count Wednesdays or whatever. The population of the seven day set does change with the times.

    I only really keep track out of a curiosity, but generally get 80-100 shaves between honing.

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    I have essentially three groups of razors.

    My preferred ones, the good ones, and the standbys that I really should consider selling.

    With exception of the last group, I pull out one of my razor cases in rotation (razors are in razor cases of 5-8 each - think “razor case of the week”), but in-between I sometimes reach for one of my favourites, or use a razor that I just had worked on and where I want to see whether it brought the hoped for results.



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    I would never like a set rotation of any of my shaving products, and enjoy whatever feels right at the moment. To save time in the morning, I generally pick out and strop a razor, and pick out a soap and a brush the night before. I don't have a clue as to how I choose these items, only I seem to be attracted toward some products and away from others. I rarely use the same products more than one day in a row, although I'll occasionally get a fantastic shave from a particular razor and decide to use it again the following day.

    I do sort of separate the razors that seem easier to use (e.g. a 5/8 Puma) from those that require a great deal of concentration (MK 32). I often haven't gotten enough sleep on Monday mornings, and will pick an "easy" razor, one that I could almost shave with blindfolded. When I have the luxury of spending as much time as I like on a shave, I'll generally pick an 8/8 hollow ground razor, one that I shouldn't attempt to use while half asleep. I often pick soaps and scents based on who I might be with that day, such as those I know my wife likes, and perhaps more masculine scented soaps if having lunch with a friend. I don't like rotations and just try to have fun shaving each morning.
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    Every shave for me is a honing test.
    I usually take 2 freshly honed blades into the bathroom, one for back up.
    If I do have a bad shave I blame the shaving cream
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    I'm still figuring out what I like best, but I just pick whichever razor I feel like using. I'm gravitating towards larger hollow blades, but I'm not sure if I like full hollow or extra hollows better. I'll have to find some to try out! I've got a hollow blade about 6/8 I like, but I would like to try something larger.
    I try not to worry about keeping track of number of shaves and which razor I used when. Maybe I will in the future, but right now I'm trying to keep shaving a simple/relaxing activity.
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