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#11
I find the feather SE blades to be much more effective for my thick, heavy beard.
#12

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
I use both (mostly vintage) and can get a really good shave from either. Much will depend on the blade you choose, though for regular SEs the blade of choice is almost universally the GEM PTFE. Also skin type/sensitivity and hair type (coarse, fine, etc.) can play a part.
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#13

Merchant
Central Maine
I probably already rsponded to this thread. Please forgive me if I did.

I rarely use DE razors anymore but I do once in a blue moon. The vintage SE razors I use (no injectors) just give me a better shave with no irritation. I also like the fact that they talk to me and tell me when they are happy with the angle. Though at this point I could probably be deaf and use the correct angle. I still like the "spreading butter on toast" sound of a happy SE razor. Injectors don't make that sound (other narrow bladed razors as well) and I've never gotten along with them.
Brian. Lover of SE razors. Maker of Krampert's Finest Products.
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#14
(12-09-2016, 03:00 AM)SoundBrewer Wrote: Stiffer, longer lasting ...

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Seriously, though, a good SE is not necessarily better than a good DE. The blades do last longer. A SE mows down a wider swath of whiskers per stroke. It's easier for me to maneuver around my mustache with a SE.
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#15
SEs are an excuse to buy more razors.
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#16

Member
Woodstock, Vermont
Yes, I agree with John in that a good SE is not significantly better than a good DE by any means. They just cut a wider field per stroke.

The quality modern day DE's are built to prevent blade movement and 'chatter'. This is especially true with the great new slants which torque the blades beautifully.

I know, for me, with heavy beard growth or day to day shaving, a well built DE can easily match any SE I have tried, which are a lot of SE's. I think there is a theory that thinner DE blades are no match for the thicker SE blades. The elimination of DE blade 'chatter' has eradicated that theory imo.
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#17

Member
Minneapolis
This is great information. I have been getting great shaves with my ATT, but I could not help but wonder if I was missing out on something. It sounds as though it does not necessarily offer a better shave but rather an different experience/variety.

-Mark
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#18

Super Moderator
Las Vegas, NV, USA
A lot can also depend on skin type and technique. My first shaves with a single edge razor were a revelation, as I felt that the shave was a lot less irritating to the skin, especially on the neck area. But I still enjoy shaving with double edge razors, as well (although there seems to be a need to be slightly more careful with them).

Like everything in this hobby, you’ll really only know once you’ve tried an SE yourself, so if the opportunity ever presents itself, take advantage of it.
• Matthew •
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#19

Member
San Francisco
Yep: the big advantage for me is the thicker blade (for less chatter on my thick whiskers) and the longer-lasting edge. It's true that some DE designs (for me, the Wolfman is a great example) do a good job of reducing chatter by clamping the blade well, or torquing it as in the case of most slant razors. Thus my favorite razors are either SEs or those low-chatter DE designs.
David : DE shaving since Nov 2014. Nowadays giving in to the single-edge siren call.
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#20
(12-09-2016, 03:47 PM)Whiskey Sour Wrote: This is great information. I have been getting great shaves with my ATT, but I could not help but wonder if I was missing out on something. It sounds as though it does not necessarily offer a better shave but rather an different experience/variety.

-Mark
Will cost you about $10 to find out. Money well spent.
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