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I ordered some of each from Gemstone. Super quick delivery. I’ve used a tiger three times so far. My initial thoughts are that on the first shave they were sharp but maybe not as smooth as others. On the second shave it evened out and was sharp and smooth. The third shave it was still smooth but perhaps a little on the blunt side, although I was using a different razor. I’ll try a Tatra next.
 

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I had my first shave with the Tatra the other day - felt very rough. Was going to delay posting until I have used again but first impression is very poor.
 
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I had my first shave with the Tatra the other day - felt very rough. Was going to delay posting until I have used again but first impression is very poor.
Yep, me too.
Decided to cut my losses and did a PIF of blades including Tatra, and Tiger to forum members in OZ (OK, that's Australia...just in case someone goes looking up postal codes).
Found the Tiger was only OK ish, but the Tatra not so good.
Used them in my Timeless (SS, .68 OC), and Karve (SS, #D plate, SB). So those razors should have given me a reasonable smooth shave.
A case of YMMV?
Other folks seem to like both blades.
 
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It's not always true, but a general rule of thumb is that newer posters are as well generally new to DE/SE shaving and therefore haven't really hit their stride regarding technique & prep.
 

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Bogeyman,
That’s very possible and in my case I have only been “proper” shaving for about 9 months after a lifetime of cartridges. I think my prep is fine with good soaps and lots of lather.
I have used a number of blades - Astra SPs are nice and smooth, GSBs feeling sharper, as well as maybe 6 others over last months.
Previously I was thinking that the whole good blade / bad blade thing was a bit overdone, but the Tatra just felt rough. Which is a learning in itself for me at least!
I will use the blade again and see if I can make it work.
As they say YMMV
Cheers
Paul
 
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I've just received 50 of each, and tomorrow will be an outing with a Tatra in my Rex razor. I hope I fare better with it than others have done.

As usual, first-class service from Gemstone, and these things are very well-priced.

I wish these hadn't caught my eye, as, although I'm well-stocked with blades against all eventualities, storage is now becoming a problem.
 

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Two passes with my Rex on 3.5, and Nanny's Vetyver, and I'm a bit disappointed with this blade. It's sharp and shaves well, but leaves a smarting face. It may be that the razor is set too high, so I'll try it dialled down and see what happens. I'm hoping that it's a blade which will perform more comfortably in a "milder" razor, such as a Hone or a vintage Gillette of some kind.
 
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I've used a few Tiger Plats and had a few very mixed experiences with them.

When used in my most used razors, Ball End/Fat Handle Tech I found the blades to be prickly and not very enjoyable to use.

However in the Yaqi Cobbed Head (same head as the Maggards V3A) which is a much more aggressive head than the Techs the blade is a delight to use and I've got some very smooth and comfortable shaves.
 
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