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post #151 of 184
People often overthink and overcomplicate this.

I have sensitive but also clear and normal skin.

I use this:



I shave dry - no cream or anything, no water. No irritation or razor burn either. Takes 3-5 minutes and I'm done. Don't even need aftershave.

Welcome to the 21st century, gentlemen.
post #152 of 184
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Originally Posted by palladium15 View Post
water and gillette

Bejeezus. That's gotta hurt.

Red Israeli blades
Truefitt & Hill Grafton soap
Merkur 34C stick
post #153 of 184
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post
So I received my new razor and took it out for a method shave spin. My method: put lather on, shave, rinse off when finished. How the hell can there be a dozen forums for something so bloody simple? lefty
How'd you like the 38c and what blades did you end up getting?
post #154 of 184
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Originally Posted by Flambeur View Post
People often overthink and overcomplicate this.

I have sensitive but also clear and normal skin.

I use this:

I shave dry - no cream or anything, no water. No irritation or razor burn either. Takes 3-5 minutes and I'm done. Don't even need aftershave.

Welcome to the 21st century, gentlemen.

I tried one of those and got some hellacious ingrown hairs. I mean, my face was smooth and I totally see the appeal, but digging out ingrowns is 1) painful, and b) time-consuming, more so that the blade and brush.
post #155 of 184
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I tried one of those and got some hellacious ingrown hairs. I mean, my face was smooth and I totally see the appeal, but digging out ingrowns is 1) painful, and b) time-consuming, more so that the blade and brush.
Interesting, I don't think I've ever had an ingrown hair on my face. Weird. Different skin types or something I guess. By the way, it may also be this particular model - I've tried something different before, one of those triple circular things, and it totally sucked and hurt.
post #156 of 184
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How'd you like the 38c and what blades did you end up getting?

So far so good.

I like the weight and length and use three fingers on the handle with my little finger supporting the bottom. Close shave with two passes and some touch ups. I did buy a blade sampler pack but popped in the blade supplied with the razor and it works fine.

lefty
post #157 of 184
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
easy: Acquisition Disorders. First you get a razor and blades. Then you read someone rave about another razor, and different blades. They're fairly inexpensive, everyone has a collection - and they've been at it a while and it's the norm - so you pick up a few more. Soon you have a herd of razors and a bunch of blades.

Then you turn to soaps. Some are soap guys, some are cream guys, others rotate and are seasonal. Some swear by English tallow soaps, some go for French milled soaps, shea butter blends, glycerin/clay formulas, and different scents, too!!! So you try a few and a few more, and guys are off-loading their soaps all the time, so soon you have a drawer or a cabinet of soaps and creams.

Then you hear the whispers...straight razors...shhh. scary, those things. Sneeze, and you've lost an ear. Old School at its finest. Nothing between the blade and a smooth face. ...Here's one on the board, pretty reasonable. You send your funds via paypal and now have a gleaming weapon of beardly destruction. Maybe it works for you, maybe you wish it were more...substantial. You get a bigger one. You hear about grinds: hollow, quarter-hollow, wedge. Different steels: Sheffield, Solingen, Japanese. Old makers, long-lost pieces of history in your hands. You find a deal on ebay, it's dull - how do I sharpen this? Hones, strops, pastes, powders...it's sharp enough, right? It's rickety? How do I fix this so it's beautiful?

At least, that's how it went for me. I don't post on those boards like I used to, though. Two drawers-full is my limit.

I could see collecting old straight and safety razors, but the "how to" advice is complicating the hell out of one of the simpler acts of getting ready in the morning. They're just so damned earnest - Shave of the Day - WTF? I wonder what their fathers would think.

I'm tempted to join just to ask about the best balm for a freshly shorn scrotum, but I think it would shock their ishave/igent hearts. And I don't have the heart to do that.

lefty
post #158 of 184
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post
I could see collecting old straight and safety razors, but the "how to" advice is complicating the hell out of one of the simpler acts of getting ready in the morning. They're just so damned earnest - Shave of the Day - WTF? I wonder what their fathers would think.

I'm tempted to join just to ask about the best balm for a freshly shorn scrotum, but I think it would shock their ishave/igent hearts. And I don't have the heart to do that.

lefty

If you posted said question on SRP, you'd probably get a chuckle. Post that on B&B and you would crash the server, such would be the howls of outrage.
post #159 of 184
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If you posted said question on SRP, you'd probably get a chuckle. Post that on B&B and you would crash the server, such would be the howls of outrage.
post #160 of 184
Been using a brush/cream for about a month with my Mach 3 and have really enjoyed it. Just ordered a Merkur.
post #161 of 184
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
Post that on B&B and you would crash the server, such would be the howls of outrage.

That makes it tempting.

lefty
post #162 of 184
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post
I could see collecting old straight and safety razors, but the "how to" advice is complicating the hell out of one of the simpler acts of getting ready in the morning. They're just so damned earnest - Shave of the Day - WTF? I wonder what their fathers would think.

I'm tempted to join just to ask about the best balm for a freshly shorn scrotum, but I think it would shock their ishave/igent hearts. And I don't have the heart to do that.

lefty

What's so bad about wanting a better shave?

different strokes
post #163 of 184
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Originally Posted by RCG Tiburon View Post
What's so bad about wanting a better shave? different strokes
Nothing. But men gathering in a room to watch another guy shave then applauding afterward? What's next? Meeting in a hotel room on a Saturday afternoon to discuss clothes? It's shaving. If you can't master it by the third try time to hand in your membership card to all things manly. lefty
post #164 of 184
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Originally Posted by unrated View Post
I'm having problems under my chin and just under the jaw line shaving with a merkur 34c, any tips on how I can reach those areas?

Stretch your skin: pull it up over the jawline on the sides. Under the chin, jut your chin out, stretch the skin by pulling down, and watch your blade angle closely.
post #165 of 184
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
Stretch your skin: pull it up over the jawline on the sides. Under the chin, jut your chin out, stretch the skin by pulling down, and watch your blade angle closely.

Thanks for the tips. I started out using the Merkur blade which came with my razor but then switched to Derby. What a world of difference, its unbelievable. The Derby blades cut so much better and easier. Now my technique just has to improve
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