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post #31 of 117
Wow you suppose to wet your face before your shave? Who is this article was written for, teenagers?

Try Trader Joe Mango shaving cream. It contains small amount of glycerin and it improves shaving dramatically.

You don't need badger hair brush What a bunch of BS. Shaving brush is bacteria factory
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post #32 of 117
You don't 'need' a shaving brush....no. But they are great to have and improve the quality and enjoyability of the shave more than anything. I'd recommend someone getting a good brush over someone getting another razor if they had to choose one thing to get.

People have been using shaving brushes for a few hundred years now, I haven't heard of any outbreaks or issues using them. Although, I definitely wouldn't recommend sharing one, unless that means handing it town to your son, which many have done.
post #33 of 117
Ok so Merkur is better, got it.

What is the difference between the HD and this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Ha...54043&sr=1-118

Also, how is the blade changed in the HD?
The futur seems to have a better blade change system, as well as the Vision.

Any feedback?

Thanks!
post #34 of 117
I think the only difference is the length of the handle. I prefer the short fat handles, but if you have big hands or fat fingers, the long might be a better choice.

Never had an HD, but I did have the 1908 classic or whatever, which is the same thing with a different handle design. All you do is unscrew the handle from the base of the head and it comes apart pretty easily to change the blade.

That is the ONE gripe I have about the Futur though. You must grab the head of the razor to remove the top to change the blade. Even though I've never had a problem, I can see how that could lead to a pretty bad injury if you aren't careful. Also you must hold the head of the razor to turn it if you want to adjust it.
post #35 of 117
So I have pretty normal sized man hands I would say, so a short handle would do fine?

What is the difference between these two?

http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Classic...2609205&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Classic...2609418&sr=1-1

And with these blades?

http://www.amazon.com/Derby-Razor-Bl...2609466&sr=1-1

Thanks for all the help so far guys.
post #36 of 117
One has a long handle, one doesn't. Other than that I'm sure it's just the design of the handle. Note though, some of these razors have "teeth". I'd avoid those unless you have a VERY coarse beard. An open combed razor is very aggressive.

I love Derby blades, but blades more than anything are YMMV. If I were you I'd check out the shavemyface.com forum and purchase a razor blade sampler pack from the member there who sells them.

You'll get a good variety to try out to determine what's best for you. I love Derbys but some people hate them and prefer Merkur, Feather, etc.

Your confusing yourself (and me) with all these razor man haha. Just get an HD and be done with it. The HD has a very heavy handle, which is what you want.
post #37 of 117
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Originally Posted by javyn View Post
(...) Your confusing yourself (and me) with all these razor man haha. Just get an HD and be done with it. The HD has a very heavy handle, which is what you want.

Truth. The only DE razor that I kept is an HD. Simple as hell to use, good geometry, solid build quality, easy blade changes. You'll be surprised at how small it is, but that's a good thing because the short handle keeps you from trying to muscle the blade around and press into your skin. If I went back to DE shaving I would go back to the HD, and if I never go back, I'm keeping it for my son. And if you try it and hate it, you should be able to sell it and not take a huge loss - but I can't recall the last time someone hated their HD.
post #38 of 117
Haha the two razors I showed you were not the same I think! One of them was the HD Classic, the other one was just the "Classic". I will get the long HD I guess, barber poll.

NVM: I will just get the http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...estyleforum-20
post #39 of 117
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Originally Posted by Cognacad View Post
Haha the two razors I showed you were not the same I think! One of them was the HD Classic, the other one was just the "Classic". I will get the long HD I guess, barber poll.

NVM: I will just get the http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...estyleforum-20

Good choice, I myself have never liked long handles. Something about the short fat handle balances the weight perfectly for me. You will not regret this decision.
post #40 of 117
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
Truth. The only DE razor that I kept is an HD. Simple as hell to use, good geometry, solid build quality, easy blade changes. You'll be surprised at how small it is, but that's a good thing because the short handle keeps you from trying to muscle the blade around and press into your skin. If I went back to DE shaving I would go back to the HD, and if I never go back, I'm keeping it for my son. And if you try it and hate it, you should be able to sell it and not take a huge loss - but I can't recall the last time someone hated their HD.

Yeah. There's a very active razor trade going on the wetshaving forums. If you don't like what you have someone will be more than happy to trade it for what you do want to try.

Just sterlize them before ya use them if that's the route you go lol.
post #41 of 117
Ehh. LAST QUESTION I PROMISE!

This one seems to be the exact same but cheaper?

http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-HD-34C-...ecc_rvi_cart_3
post #42 of 117
34C is something different entirely. It came out after I decided to stop buying so much shaving crap...so I can't comment on it. By the pic, it's obviously open combed. I'd avoid it. Or if you do want a 34C, try and find one where the bar is not serrated like that. Ie, not open comb.
post #43 of 117
Ahh ok cool.

There are so many different ones that look the same or have the almost same name etc. Like this one

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...estyleforum-20

the one that is suggested to me does not say "HD" so I didn't even look at it. So it is the HD because it says HEFTY I guess. HD as in heavy duty.
post #44 of 117
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Originally Posted by javyn View Post
34C is something different entirely. It came out after I decided to stop buying so much shaving crap...so I can't comment on it. By the pic, it's obviously open combed. I'd avoid it. Or if you do want a 34C, try and find one where the bar is not serrated like that. Ie, not open comb.
what difference does the open comb make? I think that's the one I have at home but I never noticed that, just figured they all had that... Everyone said go buy the Merkur HD 34C, so that's the one I got Does this explain why my face is bleeding everywhere? Edit (Oct 8) - I just looked up open combs again, turns out this is not what I have... just ridges on teh edge of the head...
post #45 of 117
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post
what difference does the open comb make? I think that's the one I have at home but I never noticed that, just figured they all had that...
Everyone said go buy the Merkur HD 34C, so that's the one I got

Does this explain why my face is bleeding everywhere?

LOL yeah. Open combs are for those copper wire beards, very very aggressive. Seems like the guys over at the shaving forums try to use the supposed thickness of their beards as some sort of dick measuring contest, and trying to convince themselves they need an open comb or an adjustable adjusted to some ridiculously high setting, when that's just going to lead to razor burn and cuts for 90% of them.

Go for the closed comb safety bar
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