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Originally Posted by Nicholas D C View Post

Just out of interest, does anyone here use safety razors for their shaving regimen? I just ordered a pre-shave oil for the first time (Truefitt & Hill) and am looking forward to seeing if it makes a significant difference to the softness of the stubble. Managed to pick up a couple Kiehls post-shave products (Razor Bump/Facial Cleanser) as well, and also grabbed a Truefitt & Hill aftershave balm. 

P.S. Thomas Lyte briefcase shipped today - I'm excited! 
I used to, but eventually found I got just as good a shave from a gilette sensor excel, a razor with only 2 blades seems to be the sweet spot for me.

Anyway, here is todays fit


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Suit: Herringbone Sydney
Shirt: Cottonwork light blue poplin
Tie: Henry Carter printed silk 7 fold
Square: Henry Carter Irish linen
Shoes: Carmina brown captoe
post #24002 of 56075
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Now this article while flogging a dead horse to a degree has an opening parragraph which will make you laugh http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/shortcuts/2013/jan/08/men-partners-buy-clothes-cameron
I am after a couple of good quality white t shirts in pure cotton, crew neck, which I could wear with a pair of linen trousers. Any suguestions for a local buy or do I have to go online?
Cotton linen trousers any suguestions where I could buy some locally or is it another online purchase?

I bought some from MJ Bale's 3 for 100 a while ago, they're pretty good. Got two whites and a grey. If you have one of the $20 off codes, I think it works with that deal too.

http://www.mjbale.com/clothing/tshirts-and-polos/3-t-shirts-for-100
post #24003 of 56075
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Originally Posted by Nicholas D C View Post

Just out of interest, does anyone here use safety razors for their shaving regimen? I just ordered a pre-shave oil for the first time (Truefitt & Hill) and am looking forward to seeing if it makes a significant difference to the softness of the stubble. Managed to pick up a couple Kiehls post-shave products (Razor Bump/Facial Cleanser) as well, and also grabbed a Truefitt & Hill aftershave balm. 

 

P.S. Thomas Lyte briefcase shipped today - I'm excited! 

I use a safety razor everyday and will never go back. I use a Murkur 38C with Feather razors. The first time I used my safety razor, I came out of the bathroom and my wife laughed so hard - I had cut my face is multiple locations - but I would never go back nod[1].gif

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I think we have had this razor discussion before - strong sense of deja vu.

Anyway, I use a double sided razor. Works for me becasue you get a bit more control of how close your shave is. I used to use a modern multi-blade cartridge. They are dead easy to use and produce a very close shave (at a price). I think they are probably 'better' than double-sided razors in those respects.

But the close shave was a problem for me as I was ending up with ingrown stubble ("Macheting its way down to the bone" if I can paraphrase Basil Fawlty).

I use an adjustable Merkur and feather blades and have worked out what I need to do to get an acceptable shave without it being too close for comfort.
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I agree with Jason. Gillette Sensor Excel is what I use on the odd occasions that I shave with a razor. Anything above two blades is such overkill IMHO.
post #24006 of 56075
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Originally Posted by Selvaggio View Post

Anyway, I use a double sided razor. Works for me becasue you get a bit more control of how close your shave is. I used to use a modern multi-blade cartridge. They are dead easy to use and produce a very close shave (at a price). I think they are probably 'better' than double-sided razors in those respects.
 

 

I get a much closer and cleaner shave with my double edge razor than the multi-blade razor, plus I enjoy shaving every morning as I have stopped getting razor burn. After a couple more years I'll more on to the cut throat blades (I'm too scared now) butbut.gif

post #24007 of 56075
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Originally Posted by Selvaggio View Post

I think we have had this razor discussion before - strong sense of deja vu.
Anyway, I use a double sided razor. Works for me becasue you get a bit more control of how close your shave is. I used to use a modern multi-blade cartridge. They are dead easy to use and produce a very close shave (at a price). I think they are probably 'better' than double-sided razors in those respects.
But the close shave was a problem for me as I was ending up with ingrown stubble ("Macheting its way down to the bone" if I can paraphrase Basil Fawlty).
I use an adjustable Merkur and feather blades and have worked out what I need to do to get an acceptable shave without it being too close for comfort.

 

That's interesting, one of my mates has been complaining vociferously about in-grown hairs, and he's using a cartridge razor as well - says he doesn't go against the grain for fear of getting 'em. Might tell him to try a safety razor and a pre-shave oil to see if that helps him out.

post #24008 of 56075
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Originally Posted by Nicholas D C View Post

 

That's interesting, one of my mates has been complaining vociferously about in-grown hairs, and he's using a cartridge razor as well - says he doesn't go against the grain for fear of getting 'em. Might tell him to try a safety razor and a pre-shave oil to see if that helps him out.

I shave everyday (sometimes twice a day depending on the occasion) and go against the grain without razor burn. However, I only go against every second day as it saves time in the morning.

 

The first two weeks will feel like hell as you teach yourself how to shave correctly

post #24009 of 56075

I want to be badass enough to shave with a straight razor.

 

Want being the operative word.

post #24010 of 56075
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Originally Posted by Selvaggio View Post

I think we have had this razor discussion before - strong sense of deja vu.
Anyway, I use a double sided razor. Works for me becasue you get a bit more control of how close your shave is. I used to use a modern multi-blade cartridge. They are dead easy to use and produce a very close shave (at a price). I think they are probably 'better' than double-sided razors in those respects.
But the close shave was a problem for me as I was ending up with ingrown stubble ("Macheting its way down to the bone" if I can paraphrase Basil Fawlty).
I use an adjustable Merkur and feather blades and have worked out what I need to do to get an acceptable shave without it being too close for comfort.


Agree with this wholeheartedly. I use Astra blades and my Grandfather's old Wilkinson Sword razor - my skin can be a little tender if I shave daily but ingrown hairs and pimples are all but gone since I changed from the 5-bladed Gillette. Lathering on a proper soap/cream is also a great way to start the morning, beats 'dry' shaving in the shower or using the crappy aerosols by a long shot.

post #24011 of 56075
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Originally Posted by deingesicht View Post

I shave everyday (sometimes twice a day depending on the occasion) and go against the grain without razor burn. However, I only go against every second day as it saves time in the morning.

 

The first two weeks will feel like hell as you teach yourself how to shave correctly

 

Oh yeah, me too - I've been using a Merkur 34C for the last couple years, but just with some shaving soap (Crabtree & Evelyn Sienna). Have expanded my 'shaving regimen' for the first time though, as I noted in a previous post, bought some pre-shave oil and aftershave balm (and some T&H 'ultimate comfort' shaving cream, rather than soap). I'm hoping it'll make the experience even more enjoyable.

 

But yes, I remember the first two weeks! I was very fortunate not to mince my face, as I was used to the pressure necessary for a cartridge razor, and to be fair, was probably using less 'beginner-friendly' blades. Thanks to putthison and a couple good youtube vids I was able to correct my technique fairly quickly. I'm about to switch out my Derby Extra blades for some Feathers. Wonder if I'll notice the difference...

 

Edit: Also I would have to recommend against the Crabtree & Evelyn shaving soaps. They don't tend to lather as nicely as the Taylor of Old Bond St cream I tried a few times, and are rather stupidly priced in Sydney.

post #24012 of 56075
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Cotton linen trousers any suguestions where I could buy some locally or is it another online purchase?

Land's End have quite a few choices but, as it is the northern winter at present, some choices are limited and they seem to have sold out of the "tailored" option in quite a few colours/styles.

Still, could be worth having a look as their prices are very reasonable - there are a couple of nice styles here and here.
post #24013 of 56075
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Originally Posted by Nicholas D C View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by deingesicht View Post

I shave everyday (sometimes twice a day depending on the occasion) and go against the grain without razor burn. However, I only go against every second day as it saves time in the morning.

The first two weeks will feel like hell as you teach yourself how to shave correctly

Oh yeah, me too - I've been using a Merkur 34C for the last couple years, but just with some shaving soap (Crabtree & Evelyn Sienna). Have expanded my 'shaving regimen' for the first time though, as I noted in a previous post, bought some pre-shave oil and aftershave balm (and some T&H 'ultimate comfort' shaving cream, rather than soap). I'm hoping it'll make the experience even more enjoyable.

But yes, I remember the first two weeks! I was very fortunate not to mince my face, as I was used to the pressure necessary for a cartridge razor, and to be fair, was probably using less 'beginner-friendly' blades. Thanks to putthison and a couple good youtube vids I was able to correct my technique fairly quickly. I'm about to switch out my Derby Extra blades for some Feathers. Wonder if I'll notice the difference...

Edit: Also I would have to recommend against the Crabtree & Evelyn shaving soaps. They don't tend to lather as nicely as the Taylor of Old Bond St cream I tried a few times, and are rather stupidly priced in Sydney.

Feathers are much sharper than Derby's so do be cautious on your first shave with them. I have finer hair so feathers give me a fantastic close shave with minimal passes.
post #24014 of 56075
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

P Johnson ties are garish, and at taking the piss prices too (along with the pocket squares). Style reflects the owner I guess.
 

 

I actually think the pjohnson range at the moment is quite understated and muted compared to the giraffe prints last season. Im a big fan, they easily make the nicest knot of any of my tie collection - http://www.pjohnsonshop.com/collections/ties 

 

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Originally Posted by LonerMatt View Post

I want to be badass enough to shave with a straight razor.

 

Want being the operative word.

i saw this on Tumblr today.. only for the brave or yakuza

 

 

 

kamisori . “japanese straight razors”  .

wrought iron & aogami super steel .

190 euros

post #24015 of 56075
Safety razor user here: Merkur plus feather blades, Proraso pre & post shave and Taylor's Jermyn Street Shave Cream (although I am currently using up a tub of Proraso Shaving Soap).

I have NFI what the Merkur model is, but I have been using it since I got it as a Christmas gift 2 years ago and haven't looked back. Did take a fair bit of practice to be able to not inflict damage to my face, but once you get the hang of it, it takes about 5 or so mins in the morning to get a great result.

Also, with all the talk about MJ Bale, I probably should make mention that I did purchase a summer suit from the Melbourne store over the holiday break and decided to go through them for alterations. I found that they did mark-up the alteration costs considering they use the same service as Herringbone (ie $70 to take in a jacket waist as opposed to $45 or so at HB).
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