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Your shaving set..?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Aristocrat, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. Aristocrat

    Aristocrat Well-Known Member

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    What is in your shaving set, and what brands is the best?
    Do you use a badger brush?
    I don't know nothing about this so please help me!
     
  2. AdamG

    AdamG Well-Known Member

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    I've got a Mack 3 Turbo, a badger brush, a plastic bowl for making lather and Body Shop shaving cream.
     
  3. PITAronin

    PITAronin Well-Known Member

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    Bearing in mind that not all of these are used every time I shave (some coming into play only on weekends or when I can spend a bit more time with the shaving ritual)
    1. Standard Mach III razor
    2. Custom amboyna burl shaving set (lidded bowl filled at the moment with Truefitt and Hill Grafton shaving cream, badger brush and amboyna handle attached to an old Gillette double edge)
    3. Small Merkur 'mustache razor" for negotiating around goatee
     
  4. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    I use a Mach 3 razor, a Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood shaving soap (wooden bowl) and a badger brush. When you get used to it, it only takes about 10 minutes to shave.
     
  5. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Well-Known Member

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    merkur hd with feather blades
    crabtree & evelyn best badger brush
    merkur brush/razor stand
    ceramic shaving bowl
     
  6. heartworm

    heartworm Well-Known Member

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    Vintage Gillette double-edge or a vintage straight (I own several)
    Taylor of Old Bond St. cream (Sandalwood or Shave Shop) or Truefitt&Hill once in a while.
    Nancy Boy aftershave.
     
  7. javyn

    javyn Well-Known Member

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    While a little pricier, I think Shavemac badger brushes are great. I have 3, one in each handmade grade: pure, finest, silvertip. If you're only planning on one brush, then definitely go Finest aka Super. I also use double edge razors and various creams. Kiss My Face shaving cream is probably the best bang for the buck, and lathers wonderfully with a brush.
     
  8. Swann

    Swann Well-Known Member

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    I use a Mach 3 razor, a badger shaving brush and a shaving soap from Trumpers (Sandalwood). The shaving soaps from Dr. Harris are also fine.
     
  9. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    Taylor's of Old Bond Street Lavender Soap
    Vulfix Super Badger Brush
    Merkur Heavy Classic DE with Feather blades
    Set of 4 vintage straight razors encompassing: Garant Paris, Puma, and two English makes
    Alum block
    Brave Soldier Shaving Balm
    Razor strop
     
  10. phil47

    phil47 Member

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    Merkur Progress adjustable safety razor
    Israeli-made no-name blades from eBay or Derby blades
    Rooney "Silvertip" brush
    I have about a dozen different lather shave creams and soaps; my favorites are Truefitt & Hill Trafalgar, Speick (from Germany), and Crabtree & Evelyn Sienna.

    There's a guy on YouTube that has a channel with a whole bunch of videos about traditional shaving: http://www.youtube.com/shavetutor
     
  11. skalogre

    skalogre Well-Known Member

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    While a little pricier, I think Shavemac badger brushes are great. I have 3, one in each handmade grade: pure, finest, silvertip. If you're only planning on one brush, then definitely go Finest aka Super.

    I also use double edge razors and various creams. Kiss My Face shaving cream is probably the best bang for the buck, and lathers wonderfully with a brush.


    I also have a Shavemac. VERY nice. I had a Vulfix before that 3was also very nice.

    My current favourites:
    Arran Vetiver (discontinued [​IMG] )
    Trumper's Rose
    Trumper's Violet


    Favourite blades are the Feather platinum blades. The Israel-made Personna are decent but I prefer the Feathers. The Swedish Gilette did not agree with me, the Merkur Platinum were ok...
    My DE is a bog-standard Merkur HD.
     
  12. Rolo

    Rolo Well-Known Member

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    Feather Artist Club RG Teak
    Muehle-Pinsel Best Badger briar wood and Omega boar bristle
    Proraso Green
     
  13. nerdykarim

    nerdykarim Well-Known Member

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    Merkur HD w/ Feather DE Blades
    Truefitt & Hill super badger (made by Vulfix?)
    Derby Lavender cream or Mama Bear's Hydrogen soap
    Nancy Boy Signature aftershave balm
     
  14. Homme

    Homme Well-Known Member

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    Merkur HD with feathers.
    Proraso shaving cream + pre/post cream for afterwards.
     
  15. heartworm

    heartworm Well-Known Member

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    Taylor's of Old Bond Street Lavender Soap
    Vulfix Super Badger Brush
    Merkur Heavy Classic DE with Feather blades
    Set of 4 vintage straight razors encompassing: Garant Paris, Puma, and two English makes
    Alum block
    Brave Soldier Shaving Balm
    Razor strop


    What are the english straights you own? I'm currently working on restoring a Crown & Sword extra hollow ground.

    Taylor's make some great products, I visited their shop when I was in London last week... There's just too much good stuff in there. I love the St. James quarter.
     
  16. eg1

    eg1 Well-Known Member

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    "Life" (Shopper's Drug Mart house-brand) canned foam -- sensitive skin variety, since I cannot find the Barbasol anywhere around here anymore
    Mach 3 razor

    Yes, I am a peasant. [​IMG]
     
  17. javyn

    javyn Well-Known Member

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    You can still be a peasant and get a better shave by ditching the M3. 2 blades much better than 3
     
  18. MCsommerreid

    MCsommerreid Well-Known Member

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    Gillette SuperSpeed
    Israeli Personal blades
    Simpsons PJ2
    Usually Truefitt & Hill 1805 (But I have a couple of other soaps to mess around with)
    Thayers Witch Hazel

    Damn fine shave, even though I still have to keep a cartridge razor on hand for when I shave my head on the occasion I do. Not brave enough to do it with a DE razor.
     
  19. VKK3450

    VKK3450 Well-Known Member

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    Truefitt and Hill kit with badger brush and razor (Mach 3 blade)
    T&F or Body Shop soaps

    For travel, a Gilette Sensor, and a small tube of soap which I use my hand to lather

    K
     
  20. Stax

    Stax Well-Known Member

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    Merkur HD with Derby blades
    Vulfix Badger
    Nancy Boy shave cream
    ceramic scuttle
    Baxter's balm
     

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