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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. Plestor

    Plestor Senior member

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    Straights have maintaince, but my Slant Sledge (Merkur 39C) w/ feathers destroys my stuble in no time. There is no reason at all anything with a disposiable blade should take any longer. Actually straights can be faster bar mantaince due to longer cutting edge.

    (As an aside de is cheap as chips as well)
     
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  2. lachyzee

    lachyzee Senior member

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    QFT. Have the same setup exactly. Way better shave than with a cartridge razor. And far, FAR cheaper.
     


  3. Selvaggio

    Selvaggio Senior member

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    Cheaper for sure. Better shave? - not so sure about that.

    I use a Merkur Futur (with which is the attack of the blade is adjustable) with a Feather blade and, yes, at the higher numbers it is a very close shave. But you have to use with care. At the lower numbers, it is much easier, but the shave is not as close. Perversely, I guess, a close shave is not normally what I'm after. I have a heavy beard and very close shaves run the risk of in-grown hairs. With an adjustable DE razor I can control that.

    I have used DE razors for years - but I still use a multiple blade acrtridge razor when I travel - and every time I use it I am amazed at how easy it is to use and what a uniform ultra-close shave it delivers.

    This question is a bit like vinyl v CDs. I still listen to tons of vinyl. As with using DE razor, I kind of old-fashioned vibe of it - and I have lots of music you either can't get on CD or I can't be bothered getting. But, unlike many, I will never say that the sound is better on vinyl. There are good reasons cartridge razors and CDs surplanted their predecessors.
     


  4. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    This was my experience as well. Only only ever used feathers because they are the sharpest, but also have a heavy beard and have battled in-growns all my life. DE's helped with this to an extent but needed a miniumum of 2 passes to get anywhere near a standard cartridge razor, which of course takes a lot longer when you need to re-lather etc.

    I think that the razors are about the only thing cheaper though, as most guys that get in to DE shaving become obsessed (like clothes!) and buy all the other stuff that goes with it, so it ends up being more expensive overall. Anyway, that's my opinion/experience. My barber uses the straight blade on my neck FWIW and I do enjoy that, but would never go to the trouble of learning it myself.
     


  5. lachyzee

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    To get anything approximating a close shave I have to do one pass with the grain and one pass against, no matter what kind of razor I use. I only buy razors, soap and aftershave balm. The soap lasts for 6 months and the razors are stupidly cheap... I think I paid something like 13$ delivered for 50? I shave probably 3 times a week and usually use each blade for 4-6 shaves before replacing... So yeah they also last forever. Excluding the initial cost of a razor it's a year's worth of shaves for $30-40 or so.... I do think there is a significant saving to be had if you're smart about it. Last time I checked cartridges for the gillete mach 68 or whatever the latest one is were $25 for 4...

    With those 5 blade razors etc, I feel like once one blade passes over your skin, it takes most of the lubricant from the shaving soap or cream with it, so the rest of the blades are essentially passing over unprotected skin...
     
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    For fritzl

     


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  9. The Ernesto

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    Wandering around in a pair of Humphrey Law half hose this morning and the missus said rather archly 'Worried about blood clots at work, are we?'.
     


  10. maplefuturist

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    Look perfect. Bit over my budget though. My main concern is getting the wrong size and having to ship it back. Could turn out incredibly expensive. I'm usually a EU 42, UK 8-8.5. Would I be safe ordering that size?

    No business formal occasions. I'm 24, haven't finished my university education. Probably will return next year. I have one very old suit from high school which needs replacing. The types of jobs I'm going for: retail, sales, marketing assistant, mac operator, IT support. Anything I can get my hands on really. I might even try blue-collar work for a change, something like landscaping, so I don't need to go overboard. My currents shoes are falling apart so I thought I might as well spend the extra time and money now and get it right.

    Probably won't be wearing these with denim if that's what you mean.

    Bingo. I'm a young dude just trying to get back on my feet. [​IMG]

    If I was in Sydney I would love to do this. I wonder if the money would allow me to survive in Sydney?
     
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  11. g-banger

    g-banger Senior member

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    id suggest going on herring shoes site and having a look if you need lower priced shoes, than mentioned above (i own a pair of these and they rock)- and don't forget to add $50-70 for topy on the soles if your need to get them done.
     
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  12. rhubarb jam

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    I don't know where you're getting your Topy done, but he will need to spend no more than $35 - $40, not to mention this is something to think about 2 - 3 months down the line.

    Also look at the Loake Churchill. Pediwear offer a free silk tie and shoe trees with full price Loake's, a nice little bonus for someone starting their collection/career.

    In Melbourne at least, you won't find anything near the quality at that price point ($200 AUD). Best to go to David Jones and try a pair on for sizing comparison.

    Good luck!
     


  13. maplefuturist

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    In Perth unfortunately. Only option I know of around here is Gingers.
     
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    I shave with a DE every morning - take about 10 or so mins, no big deal.
     


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