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

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  1. LonerMatt

    LonerMatt Senior member

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    I think Howard Yount has the best prices in linen or cotton-linen trousers I've found.
     
  2. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    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
     
  3. lachyzee

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    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
     
  4. deingesicht

    deingesicht Senior member

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    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 [​IMG]
     
  5. Selvaggio

    Selvaggio Senior member

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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.
     
  6. thebrownman

    thebrownman Senior member

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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.
     
  7. deingesicht

    deingesicht Senior member

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    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) [​IMG]
     
  8. Nicholas D C

    Nicholas D C Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  9. deingesicht

    deingesicht Senior member

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    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
     
  10. LonerMatt

    LonerMatt Senior member

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

    Want being the operative word.
     
  11. Marbles

    Marbles Senior member

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    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.
     
  12. Nicholas D C

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    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.
     
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  13. Journeyman

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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

    i saw this on Tumblr today.. only for the brave or yakuza
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    kamisori . “japanese straight razors” .
    wrought iron & aogami super steel .
    190 euros
     
  16. CHECKstar

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    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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    Romp Senior member

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    Out of interest who do these guys use for their alterations and is the quality decent?
     
  18. Journeyman

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    If I remember correctly, P. Johnson's ties are made by Drake's.

    I know that both of them have a regrettable focus on narrow ties - P. Johnson's are only 7cm in width and most of Drake's ties are 7cm and 8cm in width.
     
  19. TehBunny

    TehBunny Senior member

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    Thanks for the advice on the bow ties; I'm going to go ahead an buy one of Henry Carter instead off Le Noeud as I can't imagine paying $100ish for a bow tie.
     
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  20. CHECKstar

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    I am pulling a mental blank on the name, but very decent quality.
     
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