Don't See Too Much About Shavers on Here!

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Jerry52, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. Jerry52

    Jerry52 Senior member

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    I'd like to talk shavers!

    My favorite type is the electric.

    My parents gifted me with a nice Norelco when I was maybe 14 or 16 years old, and I still have it, but it's stopped working about two years ago. I had refurbished it once before that. I LOVED that razor!

    I'm a bit old-fashioned (52 now) and I like cord-only shavers. You can hardly get any now.

    My old trusty cord-only Norelco was like a weapon! Heavy like a rock. Stayed with my face, and did a great, quick job of shaving. It had adjustable closeness settings, too.

    Just to try a newer Norelco I bought their corded model maybe ten years ago...it's just not the same! Light, it sort of bounces around and doesn't do as thorough a job. No closeness control.

    Even though I've been pretty loyal to Norelco, my curiosity about Braun got to me, so maybe seven years ago I received one of their foil cord-only models. It feels really nice on my face, but again doesn't always shave like I would hope. Admittedly sometimes I let my whiskers grow for several days, which can present a challenge to any shaver I suppose.

    One thing I noticed about my Braun is that the whiskers are cut a lot finer than the Norelco, almost like sawdust. As I said, it feels great on the face (I shave dry) but it's loud and vibrates a lot in my hand compared to the Norelco.

    Nowadays, evidently Braun makes NO cord-only shaver and Norelco just one lightweight probably much like the one from ten years ago.

    Sure, both Norelco and Braun offer more features in their $100 or more expensive models, but these have the cord/cordless feature and I hate to buy what I don't need! Why can't anybody make a heavy built, DELUXE corded-only model?

    I've noticed that the lower priced Brauns are now made in China, and that's true for the lower priced Norelcos as well. The more expensive Brauns are still made in Germany and Norelcos in Holland.

    I wonder if any of you own the Chinese Brauns or Norelcos and how they compare in build quality and shaving effectiveness to the ones made in Germany or Holland?

    I guess I'm curious if the Panasonic wet/dry electrics are any good, and I've heard that the well-respected Grundig makes some electric shavers but evidently they don't come to the USA any more.

    If anyone else wants to talk shaving, shoot![​IMG]

    Jerry
     
  2. Leaveitothexperts

    Leaveitothexperts Senior member

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    I'd like to talk shavers!

    My favorite type is the electric.

    My parents gifted me with a nice Norelco when I was maybe 14 or 16 years old, and I still have it, but it's stopped working about two years ago. I had refurbished it once before that. I LOVED that razor!

    I'm a bit old-fashioned (52 now) and I like cord-only shavers. You can hardly get any now.

    My old trusty cord-only Norelco was like a weapon! Heavy like a rock. Stayed with my face, and did a great, quick job of shaving. It had adjustable closeness settings, too.

    Just to try a newer Norelco I bought their corded model maybe ten years ago...it's just not the same! Light, it sort of bounces around and doesn't do as thorough a job. No closeness control.

    Even though I've been pretty loyal to Norelco, my curiosity about Braun got to me, so maybe seven years ago I received one of their foil cord-only models. It feels really nice on my face, but again doesn't always shave like I would hope. Admittedly sometimes I let my whiskers grow for several days, which can present a challenge to any shaver I suppose.

    One thing I noticed about my Braun is that the whiskers are cut a lot finer than the Norelco, almost like sawdust. As I said, it feels great on the face (I shave dry) but it's loud and vibrates a lot in my hand compared to the Norelco.

    Nowadays, evidently Braun makes NO cord-only shaver and Norelco just one lightweight probably much like the one from ten years ago.

    Sure, both Norelco and Braun offer more features in their $100 or more expensive models, but these have the cord/cordless feature and I hate to buy what I don't need! Why can't anybody make a heavy built, DELUXE corded-only model?

    I've noticed that the lower priced Brauns are now made in China, and that's true for the lower priced Norelcos as well. The more expensive Brauns are still made in Germany and Norelcos in Holland.

    I wonder if any of you own the Chinese Brauns or Norelcos and how they compare in build quality and shaving effectiveness to the ones made in Germany or Holland?

    I guess I'm curious if the Panasonic wet/dry electrics are any good, and I've heard that the well-respected Grundig makes some electric shavers but evidently they don't come to the USA any more.

    If anyone else wants to talk shaving, shoot![​IMG]

    Jerry


    I believe this discussion is had 2, maybe more times a day in the "body consciousness" forum. I am maybe even more old fashioned that you are, I use the good old Gilette Mach3, I think it is just a cleaner shave compared to electric shavers . . .
     
  3. Jerry52

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    Ah, that explains it! I just pretty well park here.

    I dunno, occasionally there's talk of wallets and watches... so shavers seemed OK too!

    I guess one reason I don't use manuals is a shaky hand!
     
  4. guynamedsean

    guynamedsean Well-Known Member

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    I can't stand electric shavers.

    I have a fog free mirror in the shower. I take a hot shower, use a facial scrub to stand the whiskers up and prevent ingrowns, then i shave while in the shower. The actual shaving takes about 60 seconds and this method doesn't aggrevate my skin at all. I reccomend tossing you fog free mirror every few months and buying a new one, becuase they lose their fog resistance over time.

    My razor of choice is the Gillette Sensor Excel. These are the old school sensors that only have 2 blades.

    I didn't realize I said so much to say about shaving.

    Oh yeah, please, no posts about shaving anything other than your face or possibly your head.
     
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    I recently tried one of those vibrating razors (like the Fusion) and it makes much more a difference than I thought.
     
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    I and a number of other posters use DEs.
     
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    DE Merkur Futur. It takes longer and more patience but you get a better shave from wetshaving. I have a brand new Futur in the box, PM me if you want to buy it at a discount.
     
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    I recently tried one of those vibrating razors (like the Fusion) and it makes much more a difference than I thought.
    thats because the battery powered version of both the fusion and the mach3 have better blades than thier normal counterparts. Not becaues of the vibration feature.
     
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    DE Merkur user as well. Hate the electric.
     
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    Ah, that explains it! I just pretty well park here.

    I dunno, occasionally there's talk of wallets and watches... so shavers seemed OK too!

    I guess one reason I don't use manuals is a shaky hand!


    Well, wallets and watches are considered part of clothing as you wear a watch and carry a wallet on your person; not something you normally do with a manual razor let alone an electronic razor.
     
  11. denimdestroyedmylife

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    i watched North by Northwest for the second evening in a row last night. the scene with gregory peck shaving his face with a small ladies razor in a public restroom of a train station while the gentleman at the next sink shaved with a straight razor is very very funny. i noticed that the guy with the straight razor repeatedly shaved the same spot, even after the lather was gone, and i wondered if maybe the straight razor was just a prop, or if his skin was going to be irritated, or if i've been too fussy being sure to never shave an area of my face without lubrication...

    anyway, i can't imagine going back to the electric razor after making the switch to DE. next stop, straight razor----in 10 years or so.
     
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    I grew up using a blade and spent all of those years with ingrown hairs, embarrasing irritation, and lots of cuts.

    After switching to an electric all of that basically went away. They don't shave quite as close as a razor (thus helping with ingrown hairs, cuts, removing skin) which has made me happy for many years.

    I have considered a DE Merkur/brush and the whole set up but I don't know if I want to go through the adjustment period and go back to wet shaving. I hate shaving and actually prefer stubble.
     
  13. denimdestroyedmylife

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    i have found that wet shaving has improved my skin-----it must be all the exfoliation from using the brush.

    w/ the electric, i never attempted close shaves because all that grinding irritated my skin. so i just had stubble all the time.

    were you getting ingrown hairs from using a multiblade? i've read that multiple blades are responsible for ingrown hairs b/c of all that lift/cut action. the single DE blade cuts the follicle at the right length...
     
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    electric shaves always irritated my skin... same with cartredge blades. i use a old style open comb DE now, and no problems at all. i actually like shaving.
     
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    i have found that wet shaving has improved my skin-----it must be all the exfoliation from using the brush.

    w/ the electric, i never attempted close shaves because all that grinding irritated my skin. so i just had stubble all the time.

    were you getting ingrown hairs from using a multiblade? i've read that multiple blades are responsible for ingrown hairs b/c of all that lift/cut action. the single DE blade cuts the follicle at the right length...


    I think the last blade I used was the Gillette sensor excel. I stopped blade shaving right when the mach 3 came out.

    Wet shaving actually removes a small layer of skin (resulting in scar tissue everytime you shave) but electrics roll over the skin. The blade shaves closer and I think for me that equated to ingrown hairs. From what I understand, the closer the shave, the higher chance of ingrown hairs.

    As I said before, I still might try blade shaving again (lots of stuff to buy [​IMG] ) but I just don't want to go through the transition period to find out if it works well or not. It also seems like more work.
     

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