Guide to Wet Shaving

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by MetroStyles, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. MetroStyles

    MetroStyles Senior member

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    I've always been skeptical about the efficacy of a straight razor shave, having tried it (both myself and with a barber) in the past. I don't see any mechanical reason why it would even be as good as a disposable shave, never mind better. I suspect that we get a better experience going to the barber than shaving at home a) because barbers use better brushes, creams and those towel-wrap thingies (all things which clearly DO work) b) because people with expensive disposable razor blades tend to use them far past their useful life. People might reasonably use those basic Merkur safety razors (although the blades tend to be overpriced: I've always used Derby, and I have no complaints there) or a straight razor to minimize costs, but to say that the shave is better is pushing it.
    Agreed, I was about to post in this thread calling the OP a faggot, only to realize it was me that started it three years ago during my love affair with Merkur*. *The shaving device company, not the poster.
     
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    javyn Senior member

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    Agreed, I was about to post in this thread calling the OP a faggot, only to realize it was me that started it three years ago during my love affair with Merkur*.

    *The shaving device company, not the poster.


    Merkur razors are the best, but the blades are rather expensive. Derby FTW
     
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    I snapped up a Mekur at the end. Can't wait until that stuff arrives so I can get a nice shave. [​IMG]
     
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    Good luck. It takes a while to get used to, but it means that you get a new blade about every other time you shave or so. I'll stick to my Gillette Fusion, which I maintain is the best razor on the market.
     
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    Cartridge Fusions are a bit expensive. As an example a package of 4 or 5 would run you 20$. How much would it cost to supply blades for a safety razor?
     
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    Cartridge Fusions are a bit expensive. As an example a package of 4 or 5 would run you 20$. How much would it cost to supply blades for a safety razor?

    100 Derby blades will cost 20 bucks off ebay. At a blade a week, which is average, that's two years of shaves for the cost of not even a week using a Fusion.

    aoluffy: What Merkur did you end up getting man?
     
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    100 Derby blades will cost 20 bucks off ebay. At a blade a week, which is average, that's two years of shaves for the cost of not even a week using a Fusion.

    aoluffy: What Merkur did you end up getting man?



    I got the HD. read about a bit and everyone seems to suggest the HD is best.

    I need to find some videos and stuff. My dad has only ever used commercial razors so I have no one to learn from [​IMG].
     
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    My math is bad today, I meant a month of using the Fusion...that is, if their cartridges last a whole week, which I doubt anyway.
     
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    javyn Senior member

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    I got the HD. read about a bit and everyone seems to suggest the HD is best.

    I need to find some videos and stuff. My dad has only ever used commercial razors so I have no one to learn from [​IMG].


    Nice choice, that could very well be the last razor you ever buy.

    Here, knock yourself out man.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mantic59

    I'll go ahead and tell you, most important rule ever, DO NOT PRESS THE RAZOR DOWN ON YOUR FACE!You will hurt yourself. The only pressure on your face should be from the weight of the razor itself, and will result in a great shave. If you press down like you are used to doing with cartridge razors, the blade will bypass the hair and start digging into your skin. At best you'll have a nasty case of razor burn, at worst you'll cut yourself.

    Don't be discouraged if you burn or cut yourself though. Takes a few weeks to get the hang of it, especially around the neck area.

    The videos should spell it all out for ya.
     
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    I got the HD. read about a bit and everyone seems to suggest the HD is best.

    I need to find some videos and stuff. My dad has only ever used commercial razors so I have no one to learn from [​IMG].


    Check out here: http://artofmanliness.com/2008/01/04...-your-grandpa/

    good start, plus has links to other places of interest.
     
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    I got the HD. read about a bit and everyone seems to suggest the HD is best.

    I need to find some videos and stuff. My dad has only ever used commercial razors so I have no one to learn from [​IMG].


    HD is the shit. With Derby blades and a little practice I never get razor burn anymore and that was a huuuge problem for me with cartridge razors. I also like paying 15 cents for a razor that lasts a week. Owns the fusion so hard.
     
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    So I looked up Merkur at amazon.

    Which one should I get? 0_o

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?ur...Merkur&x=0&y=0

    Also, does it have to be Merkur? Is parker any good?


    The Classic HD (Heavy Duty) Merkur is, as Corey recommends, a great starter razor:

    http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Classic...2589491&sr=1-9

    Personally, I think the late-1940´s Gillette Super Speed is an even a better starter razor. It´s less agressive, though you have to hunt one down on one of the DE shaving buy and sell fora or on Ebay.

    Never tried the Parker.
     
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    javyn Senior member

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    I had a Parker. Great if you are on a budget, but nowhere near a Merkur. If you can afford to splurge 40 bucks on a Merkur it shouldn't be any choice at all.

    As far as which Merkur to get, they are all great...but HD seems to be the safest choice. That being said, I don't have a HD (I found a Gillette 40s era Superspeed off ebay that I use, which is comparable), but I do have a Futur and it is the best razor I've ever used.

    The head geometry on the Merkurs are far superior to anything out there, with the old Gillettes coming in a not so close second. Like comparing a steak knife to a katana.

    Just my opinion though, everyones' faces and beards are different, what works well for one may not work well for another. Best to try everything and get a healthy case of razor acquisition disorder going [​IMG]
     

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