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What do you shave with?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by ysc, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. ysc

    ysc Senior member

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    I just finished shaving myself with the a massive Wilkinson sword device with four blades on one end and an electrical shaver on the other end, like something from a self-harmers wet dream.
    It was terrible, I remembered the Wilkinson quatro as being decent, but having just re-tried it I clearly remebered wrong. Usually I use a Gillette mach three and shave as infrequently as possible, if not for the fact I quickly grow a peadotach I would probably just grow a beard and be done with it.

    So are old school safety razors all they are cracked up to be?
    If not what "regular" razor do people find is best?
    I try to have a hot shower/hot flannel first, and use proper shaving cream, I find this all helps any top tips?
    Honestly, after who knows how many thousands of years shaving you would think we would have it cracked by now.
     
  2. fredfred

    fredfred Senior member

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    find the badger and blade website and you'll receive all the answers you want.
     
  3. huy

    huy Senior member

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    I currently shave with a safety razor and it has been about 6 months since I started it. The novelty of safety razors wore off after about 3 months but I haven't switched back mostly due to the high cost of cartridges. Give it a try though, it is cheap to get started and if you don't like it you can sell it back close to your cost.

    The most important thing with shaving is good prep and good shaving cream/soap. Some good quality cream will last a very long time and give you a great shave no matter what shaver you use.
     
  4. mikej77

    mikej77 Senior member

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    A bowie knife, just like crocodile dundee.
     
  5. dcg

    dcg Senior member

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    Been using a Merkur HD for a few months. Still experimenting with blades.
     
  6. imhotep

    imhotep Senior member

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    Honestly, after who knows how many thousands of years shaving you would think we would have it cracked by now.

    I believe it has been figured out

    1 - straight blade
    2 - safety razor
    3 - cartridge razor
    4 - disposable razor


    in decreasing shave quality, and increasing convenience
     
  7. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    I'm looking to buy a Merkur safety razor but when I went to buy they were sold out all over the net. I wouldn't recommend doing a straight razor yourself.
     
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    I've been happy using a Merkur Futur for the last 3 years.
     
  9. hamish5178

    hamish5178 Senior member

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    I'm looking to buy a Merkur safety razor but when I went to buy they were sold out all over the net. I wouldn't recommend doing a straight razor yourself.

    Amazon always has many models in stock.

    I got a merkur for christmas and switched from my schick fusion thingy.

    No more in-grown hairs! My hair is really curly so this used to be a real problem for me.
     
  10. appolyon

    appolyon Senior member

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    Disagree with straight blades giving you the best shave.

    I've been using a Gillette 'Fat Boy' from 1961 that I picked up on ebay, together with Derby blades (bought the blade sampler from, I think, West Coast Shaving).

    Have been using soaps and creams from C&E and Taylors that work extremely well.

    Novelty has worn off as someone else has mentioned so I mostly use creams now cause you can whip up a lather in no time at all.

    Have even been trying to train myself to do my head with the safety razor so that I can ditch the cartridges once and for all.
     
  11. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    I switched to a straight from a Merkur HD just because I wanted to be completely self-sufficient. The learning curve takes longer since there are more variables you control, but in two years I've never wanted to go back to shaving with anything else.
     
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    Merkur DE Classic "C", Merkur Blades, Mama Bear's Shaving Soaps and Aftershave.

    I'm enticed by Thomas's mention of being self- sufficient, but the learning curve still scares me off.

    Next year.
     
  13. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    I use a Badger hair brush, cream, a merkur HD and derby blades. It was cool at the beginning but the routine can be rather cumbersome, but enjoyable at times. It's cool and all but I can shave with a disposable and a can of cream in about 1/20th of the time compared to my DE and get a shave that is just as good if not better.

    I would like to try a straight though...
     
  14. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    I have a moderate to light beard and have been looking at Merkur, which one should I get?
     
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    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    The HD will suit you just fine. No need to splurge on a crazy razor. technique > razor. There will be much to get used to when you first get started like :

    Making a good lather with the brush
    Blade angle
    Blade stroke
    and more

    A good quality lather can be the difference between and a great shave and a bloody face.
     
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    Merkur DE Classic "C", Merkur Blades, Mama Bear's Shaving Soaps and Aftershave.

    I'm enticed by Thomas's mention of being self- sufficient, but the learning curve still scares me off.

    Next year.


    ehhh, if you can sharpen a knife you've pretty well got the maintenance skills down. Now bringing the blade to your face - that will take a couple of tries before your hand stops shaking.
     
  17. Pylon

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    +1 on checking out Badger & Brush forums. There's more info there than we could ever hope to record and impart here.

    That having been said, I think half of the shave quality comes from the prep. I use a pre-shave oil (right now, Art of Shaving) and lather on shaving cream (Trufitt & Hill) with a silver-tip badger hair brush, after a hot shower. The run-of-the-mill Mach3 power shaves smoothly and close after that prep. The downsides are it takes lots of extra time in the morning, and the Trufitt & Hill cream seems to really go through the cartridges faster than some other creams I've used.
     
  18. ysc

    ysc Senior member

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    Ha, a lot of feedback. I don't think I am ready to learn to use a straight razor, when I shave I am often hung over/bleary eyed, I don't think it would be a good idea, I tried to shave with a very sharp knife a few times when hiking and yeah, scary as shit.

    Yeah, I use a pre-shave oil and Limes shaving cream, found that was much better than shaving foam etc. I find if I don't have time for a shower holding a flannel soaked in hot water against my face is pretty much as good.
    I guess I am going to order a brush and safety razor and see how it is.
     
  19. Mr.Sly

    Mr.Sly Active Member

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    phillips triple track!
     
  20. javyn

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    I went a little nuts 3 years ago and bought up all the shaving gear I could get my hands on. After the novelty wore off, I pretty much only shave with either my Merkur Futur or fixed head Gillette Superspeed (40s era).

    I'd recommend getting a Merkur HD, it will be the only razor you ever need. Shaves much better than the cartridge razors, and blades are incredibly cheap. Just remember to not apply pressure, the weight of the razor is pressure enough.

    I'm sure you 'can' get a better shave with a straight razor, but that depends on the amount of skill you develop. There is considerable upkeep with straights too. I have two but never use them. Double edge is perfect for me. If I had it to do all over again I'd just have gotten the Merkur HD and stopped there rather than spending a small fortune on vintage razors.

    Eventually I'd look at getting a decent Shavemac brush too.
     

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