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What do you shave with?

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

  1. robbie

    robbie Senior member

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    gilette mach 3 and colgate/barbasol
     
  2. Talous

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    Just started using a Merkur Futur and Proraso/shaving soap. My technique is getting better and the shave is pretty excellent.
     
  3. Thomas

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    ^ Thomas, which type/ how many straights do you use?

    Straight shaving can get really addictive. in fact, it has taken the place of clothing for me-for now at least.

    in the last two months i've purchased 8 straight razors ( three cheapies to practice honing on). Plus probably six or so different creams.

    A year ago, it was just a fusion and a tube of kiehls.


    heh, I was just think about the razors this morning...going from memory here...

    The main rotation:
    7/8 Henkels Friodur (stainless, hollow ground)
    15/16 Filarmonica (the last production run with the smiling blade, hollow ground)
    6/8 quarter-hollow Le Grelot (Thiers-Issard regrind)
    8/8 Wolstenholm wedge (ebay purchase I cleaned up - fantastic edge)
    7/8 Wade & Butcher wedge (...SRP or B&B board)

    The rest of the herd:

    5/8 Wapinecas (3) - plan on rescaling each
    5/8 Weyersberg quarter-hollow
    5/8 Wade & Butcher quarter-hollow that I'm still putting an edge on (ebay purchase)
    5/8 Le Grelot hollow ground
    a few other rescale/rehone jobs that escape my recollection.

    Seems I gravitate towards the heavier razors...
     
  4. woodywoodson

    woodywoodson Well-Known Member

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    Usually a Merkur HD and any one of a number of shaving creams and soaps.
     
  5. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Yeah, Futur gives the best shave I've ever had. Never tried a slant though.

    merkur futur + art of shaving gel

    I used a wilkinson sword DE razor for about a year before I switched to futur. Once I did.. what a change, the shave u get with it is amazing.
     
  6. bullethead

    bullethead Senior member

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    What kind of cheapies? And from where? I've manage to keep it at 3.

    one joseph elliot, one fields & co, and one with a name i can't read. bought them as a set from B&B
     
  7. chas

    chas Senior member

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    Merkur Progress
    Proraso cream or art of shaving cream (lavender or sandalwood)
    art of shaving silvertip brush (not sure who makes it)
    art of shaving aftershave lotion
     
  8. pinchi22

    pinchi22 Senior member

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    Gillette 1948-1950 Super Speed double edge
    Derby Extra blade
    Kent badger brush (forgot the model)
    Rotating collection of 9 creams (current favorite is Taylor´s of Old Bond St almond)
     
  9. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Taylors Avocado is excellent.
     
  10. sonvolt10

    sonvolt10 Well-Known Member

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    Taylors Avocado WAS excellent before they changed the formula a couple of years ago.
     
  11. scugger

    scugger Senior member

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    Same. I have not gotten into the high-end shaving game.

    gilette mach 3 and colgate/barbasol
     
  12. Ramrod

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    Merkur Double Edge, AOS unscented.
     
  13. Ludeykrus

    Ludeykrus Senior member

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    Cheap disposable razors with lathered bar soap. Works well.
     
  14. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    It's still good. The Taylor formulation change wasn't as bad as Trumper's.

    Taylors Avocado WAS excellent before they changed the formula a couple of years ago.
     
  15. Zinn

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    Gillette Mach 3
    Art of Shaving Silvertip Shaving Brush
    Art of Shaving Lavender or Lemon Shaving Cream
     
  16. Coldsnap

    Coldsnap Senior member

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    started shaving with a double edge razor a few weeks ago.... its amazing

    Merkur HD and Moma bears soap
     
  17. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter 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...
    Same... I've really been trying to get into wetshaving (merkur HD +multi blade pack, C&E BBB, Body shop cream) but frankly when I switch back to mach 3 and can gel, I get a better and quicker shave every time with almost no risk of nicks and cuts. I've applied the techniques I learned from wetshaving and it has made a big difference. 3 shaves (WTG, XTG, ATG) and really good prep (hot towel or shower, oil, let the lather soak in) and post (cold water + balm) and it's been way better. So overall, I'm not convinced it's worth it to switch to safety razors
    heh, I was just think about the razors this morning...going from memory here... The main rotation: 7/8 Henkels Friodur (stainless, hollow ground) 15/16 Filarmonica (the last production run with the smiling blade, hollow ground) 6/8 quarter-hollow Le Grelot (Thiers-Issard regrind) 8/8 Wolstenholm wedge (ebay purchase I cleaned up - fantastic edge) 7/8 Wade & Butcher wedge (...SRP or B&B board) The rest of the herd: 5/8 Wapinecas (3) - plan on rescaling each 5/8 Weyersberg quarter-hollow 5/8 Wade & Butcher quarter-hollow that I'm still putting an edge on (ebay purchase) 5/8 Le Grelot hollow ground a few other rescale/rehone jobs that escape my recollection. Seems I gravitate towards the heavier razors...
    Wow, Thomas between your cologne knowledge and wetshaving and such, you sound like one of the most interesting guys I've encountered. (no homo) Seriously, I'm fascinated that you have such an interest and impressive knowledge of several topics. Good for you man, and thanks for sharing. What do you do for a living? (not to derail, we can take this PM if you want)
     
  18. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Wow, Thomas between your cologne knowledge and wetshaving and such, you sound like one of the most interesting guys I've encountered. (no homo) Seriously, I'm fascinated that you have such an interest and impressive knowledge of several topics. Good for you man, and thanks for sharing. What do you do for a living? (not to derail, we can take this PM if you want)


    Aww shucks, I just stay open to new experiences. Fortunately there's a good group of people who swap and buy/sell cologne bottles/samples, etc. I'm still finding new stuff in my drawer.

    About the razors: at the time I was in Toastmasters and was up to be club president, and I thought it would cool to try a straight and see if I could master it. As with public speaking or many other skills - there's a time when your skills are rough and you suffer a bit...but with practice and thoughtful self-evaluation, you can usually pick it up pretty well. It took 30 days of shaving every day before I stopped cutting myself, and since then I've had good, fairly consistent results. My experience with the straight led to the club theme for the year (Surprise yourself!), and provided a good analogy for stretching yourself in other areas of your life.
     
  19. PocketCircle

    PocketCircle Senior member

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    Philips Coolskin
    The number of times I used a blade on my face: 0
     
  20. happy hooligan

    happy hooligan Senior member

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    I thought I'd post a pic of my Silver Tipped Badger brush, by Omega.

    They're great for your face and do a great job getting the soap where it need to go...

    [​IMG]

    as always, more pics on my blog...
     

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