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What do you shave with?

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

  1. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    So I received my new razor and took it out for a method shave spin.

    My method: put lather on, shave, rinse off when finished. How the hell can there be a dozen forums for something so bloody simple?

    lefty
     
  2. swarley

    swarley Member

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    Mach 3, Aveeno shaving cream and I shave in the shower. With and against the grain.
     
  3. unrated

    unrated Senior member

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    Received my Merkur HD with derby blades. There is definitely a learning curve to it but I find it more enjoyable than using my Norelco electric.
     
  4. magels

    magels Member

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    I still use my mach3... is it any difference from the fusion?
     
  5. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    So I received my new razor and took it out for a method shave spin. My method: put lather on, shave, rinse off when finished. How the hell can there be a dozen forums for something so bloody simple? lefty
    easy: Acquisition Disorders. First you get a razor and blades. Then you read someone rave about another razor, and different blades. They're fairly inexpensive, everyone has a collection - and they've been at it a while and it's the norm - so you pick up a few more. Soon you have a herd of razors and a bunch of blades. Then you turn to soaps. Some are soap guys, some are cream guys, others rotate and are seasonal. Some swear by English tallow soaps, some go for French milled soaps, shea butter blends, glycerin/clay formulas, and different scents, too!!! So you try a few and a few more, and guys are off-loading their soaps all the time, so soon you have a drawer or a cabinet of soaps and creams. Then you hear the whispers...straight razors...shhh. scary, those things. Sneeze, and you've lost an ear. Old School at its finest. Nothing between the blade and a smooth face. ...Here's one on the board, pretty reasonable. You send your funds via paypal and now have a gleaming weapon of beardly destruction. Maybe it works for you, maybe you wish it were more...substantial. You get a bigger one. You hear about grinds: hollow, quarter-hollow, wedge. Different steels: Sheffield, Solingen, Japanese. Old makers, long-lost pieces of history in your hands. You find a deal on ebay, it's dull - how do I sharpen this? Hones, strops, pastes, powders...it's sharp enough, right? It's rickety? How do I fix this so it's beautiful? At least, that's how it went for me. I don't post on those boards like I used to, though. Two drawers-full is my limit.
     
  6. bullethead

    bullethead Senior member

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    ^
    Exactly right. Started using a brush and soap-with a fusion-a year ago. Then I bought one straight. Now I have roughly 30 of them. In fact, I just purchased an Otto Deutsch Hans on Ebay this evening.

    I also have two brushes and over a half dozen soaps and creams. Very addictive and like clothing, it's quite a bit of fun.

    No more purchases for a while though...at least I hope.
     
  7. chas

    chas Senior member

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    Prep:
    TOB Rose Cream or Poraso or Wool Fat Soap
    Art of shaving silver tip travel brush

    Razor/blades:
    Merkur Progress
    Derby Blades

    Post:
    Alum block
    Thayers rose witch hazel
    Poraso after shave or Royall Mandarain
     
  8. JonHecht

    JonHecht Senior member

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    Mach3 Fusion with The Body Shop Maca Root Shave Cream. With the grain then against the grain if I am meeting a girl.
     
  9. RCG Tiburon

    RCG Tiburon Senior member

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    I knew it was "Method Shaving" before I clicked the link. And no, I've not tried it: too complicated and too much stuff to buy, and I'm not at all certain that - after all that - my results will be any better. No thanx.

    Everything I've read says the shave is superlative, but if you're already getting damn fine shaves (or better) with your normal method I wouldn't switch.

    Feather Portable (Gillette Ball-end Tech clone)
    Derby blades
    Williams mug soap
    Burma Shave boar brush

    love that citronella [​IMG]
     
  10. unrated

    unrated Senior member

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    I'm having problems under my chin and just under the jaw line shaving with a merkur 34c, any tips on how I can reach those areas?
     
  11. Flambeur

    Flambeur Senior member

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    People often overthink and overcomplicate this.

    I have sensitive but also clear and normal skin.

    I use this:

    [​IMG]

    I shave dry - no cream or anything, no water. No irritation or razor burn either. Takes 3-5 minutes and I'm done. Don't even need aftershave.

    Welcome to the 21st century, gentlemen.
     
  12. onlinematt

    onlinematt Senior member

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    water and gillette

    Bejeezus. That's gotta hurt. [​IMG]

    Red Israeli blades
    Truefitt & Hill Grafton soap
    Merkur 34C stick
     
  13. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    So I received my new razor and took it out for a method shave spin. My method: put lather on, shave, rinse off when finished. How the hell can there be a dozen forums for something so bloody simple? lefty
    How'd you like the 38c and what blades did you end up getting?
     
  14. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    People often overthink and overcomplicate this.

    I have sensitive but also clear and normal skin.

    I use this:

    I shave dry - no cream or anything, no water. No irritation or razor burn either. Takes 3-5 minutes and I'm done. Don't even need aftershave.

    Welcome to the 21st century, gentlemen.


    I tried one of those and got some hellacious ingrown hairs. I mean, my face was smooth and I totally see the appeal, but digging out ingrowns is 1) painful, and b) time-consuming, more so that the blade and brush.
     
  15. Flambeur

    Flambeur Senior member

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    I tried one of those and got some hellacious ingrown hairs. I mean, my face was smooth and I totally see the appeal, but digging out ingrowns is 1) painful, and b) time-consuming, more so that the blade and brush.
    Interesting, I don't think I've ever had an ingrown hair on my face. Weird. Different skin types or something I guess. By the way, it may also be this particular model - I've tried something different before, one of those triple circular things, and it totally sucked and hurt.
     
  16. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    How'd you like the 38c and what blades did you end up getting?

    So far so good.

    I like the weight and length and use three fingers on the handle with my little finger supporting the bottom. Close shave with two passes and some touch ups. I did buy a blade sampler pack but popped in the blade supplied with the razor and it works fine.

    lefty
     
  17. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    easy: Acquisition Disorders. First you get a razor and blades. Then you read someone rave about another razor, and different blades. They're fairly inexpensive, everyone has a collection - and they've been at it a while and it's the norm - so you pick up a few more. Soon you have a herd of razors and a bunch of blades.

    Then you turn to soaps. Some are soap guys, some are cream guys, others rotate and are seasonal. Some swear by English tallow soaps, some go for French milled soaps, shea butter blends, glycerin/clay formulas, and different scents, too!!! So you try a few and a few more, and guys are off-loading their soaps all the time, so soon you have a drawer or a cabinet of soaps and creams.

    Then you hear the whispers...straight razors...shhh. scary, those things. Sneeze, and you've lost an ear. Old School at its finest. Nothing between the blade and a smooth face. ...Here's one on the board, pretty reasonable. You send your funds via paypal and now have a gleaming weapon of beardly destruction. Maybe it works for you, maybe you wish it were more...substantial. You get a bigger one. You hear about grinds: hollow, quarter-hollow, wedge. Different steels: Sheffield, Solingen, Japanese. Old makers, long-lost pieces of history in your hands. You find a deal on ebay, it's dull - how do I sharpen this? Hones, strops, pastes, powders...it's sharp enough, right? It's rickety? How do I fix this so it's beautiful?

    At least, that's how it went for me. I don't post on those boards like I used to, though. Two drawers-full is my limit.


    I could see collecting old straight and safety razors, but the "how to" advice is complicating the hell out of one of the simpler acts of getting ready in the morning. They're just so damned earnest - Shave of the Day - WTF? I wonder what their fathers would think.

    I'm tempted to join just to ask about the best balm for a freshly shorn scrotum, but I think it would shock their ishave/igent hearts. And I don't have the heart to do that.

    lefty
     
  18. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    I could see collecting old straight and safety razors, but the "how to" advice is complicating the hell out of one of the simpler acts of getting ready in the morning. They're just so damned earnest - Shave of the Day - WTF? I wonder what their fathers would think.

    I'm tempted to join just to ask about the best balm for a freshly shorn scrotum, but I think it would shock their ishave/igent hearts. And I don't have the heart to do that.

    lefty


    If you posted said question on SRP, you'd probably get a chuckle. Post that on B&B and you would crash the server, such would be the howls of outrage.
     
  19. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    If you posted said question on SRP, you'd probably get a chuckle. Post that on B&B and you would crash the server, such would be the howls of outrage.
    [​IMG]
     
  20. eep

    eep New Member

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    Been using a brush/cream for about a month with my Mach 3 and have really enjoyed it. Just ordered a Merkur.
     

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