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What do you use to shave?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Matt, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Reggs

    Reggs Senior member

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    I grew up with my father being a big brush/flat razor fanatic, but honestly, for skin protection, etc. isn't it just better to use gel/cream and a 3-4 blade razor like Fusion/Shick Quattro/Mach 3 ? Is there any advantage to using the latter other than the fact that it is gentlemanly?

    I use Anthony shave oil/Gillette gel/2 blade cheap Gillette razor/Baxter herbal mint aftershave lotion.......and I get a good shave.

    Also, does anyone still use styptic pencils? Are they any good?


    The deodorant I use is the same think as a stypic, only liquid. It stings. Any astrengent shold help.

    I would say there is an advantage to using a brush and cream though it is sometimes more than people want to deal with. Im convinced a lot of men who are into wetshaving are into more as a hobby than just a good shave. Thats also why a lot of the old guys on shaving forums tend to be a little zealous.

    Have you tryed any gels other than Gillette? It always gave me a pretty rough shave.
     
  2. Reggs

    Reggs Senior member

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    Hey Reggs, is that a Shavemac stand you have?


    Yes, good eye.
     
  3. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I'm thinking of acquiring a Thiers Issard straight razor.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Javyn, I have the same shaving mug. Been known to use the Nivea stuff too.

    Lately I've been using Musgo Real. When the tube runs out, I'll go back to Caswell-Massey's 1752. I like the Musgo Real, but it seems much pricier, in the long run, than the CM. Maybe I'll alternate, for variety.

    For a razor, I use Caswell-Massey's Deco model, which takes Mach 3 blades. I just can't bring myself to pay more for blades, regardless of the performance.
     
  5. heartworm

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    Reggs > Okay, I'm currently thinking of placing an order with either ME or Nancy Boy, the problem is just that I can't afford to order from both.

    LabelKing > That's a great idea, but you might want to start out with something cheaper while you're learning to shave (and especially hone) since you might ruin the razor with incorrect honing or simply not like straight shaving.
     
  6. blackgrass

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    I use a double edge and badger brush...specifically a Gillette Superspeed from the 40's. It sort of takes a while to get the feel for a DE but once you see and feel how much smoother and better you face looks you won't go back to a multiple blade razor again....especially if you suffer from ingrown hairs.
    I am more of a hard soap guy as opposed to the creams. I like Proraso and the QED line of soaps....I should probably check out some others but these are working great for me for now.
     
  7. imageWIS

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    I use a rusty machete and a steady hand. [​IMG]

    Jon.

    Ok, actually I use a Norelco...
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    OCD is the new ADD.

    LMAO.

    Jon.
     
  9. javyn

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    Hey Doc, keep your eye out for Will G on ebay. He makes soaps made to fit perfectly into that Old Spice mug we have. Not only are they CHEAP, I'm talking not even 4 dollars per puck, but they are seriously equal to or greater than all the top shelf English creams and soaps! Will recently had surgery which led to complications, so he closed down his ebay shop while he convalesces, but he should be opening it back up as soon as he is able. Luckily I stocked up right before he shut down his store. He also has decent aftershave lotions as well. Add him to yalls favorite sellers list and keep an eye out. Again, his stuff is really top notch, and his prices just can't be beat. http://www.stores.ebay.com/willgsplace
    Doc, DE blades are MUCH cheaper than Mach 3 blades. Ebay seller "howard1616" sells Turkish made blades called "Derby" for around 20 bucks per 100 blades. 20c per blade is quite a bit cheaper than 1.80+/blade for a M3. Derby razor blades give me the best, most comfortable shave, but everyone is different. Some like the Personnas you get at Walmart, some like the Personnas made in Israel, some like Feather blades, etc. Here is a review with pictures of Will's stuff from the Badger & Blade forums, if interested.
     
  10. DocHolliday

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    Hey Doc, keep your eye out for Will G on ebay. He makes soaps made to fit perfectly into that Old Spice mug we have. Not only are they CHEAP, I'm talking not even 4 dollars per puck, but they are seriously equal to or greater than all the top shelf English creams and soaps!

    Thanks for the tips, Javyn. I'm usually skeptical of unknown blades and such from eBay, but I'll give these a shot on your recommendation.
     
  11. Reggs

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    Doc, DE blades are MUCH cheaper than Mach 3 blades. Ebay seller "howard1616" sells Turkish made blades called "Derby" for around 20 bucks per 100 blades. 20c per blade is quite a bit cheaper than 1.80+/blade for a M3. Derby razor blades give me the best, most comfortable shave, but everyone is different. Some like the Personnas you get at Walmart, some like the Personnas made in Israel, some like Feather blades, etc.

    Here is a review with pictures of Will's stuff from the Badger & Blade forums, if interested.


    How are they Vs Merkur?
     
  12. javyn

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    I find the Derby blades to be a bit sharper than Merkur, and drag a lot less. They are up there with the Swedish made Gillette blades that most on the shaving forums prefer, but those Swedes turn my face into hamburger. The Derby are just as sharp and "smoother" for me. Of course, nothing is sharper than Feather blades, but while using a Feather, if I blink or twitch, I am seeing red on my face.

    Unfortunately I can't give a simple answer like "better than" or "not as good" as Merkur because everyone's face is different. Some people actually favor these dreaded, dull Israeli Personnas (which you could also find on ebay the same price as Derby)!

    If you are happy with the Merkur blades, then I'd stick with em. But if you find they catch or drag a bit on your beard, I'd consider a sharper blade like Derby, Feather, or European-made Gillettes. Don't bother with American-made Gillettes, they are pretty bad.
     
  13. tiger02

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    I can definitely feel the Derby blades scraping across the skin under my jawline. I'm always worried about doing damage so don't put much pressure on the razor, and sometimes end up leaving a little stubble. Does that mean I need a sharper blade?
     
  14. javyn

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    See, that is one of the areas where the Derby blade shines for me, along the jawline, and the difficult spots on my neck. I get that drag with other blades like Personna and Merkur. Before ya change blades, I'd check to make double sure you are using a good angle. I make it a point to always 'lead' the stroke with the safety bar (long bar running underneath the blade itself on the razor head). I touch that bar to my skin, then slowly lift the razor handle until the blade is just touching, ready to cut. If you have that safetybar touching skin at all times, that will ensure you are using the proper angle. That's a lesson I re-teach myself often, since I'll have a good shave, then get cocky and try to lead the shave with the blade itself for a more aggressive angle. I am always reminded to do it the right way after I cut and burn myself heheh But yeah, if the Derby still catches and drags on that stubble even with a good angle...the only place you have to go is Feather [​IMG] Those suckers are SHARP. Using the feather blades, I open up little cuts all over my face not feeling it or not even knowing how or what I did wrong. Many gents though use nothing else once they have tried Feather... I just noticed you are in DE ....no harm in trying a Gillette as well then. Many of us 'shave geeks' pay a premium to get the Swedish Gillettes over here in the states (made in Sweden but sold all over Europe).
     
  15. matadorpoeta

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    i start with a schick slim twin disposable razor and cremo cream. rinse with warm water, pat dry, then wait about 10 minutes for face to dry completely. i then shave again with a braun electric shaver and rinse with cold water.

    i have never been able to get a close shave from any razor, wet or electric. after many years of frustration i discovered that i had to use both.

    i have a bottle of code blue but have never needed it for irritation. i use it for blemishes.
     
  16. javyn

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    Have you ever used a double edged or injector mator? I was one of the types who only shaved 2 times a week at the most because it was torture...until I discovered a double edge and tube of top shelf English cream. Now it went from being torture to a luxurious hobby.
     
  17. capnpyro

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    Reggs you're considerably less retarded on this forum.

    My friends threatening me with buying me a Merkur Futur, is there any quick tips and tricks you guys can impart or a site you read before you started carving up your face? Currently I use a fusion, works ok but it could be closer and the blades die after a week. How long do those platinum coated blades last?
     
  18. javyn

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    I think the Futur is overly feared, and would make a great first (and last) razor. So long as you remember not to push down on it while shaving, but that shouldn't be hard since the thing is so heavy already. Just start at the 1 setting, get used to it, move to 1.5, etc. Compared to the handful of other DEs that I've tried, this thing mows down lots of hair in few passes. I think I've only cut myself twice on it, from being stupid, but I do razorburn myself when my blade has dulled.
     
  19. Reggs

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    Reggs you're considerably less retarded on this forum.

    My friends threatening me with buying me a Merkur Futur, is there any quick tips and tricks you guys can impart or a site you read before you started carving up your face? Currently I use a fusion, works ok but it could be closer and the blades die after a week. How long do those platinum coated blades last?


    ..of TW fame?
     
  20. capnpyro

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    ..of TW fame?
    Of course. I also have stairs in my house, but that's neither here nor there.
     

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