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Old 07-01-2010, 07:14 PM   #301
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Bought a $30 Vincent kit off of ebay for $10 (shipping included).

Some people way back in '07 said it was the worst POS they ever used.

Some in '09 said it was definitely usable but not on par with the $50-$70 razors out there.

Other's in '09 said the same, but that it got much better when using better quality blades and soap.



If it does better than my mach 3, I have a little more manly pride.

If it only does as well as my mach 3, then at least I'm not doubling the price of the grocery store list every time I need blades.

If it turns out to be a disaster, then I only spent $10.

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Old 07-01-2010, 07:39 PM   #302
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DE Safety Razor TIP:

Once you become proficient with what ever razor you purchase, try different brands of blades - they all feel and shave differently. Same goes for creams/soaps, experiment to find a combo that works for you.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:52 PM   #303
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You're disposing of your Fusion blade sets, what's the big diff? Is throwing out 5 blades in their carrier once a week that much better than throwing out 2 blades with a flimsy handle once a week? You'd dispose of single blades after they were used up too. And them things are dangerous.

Never had a disposeable toothbrush personally. But aren't all toothbrushes disposable after a while? Or is there some way to send them out to be rebuilt?

5 blades (fusions) a week?!? One blade alone lasts me about 3 weeks.... Still, it's just the blade and plastic holder, not the whole handle.

You ever see that giant garbage pile floating in the Pacific, it's about the size a state now.... They find quite a few toothbrushes and disposable razor blades. You can't tell me a disposable razor isn't around 10 to 20 x times more waste and mass than a single blade.

Anyway, I have an Oral B electric, which uses small replacement heads that are lighter and smaller than new brushes.

Look nothing's perfect, but I'll just feel better tossing out a paper thin piece of metal (that can be recycled or will turn to harmless rust) then (hundreds of) an entire piece of plastic that will be dug up in a landfill 30 years from now.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:53 PM   #304
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DE Safety Razor TIP:

Once you become proficient with what ever razor you purchase, try different brands of blades - they all feel and shave differently. Same goes for creams/soaps, experiment to find a combo that works for you.
Knowing that they're all different and people react differently to them.

Got any suggestions for brands that at least provide decent results no matter what?
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:22 PM   #305
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Thanks for this thread. I had no idea you could still buy double-edge safety razors. Just ordered a merkur travel razor and a couple of types of blades. I'm travelling now, if I like it, I'll get a full size model when I get home.

I'm so sick of paying for multi blade cartridges, even though one cartidge lasts me a couple of weeks, that I bought a nice Braun electric. Doesn't work for me.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:39 PM   #306
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Knowing that they're all different and people react differently to them.

Got any suggestions for brands that at least provide decent results no matter what?
My kit;
Merkur Long Handle - German quality, nice heft, balanced feel

I've settled on two brands of blades;
Merkur - damn fine shave. I get 5-6 shaves/blade
Feather - wicked sharp bastards and like all things wicked sharp, seem to lose their edge slightly quicker. 4 - 5 shaves/blade.

Cream - I've been using Prorasso for quite awhile, little bit goes a loooooong ways! reasonably priced and makes a great lather.

I also use an alum block, soothing conditioner/toner when rubbed over your face after shaving.

These work great for me, ymmv, just get familiar with what you have and then try a different blades, cream, soap, etc....

...and a good brush is important and will last many years if properly cared for.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:40 PM   #307
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My kit;
Merkur Long Handle - German quality, nice heft, balanced feel

I've settled on two brands of blades;
Merkur - damn fine shave. I get 5-6 shaves/blade
Feather - wicked sharp bastards and like all things wicked sharp, seem to lose their edge slightly quicker. 4 - 5 shaves/blade.

Cream - I've been using Prorasso for quite awhile, little bit goes a loooooong ways! reasonably priced and makes a great lather.

I also use an alum block, soothing conditioner/toner when rubbed over your face after shaving.

These work great for me, ymmv, just get familiar with what you have and then try a different blades, cream, soap, etc....

...and a good brush is important and will last many years if properly cared for.
Where do you like to get that stuff?
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:43 PM   #308
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My kit;
Merkur Long Handle - German quality, nice heft, balanced feel

I've settled on two brands of blades;
Merkur - damn fine shave. I get 5-6 shaves/blade
Feather - wicked sharp bastards and like all things wicked sharp, seem to lose their edge slightly quicker. 4 - 5 shaves/blade.

Cream - I've been using Prorasso for quite awhile, little bit goes a loooooong ways! reasonably priced and makes a great lather.

I also use an alum block, soothing conditioner/toner when rubbed over your face after shaving.

These work great for me, ymmv, just get familiar with what you have and then try a different blades, cream, soap, etc....

...and a good brush is important and will last many years if properly cared for.
So D, what's your method; shower first, wash face with soap, then once out lather up with the Porrasso, shave and then rinse. Then use the conditioner?
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:15 PM   #309
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So D, what's your method; shower first, wash face with soap, then once out lather up with the Porrasso, shave and then rinse. Then use the conditioner?
Yeah that's pretty much the routine, but I usually lather up, shave, re-lather (plenty of lather left in the brush for this) and give it second pass, this yields an incredibly close shave, rinse with cool water and while my face is still wet - give it the once over with the alum block.... ahhh, shaving Nirvana!
I generally don't use an aftershave but that would be done after the alum.
As has been mentioned before, prep is job one, along with a sharp blade and good technique, nicks and cuts are extremely rare.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:00 PM   #310
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Where do you like to get that stuff?
Well there's a barber supply here in town that used to have lots of tonsorial supplies, not so much anymore, so that may be a source in your town. There's a bunch of on-line sources. I've had great service from Westcoast Shaving for the stuff I can't source locally but I'd imagine they're all pretty good.
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:03 PM   #311
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mach 3 best razor out there....nothing else comes close, i've tried them all!
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Not sure about all this manly he-man "prep" work they think is required.

I grow hair thick enough to make a silver back gorilla giggle.

I buy a set of blade replacements about every 8-9 months.

I shave once a week, twice if I give a shit.

A bar of fucking soap is really fucking complicated.

Wet face, soap up, shave. Rinse the blade with every pass.

Take a shower. So maybe you got a nick here and there, once you shower, there's no evidence, no blood, no crying like a little girl.

You can primp yourself for 8 hours, worry about how you look to all your He-man friends, but by noon, you still have stubble.

Doesn't anyone stand up to piss anymore?
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:18 PM   #312
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Not sure about all this manly he-man "prep" work they think is required.

I grow hair thick enough to make a silver back gorilla giggle.

I buy a set of blade replacements about every 8-9 months.

I shave once a week, twice if I give a shit.

A bar of fucking soap is really fucking complicated.

Wet face, soap up, shave. Rinse the blade with every pass.

Take a shower. So maybe you got a nick here and there, once you shower, there's no evidence, no blood, no crying like a little girl.

You can primp yourself for 8 hours, worry about how you look to all your He-man friends, but by noon, you still have stubble.

Doesn't anyone stand up to piss anymore?

I bet you're one of those pussies that uses one of those POS safety credit card style letter openers that slides .5" before it snags.

Why not learn a little style and finess and open it with a primitive dangerous knife like the big boys?


Also, how the fuck is soap complicated?

Get it wet and whip it around. TADA! You've got lather!
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:26 PM   #313
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anyone ever use the old school equipment?

I'm sick of paying so much for those silly 5 blade fusion replacements...

http://www.classicshaving.com/Safety_Razors.html

There's too many choices to choose from....
If I had a dog with a face like yerz, I'd shave his ass, and teach him to walk backwards.

face razors and shavers?

yer on yer own on this one,,you face 'em,, I'd rather ride away!




No rilly,, get a DoubleDuck Gold, and a good strop, and learn how to keep it sharp.
shave as close as you dare with a straight razor!
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:50 AM   #314
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For those of you that are cheap like me and want to get set up to shave with a safety razor you can get a good used 1950s- 1970s Gillette for $5-$10 on ebay. just don't get any of the old wierd ones with the 3 pins that won't take a DE blade.

And you can get 100 DORCO blades for $10

Thats 200 shaves for under $20.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:24 PM   #315
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I changed blades on April 1. Still on that same cartridge. I'll post up when I change it.

I'd like to look into a straight razor at some point.
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