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Old 01-15-2012, 09:44 AM   #916
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I was in Vegas last week and was running low on Porazo. The Bath and body works in Marical Mile didn't carry it, but the clerk recommended the Art of Shaving at the fashion show mall. I ended up and bought their travel size kit in sandalwood. The jury is still out, I do like the pre oil and the shaving cream seems to lather a bit better than Porazo.

Later in the week I found the Art of Shaving in the mall between the Luxor and Mirage. They have a salon, finaly got a straight razor shave. Loved the "treatment", but she got it a bit close. Had to deal with some razor burn.

What's that saying about a fool and his money...........
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:28 PM   #917
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When I was younger, I'd go to the big barber college downtown and get a haircut and shave from one of their graduate students. Hot towels and everything. Cost two bucks.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:35 PM   #918
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The jury is still out, I do like the pre oil and the shaving cream seems to lather a bit better than Porazo.

The thing I prefer most about Proraso over the AoS stuff is the lubrication. I found the AoS stuff wasn't very slick, the same reason I abandoned the new Aveda formulation. I also prefer the Proraso Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil pre-later over the AoS pre-oil.

But hey, I'm back home for two weeks and I left the Proraso stuff on the road. I'll give the AoS stuff another try. Shame I only brought my travel razor home with me.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:45 PM   #919
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Damn you all... I just picked up a 1978 vintage Gillette safety razor. Looking forward to trying it and not slitting my throat.

I was telling my wife about it, and her response was:
"Well, don't use it up at the cabin - it's over 30 miles to the nearest hospital."
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:30 AM   #920
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Damn you all... I just picked up a 1978 vintage Gillette safety razor. Looking forward to trying it and not slitting my throat.

I was telling my wife about it, and her response was:
"Well, don't use it up at the cabin - it's over 30 miles to the nearest hospital."
Don't worry. Some of us here are old enough to remember learning to shave with the Gillette safety razor. However I do remember pimply faced adolescent faces with some blood and toilet paper bits. My new Futur hasn't cut me yet. Still looking for an adjustable Gillette .
Ah , the days of Dizzy Dean , baseball on Saturday afternoons , Falstaff beer and Gillette "Blue Blade"commercials.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:54 AM   #921
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Damn you all... I just picked up a 1978 vintage Gillette safety razor. Looking forward to trying it and not slitting my throat.

I was telling my wife about it, and her response was:
"Well, don't use it up at the cabin - it's over 30 miles to the nearest hospital."
Nah, you'll be fine.

It's damn near impossible to do anything worse than nick the top layer of skin.

And it's still pretty hard to do that. Just make sure you take you're time. The more time you spend building the lather, the better it'll work. If you feel resistance, use short strokes or change direction.
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:19 AM   #922
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I just listed a NIB 1955 Gillette super speed on ebay, I picked it up this summer at a garage sale. I couldn't bring myself to open the packaging. I'm tring to avoid the urge to collect, I've all ready got 4-5 gillettes.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #923
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Just picked up a new Merkur "Mergress XL".

It's a Merkur Progress, but retrofitted with a custom metal adjustment knob instead of the plastic one that comes on the original.

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Old 06-06-2012, 07:08 PM   #924
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Oh, and for the record...

I take back a lot of what I said at the beginning of this thread.

I tried a fresh one of my Mach 3 blades not too long ago and my Merkur Futur with nothing more than some Lever 2000 soap, no badger nutsack bristle brushes, no Italian razor soap made only with the fat of virgins, no cold pressed grape seed oil, just a common bar of soap and some hot water really does give a better shave.

I'm sold on safety razors to the point I'm embarassed about my previous behavior.

At this point, I've bought so many razors that I can hardly claim I'm saving money, but I really enjoy them and they really do give a great shave.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:15 PM   #925
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Oh, and for the record...

I take back a lot of what I said at the beginning of this thread.

I tried a fresh one of my Mach 3 blades not too long ago and my Merkur Futur with nothing more than some Lever 2000 soap, no badger nutsack bristle brushes, no Italian razor soap made only with the fat of virgins, no cold pressed grape seed oil, just a common bar of soap and some hot water really does give a better shave.

I'm sold on safety razors to the point I'm embarassed about my previous behavior.

At this point, I've bought so many razors that I can hardly claim I'm saving money, but I really enjoy them and they really do give a great shave.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:23 PM   #926
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Try Trader Joes shaving gel, it's slicker n snake snot & really makes a difference on my face.

I wonder why I have wasted all those years using crappy disposable or crappy expensive disposable razors now.

Don't yet have all the technique (fukc klay, er, spelling) and cut myself when I go against the grain, but damnnation what a much better shave.
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Well I gave it a shot and although I liked it a lot, by the fourth or fifth shave, the razor rash at the corners of my mouth sets in. I'm currently using it as my "away" cream. I spend ten days at a time on the road and generally "have to" shave about 4 times. It works for that and it's a lot easier to pack a 3oz travel bottle of that than my "magical badger nutsack hair brushes and ultra-luxurious Italian Virgin Breast Milk shaving cremes.".
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:53 AM   #927
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Well I gave it a shot and although I liked it a lot, by the fourth or fifth shave, the razor rash at the corners of my mouth sets in. I'm currently using it as my "away" cream. I spend ten days at a time on the road and generally "have to" shave about 4 times. It works for that and it's a lot easier to pack a 3oz travel bottle of that than my "magical badger nutsack hair brushes and ultra-luxurious Italian Virgin Breast Milk shaving cremes.".
huh, that's interesting. Totally sounds like an allergic reaction to something in the stuff. Bummer.

I shave before I shower now, and love safety razors.
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right, off to begin the licensing install.

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Old 06-07-2012, 03:30 PM   #928
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Is that the aftermarket modded Progress, or has Merkur finally decided to make their own? I've got a Progress, but I'd like it better if it had the heft of my Futur, which this one appears may have.



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Old 06-07-2012, 03:34 PM   #929
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If you haven't cut yourself with the Futur, you're not trying hard enough! Put a new Feather blade in that thing, crank it up to 6, and make sure you shave while you're still half-asleep. If you do it right, your bathroom should look like the dog had puppies in there!







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Don't worry. Some of us here are old enough to remember learning to shave with the Gillette safety razor. However I do remember pimply faced adolescent faces with some blood and toilet paper bits. My new Futur hasn't cut me yet. Still looking for an adjustable Gillette .
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:33 PM   #930
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Is that the aftermarket modded Progress, or has Merkur finally decided to make their own? I've got a Progress, but I'd like it better if it had the heft of my Futur, which this one appears may have.
That's funny because the heft is one of the things I like least about my Futur. If my Merkur travel razor had another inch in the handle, it would be my full time rig. (That's what she said!). Very light weight. I really should keep at finding a NOS Gillette, every time I start looking, the prices discourage me. Can't seem to get over the fact that these babies were, like, $2.99 new.
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