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Old 01-16-2010, 09:12 PM   #91
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Straight razors are AWFUL!!! the addiction develops fast, and it's worse than ANY narcotic.....
Bought one on impulse about 15 years ago, hacked the crap outta my face for a month until I figured out it needed to be properly sharpened ( DUH...)
Had someone that actually knew what they were doing hone it the first time, and.........nirvana.........addiction.........have n't shaved with anything else since.
I've also got about a dozen of them now. I use a japanese Tosuke most of the time doesn't really cut whiskers; it scares them off your face.
Seriously though, a properly honed straight razor is a one way trip; shave with it once and you'll never go back to a disposable or an electric. NO comparison!
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:41 PM   #92
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:07 PM   #93
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Hart Steel at

American made steel. Scary sharp.

Get some Simichrome for your strop. The polish will make a scary sharp blade even sharper. Works for knives as well as razors.

Quality costs and the Hart Steel blade is worth every penny.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:42 PM   #94
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Originally Posted by wxwax
Those things totally freak me out. I've used them. Throwing them away is a safety concern. And I can't shake visions of sliced off fingers and stuff (when we were young my sister cut herself pretty badly with one. That's why she decided to go with a mustache, but that's another story.)
Usually the dispensers have a spot on the back to put the old blades. I use those double edge blades for cutting the tops of bread loaves.

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Old 01-17-2010, 01:30 AM   #95
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:44 AM   #96
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Originally Posted by Waco Kid
Ever been in the bathroom of an old house and seen a metal cover on the wall that's the size of a light switch cover and has a narrow slot? It's for disposing of razor blades inside the wall.
Some old between-the-studs medicine cabinets also had a small slot for dropping used blades into the wall cavity.
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:58 PM   #97
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+1 on Badger and Blade.

I've shaved with double-edged blades for several years. I use a Gillette razor dated 1957.

To make a blade disposal unit, I took a can of chicken broth and cut a slot in the top with a knife, emptied the broth out then washed the can out with hot water. I slide the blades through the slot. It will probably take me a lifetime to fill that can up. If the wife finds it too ugly, hit it with a spray can...

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Old 01-17-2010, 05:42 PM   #98
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:02 PM   #99
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Originally Posted by flanga
Some old between-the-studs medicine cabinets also had a small slot for dropping used blades into the wall cavity.

Indeed they did, can't tell you how many walls I've torn into remodeling houses and found the stud bay 6" deep in old rusty, mouse shit encrusted razor blades. Kinda creepy really.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:32 PM   #100
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Originally Posted by wxwax
Actually, if I did use this stuff I'd just use the soap puck and brush but a modern safety razor.
I have gone that route since about the time I started seriously shaving. My dad had given me his old Norelco electric, but once I had a serious beard, it just wasnt up to the task. Then I used the can of foam and a disposable blade. That worked okay, but when I tried a brush and soap it was night and day. You can really get the hair to stand up and soften.

For brushes go with the badger hair. Those might be spendy for an experiment. boar will suffice and is a lot cheaper.

For soap I have been using whatever I can find in the shaving aisle. Its just mild soap. nothing special. If you dont care to use a bar, I grabbed a tube of King of Shaves gel for a trip and started using it in the mug just to use it up. It works really nicely with a brush. Thick dense lather.

When using the brush, soak it in hot water (badger hairs are hollow and pick up the heat well) dont shake it out and whip up some lather off the bar in the mug. Then brush it on. But once on, work it around in circles to get it down to the skin. then finish up by brushing against the hair growth pattern.

scrape away with your 2 dollar disposable.

works like a champ.

I'm beard farming right now, but I still do this to clean up my cheeks and neck.

When I go skin on my head I do it this way too.

I would like to do the old fashioned safety razor some day, but its a bit of an investment to change something im not dissatisfied with.

So if you want to give it a whirl - just grab a tube of King of Shaves for about 5 bucks and a drugstore brush for 10 and an old coffee cup and see how you like it. If you do, you can go drop the cash on a proper shaving mug and brush.

EDIT - I had badger vs boar backwards.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:57 PM   #101
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Has anyone correlated the names of folks posting in this thread with those who are making fun of the revival of working man's clothing in that other thread?
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:57 AM   #102
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:06 AM   #103
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I use Derby Extra blades, 100 for $15.

And this for the shaving cream:
$12 for a tube and it lasts all year.

With an adjustable safety razor I got for $40.

Works fine, its cheap.
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:15 AM   #104
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:59 PM   #105
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