Getting it straight-- the razor obsessed shaving megathread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by RumRunner, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    funny, I was thinking about this thread only this morning. I haven't shaved for about 10 days.

    I shall be going to my weekender shed this weekend and warm up some water from the rain water tank, take it outside and make as much mess as I can!

    I shall just go with a Gillete Sensor Excel, hack it all off, a couple of goes.
    I did get some shave Gel from the local healthy food shop and that is the best I have ever used. I used to use some soap free stuff before that but this is better.

    Hay Ewe
  2. jazzmans

    jazzmans fickt euch

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    Still shaving with my old fashioned safety razor using Merkur 'super' blades.

    I honestly wonder wtf I was doing all those years shaving with disposable razors. I get a better, faster shave with less effort. It's especially evident if I haven't shaved for four or five days, long hair that would have totally plugged any multi-blade razor isn't even a side thought. Awesome!

    Have been 'bitten' a couple of times, usually when I'm not paying attention. Once was a good one that bled for a while. (meaning my bathroom looked like an abattoir):evil

    Using Trader Joes shaving cream, (non pressurized in a squeeze tube) it's just so much more slick then any soap I can find (and cheap. cheap is important)

    Thanks to this thread, and those who suggested it.
    jaz
  3. bcbullet

    bcbullet Breatheless

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    I walk into the storeroom at the hospital, grab one of the disposable surgery razors and dry shave in the staff can. Chuck it and run! Sometimes I even rinse the sink in case someone else comes in while I am busy...:lol3
  4. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Light beard? :rofl
  5. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Undercover KTM rider

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    If you want cheap, pick up a pack of astra super platinums. Better blade than the merkurs by far and a pack of 100 for 12 bucks

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  6. KungPaoDog

    KungPaoDog Been here awhile

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    If you're looking for a cheap puck of shave soap, I've found Van Der Hagen shave soap sold at Walmart for less than $2 to lather quite well. It has a fairly neutral smell, a little like baby powder. I just got a new puck, and wow, does that fresh puck make great lather!
  7. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Undercover KTM rider

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    I wasn't a big fan of the VDH soap myself. It was alright but, wasn't big on the scent, it never lathered quite right for me, it was all around 'meh'

    So far my proraso red is my favorite. Tabac.. lathers well, nice and slick, but i'm not sure if I like the smell or not. MWF - smells good, bitch to get a good lather going though. Very slick.
  8. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    I've been doing that for 2 years now. Best one was a fancy gold plated (colored) Aristocrat (I think) that I got in a box of Gillette handles (60s and 70s) for $12. That one shaver sold for $167 on ebay. Most sell for $25-$65. Have the time people just give them to me. :evil
  9. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Yup...good stuff.
  10. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    Anybody got any permanent scars from their DE? I've got one up high on my left cheek, a Merkur Futur with a fresh Feather. When I say this one dug in hard, it dug in hard! Probably two years ago, and I'm pretty sure this one is with my forever. At least it's in a good spot and adds a bit of character!
  11. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Undercover KTM rider

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    er nope, no need for a super aggressive razor and supper aggressive blade combo. Merkur 180 long + Astra SP or Israeli Personna's and i hardly get a nick even if i'm being dumb.
  12. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Ouch. :umph

    That's one of the reasons that the Feather razor is such a "mild" razor. The Feather blades are almost over-the-top aggressive. In combination, they'll give you a really good shave. If you use any other blade, it's an extremely mild razor. You'll have to shave a couple of times to get a close shave. Edit: I see they've Feather has redesigned their razor to be more "aggressive" (and bumped the price up another US$25.00 :umph).

    I'm still primarily using my "Mergress" XL with the Israeli Personna Red Pack blades. I'm really glad I picked this one up when I did. They've been out of stock for a while, now.
  13. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    I won't use the Feather blades, they are ninja sharp and I R stupid. I like the top of the line Dorco.

    As for the scar, chicks dig scars, good luck. :getiton
  14. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    I've got a Feather razor, but it's just too wimpy to deal with my beard, which is like sandpaper. I've been on the same program of the Futur/Feather/Cella soap for at least the past year. I have a lot of issues with ingrown hairs and I've been able to control it by shaving every 3-4 days. With the Futur I can literally get such a close shave that I don't start to show much shadow until late afternoon of the second day, and by day 3 it has more of the intentional beard look rather than the "I forgot to shave" look. Every few shaves I might get a nick with the Futur, but it has been a long time since I've carved out a piece.



  15. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    I love the look and feel of my Feather, but yeah... It just doesn't perform as well as my Futur or Mergress XL.
  16. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Nope..and that's one of the reasons I sold my Futur. Too big, too heavy and too aggressive....not enough headroom for my not being 100% perfect with technique. I'm much happier with my Merkur long handle (non adjustable) and the handful of 60s-70s Gillettes.

    On another note...we took our daughters to a local huge mall as a surprise for them. They did great in school last year and are generally great kids. We don't give allowances so this trip each was handed a wad of cash and told to have fun. As I was walking along what do I see but a Art of Shaving store! Woohoo!! Badger nutsack hair brushes galore! I can't bring myself to pay that kind of money for the brushes, but I did spring for a $25 tub of their Lavender shaving cream. I'm cheap so that's really saying something. Smells great and lathers up thick. The 2 hipster/steampunk dudes working the store were helpful and knowledgeable without being pushy.

    What was a bit disappointing was the huge collection of fancy handles holding modern multi-blade cartridges. I guess they need to support everyone.

    BTW, buy their stuff on Amazon and save $7....I wish I had! :cry

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  17. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    It really depends on your face which blades work best. I suggest trying a variety pack first. You can usually but a 25 pack with 4 different brands to try for $5. They have a 6 pack for $12 as well.

    I agree that Astra's have worked well for me but so have Lords and Big Ben. Sharky's, not so much. I can only get a week out of them while I usually get two out of the other brands.

    I too use a Merkur Model 180 Long Handle. I'll never go back to cartridges.
  18. PrtclMn001

    PrtclMn001 Custom User Title

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    CVS blades in my Merkur Futur still working great :D
  19. ivel_86

    ivel_86 Oops

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    I have a nice Dovo straight I shave with love it. Best shave and it's worth the price and time
  20. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Just read up the Amazon reviews on Art of Shaving shaving cream since I am in dire need to order a new jar of cream.

    Looks like the modern reviewers are leaving their products and claiming that since Proctor and Gamble bought them that the creams have been reformulated and/or watered down.

    I made the decision to stick with Taylor of Old Bond Street, and just placed my Amazon order 5 minutes ago.