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Chris Greene
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Aug 29th, 2017 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, forever if you don't use them. Everyone's beard is different and, depending on how often you shave, how well you prep your beard before shaving, and how well you clean your razor after a shave, there's no saying for sure. I almost always toss any blade after three shaves, sometimes four. Blades are too cheap to not have a fresh one in your razor. I have a fairly light beard but if your beard is coarse and wiry, you might only get a couple uses out of a blade. You know when it's time because the razor starts tugging rather than cleanly slicing.

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Aug 29th, 2017 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, after getting a Mach 3, I started going a couple of weeks or longer, sometimes up to a month on one Mach 3 blade. But I did notice that mustaches and goatees became popular about the time Gillette gave free Mach 3 razors to every man of shaving age. Gotta be careful around the mouth and chin with the Mach 3.

My wife insisted that I use an electric after my heart attack and prescription for Plavix and aspirin. Every now and then I sneak a shave with a blade, though.

cfender

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Aug 29th, 2017 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Feathers are the best. After settling in on the Polsilver Super Iridium for a couple of years I revisited Feather and the sharpness is on a whole different planet. I exlusively use the Muhle R41 2011 or 2013 version razor. My technique is solid enough now that I don't turn my face into a crime scene like I used to using a Feather.

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Aug 30th, 2017 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The key to using Feathers is not adding any pressure to your face. Just let the weight of the razor do the work. As long as you are gentle your face won't get torn.

Chris Greene
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Aug 30th, 2017 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, that's the key with *any* DE razor and blade.

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Aug 31st, 2017 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just picked up a Gillette Super Speed razor on eBay that dates from the 4th quarter of 1954 (my birth year). Shaved with it for the first time last night using a Voskhod blade. The razor looks like it has another 60+ years of useful life left in it. Very mild. Perfect for a noob like me. I'll work my way up to the Feathers eventually.

Chris Greene
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Aug 31st, 2017 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

See if you can get a blade sampler from one of the retailers or Amazon. My Super Speed is ten years younger than yours. I tend to only use the Feathers in the Ball End Tech which is a very mild razor.

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Aug 31st, 2017 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So you're implying that the Super Speed isn't quite as mild as the Tech. You're fueling my GAS again!

Chris Greene
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Aug 31st, 2017 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know enough to really comment on that. However, I put a Feather in my Super Speed (second quarter 1964) and got a tremendous shave with it just now. I used Geo. F Trumper coconut shaving cream and got what's called a BBS shave with zero nicks or weepers. I think it's fun to have a few vintage Gillette razors and most are inexpensive. Even though I had 5 razors, I ended up buying a second quarter 1961 Gillette 195 AKA Fatboy for a low price. Not sure how I'll get on with it but I've read about them for years.

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I love my Gillette Tech Ball end. Found it cheap in an antique store and what an awesome shave.
Cfender - I wish I could bond with my R41. No matter how I prep or what blades I use I always end up with weepers and nicks. I put literally no pressure on the razor . It annoys me cause it is the closest shave of any of my razors. I guess open combs just aren't for me.


Chris Greene
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Sep 4th, 2017 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

oork01, how's it going?

orrk01
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Sep 5th, 2017 05:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am getting a little better with each daily shave. My earliest attempts were plagued by using a bad angle, I think. I was nicking myself too often. I'm getting better results now but I still have a ways to go before I can shave with complete confidence. My favorite blade so far has been a Wilkinson. Very smooth with no nicks or weepers at all. I have some Feather blades in hand but I'm going to wait until my technique has improved before using them.

Chris Greene
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Sep 5th, 2017 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Remember, no pressure. Rinse your razor often. Shave with the grain all over. Rinse your face and check how it feels. Then, relather and go across the grain. I don't think new shavers should make against the grain passes until they have their technique down.

Think of beard reduction on each pass. And don't worry about blade angle, just listen. You'll hear if you're cutting hair.

orrk01
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Sep 5th, 2017 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Chris. That's good advice. I have watched countless videos on YouTube to make the transition to DE shaving as painless as possible. I never would have imagined there would be so many people producing videos of themselves in the act of shaving.

Archeologists of the distant future are going to think we were a very strange society.

Chris Greene
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Sep 5th, 2017 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know, right? That it's a *hobby* to some is strange. For me, it's a way of doing something necessary and chore like in a better and more fun way (that's the soaps and creams part).

Chris Greene
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Sep 12th, 2017 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All right, orrk, how's it going a week later?

Laker

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Sep 12th, 2017 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ever since the Vietnam days I learned to dry shave and get rid of a blade after a use or three. That method still holds true as I purchase a bag of disposable razors that get used a time or three and then get tossed. The girls love to kiss my smooth cheek that that great old Bic can deliver.

orrk01
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Sep 13th, 2017 03:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"All right, orrk, how's it going a week later?"

It's still going well. I'm getting better shaves than I ever did with my old electric razor. It's a little surprising to me that my shaves aren't more consistent though. Some days are better than others. As my technique improves, I suppose the consistency will improve too.

You're probably going to laugh at this but I'm going to try to make some shaving soap as my next step in DE shaving. I have been making bars of soap using melt and pour soap bases for years. I like the M&P stuff because it doesn't dry out my already dry skin. It looks like I can make shaving soap by adding a little liquid glycerine and bentonite clay to the mix. Worst case, if it doesn't make a good shaving soap, I can use it as bar soap.

Chris Greene
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Sep 13th, 2017 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hushnel made some shaving soap a few years ago.

orrk01
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Sep 13th, 2017 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maybe he will chime in with 'lessons learned' from the experience. I am always grateful to learn from someone who has been there and done that.

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