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Methuselah
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Sep 17th, 2017 09:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Gillette Mach 3 and Nivea sensitive shave cream 3 times per week. No skin irritation, no nicks or cuts, just a smooth neck as I have a beard and my neck is all I shave. I still remember my paternal grandfather stropping his straight razor before using the mug and brush to soap up. but it has no appeal for me. For me, using a vintage razor and blades again would be like using a persimmon driver to hit a golf ball: it may have a certain satisfaction and enjoyment but the Mach 3 is so much more functional and the results are much better. No going back for me.

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Sep 17th, 2017 10:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are more than a few who have done both and might disagree but glad it's working for you.

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Sep 18th, 2017 05:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'd still be using my old safety razor if I could still find Wilkinson Sword blades."

Ragtop - As I noted above, I'm new to DE shaving and I have been working my way through a variety of blade brands to find out what works best for me. So far, the Gillette Wilkinson Sword blades are my favorites. However, I think all Wilkinson Sword blades are not the same. I believe they are made in at least a couple of countries (Germany and India) and user reviews are not uniformly good depending on country of origin.

You can get German-made and India-made blades on Amazon. Incidentally, I got the India-made blades (Gillette Wilkinson Sword) in my sampler pack. Some people don't think they're nearly as good as the German-made blades but they are working fine for me.

I got your Wilkinson Sword Blades right here

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Sep 18th, 2017 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My trusty Norelco (Philips) triple-headers have been getting the job done for many years, and will continue to do so.


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Sep 18th, 2017 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The most fun I've had with shaving was using Techmatic (?) razors. You remember that the "blade" was coiled spring metal. When the usable / exposed portion of the blade got dull, you turn a small knob on the razor to expose a new section of blade.

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Sep 18th, 2017 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess one technology that has pretty much gone by the wayside is the injector razor. I remember my father started using those injectors shortly after they came out.

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Sep 18th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Duke Cannon's shave cream on a brush and a Harry's cartridge razor after a shower. Been using a brush for almost two years and would never do without one now. Haven't moved to the safety razor just yet.

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Sep 18th, 2017 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't understand how some of you "enjoy" shaving or find it "fun". If I could never have to do it again, and could do so without looking homeless, I totally would. Total time waster.



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Sep 18th, 2017 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic



Get Rekt Nerds ;-)

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Sep 18th, 2017 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm another 'shave in the shower' with the cheapest razors guy. Nary a nick and the mug is as smooth as a baby's bottom.

My only concern is I don't know about the long term health of the shower drain.

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Sep 18th, 2017 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ECS-3, I love injector razors! I used one just this morning. :-)




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Sep 18th, 2017 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mfitz804, I felt the same way when I first started shaving. You've got to re-frame the activity in your mind. Instead of just being something that you have to do, think about and approach it as a ritual or a luxury experience (which, when done correctly, it total can be). Building a hot lather and painting it on your face with a soft brush is not even close to the same experience as slapping on some foam from a can. Similarly, taking the time to remove the whiskers from with careful, deliberate movements instead of just hacking at your face as fast as you can is just as different. It can be as enjoyable as you want it to be.

I'd liken it to the difference between doing shots of hard liquor versus sipping a fine, aged spirit over a period of time. They both get you to the same place, but you do them for very different reasons.

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Sep 18th, 2017 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hate, hate, hate shaving. Gawd I hate it. I use an oil and then some cream as well which is probably overkill, then a multi blade razor, try to get as close as I can, mainly to postpone the next time I have to shave.

If I want a relaxing, therapeutic shave there are a few places around town you can get one, and I'll do that now and then. At home, though, I just want to get it done and get out of there.

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Sep 18th, 2017 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like the dude said, changing your mindset and how you shave changes everything. What once was a chore is now fun. But I don't have to rush around in the morning like I did when I had a career. My shower and shave routine is as close to a spa activity as I can do at home but I have time to do it leisurely and using a safety razor, for me, makes it far more fun than using a multiblade cartridge razor or an electric razor. I enjoy using the wide selection of shaving soaps and creams I have and the luxury of making a great lather and using a high quality brush to apply it.

The above said, I spent most of my shaving *career* loathing it as much as the next guy. This method of shaving changed everything for me even though it's exactly the way I started. I just had no idea what I was doing as a teen with shaving and nicked myself a lot. Now, I'm rather an expert at it and it's fun.

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Sep 18th, 2017 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wait, so if I change my mindset from completely hating shaving to thinking of it as a luxury experience I will like it more?

I'm gonna do that for everything, I can't wait for sitting in rush hour traffic tomorrow morning, while I think of it as a luxury experience.

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Sep 18th, 2017 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There you go, think of sitting in rush hour traffic as your special *me* time. When I was dealing with the same thing in my earlier years, I used a cordless electric to shave in my car (while drinking coffee, eating donuts, and toying with lane splitters). Good times.

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Sep 18th, 2017 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Philips/Norelco triple header. My new one is the kind you can use wet or dry.

Haven't tried it wet - sounds a bit odd to me to shave wet with an electric, but I might give it a go.

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Sep 18th, 2017 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still have and use a Norelco wet/dry electric but other than cleaning it under running water, I've never tried the wet shave with it either. I don't even get how that works.

I use it mostly when I have no time to shave but need to. Fortunately, that's rather rare these days. It's not that it doesn't provide a decent shave most of the time but I always seem to end up with ingrown whiskers if I use it for more than a couple days in a row. Have no idea why.

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Sep 18th, 2017 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Shower.
Barbasol regular canned stuff, very lightly applied. Feather AS-DS stainless razor with Feather blades. North-south passes with touch-up south-north around my nose and mouth.
Cold water post shave rinse.
Witch hazel splash.

Every day except Saturday.


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Sep 18th, 2017 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tend to get a lot of ingrown hairs so I avoid shaving with a regular razor unless I really need have to, like if I'm going to photographed with the Queen or something.

When I do, I use a Mach 3 with Edge gel and try not to press down against my skin. I also shave down and not uppercut my facial hair. That's a surefire way for me to get some ingrown nastiness.

Most days, I just use my Braun electric razor which I keep meticulously clean. The shave isn't quite as close but I also don't get ingrown hairs. YMMV.

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