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Old 09-22-11, 09:17 AM   #26
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The best soap - The Gentleman's Quarter, The Soapmistress became unemployed and had to shut her e-business. She is now employed and will probably restart in 2012.
Second best soap - Mamabear
Best OTC soap - Bigelow/Proraso. They are the same except Bigelow is easier to get locally.

Best Single Edge Razor - Schick injector 1950-1960 I have one and my wife has a lady Schick.
Best large SE Razor - Gem 1910 - I have a 1920 and 1930 still looking for the 1910
Best Wedge Razor - Henckle circa 1860 - if you can find it. I did and have only seen one other.
Best Straight - Torrey - Have one and it is wonderful.

Best brush - Make your own.
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Old 09-22-11, 10:45 AM   #27
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For my head I use plain ol' blue grocery store brand double blade disposables.

For my face I use a Dovo 5/8 rounded with olivewood scales. I'm partial to the lavender soap from Art of Shaving, and between using it on both my head and face a soap cake lasts about 6 months. My brush is an inexpensive ($10.00) plastic handled pure badger, so the lowest grade you can get; but it works just fine for me. Razor, brush, strop/pastes, soap and bowl cost me around $200 a couple years ago.
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Old 09-22-11, 10:57 AM   #28
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I use a Braun foil-cutter razor. Hate it.

Apparently the heads wear out, now it just carves up my face.
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Old 09-22-11, 11:06 AM   #29
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The best soap - The Gentleman's Quarter, The Soapmistress became unemployed and had to shut her e-business. She is now employed and will probably restart in 2012.
Second best soap - Mamabear
Best OTC soap - Bigelow/Proraso. They are the same except Bigelow is easier to get locally.

Best Single Edge Razor - Schick injector 1950-1960 I have one and my wife has a lady Schick.
Best large SE Razor - Gem 1910 - I have a 1920 and 1930 still looking for the 1910
Best Wedge Razor - Henckle circa 1860 - if you can find it. I did and have only seen one other.
Best Straight - Torrey - Have one and it is wonderful.

Best brush - Make your own.
I've been using Mama Bear's soap for several years now, and I really like it. Unfortunately they stopped making my favorite scent: Turkish Bazaar.
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Old 09-22-11, 11:13 AM   #30
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I'm using a panasonic 3 foil razor after trying a norelco lift-and-tear and not being successful with various disposable razors when shaving the neck area. No more nicks for me anymore and cleanup is super easy (I don't use the cleaning/charging base, it cleans with liquid hand soap).

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Old 09-22-11, 11:15 AM   #31
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I use a Braun foil-cutter razor. Hate it.

Apparently the heads wear out, now it just carves up my face.
I replaced the heads regularly on my old Braun and still hated it. My face wasn't square enough, I guess. That's why I dumped it for the Norelco with the three rotary cutters.
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Old 09-22-11, 11:19 AM   #32
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I tried a Norelco a few years ago. I guess my beard just doesn't work with electric razors, because I would shave until the razor got so hot it hurt my face, and it still looked like I hadn't shave in a couple of days. And I would have a lot more razor burn/rash than with a non-electric. I finally had to give up on it, which sucks because it was expensive.
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Old 09-22-11, 11:58 AM   #33
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Badger brush, Williams mug soap, (both used by my Grandfather) with a triple blade cartridge works for me.
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Old 09-22-11, 12:09 PM   #34
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electrical hair clippers are so fantastic, I use it everywhere before shaving

and glycerin works way better as a lubricant for shaving than shaving cream.
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Old 09-22-11, 12:21 PM   #35
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I haven't shaved anything in a looooong time.


<---bearded. I don't trim that **** either.
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Old 09-22-11, 12:28 PM   #36
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+1000 on the safety razor! Best move I've made; blades are incredibly inexpensive compared to a set of replacement cartridges for $47, from Costco nonetheless . . . The shave is incredible - I purchased the Merkur Futur adjustable blade angle handle and Merkur Futur badger-hair brush & stand. I also picked up a classic Merkur "barbershop pole" razor that I keep in my toiletry bag at the firehouse. The blade housing on that one allows me to get up close to the base of my nose and the cleft in my chin whereas the Futur has a bulkier blade housing that doesn't allow for access in those areas.

I've tried quite a few different products and I cannot say enough great things about the Nancy Boy Signature Shave Cream ( http://www.nancyboy.com/index.php?ma...&products_id=2 ) You really owe it to yourself to try this product - I swear you'll never use anything else! If you're not using a brush to apply the shaving cream, you could also try their pre-shave oil; great for setting up the whiskers for their final demise! The customer service is top-notch! Eric Roos, co-owner, has personally corresponded with me regarding product questions I had prior to a purchase. Very pleasant and very customer-service oriented (something that is hard to find these days in the world of big-box retail stores). Not only are you getting the best product out there but also great customer service to boot!
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Old 09-22-11, 12:44 PM   #37
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The ironic thing about the DE razors being such a smart move these days (as opposed to cartridges) is that back in the day they were a bit of a marketing ploy (Buy once, keep buying blades for a lifetime) to grab customers away from the even more economical straight razors (buy once, sharpen regularly, pass on to your son).
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Old 09-22-11, 12:46 PM   #38
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electrical hair clippers are so fantastic, I use it everywhere before shaving

and glycerin works way better as a lubricant for shaving than shaving cream.
Yeah, well, ya gotta be thorough with a maid's uniform, and all...

A stupid question: how/where does one obtain glycerin? Brand name product?

I have tried those clear shave gels and found them useless, and aerosol canned creams not much better. The brush creams in a tube or cake soaps with a brush and plenty of hot water is the best I've found (thick coarse beard here)
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Old 09-22-11, 12:52 PM   #39
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I replaced the heads regularly on my old Braun and still hated it. My face wasn't square enough, I guess. That's why I dumped it for the Norelco with the three rotary cutters.
I had a norelco advantage for a long time. Overall, thought it was pretty good. When if finally died, I decided to get a "very good" one. Braun was rated high.
It sucks. Back to norelco.
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Old 09-22-11, 12:53 PM   #40
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Yeah, well, ya gotta be thorough with a maid's uniform, and all...

A stupid question: how/where does one obtain glycerin? Brand name product?

I have tried those clear shave gels and found them useless, and aerosol canned creams not much better. The brush creams in a tube or cake soaps with a brush and plenty of hot water is the best I've found (thick coarse beard here)
Astro Glide maybe?
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Old 09-22-11, 01:01 PM   #41
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Yeah, well, ya gotta be thorough with a maid's uniform, and all...

A stupid question: how/where does one obtain glycerin? Brand name product?

I have tried those clear shave gels and found them useless, and aerosol canned creams not much better. The brush creams in a tube or cake soaps with a brush and plenty of hot water is the best I've found (thick coarse beard here)
I just use glycerin shave soaps from Mama Bear. I'm assuming that's what he was talking about?
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Old 09-22-11, 01:09 PM   #42
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I just buy cutting fluid from the local machinist and use that on my face.
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Old 09-22-11, 01:10 PM   #43
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Glycerin can be purchased from most drug stores - $2 USD for a 4 oz. bottle. You can also try Amazon . . . My mom used to mix glycerin with rose water for her skin vs. commercially-made skin creams. I'm assuming you can use it as an emollient.
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Old 09-22-11, 08:01 PM   #44
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Well, I'm committed. Just payed for a straight razor and strop.
Time to stock up on antiseptic and liquid sutures.
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Old 09-22-11, 08:03 PM   #45
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Well, I'm committed. Just payed for a straight razor and strop.
Time to stock up on antiseptic and liquid sutures.
hmmm....who makes stiptic pens? I need a good investment.
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Old 09-22-11, 08:06 PM   #46
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hmmm....who makes stiptic pens? I need a good investment.
Zap-a-Gap.
I'm going with medieval tech to take the hair off and modern tech to put my face back on.
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Old 09-22-11, 08:12 PM   #47
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Let us know how the straight razor works. I just sprung for another costco pack of gillette cartridges so I am on the hook for another year or two.
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Old 09-22-11, 09:25 PM   #48
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I'm using a panasonic 3 foil razor after trying a norelco lift-and-tear and not being successful with various disposable razors when shaving the neck area. No more nicks for me anymore and cleanup is super easy (I don't use the cleaning/charging base, it cleans with liquid hand soap).

I use this one too, it's the BOMB! I have a thick and coarse beard and this thing handles it with ease, it's the only electric that has.
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Old 09-23-11, 05:25 PM   #49
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I've been using a safety razor for two-ish years now.

I can still barely be arsed to shave once or twice a week, but at least I don't feel like I'm throwing my money away and being wasteful when I do so.


(very old picture, I've long since gotten a stand for the brush.)
Same boat as the OP, but I married a red head, so I ain't tempting fate by bringing in another potential weapon to be used against me .

Where can I find a razor like that? And how do you dispose of the dull blades?
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Old 09-23-11, 05:52 PM   #50
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Sweet. You'll have a hone collection 'fore you know it.

Classic Shaving has styptic pencils, or at least they did when I bought mine a few years ago. Google says that Walgreens and CVS have them too, surprisingly.
Out here in the PNW I found that Bartell's drugstore has my 2 non Art of Shaving supplies: Clubman 'stache wax and styptic pencils.
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