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Old 09-23-11, 06:03 PM   #51
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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?
Google, "safety razor" and you'll find quite a few retailers.
As far as disposing of the blades, back in the day there was a slot in the back of medicine cabinets. One would simply slide their old razors in that and they would drop between the studs in the wall.

I have a thing for redheads too. Currently however the only one in my life is my Irish Setter, but he does not have thumbs so I'm not too worried about him coming after me with a knife.
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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.)
My dad used one of these and sang most mornings while shaving....takes me back to nearly 40 years ago.
One of the songs he'd sing....although she (not my kid) does a fine job too
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Old 09-30-11, 01:15 PM   #53
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My razor came in today.
It was not as sharp as I though it would be, but it did a passable job and I'm not bleeding out on the bathroom floor (yay).
I have some sharping paste for the strop (and I may make myself a balsa strop) so I'm going to try that tomorrow.
All in all, I'm going to like shaving like a man.


This is the one I bought and I'm going to buy the one in the OP so I can have an even/odd set.
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If that's the worst you've done so far, I'd say you're better than average. Still, I bet some Osage rub would make that smart a bit!
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As far as disposing of the blades, back in the day there was a slot in the back of medicine cabinets. One would simply slide their old razors in that and they would drop between the studs in the wall.
OMG, this is too funny - our neighbors were showing us before and after pics of the recent renovation of their apartment (1938 bldng), and when they'd got down to the wood frame of the bathroom walls, they found a small mountain of rusty old razor blades, which puzzled them...now we know why!
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As far as disposing of the blades, back in the day there was a slot in the back of medicine cabinets. One would simply slide their old razors in that and they would drop between the studs in the wall.
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well, son of a -

I just checked our medicine cabinet (probably the original from 1938) and sure enough, it has the slot.
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Huh, I have seen those slots as well but I never knew what they were for.
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well, this AM I needed a fresh blade anyway, so I pushed my old one into the cabinet slot - I was expecting some sort of clinking or rattling as it fell and hit older blades, but it was absolutely silent as it disappeared down into oblivion...
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Safety razor users, are you able to get in tight spots like just under your nose with the larger head--compared to typical cartridge razors? I have some amazon points/bucks to burn and was looking at the Merkurs and Parkers.
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Safety razor users, are you able to get in tight spots like just under your nose with the larger head--compared to typical cartridge razors? I have some amazon points/bucks to burn and was looking at the Merkurs and Parkers.
I go sideways with the razor under my nose to get right up to the nostrils. They may not work for some people, though.

On a previous note, I found that my medicine cabinet in this fairly new apartment even has a slot in it, so I put my last blade in there.
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I haven't been giving enough blood. The new odd half of my even and odd set.
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This will last me for months. Been using them for about 30 years now.
I use these but with the pivoting head. I shave in the shower with plain soap. Straight razors are a time-suck and a massive bleeding facial laceration waiting to happen. I shave every day and a 5 pack will last 5 weeks.
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I think you guys about have me convinced and thinking about a safety razor now. I get sick of the price of blades for the Schick
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Having had some time to use it, either I can sharpen a blade better than a pro or Hart Steel is a vastly better razor than a Dovo.
My Hart Steel blade is smoother, sharper, heavier, and just better. I like the Dovo well enough, it gets the job done, the scales are nice, it is well finished. But I'm not going to buy another.
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Are straight and safety razors the fixed gears and unicycles of the shaving world?

...they seem like a neat idea at the onset. But eventually the user exclaims, "Jane! Get me off this crazy thing!!"
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This will last me for months. Been using them for about 30 years now.
That's only 5 shaves for me.
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Are straight and safety razors the fixed gears and unicycles of the shaving world?

...they seem like a neat idea at the onset. But eventually the user exclaims, "Jane! Get me off this crazy thing!!"
I don't know about straight razors, but I've been using my double-edge safety razor for years now and I would never go back to disposables or cartridge style razors. It just works for me. Also, I got 100 Feather blades for about $40, and I have a LOT left, so if nothing else I need to use them all up. And since one blade lasts me about a month, it's probably going to be a while.
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Most recently I've been using the King of Shaves razor. It has 5 blades, and I've read that the refills are more reasonable than many others. I have a pretty thick beard, and I think I've been using my first cartridge for about 6 weeks so far. I'd been using an Atra for years, but decided to switch because I was getting a lot of irritation and nicks. The King of Shaves has impressed so far. I've tried safety razors in the past, but could never get the hang of it. I still toy with the idea of buying a nice one and trying again, though.
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Old 06-03-12, 03:03 PM   #71
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Are straight and safety razors the fixed gears and unicycles of the shaving world?

...they seem like a neat idea at the onset. But eventually the user exclaims, "Jane! Get me off this crazy thing!!"
I'm like Tom, you can recycle my beard into fenders and beer cans. I destroy disposable razors.
I got tired of paying three to five bucks every time I shave and now I really prefer a straight razor. I cut the hell outta myself when I first started using one but you figure it out pretty quickly.

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Hmmm, I might try that next. Just made the migration over to cartridge razors after spending all my life putting up with inferior shaves from electrics. Maybe once I use up the current set of blades I'll give it a try. It's only too bad that after my dad gave me my grandpa's straight razor when I was a kid I made a mistake of showing it to a friend who promptly snatched it out of my hand and tried sawing something with it which led a large chunk breaking out of the blade.
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I have been using a Gillette 195 "Fatboy" since I started shaving and it is good for when you want to be drag queen smooth... the adjustable guard really makes for a close shave and keep the nicks to a minimum.



Picked up a virtually new and unused Twinplex stropper at a second hand shop where it was stashed with the sewing notions for $2.00 and it works quite well to hone dulled blades and makes lesser blades better.



My wonderful wife gets me the best shaving soap which is made just down the street from our little nest in Portland... Camamu soaps makes an excellent mug soap.
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My King of Shaves cartridge finally dulled, after about 7 weeks of shaving a pretty thick beard. I also used it once on my head during that time (forgot to change razors). I put a new cartridge in this evening, and will use it tomorrow morning. I also ordered a 5 pack of replacement cartridges for $10.xx on Amazon, with free two-day Prime shipping.

If the cartridges continue to last that long, I shouldn't need more for about 7 months. I don't think I've nicked myself once, or had any razor burn, either. Just throwing that out there, again.
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