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Old 07-10-12, 05:14 PM   #76
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Finally got around to putting my toes into the Safety Razor pool. I went to Sally's for the handle and then Walgreens for the blades.
Aside from the fact my face feels like it's been scrubbed with magma and my bathroom resembles a scene from Dexter, it's one of the closest shaves I've had in recent memory.

Now how do I prevent setting my face on fire again or bleed out if I nick an arterial?
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Finally got around to putting my toes into the Safety Razor pool. I went to Sally's for the handle and then Walgreens for the blades.
Aside from the fact my face feels like it's been scrubbed with magma and my bathroom resembles a scene from Dexter, it's one of the closest shaves I've had in recent memory.

Now how do I prevent setting my face on fire again or bleed out if I nick an arterial?
Lighten up on the pressure and make multiple passes (meaning lather up, shave, lather up again, shave again).
With a cartridge razor one presses quite hard against the face. With straights and DE's go lightly.
Feather makes the sharpest blades to be found and they will have a bit less burn. Pick up a styptic pencil for cuts. Wet the tip and rub it on the cut. It'll sting but it will stop the bleeding quickly. Loreal makes an aftershave (you can find it at most drugstores) that does not sting nearly as badly as others.
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Oh, go with the grain for your first pass, across the grain for the second, and against the grain for the last.
I would recommend you do only with the grain passes to start and then clean up with a cartridge razor until you get the feel of your DE.

If you ever want to use a straight razor, buy a Gold Dollar razor for <$15 off of ebay. They are dirt cheep but they are good steel. It will be dull as ditch water when it arrives. Send it to me and I'll hone it up for you and send it back.
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I've been using a safety razor for my face for years now, the Gillette Venus for my junk (yes i know tmi) and neck and .99 cent hair conditioner for shave cream (will never change this, best i've had in my 51yrs. well 40 shaving yrs.). Allen is making me want to try a straight razor.... hmmm may be sending you a Gold Dollar razor soon ( =
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I've been using a safety razor for my face for years now, the Gillette Venus for my junk (yes i know tmi) and neck and .99 cent hair conditioner for shave cream (will never change this, best i've had in my 51yrs. well 40 shaving yrs.). Allen is making me want to try a straight razor.... hmmm may be sending you a Gold Dollar razor soon ( =
Ok. Will do. Takes about 10-15 mins to hone one to scary sharp.
Sooner or later I'm going to buy seven and rescale them in buffalo horn and make myself a seven day set.
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that made the trip into this thread worth while

[admin edit: Uhmmm. Don't let any kids see the following pic. Unless you can explain a few things]
http://img326.imageshack.us/img326/5849/rasoir5sq.jpg

luckily my facial hair grows really slowly. and I like hot lather shaves. And i have really sensitive skin. so I have my barber shave me every two-three weeks. and it works out.

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Old 07-11-12, 03:09 PM   #82
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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.
I'll have to give them a try. I've been using Mitchell's Woolfat soap but I'll try a new option every now and then.

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Straight razors can be... folks start getting into sharpening, collecting, etc. For minimal fuss, start with a used safety razor with an adjustable guard (Gillette, etc.).
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that made the trip into this thread worth while

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luckily my facial hair grows really slowly. and I like hot lather shaves. And i have really sensitive skin. so I have my barber shave me every two-three weeks. and it works out.
someone a few pages back, linked to a french forum, and if you translate it read it, and through it, there are some amusing post, including that pic
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Heated shaving bowl? I assume you uncork and run hot water in (similar to a double-boiler)? Makes it lather better faster stronger?
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Heated shaving bowl? I assume you uncork and run hot water in (similar to a double-boiler)? Makes it lather better faster stronger?
Correct, it is like a double boiler. It makes the lather hoter.
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Old 12-12-12, 11:38 AM   #87
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hmm.....interesting....something to set the skills towards.
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Old 12-12-12, 11:47 AM   #88
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a few weeks ago i bought the bics that have the 3 blades or 5 i forget but it was so painfull to use felt like it was ripping my face hair out. so then i bought the mach 3 and with a ful beard since i couldn't use the bics it was like butter.i will get mach 3 for now on but i hope to find the blades for like 1 buck a unit
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That is my goal.
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I have not shaved in months. Well, not my face anyway. I've taken to shaving my legs using a brush and soap. It somehow feels more manly that way.
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I've got some ideas on how to do this, that shouldn't be too difficult.
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I started using a double edged safety razor after reading this thread some months back. Happy to report that I'm not nicking myself or suffering as much razor burn as when I first started. That being said, I still have one major problem- the area above and below my mouth, 'the goatee zone' is rather sensitive. I simply can not get a close enough shave in that area
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Got an invitation to the "2nd Annual Freaks and Beards Competition and Freak Show". Guess I won't be doing any shaving for the next 3 months.
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Ordered this ten minutes ago and it's not here yet


Also eyeing up one of these, but I'll first see how it goes with an old coffee mug. It'd be nice to have one piece that was made by a person (in the USA no less) instead of a machine.
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Coffee mugs do well. A good scuttle is a nice thing to have though.
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Feather makes the sharpest DE blades.
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Feathers scare me. Actually, a lot of things scare me.

Tried finding everything ala carte through blamazon. But RS's 10% off coupon code worked
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I'm about to sell two of my Dovo straight razors. I want to buy another Hart razor.
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Wow those babies are pricey. Maybe another bike instead?

How much can straights vary? They scare the crap out of me...but they are works of art.
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Adjustable razors also make shaving as comfortable or close as you wish.If you tend to nick yourself a bit.Don`t forget an alum block to finish,cools razor burn,and works as an anti -odour underarm as well.
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