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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Feather makes the sharpest DE blades.
    That's what I use, and yes, they are extremely sharp. I think they're better after one or two shaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    That's what I use, and yes, they are extremely sharp. I think they're better after one or two shaves.
    That's why I didn't bother. I don't have barbed wire like Allen and Tom. I shave every 3-5 days. A Feather would be ok on the 5-dayers I suppose. Was gonna get a sampler pack that included some Feathers...and may still after I use up the Merkurs and Lords that come with this DE setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    That's why I didn't bother. I don't have barbed wire like Allen and Tom. I shave every 3-5 days. A Feather would be ok on the 5-dayers I suppose. Was gonna get a sampler pack that included some Feathers...and may still after I use up the Merkurs and Lords that come with this DE setup.
    I shave about once a week and I still like Feather blades, but I also use the same blade for quite a while. I have very thick, coarse hair but it grows fairly slowly. I think they're good when they're brand new, but you have to be super careful at that stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    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.
    Hart, Dovo, Thiers Issard, are all about the same in quality, the biggest difference is the grind. Cheap razors can be horrid.
    My Hart razor is a 1/4 grind and for reasons I do not understand is the smoothest of my razors. I find I almost always use it. Since my Dovos are not being used, time to trade up. Both of my Dovos are full hollow grind.

    Hollow ground is supposedly the preferred grind for most folks. Being part Sasquatch I think a heftier grind cuts better for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    I believe that in this case "solid meh" means "so 'meh' that it could never be anything more than 'meh', and yet also no less than 'meh' -- in a word, exactly 'meh'"

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    This mornings shave was with Williams soap, my favorite old fashioned scuttle, small boar bristle brush and a cheap shavette I bought off of ebay. I love this shavettte because it uses half of a double edge razorblade and I happen to still have alot of them. I finsihed off with some Gillete aftershave gel, I love the refreshing feel it gives, subtle smell of the stuff and it stays all day.

    I love pho long time.

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    Shaving redux...

    My 1959 Gillette Fatboy and my Twinplex stropper, my favourite mug soap is from Camamu in Portland although I also find that Dr Bronner's Tea Tree soap works great for shaving and has some antiseptic properties although I use witch hazel as an after shave.

    The Twinplex dates to WW2 and were popular when resources were scarce and rationed and extending the life of a blade was very economical, I use Wilkinson blades which are very nice out of the box and the stropper works very well and think it actually improves the factory blades. They bare not hard to find and I picked mine up at the Goodwill for $2.00 because no-one knew what it was.

    The adjustable safety razor is wonderful and my wife prefers me to be clean shaven and "drag queen smooth".



    I also find that I kill disposables and cannot wrap my head around the price for blades when a single blade safety razor does the job so nicely. A little secret is to rinse the razor in cooler water when you shave instead of hot water... it makes for a much smoother shave.
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    I just use an electric, my face tends to break out from the razor edges, I have no idea why, if I forget to shave for a few days, have to get out the electric clipper to mow it down enough to use the electric shaver. Not into that leg shaving stuff, not for me

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    I love that stropper. I'd get one but I'm really trying to go through all my double edge razorblades without just dumping them. I alternate between DE shaving and straight blade shaving which is what I want to go to completely. A pack of DE blades always seem to jump into my shopping sack and follow me home though. See, double edge shaving brings back old times with my dad.
    Ernest[

    QUOTE=Sixty Fiver;15152542]Shaving redux...

    My 1959 Gillette Fatboy and my Twinplex stropper, my favourite mug soap is from Camamu in Portland although I also find that Dr Bronner's Tea Tree soap works great for shaving and has some antiseptic properties although I use witch hazel as an after shave.

    The Twinplex dates to WW2 and were popular when resources were scarce and rationed and extending the life of a blade was very economical, I use Wilkinson blades which are very nice out of the box and the stropper works very well and think it actually improves the factory blades. They bare not hard to find and I picked mine up at the Goodwill for $2.00 because no-one knew what it was.

    The adjustable safety razor is wonderful and my wife prefers me to be clean shaven and "drag queen smooth".



    I also find that I kill disposables and cannot wrap my head around the price for blades when a single blade safety razor does the job so nicely. A little secret is to rinse the razor in cooler water when you shave instead of hot water... it makes for a much smoother shave.[/QUOTE]
    I love pho long time.

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    Since I now have access to a huge array of soap-making supplies at a great discount, I'm thinking about making some shaving soap. The only problem is it takes me a good year to use up a single cake of shaving soap, and I currently have a new one. Of course, that doesn't mean I can't make some and have a variety of scents at my disposal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    Since I now have access to a huge array of soap-making supplies at a great discount, I'm thinking about making some shaving soap. The only problem is it takes me a good year to use up a single cake of shaving soap, and I currently have a new one. Of course, that doesn't mean I can't make some and have a variety of scents at my disposal.
    That's what I've been wondering about. The shaving nerds in the B&B forum have tons of soaps and creams (n+1?). Even for the guys that shave every day it'd take forever to go through all that. After reading some of the homemade soap threads I decided it's not worth the bother. There are many excellent soaps available, some of them with more natural ingredients. Although that is how Mama Bear Soaps got started. If Mother Nature decides to grace us with a respectable amount of snow by the middle of next week, I plan to stop by Mama Bear's cabin (<3 hours north of me) to sniff out a few pleasant new shaving soaps. I hope to be skiing up north just an hour from her. Alas, we have basically no snow left after last week.

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    Agree on the soap... a shaving bar lasts me forever and my wife keeps re-supplying me.

    Figure I might have to share the excess... here is the link to Camamu and the bay rhum is what makes me and the wife happy.

    http://camamusoap.com/products-page/shaving-soap/

    They also make a ginger body butter for the menz which is an outstanding moisturizer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    That's what I've been wondering about. The shaving nerds in the B&B forum have tons of soaps and creams (n+1?). Even for the guys that shave every day it'd take forever to go through all that. After reading some of the homemade soap threads I decided it's not worth the bother. There are many excellent soaps available, some of them with more natural ingredients. Although that is how Mama Bear Soaps got started. If Mother Nature decides to grace us with a respectable amount of snow by the middle of next week, I plan to stop by Mama Bear's cabin (<3 hours north of me) to sniff out a few pleasant new shaving soaps. I hope to be skiing up north just an hour from her. Alas, we have basically no snow left after last week.
    Mama Bear is the brand I've been using for several years now. When my brother still lived with me, we'd order two or three cakes of soap, get to try different fragrances, and even between the two of us we wouldn't have to order more for a year or more. In fact, the reason I have a full cake now is because I melted down two old ones and poured them directly into my shaving mug. And I still have another partial cake left over that I've had for at least two years! It wouldn't even be worth making my own unless I made at least a pound, and that would be four four-ounce cakes, which would last me until I'm 40. I suppose I could also make one for myself, then send whatever is left to a few forum members who wanted to try it, just charging shipping and whatever the materials cost me, which would literally be pocket change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Agree on the soap... a shaving bar lasts me forever and my wife keeps re-supplying me.

    Figure I might have to share the excess... here is the link to Camamu and the bay rhum is what makes me and the wife happy.

    http://camamusoap.com/products-page/shaving-soap/

    They also make a ginger body butter for the menz which is an outstanding moisturizer.
    Okay, after looking at the link you posted I'm in the mood to make some soap! I have access to everything they use in those soaps plus a lot more. I had already planned to start making my own bath soap anyway, because that would go a lot more quickly and actually save me some money. If I give this a try I'll post an update in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Agree on the soap... a shaving bar lasts me forever and my wife keeps re-supplying me.

    Figure I might have to share the excess... here is the link to Camamu and the bay rhum is what makes me and the wife happy.

    http://camamusoap.com/products-page/shaving-soap/

    They also make a ginger body butter for the menz which is an outstanding moisturizer.
    I like how they compare their products' ingredients and other attributes to those of bigger name commercial brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    I like how they compare their products' ingredients and other attributes to those of bigger name commercial brands.
    They are great people, having been in their little shop that was right down the street and could always smell the soaps when I rode by. I feel it is important to shop locally and for me, Portland is local and I would rather support a few hard working individuals than giant corporations.

    I won't be making soap for a while but think I will brew up some aftershave... stay tuned.

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    This mornings shave was with my 70's Gillette Superspeed. It used to belong to my dad.

    I love pho long time.

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    Yet more proof that I'm.. well, pretty much right about everything.

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    From the customer reviews: 25 April 2012 By Mr. H. A. OuthwaiteExcellent product. Most prisoners confessed within five minutes of the first application. Can recommend. Yours, Ali Muhabarakah, Secret Police, Damascus ...
    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    I believe that in this case "solid meh" means "so 'meh' that it could never be anything more than 'meh', and yet also no less than 'meh' -- in a word, exactly 'meh'"

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    Mixed up a little simple aftershave today...

    2 cups of witch hazel, 50 drops of tea tree oil, and an ounce and a half of Bacardi Gold for the aftershave and a few fingers for me.

    Avoided any nut or clove oils as I know and love too many people who are highly allergic... the girl says I smell nice and manly and it feels great on the skin.

    Put some in a small dropper bottle for daily use and travel and some in a mister to use as a topical spray and might play with a little citrus and cinnamon in the main bottle I am brewing things up in.

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    Touched up the homebrew with orange oil today to add a little citrus zest... used half as much orange oil as tea tree oil as I wanted the tea tree oil to be the secondary scent and the orange to be the primary and more short lived.

    Tis very nice on the face... and I got some nice comments on how good I smelled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Shaving redux...

    My 1959 Gillette Fatboy and my Twinplex stropper, my favourite mug soap is from Camamu in Portland although I also find that Dr Bronner's Tea Tree soap works great for shaving and has some antiseptic properties although I use witch hazel as an after shave.

    The Twinplex dates to WW2 and were popular when resources were scarce and rationed and extending the life of a blade was very economical, I use Wilkinson blades which are very nice out of the box and the stropper works very well and think it actually improves the factory blades. They bare not hard to find and I picked mine up at the Goodwill for $2.00 because no-one knew what it was.

    The adjustable safety razor is wonderful and my wife prefers me to be clean shaven and "drag queen smooth".



    I also find that I kill disposables and cannot wrap my head around the price for blades when a single blade safety razor does the job so nicely. A little secret is to rinse the razor in cooler water when you shave instead of hot water... it makes for a much smoother shave.
    Small world. I work in deep draw metal stamping. I'll have to mention the stropper to my boss. He'll likely get a kick out of the fact that Twinplex (a stamping company) made the stroppers. I see there are a number of them on the bay, but not for $2. I'd have guessed it was a pencil sharpener.
    I found this via B&B.

    linky

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    Put these two on the block and they sold in five mins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    I believe that in this case "solid meh" means "so 'meh' that it could never be anything more than 'meh', and yet also no less than 'meh' -- in a word, exactly 'meh'"

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    How feasible is it to shave my head with a straight razor? How does stropping work?
    The best thing about a bicycle is that it uses no gasoline, therefore the chance of fiery death is greatly reduced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbacon View Post
    How feasible is it to shave my head with a straight razor? How does stropping work?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq9Y_3uQR0c
    ^^^
    Shaving ones head with a straight.
    My hair is nearly shoulder length.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ssDkAH2kV0
    ^^^^
    Stropping.
    At the microscopic level the edge of a razor is jagged like a saw blade. Stropping realigns the teeth.
    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    I believe that in this case "solid meh" means "so 'meh' that it could never be anything more than 'meh', and yet also no less than 'meh' -- in a word, exactly 'meh'"

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    Ok, I'm interested. The best shave I have found so far is the Gilette Mach 3, but the cartridges are too expensive. Right now I'm using some Bic disposables that are ok, but there is definite room for improvement.
    The best thing about a bicycle is that it uses no gasoline, therefore the chance of fiery death is greatly reduced.

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