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NOS88 03-12-14 06:23 AM

Serious question - I've been wet shaving with DE razors for a bit over a year. I've two razors - an Edwin Jagger 8911 and a Merkur 34C. It doesn't matter which one I use (with same blades, pre-shave oil, and soap), after about 6 weeks I can't get my problem spots clean shaven. If, however, I switch to the other razor I get very clean shaves for about the same amount of time and then have to switch again. I change blades every 4th or 5th save. So, why am I getting a good shave for 6 weeks and then it degrades until I switch to the other razor?

himespau 05-02-14 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Grishnak (Post 16562387)
Have you tried microwaving the soap,only a short time,to make it fit?.It worked for me.I always seemed to get a soap that rattled round in the bowl,or was too big.

I ended up doing that and it worked. Only just now finished off my last soap to start my new puck. Mama Bear's Awakenings. Menthol and Peppermint. Yeah. It's brisk. Of course with a name like that and those ingredients you'd expect it to be. I was actually surprised that it affected my cheeks but not my neck. Only used it once so far, but I like it, which is good, because that bar looks like it's going to last me a long time.

Grishnak 05-03-14 12:53 AM

Thats good,glad it worked for you.I have a 1kg bar of Cella italian shaving soap,that lasts a while too:thumb:.Don`t see much mama bears in the UK.

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no1mad 05-22-16 03:09 PM

Necromancy alert! :twitchy::p

Anyone got any ideas on a cheap(ish) cartridge system for a really sensitive chin? I currently have a DE safety razor and a cheap triple head triple head rotary and I can't use the DE on the chin and the rotary doesn't get as close.

Growing it out is not an option- wife likes me clean shaven and since my whiskers started to go gray 20 years ago, I'm not keen on growing a white beard now :o

kingston 05-22-16 03:34 PM

Try the Wilkinson Sword Classic. It's a DE, but I got one for my teenage son who is just starting to shave, and it is working well for him. I use the Gillette Sensor cartridges when I'm going through a TSA checkpoint and can't take safety blades.

no1mad 05-22-16 08:03 PM

Not sure how another DE would be any different than what I'm using now- except maybe one that can adjust the closeness of the shave.

I'm looking more for something that flexes or pivots so it doesn't feel like I'm trying to shave with a potato peeler.

RubeRad 05-24-16 08:53 AM

I'm an avg twice-a-week shaver. Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning for church, and once midweek. Or no midweek if I'm lazy, or twice midweek if I want to look a little better for a work meeting or evening event.

A couple years ago I met a guy in another forum who maintains a daily shave blog. I struck up a conversation about shaving (like most here, very fed up with the price of cartridges), and he started my life as a DE shaver by giving me a razor and a few blades. The razor was a LORD made in Egypt, an acceptable shaver, but not something an aficionado like him would ever use except to try out and realize how superior his collection is. (probably kind of like a C&V guy giving away a modern schwinn hybrid).

I picked up a tube of Cremo (free rebate offer) and used that for a while, I thought it did a great job, and had a nice citrus smell. I gave it to my teenage son who is just starting to shave (and gave him a vintage gillete razor I got off eBay -- I didn't like the short handle, so I still use the Lord)

Then after I got through the free blades, I did little bit of research and bought a 5-pack of Feather blades off eBay for a few bucks. They are fantastic. VERY sharp. I'm not a bleeder, so they work well for me. I slowly used those 5 blades for 18 months! (at 2 shaves a week that's about 30 shaves/blade). And when I did change blades, it was never because the old blade stopped shaving well, it just starting feeling a little bit rough, so I figured, maybe it's time for another one? The new one was always only marginally better than the 'used' one.

I reordered 25 more feathers in Feb, and am still on the first one. I guess these will last me until retirement.

Last xmas I got the Trader Joe's shave kit (brush, soap, and aftershave), so I've been getting used to that. The tub of soap is very soft, almost like a creme, and it's almost gone. I plan to pop over to a drug store and pick up a cake of Van Der Hagen's, as I hear it is a very good soap for being so cheap and mainstream. Or maybe go back to Cremo, frankly, it's easier than messing with brush and lather.

The Trader Joe's aftershave, I tried it a few times, but didn't get the point. Generally I just don't get aftershave. What is the problem it solves?

kingston 05-24-16 09:21 AM

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Originally Posted by no1mad (Post 18788986)
Not sure how another DE would be any different than what I'm using now- except maybe one that can adjust the closeness of the shave.

I'm looking more for something that flexes or pivots so it doesn't feel like I'm trying to shave with a potato peeler.

You do realize that there are more and less aggressive DE heads, right? They shave very differently.

himespau 05-24-16 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 18792679)
The tub of soap is very soft, almost like a creme, and it's almost gone. I plan to pop over to a drug store and pick up a cake of Van Der Hagen's, as I hear it is a very good soap for being so cheap and mainstream. Or maybe go back to Cremo, frankly, it's easier than messing with brush and lather.

Not an expert either, but I have used the Van der Hagen's. It's OK, but what I really like is the Mama Bear's Ye Olde Barber Shoppe. Much better lather (either that or I've gotten better with practice as the van der Hagen's was my first), and I just love that smell. Sometimes I just sniff the mug (because I'm weird, but also because the smell is awesome - how many times do you say that about your bathroom?).

RubeRad 05-24-16 10:17 AM

Interesting. Looks like mama bear makes glycerin soaps, while VDH is, I don't know what to call it other than a soapy soap. How do glycerin soaps compare with soapy soaps for lathering?

I was considering Col Conk's Lime (which is a glycerin), but I read a bunch of really tepid reviews. I do like the idea of a nice-smelling soap though.

trsidn 05-24-16 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by no1mad (Post 18788365)
Necromancy alert! :twitchy::p

Anyone got any ideas on a cheap(ish) cartridge system for a really sensitive chin? I currently have a DE safety razor and a cheap triple head triple head rotary and I can't use the DE on the chin and the rotary doesn't get as close.

Growing it out is not an option- wife likes me clean shaven and since my whiskers started to go gray 20 years ago, I'm not keen on growing a white beard now :o


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mrodgers 05-24-16 12:42 PM

I am just finishing up a cake of Van der Hagen soap I picked up as my first soap and brush set. I think it stinks, literally, the smell. It's not pleasant at all. Took a while to figure out how to get a lather with a brush, but I'm pretty good at it now. Just can't stand the smell of that Van der Hagen soap.

I have just been using Van der Hagen blades as they're cheap and available at Walmart. They seem to work well for never having tried a different blade. I've been using a DE for almost a year now. I tried it because I'm a twice a week shaver also and the whiskers are so thick, I'd use 2 disposables per shave. Cartridges are too dang expensive.

Love the DE razor for a twice a week shave. It slices the growth right off with no hassle at all.

StupidlyBrave 05-24-16 01:23 PM

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Originally Posted by no1mad (Post 18788365)

Growing it out is not an option- wife likes me clean shaven and since my whiskers started to go gray 20 years ago, I'm not keen on growing a white beard now :o

Tell Mrs Claus to lighten up.

RubeRad 05-24-16 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by mrodgers (Post 18793470)
I have just been using Van der Hagen blades as they're cheap and available at Walmart. They seem to work well for never having tried a different blade.

Pretty cheap to try other blades, if you're willing to wait for shipping from asia, typically just a couple weeks.

$3 for 5 feathers on eBay, and that's basically the most expensive. There are tons of samplers you can try out too, see if different blades make a difference for you.

no1mad 05-24-16 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by kingston (Post 18792771)
You do realize that there are more and less aggressive DE heads, right? They shave very differently.

I had not. :o

RubeRad 05-24-16 06:10 PM

I was gonna say, the existence of his question demonstrates that no1mad was not aware. Maybe kingston should suggest some DE heads that exhibit various properties for no1mad to look into...

Zinger 05-25-16 02:10 AM

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Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 18793851)
Pretty cheap to try other blades, if you're willing to wait for shipping from asia, typically just a couple weeks.

$3 for 5 feathers on eBay, and that's basically the most expensive. There are tons of samplers you can try out too, see if different blades make a difference for you.

Platinum coated. So the sharpened edge isn't going to be and I just wonder how they hold up for sharpness. I use the generic drug store stainless ones a long long time.

kingston 05-25-16 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 18794431)
I was gonna say, the existence of his question demonstrates that no1mad was not aware. Maybe kingston should suggest some DE heads that exhibit various properties for no1mad to look into...

The weshi is generally regarded as the mildest razor, but people sometimes have trouble with the doors getting out of alignment. I have one that I use for shaving my neck in the shower. The Wilkinson Sword Classic that I recommended in post 181 is another mild and very inexpensive razor.

Modern Double-Edged Safety Razors Ranked by Aggressiveness

RubeRad 05-25-16 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Zinger (Post 18795080)
Platinum coated. So the sharpened edge isn't going to be and I just wonder how they hold up for sharpness. I use the generic drug store stainless ones a long long time.

Well it sounds like you have tougher hair than me, but I am also a twice/week shaver and my first 5-pack of Feathers lasted me 18 months. And when I changed them it was more because I thought "seems like I've been using this blade for quite a while now" rather than "this is not shaving me well anymore".

RubeRad 05-25-16 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by kingston (Post 18795480)
The weshi is generally regarded as the mildest razor, but people sometimes have trouble with the doors getting out of alignment. I have one that I use for shaving my neck in the shower. The Wilkinson Sword Classic that I recommended in post 181 is another mild and very inexpensive razor.

Modern Double-Edged Safety Razors Ranked by Aggressiveness

Now that is a very helpful link.

Zinger 05-25-16 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 18795631)
Well it sounds like you have tougher hair than me, but I am also a twice/week shaver and my first 5-pack of Feathers lasted me 18 months. And when I changed them it was more because I thought "seems like I've been using this blade for quite a while now" rather than "this is not shaving me well anymore".

OK I'll try some with my Parker (90r I believe) just because the price is right. I like the razor ever since I replaced my ancient plastic handle Gillette. Thanks

BenzFanatic 05-26-16 03:25 PM

Kingston is spot on for no1mad. I've got the Feather "Popular" and it's also a very mild shave. I can't quite seem to get certain parts of my neck as clean as I'd like. Been using it about a year, and I've been meaning to try a Parker 24C, which I'm told is a bit more aggressive but not too much so.

My experience with feather platinum blades is completely different. They are the sharpest out of the box, but don't last for me. Wilkinson swords are my favorite that I've tried so far. They are dull compared to feathers, but they hold their edge the best from what I've tried. I've got a 100 pack of Astra platinums that are okay, but again, seem to lose their edge quickly. I've been changing them every shave or two for sanitary purposes/ to get rid of them.

I've been finding the lather to matter much more than the blade for myself, though.

Anybody looking to try out blades, check out tryablade.com and get yourself a few of each of the most popular stuff. Not great prices for bulk buying, but you pretty much can't beat it for trying out different types.

RubeRad 05-26-16 03:41 PM

tryablade.com looks pretty good. $3 flat shipping is not much and single blades ranging from 15-55 cents, wide selection.

There are also deals on eBay if you search 'razor sampler', some are set combos, some you get a choice.

kingston 05-26-16 04:55 PM

I have tried a lot of DE blades over the years, and they all pretty much work. Everyone generally agrees that Feathers are the sharpest, so probably not what I would recommend for someone with a sensitive face. Astra, Personna and Derby are all easy to find middle of the road blades that I would recommend for sensitive skin. I also wouldn't recommend trying to get 30 shaves out of a blade like @RubeRad. At 10-20 a blade there's really no reason to be a hero. Treat Yo Self!


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