Panasonic ES8103S - 3-Blade Wet/Dry Shaver
Panasonic ES8103S - 3-Blade Wet/Dry Shaver
Well, used the razor for the first time just now. I must say I really like it. I am surprised at how close a shave I was able to get and my face doesn't feel like it was just sandblasted. It took a few minutes to figure out the correct angle, but once I did it was very smooth. Didn't pull at all like the cartridge razors. The neck was a little tricky, and I did get a few very small nicks that stopped bleeding with a little cold water, but overall it went much better than expected. I don't think I can do this in the shower, but I can definately do it after the shower and probably only take an extra couple of minutes. Didn't use a later. It came with some stuff you just rub on your face to make it slick and it worked just fine. I am really impressed with how nice my face feels. With a little more practice I think this can be my new routine.
All you guys who think this is way too old-school should give it a try. I paid $30 for a Parker 60R butterfly razor and 20 blades. I say give it a try.
for example). They're a bit more convenient than the pucks.
As for shaving the neck, it's very individual. I cannot do ATG (against the grain) much. And none of that three-pass business. My mug wouldn't tolerate it. But yes, it does do a better/smoother job IMO. And it's cheaper. Win win.
Gilette Super Speeds and fatboys here. I use any old blades I find on sale. The key for me is changing them out after two uses, otherwise they are too dull and I bleed.
I can get a week or two out of a Mach 3 cartridge...the DE blades are still way way cheaper.
I shave with a machete and motor oil
Second shave today. I am amazed at how close this thing gets. Several minor nicks on my neck. The styptic pencil helps. I think I just went too fast. The neck is really difficult. I will say the disposable razors are better on the difficult areas of my neck, but the DE kicks butt everywhere else. I am going to give this about a month before I decide if I want to stick with the DE or go back to disposable.
I usually go upwards on the neck but not too fast with the new blade. Once they get a little dull you can loosen them up a bit and keep on using them for quite awhile. But when they're new keep 'em cinched down tight and slow down and take it easy.....Adam's apple is a slow-down spot.
If you're a bleeder just pack a minute piece of TP across the nick until it dries. Sometimes I forget I have the new blade in and do that after a month or more of using the old blade. I'll probably also forget I have the piece of TP stuck on my face and show up for work with it until somebody mentions it.
In a nutshell, the DE razor is pretty awesome. My face has never been so smooth. Just to make sure, about a week ago I went back to my old cartridge razor and it sucked. I will be honest, that first week was rough. Lots of bleeding...but after I powered through that it has been great. It's almost like washing a car. You can wash it with soap and a sponge and it will look pretty good, but swipe you hand across the paint and it will feel slightly gritty. Now, go get a clay-bar and wipe it down and see how much gunk is still on there. Then your paint will be smooth as glass. The DE razor is like a clay bar. The first couple of shaves are like that clay bar, cleaning up the rough stuff. Because of that it will create some small cuts. All of that went away after about two weeks and my skin is crazy smooth now.
I think a lot of guys just quit the DE after a week because of all the nicks...I almost did. But now I can't imagine going back to disposable. It does take some technique and a little patience (you can't just quickly whip the razor around your face like a cartridge), but once you perfected the technique it truly is a superior shave. I don't use the wisk, I shave in the shower with some simple cream. Takes about 2-3 minutes longer than before. If you tried it before and gave up quickly, I recommend you tray again and give it a month.
I just switched to a DE razor a week or so ago... Went for the well-reviewed but bottom-of-the-line Feather popular model. For the first time since I started growing facial hair, I don't have unsightly red bumps all over my neck within 24 hours of shaving. It actually took me a good five days to get any irritation from the new growth too. Now I just need to figure out razors and skin products.
Still doing the DE thing pgjackson?
I switched about 4 years ago now, started with an Edwinn-Jager DE razor, which did not quite do it for me. Then picked up a vintage Gillette SuperSpeed which did MUCH better! I've since graduated to a Gillette fatboy, and prefer it to all others, but I have a small collection of vintage gillettes :)
DE's are VASTLY superior to all cartridge razors. DE shave leaves my face smooth all day long, where a cartridge I was lucky to get 6 hours before stubble. I get a smoother shave, with less irritation, because I use real shaving SOAP, not some chemical foam. I also create a lot less waste, I buy my blades in a 100ct box, recycle the blade (steel). Very little waste!
Definitely get a blade sampler pack. And make sure Personna "Lab blue" are part of it, they are by far my favorite blade, but each person has different opinions!
Also: check out badgerandblade forums. Its a slippery slope :)
Thanks for the advice. I am definitely feeling the calling of razor acquisition disease.
Foo Shaving Thread, it has some good info.
Also, as was mentioned, the Badger & Blade forum is a great shaving resource. I discovered my latest favorite fragrance via B&B. L`Occitane's Cèdre & Oranger in a shave balm or Eau de toilette (yes, it's French, and tad spendy but worth it).
Thanks for linking to that. I knew it existed, but I googled "bikeforums foo shaving thread" and this one was what showed up.
Will definitely be browsing B&B. I'm trying to decide what mama bear shave soaps I want to try. I'd heard of them before even researching wet shaving. I just need some input from other acne prone people, which i'll probably find on B&B.