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Old 04-24-14, 04:03 PM   #1
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Any DE safety razor users here?

So I decided to try out a safety razor for shaving. Been using cheap, plastic disposable razors for over 20 years...shaving virtually every day. Thought I would try out something different. Ordered a Parker 60R. Should be here Saturday. Any words of advice?
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Shave after you shower, use a shaving oil before lathering up, let the weight of the razor do the work, and use a triple pass method...one pass down, one sideways, and final one up.
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They definitely need more care and less pressure to avoid cutting yourself. Try a few different blades to see if one suits your face better. I've bought some from international retailers through amazon. I ended up liking "Feather" blades, which seem to be imported from Japan via Thailand.
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Do you need to use a thick lather? I just use soap. Has been working fine. Stopped using shaving cream years ago.
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Been doing it all my life. One thing nice about the butterfly razors is that when the blade starts getting a little dull you can loosen it up a bit and go on using it for quite some time.



I recently bought a Gem single edge blade razor off of E-Bay just to try it out. Once the blade begins to dull a little (And I believe the thicker single blade dulls quicker that the thinner doubles) you pretty much have to change the blade right away.

And the butterfly doubles are handier to handle and clean than the Gem singles.

Just don't forget when you put the new blade in those doubles. It pays to do it right before you shave. Don't get in a hurry 1st few shaves with the new blade or you'll nick yourself in a couple or more places going too fast.

Generic stainless blades do fine for me. And I've always used cheap canned lather. Soap works fine when you're out.
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So I decided to try out a safety razor for shaving. Been using cheap, plastic disposable razors for over 20 years...shaving virtually every day. Thought I would try out something different. Ordered a Parker 60R. Should be here Saturday. Any words of advice?
It's been ages since I've been on here. I've shaved for years with DE safety razor as well as straight razors. Start off by taking a good hot shower first to get the facial hair good and soft. The $7 brush and $2 soap from Walgreen will do you just fine. I buy my blades at $.99 Only Store. Think beard reduction and not beard removal. One pass in each direction on each part of the face. Go with the grain on the first pass and against the grain on the second. Again, don't to the rapid back and forth action you've probably been doing with disposables. There are some good youtube videos demonstrating good technique. And yes, the Styptic Pencil is great. Cold water is great when styptic grace is not available. Also, I just use witch hazel as an aftershave.
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I'm currently shaving my face with a disposable DE prep razor; the kind they use in hospitals to shave the afflicted parts of thee and me before surgery.

This started when I went to the hospital for a nonsurgical procedure, which was supposed to last two days and instead left me bedridden for three weeks. Soon I needed a shave, and asked them for a razor. They brought me a prep razor and cautioned me to be VERY careful.

I cut myself anyway. Unfamiliar with the type of razor, I nicked my chin, and a bit on my upper lip. Soon I improved my technique, and the razor gave me excellent shaves with one pass, against the grain. It still does. Scoff if you will, but they cost $25 per 100, and last a long time.
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I use a vintage Gillette Fatboy with an adjustable guard which prevents nicks, shaving soap from a small soap company, and Wilkinson blades for a drag queen smooth shave.

The other object is a vintage mechanical stropper I picked up and it will extend the life of blades and puts on a nice edge.

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Just curious why people revert to these old school razors? I am not being a smart ass, just don't get it. What is the benefit over say a Mach 3?
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Just curious why people revert to these old school razors? I am not being a smart ass, just don't get it. What is the benefit over say a Mach 3?
They give a great shave and replacing a double edged blade is way cheaper than buying cartridges... my beard will destroy most disposables in short order.

In my case, the stropper also extends the useful life of the blades.
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Just curious why people revert to these old school razors? I am not being a smart ass, just don't get it. What is the benefit over say a Mach 3?
The new multiblade razors clog up on me before they ever get dull.The little blade cassettes actually don't do that well for me after only a few shaves. I've had people get me the new ones for gifts that vibrate and all. The blades in those just don't last for me before they clog up. I just don't seem to be able to flush them out that well after awhile. Heck I can make a double edged blade last over a couple months if I want. I just take it out and wipe it off. The Gillette Fusion I got for xmas 3 or 4 yrs ago sits in the closet. I got tired of people at work telling me I missed a spot shaving when I didn't.

I'll take the newer disposables with me when I travel though.

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Hmmmph, newfangled safety razors......

I prefer the old school straight razor. I have my Grandfather's Missouri Blue Steel razor. It's been in continuous use since 1925, and the occasional hone and daily stropping keeps it in shaving trim for my head and face.
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Lol. I get in too big a hurry most of the time for a straight razor.
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Also interested in making the switch. Been spending all my hard earned cash on bikes tho lately. I'm interested in hearing how the transition goes.
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Just curious why people revert to these old school razors? I am not being a smart ass, just don't get it. What is the benefit over say a Mach 3?
For me it's part money savings...disposables are expensive, part comfort (my face feels like it's been raped after a shave and the DE guys claim it is very comfortable), and part nostalgia...I like old school things. For $30 I got the razor and 20 blades. Figured I'd give it a try.
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Hmmmph, newfangled safety razors......

I prefer the old school straight razor. I have my Grandfather's Missouri Blue Steel razor. It's been in continuous use since 1925, and the occasional hone and daily stropping keeps it in shaving trim for my head and face.
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Just curious why people revert to these old school razors? I am not being a smart ass, just don't get it. What is the benefit over say a Mach 3?
The advantages are numerous. Cost, as others have mentioned is lower over the course of an entire year. I used to use disposals and hated putting that much plastic into landfills each year. But, by far and away, the comfort and superior shave I get is what keeps me using DE razors. The weight of the razor allows you to use smoother, longer and lighter strokes while shaving. I often had razor burn and lots of irritation even when using Mach 3s or the Fusion. This was from having to put too much pressure and repeated strokes to get a clean shave. Haven't had razor burn of irritation since I switched. The final reason for me is that I've turned shaving into a ritual of sorts. It's the one time of the day when I can indulge in something that feels really good. Never had the experience before going to a DE razor.
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I switched to double edge a few years ago. I love it.
Works so much better on my coarse whiskers.
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Which one do you own?

I have been using a DE razor for years (Merkur razor and Merkur blades).

since getting my stents my doctor put me on anticoagulants. Now even a small nick can turn into a bleed-fest so I am considering getting an electric razor.

That and I travel a lot and the DE blades are a big nay nay at the TSA checkpoints.
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I always shave in the shower. Just lather up with some Lever 2000 soap and have at it with the disposable. How important is the heavy lather with a DE? I have no interest in this becoming a time consuming "ritual" and I'm not looking for a "man experience". It's a necessary evil that I just want to get done with quickly every morning. I'm not going to have time to soak the bristles on the wisk thingy, then whip up a lather and all that.

Anyone else use their DE in the shower with just soap?

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They give a great shave and replacing a double edged blade is way cheaper than buying cartridges... my beard will destroy most disposables in short order.

In my case, the stropper also extends the useful life of the blades.
I must be folically challenged I guess. . I get a full year out of a 6 pack of Mach3's but I always shave right out of the shower, use my forearm as a strop before shaving and only shave on work days. The blades are expensive so I sure understand the economics.
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