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Old 08-18-16, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
those who use them safety razers are they hard to shave around mouth and nose?
For me, much easier. The mustache area extends to right under the nose. A cartridge razor blade(s) covered in all that plastic can't get anywhere near that area. A good DE blade is sharp! Slices those pesky located whiskers right off.

I've been using a DE for a little over a year. Started with just the VDH blades available at Walmart/Walgreens which worked fine. Added the VDH soap and brush 6 months ago and it got much better. Ordered a sampling of blades to try out and I'm working through them. I have 3 blades left of 13 I ordered to try. Also ordered a couple sample pucks from Stirling Soap. Using that is a wonderful experience. Amazing the difference in all the blades as well. Some super sharp, some super smooth, some leaves irritation, some aren't sharp at all.

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Old 08-18-16, 10:10 PM
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about 98% of the time I use a 1930's Gillette NEW long comb razor (original gold finish...cost a bit, but I love the razor) with either Gillette 7 O'clock Yellow or Personna "lab blue" blades. Both blades give a great shave, and I have hundreds of each...

I also throw in an old Ever Ready 1924 Single Edge, a few Gillette Fatboys, a Gillette Slim, Black beauty, Pre-war Tech (I have 2), Superspeed, a Feather "straight" edge, and a real straight edge...I think thats all. DE's all get the two blades mentioned above. SE gets Rite Aide blades, they do just fine for me and I can buy them local, and since I don't use that too often, the price is of no concern.

I think I'll break out the Feather AC SS "straight" this weekend now that I think about it. Its been over a year since I've used that razor!!!
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I shave my head, face (except for a goatee) and neck daily in the shower. I buy the generic three-blade razor from Wal-Mart for $ 4 for the three razor pack. I throw out the razor and start a new one every two weeks. This has worked well for me for many years.
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Old 08-19-16, 05:04 AM
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Straight Razor Place had TI do a custom run a few years back and I have number 19.

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Old 08-19-16, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
those who use them safety razers are they hard to shave around mouth and nose?
No, they are much safer as you have only one blade to aim with. With the double blades I used to cut myself a lot more because the other blade got in the way in the difficult spots. That's not the only reason why I use them, but to me the double or triple blades have been more a marketing thing than a genuine improvement.
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Old 08-19-16, 05:27 PM
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Here's the butterfly action N 2 Gillette Knack Blue Handle TTO DE Safety Razor that I've used since I left my little travel accessory bag in a motel in about 1971 or so. It was the cheaper of two in a supermarket that I chose from. I bought the aforementioned Parker 99 only very recently, kind of on a lark, and actually like it a little better than this old Gillette. The butterfly action on the Parker 99 is of the type that opens wider, without having to take the blade out, to clear the stubble under the faucet. Otherwise they are pretty much same same.

Clearing the stubble from between blades on the newer cartridge types is the problem I have with those.


Any of you old codgers remember this song?


BTW, the Gillette "Platinum Plus" blades are definitely much longer lasting than the "Blue Blades" mentioned in this ad. So are the generic stainless drug store brands that you can find out there anymore.

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Old 08-19-16, 09:08 PM
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I am the third or fourth person to inherit a Gilette safety razor that is now more than a hundred years old. I use it daily and can't see myself going back to electric or stupid multi blade for a lesser shave. I prefer the German blades, but haven't used them in a while. I normally just buy the chinese crap blades from Fry's.

I have dry shaved for almost all of my life, and still do. I found that the safety razors took time for my face to get used to, but after a while it stopped hacking my face apart.
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Old 08-20-16, 06:39 PM
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I use Astra Platinum blades. They cost about $10/year I think.

I love Mitchell's Wool Fat shaving soap. There's another brand that's the same stuff but cheaper, but I can buy Mitchell's from the local British import store and help keep them in business.

I use Prorasso pre-shave.

Cheaper and much closer than all of those multi blade things. Also, the soap makes me smell like God.

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Old 08-20-16, 07:33 PM
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Old 08-20-16, 09:31 PM
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I guess I am an exception, I use a multi blade. I then use that same blade for months. There are times I have forgotten and used the same blade for over a year. After it gets dull to a certain point, It just seems to stop getting any duller.

I shave after I get out of the shower, I have heard the hair is softer than. I then soap up the area to be shaved (my neck, as I have a beard), just using any bath soap bars that have gotten too small to use in the shower.

Sometimes when I do put on a fresh blade it does seem a little nicer; but not enough nicer to bother doing on a regular basis.
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Old 08-20-16, 09:48 PM
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Gillette. Five blades
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Old 08-20-16, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Robert C View Post
I guess I am an exception, I use a multi blade. I then use that same blade for months. There are times I have forgotten and used the same blade for over a year. After it gets dull to a certain point, It just seems to stop getting any duller.
How many bottles of blood coagulant do you go through each year?
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Old 08-20-16, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
How many bottles of blood coagulant do you go through each year?
I know it seems strange; but I don't get nicked at all. If it does happen I, of course, replace the blade immediately; however, that hasn't happened in years.


I am careful to make sure I always clean the blade after each use. I suspect that may help.
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Old 08-20-16, 10:24 PM
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I had used the same brand of single blade disposable razor for maybe 30 years. Then one day... out of the blue and without warning... they stopped making them. Meanwhile... hairs kept growing out of my face. It was really almost sort of semi-devastating. Really!

I got rid of the old full beard and grew a much smaller better trimmed beard. Now I mostly use an electric razor. Things change.
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Old 08-20-16, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Robert C View Post
I know it seems strange; but I don't get nicked at all. If it does happen I, of course, replace the blade immediately; however, that hasn't happened in years.


I am careful to make sure I always clean the blade after each use. I suspect that may help.
Clean it and dry it after each use. Some people even store them under mineral oil.

I thought I was bad keeping them for 6 to 8 weeks.
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Old 08-20-16, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Gillette. Five blades
Somebody ... click on the link.
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Old 08-21-16, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Clean it and dry it after each use. Some people even store them under mineral oil.
I remember the old razor blade stories from when I was a kid. Some guys would even use a [razor] strap to keep an edge on the blades.

There was bragging rights to keeping a blade in use for a long time.
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Old 08-21-16, 07:59 AM
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The spouse is into couponing and comes up with some amazing prices when buying stuff. She takes it as a personal affront to buy razor blades for more than @ 50 cents per blade of the non-disposable type. These deals usually come with handle and a couple blades and are meant to entice the buyer to switch to their brand. This means I've used a variety of brands over the last couple months. Personal favorite is the Mach 3. Least favorite is any double bladed disposable.
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Old 08-21-16, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
I remember the old razor blade stories from when I was a kid. Some guys would even use a [razor] strap to keep an edge on the blades.

There was bragging rights to keeping a blade in use for a long time.
Or a mechanical stropper...paging Sixty Fiver
What's old is new again, from the wayback machine...
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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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or a mechanical stropper.... What's old is new again..
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Old 08-21-16, 11:49 AM
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I've been on the DE/ wet shave kick a bit over a year myself. I agree that it's easier and less likely to cut you up in the tough to reach places, but I'd definitely recommend starting with a duller blade/less aggressive razor handle, unless you have a very rough beard.

I bought this very inexpensive razor/blade combo to learn on, hardly had a nick.
https://smile.amazon.com/Feather-Dou...eather+popular
Some Proraso in a tub and a $6 Omega synthetic brush, 100 pack of Astras after trying a few other blades, total investment under $55 for ~2 years worth of shaving for me. (I shave 2-3x/week.)

I intend to spend another $30 on a better handle, but from there on, ~$15/year for blades. Honestly I don't think it's that much cheaper for people who don't shave daily, but my skin is definitely thanking me.

Personally I'm finding that the razor doesn't matter as much as the lather. I have fairly soft whiskers that like to really lie down though.
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Old 08-21-16, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Gillette. Five blades
I wonder what he shaves with........I'll bet he won't tell.

I always said that revolutions start on empty stomachs. But If they stopped making double edged blades, at this time in history, that might start one.
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Old 08-21-16, 03:18 PM
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Occam's razor..
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
I bought this very inexpensive razor/blade combo to learn on, hardly had a nick.
https://smile.amazon.com/Feather-Dou...eather+popular
Some Proraso in a tub and a $6 Omega synthetic brush, 100 pack of Astras after trying a few other blades, total investment under $55 for ~2 years worth of shaving for me. (I shave 2-3x/week.)
Thx for that link, I plan to buy one and try it out. I'm just on a LORD L6, would like to try a Twist-to-open
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