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post #1 of 181 Old 10-19-2013, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Shaving, what are you using?

So, back in the stone age when I first started shaving my Dad gave me a starter kit that included one of his double edge ďsafetyĒ razors, a pack of Shick blades, a mug with a used cake of Old Spice soap, and a worn out brush. I stayed with that method for years until Mrs. Flash got me one of those triple headed electric jobs because she wanted me to shave daily. The thing I learned about those is you have to shave daily. They just cant tackle two or three days growth without it feeling like your beard is being pulled out instead of cut. Plus having to clean the heads and replace the blades periodically. I used that method for a few years and went through gallons of ĎLectric Shave. I wanted to go back to the double edge but by that time finding blades was near impossible and finding a new safety razor was impossible. I then started up on the disposables and Barbasol shave cream. Trouble there was out of say ten razors maybe two or three were actually sharp enough to use regardless of the many brands available.

I desperation I turned to the internet and found this place http://www.classicshaving.com/ its like Mecca for old school shaving needs. There are a lot of high end items here but I found a Parker safety razor for $25 which is very nice and after trying one of their blade assortments settled on the Feather blades. Every now and then Iíll find a dud but not very often. Still using the Barbasol shave cream but one of these days Iím going to treat myself to one of those good badger brushes, a nice mug, and a cake of that fancy fu-fu soap !!!

Oh, and the straight razors they have look awesome. I have never tried using one out of fear from a childhood experience........Pops took me to the barber one Saturday afternoon for a haircut. When I was done they thought it would be hilarious to give me a ďshaveĒ. The barber reclines me back in the chair, puts a warm towel over my face, and lathers me up. Iím diggin it until he gets the straight razor out and starts working it on the strop making a huge production of it. Well, I can tell heís using the backside of the blade for my ďshaveĒ but because of that on the upstroke the son of a bitch cuts my ear. Iím howling like a banshee and then he puts the styptic pencil on it to add insult to injury.
Looking back I think they were ALL drunk.

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I use a Gillette Mach 5 and whatever foam-type shaving cream is on sale. I've never had good luck with any kind of electric razor and gave up on them long ago. The Mach 5 cartridges are pricey, but I would say one lasts me at least 2 months.

Off topic, but the tale of your traumatic childhood trip to the barber shop reminded me of the barber shop scene from Gran Torino. I won't post it here, but if you haven't seen it, you should check it out.



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I have 4 straights and 4 double edge vintage Gillette's that I use. I was heavily into the straights for a year or so, but ended up going to the double edges because I could shave faster without nicks. I love the shave of the straights, but just don't have 20 or so minutes to spare in the morning to shave with them (Lol, I'm not fast with the straights!).

I love the DE razors and get a really good shave with them. I have the brush and shaving soap, but I actually prefer Gillette shaving cream. The Feathers are great blades, but a little to aggressive for me. I use the Russian Astra platinum blades. Cheap like borsch from Amazon, and I get a great shave from them.

I also have a Philips electric that I'll use if I'm really pressed for time or travelling. But the shave I get from that is mediocre at best.

Here's a pic of my straights. The bottom one is a beater, third one down is kind of rough as well, but it's from the 1800's. Top two are mint. All 4 are professionally honed and shave nicely!


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I love the DE razors and get a really good shave with them. I have the brush and shaving soap, but I actually prefer Gillette shaving cream. The Feathers are great blades, but a little to aggressive for me. I use the Russian Astra platinum blades. Cheap like borsch from Amazon, and I get a great shave from them.
I remember the Astra's from the sampler I got. A good blade to be sure but I just preferred the Feather's. The difference for me was the Astra's seemed to take a little more pressure to the face to get the job done and me getting more nicks. The Feathers take very little pressure and just glide for me.

I got into a bind a while back on the road needing blades and went to the local Wal-Mart to get a disposable but to my surprise found a 5 pack of Wilkinson Swords. They were hit and miss, out of the five only a couple were useable.

Got a work mate that comes in looking like he's shaved with a weed whacker some mornings so I asked him about it once. Says he uses the cheapest disposables he can find, shaves in the shower, no soap, no cream, nothing. I tried to counsel him but to no avail. To each their own I guess.

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Barbasol and a Mach 3. I don't shave often. NEVER an electric, tears my face up. When I'm visiting my Dad, I use his mug and brush. Pretty sweet.




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Mach III and Barbasol for me, however, I've been going hipster the past few month. A few years back when I was in Europe I did get an old time shave with the warm towel and straight razor. I got away without a scratch...guess I was lucky.
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I use a Gillette Fusion 5 blade razor and recently grabbed a can of Axe Cooling Gel lotion. Really like the lotion.

Always intrigued by the "old style" razor but never bothered to try. When you are a kid you yearn for the day when you can shave, finally when you can you wish you didn't have to.

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Gilette Mach III Turbo or whatever the hell it's called - paired up with Gilette foaming shave gel. I shave in the shower, with a mirror mounted to one of the walls with a suction cup.

Tried the electric shavers years ago, but they tore up my face bad. Lots of razor burn.

When I lived in chile it was a mug & brush setup with disposable razors. Liked the mug and brush deal, but hated the razors.

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I use a Gillette Fusion 5 blade razor
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Yeah, mine's actually a Fusion 5, not a "Mach 5." I used to hate semi-dry shaving while in the field in the Army: just soap and water. I still cringe when I think of the feeling of that disposable razor on my face.

I also shave my head with the Fusion after shearing most of my hair off with the dog clippers. It does a great job on the head as well as the face.

I'm sorry, but I absolutely cannot think about an electric razor without thinking of this commercial:





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Interesting you ask. Just read an article in WSJ about how college guys are "leading the way" back to the reliable straight razor and how shaving/grooming is becoming a morning ritual of one-two hours for the well healed!!
When I was in college, I neither shaved nor groomed and I'm pretty sure that's part of why society called my buds & me hippies!

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