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2014-01-25 11:09:36 AM
Another vote for the DE safety razor. I'm in the military, so I have to shave everyday. Going to the DE with a badger brush adds maybe 3-5 minutes to my shave routine in the morning, but my skin looks way better after about 3 weeks of doing it. Still trying to nail down my preferred pre/soap/balm combo, but the shave itself is better than disposables and way cheaper minus the initial investment.
 
2014-01-25 11:32:50 AM
I'd just like to add that I do not blindly hate bearded hipsters, instead I avoid them because all too often they adopt a superior condescending attitude as if growing a beard and sporting "sleeve" tattoos somehow automatically makes them tough and wise.

It doesn't work that way, Haircut McGree. Your wisdom is dis-proven the second you pretend that your taste in art, music, and especially fashion has any bearing on intelligence(though I will admit musical choice can be a strong indicator).
 
2014-01-25 11:36:00 AM

kabar: Still trying to nail down my preferred pre/soap/balm combo


My Daughter in Law got me this pre shave oil and I like it. As far as soaps go, I like Porasso and/or Colonel Conk's. I bought the variety pack  and like the Bay Rum the best so far.
 
2014-01-25 12:07:39 PM

mithras_angel: Just another Heartland Weirdass: Lenin had a beard.

So did Che, and look what happened to him.


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2014-01-25 12:18:04 PM
BTW - this is how to properly shave ...

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2014-01-25 12:44:46 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: kabar: Still trying to nail down my preferred pre/soap/balm combo

My Daughter in Law got me this pre shave oil and I like it. As far as soaps go, I like Porasso and/or Colonel Conk's. I bought the variety pack  and like the Bay Rum the best so far.


Right now I'm in the midst of trying all the TAoS stuff in sandalwood.  The oil's a bit thick for my tastes I think, but I'm still figuring it out.  I also have some of the Prorasso pre shave and soap.  Talk about eye opening.  Strong menthol.  I want to try their sandalwood soap and tea tree pre shave next.
 
TWX
2014-01-25 12:45:10 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: Goimir: Solid, square end, and either an old one from a small town junk shop or a new high-dollar one with good reviews. You want carbon steel or stellite for the blade, not stainless, as it tends to be gummy.

Thanks. Gotta learn how to properly strop it too!


Fun fact, one can strop a cheapo disposable razor too, and get probably 10x the useful life out of it. Suddenly a cheap single-blade disposable razor lasts as long as those multiblade monstrosities and cuts better to boot.

I had a bunch of disposable razors left over from before I gave up shaving, and my wife started using 'em to use 'em up, stropping them on even something as simple as tough denim is enough. We've been married for six years and she still hasn't used all of them up yet.

/doesn't see a reason to shave the face
//just gets the beard trimmed back to 1" every six months or so
 
2014-01-25 12:46:33 PM

Mad Scientist: imfallen_angel: Anoter vote for DE shaving... never looked back and view cartridge razors with horror now... seriously.

Another vote here.  With a double edge blade and a good badger brush, I get better results than the 5-blade cartridge I was using.  The DE blades I use are a nice way to give the big middle finger to Gillette/P&G/Schick and their huge marketing campaigns and overpriced gimmick products.


I ripped my face with cartridges or electrics for most of my life... cartridges do nothing but clog up and it's like using a multiple blade wood plane on your face...

Since DE... barely any ingrowns, not ripping the face apart, no nicks, no fighting to get the hard spots...

I really cannot understand how men believed that these were made to believe that cartridges were better... aside that most probably just don't know how to shave in the first place.

If anything, I've found DE shaving 10000x easier, even fun. (AND with the better results)
 
2014-01-25 12:48:54 PM
I did straight razor for awhile. It just took too much time and I wasn't ready for another hobby. Between stropping, sharpening and the extra time spent shaving, it was just too time-intensive. Plus, it's not exactly cheap. Decent starter razors are about $40 and then you've got the strop and one or two honing blocks or sharpening strop thingies. Those ran about $120 online and I wasn't ready to take the plunge on those. I couldn't get it under ten minutes of time in the morning routine. I don't think straight razors are for people who want to just do it and go; they're for someone who wants a bit of a ritual, a bit of a hobby. There's a reason men abandoned them in droves after the safety razor became available.

I've never done a DE razor but I've got friends who evangelize on them. I use a 2-bladed cartridge that costs $8 for 20 blades (the old Gilette Excel II, I think). Does a great job. The Mach 3 actually did a very close shave, but those are pricey.

I love my badger brush & shave soap - I've been using that weird-smelling Italian tube of goo that C. O. Bigelow's sells.
 
2014-01-25 12:50:47 PM

kabar: Talk about eye opening. Strong menthol


That's one of the things I like about it! I also bought a wood bowl to keep my pucks in. mamarita is getting a bit put out with my growing collection of gear!

TWX: Fun fact, one can strop a cheapo disposable razor too, and get probably 10x the useful life out of it.


A straight razor and strop might put her over the edge!

/off to Amazon!
 
2014-01-25 12:51:43 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: bbcard1: Grab your badger brush and lather up....

I took me a while to learn how to spin up a good lather. I also am very conscious about using too much water when trying to get it hot so what I've started doing is putting my brush in my mixing bowl and using my Keurig to heat both up. Works like a charm and the lather stays hot!


Face lather instead... must easier and better, it works the skin.

If you stay with bowl.. just do a double bowl, bottom one with hot water with top one for the lather.
 
2014-01-25 12:56:53 PM

imfallen_angel: Face lather instead.


Tried it but I haven't figured out how to work up a thick enough lather. Any tips?
 
2014-01-25 01:18:47 PM
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2014-01-25 01:24:17 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: imfallen_angel: Face lather instead.

Tried it but I haven't figured out how to work up a thick enough lather. Any tips?


This might blow your mind, but:

Are you more concerned with making whipped cream or shaving..

Lather doesn't need to be all fluffy and such, it needs to moisten the skin and create glide for the blade.

I doesn't need to be thick, it needs to be "right"... a slightly runny lather on the face will hydrate the face very well and make the shave easier.

I see some guys that have to have the foamiest lather to think that it's needed to shave well.. all this does is use more product, and means rinsing the razor more often and not seeing where you're shaving.

9/10 times someone has issues with their shave, it's 3 things:

1) didn't leave the lather on long enough to soften the hairs
2) pressure... if oyu can't simply drag the razor without ANY pressure, then see #3, and/or change your blade
3) angle.. you most get it right to have the guard be what's touchinghte skin, the blade should only be skimming the surface and cutting the hairs, not scrape the skin.

So, just have enough water and product on your brush, and you will have a thick lather... and thick does NOT mean fluffy.

Change your mindset to fluffing it up, and you'll see the difference.
 
2014-01-25 01:38:18 PM
Maybe because everthing P&G makes is so vastly overpriced...Charmin, Bounty, Old Spice, Duracell, Crest, Tide, Head & Shoulders, etc.
Maybe consumers are finally wising up and buying the hundreds of competitors' products that exist at a much better value.
 
2014-01-25 01:59:01 PM

imfallen_angel: I doesn't need to be thick, it needs to be "right"... a slightly runny lather on the face will hydrate the face very well and make the shave easier


Fair nuff...but I really don't like a runny lather that drips off the razor as I'm shaving just as I don't like one that is thick and dry and I have found that I get my best results using a bowl...and the bowl keeps the lather warm too.
 
2014-01-25 01:59:15 PM

MBZ321: Maybe because everthing P&G makes is so vastly overpriced...Charmin, Bounty, Old Spice, Duracell, Crest, Tide, Head & Shoulders, etc.
Maybe consumers are finally wising up and buying the hundreds of competitors' products that exist at a much better value.


^this

Except, you'd think I'm on their payroll because Duracells are the only batteries I can trust not to open up inside a device, thus ruining said device.
 
2014-01-25 02:12:54 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: imfallen_angel: I doesn't need to be thick, it needs to be "right"... a slightly runny lather on the face will hydrate the face very well and make the shave easier

Fair nuff...but I really don't like a runny lather that drips off the razor as I'm shaving just as I don't like one that is thick and dry and I have found that I get my best results using a bowl...and the bowl keeps the lather warm too.


dripping off the razor is too liquid... it's a question of thickness, and not fluffy.... large air bubbles doesn't really do much.

Some will say that fluffy holds more water, but honestly, it's more air.

After the years of doing it, I'd rather a nice wet-ish lather instead of a foam works so much better.
 
2014-01-25 02:41:50 PM

MBZ321: Maybe because everthing P&G makes is so vastly overpriced...Charmin, Bounty, Old Spice, Duracell, Crest, Tide, Head & Shoulders, etc.
Maybe consumers are finally wising up and buying the hundreds of competitors' products that exist at a much better value.


I tend to buy Bounty because I can rarely find towels as durable for my needs, except for Brawny, which I refuse to since it's a Georgia-Pacific product.
 
2014-01-25 03:06:23 PM

MBZ321: Maybe because everthing P&G makes is so vastly overpriced...Charmin, Bounty, Old Spice, Duracell, Crest, Tide, Head & Shoulders, etc.
Maybe consumers are finally wising up and buying the hundreds of competitors' products that exist at a much better value.


Odd... most of these products are about the same prices of other known brands.

And I can't find any better than the Old Spice stuff.... their soap, after save, deodorants, etc. so even a bit pricier, I'd still get it.
 
2014-01-25 08:09:39 PM
The dollar a month shave club will change the industry.  Razor blades are high as giraffe's pussy!
 
2014-01-25 08:59:00 PM
imfallen_angel:

Odd... most of these products are about the same prices of other known brands.


Really? Where are you shopping? Around here, a standard bottle of Tide is currently $9 (On Sale). You can pick up a lesser-known brand (Purex, Arm and Hammer) for $5 or usually less than that.

A 16 count package of Duracell is again, on sale for $11. For $1 less, you can get THIRTY Rayovac AA batteries.

The store brand paper towels at Wegmans are about the same quality as Bounty at half the price. Just a few examples, but P&G products are nowhere near the same price as other brands.  Then again, I buy based on price, not on brand loyalty.
 
2014-01-25 11:08:18 PM
 
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