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2014-04-20 10:06:43 AM  
welp, time to bust out the strait razor
 
2014-04-20 11:18:10 AM  
So... Dollar Shave Club then.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUG9qYTJMsI
 
2014-04-20 11:32:06 AM  
Obligatory (NSFW language)
 
2014-04-20 11:39:38 AM  
Dollar Shave Club FTW.

With shaving cream from Kiehl's and a Braun for days when I feel lazy.
 
2014-04-20 11:43:37 AM  
Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.
 
2014-04-20 11:58:54 AM  
I only shave with personally-knapped flint blades and a balm I make from the bark of trees I planted as a toddler.

/there
 
2014-04-20 12:02:57 PM  
I find more blades make it more difficult to shave. I needed razors last week and found the megamarts barely even carry twin blades any more. Those work fine for me.
 
2014-04-20 12:04:00 PM  
FTFA: the ProGlide FlexBall

Well, the name definitely screams, 'you can shave your nuts with this.'
 
2014-04-20 12:21:13 PM  
Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.
 
2014-04-20 12:31:16 PM  

Voiceofreason01: welp, time to bust out the strait razor


and shred my face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1T93rJ9p-s) (NSFW and violent link)

change1211: Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.


and look like a bum
 
2014-04-20 12:46:43 PM  
I have one of the Gillette something or others, not sure which one to be honest, Tri-Pro Flexecutioner Powersport Xtreme or something like that, and I only have to buy a package of razor heads once every year and a half or so.  I shave six days a week and a single cartridge lasts between three to six months, so it's not like it's such an expense that I really ever even think about it.
 
2014-04-20 12:47:17 PM  

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.


That's exactly what I did. Blades are cheaper, sharper and last longer. Much closer shave. I have a nice badger bristle shave brush, work up a good lather.

Also,

enry: a Braun for days when I feel lazy.

That.
 
2014-04-20 12:58:51 PM  
This article is what's wrong with American journalism, so it's fitting.
 
2014-04-20 12:59:15 PM  
I use dollar shave club and am happy with that decision. I even bought a year membership for a friend as a birthday gift. He likes it too.
 
2014-04-20 01:00:22 PM  
Dollar Shave Club is cheap, too bad their products sucks ass.   I've had countless of their cartridges self destruct during use including a couple that fell apart just extracting them from the package.     I gave up and cancelled and went back to the Fusion blades.    At COSTCO it isn't too bad.

The Fusion styler is actually one of the better things they came up with (if you ignore the idiotic razor blade adapter for it and just use the trimmer part).
 
2014-04-20 01:01:18 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: the ProGlide FlexBall

Well, the name definitely screams, 'you can shave your nuts with this.'


to further fit the name, slap some titties and a pocket pussy on there and my daily shower is complete.
 
2014-04-20 01:01:58 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I only shave with personally-knapped flint blades and a balm I make from the bark of trees I planted as a toddler.

/there


Gwenyth Paltrow, is that you?
 
2014-04-20 01:02:54 PM  
This isn't Ameican Ingenuity. This is some farking moron giving another farking moron with a business degree oversight of an engineering team.

/Simpsons did it.
 
2014-04-20 01:03:15 PM  
I just use the same blade cartridge for a six or so months before swapping out. Growing a goatee and hiding in a museum's collections storage where the public won't see me (so facial appearances are not essential) certainly help.
 
2014-04-20 01:04:03 PM  
Funny thing, I got a Panasonic mid-range foil shaver recently, and it actually works really well. I used a Norelco for years but it would always leave hairs on my neck because I have a cowlick, and I'd have to clean up with a blade. Not any more.

/Okay, Panasonic, you can send the check now.
//actually a true CSB
 
2014-04-20 01:04:42 PM  
Razors are for women. A man's face should look like a cross between a Viking and a Dwarf.
 
2014-04-20 01:04:57 PM  
So the articles entire premise is that consumer will buy a new product?  Or not? I can't really tell what the point of the article except to biatch.
 
2014-04-20 01:05:22 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: the ProGlide FlexBall

Well, the name definitely screams, 'you can shave your nuts with this.'


i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-20 01:05:38 PM  
I buy the disposable Gillette Sensor 3. There was a huge increase in comfort when they went to twin blades, a noticeable increase when the Sensor came out with independently floating blades, and a marginal increase in three blades over two. I shave only 3-4 days a week, so I use about one razor a month. Oh, and I use cream hair conditioner instead of shaving cream; something I picked up from watching Queer Eye; it really makes a much better and cheaper shaving cream than the foamy or gel stuff.
 
2014-04-20 01:05:43 PM  
 
2014-04-20 01:05:51 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Voiceofreason01: welp, time to bust out the strait razor

and shred my face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1T93rJ9p-s) (NSFW and violent link)

change1211: Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.

and look like a bum


That video is blocked in my country something something copyright grounds. Was it some kind of advertising or was it a review? I wanted to see some gore, man
 
2014-04-20 01:06:34 PM  
What a terrible idea.  That reminds me of all those ridiculous products you see advertised on TV.  If you really think that'll solve whatever problem you're having with your shave, then you're a damn fool.

I've been saying for years that it's more profitable to pay marketing people to convince the customer that a product is superb and necessary than it is pay engineers to actually come up with a product that says those things on its own.
 
2014-04-20 01:06:52 PM  
So... seven blades?
 
2014-04-20 01:07:40 PM  
"Little tiny hairs...growin' outta my face!"

/not obscure
 
2014-04-20 01:07:55 PM  
I haven't shaved my face in more than 15 years.

/problem solved....
 
2014-04-20 01:09:00 PM  
The last thing I need when I'm half asleep is a razor that swivels. I'd probably end up needing a tourniquet for my neck. This might cause problems when I'm driving to work.
 
2014-04-20 01:09:00 PM  
Eh. I just buy the one that on sale.

/shrug
 
2014-04-20 01:09:37 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-20 01:09:54 PM  
I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?
 
2014-04-20 01:11:27 PM  
Mark my words. Favorite me, favorite this thread. Bookmark it. Do whatever you have to do to scorch my prescient words.

Within the next decade, maybe two, the disposable razor industry will have its come to Jesus moment. There will be a strong push towards simplicity and a return to basic 1 or 2 blade disposable safety razors. No batteries. No swivel heads. No moisture strips. One or two blades. Minimalist design.

The ads will mock the 8 blade razors of tomorrow, with the major players acting like they weren't the ones responsible for blade inflation, pretending that they are the innovators, and marking up the price of the simple designs as if it somehow costs more to manufacture less.

But alas, the insanity will have stopped. Well, it will have turned its fickle eyes towards other arms race products with ridiculous, meaningless specifications in the name of sounding better without actually producing any additional value. But I won't spoil that one for you. You'll just have to experience it for yourselves.
 
2014-04-20 01:12:15 PM  

ajgeek: This isn't Ameican Ingenuity. This is some farking moron giving another farking moron with a business degree oversight of an engineering team.

/Simpsons did it.


The problem is this constant urge to "improve" things, even after the point where they work just fine. At a certain point, things actually get stupid and less useful. But the "progress" must go on. . . .

See also: "smart" TVs that switch the input source when you simply want to get a DVD out of the player, "smart" cars that second-guess when your wipers should be on or your lights dimmed, etc.

Or, you know, Windows 8.
 
2014-04-20 01:12:23 PM  

What. The. Fark?


Honestly, Gillette, if I didn't know any better, I'd almost assume that you were pulling this kind of shiat specifically to drive people away from such silly-ass products. Even The Onion can't mock you any more than you mock yourselves, and that's saying something.

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.


Cannot be stated strongly enough. I use a Merkur Classic, and I buy Astra Superior Platinum blades in boxes of 100. About 10 cents or so a blade, each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves. Gillette's ridiculous pricing, and the industry's assiduous greed in chasing those prices, drove me back to DE safety razors, and I haven't regretted it.

If you're worried about disposal, here's a simple solution. Buy something in a metal can with a resealable plastic cover - I prefer wasabi peas. Once empty, cut a rectangular slit in the top of the cover, and you have a recyclable, metal container that you can drop into a recycle bin once it's full. Keep it under your sink, change your blade once a week, and you're good to go. Takes a couple of years to fill one can.
 
2014-04-20 01:14:06 PM  

Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?


Electric razors take longer to use.  I can shave my face in less than 30 seconds with a replaceable cartridge razor.
 
2014-04-20 01:14:57 PM  
collectorsfrenzy.com
 
2014-04-20 01:15:05 PM  
One of the best things I ever read was some snark calling something a "marketing breakthrough."
 
2014-04-20 01:15:12 PM  

rnatalie: Dollar Shave Club is cheap, too bad their products sucks ass.   I've had countless of their cartridges self destruct during use including a couple that fell apart just extracting them from the package.     I gave up and cancelled and went back to the Fusion blades.    At COSTCO it isn't too bad.

The Fusion styler is actually one of the better things they came up with (if you ignore the idiotic razor blade adapter for it and just use the trimmer part).


The Costco brand razors wouldn't get me through a single shave, even after only a day of growth.  The DSC middle-of-the-road one works quite well for me, though.  Although I did have one that got "stuck" on the handle, and I had to apply a shiatton of force to remove it.  So far, so good.  And their shave butter works quite well, too.
 
2014-04-20 01:15:19 PM  
Double-edged safety razor convert here. I never did spend much on the disposables before, opting for whatever the cheapest option was, but after I bought a couple of really nice, heavy-duty antique razor handles for about $8 each and 100+ blades for about $15, I was sold. I don't think I'll spend another dime on razor hardware for the next two years at the frequency with which I shave, and although the process is a little more time-consuming and the risk of nicking is a bit higher, I've found the whole experience of shaving this way has become more pleasurable.

Telling the companies in the obscene cartridge racket to fark off is just an added bonus.
 
2014-04-20 01:15:20 PM  
I use a mach 3. I only shave every other day, opting for the shadow look half the time. If you blow really hard on the blades, to dry them off after use, they last forI months. use 5 or 6 cartridges per year, so it really isn't worth buying a new razor to save $15 per year. How often are people switchingWtf bladeEtc?
 
2014-04-20 01:15:26 PM  
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/happy valentines day, honey!
 
2014-04-20 01:16:28 PM  

Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?


Because most of us a) want our face to actually be smooth after shaving b) don't like the sensation of having the hairs pulled out by scalding hot steel whirligigs.
 
2014-04-20 01:17:05 PM  

LazyMedia: I buy the disposable Gillette Sensor 3. There was a huge increase in comfort when they went to twin blades, a noticeable increase when the Sensor came out with independently floating blades, and a marginal increase in three blades over two. I shave only 3-4 days a week, so I use about one razor a month. Oh, and I use cream hair conditioner instead of shaving cream; something I picked up from watching Queer Eye; it really makes a much better and cheaper shaving cream than the foamy or gel stuff.


Shave oil works just as well, gives you about as many shaves, and usually has additional oils to soothe the skin without being comedogenic. Plus, the bottles are tiny (you only need a few drops for a full shave.) I typically use either King of Shaves AlphaOil (the menthol variety, when I can get it,) or Somersets Shaving Oil.
 
2014-04-20 01:18:00 PM  
Hell, I can't tell you what name brand I use.  It's the disposable blue ones with a moisture strip.  My wife buys them in the bulk size at the warehouse store once a year.

Damn things work just fine, and I'm a daily shaver.
 
2014-04-20 01:18:48 PM  

FormlessOne: What. The. Fark?
Honestly, Gillette, if I didn't know any better, I'd almost assume that you were pulling this kind of shiat specifically to drive people away from such silly-ass products. Even The Onion can't mock you any more than you mock yourselves, and that's saying something.

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.

Cannot be stated strongly enough. I use a Merkur Classic, and I buy Astra Superior Platinum blades in boxes of 100. About 10 cents or so a blade, each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves. Gillette's ridiculous pricing, and the industry's assiduous greed in chasing those prices, drove me back to DE safety razors, and I haven't regretted it.

If you're worried about disposal, here's a simple solution. Buy something in a metal can with a resealable plastic cover - I prefer wasabi peas. Once empty, cut a rectangular slit in the top of the cover, and you have a recyclable, metal container that you can drop into a recycle bin once it's full. Keep it under your sink, change your blade once a week, and you're good to go. Takes a couple of years to fill one can.


Or go the real old-timey route and cut a slit in the back of your metal medicine cabinet. Most of the old houses I lived in after college had those, with the slit labeled for razor disposal. After a few decades, there's probably a huge pile of rusting razor blades in the wall cavity.
 
2014-04-20 01:20:27 PM  
For all you people preaching Dollar Shave Club, you can buy the razors from the same place they do: www.dorcousa.com

DSC buys them from Dorco and repackages them. But then yourself for even cheaper.
 
2014-04-20 01:20:28 PM  
I can buy a bag of twin blade disposable razors for about $.50 a piece, and each one will last me a month or so.
 
2014-04-20 01:20:30 PM  

gingerjet: So the articles entire premise is that consumer will buy a new product?  Or not? I can't really tell what the point of the article except to biatch.


The point of the article was in the sponsored link to DORCO at the end of the article.

The author says:

1) Gillette has a new process that Gillette claims will make your shave even closer than before
2) The author doesn't provide any metrics one way or the other
3) The author doesn't think the new blades will do what Gillette claims
4) The author has no idea really if the new blades will do what Gillette claims
5) The author thinks all of that is over, OVER, and recommends DORCO.

Literally, the author makes a claim about Gillette's new product not being effective, and not being worth what they ask for it but apart from his saying so, he provides no evidence that the new product is not effective.

It could very well be that in terms of closeness and perceptibility of that closeness, the new Gillette blade is a breakthrough.

We'd never know that from the author's article.

We just get the link to DORCO.
 
2014-04-20 01:21:49 PM  

LazyMedia: Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?

Because most of us a) want our face to actually be smooth after shaving b) don't like the sensation of having the hairs pulled out by scalding hot steel whirligigs.


Totally agree. I've a coarse, dark, thick beard with pale skin, and my beard runs right up to the points of my cheekbones, just under my eyes. Balding Wookiee, basically. So, scouring my face with a metal grill or mesh, only to be left with untouchable five-o'clock shadow, wasn't my favorite experience, either. I've tried at least four different electric shavers in the last two decades, and all of them were useless. I'd irritate the hell out of my neck for an uneven, stubbly result, and I couldn't adequately shave under my nose or behind my jawline.
 
2014-04-20 01:22:02 PM  
Obligatory:
 
2014-04-20 01:22:16 PM  
This article sucks.  Jesus.

Yes, Dollar Shave and other alternative razor plans are cheaper and probably better.  Yes, a majority of Americans (myself included) are going to stick with being ripped off by Gillette.

This sounds like a paper written by an MBA student.  "Gillette is everything wrong with America because they are not innovationing to synergize their utility" etc etc.
 
2014-04-20 01:22:23 PM  
It can be easily fixed if dummies quit buying into the 16-bladed gilette nonsense.

Van Der Hagen makes EXCELLENT shave soaps for less then $5...and they work better than ANY goop from a can as far as comfortable shaving goes.

A boar-hair shave brush (dont buy into the expensive badger-hair nonsense...i have both and they work exactly the same...but the boar-hsir brushes are about $5 as opposed to $30-up) and any shallow-ish mug to build lather.

Double-edge safety razors are a steal, and you do NOT have to pay $85 for an antique Parker safety razor.

Traditional shaving is muuuch better and FAR cheaper if you dont buy into the hipster d-bag bullshiat that surrounds it.
 
2014-04-20 01:22:29 PM  

DiamondDave: For all you people preaching Dollar Shave Club, you can buy the razors from the same place they do: www.dorcousa.com

DSC buys them from Dorco and repackages them. But then yourself for even cheaper.


Hahahaha. Dorco. ::snerk::
 
2014-04-20 01:23:19 PM  
Add more blades to a product that has too many already?
 
2014-04-20 01:23:25 PM  

sirgrim: This article is what's wrong with American journalism, so it's fitting.


New York Magazine, now with that marvel of American ingenuity, pop-up ads.
 
2014-04-20 01:23:52 PM  
FormlessOne: Cannot be stated strongly enough. I use a Merkur Classic, and I buy Astra Superior Platinum blades in boxes of 100. About 10 cents or so a blade, each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves. Gillette's ridiculous pricing, and the industry's assiduous greed in chasing those prices, drove me back to DE safety razors, and I haven't regretted it.

I'm right there with you. Went to a DE safety razor about three years ago and never looked back.
Even dollar shave club seems expensive in comparison.
 
2014-04-20 01:24:19 PM  
Once I hit the Mach 3 Turbo, I stopped.  The AAA lasts forever and the vibrating shave is so much better than a regular razor.  I did try a Shick Quattro with a single blade on the back side - good for trim-ups.

It's your face.  It grows hair. And Stanley Cup playoff season is about the worst time to market a new razor other than that November beard thing.
 
2014-04-20 01:24:48 PM  
A lot of people advocate classic safety razors with a badger brush and various creams, but what most forget is the pyramid that allows the finest molecular straight edge, critical for that extra smooth shave.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-20 01:26:04 PM  
 
2014-04-20 01:27:41 PM  

Johnny Texas: So Fark even has shaving snobs?



Eventually, there will be a cascade of poseurs who go on and on with obscure Tom Snyder-esque references to decrepit family-run barbershops located in medium to large cities on the eastern seaboard of the US.


/ all barbecue is pretty much the same
// is there any real difference between can, bottle, or beer on tap?
 
2014-04-20 01:29:21 PM  
Dollar Store, six for a buck, works like a charm.
 
2014-04-20 01:29:38 PM  

FormlessOne: each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves


Jesus Christ - what are you, a Sicilian Yeti? I change blades about every three months, but I'm a Teuton.
 
2014-04-20 01:31:06 PM  

Johnny Texas: So Fark even has shaving snobs?


Hipsters fark lots of stuff up.

You can get a good shave for much less money if you buy into their shiat.
 
2014-04-20 01:31:32 PM  

been shaving with one of these for about 10 years.  never needed replacement.  had it sharpened once.


www.maggardrazors.com


suck it hipsters.

 
2014-04-20 01:32:29 PM  

syrynxx: Once I hit the Mach 3 Turbo, I stopped.  The AAA lasts forever and the vibrating shave is so much better than a regular razor.  I did try a Shick Quattro with a single blade on the back side - good for trim-ups.

It's your face.  It grows hair. And Stanley Cup playoff season is about the worst time to market a new razor other than that November beard thing.


Here's something for you to think about... if a single blade is good for "trim-ups", why do you need more blades on the other side to shave with in the first place?
 
2014-04-20 01:32:39 PM  
Correction:

If you DONT buy into their shiat.

Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.
 
2014-04-20 01:32:51 PM  

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.


This... been doing this for a while now and I am still living off of my original purchase of feather and persona blades 5 years later with about half still left....   It makes dollar shave club look expensive.

/shave just 2 or 3 times per week...
 
2014-04-20 01:33:10 PM  
Tried Dollar Shave Club. After the first week my face looked like I'd been in a fight with a cat with sharp claws. I was cut, nicked and sliced. Sadly back to the old expensive Gillette blades
 
2014-04-20 01:33:27 PM  
I'm still waiting for something that looks like a pencil sharpener where I can just stick my face in a handy wall-mounted unit and just crank the handle (mine would be manual, not electric, because I'm old school).
 
2014-04-20 01:33:56 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Johnny Texas: So Fark even has shaving snobs?

Hipsters fark lots of stuff up.

You can get a good shave for much less money if you buy into their shiat.


Reading this thread hipsters are simultaneously shaving with hand edged antique razors and growing beards like Billy Gibbons.

/Fark.com, where hipster hate consumes itself like ouroboros
 
2014-04-20 01:34:15 PM  
Real men use nukes
 
2014-04-20 01:34:23 PM  
Bought a Dorco handle and a box of cartridges (the 4-blade ones) in February and that was enough to get free shipping. 24 cartridges is more than a year's supply for me, all for $30.

They work great and when buying direct I'm not a Dollar Shave Club revenue stream. I like that.

Badger hair brush, mug and soap. Yes, badger hair. My old boar's hair brush didn't hold the right amount of water to make good lather. The badger hair brush worked much better.
 
2014-04-20 01:34:53 PM  
This "article" is just an add for http://www.dorcousa.com/  which is even linked in the article.

I read it, mostly thinking "This is stupid, you can buy cheap double bladed disposables for very little".  At the end, I was curious about the site they were trying to get people to buy razors from, so I clicked.  This is what I got.  I thought it was funny that the first thing on their front page was for a six bladed razor - one of the stupid things the article was whining about.

i1005.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-20 01:35:14 PM  

ccudmore: Tried Dollar Shave Club. After the first week my face looked like I'd been in a fight with a cat with sharp claws. I was cut, nicked and sliced. Sadly back to the old expensive Gillette blades


Then you did it wrong.

You dont use pressure with a safety razor like a cartridge.
 
2014-04-20 01:35:16 PM  

Occam's Disposable Razor: Razors are for women. A man's face should look like a cross between a Viking and a Dwarf.


Coffee. Computer screen. You ass.
 
2014-04-20 01:35:42 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: the ProGlide FlexBall

Well, the name definitely screams, 'you can shave your nuts with this.'


add taint, anus and butt crack; and you are set!  Plus, help the lady friend do all her sweet places... oh wait, I don't have a lady friend, and am as hairy as if a wookie mated with a snuffleupagus...
 
2014-04-20 01:37:06 PM  

whither_apophis: The more you eat the more you fart: Johnny Texas: So Fark even has shaving snobs?

Hipsters fark lots of stuff up.

You can get a good shave for much less money if you buy into their shiat.

Reading this thread hipsters are simultaneously shaving with hand edged antique razors and growing beards like Billy Gibbons.

/Fark.com, where hipster hate consumes itself like ouroboros


I lol'd
 
2014-04-20 01:37:58 PM  
Don't link to paywall sites, imbecile.
 
2014-04-20 01:38:09 PM  

Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?


Because a few of us don't particularly enjoy looking like hobos after we shave.
 
2014-04-20 01:39:40 PM  

Rent Party: I can buy a bag of twin blade disposable razors for about $.50 a piece, and each one will last me a month or so.


That's what I do.  I'm not really sure what they cost because I bought a cheap bag of them a year or more ago and I'm still working my way through those.  I'm guessing there were $20 in the bag and it was in the $5 to $10 range.
 
2014-04-20 01:39:41 PM  

axeeugene: Double-edged safety razor convert here. I never did spend much on the disposables before, opting for whatever the cheapest option was, but after I bought a couple of really nice, heavy-duty antique razor handles for about $8 each and 100+ blades for about $15, I was sold. I don't think I'll spend another dime on razor hardware for the next two years at the frequency with which I shave, and although the process is a little more time-consuming and the risk of nicking is a bit higher, I've found the whole experience of shaving this way has become more pleasurable.

Telling the companies in the obscene cartridge racket to fark off is just an added bonus.


I made the same leap 3 years ago. I think I have only nicked myself twice in 3 years, and I never get razor burn. Multi-blade razors just made my face raw. The DE safety razor just plain works. I can use the same razor blade for 2 weeks (longer now that I have a beard and have less coverage). I bought a 100-pack of razors, the razor itself, along with a stand, badger brush, and a supply of Proraso shaving soap for a bit less than $100. Those razors will probably last 5 more years, so over the course of 8 years, we're talking about $1 a month to shave, maybe a bit more with shaving soap factored in. The dual-blade disposables I used before were about $8 a pack, and I used a pack a month. That's $768 in razors over the same 8-year time period without counting shaving cream.
 
2014-04-20 01:39:45 PM  
If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

www.westcoastshaving.comwww.shavingstuff.com
 
2014-04-20 01:40:38 PM  

syrynxx: Once I hit the Mach 3 Turbo, I stopped.  The AAA lasts forever and the vibrating shave is so much better than a regular razor.  I did try a Shick Quattro with a single blade on the back side - good for trim-ups.

It's your face.  It grows hair. And Stanley Cup playoff season is about the worst time to market a new razor other than that November beard thing.


I hate to break it to ice hockey fans, but nobody actually cares about your sport outside Canada and the northern U.S. tier. FIELD hockey has more fans on a global basis. Razor makers do not need to take the NHL playoffs into account; only 5 percent of Americans list it as their favorite sport.
 
2014-04-20 01:41:40 PM  
Learn to shave at the end of a hot shower, with just a little bar soap lathered up. The whiskers are nice and soft by then. Neaten up the sideburns when you get out.

I prefer a Gillette Extreme 3 - they last up to 3 weeks for me. Oh - be sure to clean out the whiskers from between the blades and then dry it out.
 
2014-04-20 01:43:03 PM  
Well being former military, i have dabbled in using different brands and types of razors. Single blade disposables to three blade, then tried 5 blade. After an entire 7 month tour in Iraq using single blade razors i came back and discovered the original Gillette fusion 5 blade. The difference was amazing, and quite noticable. Haven't tried anything beyond that, and now I'm content with my beard so I'm saving a fortune in shaving products.
 
2014-04-20 01:45:06 PM  

SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly


Typical hispter crap.
 
2014-04-20 01:46:15 PM  
 
2014-04-20 01:47:02 PM  

change1211: Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.


Yea I tried electric ones. Problem is that no mater how good they are, I always ended up with 5:00 shadow by noon after shaving at 4:30 am. Being a marine at the time it was a bad call. Used the Gillette fusion and stuck with that for 6 years and never had an issue with getting my ass chewed for having a crappy shave lol.
 
2014-04-20 01:47:31 PM  

SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]


This.

And this:

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2014-04-20 01:49:59 PM  

Mad Scientist: SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]

This.

And this:


Can hipsters do NOTHING without going waay overboard??

You gotta turn something simple like shaving into a $200 ritual to feel manly?
 
2014-04-20 01:51:12 PM  
I don't think it's what wrong with the American razor industry, it's more indicative of what's wrong with American business. You have to keep innovating, however absurd the innovations are, in an attempt to provide ever-increasing rates of return to investors.

There was a time when you were considered a success in business by making a quality product that people needed and keeping your customers satisfied. Apparently that's not enough any more.
 
2014-04-20 01:51:43 PM  
Cheap-ish twin blade, lube strip, pivot head razors are what I use. Most days I just use the electric  razor, but the blade still gets a closer, smoother shave.

This new one looks like a blade on a gimbal. It's a good idea. Don't be passed at innovation. It's an improvement. Whether or not it's a necessary or wanted improvement doesn't diminish that. Be pissed at the greedy business side of this industry.

It's like the Dyson vacuum cleaners. They do work a little better than the old tech, but probably not enough to justify the price. So look at it, appreciate the design, and continue on with your life to go buy whatever else suits your overall needs better.
 
2014-04-20 01:52:58 PM  

LazyMedia: Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?

Because most of us a) want our face to actually be smooth after shaving b) don't like the sensation of having the hairs pulled out by scalding hot steel whirligigs.


Not to mention they simply don't work for some people.
 
2014-04-20 01:54:03 PM  
Double edge blades my sons and I have converted. Merkur, muhle razors, feather blades, badger shave brush, proraso shave soap. Be a man. All on amazon. Derby blades are good too. Feathers take a while to ship.
 
2014-04-20 01:54:13 PM  

RoyBatty: A lot of people advocate classic safety razors with a badger brush and various creams, but what most forget is the pyramid that allows the finest molecular straight edge, critical for that extra smooth shave.

[i.imgur.com image 219x225]


That's old school right there.
 
2014-04-20 01:55:24 PM  

Road Rash: Learn to shave at the end of a hot shower, with just a little bar soap lathered up. The whiskers are nice and soft by then. Neaten up the sideburns when you get out.

I prefer a Gillette Extreme 3 - they last up to 3 weeks for me. Oh - be sure to clean out the whiskers from between the blades and then dry it out.



This is one of the things that drove me away from cartridge razors.... constant snagging of hairs in between the blades (ouch), and constantly clogging(pain in the ass)...
 
2014-04-20 01:56:20 PM  

zarker: AliceBToklasLives: Voiceofreason01: welp, time to bust out the strait razor

and shred my face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1T93rJ9p-s) (NSFW and violent link)

change1211: Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.

and look like a bum

That video is blocked in my country something something copyright grounds. Was it some kind of advertising or was it a review? I wanted to see some gore, man


That sucks.  Look up "The Big Shave" by Martin Scorsese.  You will not be disappointed.

/yeah the title kinda gives everything away
 
2014-04-20 01:57:38 PM  

LazyMedia: I buy the disposable Gillette Sensor 3. There was a huge increase in comfort when they went to twin blades, a noticeable increase when the Sensor came out with independently floating blades, and a marginal increase in three blades over two. I shave only 3-4 days a week, so I use about one razor a month. Oh, and I use cream hair conditioner instead of shaving cream; something I picked up from watching Queer Eye; it really makes a much better and cheaper shaving cream than the foamy or gel stuff.


Do you cut less w cream hair cond.? More blades = More blood w me....and the cheap 2 blade needs some assistance...
 
2014-04-20 01:58:15 PM  

SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly


I bought a Merkur safety razor. It gives a close shave, but I cut myself more often and it doesn't fit under my nose so I get a Xavier Cugat mustache.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-20 01:59:24 PM  

Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?


If I don't shave daily, an electric shaver won't work for my beard. It just gets caught and pulls rather than cutting. That is when the trusty double edge safety razor I had for 20 years does the trick nicely. Learn to shave properly, pick razor blades that work for you and change them when they get dull.
 
2014-04-20 01:59:54 PM  
TECH safety razor $10

Van Der Hagen premium shave set $10.99 from Walgreen's (mug, soap, brush. Enough soap for months)

Mercur Blades $5.50 for 10.

So, for about $27 you have enough supplies to shave for at least 6 months.

OR:

You can go the hipster douchebag route and spend $200 or more.
 
2014-04-20 02:00:39 PM  
I've had a full beard for as long as I can remember so I really haven't  paid attention to any shaving related stuff but for some reason I decide to read this thread only to find there are razor hipsters now. People really do ruin everything.
 
2014-04-20 02:01:08 PM  

FloridaFarkTag: LazyMedia: I buy the disposable Gillette Sensor 3. There was a huge increase in comfort when they went to twin blades, a noticeable increase when the Sensor came out with independently floating blades, and a marginal increase in three blades over two. I shave only 3-4 days a week, so I use about one razor a month. Oh, and I use cream hair conditioner instead of shaving cream; something I picked up from watching Queer Eye; it really makes a much better and cheaper shaving cream than the foamy or gel stuff.

Do you cut less w cream hair cond.? More blades = More blood w me....and the cheap 2 blade needs some assistance...


I pretty much never get cut with the Sensor. The blades are sprung at each end, so you get less nicking. The thicker the conditioner, the better protection, I find; I switched from the really cheap Suave to a more expensive, thicker brand.
 
2014-04-20 02:01:55 PM  
Unsurprisingly, the multinationals are once again promising us a smoother, closer, better shave...
si.wsj.net
* Handle allows blade to pivot - why is this a good thing? I want my razor to go where I tell it to, not crosswise and slicing me open. It's a gimmick, although one that looks like an interesting piece of engineering; a small universal joint.

* 20% fewer missed hairs - I though that is why you had 5 freaking blades to begin with? Funny how I use a single blade, two passes and have zero to none missed hairs...

* Cuts hair shorter - which in the case of me and other traditional wetshavers means scraping off the top layer of skin. Also; 23 microns - that is one 50th of a mm, or just shy of a 1000th of an inch. Clearly a major step forward there...

* Increased skin contact - which is another way to say the previous design was sub-optimal. Also keep in mind that more contact isn't automatically a good thing - it could simply mean 23% more razor burn...

* Compatible with earlier cartridges - I'll give them that one; it's actually a good idea and will make the buy-in easier for the consumers.

* Battery-powered? I'll take that to mean this one vibrates as well then - because sharp blades on a wobbly stick needs to vibrate with at least 120Hz to shave your mug, I guess...

Want to impress me Gillette? Release a line of DE razors again - fixed, adjustable, three-piece, TTO, anything. Match that up with decent quality soaps and creams - the kind that needs a brush. THEN I'll be mightily impressed.
 
2014-04-20 02:02:17 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Mark my words. Favorite me, favorite this thread. Bookmark it. Do whatever you have to do to scorch my prescient words.

Within the next decade, maybe two, the disposable razor industry will have its come to Jesus moment. There will be a strong push towards simplicity and a return to basic 1 or 2 blade disposable safety razors. No batteries. No swivel heads. No moisture strips. One or two blades. Minimalist design.



I'm expecting a single monomolecular filament stretched at an appropriate distance from a guide that will keep me from taking a hunk out of my face.

/And my buckytube razor will last forever, or at least until I try to cut diamonds with it.
 
2014-04-20 02:02:28 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Mad Scientist: SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]

This.

And this:

Can hipsters do NOTHING without going waay overboard??

You gotta turn something simple like shaving into a $200 ritual to feel manly?


Haha am as far from hipster as you can get. The gilettes and those other crazy razors give me the worst razor burn and the smell from those commercial shave gels is nauseating. Sure the initial startup can be a little pricey but after that I'm paying pennies for life to get new razors.
 
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2014-04-20 02:03:51 PM  
Do as I do!

Shave as I shave, losers!
 
2014-04-20 02:04:06 PM  

SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]


Back when I was forced to shave, this was my most practical choice - along with a brush and a jar of Crabtree&Evelyn shaving crème.

But it's been decades since I shaved - the wife insists I grow beard, although these days the grey....
 
2014-04-20 02:04:38 PM  

LazyMedia: I buy the disposable Gillette Sensor 3. There was a huge increase in comfort when they went to twin blades, a noticeable increase when the Sensor came out with independently floating blades, and a marginal increase in three blades over two. I shave only 3-4 days a week, so I use about one razor a month. Oh, and I use cream hair conditioner instead of shaving cream; something I picked up from watching Queer Eye; it really makes a much better and cheaper shaving cream than the foamy or gel stuff.


So your not a man
 
2014-04-20 02:05:51 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Mad Scientist: SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]

This.

And this:

Can hipsters do NOTHING without going waay overboard??

You gotta turn something simple like shaving into a $200 ritual to feel manly?


You have to be kidding - a one time investment in razor and brush vs. a lifetime of expensive blades and foaming goo in a can?
 
2014-04-20 02:06:04 PM  
A year's worth of razors is under $30 from Dorco. They're apparently the ones who supply Dollar Shave club.
 
2014-04-20 02:07:30 PM  
at least thread's not dull like some razors
 
2014-04-20 02:08:15 PM  
Came for a picture of the Homer car as an example, leaving disappointed.
 
2014-04-20 02:09:00 PM  

Mad Scientist: SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]

This.

And this:

[img.fark.net image 640x640]


Easily the best cream I've used

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-20 02:10:13 PM  

enry: Dollar Shave Club FTW.


Do they have options for us womenfolk?  I hate disposable razors, but the only other option seems to be the one they mention in the article: cheap razor handles (~$7) with $20 refills.
 
2014-04-20 02:10:46 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I only shave with personally-knapped flint blades and a balm I make from the bark of trees I planted as a toddler.

/there


If you were really a hipster instead of a poseur-poseur, you would know the trees need to have been planted by John Muir or Frank Lloyd Wright.
 
2014-04-20 02:11:01 PM  
I must admit I prefer my 5-blade face mower. I can't see paying buying a new handle just because they pilfered a design from Dyson. My wrists pivot just fine, thanks.
 
2014-04-20 02:11:22 PM  
El-Cheapo Western Family disposables and a Styptic Pencil do it for me. I pretty much only shave if I'm going out on any particular night which really is only once or maybe twice a week. I don't bother to shave the rest of the week, no one cares in my line of work and I don't deal with the Public so why should I? I usually shave every day when away on vacation though.
 
2014-04-20 02:11:54 PM  

1.bp.blogspot.com

A little splash'll do you.

 
2014-04-20 02:12:25 PM  

Dirty J1: Well being former military, i have dabbled in using different brands and types of razors. Single blade disposables to three blade, then tried 5 blade. After an entire 7 month tour in Iraq using single blade razors i came back and discovered the original Gillette fusion 5 blade. The difference was amazing, and quite noticable. Haven't tried anything beyond that, and now I'm content with my beard so I'm saving a fortune in shaving products.


What he said. I've shaved my entire head for 15 years, and tried lots of different blade setups. The fusion is the easiest, and my 5 oclock shadow is 5am the next day. The vibrating version is noticeably better.

Shave in the shower while keeping the area you're shaving under the stream.

/my bro got me a set of "The Art of Shaving" bristles and creams. They are really nice, but I'd never drop $115 on them.
 
2014-04-20 02:12:28 PM  

RoyBatty: A lot of people advocate classic safety razors with a badger brush and various creams, but what most forget is the pyramid that allows the finest molecular straight edge, critical for that extra smooth shave.

[i.imgur.com image 219x225]



I remember the blather about pyramids sharpening razors (there were books! Actual paper books!), and I  thought "Why in the hell would Egyptians want sharp mummies?"

Just kidding, I actually thought "How in the hell could this possibly work, and why do people not clinically defined as 'morons' believe it?"

/The pyramids are a bunch of rocks stacked to a point. They did it that way because of the Tower of Babel fiasco, or perhaps because they did not know the secret of concrete and rebar. No UFOs or forgotten science necessary.
 
2014-04-20 02:14:15 PM  
So people who regularly shave with a DE how long does it take you? I tried for a few month but it always took far longer than the 45-60 second i can shave using a cartridge.
 
2014-04-20 02:14:28 PM  
No tiempo.

Who has time for all that hipster shaving shiat? Oh here, let me spend 20 minutes making foam and listening to indie music while I strop my blade. No thanks. I'll just go ahead and keep on with the ultra bargain generic brand good for about a shave and a half razors that take 4 minutes.

Plenty of things to do in life, spending half a day shaving with caveman tools isn't my idea of cool.
 
2014-04-20 02:14:32 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: TECH safety razor $10

Van Der Hagen premium shave set $10.99 from Walgreen's (mug, soap, brush. Enough soap for months)

Mercur Blades $5.50 for 10.

So, for about $27 you have enough supplies to shave for at least 6 months.

OR:

You can go the hipster douchebag route and spend $200 or more.


Or you could pay five bucks for a bag of ten Gillette twin blades, a buck for a can of Barbasol, and shave for a year for six bucks. Twenty seven dollars every six months to shave? Are you high?

/miser
//refuse to pay for cable tv too
 
2014-04-20 02:16:09 PM  
I'm very glad that some people get nice smooth shaves with twin blades, safety razors, or electrics.

I can't.  I've tried different shaving creams, different water temps, etc.

The biggest, best improvement I got and I mean ever was switching to the 5 blade ProGlide Fusion.  I've found that I can use almost any shaving cream I want and end up with something minimally irritating and seemingly smooth and close.  Aside from blade count, there's also things like spacing and angle to consider.   The 5 blade razors seem to put the blades closer and their angle appears different than twin or triple blade cartridge razors.

In 18 or so years i've gone from a cheapy disposable twin blade to some twin blade cartridge flexy thing, to a Gillette Mach 3 and then finally to the Fusion series for at least the last 6 years. In the past, I tried twice for about 10 months each to get a nice smooth shave with the lastest $100+ Norelco electric.  I loved having to have my absolutely DRY or risk serious pulling and razor burn, just to end up with something that looked like a 5 o'clock shadow at 2.
 
2014-04-20 02:16:37 PM  
i1184.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-20 02:19:33 PM  
What would happen to Gillette's business model if it took original sensor blades, and packaged them for sale for a very competitive $1.25 per a blade?

They could do a brown box sensor original campaign, have a laugh at themselves and it it might work.
 
2014-04-20 02:21:20 PM  

bmwericus: The more you eat the more you fart: Mad Scientist: SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]

This.

And this:

Can hipsters do NOTHING without going waay overboard??

You gotta turn something simple like shaving into a $200 ritual to feel manly?

You have to be kidding - a one time investment in razor and brush vs. a lifetime of expensive blades and foaming goo in a can?


Nope. I use a de razor/shsve soap.

Theres no need to spend $200-$300 on stuff though
 
2014-04-20 02:22:40 PM  
Sure is fascinating getting to read all about male shaving habits and preferences...

I wonder, what do Farkettes shave with and what would that look like?
 
2014-04-20 02:24:53 PM  
I've dropped out of the razor's arms race altogether. I buy the most expensive BIC shaver option (which is farking cheap in itself). Handles attached to the head with two knives, out of the cheapest plastic possible, but with a lube strip. Never had a better shave.
 
2014-04-20 02:24:59 PM  

Carth: So people who regularly shave with a DE how long does it take you? I tried for a few month but it always took far longer than the 45-60 second i can shave using a cartridge.


45 to 60 seconds? It takes me 5 minutes. I would cut myself to pieces shaving that fast.
 
2014-04-20 02:25:01 PM  

Carth: So people who regularly shave with a DE how long does it take you? I tried for a few month but it always took far longer than the 45-60 second i can shave using a cartridge.


At first it took me a lot longer than with cartridges (because I was being ultra-careful), but now that I've been shaving DE for a while I can shave just as fast as when I was shaving with cartridges.

The actual shaving portion takes me about a minute or two at most these days.
 
2014-04-20 02:25:34 PM  

JustLookin: The more you eat the more you fart: TECH safety razor $10

Van Der Hagen premium shave set $10.99 from Walgreen's (mug, soap, brush. Enough soap for months)

Mercur Blades $5.50 for 10.

So, for about $27 you have enough supplies to shave for at least 6 months.

OR:

You can go the hipster douchebag route and spend $200 or more.

Or you could pay five bucks for a bag of ten Gillette twin blades, a buck for a can of Barbasol, and shave for a year for six bucks. Twenty seven dollars every six months to shave? Are you high?

/miser
//refuse to pay for cable tv too


Well..the $27 is an initial cost.

After that, it drops to literally $0.25-$0.50 a month.

If you wanna get fancy, you can get some Pinaud's aftershave and shave talc.

/also refuses to pay for cable tv
 
2014-04-20 02:25:56 PM  

SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]


I use those blades, but a different razor.  This is a hipster way of shaving now?  I had no idea.  I thought I was just getting a decent shave for a cheap price.  Razor was 45$ but will last a lifetime and the blades are like $5 for 25 of them.  Meh, guess I'm hipster now...
 
2014-04-20 02:26:14 PM  
 
2014-04-20 02:27:19 PM  
By now, everyone knows how razor companies make their money. They sell you cheap razor handles, then burn you later with expensive cartridge refills.

Its the same with computer printers. They sell the printer dirt cheap, the cable to hook it up to your computer is not included, and its like 35 bucks. And the ink apparently, comes from some dangerous hot flowing magma mile deep cave with hungry cannibals because that shiat is more pricey than a divorce from a gold digger.
 
2014-04-20 02:27:39 PM  
FizixJunkee
enry: Dollar Shave Club FTW.
Do they have options for us womenfolk? I hate disposable razors, but the only other option seems to be the one they mention in the article: cheap razor handles (~$7) with $20 refills.


At one point Gillette women's blades that fit men's handles were cheaper, so I used them. The blades were a shade of light blue instead of black. They were sensor blades.

If you insist on going with the color coded supplies made for women, I hear Bic has pens for women as well.

Link
 
2014-04-20 02:31:53 PM  
I don't shave.  I don't want to face that.

Early morning.  Getting ready for work after another night of insomnia.  Staring at myself in a mirror with a razor in my hand.  One has some big decisions to make...
 
2014-04-20 02:33:55 PM  

FizixJunkee: enry: Dollar Shave Club FTW.

Do they have options for us womenfolk?  I hate disposable razors, but the only other option seems to be the one they mention in the article: cheap razor handles (~$7) with $20 refills.


Maybe the executive? My wife sticks with the Venus.
 
2014-04-20 02:35:26 PM  
I never shave my whiskers
From off of my horny hide
I just drive them in with a hammer
And bite them off inside
 
2014-04-20 02:35:34 PM  

RoyBatty: A lot of people advocate classic safety razors with a badger brush and various creams, but what most forget is the pyramid that allows the finest molecular straight edge, critical for that extra smooth shave.

[i.imgur.com image 219x225]


Thanks for reminding me of that, and of how oooooold I am.
 
2014-04-20 02:37:56 PM  
my kit:

Merkur safety razor

Personna blades ($13 for 100) made in the USA! used feathers for a while, but these shave me just as well for a lot cheaper. I usually do a new blade every week, so this is 2 years' supply!

Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream is best shaving cream.
 
2014-04-20 02:37:57 PM  
Daily shaving has been with us for a century that started with needing a sealing surface for gas masks. Are we still at threat for gas attacks, or the need for such masks? Do away with the razor like we have the wristwatch and get over the first world war.
 
2014-04-20 02:40:12 PM  

SBinRR: Hell, I can't tell you what name brand I use.  It's the disposable blue ones with a moisture strip.  My wife buys them in the bulk size at the warehouse store once a year.

Damn things work just fine, and I'm a daily shaver.


Yes.

Got a bag of like fifty or some gawdawful number of disposable razors for around ten dollars at Costco. I go through one every couple months; I don't shave but every three or four days.

I won't need to buy razors again until 2020 or so.
 
2014-04-20 02:42:02 PM  
I find the Fusion Proglide gives me a close shave in minimal time and the cartridges last me about six weeks each. Don't care about how manly my shave is at six am since I look good with my easy shave.
 
2014-04-20 02:43:01 PM  

LazyMedia: FormlessOne: What. The. Fark?
Honestly, Gillette, if I didn't know any better, I'd almost assume that you were pulling this kind of shiat specifically to drive people away from such silly-ass products. Even The Onion can't mock you any more than you mock yourselves, and that's saying something.

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.

Cannot be stated strongly enough. I use a Merkur Classic, and I buy Astra Superior Platinum blades in boxes of 100. About 10 cents or so a blade, each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves. Gillette's ridiculous pricing, and the industry's assiduous greed in chasing those prices, drove me back to DE safety razors, and I haven't regretted it.

If you're worried about disposal, here's a simple solution. Buy something in a metal can with a resealable plastic cover - I prefer wasabi peas. Once empty, cut a rectangular slit in the top of the cover, and you have a recyclable, metal container that you can drop into a recycle bin once it's full. Keep it under your sink, change your blade once a week, and you're good to go. Takes a couple of years to fill one can.

Or go the real old-timey route and cut a slit in the back of your metal medicine cabinet. Most of the old houses I lived in after college had those, with the slit labeled for razor disposal. After a few decades, there's probably a huge pile of rusting razor blades in the wall cavity.


I was going to say this, and yes, I helped demolish a bathroom in a house built in the 50's. There were a lot of razors in the wall... possibly numbering in the thousands. 

I heard Clark Howard recommend a razor that lasts a LONG time. Does anyone know what it was? I just caught a little bit of it, was it the dollar shave club? At the moment, I'm using a plug-in trimmer to shave... it gets it close enough and will probably last forever. I'm not a fan of electric shavers that rip hairs out.
 
2014-04-20 02:44:46 PM  

JuggleGeek: This "article" is just an add for http://www.dorcousa.com/  which is even linked in the article.

I read it, mostly thinking "This is stupid, you can buy cheap double bladed disposables for very little".  At the end, I was curious about the site they were trying to get people to buy razors from, so I clicked.  This is what I got.  I thought it was funny that the first thing on their front page was for a six bladed razor - one of the stupid things the article was whining about.

[i1005.photobucket.com image 850x515]


World's first six bladed razor? These has been on the shelves of the my grocery store for a couples years now.
scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2014-04-20 02:45:11 PM  
I started with the disposable double blades once upon a time.  I shave in the shower, so it's easy to rinse them out really well, and they last for a month. When I got married the first time, my new wife got me a bulk pack of them at Sam's Club.  That went in the upstairs closet to be slowly used up.  A few years after the divorce, I had a girlfriend (not knowing I already had a stash) buy me a big package of the twin blade razors from Sam's Club.  They went next to the other bag.  Recently, my second wife decided to buy another large bag of disposable twin razors, not realizing I have about 150 razors already.  I am set for life.  In fact, my estate sale will involve about a dozen packs of unopened, vintage disposable double-blade razors.
 
2014-04-20 02:46:53 PM  
I had no idea shaving snobbery was a thing up until this thread.
 
2014-04-20 02:47:41 PM  

axeeugene: Double-edged safety razor convert here. I never did spend much on the disposables before, opting for whatever the cheapest option was, but after I bought a couple of really nice, heavy-duty antique razor handles for about $8 each and 100+ blades for about $15, I was sold. I don't think I'll spend another dime on razor hardware for the next two years at the frequency with which I shave, and although the process is a little more time-consuming and the risk of nicking is a bit higher, I've found the whole experience of shaving this way has become more pleasurable.

Telling the companies in the obscene cartridge racket to fark off is just an added bonus.


These double edge safety razors sound like a pretty "hip" thing to do. My first razor was with one of them newfangled contraptions. I was lazy about proper disposal of the used ones, and it became a safety hazard. I switched to disposables in the seventies when I went to boot camp, and never switched back.
 
2014-04-20 02:48:29 PM  

Voiceofreason01: welp, time to bust out the strait razor


I'm holding out for the fjord razor.
 
2014-04-20 02:51:34 PM  

SpaceBison: JuggleGeek: This "article" is just an add for http://www.dorcousa.com/  which is even linked in the article.

I read it, mostly thinking "This is stupid, you can buy cheap double bladed disposables for very little".  At the end, I was curious about the site they were trying to get people to buy razors from, so I clicked.  This is what I got.  I thought it was funny that the first thing on their front page was for a six bladed razor - one of the stupid things the article was whining about.

[i1005.photobucket.com image 850x515]

World's first six bladed razor? These has been on the shelves of the my grocery store for a couples years now.
[scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]


I tried those, because they were so inexpensive.  Not terrible, but they did not feel particularly nice.
 
2014-04-20 02:55:04 PM  
I'll buy this new razor for the same reason I'll pay $7,000 for speaker cables -- I'm an idiot who watches TV!
 
2014-04-20 02:55:40 PM  

Dafatone: This article sucks.  Jesus.

Yes, Dollar Shave and other alternative razor plans are cheaper and probably better.  Yes, a majority of Americans (myself included) are going to stick with being ripped off by Gillette.

This sounds like a paper written by an MBA student.  "Gillette is everything wrong with America because they are not innovationing to synergize their utility" etc etc.


What struck me about the article is how he completely ignored the fact that Gillette isn't the problem so much as are the consumers who buy into their marketing.

$.02
 
2014-04-20 02:55:55 PM  

Back Alley Proctologist: I heard Clark Howard recommend a razor that lasts a LONG time. Does anyone know what it was? I just caught a little bit of it, was it the dollar shave club? At the moment, I'm using a plug-in trimmer to shave... it gets it close enough and will probably last forever. I'm not a fan of electric shavers that rip hairs out.


I don't know who he is, but probably not the Dollar shave club - those are just cartridges competing with Mach3/Fusion.

There are brands that make DE razors out of stainless steel (Weber & Above The Tie) and they're around $100. That should last you a lifetime. You can check on eBay for old Gillettes that your grandfather, or great-grandfather used, still in shave condition.

For around $30 you can get a pot metal razor from Edwin Jagger, Merkur, or Parker online. Maybe not the same lifetime quality but if you take care of it, I see no reason it shouldn't last decades or more.
 
2014-04-20 02:56:49 PM  
Shaving sucks. Luckily I only do it once a week and even then I use shears to get the long stuff off, so I'm perpetually stubbly.
 
2014-04-20 02:57:01 PM  

markfara: ajgeek: This isn't Ameican Ingenuity. This is some farking moron giving another farking moron with a business degree oversight of an engineering team.

/Simpsons did it.

The problem is this constant urge to "improve" things, even after the point where they work just fine. At a certain point, things actually get stupid and less useful. But the "progress" must go on. . . .

See also: "smart" TVs that switch the input source when you simply want to get a DVD out of the player, "smart" cars that second-guess when your wipers should be on or your lights dimmed, etc.

Or, you know, Windows 8.


Holy fark is that DVD thing annoying...glad I'm not the only one/misery loves company/etc, etc.

/haven't tried Windows 8 yet
//never really saw the point of any of the versions after 3.1, to be honest
 
2014-04-20 02:57:36 PM  
Rub lubricant onto face. Shave it with a razor. Go on with life.
/honestly?
 
2014-04-20 02:59:13 PM  

Badgers: Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: the ProGlide FlexBall

Well, the name definitely screams, 'you can shave your nuts with this.'

[i.imgur.com image 500x500]


One of the funniest things I've ever seen.
 
2014-04-20 02:59:19 PM  
Double edged razor.  100 blades, a few cakes of soap and a brush.  Total cost about $30 and I've been going on my second year, still have plenty of blades and soap left.  I shave sporadically and alternate between smooth and scruffy.  Get about three uses per blade, you can do the math if you're a daily shaver.

No cuts, no discomfort, no constantly clogged double and triple blade stupidity.
 
2014-04-20 02:59:19 PM  

bacchanalias and consequences: Rub lubricant onto face. Shave it with a razor. Go on with life.
/honestly?


But where is the action sound-track? Where is the athletic upper body, and the supermodel to rub your smooth face afterwards?
 
2014-04-20 03:00:51 PM  
PunGent
Holy fark is that DVD thing annoying...glad I'm not the only one/misery loves company/etc, etc.
/haven't tried Windows 8 yet
//never really saw the point of any of the versions after 3.1, to be honest


I hear microsoft is discontinued it's support of win3.1 after Apr 8th of this year. You might be ok if you have Win3.11 for workgroups.

Watch out for the Stoned or Monkey virus.
 
2014-04-20 03:02:34 PM  

letrole: // is there any real difference between can, bottle, or beer on tap?


From a home brewer's perspective, you bet. I treat them differently when packaging. They age differently too. I prefer my home brews in the keg.

Well, and there's that whole "don't have home beer canning process down yet" thingy.

/just brewed last night
 
2014-04-20 03:12:45 PM  

Gig103: Back Alley Proctologist: I heard Clark Howard recommend a razor that lasts a LONG time. Does anyone know what it was? I just caught a little bit of it, was it the dollar shave club? At the moment, I'm using a plug-in trimmer to shave... it gets it close enough and will probably last forever. I'm not a fan of electric shavers that rip hairs out.

I don't know who he is, but probably not the Dollar shave club - those are just cartridges competing with Mach3/Fusion.

There are brands that make DE razors out of stainless steel (Weber & Above The Tie) and they're around $100. That should last you a lifetime. You can check on eBay for old Gillettes that your grandfather, or great-grandfather used, still in shave condition.

For around $30 you can get a pot metal razor from Edwin Jagger, Merkur, or Parker online. Maybe not the same lifetime quality but if you take care of it, I see no reason it shouldn't last decades or more.


or...  Silver Tone Double Edge Blade Razor Shaver w Nonslip Metal Handle  $2.79.   Mine is nearly two years old, not a speck of rust, wear, or discoloration, and does the exact same thing.

/Unless you have people sneaking into your bathroom looking for brand names on your shaving equipment and judging you.
 
2014-04-20 03:17:31 PM  

Weatherkiss: I had no idea shaving snobbery was a thing up until this thread.


Its not. Theres just a bunch of shaving hipsters on fark.

Nobody actually gives a damn but them.
 
2014-04-20 03:25:12 PM  

Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?


Summer in humid places? Electric razor can be fine in winter, but if your face is continuously sweaty, it doesn't work so well...
 
2014-04-20 03:26:06 PM  

RoyBatty: A lot of people advocate classic safety razors with a badger brush and various creams, but what most forget is the pyramid that allows the finest molecular straight edge, critical for that extra smooth shave.

[i.imgur.com image 219x225]


Yes. Totes works.
 
2014-04-20 03:26:45 PM  
phycomp.technion.ac.il

Tell me when they come up with a lonsdaileite blade I can shave a diamond with like a piece of cheese.  The truth is the Gillette Fusion 6 blade cartridges last me 6 to 8 months with daily shaving using that trimmer they have as a handle. I buy everything in the way of blades within the first few months of introduction because once it's an established product they're never on sale again.  I have enough blades for 5-10 more years if they're all the same quality. But this looks like just a new handle and the blades will remain the same.
 
2014-04-20 03:29:51 PM  

syrynxx: FormlessOne: each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves

Jesus Christ - what are you, a Sicilian Yeti? I change blades about every three months, but I'm a Teuton.


Man, I wish I was a single "something" - I'm a Canuck/Irish mutt, best I can tell, and my friggin' beard is the manliest thing about me. I'm hell on razors.
 
2014-04-20 03:32:30 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Weatherkiss: I had no idea shaving snobbery was a thing up until this thread.

Its not. Theres just a bunch of shaving hipsters on fark.

Nobody actually gives a damn but them.


That word.

"Hipster"

It means "people that annoy me," right?

/either that or everyone is a "hipster" in one way or another
 
2014-04-20 03:34:07 PM  
If you want a good shave all you need is some good, old fashioned razor blades and a Gillette adjustable razor.
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-20 03:34:34 PM  

jaytkay: SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

I bought a Merkur safety razor. It gives a close shave, but I cut myself more often and it doesn't fit under my nose so I get a Xavier Cugat mustache.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 517x600]


I have the same problem - pull nose up, shave sideways from center of upper lip to corner of mouth. Alternately, keep a disposable razor for troublesome areas, like under the nose and, if you're kind of fuzzy, under or on the earlobes.
 
2014-04-20 03:37:30 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: The more you eat the more you fart: Weatherkiss: I had no idea shaving snobbery was a thing up until this thread.

Its not. Theres just a bunch of shaving hipsters on fark.

Nobody actually gives a damn but them.

That word.

"Hipster"

It means "people that annoy me," right?

/either that or everyone is a "hipster" in one way or another


I'd explain it to you, but you probably never heard of it.
 
2014-04-20 03:40:13 PM  

Frantic Freddie: "Little tiny hairs...growin' outta my face!"

/not obscure


So I take my razor *zip-zop*.
My face is ripped to shreds.
 
2014-04-20 03:41:47 PM  

wildcardjack: Daily shaving has been with us for a century that started with needing a sealing surface for gas masks. Are we still at threat for gas attacks, or the need for such masks? Do away with the razor like we have the wristwatch and get over the first world war.


I'm not listening to you.  I'm gonna be prepared when the next archduke of Austria-Hungary gets shot.

public.media.smithsonianmag.com
 
2014-04-20 03:44:15 PM  

KidneyStone: I inherited my granpa's old double edge razor and one day threw a blade in it to see how it did. Been using it ever since.


Same here. One has a little vibrating thingy in the handle which I imagine would end up leaving me looking like that guy in American Werewolf in London. I've never been brave enough to use it. The other is adjustable for blade depth.
 
2014-04-20 03:49:11 PM  

WegianWarrior: Unsurprisingly, the multinationals are once again promising us a smoother, closer, better shave...
[si.wsj.net image 555x412]


Did you find that image somewhere or did you use a filter on it to get that effect?  If so which filter did you use?  It looks great.
 
2014-04-20 03:55:07 PM  

Pathman: been shaving with one of these for about 10 years.  never needed replacement.  had it sharpened once.
[www.maggardrazors.com image 425x425]
suck it hipsters.


I'd probably cut my throat with one of those. I'll just stick with my Trac II razor*

* buy the Personna cartridges for this, not the very overpriced Gillette ones...
 
2014-04-20 03:55:49 PM  
The first razor I used was a metal safety razor, which used Schick and Gillett double edged razor blades that came in metal packets of 5, designed to allow you to slide them out and onto the razor without touching the edges.

I tried electric but they sucked.

One of the best disposable razors I tried was a mistake.

One company turned out a double bladed razor that fit on a removable handle. It was light and comfortable, the blades were cheap and, most of all, someone invented a thin, white plastic tab that sat between the blades and, with a touch of a finger, shoved all of the clotted hair and gunk out.

It made the blades last twice as long.

I loved them. So, naturally, they were taken off the market and the self cleaning option was discarded. See, if you produce razor blades that last too long, you don't make a big enough profit and stock holders start dumping your stock.
It's a pain in the arse to buy a razor with a stacked yard of blades in the head and a fancy connector only to find later, after using up the three other heads in the pack, that either you can't find anymore cartridges or if you do, they're about the price of a new car.

I have several straight razors, but my hands aren't that steady to risk using them. I got them from my grandfather.

Plus, when gas prices soared, it was pointed out that most plastics come from crude oil. So, what does the shaving industry do? Starts churning out plastic disposable razors at an unprecedented rate.

I have my old, well used but still working metal safety razor around somewhere and I think I can still get the double edged blades. I might to back to using it.

It was kinda cool, turning the knob at the base of the handle and watching the top open up like the bomb bay doors of a Flying Fortress. Darn near as strong also.
 
2014-04-20 03:58:16 PM  
WordsnCollision:

Came to post this, leaving satisfied.

/Rzzzzzzz!
 
2014-04-20 04:00:59 PM  
KILL
 
2014-04-20 04:03:34 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Weatherkiss: I had no idea shaving snobbery was a thing up until this thread.

Its not. Theres just a bunch of shaving hipsters on fark.

Nobody actually gives a damn but them.


Well them and the 40,000 people on badger and blade forums.
 
2014-04-20 04:14:32 PM  

FizixJunkee: enry: Dollar Shave Club FTW.

Do they have options for us womenfolk?  I hate disposable razors, but the only other option seems to be the one they mention in the article: cheap razor handles (~$7) with $20 refills.


Wife loves the 4 bladed ones- http://www.dorcousa.com/for-women/. I love the men's 4, and prices are reasonable.
 
2014-04-20 04:18:56 PM  
 
2014-04-20 04:33:41 PM  

Carth: The more you eat the more you fart: Weatherkiss: I had no idea shaving snobbery was a thing up until this thread.

Its not. Theres just a bunch of shaving hipsters on fark.

Nobody actually gives a damn but them.

Well them and the 40,000 people on badger and blade forums.


Soo..about 0.025% of the population then?
 
2014-04-20 04:50:14 PM  

dbrunker: WegianWarrior: Unsurprisingly, the multinationals are once again promising us a smoother, closer, better shave...
[si.wsj.net image 555x412]

Did you find that image somewhere or did you use a filter on it to get that effect?  If so which filter did you use?  It looks great.


GIS for gillette flexball
 
2014-04-20 04:56:11 PM  

Rhypskallion: I use a rechargeable electric razor, that was probably $50-$80 two years ago and still works great.    Why is there a blade industry at all anymore?


Because everyone is different, to include sensitive skin to facial hair thickness/toughness.

Electric razors, for me, dull up fast, and even when they're new they'll pull hair more than cut it which can cause irritation just as much as regular razor burn.(not to mention not getting close enough).

Cheap razors, for me, will tend to cause shaving bumps or just have enough imperfections to leave long scratch marks.

I pretty much use Gillette's Mach 3 or similar.

/thick and fast growing facial hair, sensitive skin

For people that never grow anything but peach fuzz or a few whisps of whiskers, some of that other stuff works fine.

I'm not sold on pivoting heads though, the tilt is bad enough.  More loss of direct control with a sharp implement is usually not a good thing.
 
2014-04-20 05:04:00 PM  
Best shaving soap: van der hagen unscented. Melt in whatever soap bowl you want with a few drops of whatever scent you want. I use Pinaud aftershave to scent mine.

Later..shave with whatever the hell razor is most comfortable for you.

The end.
 
2014-04-20 05:05:55 PM  
I normally use Shark DE blades (100 for $17) with a Parker handle, Proraso cream (it's great, but the old formula was way better), and a cheap ($15) badger hair brush.  This setup works very well for me, but it's a bit time-consuming.  When I'm in a hurry, I bust out the Fusion and I'm done in a minute or so.  As others have mentioned, keeping the blades clean and dry makes them last a lot longer, plus I strop them with my thumb when I'm shaving which seems to help as well.

Col. Conk's Bay Rum soap smells absolutely wonderful, so that sees some occasional use, but it doesn't lather as well as the Proraso.  I also have a Norelco electric that is almost totally unable to give me a decent shave on my neck, and takes as long as the DE for results that aren't as good otherwise.
 
2014-04-20 05:18:38 PM  

change1211: Or just use an electric razor, they're far less terrible to use.


I totally agree BUT the pay out is very nearly the same - do the math when the batts give out on your whiz bang batt operated razor like it did.  I did it because I was tired of buying Gilette Frying pans to shave with and bought an electric and in the end the two are (financially at least) about the same - within $15 over the course of a year or so.

How do they plan this?  What kind of evil genius is able to spec out an electric that (in the end) costs about as much as a wet razor.
when I figured this out, I began to look at economics in a whole new light.
 
2014-04-20 05:47:27 PM  
Razor industry today = aircraft industry 110 years ago.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-20 05:47:35 PM  
media.comicbook.com
 
2014-04-20 06:17:02 PM  
My 1959 Gillette Red Tipped Super Speed...
i206.photobucket.com

I want to get a 2nd one for my travel kit.
 
2014-04-20 06:18:42 PM  
i276.photobucket.com

24.media.tumblr.com

"Okay, now for the biki line.  Okay, sitting down, legs up behind the head, aaaaaand..."
 
2014-04-20 06:29:25 PM  
So, Superman's laser heat vision can be negated with a cheap hand-held mirror?
 
2014-04-20 06:57:51 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I only shave with personally-knapped flint blades and a balm I make from the bark of trees I planted as a toddler.

/there


Hey! That sounds soooo cool. I'm totally going to start doing that now.
;p
 
2014-04-20 07:03:20 PM  

Pathman: been shaving with one of these for about 10 years.  never needed replacement.  had it sharpened once.
[www.maggardrazors.com image 425x425]
suck it hipsters.


That's a beautiful piece of hardware.

// The kind of thing you use to slash hookers on a foggy London night.
 
2014-04-20 07:12:18 PM  
Went to buy blades a year ago. Found a pack of mine was $45 for 15. And I was done: I switched to DE, they work BETTER and are a tiny fraction of the money ~$0.17 for two cutting edges - and no more red bumps on my neck. I will never go back.
 
2014-04-20 07:12:23 PM  

LazyMedia: FormlessOne: What. The. Fark?
Honestly, Gillette, if I didn't know any better, I'd almost assume that you were pulling this kind of shiat specifically to drive people away from such silly-ass products. Even The Onion can't mock you any more than you mock yourselves, and that's saying something.

Gig103: Even better than Dollar Shave Club is buying a DE safety razor. They're $30 or less online, and blades go from $0.08-$0.30 each if you buy in bulk. The shave is closer than a cartridge, too, in my experience.

Cannot be stated strongly enough. I use a Merkur Classic, and I buy Astra Superior Platinum blades in boxes of 100. About 10 cents or so a blade, each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves. Gillette's ridiculous pricing, and the industry's assiduous greed in chasing those prices, drove me back to DE safety razors, and I haven't regretted it.

If you're worried about disposal, here's a simple solution. Buy something in a metal can with a resealable plastic cover - I prefer wasabi peas. Once empty, cut a rectangular slit in the top of the cover, and you have a recyclable, metal container that you can drop into a recycle bin once it's full. Keep it under your sink, change your blade once a week, and you're good to go. Takes a couple of years to fill one can.

Or go the real old-timey route and cut a slit in the back of your metal medicine cabinet. Most of the old houses I lived in after college had those, with the slit labeled for razor disposal. After a few decades, there's probably a huge pile of rusting razor blades in the wall cavity.


Or, flip the cartridge over and slide the blade into the handy hole. Doesn't work with bulk blades in a box though.
 
2014-04-20 07:14:59 PM  
BiC flex 4 disposable are good. Usually about $6 for 4 or sometimes 5. They last a lot longer than cartridge razors and are much cheaper.
 
2014-04-20 07:17:10 PM  
Grow a beard you sissies!
 
2014-04-20 07:22:40 PM  
In every cliche there is a hard nugget of truth....
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-20 07:29:44 PM  
Havn't figured out who but I'm pretty sure Patrick Bateman has been in this thread using an alt.
 
2014-04-20 07:35:40 PM  
instead of shaving cream or lotion try KY Jelly. The stuff gives me the best shave - especially when I use my straight blade.
 
2014-04-20 07:43:54 PM  

alaric3: So... Dollar Shave Club then.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUG9qYTJMsI


Wow, I thought that was just a parody, but it's for real.
 
2014-04-20 07:49:49 PM  

rnatalie: Dollar Shave Club is cheap, too bad their products sucks ass.   I've had countless of their cartridges self destruct during use including a couple that fell apart just extracting them from the package.     I gave up and cancelled and went back to the Fusion blades.    At COSTCO it isn't too bad.

The Fusion styler is actually one of the better things they came up with (if you ignore the idiotic razor blade adapter for it and just use the trimmer part).


Got a Fusion Styler last year to do a survey about.  It's a Braun, that is why it was so well built.  Love it with my beard.  It is too fat to be putting an actual blade on.  Otherwise, it's quite nice.
 
2014-04-20 07:49:58 PM  
The disposable ones don't work worth a crap for me, my beard hair is wiry and my skin is soft so it's like shaving steel wool off a peach. Anything fancier than the Mach 3 I use is silly though.
 
2014-04-20 08:00:01 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Correction:

If you DONT buy into their shiat.

Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.


Amazon.com for the Tweezerman Badger brush. $6, durable and works like a charm. No hipster.
 
2014-04-20 08:11:25 PM  
I use a two-blade disposable. Without the gooey strip. I also have a flip-phone so that's how I roll apparently.
 
2014-04-20 08:45:47 PM  
The more you eat the more you fart:
Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.

that's silly.  i don't know why "hipsters" do the things they do, but that doesn't negate the fact that badger hair brushes work better.
 
2014-04-20 08:54:45 PM  
Still use Atra cartridges. The handle finally gave up the ghost after a decade and a half, so we looked at getting one of the new omniblade systems (also known as the grill of a 1964 Buick with sharp edges). They may be the finest shaving equipment on the planet, but the cartridges cost $4 each. I can get aftermarket Atra cartridges for $.25 each. We bought a couple of aftermarket Atra handles for $10 and just buy the cartridges at Dollar General.

I've been tempted to try a straight razor, but my wife is a bit concerned about the probability of me cutting my throat one morning.
 
2014-04-20 09:10:49 PM  
So a dyson inspired razor? Hmm no thanks I want to shave the hair not suck em off!!!
 
2014-04-20 09:19:44 PM  

Frantic Freddie: "Little tiny hairs...growin' outta my face!"

/not obscure


"Zip zop. See that? My face is ripped to shreds."

"They put numbers on the things so no matter what number you turn to you still cut yourself to pieces"
 
2014-04-20 09:25:31 PM  

ZMugg: Frantic Freddie: "Little tiny hairs...growin' outta my face!"

/not obscure

So I take my razor *zip-zop*.
My face is ripped to shreds.


Aw nuts...
 
2014-04-20 09:29:12 PM  

jtown: Voiceofreason01: welp, time to bust out the strait razor

I'm holding out for the fjord razor.


Horst Nordfink sees what you did there.
 
2014-04-20 09:43:09 PM  

SumoJeb: instead of shaving cream or lotion try KY Jelly. The stuff gives me the best shave - especially when I use my straight blade.


Lol
 
2014-04-20 09:44:28 PM  

Pathman: The more you eat the more you fart:
Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.

that's silly.  i don't know why "hipsters" do the things they do, but that doesn't negate the fact that badger hair brushes work better.


Ive had both badger and boar. They work the same for building lather.
 
2014-04-20 09:58:49 PM  

FormlessOne: syrynxx: FormlessOne: each of which lasts for about a week of daily wet shaves

Jesus Christ - what are you, a Sicilian Yeti? I change blades about every three months, but I'm a Teuton.

Man, I wish I was a single "something" - I'm a Canuck/Irish mutt, best I can tell, and my friggin' beard is the manliest thing about me. I'm hell on razors.


same with me.  Scandinavian and could grow a full beard since I was 16.  Took my best man on my wedding day to a fancy barbershop for hot shaves with straight razors.  Barber said I dulled a brand new straight razor the first time he used it.  He couldn't believe it.  Disposable razors last about 3 or 4 shaves with me.
 
2014-04-20 10:15:57 PM  
I use generic throwaways at 6 for $1.25; they work just fine.
 
2014-04-20 10:17:18 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Pathman: The more you eat the more you fart:
Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.

that's silly.  i don't know why "hipsters" do the things they do, but that doesn't negate the fact that badger hair brushes work better.

Ive had both badger and boar. They work the same for building lather.


Yeah, I've had no brush, and used a facecloth.  I managed to shave without a problem.  It's the slippy that counts more than the lather anyway.  All I require of a brush is that it's cheap and most of the bristles don't fall out.
 
2014-04-20 10:43:40 PM  

wildcardjack: Daily shaving has been with us for a century that started with needing a sealing surface for gas masks. Are we still at threat for gas attacks, or the need for such masks? Do away with the razor like we have the wristwatch and get over the first world war.


Check out hydrogen sulfide.
 
2014-04-20 11:30:12 PM  

Ker_Thwap: The more you eat the more you fart: Pathman: The more you eat the more you fart:
Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.

that's silly.  i don't know why "hipsters" do the things they do, but that doesn't negate the fact that badger hair brushes work better.

Ive had both badger and boar. They work the same for building lather.

Yeah, I've had no brush, and used a facecloth.  I managed to shave without a problem.  It's the slippy that counts more than the lather anyway.  All I require of a brush is that it's cheap and most of the bristles don't fall out.


Agreed.

Every brush will have a few bristles fall out, but what counts more than badger vs boar is the shape and number if hairs.

A really good boar brush will run you $5 and last just as long if not longer. I use one from Van Der Hagen from Walgreens. It does just as good of a job as the badger brush I paid $45 for years ago.

Yeah, I bought into the "you GOTTA have a good badger brush and expensive soap for a good shave" crap before I knew better.

Now, I buy unscented van der hagen luxury soap for $2, melt it into my bowl in the microwave and add a bit of Pinaud's aftershave lotion ($4) for scent, and use my $5 boar brush.

I shave happy for 6 months or so until its time to spend another $2 for soap.
 
2014-04-20 11:55:57 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Pathman: The more you eat the more you fart:
Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.

that's silly.  i don't know why "hipsters" do the things they do, but that doesn't negate the fact that badger hair brushes work better.

Ive had both badger and boar. They work the same for building lather.


They feel different though; not every purchase has to be utilitarian.

Why does it bother you and why do you declare badger "hipster", because of a preference? Is someone hipster if they use Feather blades instead of Astra?
 
2014-04-21 12:29:12 AM  

FormlessOne: LazyMedia: I buy the disposable Gillette Sensor 3. There was a huge increase in comfort when they went to twin blades, a noticeable increase when the Sensor came out with independently floating blades, and a marginal increase in three blades over two. I shave only 3-4 days a week, so I use about one razor a month. Oh, and I use cream hair conditioner instead of shaving cream; something I picked up from watching Queer Eye; it really makes a much better and cheaper shaving cream than the foamy or gel stuff.

Shave oil works just as well, gives you about as many shaves, and usually has additional oils to soothe the skin without being comedogenic. Plus, the bottles are tiny (you only need a few drops for a full shave.) I typically use either King of Shaves AlphaOil (the menthol variety, when I can get it,) or Somersets Shaving Oil.


Problem with oil is that you can't really tell where you have shaved in a mirror partially condensed from a shower and me being barely awake and bleary eyed and probably hungover, more then once arrived to work to see later I uh missed a spot, I went back to foam
 
2014-04-21 12:56:52 AM  
23 microns closer?
What's that...3 minutes of growth? Stupid beyond words.


/hair clippers = comfy, soft stubble
 
2014-04-21 01:00:11 AM  
I think Hipster has just become the new term to cover a wide variety of "rich conformists pretending not to be conformist, while living on their parents dime."

Bohemians, yuppies, preppies, punk rockers, whatever, it's always fun to bash on that group of people who seem to try too hard to be people.
 
2014-04-21 01:16:40 AM  

pedrop357: I can't. I've tried different shaving creams, different water temps, etc.


Take a hot shower first, and make sure you get your face wet. Shave immediately after showering. Hot water softens hair: you'll get a closer shave, have less tugging, and your blades will last longer. If you can't shower, you can do the old-timey barber trick of hot moist towel over your face. Fold the towel so that there are a few layers on your face to hold the heat in better. Either way, beard stubble dries out *fast* and that's when it toughens up.

Also, check out "pre-shave oil" you put on before any cream/lather. Don't bother with the expensive crap -- you're paying for the scent and you're going to rinse it off anyway. A *very light* coat helps with tugging and a small bottle lasts forever.
 
2014-04-21 01:34:05 AM  

mllawso: Take a hot shower first, and make sure you get your face wet.


Agreed.  I shave in the shower.  Get in, wash my hair, then shave.  Cheap twin blade disposable razor, no shaving cream or anything else, but the hot water softens everything up first.
 
2014-04-21 04:11:31 AM  

Ex-Texan: 6 blades? How about 20?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F7TMlrDXtw


Or an alternative 16-blade razor..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjEKt5Izwbo
 
2014-04-21 07:47:18 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Pathman: The more you eat the more you fart:
Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.

that's silly.  i don't know why "hipsters" do the things they do, but that doesn't negate the fact that badger hair brushes work better.

Ive had both badger and boar. They work the same for building lather.


well i guess that settles it then.
 
2014-04-21 09:29:40 AM  

worlddan: I haven't shaved my face in more than 15 years.

/problem solved....


Mom? I told you to stay off internet forums...
 
2014-04-21 09:39:40 AM  
The more you eat the more you fart:
Now, I buy unscented van der hagen luxury soap for $2, melt it into my bowl in the microwave and add a bit of Pinaud's aftershave lotion ($4) for scent, and use my $5 boar brush.

I shave happy for 6 months or so until its time to spend another $2 for soap.


do you bring your typewriter to the park as well?
WAY cheaper than the macbooks and ipads all the hipsters use

warosu.org
 
2014-04-21 10:07:27 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Mad Scientist: SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]

This.

And this:

Can hipsters do NOTHING without going waay overboard??

You gotta turn something simple like shaving into a $200 ritual to feel manly?


Actually, you don't have to spend anywhere close to that much.  My kit:

1950s-60s Gillette Superspeed razor -- Ebay $20, lasts a lifetime
Badger Bristle shaving brush (various sources) $30, lasts 10-20 years
100 Crystal Blades - Westcoastshaving $12, lasts 2 years
Ogalalla Bay Rum Shave soap (2 pucks) = $12, lasts a year
Aftershave or Shavebalm, 3 bottles, $10, lasts a year

Wow. for a razor and brush buy-in equal to about a years supply of multi-blade cartridges, I can shave for decades for a recurring cost of about $28.  Yeah -- I'm WAY overboard on my shaving spending......
 
2014-04-21 10:52:35 AM  

SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

[www.westcoastshaving.com image 300x300][www.shavingstuff.com image 480x359]


I disagree!

I much prefer the long-handled version.

Other than that, you're spot on.
 
2014-04-21 10:54:01 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: SeaMonkey311: If you ain't shaving with these then you're not shaving properly

Typical hispter crap.


My blades cost about 20 cents each and I typically get about 10 shaves out of each one.

Nothing hipster about saving lots of money on a super close shave.
 
2014-04-21 11:55:44 AM  
Spent $275 on a Braun razor six years ago and have replaced the blades and foil three times for a total investment of $310. It shaves just as close as a blade and is way more comfortable. It cost 14 cents per day to shave and I don't generate any waste. I also don't have to buy saving cream. Keep your silly blade razors.
 
2014-04-21 12:25:44 PM  
Spent $275 on a Braun razor six years ago and have replaced the blades and foil three times for a total investment of $310.


Too much.
Even with the expensive Gilette ones I wont spend nearly that much even after 3 years.
 
2014-04-21 02:46:52 PM  
... or make your own.

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-21 03:08:32 PM  

ipxodi: Yeah -- I'm WAY overboard on my shaving spending......


Have you tried Proraso Red/Sandalwood? It's a little more expensive than your soap, $9 for a tube of cream, but it lathers like a boss and smells great.

Folks in the UK can get Palmolive shave sticks for £0.50 and they work great too. Even if you use 5 a year (I don't know how long they last), that's only £2.50. I plan on stocking up when I go this fall, they're $4 each in the US.
 
2014-04-21 03:48:16 PM  

rnatalie: Dollar Shave Club is cheap, too bad their products sucks ass.   I've had countless of their cartridges self destruct during use including a couple that fell apart just extracting them from the package.     I gave up and cancelled and went back to the Fusion blades.    At COSTCO it isn't too bad.

The Fusion styler is actually one of the better things they came up with (if you ignore the idiotic razor blade adapter for it and just use the trimmer part).


So if I read the article right it says I can get razors and shaving cream online for $186 a year?  That's a lot isn't it?

I want to say I buy a pack of razors and pack of shaving cream at costco once a year.  Maybe I need a second pack of shaving cream during the year.  That's maybe $60.

I shave daily (well not every Friday/Saturday).  I know not every one can shop at costco, but $186 still seems like a lot to me.
 
2014-04-21 05:30:00 PM  
What if Gillette really were the best a man could get?
 
2014-04-21 05:39:55 PM  

myrrh: What if Gillette really were the best a man could get?


replygif.net
 
2014-04-21 05:46:12 PM  
memeshare.net
 
2014-04-21 08:15:33 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Correction:

If you DONT buy into their shiat.

Like: badger brushes vs boar brushes. They both work exactly the same...but hipsters buy badger bc its more expensive.



if you have both, you'd know the difference.... and you can buy both type for similar prices.

I started with Badgers, got a Boar... now: when I feel like using a firmer brush, I use the boar, for softer, the badger.

Paid very close to the same for all my brushes.

With that said... yup, another vote for the old school DE razors.

After a lifetime of ripping my face apart with cartridges and electrics, I gave DE a try, and never looked back.

This picture is from a couple of years ago... added a few things, but overall still the same scenario, aside Proraso is my soap of choice, and my first choice is Astra Super Platinum for blades but have a few other brands. (built the stand myself)  My Razor: the Parker R96.

i478.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-21 08:53:27 PM  

Gig103: Back Alley Proctologist: I heard Clark Howard recommend a razor that lasts a LONG time. Does anyone know what it was? I just caught a little bit of it, was it the dollar shave club? At the moment, I'm using a plug-in trimmer to shave... it gets it close enough and will probably last forever. I'm not a fan of electric shavers that rip hairs out.

I don't know who he is, but probably not the Dollar shave club - those are just cartridges competing with Mach3/Fusion.

There are brands that make DE razors out of stainless steel (Weber & Above The Tie) and they're around $100. That should last you a lifetime. You can check on eBay for old Gillettes that your grandfather, or great-grandfather used, still in shave condition.

For around $30 you can get a pot metal razor from Edwin Jagger, Merkur, or Parker online. Maybe not the same lifetime quality but if you take care of it, I see no reason it shouldn't last decades or more.


Thank you.
 
2014-04-21 11:06:28 PM  

mllawso: pedrop357: I can't. I've tried different shaving creams, different water temps, etc.

Take a hot shower first, and make sure you get your face wet. Shave immediately after showering. Hot water softens hair: you'll get a closer shave, have less tugging, and your blades will last longer. If you can't shower, you can do the old-timey barber trick of hot moist towel over your face. Fold the towel so that there are a few layers on your face to hold the heat in better. Either way, beard stubble dries out *fast* and that's when it toughens up.

Also, check out "pre-shave oil" you put on before any cream/lather. Don't bother with the expensive crap -- you're paying for the scent and you're going to rinse it off anyway. A *very light* coat helps with tugging and a small bottle lasts forever.


I learned early on not to shave unless it was right after a shower.

I used to shave afterwards by using a sink full of hot water to dip the razor in to clean it.  I started shaving right in the shower, using a suction cup attached mirror and that small change made an improvement; I can only guess that my face was partially cooling off in the open air while I shaved and the retained heat/steam in the shower helped?

I think I bought some pre-shave oil to try a while back.  I'll give that a try.
 
2014-04-21 11:28:48 PM  
Reading this thread in more detail was a funny read.

Lots of whining about "hipsters"...

Now, I won't say that there's not a few DE shavers that use DE razors to be hip and cool to go retro, but for many, it's a different thing.

For some, it's the price of cartridges, many are sick of paying 100x what a single blade/cartridge should cost.

For others, it's a hobby.

For some, it's a necessity.

How much have I spent of shaving gear?  Probably close to 400-500$.

Why? because I bought several electric razors, I bought over a dozen cartridge type, one model then another, always trying to find something that did not rip my face apart.

Then after reading about the fact that the DE razors was to solution for many, I was debating it for a while... then I bought another cartridge type:

....

syrynxx: Once I hit the Mach 3 Turbo, I stopped. The AAA lasts forever and the vibrating shave is so much better than a regular razor. I did try a Shick Quattro with a single blade on the back side - good for trim-ups.


I ended up using the single blade on the back side to do my face... and for the first time I didn't rip my face apart, but it was fairly difficult as the razor isn't meant to be used this way.

So I bought some DE gear... a couple of razors, plenty of blades, soaps, brushes.. maybe a total of 150$.

But this is for enough stock to last me for years... I'm estimating 5 to 10 years... and the large priced items, the razors and brushes will probably last for the rest of my life and can end up being handed down, something that my father, grandfather could have done, but....oh well.

So am I an hipster? nah... I switched due to these razors and blades actually work for me.  Is it cheaper... after the initial purchase, which is no more than a decent electric one, it's much cheaper.

I also use a shavette (straight type that uses a half-DE blade), which is very nice to use when the whiskers are too long for the safety razor's gap.
 
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