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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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