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Safety Razors! 1 year down!

Post by Chase The hero » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:33 pm

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A little background: I have been using my my Gillette Fusion 5-blade razor for several years now and it has gotten to the point where i hate shaving and pretty much everything about it and i have finally had enough with that, and decided to see about perhaps doing it right. Other than the cartridge razors (1-5 blade plastic things), the options are now: Electric, Safety Razor, and straight Razor.

My first try was a Remington electric razor, but i really didn't like the shave it gave me, but it was fairly quick. then i lost the power cable, so i had to go back to the Gillette.

Then i bought an antique Straight razor and tried using that, but i never was really satisfied with it, and it took too much maintenance to keep in top shape. But it looks cool on my counter top.

Finally, i bought a double edge safety razor off of amazon for 13$ with about 30 extra blades for 4 more bucks. i figured that for 17$ i couldn't go too wrong. After having shaved a few times with it, i am really impressed with it. It gives me a good close shave without the feeling that i have been tearing up my face, and it just feels nicer to shave with. I am still trying out different brands of blades (1-3$ for a 5 pack) to see what i like the best, but so far it is quite the step up from a cartridge razor.

The razor you see in the pic is a Concord DE safety razor with some Derby blades.

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Re: Safety Razors!

Post by jakecwu » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:57 pm

It is a little known, but genuine fact that traditional wet shaving is scientifically superior to anything with 19 blades or electricity. Welcome to the world of enjoying your face. Check out http://www.badgerandblade.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, the ZS of traditional shaving. Yes, really...there's a forum about shaving.

You'll also find that it's astronomically cheaper than any other sort of shaving. Though, whatever money you save, you're likely to spend on a better brush, a new razor, Italian after-shave, or the greatest in facial Anglophilia.

Enjoy!

ETA: A razor/brush stand is a pretty cheap addition and it will increase the life of your brush exponentially by allowing it to dry more fully between shaves.

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Re: Safety Razors!

Post by crypto » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:41 am

My only problem with safety razor blades is that they're strictly a mail-order affair anymore. Its annoying to have to lay in 100 blades at a time to not get dicked on shipping fees.

That said, I have a Merkur Futur safety razor, as well as a few gillettes that I love. I only use my modern cartridge razor when I run out of blades, or feel like shaving my balls. I'm not using a safety razor on the boys.


Now, THAT said, I hate shaving soap and mugs and brushes with a passion. I dont have 20 minutes to spend shaving. I hate the ritual and Im unwilling to spend half my morning doing a traditional wet shave, and unwilling to make TINKTINKTINKTINKTINKTINKTINK noises at 6am whipping up a lather with a $30 brush.

I use a shaving balm like Nutrogena or King of Shaves, and shave in the shower after washing myself.

And finally, after using a safety razor for a decade, I no longer think it necessarily gives a better or closer shave than a modern cartridge razor. The thin flexible heads on the $4 cartridges really do make a difference, IMO. I just dont think it justifies the price, since after 8 hours you cant tell the difference anymore.
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Re: Safety Razors!

Post by skelco » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:45 am

crypto wrote:My only problem with safety razor blades is that they're strictly a mail-order affair anymore. Its annoying to have to lay in 100 blades at a time to not get dicked on shipping fees.
I've found safety razor blades pretty readily at my local WalMart and Walgreens, USA made even... don't seem to last as long as the German blades.
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Re: Safety Razors!

Post by crypto » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:52 am

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crypto wrote:My only problem with safety razor blades is that they're strictly a mail-order affair anymore. Its annoying to have to lay in 100 blades at a time to not get dicked on shipping fees.
I've found safety razor blades pretty readily at my local WalMart and Walgreens, USA made even... don't seem to last as long as the German blades.
Walgreens brand razors feel about as nice as trying to shave with a steak knife. They are utterly unusable to me and I refuse to buy another pack of them, but most of the Walgreens here stopped carrying them anymore anyway. I Cant find gillette safety blades anywhere locally. Walmart around here doesn't stock any safety razor blades at all.

So, its amazon for me.
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Post by crypto » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:52 am

docdredd wrote:For me taking the time to slow down has been one of the best parts. I used to sleep till 30 min before I had to be at work then rush out the door shaving on the way. Now I get up early, Work out, Shower and shave leisurely and have a good breakfast .... its done amazing things for my body and mind....
I'll take the extra sleep, thanks. I dont like rituals.
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Post by skelco » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:55 am

crypto wrote:
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crypto wrote:My only problem with safety razor blades is that they're strictly a mail-order affair anymore. Its annoying to have to lay in 100 blades at a time to not get dicked on shipping fees.
I've found safety razor blades pretty readily at my local WalMart and Walgreens, USA made even... don't seem to last as long as the German blades.
Walgreens brand razors feel about as nice as trying to shave with a steak knife. They are utterly unusable to me and I refuse to buy another pack of them, but most of the Walgreens here stopped carrying them anymore anyway. I Cant find gillette safety blades anywhere locally. Walmart around here doesn't stock any safety razor blades at all.

So, its amazon for me.
haha, I didn't say they were good, just available
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Re: Safety Razors!

Post by Baba Brad » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:27 am

I've been using a safety razor for about 2 years now. Blades are cheap and plentiful, local grocers or Walgreens or CVS. If I want to spend a bit more, I buy from The Art of Shaving. I do feel a difference, both in my shave and in my wallet. It's not for everyone.
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Re: Safety Razors!

Post by Ruppism » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:04 am

Straight Razor for the win!
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Post by the_alias » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:10 am

I started using a safety DE razor recently after getting stick of razor burn I was getting from cartridges.

Everyone has different skin but personally this works much better for me. I use Merkur platinum blades at the moment but will give some other manufacturers a try.
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Post by Chase The hero » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:23 am

jakecwu wrote:It is a little known, but genuine fact that traditional wet shaving is scientifically superior to anything with 19 blades or electricity. Welcome to the world of enjoying your face. Check out http://www.badgerandblade.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, the ZS of traditional shaving. Yes, really...there's a forum about shaving.

You'll also find that it's astronomically cheaper than any other sort of shaving. Though, whatever money you save, you're likely to spend on a better brush, a new razor, Italian after-shave, or the greatest in facial Anglophilia.

Enjoy!

ETA: A razor/brush stand is a pretty cheap addition and it will increase the life of your brush exponentially by allowing it to dry more fully between shaves.

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actually the B&B people are what tipped me over into getting my DE razor. I just registered over there (same username as ZS) and now im really having to sit on my hands to keep from buying more shit i dont need :lol:. Im also going to try my hand at making a stand, since i don't want to drop any more cash for a while.

Shaved again this morning, and took only about 5ish minutes, but was nice and relaxing (like it should be IMHO).

On another note, What aftershaves do y'all use? I like using Pinaud Clubman personally and i have had people tell me that my room now smells kinda like a barber shop because of it :lol:
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Post by crypto » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:26 am

I mail-ordered 100 of the merkur blades, and they're great.


Also, if you bulk-order blades from somewhere, do yourself a favor and store them outside the bathroom, preferably in a ziplock bag with some desiccant. Humidity will wreck the blades, which is what I think happens to the cheap walgreens/cvs blades before you get them.
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Post by Chase The hero » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:32 am

crypto wrote:I mail-ordered 100 of the merkur blades, and they're great.


Also, if you bulk-order blades from somewhere, do yourself a favor and store them outside the bathroom, preferably in a ziplock bag with some desiccant. Humidity will wreck the blades, which is what I think happens to the cheap walgreens/cvs blades before you get them.
well my dorm room is one room, just has a sink and medicine cabinet one one side. Humidity isnt a problem usually, but i may stick them in a Ziplock bag just in case.
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Re: Safety Razors!

Post by jakecwu » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:54 pm

Chase The hero wrote:
Shaved again this morning, and took only about 5ish minutes, but was nice and relaxing (like it should be IMHO).
On another note, What aftershaves do y'all use? I like using Pinaud Clubman personally and i have had people tell me that my room now smells kinda like a barber shop because of it :lol:
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I've tried the Pinaud Clubman, as well as Neutrogena and a couple of Trumpers' balms, and so far the only one I've liked is the Trumpers. It applies smooth, dries clean, leaves my skin well treated (I think chicks call it "nourished"?), and has a decent scent. The Neutrogena has a bit more of a menthol feel to it than I prefer, and I found the Clubman made me break out. Though, I plan on re-trying the last to confirm the findings. Honestly, my daily go-to and best results AS has been simple witch hazel without any scent. Very clean, catches any of the little nicks you might find, doesn't burn, and no overpowering scent to compete with your cologne. That's what works for me!

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Re: Safety Razors!

Post by Chase The hero » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:54 pm

well, after a month of shaving with these new razors, i have got to say that i am still impressed. I figured that I can now safely divide the expericence into 3 parts: the razor/blades, the soap/brush, and the aftershave/lotion/whatever kind of goop feels good once you're done.

The blades:
I started off with a sample pack of blades when i got my razor, but i ended up really liking the Astra and the Derby brand blades the best. So I went ahead and bought a couple hundred Derby and Astra DE blades which should leave me set for the better part of 2 years. it also helps that it only put me out of about 20$ for them as well.

The Soap/Brush:
I just started with the Van Der Hagen kit, and the soap, brush and bowl work just fine. i like the stiffness of the bdger brush, and its not shedding excessively or rapidly falling apart on me. The VDH soap works jsut fine and latehers up well. I also picked up some Williams mug soap, and while its not that great, i can still get an OK lather out of it and it only costs 1$ at CVS.

Aftershaves:
I also tried the Old Spice AS, but neither me or SWMBO liked it, so it got regifted to my brother and i discovered the awesomeness that is Aqua Velva. So now i tend to use the Aqua Velva on a daily basis unless its colder, in which case i go ahead and use the clubman instead.
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Post by colinz » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:28 pm

the_alias wrote: I started using a safety DE razor recently after getting stick of razor burn I was getting from cartridges.

Everyone has different skin but personally this works much better for me. I use Merkur platinum blades at the moment but will give some other manufacturers a try.
Bumping an old thread I know, but hopefully I've got something useful to say...

I've had the same problem with disposable or cartridge razors if I shaved more than once every three days. I inherited my Grandfathers old safety razor handle (along with two straight razors, strop, stone, etc), so I tracked down a blade supplier in NZ and got a sampler pack of different blades to use in it.

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I've been shaving daily for five days now with no shaving rash appearing, and the only thing that I am doing differently is using the safety razor. I'm planning on running these blades for a month or until they run out, and then moving onto the next packet to do a comparison.

I have cut myself once with the thing, the blade quite nicely took the top off the bump of an ingrown hair. :lol: Thankfully I have a styptic pencil.

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Post by Shangas » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:49 am

I do not know if this has been mentioned here, but it IS actually possible to sharpen double-edge razor blades.

Before I switched to a straight-razor, I shaved with a D.E. razor for about 12 months. In that 12 months, I managed to get one blade to last about 12 weeks before I threw it out, simply by sharpening it once a week.
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Re: Safety Razors! 1 month update!

Post by the_alias » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:23 am

I switched to Gillete Platinum and now Gillete Super Silver.

Miles better for me than Merkur.

Funny how Gillette with all their bs cartridges still make good real blades ...


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Post by phractal » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:44 am

I've been using the same safety razor for over a decade. I think I might have payed 5 bucks for it at a new and used store. I buy the blades I can find locally (mostly at the drug store) for about $3 for 10.

It ain't the closest shave in the world but I'm not picky and it does the job well enough that the Miss will still let me motorboat her titties.

As far as aftershave goes, call me old fashioned, but I stick with plain Old Spice. Have ever since I was a teenager. Barbasol shaving cream and Old Spice aftershave. I'm not a picky urban bitch that needs some special expensive facial goop. I live on a farm and my money is better spent on other things.

If you're just looking for a "good enough" shave, a safety razor with cheap blades will definitely suit your wallet. If you're a shaving enthusiast, higher end blades can still be had for cheaper than modern refills.
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Re: Safety Razors! 1 month update!

Post by Chase The hero » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:36 am

phractal wrote:I've been using the same safety razor for over a decade. I think I might have payed 5 bucks for it at a new and used store. I buy the blades I can find locally (mostly at the drug store) for about $3 for 10.

It ain't the closest shave in the world but I'm not picky and it does the job well enough that the Miss will still let me motorboat her titties.

As far as aftershave goes, call me old fashioned, but I stick with plain Old Spice. Have ever since I was a teenager. Barbasol shaving cream and Old Spice aftershave. I'm not a picky urban bitch that needs some special expensive facial goop. I live on a farm and my money is better spent on other things.

If you're just looking for a "good enough" shave, a safety razor with cheap blades will definitely suit your wallet. If you're a shaving enthusiast, higher end blades can still be had for cheaper than modern refills.
I agree with everything except the barbasol. I have really dry skin and the aerosol shaving creams really mess it up, so I use just a plain shaving soap.

I also learned how to hone, strop, and use a straight razor. I also learned how to stop a shitload of facial bleeding and got some cool scars as a result. It may be a little leaky at times, but dayum a straight shave is nice. :ooh:

Also, it's been almost a year since I started wet shaving.
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Re: Safety Razors! 1 month update!

Post by Blacksheep » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:07 am

anyone in this thread use a safety razor, or straight edge for your head?
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Re: Safety Razors! 1 month update!

Post by biggcarl » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:32 am

I started using a DE razor 3 months ago. 1st thing I did was order this:

http://www.westcoastshaving.com/DE-Blad ... p_292.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

120 blades for $32. The best thing is that I only shave every 2 or 3 days. So for that $32 I use each side of the blade once and replace it. Not only do I get to try different types of blades, but at that price I get a fresh blade everytime I shave for over a year.

I also found that they all fit into a standard mason jar. I just use a Ball plastic lid on it to keep the humity out.
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Re: Safety Razors! 1 month update!

Post by REB » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:41 am

I've been using a DE for years...definitely the cheapest and best shave out there. My setup hasn't changed since 2006...

Merkur razor
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When I first started I sampled a bunch of different brand blades until I ended up with Feather. They're by far the superior blade I've ever found.
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Post by BullOnParade » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:07 pm

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I started shaving with a straight razor when I was in college (2007), it saved me money on cartridges, but I invested that money on strops, soaps, creams, brushes and more razors.
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