• The (Wet)Shaving Thread - Close Azz Fuckin Shave
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[QUOTE=Lamar;37532508]yeah, it's astronomically cheaper to buy blades for a DE. But I've found that cost-savings from cheaper blades gets funneled into other stuff, like buying ridiculous amounts of shave gear. I've been pretty modest and only accumulated 3 DE Razors and a dozen or so kinds of creams, but it can get worse... very worse. [img]http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z105/sporkfire222/shaveden3.jpg?t=1346734412[/img][/QUOTE] I'm not going to lie, i'm kind of jealous LOL
Ah yes, when a small lifestyle choice becomes a massive obsession.
Has your stuff came in yet ewitwins? If I remember you had a pretty big order.
[QUOTE=Lamar;37532579]Has your stuff came in yet ewitwins? If I remember you had a pretty big order.[/QUOTE] I had to cancel it because of financial issues :C [editline]4th September 2012[/editline] AKA my last boss was like "hey remember that last check? yeah fuck that lol"
[QUOTE=shatteredwindow;37505247]Just got some new shaving cream from the local ren fair, never heard of it before but I figured I'd try something local. Let's see how it goes.[/QUOTE] Ok, so I don't have much experience with creams, but this one seemed weird. It didn't lather too great, but it felt a lot slicker than the TOBS that I usually use. It also wasn't as moisturising. But I get the feeling I used too much water and not enough cream, gonna try again right after I have my shower. Maybe after that I'll try loading my brush with both creams before I start lathering. [editline]4th September 2012[/editline] Well, I haven't been using too much water, it comes out really bubbly and thin even without adding any water at all (besides what's in the brush), but adding more water makes more of it. Even though it's pretty thin, it's really slick, I guess that's all the glycerin they used in it. I actually like it more now than before since today I took 3 passes, and the ATG grain is where it really shines. Because of the slickness, it's hard for the first two passes to take off as much hair. It does a decent job, but I get better from TOBS. But the slickness makes the third pass really smooth and confortable, and really does a great job. It's still not as moisturising though. So for 2 passes, I prefer the TOBS, but for 3, this one. I'm thinking I'm gonna try a mix. Or since I got a free small boar brush, maybe use my regular one for the first two passes with tobs, then just use the boar one to quick face lather some of this stuff for a third pass.
glycerin is really good for softening hairs and making for a slick lather. I feel kind of the same way with my "Kissmyface" cream, I recently said I got the best shave ever with it. It has a very thin but slick lather which lets me get real close, but overall I'm finding it to not be more consistent than good ole' TOBS. Like you mentioned, it might be good to try combining them. I'll try that sometime.
Tired of using Aldi's plastic disposable razors got myself the De89bl along with a few bits n pieces. I can see why people are hesitant to spend the extra £ upfront (order came to around £35) Considering I go through Aldi's razors 2 packs a month @ £3 or so a pop. I guess Ill break even or so if these blades last a good year.
My friend has a never used Gillete Double Edge from the 70's or so, package it came in and all, and wants $10 for it since he already has one... Is this a good idea to buy? I've never used one before, and I don't know if the ones back then are built good.
[QUOTE=Superstormj;37549257]My friend has a never used Gillete Double Edge from the 70's or so, package it came in and all, and wants $10 for it since he already has one... Is this a good idea to buy? I've never used one before, and I don't know if the ones back then are built good.[/QUOTE] Whats the name on the package? Most likely its definitely worth more than 10 dollars used, let alone more if unopened in it's box. If it's an unopened Gillette Fatboy, then it's worth 170 dollars. Buy the razor. [QUOTE=Boss;37549042]Tired of using Aldi's plastic disposable razors got myself the De89bl along with a few bits n pieces. I can see why people are hesitant to spend the extra £ upfront (order came to around £35) Considering I go through Aldi's razors 2 packs a month @ £3 or so a pop. I guess Ill break even or so if these blades last a good year.[/QUOTE] I think those come bundled with Derby blades, so don't be disappointed when you shave with them. They're pretty bad blades.
[QUOTE=Lamar;37550003] I think those come bundled with Derby blades, so don't be disappointed when you shave with them. They're pretty bad blades.[/QUOTE] I thought anything that comes free with a handle would be shite, got myself a pack of Astra blades :D
I've thought about this but urrghghhhh I've cut myself pretty bad with razorblades in the past (not my face, just accidentally mishandling a blade, I stepped on one once) Also I've peeled way too many potatoes to want to put a single sharp blade near my face. I use the gillette blades with like the set of 3, and it's not ideal to be honest, it usually takes two runs (shave downwards first time, then shave up to get baby's arse smooth) and I get razor burn like a biiiitch. I might go down to the double razor safety blades, but I don't think I can get down to one because it makes me cringe so fucking hard.
You can't really cut yourself that much with a DE, after-all they are also known as "Safety Razors". If you're apprehensive about getting cut, just get a mild DE like an Edwin Jagger. Either way you can skip altogether the annoying razor burn by going DE.
[QUOTE=Lamar;37550003]Whats the name on the package? Most likely its definitely worth more than 10 dollars used, let alone more if unopened in it's box. If it's an unopened Gillette Fatboy, then it's worth 170 dollars. Buy the razor.[/QUOTE] I didn't think fatboys were made in the 70's? But yeah I'd say go for it.
My stuff came in the mail today! It all smells so damn good. Here's the Merkur 34C, and badger hair brush. I got some of that Proraso cream too. [IMG]http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/113/img02851.jpg[/IMG]
is it easy to nic yourself with the Merkur type razors?
[QUOTE=shatteredwindow;37584914]I didn't think fatboys were made in the 70's? But yeah I'd say go for it.[/QUOTE] You're right they weren't. [QUOTE=Coppermoss;37586155]is it easy to nic yourself with the Merkur type razors?[/QUOTE] It depends entirely on the model of the razor. For example the Merkur Futur is much more aggressive than Merkur Progress, even though they're both adjustable razors.
I'm really glad I found this thread. I've been shaving with awful BIC-like razors, you know, the kind you have to throw away after one shave, for years. I think I'm going to invest in some proper shaving gear since almost every time I shave, my face is bleeding because of the shitey blades and irritating shaving cream. I have a pretty sensitive skin and the occasional acne isn't helping either. Thanks for this, OP.
shaved today with my new de razor. i like it, just need to get used to it. i really like the sandlewood shaving cream. has a really nice smell to it.
I too shaved today with my new Merkur! It was definitely the closest shave I've ever had so far. I nicked myself on my chin, my lip, and on some acne a little, but over-all it was pretty good and I'm really looking forward to getting used to this. The Proraso cream had a particularly strong smell, but it definitely added to the whole experience. I never thought I'd look forward to shaving, but now I have a reason to. Thank you for this thread and information!
My beard grows thick and fast, manual razors such as the Gilette Mach 3 hurt and tug like they're blunt causing bleeding every time, even with a brand new razor, I hate shaving for this reason. Would using a single blade like this glide through and not feel like I'm rubbing sand paper against myself? I've taken to just having a beard and shaving the neckbeard so I have to endure it far less.
[QUOTE=Larry_G;37590139]I'm really glad I found this thread. I've been shaving with awful BIC-like razors, you know, the kind you have to throw away after one shave, for years. I think I'm going to invest in some proper shaving gear since almost every time I shave, my face is bleeding because of the shitey blades and irritating shaving cream. I have a pretty sensitive skin and the occasional acne isn't helping either. Thanks for this, OP.[/QUOTE] Np, I think a lot of us have gotten our start in wetshaving from being dissatisfied with what we used before. [QUOTE=Tophat;37592963]I too shaved today with my new Merkur! It was definitely the closest shave I've ever had so far. I nicked myself on my chin, my lip, and on some acne a little, but over-all it was pretty good and I'm really looking forward to getting used to this. The Proraso cream had a particularly strong smell, but it definitely added to the whole experience. I never thought I'd look forward to shaving, but now I have a reason to. Thank you for this thread and information![/QUOTE] Did you apply any pressure, that's usually the culprit for nicks. Think of the razor as a paintbrush, you want it to make contact with your face ever-so-lightly. [QUOTE=Justin Case;37593008]My beard grows thick and fast, manual razors such as the Gilette Mach 3 hurt and tug like they're blunt causing bleeding every time, even with a brand new razor, I hate shaving for this reason. Would using a single blade like this glide through and not feel like I'm rubbing sand paper against myself? I've taken to just having a beard and shaving the neckbeard so I have to endure it far less.[/QUOTE] Yeah using a DE would glide right through your hair, it's the best part of using one.
[QUOTE=Lamar;37593035]Did you apply any pressure, that's usually the culprit for nicks. Think of the razor as a paintbrush, you want it to make contact with your face ever-so-lightly.[/QUOTE] I tried not to, I tried to be light, I'm still getting used to it. At some points I felt like it needed a little bit, but I was mostly trying to correct the angle so that the razor would hit the hairs properly.
[QUOTE=Tophat;37593173]I tried not to, I tried to be light, I'm still getting used to it. At some points I felt like it needed a little bit, but I was mostly trying to correct the angle so that the razor would hit the hairs properly.[/QUOTE] Yeah, it simply takes some time to get used to it. The best part for me was knowing that my shaves were only getting better and better. Now-a-days I'm getting 9/10 shaves everyday. -unrelated- I'd like to upgrade past my 8 dollar brush, with a Simpsons Brush. They're supposed to be the Cadillac of brushes. [img]http://www.westcoastshaving.com/thumbnail.asp?file=assets/images/sb-sim-ch3s2b.jpg&maxx=300&maxy=300[/img] The problem is that they're expensive as hell, the one I linked is 250 dollars and they're sold-out in all the places I looked so it means hoards of people are actually buying them.[img]http://fi.somethingawful.com/images/smilies/negativeman-55f.png[/img]
[QUOTE=Lamar;37603707]Yeah, it simply takes some time to get used to it. The best part for me was knowing that my shaves were only getting better and better. Now-a-days I'm getting 9/10 shaves everyday. I'd like to upgrade past my 8 dollar brush, with a Simpsons Brush. They're supposed to be the Cadillac of brushes. [img]http://www.westcoastshaving.com/thumbnail.asp?file=assets/images/sb-sim-ch3s2b.jpg&maxx=300&maxy=300[/img] The problem is that they're expensive as hell, the one I linked is 250 dollars and they're sold-out in all the places I looked so it means hoards of people are actually buying them.[img]http://fi.somethingawful.com/images/smilies/negativeman-55f.png[/img][/QUOTE] I could imagine how that would be, this does feel a lot different in comparison to consumer razors. It actually feels like it takes skill and finesse rather than just zipping it all off too quickly to care. That looks like a pretty nice brush, I could imagine they're expensive.
[QUOTE=Lamar;37603707]Yeah, it simply takes some time to get used to it. The best part for me was knowing that my shaves were only getting better and better. Now-a-days I'm getting 9/10 shaves everyday. -unrelated- I'd like to upgrade past my 8 dollar brush, with a Simpsons Brush. They're supposed to be the Cadillac of brushes. [img]http://www.westcoastshaving.com/thumbnail.asp?file=assets/images/sb-sim-ch3s2b.jpg&maxx=300&maxy=300[/img] The problem is that they're expensive as hell, the one I linked is 250 dollars and they're sold-out in all the places I looked so it means hoards of people are actually buying them.[img]http://fi.somethingawful.com/images/smilies/negativeman-55f.png[/img][/QUOTE] Why does it have badger written on it? Is it made of badger hair?
[QUOTE=Chubbs;37605078]Why does it have badger written on it? Is it made of badger hair?[/QUOTE] It is made out of badger hair, silver-tipped to be exact.
[QUOTE=Dopey Trout;37489343]Soak your hair first, hot towel or just in the shower, apply some moisturiser to your beard then shave the problem parts last, the heat and moisturiser should soften the hair enough. If not, try with the grain then across the grain before going against, taking off too much at once can fuck your skin up [editline]1st September 2012[/editline] A good badger brush would cost you more than 10 bucks, boar bristle ain't worth shit IMO[/QUOTE] Holy shit thank you, it worked and I feel amazing now. Only instead of a towel I just soaked my face in the warm shower water for a minute.
All my ordered stuff is ariving piece by piece, hopefully tomorrow the handle + soap will arrive :D looking forward to snapping some bic razors if this goes well.
I tried using an electric razor once. Never have I ever cut or burnt my self more in my life. I've never touched the fucking things since.
[QUOTE=Boss;37608226]All my ordered stuff is ariving piece by piece, hopefully tomorrow the handle + soap will arrive :D looking forward to snapping some bic razors if this goes well.[/QUOTE] no need to snap them, better relegate them to ass hair duty. updated OP a bit, It was messy beforehand.
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