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    Default What kind of razor do you use??

    I personally use a 2 blade Gillette razor. But I've only just realised that the money I spend every year on blades is stupid and over a lifetime, I'll end up spending thousands I'd much rather spend that money on frags! That's why I'm now considering using a straight razor. I know the initial cost will be higher, but they should last a lifetime..

    Was wondering what razors other basenoters use...

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    I was considering learning to use a straight blade, but there seems to be a lot of maintenance involved as well as potential severe danger but I'm told you can't get a better shave by any other means.

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    The Trac II has seen the most use over the past few years, it is a compromise but its fairly quick.
    My goal is to learn the art of the straight razor. Ive tried the easy parts of my face with one and it works great if its kept very sharp.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Banzaiburger
    I was considering learning to use a straight blade, but there seems to be a lot of maintenance involved as well as potential severe danger but I'm told you can't get a better shave by any other means.
    Don't believe it. I started shaving in the late 50s with a double-edge; however, my grandfather and two uncles were barbers, and (reluctantly) taught me how to use and sharpen straight razors; I still have many today, and whenever I read claims like this, I re-test my perception by shaving with one: nothing shaves as close or comfortably as a Mach-3!

    The sole exception is for those whose genetics (usually northern-European and fair) give them a light beard, and who like to fool with a straight-razor.

    I'm Italian, and have a dense, wiry and tough beard, and modern metalurgy and manufacturing produces a blade that glides through it painlessly.
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    ever since I started shaving at 13, I have loathed the experience - no matter how carefully I shaved my neck would wind up a bloody mess of cuts and razor burn. I have tried practically every "modern" razor out there, all the gilettes, shick, mach3, etc... and pretty much every shaving cream and they all leave my face a mess. even shaving with the grain, hot water, steam etc... nothing worked. This year for my b-day I got a nice Double Edge razor (merkur vision) and I am nearly crying at all the wasted years I spent tearing my face up for nothing. Yes there was a learning curve with the DE - I cut myself a few times at first, but now after about 2 weeks with it I actually *look forward* to shaving every day. true it takes about 3-4 min. longer than my normal razor shave, but I end up with a baby-smooth finish with NO irritation, cuts, razor burn. I am consistently amazed - this is the first time in my life I can ever remember being able to touch my neck wihtout it being horribly painful :-) my wife is also amazed. I can't speak highly enough of the DE razor I really think that if you are willing to put in a tiny bit of effort to learn the technique that nothing else can come close (cant speak for straight razors). As an added bonus, blades are something like $0.20 each or somehting rediculously cheap... take that $3 mach3 cartridges!

    oh, as a side note I am using jackblack "beard lube" as kind of a "pre-shave" and crabtree and evelyn shave soap with a badger brush.

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    Use to use a Mach3 but I'd always get bumps on my neck from it. Switched to a Schick Quattro and haven't looked back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erick
    ever since I started shaving at 13, I have loathed the experience - no matter how carefully I shaved my neck would wind up a bloody mess of cuts and razor burn. I have tried practically every "modern" razor out there, all the gilettes, shick, mach3, etc... and pretty much every shaving cream and they all leave my face a mess. even shaving with the grain, hot water, steam etc... nothing worked. This year for my b-day I got a nice Double Edge razor (merkur vision) and I am nearly crying at all the wasted years I spent tearing my face up for nothing. Yes there was a learning curve with the DE - I cut myself a few times at first, but now after about 2 weeks with it I actually *look forward* to shaving every day. true it takes about 3-4 min. longer than my normal razor shave, but I end up with a baby-smooth finish with NO irritation, cuts, razor burn. I am consistently amazed - this is the first time in my life I can ever remember being able to touch my neck wihtout it being horribly painful :-) my wife is also amazed. I can't speak highly enough of the DE razor I really think that if you are willing to put in a tiny bit of effort to learn the technique that nothing else can come close (cant speak for straight razors). As an added bonus, blades are something like $0.20 each or somehting rediculously cheap... take that $3 mach3 cartridges!

    oh, as a side note I am using jackblack "beard lube" as kind of a "pre-shave" and crabtree and evelyn shave soap with a badger brush.
    Erick, your findings are similar to almost everyone who switches to a DE and a brush. Good for you. I suggest getting some Taylor creams from www.qedusa.com and your shave will be even better!

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    On Friday, I had my hair cut at The Grooming Lounge in DC. My barber has been cutting hair (as both barber/stylist) since the early 70s. As they also give shaves, I asked him about the GL's practice of using Mach 3s to give a shave rather that the traditional straight razor. He believed that it was because many of the other cutters at the GL are not trained to use a straight razor and management wanted everyone to use the same blades. (The GL claims on their website that it is because it is the best shave available.) From my barber's standpoint, it is more difficult to use a Mach 3 to shave a client because you cannot see the blade where it meets the skin. For his money, the straight razor is still the best shave, but the Mach 3 is very good.

    I wonder if the issue is really about using a fresh blade. If you properly maintain a straight edge razor, you are always using a freshly honed blade. It should shave well. Besides, given the nature of the beast, one tends to shave slowly and more carefully. A new mach 3 (or a new blade of any type) should also give a good shave if you rinse it well during use and shave carefully. However, when I used a multiple blade I would often shave quickly with an old, over used blade. This generally resulted in my pushing too hard into my face so that I had lots of razor burn and discomfort.

    For several years, I used a Panasonic Wet/Dry Electric Razor. Used with warm water and shaving cream, I got a wonderful shave compared to the dull, over used triple blades I had been using. Generally speaking, it was a better shave than I had been used to, but it should have been. My shaving habits before the electric were geared towards producing a horrible shave.

    I now use a safety razor (Merkur- the double edge razor spoken of above). With a single blade on each side, one has to be careful or one can leave a nasty cut or gouge (voice of experience here). However, with two blades that cost 20-40 cents a week to replace, the cutting surface is always fresh and sharp, the shave is slow, methodical and careful (using a good soap and a brush), and the shave is smooth and magnificent. Can one achieve the same result with a Mach 3 everyday? Probably you could, but I couldn't. I was too cheap to replace the $3 dollar blade often enough, I wasn't careful enough and I didn't take enough time to shave well.

    I agree with someone above that the straight razor is not for everyone. Thicker beards can dull it quickly. While I love my safety razor (and I hope to someday learn how to maintain a straight razor), I believe that used correctly, any blade/razor, except perhaps for supermarket brand disposables, will give a good shave. It's just important not to defeat the engineering of the blade. Multiple blades need to be rinsed regularly to clear the hair from between the blades. Otherwise they clog and skip across your face. They also should be replaced regularly (weekly or more often if your beard is heavy). For there is no benefit derived from dragging dull, dinged, or warped metal across your face no matter how much you payed for the blade.

    However, I love the safety razor because shaving is now not simply a chore, but a pleasure. I love the process of brushing/massaging my face with the boar bristle brush. I use a wonderful rose scented soap which is soothing and refreshing. And the shave itself is easy and without burn or bite. While any blade might work, I highly recommend the slow, low budget alternative of the safety razor.

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    I use a Norelco electric - Speed XL. Shaves very close, and when it wears out, I'll buy another.

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    I use a 2 blade Gillette also. I don't shave a lot. Usually 2 or 3 times a week leaving that rugged bum look most of the time. I use new blades a lot since I have thick facial hair and let it grow.

    I bought a straight razor when I was younger from an antique store. You can find some real gems there for straight razors. After sharpening it, I tried it. Hell, no. After getting over the feeling that you may slice your cheek open, it's just not worth it. Safety razors are easier on the face, safer and in my hands, a much closer shave.

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    I've used a Gillette Mach 3 for years now and have found it to give me the best shave ever... until now, that is. I just used an Edwin Jagger DE89L double-edged safety razor and my face is smooth!
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    I alternate between three double edge razors.

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    Mach 3
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    Merkur 34c. I started and ended there TBH. I do one proper WTG pass, then use a pivoting disposable for my ATG and done.

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    Good god, I'm in odd man out in a sea of Mach 3's!

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    I use Gillette Good News double blade daily to shave. It is blue plastic handled. I also use a Burt's Bees shaving soap round and a bristle brush of unknown origin. I never really get a close shave but it is always a comfortable shave. I probably get 3-4 shaves per razor as I don't have a heavy beard.

    I remember my grandpa using a double edge Gillette three piece screw-together razor with Gillette Blue Blades and ordinary bar soap lather whipped up in a kitchen coffee mug with and applied via a shaving brush. Gramps had a very heavy beard. He also had a long (40"?) X 2" leather strop that he attached to the top of the bathroom door and, using a special dull blade holder, stropped both cutting edges of a used blade back into fairly good cutting ability for about 2-3 weeks of daily shaves from the same blade. Later a used and apparently impossible to sharpen blade was disposed of by putting it into a slot in the back wall of the medicine cabinet. I remember occasionally hear the sound of one dropping down into the wall cavity below the medicine cabinet.
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    I always go for the latest Gillette multi-blade. I think they're up to 17 blades already. Fusion Ultimate Death Challenge, or something like that. Get the one with the semi-useless and somewhat hilarious vibrating function. Really, truly, no kidding: a great, fool-proof shave. Amusing at 5 a.m., when you're only semi-awake and need to leave the house in a hurry.

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    Sorry to bump this thread again, but I just had my first shave with Gillette Fusion Cool White, the non-vibrating version, and, while I am not endorsing Gillette in any way, I must say that the shave was closer, lasted 10-15 minutes less with similar or better results and left much less (in fact, close to no) irritation behind
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    I used to use a Merkur Vision 2000 (with Feather blades) up until 6 months ago, but grew tired of having to be uber careful with it first thing in the morning.

    I now use a Gillette Fusion. It's not as smooth, but it's quicker, and there's far less chance of me slicing my throat or cutting my nose off by mistake.

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    I ONLY use my Straight razors, thats all!
    I would NEVEER use some fake razors or electrical razor-machines, its no good results with machines.

    The classic style of shaving is the best.
    but it takes about 1 hour-1½ hour, but the result is very good after the shave, and my friends loves to be shaved that way !!

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    I saw the latest, greatest Gillette Fusion at Target today, "now featuring thinner blades." I can only imagine that this is a naked attempt to make the blades go dull more quickly. A year or so ago Gillette was running print ads in the U.S. reminding Fusion users to change the blades when the blue strip faded. Ha ha - they were trying to deny what consumers figured out long ago - that you can use a Fusion blade for a very long time before you have to replace it. I think Gillette inadvertently let out a really good, long-lasting product, thereby damaging their daily sales.

    That's my jaded consumer take, at least. I'm sure they're good blades, and I'm sure I'll end up trying them eventually. . .
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    Solingen Omega Straight Razor is the best razor ever, all my customers loves when i use it!
    But i should tell you that i am selflearned and have never cutted anyone of them!
    I got some master skills now, so i starting after the summer to shave in my own house for the price of 40 EUR for them whos not my friends.

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    When one does not have a seven-day set of straight blades, nor the leisure to shave in a meticulous fashion--nor have a valet to strop and oil the blades, the best thing is the trusty Mach 3.

    This is used, of course, with a tub of Trufitt and Hill shaving cream.
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    I use a Gillette Fusion ProGlide. I have always suffered with pulling and razor burn. After switching to this razor and along with the Gillette Sensitive shaving foam - i have never had any problems and have a very comfortable shave. I used to have the notion to learn how to use a straight razor. I got it but it really wasn't for me

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    I have found that the Schick Extreme 3, with stropping 15-20 strokes after rinsing it well and shaking it dry after each use, on the inside of my DRY forearm (leather is made from skin ya know) , gives me dozens of great shaves before I need to super-strop on a well smothed out and stretched out bluejean pant leg lying flat on an ironing board. Works like a charm and the Schick E-3 is ready for another couple of dozen shaves with forearm stropping after each. I usually replace it after about 50 shaves although it is still giving a great shave.

    I have a Mercur 38C with feather blades that gives a great shave and I use it sometimes but in my opinion not any better than with the Schick Extreme 3 and I find I have to be much more careful with it than with the Schick Extreme 3 to avoid nicks.

    I strop those Feather double-edge blades, both sides of both edges, carefully across my DRY palm on the fleshy part well below my little finger after each use. Works like a charm also.

    Folks we are dealing with edges a few molecules of metal thick so the stropping really works to resharpen very close to the original edge for a good number or times before a new blade(s) is needed.

    Youtube has some great demos of the above stropping techniques.
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    I use the schick hydro 3 and aveeno positively smooth shaving gel

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    i like a straight razor with disposable blades.

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    Pro Fusion Glide

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    Dovo Shavette straight, Merkur Progressive DE, Fusion Powerglide disposable, Panasonic electric....depends on how much time I have or what I feel like!

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    I use a real razor, a straight, complete with strop and honing stones. Started with a shavette and double edge razor back in 2005 and went to a real straight within weeks. Never looked back since. Best shave ever and I only need to shave every other day.
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