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    Quote Originally Posted by yonder View Post
    New member, first post.

    I shave with a Heljestrand straight razor that is probably even older than my father.

    One blade ought to be good for several lifetimes, after all.
    True, but the cost of a good straight razor, plus strop, plus hone, plus stropping paste could buy a couple of good DE razors and a lifetime supply of DE blades (at the rate I use them, anyway).

    But then again - your razor looks mighty impressive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yonder View Post
    New member, first post.

    I shave with a Heljestrand straight razor that is probably even older than my father.



    One blade ought to be good for several lifetimes, after all.
    Welcome, yonder!

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    I use a straight if I haven't shaved for a few days. Otherwise, a cartridge and even a DE would clog up too fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simlariver View Post
    I use a straight if I haven't shaved for a few days. Otherwise, a cartridge and even a DE would clog up too fast.
    That is one of the things I love about the straight razor. I ride a motorcycle year-round, so I usually will grow in a full heavy beard for the winter months to help keep my face a little warmer. When it comes time to shed the beard, there is no pre-shave trimming needed; I just shave a few months worth of beard right off as easily as 2 days of stubble.

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    One day I just got tired of shaving and grew a beard, so now I shave once every 2 weeks or so. I use a Norelco Bodygroom to keep everything clean looking though.

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    Hi!, Jake here...from north central Fla. I started wet shaving old school style in early 2011 using DE and SE safety razors. Prior to that, I began shaving in the mid to early 70's with disposable carts and canned shave foam so after 30 some years of carts and an occasional electric shaver, I was really glad to discover wet shaving using a shave brush and shave soap or shave cream and a proper safety razor (like DE and SE) but in the early spring of 2011 I thouyght I'd try my hand at using a straight razor and I got bit real good. This fetish has led me looking for vintage straight razors on ebay. I'll buy them (the cheaper the better), clean them up a bit on a bench top buffing rig then set about honing the razor after thoroughly cleaning the blade and the schales. FWIW I try to look for razors needing very little work, nothing more than a good cleaning and believe me, there are plenty out there. here's a couple of before and after pics of one of my latest finds




    I decided early on to learn how to hone using Belgian Coticules, like this pair I used to hone up the above razor

    but recently my honing addiciton led me to try using a Japanese natural hone and I've been happy with the results I get from this stone-

    i lapped it a bit and used it on the above razor here-

    Anyways, that's my AD...looking for neglected vintage straight razors, cleaning them, hone em' up and shave with them


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    Quote Originally Posted by shakin_jake View Post
    Hi!, Jake here...from north central Fla. I started wet shaving old school style in early 2011 using DE and SE safety razors. Prior to that, I began shaving in the mid to early 70's with disposable carts and canned shave foam so after 30 some years of carts and an occasional electric shaver, I was really glad to discover wet shaving using a shave brush and shave soap or shave cream and a proper safety razor (like DE and SE) but in the early spring of 2011 I thouyght I'd try my hand at using a straight razor and I got bit real good. This fetish has led me looking for vintage straight razors on ebay. I'll buy them (the cheaper the better), clean them up a bit on a bench top buffing rig then set about honing the razor after thoroughly cleaning the blade and the schales. FWIW I try to look for razors needing very little work, nothing more than a good cleaning and believe me, there are plenty out there. here's a couple of before and after pics of one of my latest finds
    ..........................................


    Anyways, that's my AD...looking for neglected vintage straight razors, cleaning them, hone em' up and shave with them


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    Jake
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    Fascinating, thanks.
    You've really been bitten by the straight razor bug.
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    Default Re: What kind of razor do you use??

    Be careful in thinking that you will save money by switching to a straight razor. It's another hobby that can cost you as much, or even more than collecting frags. Proceed with caution.

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    I've always used a trimmer. Why wait for that 5'0clock shadow when you can get it instantly?

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    I use the Edwin Jagger DE89L razor, it looks great with chrome finish and gives me the best close shave since I was in Thailand but thats another story.

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    Honestly, I prefer manual disposable razors rather than electric ones.

    While, yes, you have to be careful not to bleed if you shave incorrectly (and it may not be as quick and convenient), it always leaves the cleanest cut shave.

    Electric razors become junkier and junkier each year due to cost-cutting and outsourcing. They don't last very long, and any electric razor under $80 won't give you a clean cut.

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    I tried one of the newer Norelcos, and after a few months switched back to my Gillette Fusion. Dry shave didn't work so well for me, and wet shave with the Norelco took longer than the Fusion. Unforunately I came to this realization after the 45 day money back guarantee period

    I still use the Norelco occassionally if I haven't shaved for a few days.

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    Gillette Mach 3, but I detest shaving.

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    Merkur 34C

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    A double edge razor that I bought last year for $2.99 that came in a case with a small mirror. Or my Gillette Fusion when the beard is too thick. Currently waiting on a Lord L6 DE to come in the mail; very much looking forward to using it considering the positive reviews I've read of it online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post

    Electric razors become junkier and junkier each year due to cost-cutting and outsourcing. They don't last very long, and any electric razor under $80 won't give you a clean cut.
    Both the under $50 Remington and Philips rotary shavers work fine for me - providing I first wash my face with a soap that dries my skin out after the water dries off completely (medicated soaps like Sapoderm or Johnson&Johnson Clean & Clear soap bars do the trick).
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    Quote Originally Posted by GanjaStrong View Post
    Currently waiting on a Lord L6 DE to come in the mail; very much looking forward to using it considering the positive reviews I've read of it online.
    I think you'll be pleasantly pleased with the Lord L6 with its Merkur head - it works fine with everything I've tried.
    The Lord L5 with its Tech head, I wasn't as enthused with initially, until I realised it just didn't work well with very slippery creams, but worked fine with soaps.
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    I loves me my safety razor

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    Update: constantly switching back and forth between my Wilkinson Classic single blade DE razor and my Gillette Fusion Cool White Cartridge razor, happy with both and with the thoroughness of their results.

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    I was sick and tired of the cost of shaving, so about a month ago I bought a double edged safety razor ($29) and 15 blades ($12). Those 15 blades will last me 4-6 months. I get as good a shave as I ever got with a 2 or 3 bladed razor. I have not cut myself shaving. For what it's worth, I am half Sicilian and have a heavy, wiry beard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCC1960 View Post
    I was sick and tired of the cost of shaving, so about a month ago I bought a double edged safety razor ($29) and 15 blades ($12). Those 15 blades will last me 4-6 months. I get as good a shave as I ever got with a 2 or 3 bladed razor. I have not cut myself shaving. For what it's worth, I am half Sicilian and have a heavy, wiry beard.
    You should try the feather blades if you have not already. They are ninja sharp and they cut through tough beards like a knife through butter.

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    I am embarrassed to admit I have been using the same razor for what seems like 50 years...the Atra Plus. I found it humorous when I was looking for another one as mine is cracked...they are discontinued and when I did find one they wanted $70. Still using the cracked one. I have a beard so shaving is quick and painless.

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    I use a straight razor when at a home and a double-edge safety razor when traveling. Airport security don't take kindly to the straight razor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'enfer View Post
    I use a straight razor when at a home and a double-edge safety razor when traveling. Airport security don't take kindly to the straight razor.
    A sad commentary on modern society, indeed. Here in the USA it's even hard to travel with a safety razor -- never mind the blades!
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    I would suggest a double edged, safety razor. When used properly, it will render you a fantastic shave. It's really all about preparing the face prior to using the blade. Shave after showering, use a good lather soap, not that garbage that comes out of a can, and stretch you skin when shaving. You will get outstanding results and double edged blades are considerably cheaper than the fusion, mach, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCC1960 View Post
    I was sick and tired of the cost of shaving, so about a month ago I bought a double edged safety razor ($29) and 15 blades ($12). Those 15 blades will last me 4-6 months. I get as good a shave as I ever got with a 2 or 3 bladed razor. I have not cut myself shaving. For what it's worth, I am half Sicilian and have a heavy, wiry beard.
    Check out Ebay of on-line stores. You should be able to get anywhere between 50 and 100 highly rated blades for that amount of money. You can check blade reviews at the Badger & Blade site. As you got no nicks, you may well be able to handle and like the very sharp blades like Feathers and Astra SP. Others prefer the somewhat more forgiving blades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrnybluesman View Post
    I am embarrassed to admit I have been using the same razor for what seems like 50 years...the Atra Plus. I found it humorous when I was looking for another one as mine is cracked...they are discontinued and when I did find one they wanted $70. Still using the cracked one. I have a beard so shaving is quick and painless.
    I have seen so many people at Badger & Blade talking about the Atra. I've never seen or used it, but it is obviously much loved amongst devotees.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    I'm considering getting these Remington King of Shaves sets for my son and dad, mostly because they're on sale today. Any thoughts on these?
    http://www.woot.com/offers/remington-king-of-shaves-kit
    Currently wearing: Vetiver by Jalaine

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
    I'm considering getting these Remington King of Shaves sets for my son and dad, mostly because they're on sale today. Any thoughts on these?
    http://www.woot.com/offers/remington-king-of-shaves-kit
    I think this would make a good gift. The only drawback is that I think its only compatible with remington cardridges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erok32 View Post
    I think this would make a good gift. The only drawback is that I think its only compatible with remington cardridges.
    Thank you! I'm taking the plunge and getting 3 sets.
    Currently wearing: Vetiver by Jalaine

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    I use a Gillette Fusion Proglide with Edge Gel. Works Great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
    Thank you! I'm taking the plunge and getting 3 sets.
    I haven't tried the 5 blade Azor from King of Shaves, but I was very impressed with their 4 Blade Azor. The only downside was that mine didn't work very well with extremely slippery shave creams like Trumpers and Art of Shaving creams. But it was superb with soaps, brushless creams and less slippery creams.
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