Now i am using this fantastic razor
Thread: What kind of razor do you use??
just bought myself a feather artist series Japanese style..it works fine for the side of my face but cant get a flat surface and it pulls while trying to shave my neck/chin/upper lip..even tried the professional blades and the super blades that have more exposure...the only thing I am using it for now is a $200 room decoration and I use it shave the hairs on the back of my neck.
14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it
Now i am using this fantastic razor
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I just use some Schick one...
Went to DE razor shaving and havent looked back...Cartridges suck in getting a baby smooth shave and they cost an arm and a leg for the blades....I love wet shaving now with a DE razor and the many choices of fantastic shaving soaps and creams..I actually look forward to shaving now...
I just ordered this bad boy..
Somebody above said he had problems with it but I've read and heard nothing but good things about this one...Its a "milder" shave versus my Merkur 34C BUT for me its perfect because I want to shave everyday...The other thing I heard about this Feather razor is you have to hold it basically at a 45 degree angle not a 30 degree angle like most DE razors...That could be the problem with people who complain about his one...
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All metal version of the Feather Popular razor from Whipped Dog. Very mild.
I have owned a Bruan Pulsonic Shaving System for over two years. It works great for me
Schick Quattro Titanium...solid razor
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Merkur 41C, mostly with Astra or Q-Ball (Personna factory) blades.
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Ive put my big boy pants on and have been regularly shaving with a Feather Artist SS straight razor. I must admit, im still not 100% with it and i do nick myself a bit but i still adore this razor. So much so im looking into getting the DX model
I use both double edge razors and straight razors only. Brand wise everything from vintage Gillette old types and new improved series from the 1920's to modern ikon razors. As far as straights Thiers Issard , Boker , Ralf Aust, and even GD. Fom a dermatoligical standpoint it is sad to see a few people make claims about modern technology, and nuking blade carts bing so good for you. This is so incorrect it is not funny as it creates a condition known as hysteresis or ingwn hairs. Also higher rates of irritation and skin trouble. Put in laymans terms if you have a Mach 3 you are running or usually BUFFING 3 blades appx. 9x or more against your skin that is 9 blades 3x everyday. You literally lift the hair cut lift cut lift cut below the skin line ( epidermal layer ) potentially causing big issues for your complexion. Bottom line do what works for you , but o not confuse modern advances in men's shaving with modern advances in shaving marketing and lulling your sales to he newest razor on the market that's cheaper to make and worse for your skin. Btw a double edge only ouches your skin 1-3 times period.
These days, I use Gillette Fusion Proglide for my face, and Mach 3 to shave my head.
Rocked the Bambola this morning-
Rudolf Schmidt built this razor for the Spanish export market back in the day
Home: an old wooden handle safety razor that takes Gillette trac II plus blades and badger brush. On the road I use Mulberry's shaving kit
Panasonic Wet and Dry with King of Shaves Kinexium oil
Got my Feather Artist DX now.....so that lol
99 times out of a hundred I use a straight razor as the shaves I get from those are beyond compare with anything else.
The other time would either be a DE razor or an old SE razor.
This is an example of a typical set-up:
For those who don't know what an old SE (single-edge) razor is, this is an example. It's a Wilkinson Pall-Mall razors that uses a section of a straight razor. More 'modern' single-edge razors use throw-away blades.
Oh! La Petite Blanche! My first coticule was a huge LPB. Very fast cutting rock. I sold it because I prefer smaller hones.
And a nice razor Jake!
Thanks decraew! The LPB bout pictured above was my very first coticule purchased from Jarrod (thesuperiorshave) in Jacksonville Fla. I rode up there in March 2011 on my motorbike and bought that bout and slurry stone and my first straight razor, a new stainless steel Dovo straight razor (6/8, full hollow), and a strop. Had absolutely no idea what I was doing with any of it=:-)
learning to use that bout didn't come easy for me but what tripped the light fantastic for me, I was using that bout in a progression along with a Belgain Blue Whetstone and a Les Latnueses coticule, for the honing paradigm, sharpening dull razors to shave ready. The LPB was used to correct the bevels (synthetic 1K hones work better for really dull blades first), then I polished the blade (once it cut arm hair well) using the BBW and slurry (about 100 X strokes). Then I finished on the les lat using straight water. that worked for me
eventually dilucot was attainable but I wasn't using the LPB for dilucot. when I used the LPB, it was strictly for correcting bevels, if at all and it sat unused for a long time. Then one day after a long hiatus, I picked it up and started using it for dilucot and the edges were just falling off that bout shave ready, easy as eating pie. I have other coticule veins and use them but this LPB bout sees the most use anymore
for those reading my prose wondering what dilucot is, take a look here- http://www.coticule.be/straight-razor-honing.html That's the index page for straight razor honing at coticule dot be here's the entrance to the mothership http://www.coticule.be/
apologies in advance to all if I've taken this thread too off topic
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When I have time:
While I am showering: soak my Simpson Commodore pure badger in hot water;
GF Trumper's Rose Shaving cream;
Edwin Jagger DE razor fitted with the Feather DE blade;
One pass with the grain, second against the grain, touch up with KAI double blade disposable;
Alum block on the wet face;
Rinse with cold water, apply Musgo Real Classic Scent After shave
Next - Apply Trumper's Coral Skin food
Three sprays of Floris No. 89 if I am going out, two sprays of Bleu de Chanel if I am heading to work (office) - DONE
Safety Razor: Merkur 34C
Blades: Derby Extra
1. I wet my face with hot water.
2. I apply men-U shaving creme on my face.
3. I shave.
4. I rinse my face with cold water.
5. If time allows I will use the men-U facial wash.
6. I always apply the men-U moisturizer lift after shaving.
7. Apply eau de toilette / eau de parfum on several pulse points.
I like how my skin feels after applying the skin food. It absorbes very quickly and is not greasy at all. It just has different feel to it compared to the normal after shave balms, hard to explain.
I got a sample from Menz Biz here in Melbourne. They are great to deal with (I have no affiliation with them ,just another happy customer).
I have been wet shaving for 6 years now. In my regular rotation are a Merkur 34C (AKA HD) and a Digress, a Scottish retrofit of the Merkur Progress :
Just bought my first Mühle R89 today, but will only use it tomorrow for the first time.
With DEs my current rotation is the Pils, Feather AS-D2 and Tradere closed comb. I have a few others like the Joris and ATT, however they rarely get used as they need to be pulled part and dried after each shave. The Cobra Classic with Feather pro-guards is a really nice shave if you can obtain one. For shaving soaps, Los Angeles Shaving Soaps make excellent soaps with beautiful fragrances.
Gillette Fat Boy TTO adjustable for a smooth, non aggressive shave (daily). Belonged to my Father,
Gillette Tech Ball End Safety Razor (brand new plated in nickel) for an aggressive shave (every 36 hours). Belonged to my Grandfather
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Gillette Flare Tip, bought. Best among these.
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I have two other ones I don't use, a brand new one dating from the 1930's that belonged to my other Grandfather and a Gillette Aristocrat.
Wet shaving with safety razors using double edge blades is a one way move. You never go back to mutliblade cartridge shaving: it means going from shaving as a chore to shaving as a pleasurable daily routine.
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merkur safety razor
my fav blades are Feathers but I don't mind Derby, Astra, and Shark blades.
I use an Erwin Jagger long handle heavy DE with open face, for a nice close shave, and Feather blades, which are WAYWAYWAY better than any Gillette, wilkinson sword or other DE blade!
I have a Frank Shave pure badger bristle brush now, and use Art of Shaving sandalwood cream,
Afterwards I use pro LS all in one treatment, which so far I've found to be brilliant.
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3- Acqua di Parma Oud concentree
4- Bvlgari Man in Black
5- Amouage Fate Man
6- Nasomatto Duro
7- Jean Paul DuPont Oud d'or
8- Ormonde Jayne Nawab of Oudh
9- Geurlain HOMME IDEAL
10- Shay&blue Oud Alif
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Have been shaving with a straight razor for about 2 years now. Being retired gives me the luxury of taking my time each morning for this wet shaving ritual. First started with a Dovo shavette but quickly graduated to a Dovo Best Quality full hollow blade. Since then I have discovered that a half hollow blade works better for me and now own 2 vintage Wade & Butcher razors, one being a frameback. Being on the road in my RV full time, I have searched out shaving products that are easily available at drugstores / Walmart and found them to be comparable to more expensive, hard to get creams, soaps, oils and post shave balms
Reverted once again to my Mühle R89, one of the mildest DE razors ever.
I strongly believe the original 2 blade Gillette Sensor gives me the closet shave. And you can get the cartridges for as cheap as 50 cents each. I recently found the 2 blade Sensor Excel on closeout at Walmart: $1 for a 5 pack!!!
- Lather made of ordinary scented soap: Heno de Pravia and Magno are my favorites, I add water and some drops of glycerine and done. Fragrance can be improved if the EdC or EdT soap's scent is added to the soap before lathering. The alcohol evaporates so the fragrance concentrates, added to the soap the overall efect is more sillage (although fleeting after rinsing)
- Turning an EdC into an aftershave is simple too: dilute to the appropiate concentration and add propylene glycol.
- Making an exfoliating skin tonic in order to prevent ingrown hairs is no more complicated than mixing uncoated aspirins with alcohol.
I did not experiment with soap making, but I'll do it sometime.
Ordered the "Truman" from Harry's after so many stellar reviews. The cost per blade is around $1.56 per blade if you buy the sixteen for $25.00 package. I will report back later and give you my thoughts. But for such a small outlay I felt I couldn't go wrong with any average of six days on one blade like they represent for a total of 96 days.
Has anybody else experienced this outfit headed by a Warby Parker icon. I also understand the blades are manufactured in Germany.
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Day four and the blade is still sharp like the first. I am very happy withe purchase so far. I would like seven days at least on one blade.
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Sorry I forgot to update but I achieved ten full days with the last day not cutting as close so day 11 I switched to a new blade. I am very impressed in the short term. My cost will plummet if I can always reach 10 full days with a different blade. I have my eyes now on the monogramed "Winston" in the near future as a upscale version. Perhaps not the pinnacle of shaving but for the cost conscious individual this deservedly needs attention.
I'm currently using a Schick Quattro Titanium.
I have less cuts than all other models I've tried, and it still gives a good, close shave.
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Standard old school Mach 3, find it the best
Switched to a Wilkinson Classic DE razor as the multi-blades were irritating my skin too much.
I used Mach 3 after a shower for many years, it worked great. Probably because I have fine stuble compared to some other guys out there. I never wanted to shave to close to the skin as I have a tenancy to get ingrown hairs.
Now electric for me and I couldn't do without it - Braun 7 series. Cuts fine enough that its smooth but just enough so I dont get ingrown hairs.
Always wanted a straight razor cut but I have a phobia of someone holding a sharp blade against me.
I use the Schick Hydro 5 and the Gillette Pro-Glide 5 Blade Razor's... I switch back and forth between these two!!!
it has to be the Gillette Fusion best razor I have tried been using for around 8 years now,
I have very very sensitive skin around my neck and was very prone to razor bumps. It's been a lifetime battle for me. I tried everything from single blades to 5 blades, all sorts of techniques, lotions, Magic shave, depilatories, growing beard, shaving once a week, shaving twice a week nothing worked.
With a lifetime of trial and errors this is the ultimate shaving for me and the best razors.
1) Run hot water
2) Scoop hot water with both hands (as hot as I can handle), splash and rub the shaving areas of my face and neck with it
3) I have a hot lather dispenser which is set up with Barbasol Aloe shaving cream, I dispense the cream and cover the shaving areas.
4) I grab my proglide razor and run the hottest water available onto the shaving head / razors for like 15 seconds and then start shaving following the grain (for me is down motion) on the shaving areas of my face.
5) I do not wash off the accumulated foam from the razor during this process (I used to do that and I think that was a mistake doing as I had no cream to help the blade run).
6) Once the down motion shaving is completed I then run the razor under hot water again to remove the cream and any hair accumulated on the razor.
7) I then shave against the grain with whatever is left of the cream on my face. This is to make the shave smooth
8) I have a close to skin Goat T so I use the schick razor to shape it up.
9) Once i am done shaving I take a hot shower and wash my face with Black / White soap OR Ambi Cocoa butter soap
10) I have a long process taking a shower not gonna detail that hahaha but when done I dry and mix a dab of Palmers body and face cocoa lotion with the Gilette intense lotion and rub my entire face with it concentrating of course on the freshly shaved areas. DONE!
Note: I shave once a day every day every morning.
Last edited by Whitealltrac; 30th January 2015 at 04:38 AM.
Just shaved with this Dovo Bismarck
Shave Soap is Panna Crema Vetiver, in a recycled Proraso Sensitive Shave Cup
Brush is a Chubby 3 in best badger
I love the pace of shaving with a straight razor
Fantastic stuff, Shakin_Jake !
~~~thanks for the attaboy gand! I picked up my first straight razor in March 2011. Became enthralled with them. Started collecting vintage straight razors, cleaning them up, learned how to put a shave ready edge on em', mostly using Belgian coticules. Was quite the learning curve for me, all of it. Learned most of it from the wet shaving forums, but haven't participated in that medium in over a year
Was shaving daily until a conversation with a chap near you. Gary Haywood in Nottingham. He's a barber (Gary's Barbers). He has a shave shop...you ought to look him up. He's well known for his proficiency honing using coticules, and offers straight razor shaves at his shop. Anyways, we were emailing back and forth when he mentioned he shaves every other day. I never thought about it, till then, as I was shaving daily. Anymore, I shave twice a week. This week though, will only be once (I'll shave just before Saturday night Mass=:-)...lazy I guess, but I hardly see my customers, so no need to look orderly day in day out
Should I ever find myself in the Nottingham area, I'd love to visit Gary Haywood at his barbershop. I see he has a nice video on Youtube, and there are some threads on Badger & Blade dedicated to him. Thanks for the tip !
I flirted with straight razors a few years back, but a combination of laziness and ineptitude when it comes to honing saw me fall back to my trusty Merkur DE. I can feel the bug biting again, so perhaps I'll give it another whirl.
Shave on !
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i also just bought a ikon dlc non slant, non rake version (can remember the exact name). overall i like it betther than my merkur slant
14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it
I went to a double edge razor a year ago and it is the best thing I have ever done! You have to try wet shaving.
Edwin Jagger DE89L
Gillette 7 O'clock Black blades
Bespoke #1 shaving soap from LA Shaving Soap Company - This stuff is fantastic!!!
24mm Silvertip brush from Whipped Dog Shaving