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John Photography

Posts: 13509

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Just wanted to find out what guys here use. Do you shave with a blade shaver or an electric and how often?

Just wondering because after a couple of months the nice shiny electric shaver I bought is now back in the cupboard.  I am getting a much nicer shave from my blades which I used to use, coupled with a cheap $20 battery shaver..... And both of those give me a nicer shave then the nice expensive paperweight I bought.

For interest it was a Panasonic ES RT81 wet/dry shaver.

Maybe Panasonic should stick to making ovens and TV sets.

Also left a less then favourable review on their website.

Nov 12 12 09:06 pm Link

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Wildcat Photography

Posts: 1486

Valparaiso, Indiana, US

For your face or your balls? 

LOL!

Nov 12 12 09:21 pm Link

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Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4126

Alexandria, Virginia, US

Straight razor actually.  Old habits die hard.  Works just fine for any manscaping chore actually.

Nov 12 12 09:28 pm Link

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Damon Banner

Posts: 85307

Hayward, California, US

both.  Blade is neater but electric is quicker.

Nov 12 12 09:31 pm Link

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PhotographybyT

Posts: 7734

Monterey, California, US

Wildcat Photography wrote:
For your face or your balls

LOL!

No sharp instruments go near my little buddies! big_smile

Nov 12 12 09:34 pm Link

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tenrocK photo

Posts: 5439

New York, New York, US

Nov 12 12 09:34 pm Link

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Kev Lawson

Posts: 10296

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Neither most of the time I am lazy! Bought a trimmer for daily use, and blade when i need to be clean shaven.

Trimmer:
http://www.sallybeauty.com/wahl-detaile … =Hair13-02

Nov 12 12 09:35 pm Link

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Ronin_LLC

Posts: 2012

Louisville, Kentucky, US

I have to use both.

Blade. When hair is shorter and I need a really clean or close shave I use the blade.
Electric. When I am just styling or trimming down the hair.
Both. When the hair gets too long its too thick for the blade alone, so first I have to trim it down til its short enough for the blade to handle.

I still have that five o'clock shadow look even after I shave, but its not that big a problem unless I have to do a shoot or something in which case I know a few makeup tricks to hide it and get that super clean fresh face look.

Nov 12 12 09:37 pm Link

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Wye

Posts: 10192

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Blade with a shaving soap and brush.

Nov 12 12 09:37 pm Link

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a raw muse

Posts: 3238

New York, New York, US

super-cheap norelco beard trimmer to shave my head down when it just needs to be closely shaved, or a razor from a $2 4-pack walgreens brand disposable razors for the times I need to be 100% bald.

I've tried a whole bunch of other things, but in general 2 or 3 blade razors work best and that cheapo beard trimmer works well enough. I'd love to get talented enough to use a blade or really sharp knife.

/answer from a girl

Nov 12 12 09:38 pm Link

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Vintagevista

Posts: 11259

Sun City, California, US

Blade here - have a fierce beard of apparently - wire -

Tried an electric - after a little while - it just quit - and stopped with my face hair hung in the screen. Had to yank it out to get the damned thing off my face.

Cheepo disposable Bic sensitive skin ones - Literally work the best for me

Nov 12 12 09:40 pm Link

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r T p

Posts: 3159

Vaduz, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

http://www.tsbmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/knife-shave.jpg

Nov 12 12 09:43 pm Link

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Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32448

Poulsbo, Washington, US

Blade. Bics. I get lazy and don't shave every day. I occasionally let it go to near-beard, then I use electric clippers to cut it down to where I can use the blade and shaving cream.

Back when I worked regular hours in IT, I used to use a Braun electric and shaved on the way to work, while stopped at red lights.

Nov 12 12 09:48 pm Link

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Carlos Occidental

Posts: 10548

Glendora, California, US

I love shavers, but my last one died, and I don't have the cash to buy another good one.  Good ones are really great.  Now, I use a blade with regular soap.  I use it again and again and again till it cuts me, then I change the blade.  Three months every day, or six months every other day.

Nov 12 12 09:50 pm Link

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GH-Photography

Posts: 9424

Jacksonville, Florida, US

cy be rea n wrote:
http://www.tsbmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/knife-shave.jpg

Paul Hogan wrote:
"That's not a knife..."

Nov 12 12 09:58 pm Link

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John Photography

Posts: 13509

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

cy be rea n wrote:
http://www.tsbmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/knife-shave.jpg

Now that's a fucking blade

Nov 12 12 09:59 pm Link

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Paolo Diavolo

Posts: 8912

Martinez, California, US

^^ that knife  made me think of:

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/7306/swordofkahlessjpgw560h3.jpg


p.s. i use blades:

http://thecoupontrainer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Gillette-Razors.jpg

Nov 12 12 10:03 pm Link

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John Photography

Posts: 13509

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Paolo Diavolo wrote:
^^ that knife  made me think of:

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/7306/swordofkahlessjpgw560h3.jpg

Yes shaving with a B'atleth could be problematic at best smile

Nov 13 12 01:07 am Link

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Ronin_LLC

Posts: 2012

Louisville, Kentucky, US

Anyone use Straight Razors?

Nov 13 12 01:09 am Link

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R80

Posts: 2627

Marceline, Missouri, US

Beard trimmer and a razor.  Electrics I've used tend to throw little hair bits around and don't get as close as a blade.

With a beard, trimming the cheeks and neck doesn't need foam.  I do it after a shower when it's softer.  Haven't bought foam for years.

Nov 13 12 01:10 am Link

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DHayes Photography

Posts: 4885

Richmond, Virginia, US

Blade - Bic Sensitive Skin disposables.  Before the Bics, I tried just about every blade and electric shaver on the market, but never found the ideal shaver.  Like most black men who go for a clean shave, I had to deal with pseudofolliculitis barbae ("razor bumps") for years.  Since switching to the disposables, and softening my beard thoroughly with hot soapy water, no problem.

Nov 13 12 01:53 am Link

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C Johnsen Photographer

Posts: 281

Portland, Oregon, US

dry shave....No Problem.
I do appreciate the multiblades tho.... smile

Nov 13 12 02:53 am Link

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Wildcat Photography

Posts: 1486

Valparaiso, Indiana, US

PhotographybyT wrote:

No sharp instruments go near my little buddies! big_smile

Smart man!  LOL!

Nov 13 12 08:12 am Link

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Sungoddess Studios

Posts: 5169

Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, US

I haven't shaved in 20+ years Part Jewish and all. But Recent Events have me back in hasmat removal so I must be clean shaven. Everyday I use a twinblade Gelette using my wife's shave gell.

Nov 13 12 08:17 am Link

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john_ellis

Posts: 4375

Spokane, Washington, US

AdelaideJohn1967 wrote:
Just wanted to find out what guys here use. Do you shave with a blade shaver or an electric and how often?

Just wondering because after a couple of months the nice shiny electric shaver I bought is now back in the cupboard.  I am getting a much nicer shave from my blades which I used to use, coupled with a cheap $20 battery shaver..... And both of those give me a nicer shave then the nice expensive paperweight I bought.

For interest it was a Panasonic ES RT81 wet/dry shaver.

Maybe Panasonic should stick to making ovens and TV sets.

Also left a less then favourable review on their website.

Blade.  I've tried several electric shavers but I always end up with the same results:  either a half assed shave, irritation, or a mix of the two.

But I haven't tried one since about 2002 or so.  I'm OK with blades though.

Nov 13 12 08:49 am Link

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GCobb Photography

Posts: 15898

Southaven, Mississippi, US

Blade too...Electric is good if you get a good one and are in a rush.

Nov 13 12 08:58 am Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I use the blades that are like $2.50 for a dozen. They cut the hair, it's all I need them to do.

Nov 13 12 05:32 pm Link

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Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21545

New York, New York, US

Blade.

Stop using regular shaving cream with alchohol in it, it kills your skin.  Get some good mug soap and a fine badger hair brush.  You can also get some good cream to use as a base if you want. 

Best shave ever.

Nov 13 12 05:37 pm Link

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Santa Claus

Posts: 265

Seattle, Washington, US

Ho Ho Ho!

Nov 13 12 05:39 pm Link

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VonJake-O Foto

Posts: 761

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Feather double edge razor in a 1950's Gillette holder. I use shave secret shave oil and then Proraso shave soap applied with a badger brush.

Nov 13 12 05:40 pm Link

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Eridu

Posts: 623

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Sungoddess Studios wrote:
I haven't shaved in 20+ years Part Jewish and all. But Recent Events have me back in hasmat removal so I must be clean shaven. Everyday I use a twinblade Gelette using my wife's shave gell.

BH

Nov 13 12 05:42 pm Link

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D M E C K E R T

Posts: 4786

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

edwin jagger double edge razor handle
http://aka-img-2.h-img.com/media/img/b/hn/3181654/1710604219594790572.400_600r

+

feather blades (stupid sharp...last ages)
http://www.friday.com/bbum/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Feather-Blade-Scaled1.png

+

c.o. bigelow by proraso shaving cream
http://straightrazorplace.com/attachments/soaps-creams/6720d1203423879-locally-available-proraso-aka_proraso.jpg

when i can be bothered...i whip up the cream with a badger brush, and use a pre-shave oil.

Nov 13 12 06:43 pm Link

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Chain Reaction

Posts: 532

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Wildcat Photography wrote:
For your face or your balls? 

LOL!

I was wondering the same thing. Face, blade. Below, don't touch it. At least not with sharp metal.

Nov 13 12 07:35 pm Link

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Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21545

New York, New York, US

Chain Reaction wrote:

I was wondering the same thing. Face, blade. Below, don't touch it. At least not with sharp metal.

Wuss

Nov 13 12 08:10 pm Link

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Kevin Fair

Posts: 2555

Palm Coast, Florida, US

Damon Banner wrote:
both.  Blade is neater but electric is quicker.

+1

I use the electric if I'm just hanging out around the house. I'll use the blade if I'm going out.

Nov 13 12 08:30 pm Link

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Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

I use a non-powered Fusion and an older Remington Microscreen. Because every time I try to replace it the new electric sucks ass

Nov 13 12 08:38 pm Link

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Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21545

New York, New York, US

Damon Banner wrote:
both.  Blade is neater but electric is quicker.

Kevin Fair wrote:
+1
I use the electric if I'm just hanging out around the house. I'll use the blade if I'm going out.

You guys must have very soft/light beards.  For me to get anything resembling a close shave with an electric takes forever.  I could shave with a blade six time in the time it takes to get rid of my beard with an electric.  The only one that even worked (at all) was a Braun and  I killed it.  I kill razor blades too, but they're more easily replaced.

Nov 13 12 09:21 pm Link

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Gianantonio

Posts: 8134

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

AdelaideJohn1967 wrote:
Just wanted to find out what guys here use. Do you shave with a blade shaver or an electric and how often?

Just wondering because after a couple of months the nice shiny electric shaver I bought is now back in the cupboard.  I am getting a much nicer shave from my blades which I used to use, coupled with a cheap $20 battery shaver..... And both of those give me a nicer shave then the nice expensive paperweight I bought.

For interest it was a Panasonic ES RT81 wet/dry shaver.

Maybe Panasonic should stick to making ovens and TV sets.

Also left a less then favourable review on their website.

I don't shave...

Nov 13 12 09:57 pm Link

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Damon Banner

Posts: 85307

Hayward, California, US

Paramour Productions wrote:

Damon Banner wrote:
both.  Blade is neater but electric is quicker.

You guys must have very soft/light beards.  For me to get anything resembling a close shave with an electric takes forever.  I could shave with a blade six time in the time it takes to get rid of my beard with an electric.  The only one that even worked (at all) was a Braun and  I killed it.  I kill razor blades too, but they're more easily replaced.

I can't use the electric if my facial hair is too long.  If that is the case, I usually shorten it up first. 


Otherwise, it's blade

Nov 13 12 11:18 pm Link

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Damon Banner

Posts: 85307

Hayward, California, US

yup, love the feather blades...

Nov 13 12 11:19 pm Link