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Gabrielle Heather
Posts: 10,064
Middle Island, New York, US


D M E C K E R T wrote:
edwin jagger double edge razor handle
http://aka-img-2.h-img.com/media/img/b/hn/3181654/1710604219594790572.400_600r

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

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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.

learned how to shave on something similar.......... double edged wilkinson.......... I was sneaking at the time shaving. Many cuts were had but I got in lots of practice. Its the most efficient........ but you need to be very precise and have good lather and even pressure.

I enjoy a higher quality conforming razor that moistens as it shaves. Shit costs money. It's all about the process, really. Lathering, moistening, staying moistened, rinsing, more moistening............... anyone can get a good shave if they put the consistent effort and time in to maximize the quality. Keep the blades clean, water flowing, lather nice, and moisture present always. the things we do!

edit: my dad's looked like this. Not sure if it was brass or gold or bronze........ but it's old. Still has it...... and a box of the Wilkonson sword blades.....  http://pureman.com.au/merkur-solingen-3 … edge-razor

Nov 14 12 12:06 am  Link  Quote 
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udor
Posts: 21,687
New York, New York, US


Wildcat Photography wrote:
For your face or your balls? 

LOL!

What's the difference?

Wet and blade... both! big_smile

Nov 14 12 12:20 am  Link  Quote 
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Jirrupin
Posts: 1,742
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


i started using a straight razor when I was at uni, just to be badass and different, they were probably the best shaves ever, then  i buggered my wrists, took years to fully recover, so sharpening it became a real pain and quickly gave it away, besides once I started working and had to shave everyday the ease of electric was impossible to pass over. No that I'm my own boss I shave about once a week, which is getting pretty beardy gone to regular (safety?) blade now ...but thinking it might be time to see how good I can get the edge on the old straight razor these days
Nov 14 12 12:22 am  Link  Quote 
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Visual Serotonin
Posts: 5,134
Los Angeles, California, US


What shaving taught me about capitalism...

http://weeklysift.com/2012/07/16/what-s … apitalism/

Basically all we need is something sharp sliding over something slick.

"So let’s review. Shaving has basically been a solved problem for at least half a century. By the 1970s the patents on those solutions had expired, and nothing of importance has been invented since. In a sensible world, all men would know this and the factories would focus on delivering cheap high-quality double-edged razor blades.

That didn’t happen because it wouldn’t have made anybody rich. Since a standardized, patent-expired product like the double-edged razor can be made cheaply by anybody, the profit margin is too small to buy Super Bowl ads or pay stupendous CEO salaries.

So instead, the market has gone two ways. The mass market has kept research labs busy churning out phony “improvements” that generate market-protecting patents and give advertisers something to work with. And vast amounts of money have been spent persuading men (successfully!) that there’s something new worth paying up for and something primitive about the double-edged safety razor."

Pay attention because this is exactly what GMO's or health care are all about, but I digress smile
Nov 14 12 12:27 am  Link  Quote 
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Drew Smith Photography
Posts: 5,209
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom


I hate electric shavers.

I use a ....

http://sharetv.org/images/blade_the_series-show.jpg
Nov 14 12 12:30 am  Link  Quote 
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Michael Broughton
Posts: 2,163
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


electric, once or twice a week.
Nov 14 12 12:43 am  Link  Quote 
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AdelaideJohn1967
Posts: 12,282
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Visual Serotonin wrote:
What shaving taught me about capitalism...

http://weeklysift.com/2012/07/16/what-s … apitalism/

Basically all we need is something sharp sliding over something slick.

"So let’s review. Shaving has basically been a solved problem for at least half a century. By the 1970s the patents on those solutions had expired, and nothing of importance has been invented since. In a sensible world, all men would know this and the factories would focus on delivering cheap high-quality double-edged razor blades.

That didn’t happen because it wouldn’t have made anybody rich. Since a standardized, patent-expired product like the double-edged razor can be made cheaply by anybody, the profit margin is too small to buy Super Bowl ads or pay stupendous CEO salaries.

So instead, the market has gone two ways. The mass market has kept research labs busy churning out phony “improvements” that generate market-protecting patents and give advertisers something to work with. And vast amounts of money have been spent persuading men (successfully!) that there’s something new worth paying up for and something primitive about the double-edged safety razor."

Pay attention because this is exactly what GMO's or health care are all about, but I digress smile

I know......I think it's the slick marketing that has made me go from electric to blade and back and forth over the years.

Nov 14 12 12:46 am  Link  Quote 
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PhotographybyT
Posts: 7,596
Monterey, California, US


Wildcat Photography wrote:
For your face or your balls? 

LOL!
udor wrote:
What's the difference?

Well, I don't scratch my face! lol

Nov 14 12 12:49 am  Link  Quote 
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RINALDI
Posts: 2,410
Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands


Ahhh forget the knives, swords and blades. I use this:

http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~sarietta/img/Lab1Laser.jpg
This is the industrial edition, I obviously use the Personal Edition tongue
Nov 14 12 07:21 am  Link  Quote 
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AdelaideJohn1967
Posts: 12,282
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


My comments on this product got published.

http://www.panasonic.com.au/Products/El … er+reviews

I am surprised they would allow for a negative review.
Nov 14 12 05:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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AdelaideJohn1967
Posts: 12,282
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


RINALDI wrote:
Ahhh forget the knives, swords and blades. I use this:

http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~sarietta/img/Lab1Laser.jpg
This is the industrial edition, I obviously use the Personal Edition tongue

MAD Magazine did a story once many years ago about crazy inventions you'd never see and one of them was a laser shaver.. It actually looked pretty well thought out too, and the design was based on a blade shaver but in place of the blade you had a laser beam which would cut the hair very close to the skin.

Nov 14 12 05:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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D M E C K E R T
Posts: 4,786
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Gabrielle Heather wrote:

learned how to shave on something similar.......... double edged wilkinson.......... I was sneaking at the time shaving. Many cuts were had but I got in lots of practice. Its the most efficient........ but you need to be very precise and have good lather and even pressure.

I enjoy a higher quality conforming razor that moistens as it shaves. Shit costs money. It's all about the process, really. Lathering, moistening, staying moistened, rinsing, more moistening............... anyone can get a good shave if they put the consistent effort and time in to maximize the quality. Keep the blades clean, water flowing, lather nice, and moisture present always. the things we do!

edit: my dad's looked like this. Not sure if it was brass or gold or bronze........ but it's old. Still has it...... and a box of the Wilkonson sword blades.....  http://pureman.com.au/merkur-solingen-3 … edge-razor

it's definitely a process that takes some care. i've managed to condense it down to a "good enough" process for a

Nov 14 12 05:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gabrielle Heather
Posts: 10,064
Middle Island, New York, US


D M E C K E R T wrote:
it's definitely a process that takes some care. i've managed to condense it down to a "good enough" process for a
Nov 14 12 06:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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D M E C K E R T
Posts: 4,786
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Gabrielle Heather wrote:

I used to have my father occasionally ask me to shave his neck when I was younger. He would fill up the sink with hot water and soap his neck up. He taught me how basically. I then later started slaughtering my legs when I thought I had figured it out. Small little swipes, then dipping into the hot water is very different than large areas. You learn to use those blades well when you HAVE to. I always wanted to learn to use a straight razor like the old time barbers did.  I am pretty darn sure I could considering all the art stuff I do and all the time I have spent using exacto's and other knives. It is empowering to use a blade. smile

legs with a straight sounds terrifying. lol.

Nov 14 12 06:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Music N Pics
Posts: 352
San Diego, California, US


I used to using both. My job requires me to be clean cut all the time and I honestly like it. The only part I don't like is when I get a clean edge up and my supervisor drops by and breaks my balls about me having a beard...
Nov 15 12 12:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gabrielle Heather
Posts: 10,064
Middle Island, New York, US


D M E C K E R T wrote:
legs with a straight sounds terrifying. lol.

interesting you mean? I like a challenge. I know I could do a face.

Nov 15 12 12:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 35,964
Columbus, Ohio, US


Blade....when I do. I've always hated shaving.

Got an electric Remington for Christmas when I was a teenager....bleech. Lousy job.

Did try Norelco triple header many moons ago.....wasn't half bad, sometimes. Do they still make those?
Nov 15 12 12:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,065
Orlando, Florida, US


For several years, I rarely shaved, but the last time I shaved with a blade, I developed an ingrown hair that I still have as a lump on my jawline. That was in February.

I use a trimmer to keep it manageable, but I don't shave my face anymore. Just my neck and crazy strays on my cheeks.

I have "unique" hair follicles on my face. Many hairs growing out of a single follicle.
Nov 15 12 12:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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FiveOne November
Posts: 169
Rochester, New York, US


Gillete blade, Mach III.  Which kills me to buy because I'm not a New England Patriots fan...
Nov 15 12 12:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gabrielle Heather
Posts: 10,064
Middle Island, New York, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
For several years, I rarely shaved, but the last time I shaved with a blade, I developed an ingrown hair that I still have as a lump on my jawline. That was in February.

I use a trimmer to keep it manageable, but I don't shave my face anymore. Just my neck and crazy strays on my cheeks.

I have "unique" hair follicles on my face. Many hairs growing out of a single follicle.

tweezers are there for that

Nov 15 12 12:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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hbutz New York
Posts: 3,143
New York, New York, US


Number of models I have shaved... (4)  I used one of those pink razors.
Nov 15 12 03:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gabrielle Heather
Posts: 10,064
Middle Island, New York, US


hbutz New York wrote:
Number of models I have shaved... (4)  I used one of those pink razors.

were all pink on the inside, those razors suck though.

Nov 15 12 04:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Legacys 7
Posts: 33,750
San Francisco, California, US


Razor.
Nov 15 12 07:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Legacys 7
Posts: 33,750
San Francisco, California, US


Paramour Productions wrote:
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.

I use shaving cream with cocoa butter that's already in it. Agree, anything that dries your face out, you're done.

Nov 15 12 07:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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Legacys 7
Posts: 33,750
San Francisco, 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.

There's a way around your issue. I too can grow a full bread. What I do is cut it as close as I can with hair clippers. Once I'm done with that, I can shave with a razor. Never let your facial hair grow too long. Pain in the ass.

Nov 15 12 07:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Legacys 7
Posts: 33,750
San Francisco, California, US


DHayes Photography wrote:
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.

the reason why many get those bumps, they shave too close beyond the hair shaft. This dries the skin out and the hair can't find the hole where it's suppose to grow. Others reasons that lead to bumps. Trying to shave when the hair's too long and not letting the shaving cream sit on your face for a second to moisturize and soften the hair and face. Going against the grain is another no no that leads to bump aka ingrown hair.

Nov 15 12 07:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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Giacomo Cirrincioni
Posts: 20,903
New York, New York, US


Just picked up a new safety razor and some fresh blades to have a go at it again.

I'm out of practice.  My face is happy.  My neck is not!
Nov 16 12 01:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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Legacys 7
Posts: 33,750
San Francisco, California, US


Paramour Productions wrote:
Just picked up a new safety razor and some fresh blades to have a go at it again.

I'm out of practice.  My face is happy.  My neck is not!

You're probably shaving too close to the hair shaft. That'll make your face/neck irritable.

Nov 16 12 06:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kawika Photography
Posts: 110
San Diego, California, US


Blades, the more the better.
Nov 16 12 06:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Giacomo Cirrincioni
Posts: 20,903
New York, New York, US


I did better today.

But I have to disagree with the poster who said that shaving technology reached it's pinnacle after WWII and that all that came after is just marketing hype.

Bullshit.
Nov 17 12 08:46 am  Link  Quote 
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VonJake-O Foto
Posts: 760
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Paramour Productions wrote:
Just picked up a new safety razor and some fresh blades to have a go at it again.

I'm out of practice.  My face is happy.  My neck is not!

When I first started shaving with a safety razor, I would shave it the same direction as my face and I got major irritation. For me, my neck hairs grow at a 45 from my face, so when I adjusted my angle, the irritation went away.
I also recommend using a preshave oil. I use Shave Secret that I picked up from Walmart. It's only a couple of bucks. It works just as well as the Art of Shaving preshave oil that I used before. It has a hint of clove smell.
It works so well that I have shaved my wifes legs with it; she is 8 1/2 months pregnant so her reach isn't so great right now.

Nov 17 12 10:37 am  Link  Quote 
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Evan Hiltunen
Posts: 3,089
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Merkur Futura safety razor/double edge with shave secret oil and bigelow cream and a badger brush.

I get back spasms so I don't trust myself with a straight edge ... those crappy multi-blade disposables just don't give a nice, clean shave. It's like the marketing department thought, "hmmm, this double doesn't work very well, let's add another blade and make it a triple. People with fall for that."

Then they thought,"hmmm, these triples really don't work very well. Let's add more blades to it. People will fall for that".
Nov 17 12 11:10 am  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,065
Orlando, Florida, US


Gabrielle Heather wrote:

tweezers are there for that

They work, but these hair clusters are so large, it's easy to grab them and pull them out. They generally come out with no pain and very little effort.

Nov 17 12 12:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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udor
Posts: 21,687
New York, New York, US


PhotographybyT wrote:

Wildcat Photography wrote:
For your face or your balls? 

LOL!

Well, I don't scratch my face! lol

I really prefer to pluck... not the face tho... lasts for weeks until the baby hair grows back softly... and it's easy to maintain... only the initial grooming is... well... gotta have balls to do it... big_smile

Nov 17 12 12:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Damon Banner
Posts: 85,249
Hayward, California, US


Gabrielle Heather wrote:

were all pink on the inside,

let me see.

Nov 17 12 02:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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D M E C K E R T
Posts: 4,786
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Paramour Productions wrote:
I did better today.

But I have to disagree with the poster who said that shaving technology reached it's pinnacle after WWII and that all that came after is just marketing hype.

Bullshit.

blades matter. feathers are the only ones i'll shave with. got a few freebies when i ordered my safety razor (bluebird and another i can't think of)...i tried them to compare to the feathers and thought i was using a cheese grater.

cream is pretty important too. proraso/bigelow REALLY works for me, while others (even much more expensive) don't do as well. it's as much about finding what's right for you as it is refining your technique.

i found that it took me a couple shaves to get to an ideal place with the safety razor, and a handful more to get my shaving cream figured out...but even with all that my first shave was at least as good as a fusion.

the modern cartridge razors definitely make it easier to get a decent shave, even if higher quality can be had.

Nov 18 12 11:37 am  Link  Quote 
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