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    Fat Crip
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    A question. How many shaves might one expect from a blade? I know its not a science, but what do people find? My 3 blade wilkinson's sword disposables used to last one shave at most! Sometimes, if I had a few day's growth, it would be blunt and useless before I was finished ... and this was the best I could find.

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  • Fat Crip
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    Well, I got back to the UK on Thursday evening and at about 10 p.m. I ordered a Merkur Futur plus a supply of blades from www.mankind.co.uk with there 'standard' postage service (which was free). In the morning I got an email saying it had been dispatched and the following morning to that it arrived. Excellent service, worthy of mention on this site I think!

    I used the razor with a Merkur blade just set to no.1 (yes I know I'm a coward!), and with a little care got an excellent shave taking off three days growth.

    I've been watching a few youtube videos on the subject and I think a better shaving brush, some experimentation with creams/soaps and a shaving bowl/scuttle might be in order. Any recommendations folks? I'd be particularly keen to learn more about Mav's scuttle or even see a picture.

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  • timothy
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    Sensitive skin on me; I have had very bad experiences with most true disposables, and mostly better ones with any of the reloadable (cartridge-enclosed) blade varieties.

    The best disposables I've found are the Gillettes that CostCo has carried for a few years (though I've only had to buy them a few -- CostCo has big packs ). The few times I've decided to try a conspicuously cheaper look-alike variety, I have paid in nicks. Not quite *death* by a thousand cuts, but I'd rather keep my toilet paper for its intended use.

    However, most important (for travel purposes, esp) has been a switch to shaving oil. Tiny container lasts forever (months), and I like the smell. I have not yet tried using plain olive oil, though it *might* work just fine. If I get into shaving as a hobby one day, I *might* be tempted to drag along the equipment while traveling, but I'm not sure I'd want to give up the weight / space savings. For me, a few of the better disposables and shave oil takes up maybe 2 ounces, and little room.

    timothy

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  • Fat Crip
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    Well, I tried it and was very pleased with the results!

    I followed Mav's directions as far as I could (I don't have a shaving scuttle) and got a very good close and comfortable shave. i did manage a small cut, but that was just because I went over a part healed nick from a previous shave. The main benefit was the lack of clogging with bristles. All disposable types I've used clog up too easily, then they drag, then they cut you up! None of this this morning. So now I'm in Spain and I went to try and buy a razor and blades here. I can get Gillette blades quite easily, but at a price 5.60€ ($4.50) for five, compared to 99p ($1.50) at home. However, no razors, and I didn't bring mine. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled, as I now don't want to go bak to my disposables and I'm here for 12 days and need to shave.

    Eric

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  • PM4HIRE
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    eBay is your friend when it comes to buying safety razors and blades, also checkout "West Coast Shaving" for supplies at http://www.westcoastshaving.com/
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    Last edited by PM4HIRE; 03-05-2011, 09:24 AM.

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  • Frank II
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    Okay, I've decided to get a safety razor and go back to the real way of shaving. However, not one store in my are carries safety razors.

    Any suggestions for a online store that has good prices and is reliable?

    I have an old board brush but the bristles and going in all directions. And mug soap. Thinking of getting a good razor (possibly Merkur) and a good brush.

    Thanks.

    BTW, if you want to see some great videos on shaving, start here:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mantic59#p/u/0/xjhIy9rgWQU

    And a good website is:

    http://www.shaving101.com/

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  • Fat Crip
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    Originally posted by maverick View Post
    wow! i forgot that was still out there...
    Oh yes, its out there! Does it work?

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by Fat Crip View Post
    Then, maybe I'll try oil pulling next?
    wow! i forgot that was still out there...

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  • Fat Crip
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    Wilco!

    Thanks for that Mav. I've been a wet shaver for years, but I've just been wet my face, lather up, shave off, jump in the shower! I'll try to take more care/time and see how it goes!

    Then, maybe I'll try oil pulling next?

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by Fat Crip View Post
    With the Maverick seal of approval, its a done deal!

    I'll be using my new safety razor for the first time in a few hours so we'll see whether I'll be a Merkur devote as well as my TB obsession shortly.
    fair warning - i went and purchased double edge safety razor blades at a drug store when i lost mine to a security check point at toronto's YYZ airport. it resulted in a very unpleasant experience. it's not the blade; it's not the razor. it's the right combination of blade and razor that makes for a good shave.

    and different people like different combinations. what's right for me may not be right for you.

    also, be gentle. you want to reduce the hair growth, not take it away. let the weight of the razor move it down your face - you don't need to apply force. i would suggest shaving twice, washing your face and applying shaving cream in between the two shaves.

    here's my routine -

    shower. this softens the beard growth.

    wash my shaving scuttle in hot water. this heats an otherwise cold piece of pottery.

    then fill the bottom and top of the scuttle with hot water.

    then place my shaving brush in the hot water that is in the top part of the shaving scuttle.

    while the brush is soaking, wet a wash cloth in hot water and place on your face. this opens up your pours and feels very relaxing.

    empty the top part of the scuttle of water and shake off excess water from the brush (but don't leave the brush dry).

    place your favorite shaving soap in the top part of your shaving scuttle and prepare it with your shaving brush. build up a nice lather. i use kiss my face fragrance free moisture shave.

    apply a hot cloth to your face again or just wet your face before applying the cream you've prepared.

    now use the brush to apply the lather to your face. you'll get a lot more lather on your face than was in the shaving scuttle.

    give yourself a minute before you start to shave. this is all to prepare your skin.

    shave with the growth of hair, not against it. use one side of the razor blade, then the other, then wash before repeating. don't shave a part of your skin that is dry or that you have shaved. remember the idea is to reduce the beard, not remove it.

    once you finish, wash your face with warm water and lather it again with the brush.

    shave again.

    once you finish, wash out your brush and shaving scuttle. now wash your face with cooler water. this will close the pours.

    some people use an after shave. i apply a face cream after drying my face.

    happy shaving! let us know how it goes.
    maverick
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    Last edited by maverick; 03-04-2011, 12:22 PM.

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  • Fat Crip
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    Originally posted by maverick View Post
    +1 on the merkur razors. i've tried two, and like the 23C. used with the merkur blades, it provides a very gentle shave.
    With the Maverick seal of approval, its a done deal!

    I'll be using my new safety razor for the first time in a few hours so we'll see whether I'll be a Merkur devote as well as my TB obsession shortly.

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by mjb View Post
    When you're ready to spend a little money, I highly recommend the Merkur razors. Most of my friends use the Futur, I have a Classic.
    +1 on the merkur razors. i've tried two, and like the 23C. used with the merkur blades, it provides a very gentle shave.

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  • Fat Crip
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    Originally posted by mjb View Post
    I switched to a safety razor because of the cost savings and nicer shave, but after bad experiences with Wilkinson and other European drug-store blades (after having to leave my blades at the TSA checkpoint), I now use disposable razors for travel and keep the safety razor at home.

    That said, I shave maybe once every 4 or 5 days when I travel. (I work for rock and roll bands -- being too well-groomed is deemed suspicious activity.)

    When you're ready to spend a little money, I highly recommend the Merkur razors. Most of my friends use the Futur, I have a Classic.
    Very nice looking kit. Expensive, but would pay for itself very quickly. I could be heading that way shortly. I only shave a couple of times a week, when I have meetings to attend. The rest of the time I just grow a beard. Where I live, if I don't go out I see no one but the postman and he shaves even less often than I do! Do you like their blades too? Mixed reviews on their site.

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  • PM4HIRE
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    Blades for safety razors are dirt cheap, whether you're buying them in India or eBay.

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  • mjb
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  • mjb
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    I switched to a safety razor because of the cost savings and nicer shave, but after bad experiences with Wilkinson and other European drug-store blades (after having to leave my blades at the TSA checkpoint), I now use disposable razors for travel and keep the safety razor at home.

    That said, I shave maybe once every 4 or 5 days when I travel. (I work for rock and roll bands -- being too well-groomed is deemed suspicious activity.)

    When you're ready to spend a little money, I highly recommend the Merkur razors. Most of my friends use the Futur, I have a Classic.

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