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  • Fat Crip
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    You guys have inspired me! I have been using disposable razors (Wilkinson Sword Extreme 3 blade) for eight or ten years, but have been increasingly concerned by the profligacy of throwing them in landfill (they're not allowed in our recycling here). So yesterday, I was in the chemist collecting some drugs when I stopped to buy a block of my favourite shaving soap, and saw a Wilkinson Sword 'classic' razor with 5 blades for just £4.29. So I'll be giving it a go. Granted the cheap plastic, is pretty rubbish, but throwing it away and upgrading to a decent model, will be no worse than throwing away a disposable, and it lets my try it without investing a fortune. My wife is planning to check a bag on my next flight to Spain on Saturday, so I can take a supply of blades and leave them there so I'll only need to carry the empty razor each time. My remaining disposables can be used for other short trips where carrying blades could be problematic. The other benefit is cost. The razor with five blades (10 edges of course)cost about the same as a pack of eight disposables, but five more blades are only 99p! ($1.50)

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  • mjb
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    I've stopped bringing my safety razor and anything else "borderline" (multi-tools, small knives, etc) for that matter. The rules are applied so inconsistently, and you'll never win an argument with a TSA screener anyway.

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  • maverick
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    interestingly, i was able to make it to india (through the security checkpoints at IAD and FRA) with the blade in my double edge safety razor.

    the folks running security at ATQ on my return saw it and asked me to dispose of it.

    i was surprisingly pleased that i was able to shave while i was there (albeit i only shaved once during my week long trip). IAD security has asked me to either check my bag or toss the blade in the past.

    and it wasn't a big deal that it got tossed on the return. if i had remembered, i would actually have tossed it before returning to make the process of going through security easier.

    surprisingly, they didn't object to my nail clippers either way - which, mind you, have a pokey nail file that slides out.

    my friend traveling with me was traveling with a neti pot and salt for preparing a saline solution (getting over a cold). IAD security was concerned about the salt and tested it to see if it was an explosive.

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  • Frank II
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    I recently started using the Schick Hydro 5.

    When I first saw it I thought it was a gimmick but someone sent me a free one to try. I was hooked. Great close shave and I get about 50% more shaves than any other blade razor I've used. And I have a heavy beard.

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  • Fat Crip
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    Originally posted by Climb14er View Post
    I use a Merkur Progress safety razor at the house. Very close shaves.

    However... when I travel, I take along a Sensor Excel cartridge razor.

    I don't know what the confusion is all about!

    You can bring a safety razor but NOT the blades! Blame the TSA!
    Hardly a surprise! After all 911 was expedited by killing/threatening hosties with box cutters! Razor blades would do the job even better! Disposable/cartridge razors can be fashioned in to very effective weapons, but it takes time and effort to achieve (a common prison weapon I believe).

    After a lot of trial and error, I use Wilkinson Sword triple blade disposables with a badger brush from Arran Accessories and a very old fashioned block soap from my local chemist.

    Oddly I don't generally see much benefit in multiple blade razors as, in the main, they clog very easily, and the more blades you have, the worse it gets. On the other hand, most single or even twin blade razors are just rubbish, and rip your face to shreds. The Wilkinson Sword 3 blade extreme, however, is a really good compromise. They have, relatively, good quality blades and clear reasonably easily. Plus they are made by Wilkinson Sword - the name on the world's finest blades! I have three of their swords in my collection (two 1896 infantry pattern, both made before 1901 and an exceptionally fine Royal Navy officer's sword which has seen parade duty in my hand).

    The only real downside to these razors is that they are expensive as they really only do one shave before they start to dull.

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  • Climb14er
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    I use a Merkur Progress safety razor at the house. Very close shaves.

    However... when I travel, I take along a Sensor Excel cartridge razor.

    I don't know what the confusion is all about!

    You can bring a safety razor but NOT the blades! Blame the TSA!

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  • Alexis121
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    Safety razor and travel:
    I've taken my first dive into DE shaving and after my first shave i was a convert. Before this revelation I was totally dispirited with shaving mainly using and the cost of a conventional cartridge razor. Over the years not realising i'd condensed the hateful chore down to as short a time as possible and tried everything from the expensive 'umpteen' blade cartridges down to the lowly single blade disposable face scrapers, all with no joy or fun. To my delight i've found that by actually throwing more time, ceremony and additional age old shaving 'peripherals' [badger brush, wool fat soap & alum block] to the issue of male grooming i'm now thoroughly enjoying it. I haven't used any other DE safety razors but i'd say the Merkur Travel Razor is an ideal starter razor. It is incredibly small in its deconstructed state but when screwed together is great for my smallish sized hands and is a good weight and well balanced. Not much pressure is required when shaving and there is enough weight in the head for it to do the work for you without giving an aggressive shave. Having just started i've had a couple of nicks [probably down to my ropey technique] but i've not had any shaving rash or redness. I do travel on a regular basis but i'm using this as my main razor which it is totally suited for and doesn't feel like a compromise in any way. I store it in the leather pouch in between shaves which means it needs to be taken apart and if anything is an advantage as it's a good reason to give it a proper clean between shaves, ensuring an excellent performance every time
    Last edited by Just; 02-23-2011, 12:25 PM. Reason: Fixed image

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  • Just
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    Adam Savage: TSA saw my junk, missed 12" razor blades

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  • bnett
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    I've had my carry-on searched twice because I had an empty safety razor in it (blades were in a checked bag). I now travel with a cartridge razor in the carry-on to avoid issues.

    Regards,
    Brian

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  • gargoyle
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    I recently carried a safety razor and blade (separate) on a flight and didn't raise any alarms. On the way back the blade was in the razor.

    -gargoyle

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  • Colorado
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    Most Wal-Marts have cheap double edged blades if you needed to pick some up--as do many pharmacies.

    I've used a safety razor for several years now. I travel with it and several extra blades and I've never been questioned. I always worry that they'll take not only the blades but also the razor. They've tightened up recently, but I flew just a few months ago without a problem. If you're worried, don't want to take any chances, and don't want to use cheap blades, you could always mail a few to yourself--they're pretty light. I've received a number that way from other wet shaving enthusiasts who want to send a couple of unusual brand blades for me to try.

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  • dude
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    That ambiguity led to my trying to carry on safety razors. My experience is that if you try to carry on the blades you will lose them, and the outline of the razor will show up on every xray and every security checkpoint will verify that you don't have razors tucked away somewhere. Even in Europe. Carrying even an empty safety razor gets in the way of the simplicity of carrying on, IMHO.

    For US travel buying blades once there isn't a good option, as most people who shave with safety razors go through some process to determine what blade is best for them, and they are likely to be special order items. The generally available blades are well-regarded.

    If you have companions who are checking, have them carry them. You can mail them ahead to your destination. Or try the new Schick Hydro. I don't give this up easily, but it's a very good cartridge razor. It's just a bummer and there are no good solutions.

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  • Frank II
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    You can bring a "safety razor," you just can't bring the blades for it.

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  • pretzelb
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    Originally posted by fbrown627 View Post
    Look at the size of the blades on a cartridge razor and then look at the size of the safety razor blade.

    To get the blade off of the safety razor, you have to take it apart. The blade for a safety razor is loose and easy to use.

    Lastly, the blades on a cartridge razor are angled in such a way they really can't do much damage. A safety razor blade can kill a person in less than a second.
    I agree, that is why I'm confused by the text. It's negative logic but I think what they are saying is:
    1. You can't bring a razor blade (understandable)
    2. You can bring a safety razor (confusing)


    If they just changed "excluding safety razors" to "including safety razors" then I'd understand.

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  • Frank II
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    Look at the size of the blades on a cartridge razor and then look at the size of the safety razor blade.

    To get the blade off of the safety razor, you have to take it apart. The blade for a safety razor is loose and easy to use.

    Lastly, the blades on a cartridge razor are angled in such a way they really can't do much damage. A safety razor blade can kill a person in less than a second.

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