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The Manly Shaving Thread

Discussion in 'GD Archive' started by gam3r, Oct 13, 2009.

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  1. scorchisio

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 14, 2009

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    Location: Rotherham. S.Yorks

    be careful when you start DE shaving, this week alone i have spent over £100 on new razors, i bought a merkur 34c, a muhle r41 ( fantastic aggressive razor) a fatip grande, a merkur 37c ( slant razor) some mitchells wool fat, 25 polsilver super iridium blades, 2 bottles of tabac aftershave lotion. It is a very addictive hobby.
     
  2. spaceman

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 1, 2003

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    Location: Kent

    A nice selection of razors there, i'm using the R41 at the moment on my UFO handle, the Fatip head is good as well. I've not used either of those Merkur's for a while.

    A 1946-1947 Aristocrat arrived from the US for me this week.
     
  3. -Ad-

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 4, 2004

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    Location: Aberdeeeeen

    To those worried about shaving with feathers as a beginner.... Don't be.

    This is the manly shaving thread, not pansy shaving thread. Research techniques, prep your face well and take your time.

    I hardly ever nick myself with feather blades, even if doing it after a few beers ;)
     
  4. teddy3578

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 19, 2009

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    I think I will just stick with the one then! Look what arrived in the post today!:

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    Had my first shave with this with my usual Derby Extra blades and they're pretty good!
     
  5. Edrof

    Capodecina

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  6. Skunkworks

    Soldato

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    I’m looking for a razor for my friend’s son’s 15th birthday. Ideally I’m looking for a set contain razor, blades, brush and foam etc, for around £30.

    As it’s a birthday present I’m looking for something a bit more exotic than the usual stuff you see in supermarkets.

    Any suggestions?
     
  7. koolpc

    Capodecina

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    Location: Under The Desk, Wales

    What about head shaving? Any of you guys do that? I do.
     
  8. Edrof

    Capodecina

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    A budget of thirty pounds sounds a little low if you want good stuff across the board. But, if it was me, I'd get him a sub-£30 Merkur from Shaving Shack, some free blades (they give some away - check their deal), a £5 Wilkinson Sword supermarket brush (which is okay to make a start with), plus a Palmolive shaving stick for about 50p - again, from supermarkets. Perhaps a cheap shaving oil, too. All of that would make a very cheap kit that, although not as good as the luxurious brands, it would still give him a solid impression of what DE shaving is like.

    If he likes it all, he can keep the nice Merkur razor and upgrade the rest at his own leisure. That's the stuff I started with and it makes for a good taster. You haven't wasted much money if it turns out to not be his thing.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  9. Skunkworks

    Soldato

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    It did, thank you. :)
     
  10. Edrof

    Capodecina

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    No worries! Like I said, the razor's a keeper, but the other stuff can be improved upon. Ooh, checkout the Beauty at Creightons website too: their Trufitt & Hill products are very nice and sold much cheaper than other shops. There's a discount code somewhere in this thread which I believe still works. :)
     
  11. RoboCod

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    mar30
     
  12. -BA-

    Mobster

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    Right, I bought a Merkur Futur Gold d/e razor a week or so back and used it the other day with bloody consquences. Somebody in the "Things I have bought" thread suggested that the Futur is known to be a little intolerant of d/e wet shaving newbies. Could someone explain to me how it would differ from say a 34C?

    I really don't fancy opening up my left cheek again but would love to return to wet shaving after a 5 year break. Is it worth switching to a 34C until I and my skin get more used to it?

    One problem I do have is a somewhat angular face around my cheekbones, how do people get around that without shaving a chunk off?
     
  13. jesus2nd

    Hitman

    Joined: Jan 14, 2013

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    Location: Leeds, YORKSHIRE

    Question.

    I've been using a DE Razor for a good few months now and I'm fancying adding a pre-shave oil to the mix just to see if it has any greater effects. Do you apply oil after each pass? or just before the initial pass?

    Also, any reccomendations on oil?
     
  14. [FnG]magnolia

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    If the idea is to reduce friction then I guess it'd be every pass but I don't think you'll see much improvement unless your soap, cream or technique is dreadful.
     
  15. ~Divine~Wind~

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  16. jesus2nd

    Hitman

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    It more just so I can see what the improvement/difference is, thanks :)
     
  17. RoboCod

    Capodecina

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    ZERO PRESSURE!! We emphasise this all the time in this thread. Literally let the blade fall down your face, don't press on, let the weight of the razor do the work. You should not cut yourself if you master that.

    Failing this you should adjust your angles and adjust your adjustable razor to be less aggressive.
     
  18. RoboCod

    Capodecina

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    Might sound daft, but I have known guys of certain skin colours to suffer from a skin condition that is exacerbated by shaving. Those guys have all been black though, and I know you are not black :)
     
  19. scorchisio

    Wise Guy

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    so much for saving money when you start using a safety razor lol, ive bought all these in the last week, from left to right, merkur 34c, fatip grande, muhle r41, merkur 37c slant :p

    [​IMG]
     
  20. jaybee

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    I have not read this thread at all I will admit, and will do tomorrow. But for now, just wanted to say, I got on board the DE razor thing the other day when I bought a Merkur 34C. I just had my first shave with it and it was poor. Ok that's being kind. It was probably the worst shave I've ever had. I used the blade that came with it in the box. It just felt like it was either really blunt, or not enough of the blade was sticking out to cut. Overall just complete *****. I tried all sorts. At first I was scared to rip into my face and was very careful. By the end I was confident it would not cut me and was pulling and digging it in quite aggressively like a cartirdge just to get it to cut.

    I have looked at youtube videos where the sheet weight of the razor is meant to be enough to cut. They tell you to be oh so careful as it's so sharp and to just get the angle right and let the blade do the work. Er... no.

    Someone reassure me the supplied blade is utter tosh? I will try a different type and then make judgement. This is 100% not bad technique I swear.
     
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