What do you use to shave?

Discussion in 'Skills and Smarts' started by Bebop, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. super17

    super17 New in Town

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    I tend to buy kinda basic stuff, as Gillette or Wilkinsons, but have to use the blade once then throw it away. I feel my skin is a bit too sensitive and i get red/rush/blood quite often if i don't do
     
  2. PeterGunnLives

    PeterGunnLives One of the Regulars

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    I think I'm going to pamper myself a little this weekend and give myself a straight razor shave.

    Here is a question for you cutthroat razor aficionados: For a brief period somewhere in the neighborhood of the late 19th century or so, somebody manufactured safety guards that you could attach to the blade of your straight razor. Do any of you have one of these guards, and what has been your experience using it?
     
  3. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    Good shave!

    -Baili classic TTO-razor
    -Palmolive shavesoap
    -german storebrand DE-blade
    -storebrand basic greybadger-brush (still with the great massing in-effect!!)
    -Tüff (red) after-shave
     
  4. Brass Monkey

    Brass Monkey New in Town

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    I use:

    Gillette Fatboy
    Feather blades
    Taylor's soap, sandlewood
    Muhle synthetic brush

    Thats it...
     
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  5. John Warr

    John Warr Familiar Face

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    DSC_4160.JPG I use one of these. But I appear to have 8 or 9 :)
     
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  6. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

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    6A29D7A6-37BE-4A9A-A14B-EB73FC2EED09.jpeg I use a vintage Gillette Contour Plus. You can still buy the blades for around £9.00 for ten or you can buy a 10 pack of Aldi two blade disposable razors for 75 pence and carefully break off their blades - they are a perfect fit.
    If you can’t find a reasonably priced contour handle then look out on eBay for Dr Dittmar Contour handles from Germany. You can also pay a couple of pounds for Indian made Gillette Vector handles.
     
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  7. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    Really classic european program, today:

    -great massaging basic greybadger brush (similar to Täter 4411)
    -classic Palmolive shavesoap stick
    -Protector 3 (gentle Alpha Diamond-blades!) :)
    -Sir Irisch Moos after shave :D

    Well done.
     
  8. busmatt

    busmatt New in Town

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    Shave stick soap, Gillette double edge safety razor and Pinaud Clubman cologne

    Matt


    Brought to you by HYPNOTOAD
     
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  9. Lou13

    Lou13 New in Town

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    I use a shaving set I bought many years ago in Tokyo that has a twin-blade razor, badger brush, and stand. Store-brand cartridges from a nearby pharmacy work fine for me. I dabbled in the luxury end of shaving soap and aftershave, but these days use the locally available Van der Hagen soap and Nivea Post-Shave.
     
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  10. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    Haha, total german shave, today! Can't get more german.

    Palmolive shave soap stick and Sir Irisch Moos after shave. :D
     
  11. William G.

    William G. One of the Regulars

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    I use a cheap badger brush, Walmart shave soap, a 1967 Gillete adjustable razor, and I just started using Feather blades. I usually finish off with a shave lotion, never an aftershave.
     
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  12. Woodtroll

    Woodtroll Practically Family

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    Feather blades are great - I use them too - but for me they require a light touch, especially for the first couple of shaves. (Is there a smiley-face-dripping-blood icon available somewhere? ;) ) I like the stiffer texture of a boar brush, although they eventually soften, and Mitchell's wool fat shaving soap.
     
  13. David Conwill

    David Conwill Call Me a Cab

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    I'm also a boar fan! I'm very happy with my Burmashave brush.
     
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  14. DeaconKC

    DeaconKC One Too Many

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    A Colonel Conk pure badger brush, a Gillette Knack DE and I keep track at our local Dollar Store for the blades made in Israel, they are great! Soap is either C&E or Van der Hagen. Finish the shave off with Pinaud's Clubman.
     
  15. St.Ignatz

    St.Ignatz Call Me a Cab

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    Proraso green rub up in the shower


    Merkur Futur
    Feather
    Speick Rasiercreme
    Trumper I.B.8.
    Dickinsons witch hazel
    AOS lavender gel
     
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  16. St.Ignatz

    St.Ignatz Call Me a Cab

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    Gem Micromatic / gem blade.
    AOS sandalwood puck.
    Dickinson's witch hazel.
    Truefitt & Hill 1805 ASB.
    (also posted to Shave of the day)

    Always a different experience with the stiff blade. Different pop than a double edge or even a straight.
     
  17. Farace

    Farace Familiar Face

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    I have a number of vintage razors by Gillette, Schick, Gem single-edge, and others dating from the '20s or '30s up to the '70s, and use those from time to time. I've tried straight razors, but there is too much maintenance involved for me, plus my eyeglasses get in the way. My daily razor is a Merkur Slant loaded with a Gillette Silver Blue blade. A badger brush applies a variety of creams or soaps, often Proraso green but sometimes Speick, Col. Conk almond, Tabac, Musgo Royal, Kiss My Face (which, despite the silly name lathers like nobody's business), or any number of other options. I do like a cream with lanolin, as it eases the glide over my coarse stubble, and in summer a menthol cream adds a cooling sensation.
     
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  18. newsman

    newsman One of the Regulars

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    I don't know if i responded to this a while ago: This may be a repeat.

    Badger hair brush, many types of soaps and creams, and a depression era Gilette double edge razor. As for blades i've tried many. Feather is freakishly sharp. I've used others.

    If i have time i give it a second pass with my grand fathers straight razor...made in Paris. I would expect that from...a Frenchman.
     
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  19. Héctor Fernández

    Héctor Fernández One Too Many

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    Great topic! I use a variety of products and equipment. My main soaps and aftershaves at the moment are Eufros made by Miguel aka Jabonman from Spain. As for brushes I have a variety of Silvertips Two Band Shavemacs, Paladin's, Rudy Vey's, Simpsons, and some other customs.

    I mostly straight shave so I have a very large collection of straight razors, from vintage Double Ducks to modern customs by Robert Williams. As for double edge I use Fatboys on the vintage side and Pils, Blackland, Above the Tie, and some other offerings.

    I love wet shaving, especially with straight razors.
     
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  20. St.Ignatz

    St.Ignatz Call Me a Cab

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    Oster model 10 w/0000 head for the shearing.
    Preshave rub up with proraso in the shower.
    Proraso preshave.
    Trufitt & Hill. Ultimate Comfort cream in a Becker scuttle.
    Old West German boar brush
    Merkur Futur w/Feather blade.
    Dickenson witch hazel
    AOS Lavender Gel.
     

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