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    #16
    the untol truth of the 'switching to safety razor story' is ultimately that while you may in fact save some money, the learning curve on how exactly to shave is kind of long. I had been doing it for a few years now, and I still manage to cut my self pretty good at least twice every time I shave. even with all the experience i've collected on which way to go and when in the face hairs, i still manage to do something hasty or stupid almost all the time. It's hard. Definitley not something you want to do if you're in a hurry to go anywhere., like say late for work or a date.

    If I use the good shaving posture and other shaving tweaks i've applied to my face now with a regular modern disposable razor, i get a pretty perfect shave with no problems at all.

    so it's kind of meh. i think it's not for me maybe. I've actually just started cutting my face with full time 5 o clock shadow stubble with a cheapie electric i had got for my HAIR over the covidcation.. The pain of the razors on my face is something i no longer have top deal with :-D

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      #17
      With the Covids in full force, I am shaving only three days a week now (M/W/F). I find that I am able to get through mostly without nicking myself. And when I do nick myself, it's usually because I am using a blade that is past its life. So long as I am using a sharp/new blade, I'm pretty good. That said, I do from time to time come out of the bathroom thinking I'm all that and bag of chips only to have Mrs. DocDave tell me that I'm bleeding from my chin/jaw/cheek/whatever.

      I think I will always be nicking myself here and there, regardless of how long I shave with the safety razor. Just par for the course I suppose.

      Also, I have a couple of moles/birth marks on my face. For those areas I do use a cartridge razor as the cartridge razor doesn't tend to nick those parts of my face.

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        #18
        I switched to a safety razor probably.... 10 years ago? I used an electric before that and had issues with razor burn and irritation. I went on Ebay and found a nice 60s Gillette Fatboy, which is an adjustable safety razor. I like the adjustables because you can change how aggressive you want your shave to be. There are also a plethora of DE blades on the market, and believe it or not there is a difference between them. After trying a number of different blade I settled on Astra blades. They are cheap, sharp, and well behaved. Feather also makes excellent blades but they are also the sharpest blades on the market (or at least they used to be). For me, in addition to the better shave and lack of irritation, a big part of the appeal is the tradition. Shaving with a safety razor can become a bit of a ritual - something that your grandfathers likely did. It's a skill that was abandoned by many, and is now seeing resurgence. To shave well with a DE is to achieve a small measure of personal mastery and I find that endlessly appealing.

        That said, I've been rocking a beard for several years now, so my safety razor doesn't see the use it once did. Though I still use it for my neck and cheek touch-up.

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          #19
          Originally posted by Mr. Charles View Post
          I switched to a safety razor probably.... 10 years ago? I used an electric before that and had issues with razor burn and irritation. I went on Ebay and found a nice 60s Gillette Fatboy, which is an adjustable safety razor. I like the adjustables because you can change how aggressive you want your shave to be. There are also a plethora of DE blades on the market, and believe it or not there is a difference between them. After trying a number of different blade I settled on Astra blades. They are cheap, sharp, and well behaved. Feather also makes excellent blades but they are also the sharpest blades on the market (or at least they used to be). For me, in addition to the better shave and lack of irritation, a big part of the appeal is the tradition. Shaving with a safety razor can become a bit of a ritual - something that your grandfathers likely did. It's a skill that was abandoned by many, and is now seeing resurgence. To shave well with a DE is to achieve a small measure of personal mastery and I find that endlessly appealing.

          That said, I've been rocking a beard for several years now, so my safety razor doesn't see the use it once did. Though I still use it for my neck and cheek touch-up.
          Extremely well said! I definitely think that shaving with a double-edged razor falls into that category of skills that are not strictly necessary in the modern world, but nevertheless make one a better person, like driving a stick shift, sharpening a knife or navigating with a map instead of a GPS.

          P.S. I also really like Astras. Gillette Silver Blue is another great razor that is sharp, but smooth.

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            #20
            I bought two 1950's era Gillette safety razors. 200 Astra blades and a badger hair brush off amazon. I am going on 6 years with the same pack of blades. Rotate shaving soaps/creams. I use Taylor of Old Bond Sandalwood aftershave. Super cheap and I have found better than what I was doing in 2009/2010 for shaving with crappy disposables.

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              #21
              Gillette Silver Blue blade are my go-to blades as well. Same goes for Taylor of Old Bond street shaving cream.

              Reading about the Gillette safety razors though has me thinking I might see if I can track one down. Right now I have a Merkur long handled safety razor. Does that job well, but maybe something different for fun? If shaving can ever be considered fun that is.

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                #22
                I'm follicly-challenged so I shave both my head and face. I purchased a 100 razor variety/sample pack of blades similar to this, to help me get a feel for what blade works best for my skin. I use one brand for my head, another for my face. I purchased a Merkur razor, brush, bowl & stand. I haven't looked back, love DE shaving. I also have a 'fogless*' mirror in my shower since I sometimes shave in the shower. (* it has since lost its fogless ability, I need a new one).

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by kmarizo View Post
                  I also have a 'fogless*' mirror in my shower since I sometimes shave in the shower. (* it has since lost its fogless ability, I need a new one).
                  I wonder if treating it with something like RainX would make it "fogless" again.

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                    #24
                    Safety razors don't give me razor burn on the neck; standard cartridge razors do. That's the real difference to me. The shave from a safety razor doesn't seem to last as long, as they cut at the surface of the skin and don't lift the hair before cutting like many cartridge razors do -- but, I think this is why they don't cause razor burn.

                    Safety razors are a bit more time consuming, since you need to be a bit more careful. It's relatively difficult to cut yourself with a cartridge razor, but it's not difficult (at least for me) to cut yourself with a safety razor.

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