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Anybody here into old style shaving? It's something else I have fallen into in the last few months. Very satisfying and enjoyable, as opposed to using the multiblade cartridge style ripoff razors.

 

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http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/04/26/how-to-shave-like-your-grandpa-an-instructional-film-video/

 

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/01/31/how-to-shave-with-a-straight-razor-video/

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I'd like to get a stainless steel or silver/gold plated "safety razor" kit. I have to use a razor on my neck to avoid bumps and ingrown hairs there too. I use electric for my face, though......I'd love to try a set out. :D:

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I don't have much facial hair and what I have grows slowly. So I mostly just use my hair clipper to knock down the high spots every few days or so. However, I am seriously thinking of getting a nice old school single blade razor like you have pictured. The blades are cheap and they last forever.

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I used to like a brush, and a single blade disposable. Now I use a Panasonic electric-I can use soap if I want, take it in the shower, use it dry, whatever. I still use a Bic once in a while, but I've switched to electric.

 

No way in the world I would use a straight razor, and I sure as hell wouldn't let someone else use a razor on me.

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I have been looking at straight razors for awhile, seems expensive for trimming around my beard.

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I'd like to get a stainless steel or silver/gold plated "safety razor" kit. I have to use a razor on my neck to avoid bumps and ingrown hairs there too. I use electric for my face, though......I'd love to try a set out. :D:

 

You know that cartridge type multiblades actually contribute to the bumps and ingrown hairs, right? Some people think they actually cause them.

 

I don't have much facial hair and what I have grows slowly. So I mostly just use my hair clipper to knock down the high spots every few days or so. However, I am seriously thinking of getting a nice old school single blade razor like you have pictured. The blades are cheap and they last forever.

 

Just shave twice a week or so. The old school razors are called DE razors (Double Edge) and you can get them pretty cheaply on Ebay. I got two that way, a Chinese made Wieshi and a 1960 Gillette Super Speed like my dad used. I use both and love the Gillette, but my favorite is a Merkur I got off Amazon.com. One 100 pack of Astra DE blades off Amazon was about $11.00 and will last me about two years. I can get 8 good shaves from one DE blade.

 

I used to like a brush, and a single blade disposable. Now I use a Panasonic electric-I can use soap if I want, take it in the shower, use it dry, whatever. I still use a Bic once in a while, but I've switched to electric.

 

No way in the world I would use a straight razor, and I sure as hell wouldn't let someone else use a razor on me.

 

Straight razor shaving is not as scary as everyone thinks. It takes technique and it takes practice. That being said, I prefer using a DE razor 90% of the time. I get magnificently close shaves now, and the Proraso shaving soaps are fantastic.

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I have been looking at straight razors for awhile, seems expensive for trimming around my beard.

 

I can tell you how to get a good one cheaply. You see the old one in the picture above? The one that looks gray?

 

That's a 1925 Palmer, made in Soligen, Germany. I found it at an antique store. It was in rough shape, so I got it cheap, $25 bucks, then I went online and found out how to clean it up and get it shave-ready. It took me about a week of working on it off and on to get it back in shape.

 

Go here, become a member and start asking questions. These guys are great.

 

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/search.php?searchid=8754470

 

Now, the Palmer is a sweet little cut throat.

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I stopped shaving in 1985. :dontknow: It is a huge pain in the ass! :hmm:

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Bookmarked it, thanks Alden.

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Gmor is Phil Robertson?

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I use the safety razors, been doing it after I found out how much money I save. Does just as good of a job, but need to go a little slower.

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Gmor is Phil Robertson?

I trim my beard short but only shave my neck in the shower. :cool:

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I'm still getting robbed at Walgreens.

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Two guys at work are into the straight razors....they are as into it as any one of us about guns......they have all the sharpening stones, strops, and such........me I use a Track II that I have had since 1991......was electric before that but moved to a more humid area and could no longer use the old electric. In my logging days I shaved once a week.Now I shave Monday-Thursday......and go wild for the weekend. I hate shaving but hate my thick heavy itchy beard worse.

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I used to like a brush, and a single blade disposable. Now I use a Panasonic electric-I can use soap if I want, take it in the shower, use it dry, whatever. I still use a Bic once in a while, but I've switched to electric.

 

No way in the world I would use a straight razor, and I sure as hell wouldn't let someone else use a razor on me.

I've seen too many gangster movies for that !!! :laugh:

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