Safety razors and shaving techniques.

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Augustus
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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by Augustus » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:44 pm

I do zero maintenance other than rinsing it off and putting it down at an angle. I go through a blade every 1-2 months. I like them sharp. If I were really inclined to save a few dimes I'd sharpen on a water stone and strop on a leather belt. But... It's 10 cents...

Also, you probably don't need shaving cream either. Just water + razor works for me. Hot water on your face pre shave is way more important to soften everything up. Cold water after shaving closes the pores iirc, feels nice too.

Campitor
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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by Campitor » Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:44 pm

Here are the double edge razor blade recommendation made so far on this thread:
  1. Red Personna blades - Brute
  2. Miscellaneous pack - C40
  3. Wilkinson branded blades - vanishingpoint76
  4. Feather blades - Kriegsspiel
I found this assortment pack sold at Amazon: 100 Shaving Safety Razor Double Edge Blades of 10 Top Brands

Some of the blades in this miscellaneous pack look to be cheap knockoffs (pirated?) of the legit brands. I went to CVS to buy some blades but they looked cheaply made (CVS generic brand).

Seppia
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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by Seppia » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:56 am

Sorry for the stupid post, but what about just keeping a trimmed beard?
It’s now accepted on the workplace even in corporate environments (at least that’s the case here in Italy) and a beard trimmer costs around 25$

Campitor
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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by Campitor » Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:48 pm

Seppia wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:56 am
what about just keeping a trimmed beard?
My beard is too thick and I already sport a goatee, mustache, and soul patch. A full beard is not pleasant for me nor does it fit my personal sense of aesthetics. ;)

bigato
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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by bigato » Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:30 pm

seems simpler maintenance wise, but my face skin start itching too much if i let the beard grow more than a week! i don't know if other people have this problem, or how do they deal with it?
retiring before 40 *and* never shaving again, now that would be success.

Seppia
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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by Seppia » Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:45 pm

I’m talking about this kind of bead (or shorter)

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I shave the lower part of the neck (that’s the part that itches for me) daily, but for that I change maybe a blade a month or less.

bigato
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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by bigato » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:49 pm

that size is unbearable for me. and curiously the neck doesn't itch as much as the sides of the face. maybe it's all a question of habit, as i remember that i let it grow a lot more than that something like 15 years ago and I don't remember feeling bad about it. but nowadays more than one week is already too much.

Campitor
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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by Campitor » Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:04 pm

I'm with bigato on this - that length beard makes the sides of my face itch - cheeks specifically.

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Re: Safety razors and shaving techniques.

Post by mferson » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:59 am

I got a Merkur 34c crew and I like using it. It provides a better shave and less irritation.

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