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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:02 pm

I'm still looking around at options for the heavy gear, but I have made one shaving purchase already at drugstore.com.

I used the ShopDiscover portal to get an extra 5% cash back.
I was buying something at an online retailer, so got the Q4 basic 5% cash back on Discover.
I used my Amex-derived ShopRunner membership to get free 2-day shipping.

All for a $1.99 10-pack of Derby blades.
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Postby Vattené » Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:21 pm

Are you saying if you go through ShopDiscover for 5% back, this is on top of the 5% standard online category?

By the way, hope you find some gear you like.
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Postby djrez4 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:08 pm

Vattené wrote:Are you saying if you go through ShopDiscover for 5% back, this is on top of the 5% standard online category?

By the way, hope you find some gear you like.


That's exactly right. They stack.
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Postby lobbythis » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:29 pm

OldMan wrote:One thing about straight razors, it takes time and practice to keep them sharp. It's also not something you ever want to rush, or to do when hung over. Always be careful around your nose, a man looks mighty funny without his nose. :)


Haha, well said. I chose to stick with the safety razors for now as well. Often, I shave in a rush and almost never cut myself with a safety razor.

Straight razors just look bad ass. I'll leave it to the barbershop for now.

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Postby Vattené » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:04 pm

djrez4 wrote:That's exactly right. They stack.


Awesome! :D I would have assumed they didn't. I guess I need to be looking at the fine print more.

Anyway, sorry to derail...
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Postby popamode72 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:13 pm

I shave every so often and it would be quite nice to be able to get a smoother shave and to get more of the hairs off without so much of a risk of cutting myself. I also have very sensitive skin.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:11 am

I just bought most of the equipment, including the Merkur 34c, Proraso soap and cream, and a lot of blade sample packs. I'll report back after I've had some experience with them.

I'm really liking the ShopRunner/ShopDiscover combo!
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Postby takeshi » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:52 am

Oops, a bit late to this but I'd actually suggest a DE89/R89 since they're mild. The 34C, however, would probably be fine. Can't really comment on soap and AS for sensitive skin but I find Badger & Blade to be a useful resource and I know I've seen threads on products for sensitive skin. I would guess that a softer brush such as a silvertip might be better suited to sensitive skin. Boars can be soft as well but they have to be broken in to get to that point.

There's a bit of a learning curve (angle, pressure, beard mapping, etc) with these and it's possible that things may get worse before they get better for you as you learn and find what works well with your skin. The tricky part is assessing products while you're developing your skill. You may find that products that didn't work at first work better later on as you improve.

A lot of people seem to overlook prep and that can have a big impact even if prep is just a hot towel.

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:I've been looking around online, but so many of the 'unbiased' reviews I've found are little more than corporate press releases.

It's not just the bias that you have to be concerned about but what works for one may not work for the next. Beards, skin, water, skill, etc can vary and affect how different products work. There's some requisite trial and error involved, unfortunately.

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:I've always used my hands to apply gel or cream, and haven't tried a badger hair brush. I have a little bit of a hard time imagining that it will make a real difference, but I'm up for trying it.

Probably doesn't matter for a gel since gels aren't all that great to use in general. However, for soaps (what I use) and even creams you really need at least a decent brush to properly build lather. With any of this don't rely on imagination and instead rely on first hand experience.

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Does anyone have any favorite equipment to suggest - blades, creams, etc?

I have my favorites but I wouldn't just blindly suggest them to everyone. Suggestions don't really mean much unless we know what you're specifically looking for from each product. It's like people asking "Which credit card should I get?" with no other information provided. Additionally, most of my preferred stuff is probably going to seem pricey for someone just starting out and trying to sort out preferences and what works.

lobbythis wrote:Anything you buy in stores is absolute garbage.

I'm guessing you mean stores such as the major drug stores. There are stores that sell quality shaving gear and supplies. Rather than relying on "stores bad" one needs to consider the specific products.

djrez4 wrote:Badger fur comes in four grades. From ok to best (and cheapest to most expensive) - pure, best, super, and silvertip.

Best is subjective. The range is due to rarity. Some prefer the stiffer pure or best grades as they're looking for more of a scrubbing action from their brushes. I'm a silvertip person myself but each needs to find what works best for the individual here as well. There are many that prefer boars. There are some that prefer synthetics. Bristle type is just one factor to consider in a brush.

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Postby lobbythis » Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:19 pm

takeshi wrote:I'm guessing you mean stores such as the major drug stores. There are stores that sell quality shaving gear and supplies. Rather than relying on "stores bad" one needs to consider the specific products.


Of course. CVS, Walgreens, over-the-counter, etc.

I don't mean professional barber shops like New York Shaving Company. But, you can easily spend $300+ in a place like that. I bought a few things and it was all insanely overpriced. Buying online from smaller companies is much better as with most products.

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Postby takeshi » Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:16 pm

You're overlooking other small shops which are stores. Even the small online companies you're referring to often have a B&M presence.

Additionally, many do find blades that work for them even at the chains.



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