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Postby popamode72 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:23 pm

I went ahead and bought myself some Dreadnought shaving cream, one of those starter kits from Shave Nation, an Edwin Jagger DE89b safety razor (I saw one of geofatboy's videos where he was using that brand of razor and was convinced that I needed to try it too), some Proraso aftershave cream, some Derby Extra Double Edge Razor blades, an alum block, and some preshave oil the other day. Can't wait to start practicing soon once all these materials come

I already got the Dreadnought cream in the mail today. So tired of using those disposable multicartridge blade razors from the store. So often I would get razor burn, cuts, and razor bumps from using all that crap and it was also really annoying not being able to get all the hairs even after doing a lot of work with those kinds of razors. Good riddance.
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Postby lobbythis » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:47 pm

Well, damn, you got some nice equipment then. It will be such a huge difference that you just can't fathom until you try a real safety razor.

My face has always been sensitive because I had really bad acne as a kid. It was almost impossible to shave with multi-blade cartridges. All the missed hairs, burns, cuts, bumps etc. will never happen again.

I also use that small Merkur trimming blade from Shavenation. Works well in the tough areas like under the nose.

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Postby popamode72 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:24 pm

Oh yeah. I completely understand. I had to battle with acne for quite a long time throughout my teens. It's not as bad now but I do still have signs of it here and there. This stuff wasn't cheap for me to get and I think I spent probably around 140-150 dollars total but I highly think the investment will be worth it in the long run with regards to how much I can save on not having to buy disposable razors and Gillette shaving cream anymore.

I would have never guessed that I'd be learning all this stuff from a credit card forum and reevaluating everything about how I shave in the process. I just wish I had known a lot more about this stuff before, especially with information about safety razors and straight razors. It would have sure saved me a lot of trouble over the years.
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Postby djrez4 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:51 pm

popamode72 wrote:I would have never guessed that I'd be learning all this stuff from a credit card forum...



You'd be surprised at the disparate knowledge inhabiting the brains of folks here.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:04 pm

My Merkur handle has not yet arrived, but some other supplies have. I compared the blade of the Derby Extra to the blade of an old cheap disposable razor and it was hard to imagine ever shaving with the coarse disposable blade. Out of curiosity, I did try to shave one sideburn with the Derby as if it were a straight razor, holding it between two fingers. I quickly found the blade was far too floppy to make a serious effort of it and stopped before doing any damage.

I'm now seeing how multi-blade cartridges can be so bad. A lot of work goes into properly preparing the skin for shaving. After the first blade, the skin is far more exposed. Why allow a second blade to follow immediately, let alone a third or fourth low-quality blade? Two bad blades may take off as much hair as one good one, but they will give four times the irritation.

With how I've been using ShopRunner and ShopDiscover on a number of small-to-medium shaving supply orders around the internet, I feel like the djrez4 of free shipping!
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Postby djrez4 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:04 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:I feel like the djrez4 of free shipping!


What does that even mean?!
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:20 pm

djrez4 wrote:What does that even mean?!


Through using cards in an unorthodox way, you can obtain a plane ticket when spending $20. In the same manner, I can avoid $100 of shipping charges on a group of small purchases.
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Postby djrez4 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:28 pm

I'm sick and tired of getting singled out. I'm out of here like Member.

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Postby popamode72 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:30 am

I think next month I might try out those Feather blades. Heard a lot of good things about them and they're only about 10 bucks on Amazon. Anyone else have experience using them? I noticed that a lot of the hair on my chin and throat area is a little bit curly.
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Postby Elijahmex » Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:07 pm

I also have incredibly sensitive skin and shaving is a problem.

One way to not deal with it is to just let the beard grow. I go to a proper old school barbershop every Friday morning.
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