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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:37 pm

I did my first full, proper shave with new equipment today. I prepared my face with diluted body wash (not actual shave soap this time) and a warm (but not really hot) damp towel. I used a Merkur 34c HD, a Derby Extra blade, a Parker Silvertip brush, Proraso aloe and vitamin E cream, and Dove post shave balm.

What stood out to me, most of all, was how easy it was to avoid nicks while shaving. Also, the irritation was really minimal. It was much 'safer' to use than any disposable, simple or fancy.

The first shave was not terribly close, so I re-lathered and shaved again in a few areas. I got one tiny cut on my chin, but that was it. Shaving twice this way is much more comfortable than shaving once with a multi-blade disposable, and about as effective.

I liked the weight of the handle, and it made moving it over my face a little easier. The shaving angle it gave me was a little unusual at first, but it seems to work.

The Parker Silvertip brush was nothing special. I compared it briefly to the Escali brush and Parker was only slightly better. I now know there is a lot of variability in quality, and I would definitely have to inspect any brush in person before spending that much on one again. Then again, maybe the Escali was just an especially nice Pure brush.

The Proraso cream was decent and functional, as was the Dove balm.

As I vary some elements, I'll get a better idea of what's good, what's bad, and what doesn't really matter.
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Postby lobbythis » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:10 pm

Shave with the grain on the first run and against on the second. Makes it baby smooth every time.

The blades are pretty sharp at first. I always have to be careful with a brand new blade around my jawline.

The brushes I still don't fully understand. I use a $30 Parker that I compared with a $60 NY Shave Company and the Parker feels softer.

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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:35 pm

lobbythis wrote:Shave with the grain on the first run and against on the second. Makes it baby smooth every time.

The blades are pretty sharp at first. I always have to be careful with a brand new blade around my jawline.

The brushes I still don't fully understand. I use a $30 Parker that I compared with a $60 NY Shave Company and the Parker feels softer.


For how many shaves do you keep each blade before replacing it?
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Postby popamode72 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:54 pm

I'll probably be doing a proper shave tomorrow. Still waiting for my kit to come here because it has the brush I'm going to be using. I will tell you all how it goes.
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Postby popamode72 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:56 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:For how many shaves do you keep each blade before replacing it?


I keep reading that it's typically good to replace the blade every week and have read a few forum posts saying that they've been able to get around 4 shaves depending on which blades they used. Some people say even up to 6 if the blade is good enough.
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Postby lobbythis » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:24 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:For how many shaves do you keep each blade before replacing it?


I honestly go by my own rules. Meaning, if I feel the blade is missing hairs, I'll change it. So, no set number.

If I had to approximate, I use each side of the blade 5-6 times before I replace it. So, anywhere from 10-12 sessions total.

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Postby popamode72 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:48 am

Alright. I think my first safety razor shave went pretty well considering I had never used one of these before. Besides for a small nick in the Adam's apple area in which I was able to seal off with the alum block, I'm pretty amazed that I was able to get a much smoother shave and get more of the hairs already without cutting myself badly at all or getting into as much pain.

Probably am going to work on shaving against the grain and getting used to holding the razor properly so that will be easier on the second pass but other than that, I can really see why having all those supplies can really make a difference, especially having that brush, preshave oil, and aftershave cream too. Also probably going to also work on feeling the hairs and making sure I really didn't miss anything next time I shave again. My right mustache area came out a little bit more uneven than the left side and that's kind of annoying and the mustache area is also where i got the most irritation.
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Postby lobbythis » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:27 pm

You could try that Merkur touch-up razor which is around $30 I think. But, it really is only for touch-up. Meaning, it can't cut thick hair. It's made to be used after the safety/straight razor.

And yes, Adam's apple is just a b*tch. My worst area is right next to it. Hairs just go every direction.

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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:51 pm

I've tried Derby, Bic, and Shark blades now. I like Derby the most, and Shark the least. I've heard good things about Feather blades and will get some to try.

I am starting to find the Parker Silvertip is a bit better than the Escali Pure. Still, I'm sure there must be better Silvertip brushes than Parker, and worse Pure brushes than Escali.

As an aftershave, I've been using 90% isopropanol. It does dry my skin out a bit, but it doesn't have all the coloring, fragrance, and other things that some other aftershaves have. Those aftershaves leave me feeling like I have a lot of filmy gunk on my face. I may switch to just using the Dove balm some days.

For aftershaves meant to help prevent cuts and irritated skin from getting infected, is alcohol pretty much a necessity?

More practically, though, I could shave maybe every 36 or 48 hours instead of every day. Some areas I also can leave as 'good enough' rather than trying to relather my whole face.

Hair around my Adam's apple grows very slowly, and my first good shave got the hairs that the electric razor had missed - so that's one problem I'm not having.
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Postby lobbythis » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:07 am

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Hair around my Adam's apple grows very slowly, and my first good shave got the hairs that the electric razor had missed - so that's one problem I'm not having.



That was such a huge problem for me. Electric razors and cartridges do barely anything around that area. The skin is not as smooth there and hair literally goes in all directions.

As far as shave intervals you mentioned, I use my safety razor every 48 hours or so with electric razor in between. Using the safety razor every day just causes too much irritation and I haven't been able to stop it other than increasing the time by another day or two.



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