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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:51 pm

I shaved in the shower today with the Merkur, a lightly used Derby Extra, and no other shaving products. I had washed my face with a gentle face soap in the shower just before shaving, but did no other preparation. I got a super-close shave after going over the same areas a few times and my face feels great. I hadn't shaved in about two and a half days, so I had a fair amount of hair. Maybe in a day or two, I'll feel like my skin got too dry or that I took off too much skin to do it regularly that way. For now, though, it feels really good.

The constant bombardment of hot water seems to work as well as any shaving cream. I have very hard water, if it matters.
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Postby djrez4 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:41 am

Came across an interesting razor on Kickstarter.
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Postby popamode72 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:51 pm

I tried some Astra SP blades out today and even though they were better at cutting some of the coarser hair on my face and it took me a lot less time to shave overall, I ended up with more nicks and irritation. Derbys I feel are adequate but don't always get the tougher hairs on my face at all but they don't leave me with cuts or nicks at all. Didn't even wanna go on a third pass with these either. Ugh. Don't think they're a good match for my face at all and I had heard so many good things about them too.

Probably not using these again. I just ordered some Persona Israeli blades to see if those will give me better results. Good at cutting thicker, coarse hairs in a shorter amount of time but also not leaving me with much irritation and nicks is the kind of DE blade I ideally want to have that will work well with my Edwin Jagger too. While those get here, I'll just switch back to Derby blades until those get here. I just really need something more in the middle.
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Postby lobbythis » Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:15 pm

Still going strong with my Dreadnought blades. Only time I cut is when I go too fast or use a brand new blade around jawline and neck. Also picked up some Jagger aftershave balm. Definitely seems to reduce some of my irritation. I was just using using some cheap stuff before that.

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Postby popamode72 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:51 pm

lobbythis wrote:Still going strong with my Dreadnought blades. Only time I cut is when I go too fast or use a brand new blade around jawline and neck. Also picked up some Jagger aftershave balm. Definitely seems to reduce some of my irritation. I was just using using some cheap stuff before that.


I hope in my case it was more because it was just because I had never used that brand of blade before and that I would need some time to get used to it. Even with the Derby my very first time using it, I had some slight cuts near my Adam's apple area but never got those again as I got much more comfortable using the blades. Kinda hesitant to try again in a few days but it seems like with some people, it can feel kinda rough the first time but gets better after the 2nd or 3rd shave. Didn't want to go straight to a really sharp blade like the Feather because I was afraid it would be too aggressive for my face but also don't wanna end up having to do more work than I have to with a much more milder blade and having to shave over the same area multiple times to get it close.

Also apparently there's another kind of Astra blade I didn't know about called the Superior Stainless. I was using the Superior Premium ones.
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Postby popamode72 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:34 pm

Alright. I think I finally found the right kind of blades for me since I found that the Derby blades, although they never left me with many cuts or bleeding, were just too dull and forgiving for my face and never really cut the tougher hairs on my face that well and the Astra blades I tried were the exact opposite and way too sharp and agressive for my face leaving me with pretty annoying razor burn and irritation. With those, even the first pass was quite a hassle for me that I didn't even wanna do much of a second pass at all. so I went ahead and tried some Red Persona Israeli blades and wow, these really did the trick for me altogether.

They got me nice and smooth with two-three passes without much bleeding or irritation at all. The small nicks that I did get (probably like one or two on the outer part of my mustache area) were similar to the ones I got my first time using the Derbys so it's just a reminder for me to be more careful with the more sensitive areas on my face but I think I'll be using these from now on. I even think I figured out a way to get some of the trickier hairs near the edge my jawline which I'll be experimenting with next time I shave. Even the Adams apple area I've gotten better at shaving though still not perfect yet.
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Postby lobbythis » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:33 pm

I am surprised they make that much of a difference, but it's good to know next time I'm due to try something else. I only have to be careful when the blades are new. After 2 uses, I can shave pretty quickly with no issues. Although, one side of my Adam's apple has been problematic that past 2 months so maybe a change up is due.

I'm fairly happy with the equipment I've had for so long. Just haven't invested in enough pre-shave prep yet. Other than that, I'm just interested in a new brush. I've never really stepped it up in that department. Having a go a straight razor would be cool. But, I don't know if I have the time and skin to handle that learning curve.

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Postby popamode72 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:56 pm

lobbythis wrote:I am surprised they make that much of a difference, but it's good to know next time I'm due to try something else. I only have to be careful when the blades are new. After 2 uses, I can shave pretty quickly with no issues. Although, one side of my Adam's apple has been problematic that past 2 months so maybe a change up is due.

I'm fairly happy with the equipment I've had for so long. Just haven't invested in enough pre-shave prep yet. Other than that, I'm just interested in a new brush. I've never really stepped it up in that department. Having a go a straight razor would be cool. But, I don't know if I have the time and skin to handle that learning curve.


I might also invest in a softer kind of brush just to see if that also makes a difference or not with the lather. There's one they sell on Amazon that's gotten a ton of really positive reviews that I particularly want to try out some day. It costs around 60 bucks. For now though, I think I'm pretty satisfied with what equipment I already have.

I've also been using that Art of Shaving preshave oil and have gotten pretty good results from that. I apply it onto my face every time before I even get the lather ready to apply on my face.

Another observation I've noted is why it took me much longer to get anywhere close to a smooth shave with the Derbys. I found myself having to go over several areas repeatedly just to get a decent result at al. There was even one night where it took me an hour and half to shave at all with those. These new blades I used today really cut down on the amount of time and work I had to do.

I dunno if I'll ever want to try out one of those straight razors but I have heard so many great things about them so perhaps that wouldn't be completely out of the question. I know when I go get my haircuts that the barber uses straight razors to get any hairs that the electric razor might have missed.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:01 am

popamode72 wrote:There's one they sell on Amazon that's gotten a ton of really positive reviews that I particularly want to try out some day. It costs around 60 bucks.


Are you talking about one of the Parker silvertips? I use one, but there are probably much nicer silvertip brushes for only a little more money. I might go into a shaving store and inspect a lot of brushes to get a better idea of what's available.

I used a Lord blade today with my Merkur. The blade was dull and it barely extended out of the holder.

It might have been more effective to shave with a piece of uncooked fettuccine.
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Postby Nixon » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:54 am

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Are you talking about one of the Parker silvertips? I use one, but there are probably much nicer silvertip brushes for only a little more money. I might go into a shaving store and inspect a lot of brushes to get a better idea of what's available.

I used a Lord blade today with my Merkur. The blade was dull and it barely extended out of the holder.

It might have been more effective to shave with a piece of uncooked fettuccine.


Or a piece of heavy paper.
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