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Old 10-28-2011, 03:22 AM   #541
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So, my new silvertip brush came on my birthday (thanks to android for the free homemade sampler pack of blades) and I have everything I need to give this a shot.

What blade to try first?

CVS, Perma-Sharp Super, Astra Superior Platinum, Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Platinum, Blue Bird, or Derby Extra Super Stainless

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Old 10-28-2011, 03:24 AM   #542
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Close your eyes and pick a blade. Everyone has their own favorite. Use it 3 or 4 times then use the same one again 3 or 4 times then switch to a different brand.

(The only ones out of your sampler I have tried are the Astra SP's and that is my primary blade so take that for what you will.)

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Old 10-28-2011, 04:14 AM   #543
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So, my new silvertip brush came on my birthday (thanks to android for the free homemade sampler pack of blades) and I have everything I need to give this a shot.

What blade to try first?

CVS, Perma-Sharp Super, Astra Superior Platinum, Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Platinum, Blue Bird, or Derby Extra Super Stainless
like john said, totally up to you, but i would consider trying a bluebird, CVS, derby, or Astra first just to get familiar with the process. the other ones, IMHO, have a greater chance of giving you a good nick in the first few shaves. not that the first ones i mentioned shave bad or anything, they are just more forgiving.

btw, hope that brush works out for ya! there's a million different ways to lather with a brush, but i would recommend soaking it in warm water while you shower, give it a few good shakes before hitting the cream or soap, and don't be afraid to dig in when you are lathering up.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:30 AM   #544
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Sweet. I think I'll give the CVS or Derby blades a go first since I have 10 and 5 of those respectively. The others are mostly single blades.

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:07 PM   #545
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I think one of the more important aspects to a good shave with any razor, let alone a safety razor, is face prep. Make sure that you let your face sit on a hot cloth for at least 5 minutes. As hot as you can in order to soften the hairs and help glide across softer skin. Believe me even when doing that I can use a Feather blade without too much bleeding.

Careful around the chin, upper lip and adams apple (well at least for me) are sometimes problem areas. I've used pure coconut oil before applying my lather to help provide a barrier and it does help (I think it even softens the hairs a little more too).

Don't try to take off too much in one pass, especially if your hair is longer, it'll clog the razor up. Short strokes are the best, just like the video's on youtube show.

The one thing that I love, but is not needed, is a scuttle. Basically you poor hot water into a bowl and then there's another bowl on top of it that you put your puck or cream into. It's like heaven... honestly... warm lather is the best (wow that sounds wrong). But I don't really have one, closest thing I got is floating my bowl in the hot sink rinse water But the premise is the same.

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:12 PM   #546
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I think one of the more important aspects to a good shave with any razor, let alone a safety razor, is face prep. Make sure that you let your face sit on a hot cloth for at least 5 minutes. As hot as you can in order to soften the hairs and help glide across softer skin. Believe me even when doing that I can use a Feather blade without too much bleeding.

Careful around the chin, upper lip and adams apple (well at least for me) are sometimes problem areas. I've used pure coconut oil before applying my lather to help provide a barrier and it does help (I think it even softens the hairs a little more too).

Don't try to take off too much in one pass, especially if your hair is longer, it'll clog the razor up. Short strokes are the best, just like the video's on youtube show.

The one thing that I love, but is not needed, is a scuttle. Basically you poor hot water into a bowl and then there's another bowl on top of it that you put your puck or cream into. It's like heaven... honestly... warm lather is the best (wow that sounds wrong). But I don't really have one, closest thing I got is floating my bowl in the hot sink rinse water But the premise is the same.
Coffee mug warmers work too.

http://www.amazon.com/Cup-Mug-Coffee.../dp/B002P9XTNO
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:05 PM   #547
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The first thing I thought when my first one arrived was "this thing is tiny!"
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I think one of the more important aspects to a good shave with any razor, let alone a safety razor, is face prep. Make sure that you let your face sit on a hot cloth for at least 5 minutes. As hot as you can in order to soften the hairs and help glide across softer skin. Believe me even when doing that I can use a Feather blade without too much bleeding.
+1 except 5 minutes is way more than is needed. A good lather on the face, rub it in with your fingers, then a hot towel right over it for a few minutes.
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About $18. Too bad it's not a '64 like in Goldfinger.
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I spent $40 on a '61 fatboy without case but it is in great shape, no plating loss, numbers still had some ink...

It shaves well and the $4 included shipping... If I were more patient prices may have dropped or I could have found one for less if I would have been more patient but I wanted it now

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That's a shave! The brush/lather in a hot mug was heavenly. I tried a Derby and Proraso after a shower.

I followed up with some CO Bigelow aftershave balm that came in a set and some Nivea stuff about 30 minutes later.

Minor bleeding, but I needed to slow down a bit and focus on the shave. It wasn't the razor angle or being careless, might have been the blade. The worst was where I really felt some tugging and pulling.

It's one of the closest shaves I've ever had. We'll see how it goes for ingrowns and irritation.

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