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Old 12-01-2011, 02:24 AM   #771
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:39 AM   #772
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My Merkur set showed up today! After dinner I'm going to prep and try my first DE shave. Any suggestions?

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Old 12-03-2011, 01:16 AM   #773
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My Merkur set showed up today! After dinner I'm going to prep and try my first DE shave. Any suggestions?
Watch videos on YouTube, read some articles, stuff here, and don't give up when you cut the sh*t out of yourself the first time.



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Old 12-03-2011, 02:35 AM   #774
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All done without any nicks or cuts. After about the 5th stroke or so I realized I wasn't going to peel my face off and felt more comfortable. I'm pretty pleased that I don't have the irritated feeling that I normally do after shaving with a cartridge. Not the closest shave yet, but I hear that comes with time.

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:13 AM   #775
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OK, as a trial before I go DE. trimmed 2+ inches off my face to stubble & 1/2 inch of head with trimmer. shaved as close as possible using a mach 3. I expect some face razor rash on neck in am even with post shave products. spotted 2 nicks on usual spots on face, one on lip usual, one on neck, new but usually nick neck at some point. no nicks on head. used C.O. Biegelo. which is what I use after growing a longer beard. usually use a brush & bay rum soap to shave after only a short growth. use a post shave bath & body works product lotion post shave. NOW looking at this DE thread looking at a nice DE heavy handled razor in the $30 range looking a mekur or jagger.

I have never liked a long handled razor, I always choke up on it, and they always felt "light"

my beard whiskers go in multiple directions need to shave at different angles to get a close shave is a DE for me? want to use for head too which I can usually get done in a few strokes.

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Old 12-13-2011, 03:40 AM   #776
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I like the weight of my DEs, and like you I have a beard that grows in different directions, beard on my cheeks grow from nose to ear, jawline is downward, center of neck grows in an upward direction and the sides of my neck grow upward but also towards my ears, makes for interesting shaving, but I tackle it in sections without thinking anymore.

I say give it a go, you can always go back to your M3

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I like the weight of my DEs, and like you I have a beard that grows in different directions, beard on my cheeks grow from nose to ear, jawline is downward, center of neck grows in an upward direction and the sides of my neck grow upward but also towards my ears, makes for interesting shaving, but I tackle it in sections without thinking anymore.

I say give it a go, you can always go back to your M3
sounds like we have same issues! may give de a shot..
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looking around... found some interesting short handle heavy razors. have seen a few posts dedicated to blades... blades could be a real factor. again suggestions... on a budget. haven't weeded through all 78 pages yet.

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Old 12-13-2011, 04:50 AM   #779
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personna labs or gillette 7 oclock yellows.

if you want cheaperblades that still work well for most, astra SP's, Shark SS, Personna Reds and *GASP* Derby blades actually work for some...

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I do not like Derby blades or Merkur. They both seem dull to me. I like Feather and Gillette. Gillette is a very comfortable shave and the blades lasts a long time, but Feather is sharper. Feather doesn't have staying power though. It seems too delicate. I get maybe three shaves from a Feather.

If you have an adjustable DE shaver like the old Gillette fat boy that I use (my Dad's), the trick to avoiding cuts is to dial it back to 4 or 5 on the adjustment band. Make two passes minimum over your stubble, the second one very lightly against the grain. Most people are convinced they need to set the razor to 8 or 9 to get a good shave, and that's just not true.

I still prefer my straight edge razors over DE whenever I have time for them. It is a more deliberate shaving experience, and an incredible pleasure when the razor is good and sharp. You can test and prove your sanity and your existence by shaving with a straight razor, as Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever did. I **** you not.

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