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Old 10-02-2012, 01:23 PM   #1361
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Trying a feather blade at the moment after going through the merkur blade the razor came with, some wilkinson swords, Derby, and astra blade. The feather is blowing the rest out the water, I think it'll be the one I use from here on in!
Merkur blades are a 1-2 shave things for me. Wilkinson swords are better. Astra rusted on me. Don't recall using Derby yet. Big Ben's are good. As are the Gillette.

I have some feathers, used em once and cut the crap outta myself. Haven't tried them again.


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Old 10-02-2012, 04:50 PM   #1362
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Yeah, Feathers are pretty danged sharp and aren't very forgiving in my razor.


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Old 10-02-2012, 05:17 PM   #1363
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I've found I must be very careful with Feathers. I can't just hack away at my face like I can with a Persona or a Astra. Take it easy. Patience. And I'm rewarded with the best shave of my lifetime.

I tried the Merkur blades as my 1st and I cut myself multiple times. I still have 4 blades left.

I know, YMMV!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:25 PM   #1364
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Shaved this morning with my Gillette DE (not sure what model) and some Astra blades that were given to me by a member of B&B. Overall, I find DE shaving to be very quick and easy. I only did a single pass with the Astras and come away with a closer shave than the cartridge razors.

I still plan to work on my straight razor technique until I can get that down for everyday use. In the meantime, DE shaving during the week (and while the twins are still young) is where it's at.

Next up: a blade sample pack from Amazon.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:38 PM   #1365
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The trimmer head on my Fusion broke off completely. Now the razor head doesn't fit on. Ha. Not a problem with my straight.

So how many shaves yall get between hones? I've been stropping before and after each shave. My last two were not very close and I cut myself. It's been used, I guess, 12 times.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:35 PM   #1366
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Waiting til this weekend to try out the slant bar so I have a couple days of recovery if things don't go well.
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The trimmer head on my Fusion broke off completely. Now the razor head doesn't fit on. Ha. Not a problem with my straight.

So how many shaves yall get between hones? I've been stropping before and after each shave. My last two were not very close and I cut myself. It's been used, I guess, 12 times.
I'll let you know when I get more than a couple shaves on any of my three straights. From B&B, though, it sounds like people typically get anywhere from 6 to 20 shaves on a straight before honing, either on the balsa or on a stone.

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Waiting til this weekend to try out the slant bar so I have a couple days of recovery if things don't go well.
Good idea.

I've recently started applying Proraso pre-shave cream to my face prior to each pass, rather than just at the beginning of my shave. I find this greatly reduces potential irritation to my skin.
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Good idea.

I've recently started applying Proraso pre-shave cream to my face prior to each pass, rather than just at the beginning of my shave. I find this greatly reduces potential irritation to my skin.
There is an easier way.

Make up your foam just as you normally would and then add a few drops of Olive Oil or Glycerin and whip it up some more. It adds another dimension of slickness to the mix so you don't feel compelled to paint your face as much.
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There is an easier way.

Make up your foam just as you normally would and then add a few drops of Olive Oil or Glycerin and whip it up some more. It adds another dimension of slickness to the mix so you don't feel compelled to paint your face as much.
Already doing that, though I didn't know it would absolve me of using the pre-shave cream. Thought it was mainly to add a new dimension to the lather.

Ah well, I really like the menthol feel of the Proraso between each pass. Nice and refreshing.
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Already doing that, though I didn't know it would absolve me of using the pre-shave cream. Thought it was mainly to add a new dimension to the lather.

Ah well, I really like the menthol feel of the Proraso between each pass. Nice and refreshing.
Want refreshing? Get some menthol crystals and dissolve some in a plain jane bottle of witch hazel.


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