Originally Posted by Posam
So if I went from my mach3 to a safety razor could I still use regular old Barbsol aloe I use? What should I look for in a safety razor?
Certainly can! I use Barbasol sometimes just because it's cool, I just shoot some into my shaving mug and use my brush to apply it, but you wouldn't have to do that of course.
Safety razor shopping is just finding something you think you'll like. Amazon has good reviews of blades, you probably don't want something that people refer to as "aggressive" for when you are just starting out.
I'm a proponent of shopping at your local antique stores and thrift stores for razors, they are FAR cheaper and you get the same one as you might get online, just an older manufactured one. It's not like the newer ones use any better technology ;)
Standard Gem "Clogpruf" and the basic Gillette's and Merkur's usually go for around $3-8 around here (Northern Minnesota) at stores, I often come away with a few good condition ones just for fun because they are so cheap, then they hit the eBay after I try them out.
You want something comfortable in your hand, if you have large or "unpracticed" hands you might find a long handled razor to feel "right" for you. If you have course whiskers a heavy razor will help shave close without forcing you to add pressure. With these razors you don't want to be using pressure, just glide the razor and let it do the work!