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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post
 

Firstly, I've never managed to have a smooth shave with going with the grain, so I generally shave in both directions. Is it ok to do that?

I've never faced any problems, but it does give a good shave. 

 

Also, how many shaves should I use a cartridge for? Is it better to use the safety razor with blades?

1. Yes, as long as it feels okay.

 

2.  Back when I used cartridge, they lasted about 2/3 shaves. After that they become dull due to the soap/cream/whatever residue clogging up the space between the blades.

 

3. Yeah, I can get 4/5 full shaves with a single wilkinson and there are much longer lasting blades out there ;)

post #662 of 814
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Originally Posted by customcoco View Post

1. Yes, as long as it feels okay.

 

2.  Back when I used cartridge, they lasted about 2/3 shaves. After that they become dull due to the soap/cream/whatever residue clogging up the space between the blades.

 

3. Yeah, I can get 4/5 full shaves with a single wilkinson and there are much longer lasting blades out there ;)


Thanks for the reply.

My mach 3 cartridge lasts about 2 months. To clean it I just rinse it under the tap. Maybe I'm using them for too long. The 'edge' seems to go away after a couple of weeks though.

 

I'll definitely try single blades again, I started shaving with them (a Gillette safety razor).

I'm guessing it depends a lot on the skin conditioning before the shave, and a good shave will take some time, not like the 5 minute hack job I do!

post #663 of 814
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post


Thanks for the reply.

My mach 3 cartridge lasts about 2 months. To clean it I just rinse it under the tap. Maybe I'm using them for too long. The 'edge' seems to go away after a couple of weeks though.

 

I'll definitely try single blades again, I started shaving with them (a Gillette safety razor).

I'm guessing it depends a lot on the skin conditioning before the shave, and a good shave will take some time, not like the 5 minute hack job I do!


2 months!?? eek.gif

 

 

You could just start by using a soap and a brush instead of a brushless cream and keep your mach 3,

that's what I did before I got my razor.

post #664 of 814
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Originally Posted by customcoco View Post


2 months!?? eek.gif

 

 

Yeah, used every alternate day, with a break on the weekends. I thought this was typical?

 

 

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Originally Posted by customcoco View Post


You could just start by using a soap and a brush instead of a brushless cream and keep your mach 3, 

that's what I did before I got my razor.


Yeah, I was using shaving cream + brush before I started using the gel. The brush definitely helped, along with Nivea shaving cream.

Maybe I'll go back to that.

post #665 of 814

2 Months?! I'm lucky if I get 2 weeks out of those overpriced Gilete/schick cartridges! Best thing I ever found was http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/ They will send you razors to your door for 1$ a month.  6/9$ a month for the nicer models.  Very reasonable for the price.

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IDK, maybe my stubble isn't as dense. But I'm going back to shaving cream once I finish this can of gel, and back to safety razor once I'm done with the 8 pack of cartridges.

 

On that note, how do you guys dispose off the razor blade? AFAIK, It can't just be thrown in the garbage (safety hazard).

post #667 of 814
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post

and back to safety razor once I'm done with the 8 pack of cartridges.

 

On that note, how do you guys dispose off the razor blade? AFAIK, It can't just be thrown in the garbage (safety hazard).

And that will take a while ;)

 

I put them in a little cardboard box...

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And that will take a while ;)

 

I put them in a little cardboard box...

 

Now that you said it, I guess I'll start changing them earlier. biggrin.gif

post #669 of 814
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post

On that note, how do you guys dispose off the razor blade? AFAIK, It can't just be thrown in the garbage (safety hazard).

Safety razor blades have a slot in the bottom of the little container where you can slip them back in. You can throw them out in that way.
post #670 of 814
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Originally Posted by SoupRKnowva View Post

I did take the step to get the DE razor, but im still just using barbasol and applying it with my hands like i always have.

 

Is there really that much benefit to using the brush and a fancier cream or bar for the lather? i also shave every day so i never really have any growth on my face.

The brush helps exfoliate the skin and soften the beard. It also creates a much better lather than using just your hands. It's not a "life-hack" ego thing.

 

You really don't need uber fancy creams or brushes. Proraso Green (C.O. Bigelow Shave Cream here in the states) is super cheap. A $10 tube lasts me over a year as you only need a tiny dab to create a bunch of lather. The $3 horse hair brush does a fantastic job with creams and soaps. These wet shaving creams are much better as they provide better lubrication for shaving and don't dry out the skin as much. The post shave feeling is also great!

post #671 of 814
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post
On that note, how do you guys dispose off the razor blade? AFAIK, It can't just be thrown in the garbage (safety hazard).

 

I made a blade bank:

 

 

It's sealed shut and there is small slit at the top where I drop in old razor blades. Total cost: probably under 50 cents and wee bit of time.

post #672 of 814
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Originally Posted by LFF View Post

 

I made a blade bank:

 

 

It's sealed shut and there is small slit at the top where I drop in old razor blades. Total cost: probably under 50 cents and wee bit of time.


Thats a good idea.

 

I read through the Gillette recommended replacement time, and they recommend replacing the cartridge once the lubricating strip on top turns white. Going by that measure, the current cartridge will last about 3-4 weeks.

post #673 of 814
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post

I read through the Gillette recommended replacement time, and they recommend replacing the cartridge once the lubricating strip on top turns white. Going by that measure, the current cartridge will last about 3-4 weeks.

You should stop using any razor as soon as the shave is no longer smooth and comfortable and a little stropping doesn't improve it. Timeframes don't really reflect that. Your mileage will vary.
post #674 of 814
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Originally Posted by LFF View Post

The brush helps exfoliate the skin and soften the beard. It also creates a much better lather than using just your hands. It's not a "life-hack" ego thing.

 

You really don't need uber fancy creams or brushes. Proraso Green (C.O. Bigelow Shave Cream here in the states) is super cheap. A $10 tube lasts me over a year as you only need a tiny dab to create a bunch of lather. The $3 horse hair brush does a fantastic job with creams and soaps. These wet shaving creams are much better as they provide better lubrication for shaving and don't dry out the skin as much. The post shave feeling is also great!

 

Hmm, I'm going to have to give this a shot too then. The brush is really cheap and that shave cream is at bath and body works i can grab that at the mall. THanks for the advice LFF

post #675 of 814
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Originally Posted by SoupRKnowva View Post

 

Hmm, I'm going to have to give this a shot too then. The brush is really cheap and that shave cream is at bath and body works i can grab that at the mall. THanks for the advice LFF

Anytime.

 

I highly recommend you look up a guy on youtube called "Mantic". His shaving videos teach you the ABC's of wet shaving and he gives great advice.

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