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post #691 of 851
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPiglet View Post

Personally, I prefer cold water. Run the brush under the faucet for 15 seconds or so. If using cream, did tip of brush in the cream. If using soap, put some cold water over soap while prepping with shave oil, then pick some of that withe the brush.

 

Musgo Real aftershave is one of my favorites, but there is something about menthol lotions for those muggy summer days. Darn, I miss shaving. Hum.

 

KP
 


word of caution: don't do presoaking to tallow based soaps like tabac or be very anal about drying the puck. There are instances where the soap absorbed too much water. Go see related posts on badger and blade.

post #692 of 851
My entire life has been a lie.

I just shaved this morning with a cold shave. I ended up going a bit all-out and doing a really close shave just to see if my neck would get irritated and the answer? No, it was just fine. It was a smooth, comfortable shave. The cold water actually felt really nice, too.

Cold shaves are the way of the future!
post #693 of 851
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Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post

My entire life has been a lie.

I just shaved this morning with a cold shave. I ended up going a bit all-out and doing a really close shave just to see if my neck would get irritated and the answer? No, it was just fine. It was a smooth, comfortable shave. The cold water actually felt really nice, too.

Cold shaves are the way of the future!


SERIOUSLY!

 

I have been doing nothing but cold water shaves. ZERO irritation and super close shaves.

post #694 of 851

What I use:

 

Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor

Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades

Proraso sapone da Barba Shaving Cream (with Eucalyptus Oil and Menthol)

Vie-Long Beehive LE Badger/Horse Hair Mix Shaving Brush

Colonel Conk Evernice Model 775 Chrome Safety Razor Stand (looks nice, poor quality though)

 

So far I really like it all. I want to upgrade the Proraso to Geo F Trumper Coconut Oil Shaving Cream, but I need to finish it first. The feather blades are the best that I've used so far. They're really sharp and I don't get any irritation, though they're more expensive when compared to other blades. I may try the cold shaving method you guys are talking about, I was always told that warm/hot water to open the pores, but I'm up for shaking things up.

post #695 of 851
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Originally Posted by OPTiK View Post

The feather blades are the best that I've used so far. They're really sharp and I don't get any irritation, though they're more expensive when compared to other blades. I may try the cold shaving method you guys are talking about, I was always told that warm/hot water to open the pores, but I'm up for shaking things up.

I used to worry about the cost as well. Then I noticed I was paying $18 off Amazon for 30 blades when $20 would get me five disposables. I stopped caring. Even if I did’t have Prime it’d still be saving me loads of money.

As for cold, I did some reading and it seems to not be the case. The last few shaves I’ve done have been cold water and I have to say I prefer it. I have less irritation (no idea why) and the cold water feels nice on my skin.

The one thing I have noticed is that my shaving cream doesn’t lather as well. I use Taylor of Old Bond Street. I’ve used Pacific Shaving Company in the past and might give that another go. Does anyone have any recommendations for a cream that lathers well with cold water? Bonus points for something citrusy.
post #696 of 851
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Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post


I used to worry about the cost as well. Then I noticed I was paying $18 off Amazon for 30 blades when $20 would get me five disposables. I stopped caring. Even if I did’t have Prime it’d still be saving me loads of money.

As for cold, I did some reading and it seems to not be the case. The last few shaves I’ve done have been cold water and I have to say I prefer it. I have less irritation (no idea why) and the cold water feels nice on my skin.

The one thing I have noticed is that my shaving cream doesn’t lather as well. I use Taylor of Old Bond Street. I’ve used Pacific Shaving Company in the past and might give that another go. Does anyone have any recommendations for a cream that lathers well with cold water? Bonus points for something citrusy.

I noticed this as well and here is how I fixed it...

 

Add in your normal cream/soap. Start making lather. Add a drop of Corn Huskers. Create SUPER LATHER. Continue with cold water shave. Be happy.

post #697 of 851

Ok guys,

I changed by cartridge earlier than usual today, after 2 weeks (8 shaves).

The difference between the newer and older cartridge is well, pretty noticeable. Lesser effort, smoother glide and finer shave with the newer blade. I guess I'd set my threshold for changing the cartridge a bit low. At this rate, I'll have to start using a safety razor soon to save some money.redface.gif


Edited by proton007 - 1/22/13 at 8:46pm
post #698 of 851
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Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post

I used to worry about the cost as well. Then I noticed I was paying $18 off Amazon for 30 blades when $20 would get me five disposables. I stopped caring. Even if I did’t have Prime it’d still be saving me loads of money.

As for cold, I did some reading and it seems to not be the case. The last few shaves I’ve done have been cold water and I have to say I prefer it. I have less irritation (no idea why) and the cold water feels nice on my skin.

The one thing I have noticed is that my shaving cream doesn’t lather as well. I use Taylor of Old Bond Street. I’ve used Pacific Shaving Company in the past and might give that another go. Does anyone have any recommendations for a cream that lathers well with cold water? Bonus points for something citrusy.

Love the feathers. West Coast Shaving is a great place and a good source for Feathers.

Cold water works wonders to protect your skin from irritation- been doing it for a few years now. If I shave after a hot shower I will splash cold water before shaving - best of both worlds, soft whiskers, and tight skin. Personally I only use shaving soap, not cream, and with good quality soap and face lathering have no real issues getting a good enough lather. However I subscribe to the use-tons-of-product approach when lathering. Soap lasts an eternity anyway.
post #699 of 851

Interesting stuff...

 

I can't believe how long I was lied to!!!

post #700 of 851
What, you never saw Good Morning Vietnam? wink.gif
post #701 of 851

I tried cold water shaving with my Taylor jermyn street soap (whose scent I adore, but whose irritativeness I usually can't bear) and it made wonder!

 

No particular irritation my skin felt moist and nice, heaven's doors opened. Now I can use this great soap without feeling like my skin is frying ! Great scent AND comfort !

 

This is the beginning of a new era !

post #702 of 851

Merkur Futur + astra blades.  Trumper limes shaving cream

one of the best shaves around other than cut-throats if you know how

post #703 of 851
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post

Ok guys,

I changed by cartridge earlier than usual today, after 2 weeks (8 shaves).

The difference between the newer and older cartridge is well, pretty noticeable. Lesser effort, smoother glide and finer shave with the newer blade. I guess I'd set my threshold for changing the cartridge a bit low. At this rate, I'll have to start using a safety razor soon to save some money.redface.gif

get a razorpit. you can get many more shaves out of a cartridge razor. It strops the blades and makes them new again.

post #704 of 851
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Originally Posted by stainless824 View Post

get a razorpit. you can get many more shaves out of a cartridge razor. It strops the blades and makes them new again.


Thanks for the help, but I want to go back to safety razors again...smile.gif

post #705 of 851
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Originally Posted by stainless824 View Post

get a razorpit. you can get many more shaves out of a cartridge razor. It strops the blades and makes them new again.


I use my built in strop....

 

You guys should have some too.

 

This allows me to get at least 4 GREAT shaves per blade. Strop it, clean with alcohol, dry and store away in dry place for next shave.

 

You can also re-hone them using a regular glass cup. My grandfather would hone them using his glass cups, then sterilize them with an open flame. I think he got 100's of shaves with one blade.


Edited by LFF - 1/25/13 at 2:45pm
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