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post #766 of 873
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Originally Posted by sharkz View Post

Now I doubt I will be straight razor shaving anytime soon. I am a chronically shakey person, so that might not be the best thing I can do safety wise.

 

They're so much hassle to keep sharp. I'm ok with sharpening kitchen knives, but getting a straight razor shaving sharp reads like quite a procedure - even if I do think that some of the some more expensive multiple sharpening stones used are ott and could replaced by cheaper alternatives.

post #767 of 873
Maybe, but there is something about stropping that is immensely satisfying. cool.gif


If you have one or two good blades that were properly honed to begin with, it doesn't take that much to keep an edge on them.
post #768 of 873
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They're so much hassle to keep sharp. I'm ok with sharpening kitchen knives, but getting a straight razor shaving sharp reads like quite a procedure - even if I do think that some of the some more expensive multiple sharpening stones used are ott and could replaced by cheaper alternatives.

 

Get it from a place that hones it and sells it "shave ready" and stropping is the only thing you have to do. Used mine for 3 years as my every day shaver and now maybe 2 times per week and it still is happy from just a stropping.

 

If you need it honed, I think guys on B&B do it for $8-15.

post #769 of 873

The blade hall of fame...9 shaves from a feather hi-ss. Now I can finally shift to a new one.

 

I know I'm bragging, but its astonishing.  I talked to my dad, and he's like, the ones he's used in the past wouldn't last more than a shave.


Edited by proton007 - 2/26/13 at 5:09pm
post #770 of 873

Thanks for the suggestion, Luis!

 

Combining the Husker's to my pre-shave with a cold water shave did absolute wonders!

 

Got the BBS shave I've been looking for and I've found cold water shaving to be such, such

a revelation. Absolutely no nicks, no irritation and the most refreshing shave I can recall.

 

I may even consider a daily shave now.

post #771 of 873
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Thanks for the suggestion, Luis!

 

Combining the Husker's to my pre-shave with a cold water shave did absolute wonders!

 

Got the BBS shave I've been looking for and I've found cold water shaving to be such, such

a revelation. Absolutely no nicks, no irritation and the most refreshing shave I can recall.

 

I may even consider a daily shave now.


beerchug.gif

 

I have two awesome routines at the moment. One is the Huskers. Huskers leaves no scent which is nice. This is the second one..for a more special shave...

 

01) Splash cold water on clean face.

02) Rub cold water well into beard.

03) Take some Proraso Green Pre-Shave and apply to beard.

04) Let it sit on beard for 1-2 min

05) Take Proraso Green Cream and face lather directly on top of the pre-shave

06) Take my Slant and shave with first pass

07) Repeat #5

08) Take my Slant shave with second pass XTG

09) Wash down face with cold water

10) Admire (or touch up for) BBS shave

11) Apply Witch Hazel

12) Apply Proraso Green Aftershave Splash

13) Allow to dry

14) Apply Proraso White Pre/Post Shave Cream

15) Enjoy the amazing feel of an all Proraso shave.

 

I leave this second one for when I have a date. The feeling of cleanliness and the smell is fantastic. If I'm going to bed, I leave it as is. If I'm going out, I apply some  cologne (I use a DIY one - very soft and clean smell) to my chest and lower neck. The positive feedback on this has been amazing.  beerchug.gif

post #772 of 873
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

Thanks for the suggestion, Luis!

Combining the Husker's to my pre-shave with a cold water shave did absolute wonders!

Got the BBS shave I've been looking for and I've found cold water shaving to be such, such
a revelation. Absolutely no nicks, no irritation and the most refreshing shave I can recall.

I may even consider a daily shave now.

beerchug.gif

I have two awesome routines at the moment. One is the Huskers. Huskers leaves no scent which is nice. This is the second one..for a more special shave...

01) Splash cold water on clean face.
02) Rub cold water well into beard.
03) Take some Proraso Green Pre-Shave and apply to beard.
04) Let it sit on beard for 1-2 min
05) Take Proraso Green Cream and face lather directly on top of the pre-shave
06) Take my Slant and shave with first pass
07) Repeat #5
08) Take my Slant shave with second pass XTG
09) Wash down face with cold water
10) Admire (or touch up for) BBS shave
11) Apply Witch Hazel
12) Apply Proraso Green Aftershave Splash
13) Allow to dry
14) Apply Proraso White Pre/Post Shave Cream
15) Enjoy the amazing feel of an all Proraso shave.

I leave this second one for when I have a date. The feeling of cleanliness and the smell is fantastic. If I'm going to bed, I leave it as is. If I'm going out, I apply some  cologne (I use a DIY one - very soft and clean smell) to my chest and lower neck. The positive feedback on this has been amazing.  beerchug.gif

Damn. All I do at this point is, post-shower, splash cold water on my face, apply shaving cream via brush, shave, re-lather, shave, rinse. The result is pretty solid and I only apply some moisturizer if my skin is feeling particularly dry that day. I'm not sure going through all the hassle would give me a drastically better result at this point. A little cologne on my body but nothing ostentatious.

I'm a major proponent of the only person being able to smell me is my girlfriend when she's close. Otherwise I feel too much like a 13 year old boy or some of the Indian guys I used to hang out with in college who you could, quite literally, smell from across the building. I once was able to find a friend I was looking for by going to his door and then following the smell, and I don't have a remarkable strong nose.
post #773 of 873
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Damn. All I do at this point is, post-shower, splash cold water on my face, apply shaving cream via brush, shave, re-lather, shave, rinse. The result is pretty solid and I only apply some moisturizer if my skin is feeling particularly dry that day. I'm not sure going through all the hassle would give me a drastically better result at this point. A little cologne on my body but nothing ostentatious.

I'm a major proponent of the only person being able to smell me is my girlfriend when she's close. Otherwise I feel too much like a 13 year old boy or some of the Indian guys I used to hang out with in college who you could, quite literally, smell from across the building. I once was able to find a friend I was looking for by going to his door and then following the smell, and I don't have a remarkable strong nose.


I'm also a major proponent of "The only person able to smell me is the girl next to (or on) me." I hate it when you can smell people from 20 feet away...or even 5 feet away.

 

The entire routine I posted helps me achieve a BBS shave with no irritation, weepers or major problems. I have sensitive skin. If you can get away with that...more power to you.

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post #774 of 873
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I'm also a major proponent of "The only person able to smell me is the girl next to (or on) me." I hate it when you can smell people from 20 feet away...or even 5 feet away.

The entire routine I posted helps me achieve a BBS shave with no irritation, weepers or major problems. I have sensitive skin. If you can get away with that...more power to you.

Around my neck I get sensitive. I might look at ways to make it a bit better. Maybe trying some of your suggested methods.
post #775 of 873
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Around my neck I get sensitive. I might look at ways to make it a bit better. Maybe trying some of your suggested methods.


Same here.

 

I used to suffer with a Mach3 and a collared shirt. frown.gif

 

Now...I get ZERO irritation.

post #776 of 873

I need to find something better for my neck. No matter how good of a shave I get other places, my neck is always irritated. Especially the past two days I spent wearing a collared shirts while attending a wake and funeral, my neck is still red and irritated. I will have to do some more looking.

 

I think part of my problem is my skin. I don't think I will ever get a truly irritation free shave due to my terrible skin.

post #777 of 873
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I need to find something better for my neck. No matter how good of a shave I get other places, my neck is always irritated. Especially the past two days I spent wearing a collared shirts while attending a wake and funeral, my neck is still red and irritated. I will have to do some more looking.

 

I think part of my problem is my skin. I don't think I will ever get a truly irritation free shave due to my terrible skin.

 

Have faith!  Nobody is free from a potentially perfect shave ;)

 

For me, I shave my neck from the bottom up for the bottom 3rd or so, then from the top down for the rest.  Seems to keep me from using too extreme of an angle with the blade.

post #778 of 873
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Originally Posted by sharkz View Post

I need to find something better for my neck. No matter how good of a shave I get other places, my neck is always irritated. Especially the past two days I spent wearing a collared shirts while attending a wake and funeral, my neck is still red and irritated. I will have to do some more looking.

 

I think part of my problem is my skin. I don't think I will ever get a truly irritation free shave due to my terrible skin.

 

Short of the terror of a straight razor, slant bar razors are probably the best thing for really sensitive skin:

 

http://www.bruceonshaving.com/2010/07/11/slant-bar-razors/

 

I'd also recommend Personna "lab prep" aka barber blades - the US made blue packaged ones.

post #779 of 873

Now I know I was saying how much I loved my GEM just a few days ago. That hasn't changed it is a great razor I need to keep exploring in the future. But for now, I have a shiny new toy.

 

I'll preface this by saying when I started DE shaving two or so years ago, I asked both my grandfathers if they had any DE razors left. I received a Knack from my one grandfather that I have used until this point and the other grandfather couldn't recall having any razors left. Well sadly my grandfather passed away last weekend. One of the only silver linings to this was that when going through his things, my grandmother found a DE razor and thought of me. I immediately ran over there when I got the call, wondering what I was going to find. Well imagine my surprise when I found waiting for me an absolutely pristine 1959 Gillette Fatboy complete in its case. The thing likely hasn't been used in 40 years or more, but after a thorough cleaning, it shined right up and works perfectly. I shaved for the first time Saturday with it and it felt awesome. It's definitely going to take some more playing with the adjustments in small increments, but I love it. This is the kind of thing that will never be leaving me both because of the sentimental value, but also because it does what it does wonderfully.

 

So its been a few good days for shaving and that's not even considering the box from Bestshave.net I have waiting for me at home. Tonight I will be trying the $2.50 horsehair brush against my Tweezerman, a nice alum block, and some Derby moisturizing shaving cream. After the initial thrill of DE shaving a few years ago, it became monotonous again. Lately I have been motivated to shave again which is definitely a good thing!

post #780 of 873
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Originally Posted by scuttle View Post

 

Short of the terror of a straight razor, slant bar razors are probably the best thing for really sensitive skin:

 

http://www.bruceonshaving.com/2010/07/11/slant-bar-razors/

 

I'd also recommend Personna "lab prep" aka barber blades - the US made blue packaged ones.

I LOVE and ADORE my slant with Feather blades! Best shaves ever!!!

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