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I've tried Astra blade yesterday. And the bleeding has commenced, lol. I can only imagine the Feather, geez.

Do you use any oil as a preshave? The A. Crew one I don't like, it's not slick enough.

I'm learning to get a better shave by finally paying attention to how my hair grows. I have so many directions, it's ridiculous.
I only use my oil if I'm not shaving in the shower. In the shower it's hot and wet enough that good soap works just fine.

However, if I'm going to a formal event and actually want to go against the grain. I'll put on oil in between my first pass with the grain and my second pass against. Or I'll use oil if I'm shaving at the sink.

I use Taylor's oil as well. (Just a Taylor of Old Bond St fan boy really)

http://www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk/aca...nd-creams.html



As for hair growing in different directions. Just shave those areas individually. My cheeks are all downward, downward under my goatee, the adams apple area the hair grows inward, and outside of that area the hair grows outward. Either remember that or soap up those areas one at a time.
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Thanks, I shave only at a sink...

If I try in the shower, I may look like this:
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Thanks, I shave only at a sink...

If I try in the shower, I may look like this:
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:20 PM
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$17 bux for Two Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream Bowl (Sandalwood)

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is their an advantage of using a DE vs an old school straight blade?

is it just speed by having both sides as opposed to just one?
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is their an advantage of using a DE vs an old school straight blade?
DE is easier to use, Straight razor will get you a closer shave be requires time and technique. DE while slightly different than your mach 12, only takes a couple shaves to get your technique down. Straight is the king daddy of the shave, followed by DE, then all the other junk.
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Straight and DE are about the same. Straight is unforgiving and can kill you. DE will hurt you and it will let you know that you iz stooooooopid.

Straight is the best for pros who have a steady hand and lots of time dedicated to prep work. Straight is manly! But my ER visits are not that well covered by my insurance.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:54 PM
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I stopped even doing DE shaves because I lag in the morning and end up not having enough time. If you get a good enough electric, it's a bit pricey but you end up getting a surprisingly close shave and you never nick yourself.

But I want to get back into this... straights are badass.
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Originally Posted by TeknoKing View Post
I've tried Astra blade yesterday. And the bleeding has commenced, lol. I can only imagine the Feather, geez.

Do you use any oil as a preshave? The A. Crew one I don't like, it's not slick enough.

I'm learning to get a better shave by finally paying attention to how my hair grows. I have so many directions, it's ridiculous.
Took me about a full month of shaving to get it down to a no-blood scenario, and even now I occasionally nick myself. Usually gone by the time I get out of the shower, though.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:27 PM
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After reading this thread, I am glad I use Gillette Sensor Excel, no prep work needed, 5 min or less and I am done with shaving.
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Originally Posted by odessa View Post
After reading this thread, I am glad I use Gillette Sensor Excel, no prep work needed, 5 min or less and I am done with shaving.
Most of us have been there, done that.

The prep work part of it becomes sort of a ritual and it's relaxing once you get the shaving part down. Eventually the post-shave irritation, bumps, ingrown hairs... they all go away.

I would never go back to a cartridge razor, not even if they made them dirt cheap.
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Originally Posted by TeknoKing View Post
Straight and DE are about the same. Straight is unforgiving and can kill you. DE will hurt you and it will let you know that you iz stooooooopid.

Straight is the best for pros who have a steady hand and lots of time dedicated to prep work. Straight is manly! But my ER visits are not that well covered by my insurance.
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Originally Posted by CUNextTuesday View Post
This is my biggest problem! My neck beard grows every which way.. there seems to be no order at all down there. >_<
mine grows all different directions too, the only way I can get a close shave is to go with, then against the grain, then side in as well.

I have a friend that it looks like a weather model of a hurricane when his beard grows in, I wouldnt wanna have to deal with that shit!

Originally Posted by TeknoKing View Post
Thanks, I shave only at a sink...

If I try in the shower, I may look like this:
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by MWalsh9152 View Post
mine grows all different directions too, the only way I can get a close shave is to go with, then against the grain, then side in as well.

I have a friend that it looks like a weather model of a hurricane when his beard grows in, I wouldnt wanna have to deal with that shit!
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Nothing beats a straight blade shave. And it's really not that hard to master. But having to maintain the blade sucks.

I've tried several electric razors. That method is just not for me.

And I agree with you guys, the ritual part of wet shaving becomes very enjoyable.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:31 AM
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I shaved before bed, still smooth this morning

But I have some razor burns, I don't think proraso cream is for me, it's not slick enough. :/
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I reluctantly agree with you. Good stuff.
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Originally Posted by stogie1020 View Post
I reluctantly agree with you. Good stuff.
glad to see you listened when I suggested it to you before.

I just ordered a Merkur Barber Pole and Feather blades yesterday, lets see if I can hurt myself
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Woohoo!

Need to contact Merkur and start getting a cut.
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Originally Posted by TeknoKing View Post
I shaved before bed, still smooth this morning

But I have some razor burns, I don't think proraso cream is for me, it's not slick enough. :/
I find a lot of the slickness has to do with how much water you can get it to retain on your face. I typically lather, go with the grain, lather, go against the grain, then lather again and go across the grain. Each time I lather, I make sure there is a good bit of water on my face. It makes a big difference for me in keeping razor bumps down.
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Woohoo!

Need to contact Merkur and start getting a cut.
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Wow, Jefford, that is a lot of passes. I'm always afraid of bumps when I go against the grain.

I have to shave everyday but just go cartridge for the ease but need to read through this thread and move on to DE I guess.
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Originally Posted by stogie1020 View Post
I find a lot of the slickness has to do with how much water you can get it to retain on your face. I typically lather, go with the grain, lather, go against the grain, then lather again and go across the grain. Each time I lather, I make sure there is a good bit of water on my face. It makes a big difference for me in keeping razor bumps down.
I'm still experimenting. I found this morning my shave was very smooth, I've used Aveeno sensitive skin shaving cream, and with new Astra blade it was nice and smooth, I also dialed down the Futur to 2nd settings, I didnt get a close shave as I usually do, but I have no burns or cuts. Once I'll find the blades I like, it will be nice. My neck takes all of the beating :/

I do three passes, with the grain, across and then against.
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Wow, Jefford, that is a lot of passes. I'm always afraid of bumps when I go against the grain.

I have to shave everyday but just go cartridge for the ease but need to read through this thread and move on to DE I guess.
I shave daily, advantage with DE if you shave at night and do a nice relaxing close shave, you won't have to shave in the morning. The difference is night and day with DE so far, it's time consuming, but I think the results will pay off. I'm a noob, but so far so good.

PS Spoke to a few Art of Shaving barbers while I was smelling and trying everything, they recommended me the Futur or any adjustable vs anything else, as you can truly adjust the aggressiveness. My cheeks can take anything, which I can easily shave on any settings/razor, my neck however, 2-2.5 is the most my neck can withstand without nicks.

Merkur 180 or HD, start with a setting around 3-3.5, which is aggressive for noobs, this is why most butcher themselves (and why Merkur blades are recommended, these things are very dull)
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I'm glad you like your Futur. I liked the shave but found it hard to do trim work with the massive head it has.

Remember too, the Futur is the most expensive DE AoS sells I do believe. Lol.
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I'm glad you like your Futur. I liked the shave but found it hard to do trim work with the massive head it has.

Remember too, the Futur is the most expensive DE AoS sells I do believe. Lol.
Everything they sell is overpriced . I didn't buy anything from them, all from Amazon with lots and lots of reading. I like the heavy feel to Futur. I use my fusion for precise trimming, the single blade on the back.
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i am such a noob... maybe when im on vacation, i can practice with a straight blade..
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Originally Posted by KaMLuNg View Post
i am such a noob... maybe when im on vacation, i can practice with a straight blade..
I just ordered a travel pouch for mine so I don't have to worry about slicing my hand open trying to retrieve it out of my toiletries bag. Has anyone had issues travelling with a DE razor? Seems like something the TSA would ban.
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^I'm not sure it would fly carry-on but I've never had any problems with checked luggage...
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^I'm not sure it would fly carry-on but I've never had any problems with checked luggage...
I only fly carry-on. I guess worst case they make you throw out the blade, which is not a big deal.
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