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labarumlabarum Posts: 110
edited August 2009 in The bottom bracket
How many of you shave with and old fashioned, double edge safety razor?

And how many are fed up of multiblade cartridge razor blade prices?

Trad shaving is better and cheaper.

Watch the training videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/mantic59

Read this site

http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2006/07/10/a-guide-to-the-gourmet-shaving-experience/

Join this UK Forum

http://www.theshavingroom.co.uk/

And this international forum

http://badgerandblade.com/

Here is one UK supplier

http://connaughtshaving.com/

Blades from 20p each!

Razors from £10

I have no commercial interest.

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  • Wallace1492Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
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    I use a 15 blade razor, shaves so close you can feel how smooth your jawbone is.......
    "Encyclopaedia is a fetish for very small bicycles"
  • labarumlabarum Posts: 110
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    I use a 15 blade razor, shaves so close you can feel how smooth your jawbone is.......

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  • Wallace1492Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    I know..... I dont know how to post an image and I think it is protected, but if you cut and paste it into new window you can see. SORRY!!
    "Encyclopaedia is a fetish for very small bicycles"
  • bobpzerobobpzero Posts: 1,431
    Labarum which safety razor do you use? will it make shaving the knees easier?
  • labarumlabarum Posts: 110
    bobpzero wrote:
    Labarum which safety razor do you use?

    http://www.traditionalshaving.co.uk/mal ... fety-Razor

    will it make shaving the knees easier?

    Never tried that? Knees? Why would I want to? Do you really mean knees? :D

    Other places this way

    http://www.shaveeverywhere.com/
  • bobpzerobobpzero Posts: 1,431
    sorry forgot to mention i do shave my legs, i am a road cyclist. the knee cap area is the most difficult part to shave. so what do you think is actually better traditional or electric?
  • stevenmhstevenmh Posts: 180
    My best shaves are always after a long and hot ride.It must have to do with all the sweat and open pores etc.

    Also I find shaving oil is much better than any foam. The one from Asda is particularly good and only 99p.
    bobpzero wrote:
    sorry forgot to mention i do shave my legs, i am a road cyclist. the knee cap area is the most difficult part to shave. so what do you think is actually better traditional or electric?

    Can't you just use those cremes that women use. Put it on and then a few minutes later shower it and all your hairs right off. Magic.
  • NuggsNuggs Posts: 1,804
    I've been using a Mekur Futur safety razor for about five years. It's one of my favourite things and I couldn't live without it.

    Shaves so much better than a Gillette and the blades are so much cheaper. It's also helped cut down on razor burn.

    Get one!
  • labarumlabarum Posts: 110
    Nuggs wrote:
    I've been using a Mekur Futur safety razor for about five years. It's one of my favourite things and I couldn't live without it.

    Shaves so much better than a Gillette and the blades are so much cheaper. It's also helped cut down on razor burn.

    Get one!

    Nice looking razor. Some say the Progress is the better adjustable razor.

    http://www.traditionalshaving.co.uk/mal ... 4wod7SIAKw

    Do you use a traditional lather, Nuggs, with brush and cream or soap?

    And have you experimented with different blades? They can vary a lot. I find Merkur blades unusable.
  • RedJohnRedJohn Posts: 272
    Interesting. I've got a 5-blade Gillette electric cartridge effort. Can't complain about it though as it was a present from my wife ...

    Didn't know about a microchip. What does it do? Tell the batteries it's been switched on?
    And you don't need a light to know when the battery's flat, the sudden lack of motion and noise is a bit of a giveaway!

    However ...
    * it's more comfortable to use with the power on, but bizarrely it shaves closer with the power off.
    * The blades are expensive, working out to almost £1 each. On the other hand they last for ages, perhaps 1 month. How long to the flat blades you're talking about last?
    * It does reduce razor burn compared to the previous two-blade one I had.

    PS if you don't shave your legs, the hair will encourage the development of a boundary layer in the airflow, which will reduce aerodynamic drag 8)
    And you won't look like a girl :wink:
  • NuggsNuggs Posts: 1,804
    Labarum wrote:
    Nuggs wrote:
    I've been using a Mekur Futur safety razor for about five years. It's one of my favourite things and I couldn't live without it.

    Shaves so much better than a Gillette and the blades are so much cheaper. It's also helped cut down on razor burn.

    Get one!

    Nice looking razor. Some say the Progress is the better adjustable razor.

    http://www.traditionalshaving.co.uk/mal ... 4wod7SIAKw

    Do you use a traditional lather, Nuggs, with brush and cream or soap?

    And have you experimented with different blades? They can vary a lot. I find Merkur blades unusable.
    Yes to traditional lather. I usuallt use GFT soap, but I'm currently trying some Soligen soap (okay but not as good as GFT/Taylor's).

    Not tried any other blades as I get on well with the Merkurs and have a stash of about 100 of them!
  • DaSyDaSy Posts: 599
    For me it's the tendons that stand out on the backs of my knees that are the real problem.

    I use a Venus Vibrance 3 blade razor, any more blades than that, I find they just clog up too easily.

    The vibrance bit is a bit pointless, I have not noticed any better shave, it just makes an annoying noise that alerts my missus to the fact I'm shaving my legs with her razor again...

    I pay considerably less attention to my face, in fact my depilatory rank of importance would be; legs, head, face.
    Complicating matters since 1965
  • RedJohnRedJohn Posts: 272
    DaSy wrote:
    ... it just makes an annoying noise that alerts my missus to the fact I'm shaving my legs with her razor again...
    :shock: The irony!

    Do the traditional single blade type things that were the original point of discussion make for a better / closer shave, or is it a tradition/pleasure-in-using-a-fine-instrument thing? (which I'm not knocking, I write with fountain pens most of the time :-) )

    Has anyone tried using women's depilatory cream on their face, and is willing to admit it? :twisted:
    If so, any good?

    My wife has an evil instrument of torture, at first glance it looks like a normal electric shaver but in fact it grips the hairs and yanks them out at the roots ... I've been threatened with it now and then ...
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,421
    I use a small gilette travel saftey razor that my dad got for his 21st but has never used - he's 63 now. It's loads better than the cartridge type and loads cheaper. You can get 100 blades for £10 online

    When I've got some spare dosh I'm going to treat myself to a merkur or a parker from the shaving shack. But TBH i've not had such a good shave before this.

    I use shaving soap and a badger brush too 8)
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  • tripwiretripwire Posts: 505
    RedJohn wrote:
    Do the traditional single blade type things that were the original point of discussion make for a better / closer shave, or is it a tradition/pleasure-in-using-a-fine-instrument thing? (which I'm not knocking, I write with fountain pens most of the time :-) )
    I switched to using a safety razor a few weeks back. So far I'm finding that I get a closer shave without the razor burn I used to get from multi blade cartridges, especially on my neck. I've found it easier to control too, because the blade doesn't pivot and the head is smaller.

    I was also surprised to find that if you do nick yourself, it doesn't make nearly as much of a mess. I guess you just get a single clean cut which stops bleeding right away, unlike a cartridge which cuts you over and over again! I think I've got the hang of it now anyway, so now it happens less than it did with cartridges.
  • I use a Parker 91R, soap and a brush. Love it!! Then a splash of bay rum.
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  • bobpzerobobpzero Posts: 1,431
    RedJohn wrote:
    Has anyone tried using women's depilatory cream on their face, and is willing to admit it? :twisted:
    If so, any good?
    My wife has an evil instrument of torture, at first glance it looks like a normal electric shaver but in fact it grips the hairs and yanks them out at the roots ... I've been threatened with it now and then ...
    i dare say ive used the hair plucker device of doom i mean epilator on my legs, great for waking the legs in the morning :lol:
    so im going to try that nair for sensitive skin for the legs. dont think ill be putting it on my face for fear of something really bad happening.
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