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Cut-throat shaving

CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
edited August 2019 in Commuting chat
Warrants its own thread actually, so following on from a suggestion in the snippy snip thread, how many of us shave like a proper man with exposed steel blades wafting across the facial areas?

I took it up recently after hearing myself mutter 'how ***ing much?' at being required to pay twenty odd quid for a packet of multi-blade blades that last a week or so. So far so good give or take the odd wound.

Post your tips, suggestions for gear and pictures of your worst attempts at a clean shave done with Men's Shaving Equipment.
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    edited October 2012
    honest question

    is a cut throat a closer shave than say Gillete "mega awesome turbo super charged power M9 xxxTs*" blades

    i dont see the appeal of a cut throat except in a danger value of, i may nick my skin with gilette, but i may lose an ear with the cut throat


    * or what ever they are now called
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  • UndercoverElephantUndercoverElephant Posts: 5,796
    edited October 2012
    I'm a double-edge razor man, myself. Fifty Derby Extra blades for a fiver and a proper razor to house them in (Muhle R89 - http://connaughtshaving.com/mur89.html). No nicks, no cuts and a very good shave indeed.

    My barber uses a single-edge blade, but I suspect they're just for show-offs, or people shaving other people.

    Edit: Yes, they give a much better shave, and will irritate your skin a lot less. They talk a load or tripe on the adverts in order to sell you the latest and greatest. £20 for 8 blades? You must be mad!
  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,857
    I got my Dad one of the starter kits from here for a present last year. I don't know how much he's used it but he certainly seemed happy. He always used to use a safety razor when I was growing up.

    http://www.traditionalshaving.co.uk/en/

    I tried a really cheap safety razor (basic wilkinson sword plastic one, but takes proper razor blades) recently and it was okay enough that I'm tempted to get a proper one, or a cut throat one.
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  • A plastic razor will flex all over the place when you use it - causing nicks and scrapes. The difference between those and a proper razor is astounding. Nobody I know who switched has ever thought of going back.
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    I'm a double-edge razor man, myself. Fifty Derby Extra blades for a fiver and a proper razor to house them in (Muhle R89 - http://connaughtshaving.com/mur89.html). No nicks, no cuts and a very good shave indeed.

    My barber uses a single-edge blade, but I suspect they're just for show-offs, or people shaving other people.

    Edit: Yes, they give a much better shave, and will irritate your skin a lot less. They talk a load or tripe on the adverts in order to sell you the latest and greatest. £20 for 8 blades? You must be mad!

    Is there ANYTHING that can be bought that we don't have a complete snob on this forum for?

    Honestly - you lot.... coffee, shaving, watches, bloody MOISTURISER.

    I'm going to go and buy some white sliced bread from Aldi.
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  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,857
    Here is the shaverader equivalent if anyone wants lots of reading...

    http://www.theshaveden.com/
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  • SimonAHSimonAH Posts: 3,730
    Man up you wimps. Panga and some engine oil for lubrication.

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  • Is there ANYTHING that can be bought that we don't have a complete snob on this forum for?

    Honestly - you lot.... coffee, shaving, watches, bloody MOISTURISER.

    I'm going to go and buy some white sliced bread from Aldi.

    Saves me money so I can spend more on bikes, dunnit? :mrgreen:
  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    Is there ANYTHING that can be bought that we don't have a complete snob on this forum for?
    It's a man-toy, something to spend dosh on that normal people wouldn't, like CX bikes maybe. :wink:
  • kelsenkelsen Posts: 2,003
    Is there ANYTHING that can be bought that we don't have a complete snob on this forum for?

    Honestly - you lot.... coffee, shaving, watches, bloody MOISTURISER.

    I'm going to go and buy some white sliced bread from Aldi.
    Try one of the loaves from here and you'll never look at another slice of bread the same way
  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    edited October 2012
    £20 for 8 blades? You must be mad!
    That's what I thought so went out and spent over £30 on the kit to get started. It's an investment; pay up front, nothing much to pay until the blades & soap run out. As if... :roll:
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    I use a Merkur Futur with Derby blades from Turkey. Taylor of Old Bond St Avocado cream and a badger brush.

    Also, an Alum Block is a must.
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  • I'm a double-edge razor man, myself. Fifty Derby Extra blades for a fiver and a proper razor to house them in (Muhle R89 - http://connaughtshaving.com/mur89.html). No nicks, no cuts and a very good shave indeed.

    My barber uses a single-edge blade, but I suspect they're just for show-offs, or people shaving other people.

    Edit: Yes, they give a much better shave, and will irritate your skin a lot less. They talk a load or tripe on the adverts in order to sell you the latest and greatest. £20 for 8 blades? You must be mad!

    Is there ANYTHING that can be bought that we don't have a complete snob on this forum for?

    Honestly - you lot.... coffee, shaving, watches, bloody MOISTURISER.

    I'm going to go and buy some white sliced bread from Aldi.

    Yeah, but double-edge shaving isn't snobbery: it's cheaper and better*; snobbery is about things that are more expensive and (possibly) better.

    Having said that, the Muhle R89 is basically the same as the Edwin Jagger DE89 that I have but more expensive, so you may have a point... :)

    _

    * I took up DE shaving about a year ago after find Mach3 to be too expensive while still irritating the neck a bit. I've found DE shaving to take a little longer but it is hugely cheaper and gives much less irritation. Shaving with a cut-throat? Now that, I suspect, is snobbery!
  • SimonAHSimonAH Posts: 3,730
    Asprilla wrote:
    I use a Merkur Futur with Derby blades from Turkey. Taylor of Old Bond St Avocado cream and a badger brush.

    Also, an Alum Block is a must.

    Have you been rooting around in Clarissa Dickson Wright's kitchen scraps bin?
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  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    CiB wrote:
    Warrants its own thread actually, so following on from a suggestion in the snippy snip thread, how many of us shave like a proper man with exposed steel blades wafting across the facial areas?

    I said to my Dad that I wanted a cut throat razor for my 30th Birthday - a proper nice one like because I get razor bumps and a sharp quality blade

    He laughed said he wouldn't trust me with a blade...

    :(
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  • clarkey catclarkey cat Posts: 3,641
    me and the wife share these

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  • clarkey catclarkey cat Posts: 3,641
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    CiB wrote:
    Warrants its own thread actually, so following on from a suggestion in the snippy snip thread, how many of us shave like a proper man with exposed steel blades wafting across the facial areas?

    I said to my Dad that I wanted a cut throat razor for my 30th Birthday - a proper nice one like because I get razor bumps and a sharp quality blade

    He laughed said he wouldn't trust me with a blade...

    :(

    you're allowed the buy your own now you are 30. Just take some ID.
  • clarkey catclarkey cat Posts: 3,641
    I'm a double-edge razor man, myself. Fifty Derby Extra blades for a fiver and a proper razor to house them in (Muhle R89 - http://connaughtshaving.com/mur89.html). No nicks, no cuts and a very good shave indeed.

    My barber uses a single-edge blade, but I suspect they're just for show-offs, or people shaving other people.

    Edit: Yes, they give a much better shave, and will irritate your skin a lot less. They talk a load or tripe on the adverts in order to sell you the latest and greatest. £20 for 8 blades? You must be mad!

    Is there ANYTHING that can be bought that we don't have a complete snob on this forum for?

    Honestly - you lot.... coffee, shaving, watches, bloody MOISTURISER.

    I'm going to go and buy some white sliced bread from Aldi.


    don't be chippy, Keiran. I've not gone down this route myself but razor blades are freaking expensive.
  • suzybsuzyb Posts: 3,449
    As a ladee I'll just mention, shaving with a cut throat is sexier.
  • Fireblade96Fireblade96 Posts: 1,123
    Excellent timing - I was just wondering whether there was a better (more traditional/stylish/cheaper...) shaving solution than ridiculously multi-bladed Gillette contraptions. I'm not sure I'm ready to risk a cutthroat razor in my usual morning rush, but a safety razor was on the cards. I'll have a gander at some of those suggestions, any more recommendations welcome.

    I switched to old-skool shaving soap and badger-bristle brush years ago. And if I catch the badger that [email protected] on my verandah last night, I'll be able to make a few more brushes :twisted:
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  • clarkey catclarkey cat Posts: 3,641
    Suzyb - shaving yourself?
  • suzyb wrote:
    As a ladee I'll just mention, shaving with a cut throat is sexier.

    Tell that to my wife. She was 'doing her bikini area' and was left with a nasty gash
    :shock:
    Nobody told me we had a communication problem
  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    suzyb wrote:
    As a ladee I'll just mention, shaving with a cut throat is sexier.
    There are too many ways to interpret this post. :)
  • kelsenkelsen Posts: 2,003
    suzyb wrote:
    As a ladee I'll just mention, shaving with a cut throat is sexier.
    Dammit! Beaten to the post by quicker and smuttier minds!
  • Underscore wrote:
    Having said that, the Muhle R89 is basically the same as the Edwin Jagger DE89 that I have but more expensive, so you may have a point... :)

    :D I prefer the knurled handle of mine, and when I bought it, a couple of years ago, the Edwin Jagger one was by far the more expensive. Don't know why that's changed. Either way, very nice razor.
  • I've got a safety razor and one of these:
    DOVO_shavette.jpg

    Might get a proper straight razor.
  • crapridercraprider Posts: 111
    suzyb wrote:
    As a ladee I'll just mention, shaving with a cut throat is sexier.

    I read all the way through undecided (thought of getting a blade for ages)

    then in this simple sentence my mind has been made up.....
  • airbagairbag Posts: 201
    Is there ANYTHING that can be bought that we don't have a complete snob on this forum for?

    Honestly - you lot.... coffee, shaving, watches, bloody MOISTURISER.

    I'm going to go and buy some white sliced bread from Aldi.

    Pleb. ;)
  • suzybsuzyb Posts: 3,449
    Suzyb - shaving yourself?
    It's winter now. No more shaving till next year for me :wink:
  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    Next year? Anyone else have a mental image of a burst sofa?

    :shock:
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