Cut-throat shaving

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  • davis
    davis Posts: 2,506
    Lovely. Ta. Is there any advantage to soaking the brush for longer, or does it make no difference (as I suspect)?
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  • Likewise.

    My other half got me a set for my birthday, and it's quite nice to lock the bathroom door (for once), and have total peace for a shower and take your own damn time shaving. Really, really close shave, and didn't cut myself (world's biggest pack of Astras was ordered).

    Could do with a bit of advice, if anyone can help:

    I've got Mitchell's Wool Fat soap. Seems alright. What's the best process?

    1. Soak brush (I guess the wetter the better)
    2. "Buff up" soap puck with wet brush, loading the brush up with as much soap as possible
    3. Lather face.
    5. Bleed copiously.

    ?

    I'm not entirely sure whether my "more is more better-er" approach is right, and it might be a bit wasteful on the soap. Any advice?

    I also use MWF and I stand some water on the top of the soap while the brush is soaking and actually squeeze out a lot of the water once the brush is soaked, pour the water off the soap and then carry on at your step 2. YMMV.

    _
  • lostboysaint
    lostboysaint Posts: 4,250
    Took delivery of a new pre-shave cream last week as I couldn't find the EJ version anywhere. I now have a very spiffy glass jar of Proraso Green menthol and eucalyptus pre-shave cream and I have to say I'm impressed. The smell is a nasal passage clearer, the cream invigorates the skin nicely (you'll see if you try it) and the shave is even smoother. Great stuff.

    Oh, and still blown away by the ridiculous number of shaves I'm getting from WS black blades!
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  • veronese68
    veronese68 Posts: 27,431
    My 17 year old son needs new blades for his 18 blade Gilette thing. Took one look at the price and wants to go DE. Might have to get him some new blades so the DE can wait until Christmas.
  • ic.
    ic. Posts: 769
    Not been getting on with the EJ Sandalwood cream and cheapy balm so tried Bluebeards stuff last night. Went the whole hog and did oil, lather and balm afterwards. DE89 with Astra blade.

    I can only describe it as the smoothest most comfortable shave I've ever had
    Used a tiny amount of oil and rubbed in first, then sorted out hot water, brush soak etc
    Cream lathers up far thicker and easier than others I've tried and you really do need a tiny amount of it. Very impressed.
    Using the balm, it was a bit runnier than I expected but a dip of 2 finger tips in it provides easily enough to do the job. Nice and cooling. Mrs likes the smell too, bonus

    I'm sold on it. Fun brand too.
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  • ic.
    ic. Posts: 769
    And I just found 100 Astras for £9.95. Aces.

    100 Fusion ProGlide that I used to use would have cost me £300.
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  • brocco
    brocco Posts: 20
    I can definately recommend Geo F Trumpers (stop sniggering at the back) coral skin food for any wet shavers on here. Once you get past the colour - pink and the slightly Turkish delight smell, it makes your post shave skin feel fantastic and soothes any irritation.

    Definitely worth begging, borrowing, stealing a sample of.... And it will last for ages if you decide to buy a bottle.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,407
    ....likewise Kiehl's post shave bump remover. The face wash and scrub are good too but I ve heard the rest of their shaving range is not so good
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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,035
    I can definitely recommend Geo F Trumpers (stop sniggering at the back) coral skin food for any wet shavers on here. Once you get past the colour - pink and the slightly Turkish delight smell, it makes your post shave skin feel fantastic and soothes any irritation.

    Definitely worth begging, borrowing, stealing a sample of.... And it will last for ages if you decide to buy a bottle.
    Interesting.
    I have the sandalwood version. Turns out my wife hates sandalwood.
    Oh well.
    May try the coral next. What is the best competition?
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  • brocco
    brocco Posts: 20
    I will have to keep an eye out for that... when the skin food finally runs out!

    I know everyone has their own preferred DE blade, but I think the gillette 7 O'clock range are awesome blades for quality and money. I have tried lots of different brands including feathers which are always highly rated, but seem to be a little too 'keen' for my liking.
  • davis
    davis Posts: 2,506
    On the subject of wimmin and disliking the soap smell, mine likes neither the scent of Mitchells Wool Fat or the Arko Soap stick that much. Turkish Delight certainly wouldn't be a winner. Any others?

    Still locking the bathroom door of the weekend and taking my own sweet time over it. Lovely. Closest shave I've ever had from the final turn of my first Astra. Might see if I can take a radio in too.... Is 9am too early for shaving wine?
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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,035
    I thought a radio in the bathroom was compulsory for all men.
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  • I thought a radio in the bathroom was compulsory for all men.

    Stood on the shelf above the magazine/book rack!
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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,035
    I thought a radio in the bathroom was compulsory for all men.

    Stood on the shelf above the magazine/book rack!
    I will look for your camera tonight. :lol:
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  • davis
    davis Posts: 2,506
    I thought a radio in the bathroom was compulsory for all men.

    Stood on the shelf above the magazine/book rack!

    Sadly I have yet to install the shelf. I like my books, and having them in a steamy bathroom just seems a bit off.
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  • On the subject of wimmin and disliking the soap smell, mine likes neither the scent of Mitchells Wool Fat or the Arko Soap stick that much. Turkish Delight certainly wouldn't be a winner. Any others?

    Still locking the bathroom door of the weekend and taking my own sweet time over it. Lovely. Closest shave I've ever had from the final turn of my first Astra. Might see if I can take a radio in too.... Is 9am too early for shaving wine?

    Taylor of Old Bond Street's St. James? Smells lovely, but more of a cream than a block, so you'll go through it quicker.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,035
    I thought a radio in the bathroom was compulsory for all men.

    Stood on the shelf above the magazine/book rack!

    Sadly I have yet to install the shelf. I like my books, and having them in a steamy bathroom just seems a bit off.
    Yet another reason to maintain a lighthearted library in there. Nothing serious, or meaningful.
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  • On the subject of wimmin and disliking the soap smell, mine likes neither the scent of Mitchells Wool Fat or the Arko Soap stick that much. Turkish Delight certainly wouldn't be a winner. Any others?

    I've heard good things of http://www.nannyssillysoap.com/ and there is certainly a wide range - from 'Ice and slice' to 'Bergamot and Coriander' by way of 'Eucalyptus & Tea Tree'. Why not get your other half to pick one that she likes the sound of?

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  • davis
    davis Posts: 2,506
    On the subject of wimmin and disliking the soap smell, mine likes neither the scent of Mitchells Wool Fat or the Arko Soap stick that much. Turkish Delight certainly wouldn't be a winner. Any others?

    Still locking the bathroom door of the weekend and taking my own sweet time over it. Lovely. Closest shave I've ever had from the final turn of my first Astra. Might see if I can take a radio in too.... Is 9am too early for shaving wine?

    Taylor of Old Bond Street's St. James? Smells lovely, but more of a cream than a block, so you'll go through it quicker.

    Good shout - I think I'll pop in next time I'm working in that London. Thanks, as ever.
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  • davis
    davis Posts: 2,506
    On the subject of wimmin and disliking the soap smell, mine likes neither the scent of Mitchells Wool Fat or the Arko Soap stick that much. Turkish Delight certainly wouldn't be a winner. Any others?

    I've heard good things of http://www.nannyssillysoap.com/ and there is certainly a wide range - from 'Ice and slice' to 'Bergamot and Coriander' by way of 'Eucalyptus & Tea Tree'. Why not get your other half to pick one that she likes the sound of?

    _

    And they do samples as well. Aces.
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  • ic.
    ic. Posts: 769
    I have some blades sat doing nothing in my cupboard. I've no use for them as I'm settled on Astras now.

    Does anyone want any of these for trying out?

    Shark x5
    Wilkinson Sword x5
    Lord x5
    Reef x5
    Gilette 7 o'clock x4
    Derby Extra x9 (maybe 8, dunno, can't remember)
    Feather x9

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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,035
    IC. wrote:
    Does anyone want any of these for trying out?
    Thanks, but no thanks.
    I have a similar collection now I have settled on Ascos. Each to their own.
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  • Not sure if anyone is still doing this, but I have some razor blades I have decided I don't like if anyone wants them for free as I now use Shark.

    They are Bic Chrome Platinum, as per the image:
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    I reckon I have 5 or 6 packs so 25-30 blades. Free if someone wants to collect from SW14 or the City or anywhere in between along CS8.
  • lostboysaint
    lostboysaint Posts: 4,250
    Not sure if anyone is still doing this? Surely someone other than me hasn't fallen victim to whole "bearded hipster" vogue!

    Strangely I was only thinking about my journey of discovery as I loaded up another blade this morning (having got through three weeks of shaving with the last one!) and rubbed pre-shave on my stubble and then lathered up. Still haven't been tempted away from the magic that is a DE razor shave.
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  • 3 weeks per blade!!?
  • davis
    davis Posts: 2,506
    Not sure if anyone is still doing this, but I have some razor blades I have decided I don't like if anyone wants them for free as I now use Shark.

    They are Bic Chrome Platinum, as per the image:
    BIC_Blades__15529.1374227422.350.350.jpg?c=2

    I reckon I have 5 or 6 packs so 25-30 blades. Free if someone wants to collect from SW14 or the City or anywhere in between along CS8.

    I'll take a pack (i.e. only 5 blades) if you fancy posting them please? I'm not up to that London much. Happy to Paypal you the cash or I'll stick a quid in a charity donation box of your choice (Scout's honour).
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  • davis
    davis Posts: 2,506
    3 weeks per blade!!?

    I've actually started using my RazorPit even with the DE blades. I'm a partial beardy now and only removing the neckbeard, but I do not remember changing a blade...
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  • lostboysaint
    lostboysaint Posts: 4,250
    3 weeks per blade!!?

    Yep, that's 5 shaves a week as well (and a weekend shave if I have to - as prescribed by MrsLBS). I use the WS black blades, Proraso pre-shave cream, Taylors shaving soap and they are just sharp for ever. I still feel guilty chucking them away then as they are still doing a great job!

    FFS don't tell Wilkinson Sword or they'll go down the Gillette route of making them to last about 4 shaves - which is what I was getting from my previous favourite 7 o'clock Sharp Edge.
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  • wolfsbane2k
    wolfsbane2k Posts: 3,056
    didn't realise there was a thread on this over here.
    I've been meaning to jump on the DE approach for a while - and finally managed to convince people not to by me any smellies for xmas, and used the last of my massive backlog of disposable razor blades (Mach 3/Fusions) that were being disposed of in a fire sale, I'm in the market again.
    So about to dip the toes into the water, so to speak. No proper shops near me sell DE shaving stuff, so it's all online ordering.
    Thinking Merkur 34C, which caught my eye last time, and then a bunch of different blades. Does that still sound about right?
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