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Grooming
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:02:24 PM »
Rather than hijack the "things that piss you off" thread, I was hoping to continue the subject of shaving, specifically with a saftey razor. Anyone have a brand of blades they recommend? I have tried a few recently that are ok, but nothing spectacular.

And to continue the previous discussion, fan of the Proraso shaving cream, always get a good lather.
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Re: Grooming
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013, 09:00:04 AM »
Tried several different blades, all much of a muchness so far

Using this rarher nice Muehle sandalwood shaving soap at the moment


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Re: Grooming
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2013, 09:22:23 AM »
Moving over from the "things that piss you off" thread,



http://www.baxterofcalifornia.com/how-to-use-your-double-edge-safety-razor/

Nice one Bill, i especially the tip about giving yourself a few days without shaving to properly inspect the direction of your hair growth !!

Here are a few videos I found helpful when I started using a D/E as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAg6CBr7ZmU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHV2CoJWpqI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbH72p8RGII

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Re: Grooming
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2013, 10:08:42 AM »
Phew! I was slightly concerned when I saw the title if this thread!
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Re: Grooming
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2013, 10:59:07 AM »
Phew! I was slightly concerned when I saw the title if this thread!

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Re: Grooming
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2013, 11:21:30 AM »
Any of you chaps use a straight edge razor? I've been tempted by one, almost by proxy for the sake of 'retro' authenticity.  ;D Not quite sure if I have the balls to trust myself with one though.

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Re: Grooming
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2013, 12:58:56 PM »
I've got a Parker Safety Razor
http://www.gentlemans-shop.com/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=9615652 and the blades I'm using are Wilkinson double edge blades for which I pay about 1 for ten.  The shaving soap I favour is Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Soap http://www.gentlemans-shop.com/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=9615511 as it lasts ages, has a good, thick, creamy lather and a subtle fragrance. 

I did post this link in another thread from the Art of Manliness website which extols the virtues and advantages of doing it the traditional way
http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/01/04/how-to-shave-like-your-grandpa/

I really do enjoy getting shaved each morning.  After years and years of using those triple blade razors I realised I was paying a fortune for razor blades so earlier this year I switched to what I'm using now.  It did take me a few attempts to get it right as the first couple of shaves I ended up nicking myself but a friend of mine told me to hold the razor lightly and let it glide over my stubble as all the weight is in the barrel. 

The service from The Gentleman's Shop is excellent.  If you select the free delivery option your orders arrives in two to three days.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good quality brush?  The brush I have is a Wilkinson one sold in supermarkets but it does start shedding its bristles quickly.
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Re: Grooming
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2013, 07:33:22 PM »
Phew! I was slightly concerned when I saw the title if this thread!
. Sorry, even though "Shaving" seemed a more appropriate title, it also seemed worse.

Jonny, had a friend go the straight razor route and he likes it, only notes that the time to get used to it is longer. I have one that needs a sharpening, perhaps ill take it in and give it a go.
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Re: Grooming
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2013, 08:52:44 AM »
Here's a link for shaving tips.  Starts at 5 mins 30 seconds  ;)

http://youtu.be/YKmYRF_oylk
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Re: Grooming
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 05:46:04 PM »


And to continue the previous discussion, fan of the Proraso shaving cream, always get a good lather.

I'm with you there, Proraso shaving soap and the pre-shave cream are lovely.

Ady C, I've had a Taylor's of Bond St brush for a while now. Can't fault it.