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  • Why old school shaving is better.

    Here's an off-season mode topic if there ever was one.

    After getting tired of dumping $25 into Mach 3 razors over and over I started getting pissed at throwing expensive razors away and suspicious at why something that lasts maybe two weeks costs so much.

    I started to develop conspiracy theories about shaving. I noticed that all the multple blades just created little spaces for crap to collect and that the saving cream left a residue that got more and more difficult to remove. I also noticed that when I used shaving cream the razors dulled faster than when I used soap. I then realized that razor companies probably did this intentionally to sell more razors.

    Fed up, I decided to look at other options. That's when I found this arcticle on one of the "internets."

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6886845/

    The article explains the history of shaving and why the current trend and technology is designed to use up razors and not necessarily create the best shave. So I used some of my Christmas money to buy the following items.

    I started with a real badger haired shaving brush.
    http://www.classicshaving.com/catalo...30/2184118.htm

    Then I purchased some glycerine based shaving soap and an old school mug. (I got a blue one since that was the only one offered in Bronco Colors. )
    http://www.classicshaving.com/catalo...960/198657.htm
    http://www.classicshaving.com/catalo...952/203624.htm

    The new razor I had pruchased was still on it's way when I got these things so I decided to start using them with my Mach 3 in the mean time. Just using those three items was a different experience entirely. I found that the soap felt great and left nice smell on my skin. The blade would glide easily across my face and didn't leave the residue that the normal shaving foams and gels did. The brush and mug, when used correctly, creates a hot lather that warms and softens the bristles. This makes them easier to cut and allows them a little bit of give. The result is a smoother, closer shave.

    Finally my razor arrived. http://www.classicshaving.com/catalo...941/190429.htm
    I immediately liked it. It's made of a high grade German steel that I can tell will last 100 years. It's surprisingly simple. Just a double edged single razor. No pivoting head, no fancy screens, no aloe strip.

    Using it was a little weird. You have to use short quick strokes either with the grain or directly against it. Getting around the tough areas (chin, upper lip) can be difficult, but by the second try I had a handle on it. It was actually fun to use, and the shave is much closer than I would have thought. The experience is much better too. The smooth soaps and, the nice smell, and the slick feel of the razor is awesome. I actually enjoy shaving now. The number of in-grown hairs is reduced and my face is much silkier than I ever achieved with a muli-blade razor.

    So gentlemen, there are some alternatives out there for you. I thought I would share some of the things I had found recently that make the experience better overall.

    Here is a site that offers some things.
    http://www.classicshaving.com/Home.html

    I didn't get everything from this site, though. I had to shop around for some of the things, but they give you a good set of what options are out there. I ended up buy a stand for my brush a little later as well because they are supposed to be stored bristles down if you want 10+ years out of them. I think if anything, you guys trying out the brush and a nice soap will make your overall experience better.

  • #2
    I can make one mach 3 blade last a month. Just have to rinse the hell out of it. Also use shaving gel, not cream. Whatever works.

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    • #3
      cool

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      • #4
        Yup...It's offseason

        But, seriously...keep us updated. Shaving is one of those evils ya just gotta do (unless yer Nails or Jake), and if this make the whole ordeal cheaper while giving a great close shave, I'll hop on board in a Mile High Minute.

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        • #5
          I'm concerned this isnt hardcore enough. why are they still using safety razors? I'd go w/ the big old barbers knife thing, u can sharpen those!

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          • #6
            The Straight Razor Shave
            Hold the razor securely by placing the pads of your index and second fingers on the shank, your thumb under the shank and against the shoulder, the handle raised vertically between your middle and ring fingers, and your ring and pinky fingers resting inside the crescent-shaped tang.



            Using the fingers of your free hand, stretch the skin until it is as taught as possible. Hold the razor at a 30 degree angle to the surface of your skin and shave your first even stroke in the direction of hair growth. Apply lather over the freshly shaven area and shave a second even stroke against the direction of hair growth. Only two strokes are necessary. You can skip the second stroke, if it seems too tricky to attempt.

            The "angle of the dangle" is your key to error-free shaving. Fewer than 30 degrees and you'll rip the hair out by its root. More than 30 degrees and you'll very likely slice yourself to ribbons. The only areas for which this rule doesn't apply are the chin and upper lip. For these two trouble spots only, angle the back of the blade a little closer to your skin and proceed with caution.

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            • #7
              no mention of which aftershaves to use?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by -Slap-
                The Straight Razor Shave
                Hold the razor securely by placing the pads of your index and second fingers on the shank, your thumb under the shank and against the shoulder, the handle raised vertically between your middle and ring fingers, and your ring and pinky fingers resting inside the crescent-shaped tang.



                Using the fingers of your free hand, stretch the skin until it is as taught as possible. Hold the razor at a 30 degree angle to the surface of your skin and shave your first even stroke in the direction of hair growth. Apply lather over the freshly shaven area and shave a second even stroke against the direction of hair growth. Only two strokes are necessary. You can skip the second stroke, if it seems too tricky to attempt.

                The "angle of the dangle" is your key to error-free shaving. Fewer than 30 degrees and you'll rip the hair out by its root. More than 30 degrees and you'll very likely slice yourself to ribbons. The only areas for which this rule doesn't apply are the chin and upper lip. For these two trouble spots only, angle the back of the blade a little closer to your skin and proceed with caution.
                Where does the nose hair attachment go?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by -Slap-
                  The "angle of the dangle" is your key to error-free shaving. Fewer than 30 degrees and you'll rip the hair out by its root. More than 30 degrees and you'll very likely slice yourself to ribbons.


                  Jumping Jehosasomething! I think I'm going to pass...

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                  • #10
                    Wow, I guess I just don't take shaving that seriously...

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                    • #11
                      A whole package of disposable razors go for $.99 and if I shave everyday they last longer than if you want until the stuble grows.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tombstone RJ
                        Wow, I guess I just don't take shaving that seriously...
                        It's not about taking it seriously so to speak, but It's just giving it some thought and looking if something better is out there. The whole process takes a few minutes (about five) longer than what it used to, but it's closer shave, it's way more fun, and my skin is in better condition. Not only that, your razor and the blade will last longer, and the soap products are cheaper and last longer than the gels and foams. If anything it's worth a look.

                        The Straight Razor Shave
                        Hold the razor securely by placing the pads of your index and second fingers on the shank, your thumb under the shank and against the shoulder, the handle raised vertically between your middle and ring fingers, and your ring and pinky fingers resting inside the crescent-shaped tang.
                        Baby steps, Slap, Baby Steps.

                        Though I would eventually like to try a straight razor shave, but I'll practice on a balloon first.

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                        • #13
                          Norelco Cool Skin

                          youall should try one of these .... i hated electrics all my life and used a mach 3 most of the time .... But im the type that shaves at 8am and has 5 oclock shadows by noon and was about sick of the cracy blade cost and sometimes it would take 2 or more blades a shave if i had to shave a thick week long lazy growth ... the cool skins RULE tho ... can submerge them , use your gel or what they suggest . i get really bad razor burn from most razors this seems to not do it as bad if im careful ... for 70 $ its KILLER ... only downside ... DONT LET your girlfriend try it out cuz youll fight over it ... its that damn good ...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Taco John
                            Jumping Jehosasomething! I think I'm going to pass...
                            Exactly. I'll stick to my overpriced razors.

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                            • #15
                              This is all pretty interesting to me. I too am sick of buying mach 3's. I only used shaving gels when I first started shaving, but I found they make my face break out pretty badly so I just use soap instead. Great info though Kaylore, now you've got me wanting to go old school

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