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  # 685502 13-Sep-2012 11:52
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^ That razor looks like the type my father would used back in the day.

You could always grow a short beard couple of weeks grow then keep it trimmed with scissors, always shaving under the jawbone round the neck keep that always shaved, beards that grow under the jawbone round the neck is caveman stuff. I shave once a week or every couple of weeks by then i have a beard. I'll just trim it with scissors and keep this for a couple of weeks or it all comes off depends how i feel at the time. Shaving every day or every couple of days bores the hell out of me.





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  # 685519 13-Sep-2012 12:41
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Has anyone here used shaving oils? I recently tried Somersets and was surprised at how well it worked. You just apply 3 small drops from the palm of your hand, leave on for 30 seconds and shave using a razor. There is a mild burning sensation but the hair basically falls off. I see no one has mentioned it here in this thread and am wondering if this method might be bad for your skin or something?

 
 
 
 


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  # 685674 13-Sep-2012 16:16
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I've been using the Goodfella safety razor with pretty solid results. 

It's lighter than the Muhle, with a more 'delicate' handle but still with enough weight to be balanced. 

Plus it's NZ made and I like to support top quality locally made gear...

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  # 686056 14-Sep-2012 15:19
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GeoffisPure: Has anyone here used shaving oils? I recently tried Somersets and was surprised at how well it worked. You just apply 3 small drops from the palm of your hand, leave on for 30 seconds and shave using a razor. There is a mild burning sensation but the hair basically falls off. I see no one has mentioned it here in this thread and am wondering if this method might be bad for your skin or something?


A few people here including me, mentioned they use King of Shave oil in the past few pages, and swear by it. Not sure how good it would be on a long beard. 


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  # 686519 15-Sep-2012 19:49
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I'm trying to find out who retails Braun shavers here in NZ. The Braun NZ website is no help and the first 10 pages of Google don't help either. Anybody got any ideas.
Thanks.



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  # 686569 15-Sep-2012 23:21
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slliwgd: I'm trying to find out who retails Braun shavers here in NZ. The Braun NZ website is no help and the first 10 pages of Google don't help either. Anybody got any ideas.
Thanks.

interesting, just did a search around the web. they do not seem to be 'in store' as much as they use to, looks like it is mostly online retailers. 

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slliwgd: I'm trying to find out who retails Braun shavers here in NZ. The Braun NZ website is no help and the first 10 pages of Google don't help either. Anybody got any ideas.
Thanks.


Key Services and the Shaver Shop both sell Braun. I'd go to Key Services every time. Outstanding service. 


 
 
 
 


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  # 687292 17-Sep-2012 18:47
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just use a knife



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  # 696293 4-Oct-2012 17:36
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Thought i should update this thread. This arrived yesterday from www.mancave.co.nz. Muhle r89 Grande (slightly longer handle and 20 grams heavier than standard r89). Had my first shave with it this morning. 
First impressions (pre-shave) after using catridge razors:
* looks nice
*the handle is short
*it is heavy to hold
*oh wow it looks nice though

Impressions (post shave):
*balance is fine, would not change it
*hollow handle? didn't notice it
*I thought handle was too short and it was heavy to hold , what was I on about, not an issue after shaving with it
*Shaving with this feels bad-ass
*I have never been able to shave my chin so close with next to no irritation
*This is pretty forgiving, do not feel like I am risk of cutting myself
*The open gaps on the back of the razor are good to stick something in to clear hairs out mid shave
*Although I love it I would not be able to have a super fast speed shave with it in half a minute. Then again doing that with a cartridge would hack my face anyway and this is my first ever de shave , so technique is probably terrible
*Now my shave routine will take half an hour as i carefully clean and strip down my precision tool, but i enjoy it

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  # 751889 28-Jan-2013 11:44
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Hi there.

I was wondering what people use to get a "smooth" shave. Currently I am using a Razor and foam (Both just cheap things from the supermarket, Gilette) and while it does the job, when I have finished shaving it still looks like there is hair on my face, but its smooth as silk. I have been told once by a make up artist that I am "Dark bearded" so maybe my skin is just like that naturally.

Anyway, what do you guys use to shave? I was looking at buying an electric shaver or maybe changing from a foam to a gel or something else? What is better? What gives you a smoother shave?

Thanks for the help :)

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  # 751896 28-Jan-2013 11:51
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I'm still using King of Shaves, which I moved to in August 2011 when I bought 2 of their shaving packs (razor, blades, shaving cream, face cleanser). Once you get use to the different razor (with it be flexible) then it is fantastic!

Just this month I've finished the saving cream from those packs, but still have a few blades left!! The best $50 I've spent on shaving EVER!!

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  # 751955 28-Jan-2013 13:02
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Finch: Hi there.

I was wondering what people use to get a "smooth" shave. Currently I am using a Razor and foam (Both just cheap things from the supermarket, Gilette) and while it does the job, when I have finished shaving it still looks like there is hair on my face, but its smooth as silk. I have been told once by a make up artist that I am "Dark bearded" so maybe my skin is just like that naturally.

Anyway, what do you guys use to shave? I was looking at buying an electric shaver or maybe changing from a foam to a gel or something else? What is better? What gives you a smoother shave?

Thanks for the help :)


I think everyone is different and much of it is personal preference. For my routine (and I only shave twice a week), I use hot soapy water on the skin first to clean it and heat it up a little, then when the skin is still wet apply shaving foam and let it sit for a minute. My personal choice is the Nivia moisteriser shave cream and I avoid the gel/soap based products. I think my razor is one of those gilette sensor ones. After shaving I will wash face with a flannel dunked in hot soapy water to remove the remaining shaving foam, then if I need to, apply an aftershave.





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  # 751988 28-Jan-2013 13:39
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GeoffisPure: Has anyone here used shaving oils? I recently tried Somersets and was surprised at how well it worked. You just apply 3 small drops from the palm of your hand, leave on for 30 seconds and shave using a razor. There is a mild burning sensation but the hair basically falls off. I see no one has mentioned it here in this thread and am wondering if this method might be bad for your skin or something?


I've not used that kind of oil. I have used oil in place of cream most of my adult life, and wouldn't go back.

I personally wouldn't touch anything that "burned" hair off.  Here is why : 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Veet-Men-Hair-Removal-Creme/dp/B000KKNQBK

The reviews section had me with tears rolling down my face for a couple of hours.






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  # 752109 28-Jan-2013 17:26
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Yay, my thread is being used to help others!
Just wanted to say I am still using my DE (Double edged) straight razor (muhle r89 Grande) above and have no intention of going back to cartridge razors. I had no problems at all ordering from mancave.co.nz, and it was great service. I am currently on my 4th blade (out of a 100 pack) since the 3rd of October. 

I would recommend trying a safety razor to see if it suits you. It may be expensive to try but they always have good resale value on trademe if it does not suit you. Some people even collect these things. Check out the badger and blade forums, there are also some good reviews on youtube. There are many different types of safety razor, in the end my decision was based on the fact that if you get something that suits many other people (a popular model like the muhle r89) it will probably suit you. 

I currently shave with olive oil because im cheap. In the past with cartridge razors I have used a few different types of aerosol foams and a 'Gillette gel for sensitive skin'. The special sensitive skin stuff from my experience was no different to any other foam. Also I don't see how any of the foams I have used in the past are any better than olive oil. Saying that I have not used foam with my safety razor and have not used proper foams, shaving oil or proper 'badger hair brushes'. Olive oil seems to work for me and it's cheap so i use it. 

Open comb vs closed comb. My safety razor is a closed comb. They say open comb is for heavier beard growth and is harder to learn for beginners.  
 

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