Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
14987 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1416719 30-Oct-2015 09:48
Send private message

Guv: I find it quicker to be honest.   But you do you need to give it time to get used to it - you are probably going to be slower initially but over time you will speed up.

I only cut myself a) when I try and rush or b) when the blade is blunt.  

I use a brush and some shave cream - this stuff is good http://www.mancave.co.nz/products/shaving/soaps-and-creams/taylor-of-old-bond-street

P
ost shave I use http://www.mancave.co.nz/products/shaving/post-shave/alum-block    lasts for around 12 months.


Sounds simple enough. Startup costs though, probably $200 for a decent handle, $100 for brush and cream, a little for blades, but long term it pays back. Is there a cheap "give it a go" type set that's worthwhile? ie cheap handle that's not awful, a few blades, and some kind of foam/gel/cream?

Do you find you need alum after a shave? Do you with Gillette type products? I've never needed anything post shave using Gillette - I tend to wet my face thoroughly and shave before a shower. During/after shower works better but I prefer to shave before.

Tempted to give it a go, but the $300 start up cost for something I'm not sure about and may not work for my face seems a little high.

2091 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1416736 30-Oct-2015 10:02
Send private message

Safety Razor shaving:
First few times take a while - like 20 minutes or so from full beard - until you figure out your face's shape etc. Once you figure it out it isn't hard, doesn't take long and isn't dangerous at all.

Once you have it down - daily shaves can be 5-10 minutes + a few minutes for prep etc. Soap and brush take no time at all. My work is pretty lax so I only shave once a week, so I am normally shaving from a light beard. 

I had a few cuts when I started, which usually comes down to pushing too hard, or rushing. They were minor - similar to cuts I got with traditional razors. 

I very rarely cut myself now - only when changing blade makes and figuring out how different they are.

My straight razor arrives next week - that should be really exciting.

 
 
 
 


Guv

94 posts

Master Geek


  # 1416741 30-Oct-2015 10:07
Send private message

timmmay:
Guv: I find it quicker to be honest.   But you do you need to give it time to get used to it - you are probably going to be slower initially but over time you will speed up.

I only cut myself a) when I try and rush or b) when the blade is blunt.  

I use a brush and some shave cream - this stuff is good http://www.mancave.co.nz/products/shaving/soaps-and-creams/taylor-of-old-bond-street

P
ost shave I use http://www.mancave.co.nz/products/shaving/post-shave/alum-block    lasts for around 12 months.


Sounds simple enough. Startup costs though, probably $200 for a decent handle, $100 for brush and cream, a little for blades, but long term it pays back. Is there a cheap "give it a go" type set that's worthwhile? ie cheap handle that's not awful, a few blades, and some kind of foam/gel/cream?

Do you find you need alum after a shave? Do you with Gillette type products? I've never needed anything post shave using Gillette - I tend to wet my face thoroughly and shave before a shower. During/after shower works better but I prefer to shave before.

Tempted to give it a go, but the $300 start up cost for something I'm not sure about and may not work for my face seems a little high.


Up to you - I tried it over 5 years ago and have not regretted it at all.  

http://www.goodfella.com/de-razor-nz/
razor and 100 blades (4 years worth for me) for $85

a brush and shave cream for $89
http://www.mancave.co.nz/brand/taylor-of-old-bond-street/taylors-brush-and-cream-gift-set-sandalwood

Alum - not needed.  helps with rash etc if you are prone to that. 

Guv



2091 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1416743 30-Oct-2015 10:08
Send private message

About startup costs, get a beginner set:

https://www.shaverhut.co.nz/edwin-jagger-de89-double-edge-wet-shaving-kit.html

$150 for everything. If you don't like it, not the end of the world.

If you DO like it - that set will be perfectly fine for years and you can upgrade when you want.


2091 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1416773 30-Oct-2015 10:11
Send private message

Regarding post shave (post 3, sorry):

I use Proraso Sensitiveve Aftershave Balm - just because it feels nice. Depends how sensitive your skin is.

I can't use electric razors as they ruin my face.

2091 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1416774 30-Oct-2015 10:12
Send private message

last one:

I got one of these: http://fineshave.co.nz/collections/stands-holders/products/razor-and-brush-stand-clear-plastic-large

t
o hold my brush and razor.

You can be mental and spend hundreds on a fancy one.

2228 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1416776 30-Oct-2015 10:15
Send private message

My beard growing skills are useless, so I just use an electric razor every 2-3 days (but can go a week if needed)
Saves me lots of money :-)

 
 
 
 


14987 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1416784 30-Oct-2015 10:24
Send private message

Thanks Guv, wasabi. That starter kit looks pretty good.

I need to shave every day. 5-10 minutes to shave seems pretty high, with Gillette it takes 30 seconds to wet the face and put on gel/foam, then probably 1-2 minutes to shave. 10 minutes is crazy!

Have you tried using a standard shaving gel/foam instead of brush and such? Does it work ok? Just getting that stuff out, using it, cleaning up and putting it away could be the most time consuming part of the shave.

Guv

94 posts

Master Geek


  # 1416795 30-Oct-2015 10:31
One person supports this post
Send private message

timmmay: Thanks Guv, wasabi. That starter kit looks pretty good.

I need to shave every day. 5-10 minutes to shave seems pretty high, with Gillette it takes 30 seconds to wet the face and put on gel/foam, then probably 1-2 minutes to shave. 10 minutes is crazy!

Have you tried using a standard shaving gel/foam instead of brush and such? Does it work ok? Just getting that stuff out, using it, cleaning up and putting it away could be the most time consuming part of the shave.


I use standard shave foam when travelling and it is fine.



Guv

94 posts

Master Geek


  # 1416884 30-Oct-2015 11:46
One person supports this post
Send private message

Guv:
timmmay: Thanks Guv, wasabi. That starter kit looks pretty good.

I need to shave every day. 5-10 minutes to shave seems pretty high, with Gillette it takes 30 seconds to wet the face and put on gel/foam, then probably 1-2 minutes to shave. 10 minutes is crazy!

Have you tried using a standard shaving gel/foam instead of brush and such? Does it work ok? Just getting that stuff out, using it, cleaning up and putting it away could be the most time consuming part of the shave.


I use standard shave foam when travelling and it is fine.




There are no rules here - you can do whatever you want.   If you want to use your current foam etc and whatever aftershave you want then just get the razer and blades. 

If you want to try the foam/brush etc then go for it.

14987 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1416900 30-Oct-2015 12:01
Send private message

I like the way you quoted yourself @guv ;) Appreciate the advice.

I'm going to give it a go. Now to find a handle that I like (maybe one with a grip rather than dead smooth), choose blades (derby/feather), and might as well get a brush and stuff for special occasions. Will probably use gel regularly. Probably just get a cheap kit to start.

1256 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1416956 30-Oct-2015 12:53
Send private message

Reading this thread makes me feel positively out of touch. I hate shaving and wouldn't bother with it except my beard coverage is poor - I can get away with a goatee but any hair growth on the sides just looks a mess. I shave three or four times a week, less if I'm on holiday. I have a Gillette Mach3 handle that must be at least 15 years old and buy an 8-pack of cartridges at the supermarket for around $35. I get between two and three months out of one cartridge, so the 8-pack usually lasts me 18 months, or a bit more.

14987 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1416970 30-Oct-2015 13:05
Send private message

Ok, final thoughts appreciated (tagging @wasabi2k, @guv):
 - Open comb (Goodfella) or safety bar (Edwin Jagger I guess)? As I understand it open comb is a bit more aggressive and is better for someone shaving a beard, safety bar is more gentle.
 - Smooth metal handle or something with texture? I like the look of the second image on the first link, but it doesn't say what it is.

Also, Sharpologist has a great free e-book which has HEAPS of information for beginners. You have to subscribe to get it.



Guv

94 posts

Master Geek


  # 1416997 30-Oct-2015 13:38
Send private message

timmmay: I like the way you quoted yourself @guv ;) Appreciate the advice.

I'm going to give it a go. Now to find a handle that I like (maybe one with a grip rather than dead smooth), choose blades (derby/feather), and might as well get a brush and stuff for special occasions. Will probably use gel regularly. Probably just get a cheap kit to start.


lol - I do that from time to time...   sometimes I disagree with myself too.. then it gets interesting.

2091 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1417011 30-Oct-2015 13:59
One person supports this post
Send private message

I would go for something with a bit of grip - but if you're going for a beginner kit it probably doesn't matter too much.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/01/04/how-to-shave-like-your-grandpa/

is how I learnt - but really get the basics (don't push, follow the grain, aim for beard reduction - not removal with each stroke, use lots of soap) then it is just practice.

If you are daily shaving it will take less time - the 5 to ten minutes is really when you have a bit of growth - it takes multiple passes. Just practice.

You can use standard foam if you want - but soap is reaalllly nice.

edit: I wouldn't start with open comb.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New AI legaltech product launched in New Zealand
Posted 21-Aug-2019 17:01


Yubico launches first Lightning-compatible security key, the YubiKey 5Ci
Posted 21-Aug-2019 16:46


Disney+ streaming service confirmed launch in New Zealand
Posted 20-Aug-2019 09:29


Industry plan could create a billion dollar interactive games sector
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:41


Personal cyber insurance a New Zealand first
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:26


University of Waikato launches space for esports
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:20


D-Link ANZ expands mydlink ecosystem with new mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:14


Kiwi workers still falling victim to old cyber tricks
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:47


Lightning Lab GovTech launches 2019 programme
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:41


Epson launches portable laser projector
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:27


Huawei launches new distributed HarmonyOS
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:20


Lenovo introduces single-socket servers for edge and data-intensive workloads
Posted 9-Aug-2019 21:26


The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:57


Symantec sell enterprise security assets for US$ 10.7 billion to Broadcom
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:43


Artificial tongue can distinguish whisky and identify counterfeits
Posted 8-Aug-2019 20:20



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.