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  Reply # 2084069 4-Sep-2018 21:13
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I'm happy with the Schick but thanks for the offer @dt. I tried a few brands of blades. It was the lack of springs to keep the blade in the right position that didn't work for me.





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  Reply # 2084116 4-Sep-2018 23:46
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Linuxluver:

 

I went to electric chavers for about 10 years because the price of a few tiny bits of plastic and low-grade metal (easily rusts) was - and remains - outrageous.

But then they stuffed up the electric shavers....and none of them are any good now. I've bought two in recent years and both were rubbish compared to the one I had for 8 years.

So I'm begrudgingly back to blades......unless someone can point me at an electric shaver worthy of the name.

 

 

 

 

I highly recommend the Panasonic Arc 5  razor - I have this one.

 

Previous to that, like a lot of men I expect, I followed my father's example and used a Braun. The high end ones made in Germany with metal bodies etc always lasted me a good while. However they seem, like so many other things, not to be as good as they were. The Panasonic is really very good, metal body, made in Japan, can be used wet or dry, in the shower etc etc as well as in the 'normal' way.

 

 

 

The rotary Phillishave ones have never really worked for me - I tried a couple of them but soon went back to the linear cut.






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  Reply # 2084152 5-Sep-2018 07:59
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openmedia:

 

HcoNmeM:

 

I joined the dollar shave club..

 

9 bux a month and they send me blades in the post.. the same blades as Schick and Gillette.. just a shirt load cheaper.. 

 

 

 

 

for $9 I get a pack of 3 Schick Quattro disposable blades which last around 3-4 months

 

 

Yeah that's about what I get.. but then I have a stack of blades waiting to in the drawer.. :)


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  Reply # 2084174 5-Sep-2018 09:10
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I use these - $19 for 100 razor blades and I get two weeks per blade -approx 4 years - under 5 bucks a year  ;)    

 

http://mancave.co.nz/products/shaving/double-edged-razor-blades/derby-razor-blades-100-pack

 

No huge mountain of packaging plastic either.

 

 

 

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  Reply # 2084224 5-Sep-2018 10:36
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I'm a +1 for the DE razor and blades... I'm not fussy about blades and still working through the different options there to see if one stands out more than the others for me.

 

As has been posted it does take some getting used to and the lack of pivot isn't really a big deal once you learn to use it effectively.

 

I didn't change for the price point (although they're much cheaper to run), or the close shave (but it is awesome), but rather the hideous environmental impact of the disposable razor industry.

 

 


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  Reply # 2087299 11-Sep-2018 09:45
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Has anyone noticed how being clean-shaven seems to be going the way of the necktie?

 

I work in an engineering office, so its not exactly a fashion parade and shaving a couple of times a week seems about right.

 

I have even been visited by sales reps that seem of a similar mind. I don't have any problem with this, just sayin'.

 

I reluctantly use Schick Quattro Titanium cartridges in one of their re-usable handles to mow my face. They work ok but are over-elaborate IMO. I think that 4 blades is OTT, two was sufficient to anyone except razor-blade salesmen. The pivot is largely unnecessary. The lubricating strips are unnecessary if you have good shaving soap, AND by wearing out so quickly they serve as a way to get you to toss the cartridge long before the blades are blunt.

 

Being the inventive type, I made myself some shaving soap a few years ago, and at the rate that I use it I will get a few more out of this batch. I looked up some of the soapmaking websites and worked out a recipe, cooked it up in the kitchen, moulded it to my shaving mug, and made myself a decade's worth of good shaving soap that has excellent lubrication and washes off easily when done. If anyone wants to play with this, I can probably find my recipe somewhere...


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  Reply # 2087314 11-Sep-2018 10:05
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Paulusgnome:

 

 

 

Being the inventive type, I made myself some shaving soap a few years ago, and at the rate that I use it I will get a few more out of this batch. I looked up some of the soapmaking websites and worked out a recipe, cooked it up in the kitchen, moulded it to my shaving mug, and made myself a decade's worth of good shaving soap that has excellent lubrication and washes off easily when done. If anyone wants to play with this, I can probably find my recipe somewhere...

 

 

 

 

Interesting! share it up :) 


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  Reply # 2087388 11-Sep-2018 11:01
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OK, Shaving Soap.

 

1) Start by visiting some of the soap-making websites and get a good general idea of the process.

 

2) For shaving, we want something nice and slippery, to lubricate the blades. I chose a mix of Rice Bran oil and Coconut oil. Rice Bran oil is popular for soap, and coconut was said to aid in getting the right feel on the skin. IIRC, the mix was 50% of each oil by weight.

 

3) You can buy Sodium Hydroxide easily in the big-box stores. Make sure that it is pure sodium hydroxide, some brands of drain cleaner are not pure NaOH.

 

4) Use online soap calculators to work out quantities of oils and sodium hydroxide. I used superfatting towards the upper end - 25% or so. Superfatting is the addition of extra oil or reduction in sodium hydroxide so that the soap reaction leaves that percentage of the oil unreacted. It is this that gives the soap its smooth and slippery feel, along with the choice of oils.

 

5) I did not feel any need to scent my soap. I did buy some blue soap dye at a craft shop, and used some of that.

 

6) Follow the process as described in the soap-making websites. Make sure before you cook the soap that you have moulds  ready. I used mugs the same size as my shaving mug.

 

7) Cooking is quite straightforward. The usual precautions and PPE for handling caustics apply.

 

8) Pack the soap into the moulds before it sets. Leave to set/cure.

 

My end result was about 10 plugs of unscented blue soap the fit neatly in my breakfast-cup-sized mug. At the rate that I shave (2-3 x weekly) I easily get 3 months out of each.

 

The soap lathers up nicely with the brush and water. It feels pleasantly slippery on my skin, and even shaver cartridges with no lubricating strip left still glide nicely over my face. It washes off cleanly and easily.

 

A good score, IMO.




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  Reply # 2087453 11-Sep-2018 12:04
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Go Granny Clampett

 





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  Reply # 2089149 12-Sep-2018 11:51
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I highly recommend growing a beard..





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