New to this, looking for advice

Discussion in 'Welcome Center' started by Michael Hall, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Michael Hall

    Michael Hall New Member

    Just starting out with the wet shave, kind of. Bought a Microtouch DE razor a year ago and was completely blown away. Upgraded last month to a long handle Merkur 23c. Needless to say the Microtouch went into the trash. I was completely satisfied with the Merkur, until I was given a 1930's open comb Gillette New. It is so much better. Now I just want to see what is out there. Just received a 1966 Gillette travel razor, but hesitant to use it since it is still brand new. What do I buy next. Looking at suggestions. Thanks
  2. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Sounds like a good time to look at SE razors. And Welcome!
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  3. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    I agree with @wchnu. Maybe a Gem 1912?
  4. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout The Smart Bunny

    Forget your password immediately!

    Just kidding.

    Dip your toe in the cool, cool, waters of Schick Injectors. ;)
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  5. Michael Hall

    Michael Hall New Member

    Are the single edge more aggressive than the double? I want an aggressive shave. My skin is not sensitive and I was going to buy the muhle r41. I use feather blades and with only water and get a pretty good shave with no nicks or cuts. Does the shave soap make a big difference?
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  6. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    You shave with water and not soap?
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  7. Michael Hall

    Michael Hall New Member

    Yep, got used to doing that with the cartridge razors. When I bought my first de I tried it and my face was cut bad. Used can foam (I know it's junk) for a while til I got technique down. Now I'm back to just water.
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  8. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    My father in law shaves with water only. My grandfather shaved dry. No soap, cream, goo, nothing. As our resident sage @swarden43 proclaims - It's your shave. Enjoy your way!
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  9. Michael Hall

    Michael Hall New Member

    Dry? How?
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  10. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    My dad shaved with just water. He used a 1930s Gillette open comb until he died in 97. BTW, glad to have you @Michael Hall , if you PM me I have a bunch of razors and would be glad to give you some deals. I also make shaving brushes. OH NO! another rabbit hole...
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  11. Michael Hall

    Michael Hall New Member

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  12. Michael Hall

    Michael Hall New Member

    Love that pic btw
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  13. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Welcome to the Den.
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  14. Troy M

    Troy M Prep: Mephitis mephitis musk

    Welcome. I ALMOST stopped buying razors after I got my first Gillette NEW. I think it may be the finest razor of all time.
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  15. Michael Hall

    Michael Hall New Member

    @jimjo1031 thanks bud. @Troy M I have yet to beat the 1930s Gillette. Funny thing is, it's the only one that was free. Still looking though.
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  16. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    Hello and welcome

    I've said it a bunch. If I'd have baught a Merkur Progress first, I likely wouldn't have a collection of safety razors.
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  17. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    Michael, welcome to The Shave Den. I agree with @Troy M -- it's hard to beat a Gillette NEW DE razor. You have a fine razor. If you want to try a brush and a couple of different soaps, PM me and I will fix you up.
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  18. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    Welcome @Michael Hall! Seems like you are jumping in, and asking all the right questions. Before you know it you'll have a cabinet full of soaps & creams, brushes, bowls mugs & scuttles.
    Those canned shave gels and foams are not bad products. Barbasol lather myself occasionally. For many of us the fancy soaps are about two things. First, getting a slippery surface to slide the razor over. Second, the scent of the soap. If you are happy without it, no one can tell you you're doing it wrong.
    As a new member of TSD you can sign up for the Newbie Giveaway. It's a chance at winning some internet credits to pick up some free soap to try. ;) Read the rules to be sure you qualify.
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  19. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Welcome to TSD.
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  20. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Welcome to TSD!
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