Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by PLANofMAN, Nov 26, 2018.
For the past 3 months, this has been my new favorite razor, and blade. And that's the truth.
I've lost most of the pieces of my mind years ago, I think I have a few left, then again maybe not.
Now that's what I call a great razor, bought mine in '63 for $1.98 and have been loving it ever since. That razor will last you a lifetime, enjoy it. But I always like to use a Wilkinson Sword in mine.
What happens when you run out of pieces?
The problem with your very generous technique of hooking up newbies is, most new to wet shaving shavers don't have the skill needed to get good shaves from mild razors. I'd say better to start with a razor open enough to give then a good shave. Then they're hooked. They may knick themselves some but, who doesn't(at least at first anyway). I'm really liking the r89 or de89 head. It's a good starter. Once they develope skill, then they can appreciate a milder razor.
That's what's referred to as losing your mind..
Good point. What I do is teach them to place the cap against their skin and keep tilting the razor until it's cutting. So far, that one instruction has seemed to do the trick.
How's that done with a Gillette "New Improved" ?
Mac, I don't understand.
When I use my New Improved, keeping the angle off the comb is touchy but playing with the cap side for me would be a bloodbath. YMMV
You should always aim to ride the cap. Can tame any razor handle that way.
Speaking for myself, my first double edge was pif'd me from a member of another forum. It was a Razorock EJ DE89 clone. So super mild. My very first shave with it was better than any shave I had had from a cart in 40 years. So I was hooked immediately. Sure, there was some bloodshed later on as I worked on my technique but I would hate to think what would have happened had I used a razor with a larger blade gap and saw tons of blood. I might still be using carts. Thank god I'm not. And now that I have several years of practice I can really appreciate what a more efficient razor can do. I'd say best to start mild and work up from there.
But I don't own a styptic pencil.
A psychic pencil writes the future, wooooo.....
I appreciate what you say, but honestly in terms of technique, more aggressive is not up. I think of it like a shotgun choke, open is easier, full choke gives a narrower shot pattern, but hit harder(more pellets in target) and extends range. The mild razor requires better technique to get a close shave, but done right also gives great comfort.
Once the edge is in contact with skin, and stays there, the game is over. (Until tomorrow) they just become holders of the blade. The trick is to keep the edge on the face with minimal pressure to remove hair not skin.
My new favorite razor is the Enders Speed Shaver with a Schick Proline blade. I modified an old Enders blade to be a carrier for the Proline blade. Awesome shaves so far.
I don't know the first thing about shotgun chokes...so...
Of course we can't tell anyone which products will work best for them, but I think we can get them off to a good start. I've introduced several guys and one lady to wet-shaving with a safety razor.
I think it's always a good idea to start someone out with a mild razor (as opposed to an R41). I'll lend him a Wilkinson Sword Classic. It's mild, and it's inexpensive and made of plastic, so I don't have to worry about mistreatment. Then I'll give him two kinds of blades: Astra SP and Gillette Sharp Edge. I'll lend him a RazoRock Bruce synthetic brush (inexpensive, easy to use, and one of my favorites) and give him a couple sample-containers of shaving cream, which is easier for a beginner to lather than soap.
Most importantly, I'll give him a five-minute lesson in wet-shaving. I'll ask him to keep all the gear if he decides to continue wet-shaving and to return it if not. So far only one of these people has decided to resume shaving with carts, and most have offered to return my stuff after buying their own.
Finally, I give him a list of sources of more information he may want like this wonderful forum and Mantic 59.
I try to refrain from doing loaner brushes. There's a small risk of getting tinea barbae when you start sharing brushes. If you do loan out brushes, you need to sterilize them. Soak just the bristles, not the handle in a barbacide solution for 2-4 minutes and rinse thoroughly. I also do this for used brushes I've purchased from fellow den members or eBay.
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