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Old December 8th, 2014, 03:31 PM
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Shaving: Low Rover Content

Since I've started some of the other low-rover content threads (muck boots, dress shoes) here I figured I'd start another. Have others here converted from "conventional" modern-day shaving back to the more traditional safety razor? I just did recently and I'm realizing it's a better shave. Not to mention it's been pretty fun putting some thought into something I've done daily, the exact same way, thousands of times over the past 20+ years (as quickly as humanly possible).

I had been using my first razor (Gillette Fusion Excel 2-blade razor) that I'd owned since freshman year in high school (maybe even 7th grade) for nearly 20 years until recently. It was nothing special but it's been fine for ~20 years and hasn't broken (although the clasping teeth are starting to go). I've always been a daily shaver from basically the beginning. I'm one of those dudes who doesn't feel like I'm awake unless I shave.

Last year I got a "proper" shave at my barber and it was the first time I'd had a shave that lasted nearly two days. I started looking into razors and stuff, but told myself I wasn't going to buy something else until I used up all of my Excel blades I'd accumulated years ago when finding the Gillette Fusion Excel blades was difficult (they're readily available again these days).

Fast forward to last month when I got married, and I purchased all of my groomsmen proper safety razors but didn't buy one for myself. I bought them all the MÜHLE R89 (aka Muehl) closed-comb razors which looked awesome and the weight was substantial. Reviews were great too. I also bought them each a 5 pack of Gillette Platinum blades, but couldn't afford to get them the brushes, bowls etc. and figured they'd continue to just use regular shaving cream anyway. Of course my middle brother forgot his before he left to go back home to NC, so I figured I'd try it out for a while before mailing it back to him. The shave was different the first time and took some getting used to, but as I got the hang of it, I decided to compare it back to my old Gillette Fusion Excel, and honestly this safety razor shave is far closer. Now that I actually need to send it back to him I'm thinking I'm just going to buy myself my own.

I went back to my barber last week and we got to talking about razors and stuff and I told him I was using the Gillette Platinum razor blades on the safety razor and he said the Wilkinson Sword blades were way better and gave me a 5 pack for free to try. Not bad! It looks like the forums all recommend Feather razor blades as well, so I'm going to give those a try next. I was never even considering buying a brush but he said it literally helps to raise the hairs up, providing a closer shave, so I may ask for one some day.

Anyway, I figured people may have recently switched "back" and may have some feedback, or were on the fence about trying safety razors. If so I'd say go for it! Especially since you may be able to score one as a gift for the holidays.

Some additional details on what I've tried so far

-Muehl - aka MÜHLE 89 safety razor:

http://www.muehle-shaving.com/en/Sho...earchparam=r89

Because I was an idiot, I bought them in person through The Art of Shaving for like $80 each

http://www.theartofshaving.com/R89-G...efault,pd.html

and later kicked myself when I found them on Amazon for $50

http://www.amazon.com/Closed-Double-...ords=muhle+r89

-Gillete Platinum Razor blades (started with first)

-Wilkinson Sword blades (using currently)
http://www.amazon.com/Wilkinson-Clas...lade+wilkinson

Feather Hi-Stainless Platinume blades (trying next)
http://www.amazon.com/Feather-Hi-Sta...8071183&sr=1-1
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Old December 8th, 2014, 03:43 PM
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Old December 8th, 2014, 03:56 PM
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Ha! I was a sucker for that throwback style single razor that guy from pawn stars was promoting. Like it a lot. My .02
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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:02 PM
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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:05 PM
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Wait, you got married?
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Yeah got married last month. Had a blast, thanks!


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Ha! I was a sucker for that throwback style single razor that guy from pawn stars was promoting. Like it a lot. My .02
Yeah which one was that? I only saw the commercial once and never again. Which blades are you using?
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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:17 PM
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http://www.highya.com/micro-touch-one-razor-reviews

And congratulations again! I saw how you had broken down just before the ceremony! I hope it all turned out well and that you got the 90 in the wedding shots you wanted! Did you honeymoon right away?
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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:19 PM
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I shave as little as possible, and as often as necessary. I use a planet destroying, greenhouse gas emitting, global warming contributing DISPOSABLE razor. I think they are Gillette. I get the 100 pack at Costco.

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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:22 PM
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Costco? I shave with a dull, rusty Gränsfors Bruk axe using dirty gutter water. .
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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:33 PM
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I dont always shave, but when I do:
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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:40 PM
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Old December 8th, 2014, 05:11 PM
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I dont always shave, but when I do:
these things are the most dangerous things to put on your face, yet for some reason dudes seem to think they're manly.

what's worse is that every guy i have ever heard talking about them has never used one, and uses electric/disposable razors instead.

using straight razors for shaving ranks right up there with using a red hot poker to cauterize surgical wounds. there's a good reason why new tech was invented!
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Old December 8th, 2014, 05:33 PM
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Costco? I shave with a dull, rusty Gränsfors Bruk axe using dirty gutter water. .
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Old December 8th, 2014, 05:58 PM
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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:48 PM
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I havent used shaving cream in years, pretty much since my time in the army. Use to use disposable razors and shaving cream (gilette w/lotion) then in the army the stuff in that was to much for my face so I started using barbasol(?) which was straight shaving cream. Then left that stuff behind and just used the disposable razor with the strip still and still do till this day. Just recently changed up to triple blade cause they dont sell the double blade disposables at Costco anymore.
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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:57 PM
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I find the cheaper the razor the better it works ... washing them in alcohol keeps them sharp and a 5 pack would last a year .... if i bothered to shave ...
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Old December 8th, 2014, 07:18 PM
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When people seen/watched me shave they are astounded that Im not peeling my skin off cause I shave so quickly. I have used single blade razors in the past and when I first started shaving in my teens. Dont see the big deal.
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