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After over a year of using the Merkur blades (they weren't bad), I ordered the Gillette Silver Blues.  They are a serious step above the Merkurs.  The blades are sharp and smooth and give a great shave with fewer passes.  I really enjoy the quality of a good wet shave and I'll keep experimenting with different products.

 

Cool.  I will try those next.

 

And Nightstorm,,,,,or Google,,,,,or whoever you are next week.  When your wife says, "shave or you won't be getting any", you shave.  That's how a horny man shaves.

 

 

If my wife ever offered it up, shave or not, I'd take it, LOL. But, alas, I don't "get any" nowadays, beard or no beard. :lol

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That looks like an awesome deal Zilt.  Great start up kit.  You are pretty much paying for that blade, and then they are throwing in the strop, brush, and soap, but who cares?  Remember, don't get discouraged.  It is all about technique, and enjoying the experience and reward of getting that close shave.  What is that kit, like 5 packs of cartridges?  :lol

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I took up using double edge razors a while ago myself.

 

I've been using a Merkur 32c and like it.  It's already more than paid for itself.  When my can of shave foam runs out I'll be getting some soap and a brush.

 

I've used a variety of blades so far from the 3$ a pack Wilkinson Sword specials at Wal-Mart to the pricier Feathers and I've found that the best blades that work for me are the modestly priced Personna blades that are used for surgical prep.

 

My beard is what I would call "mixed density".  The goatee area of my face is really thick, cheeks are medium and my neck is really damn sensitive.

 

My dilemma was that blades that could cut through several days of growth on my goatee would eviscerate my neck and blades that were ok on my neck would get dulled very quickly going through the thick stuff.

 

The Personnas were decent at everything for me.  Astras "tugged" a bit too much, the Feathers just cut the piss out of my face, and Derby's are similar to the Astras.

 

Although my real issue is that I need to admit to myself that I have to shave more than once or twice a week and they'd probably all work ok.

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How are these things at maintaining a beard style?  I occasionally trim down to a goatee or line my beard.  (One memorable occasion, I trimmed down to a porn stache)  I know the multi-bladed razors are absolute crap at getting an even line.  I use an electric shaver to make the lines now, but if I could do it with one tool I would. 

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So I'm still going strong on this.  I have my safety razor and I shave three ways each time.  With the grain, across the grain, and then against the grain.  I'm a lot quicker now too.  I bought 100 Astro blades, and a year later, I'm only through about 40 of them at most.  I only have to shave twice a week though.  I shave once on Wednesday, and don't shave again until the weekend.  I also flip my blade between shaves which is suppose to help keep it sharp.  But, I only use the blade twice anyway, and then switch.  I have only bought a new shaving soap, which I got Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap from Amazon, and I am very pleased with it.  It doesn't take much to lather up, and it is a rich soap.

 

How are you doing with that straight razor, Zilt?  I've been meaning to ask you, but always forget.  I keep wanting to switch, but I know guys that have, and then go back to a safety razor.  I've looked at maybe getting an adjustable safety razor, and I want to try some Feather razors, which are suppose to be very good.  So I don't know.  Kinda torn right now, and I still have a ways to go anyway before I even need razors.  Haha.

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I have been a member of shave den for about 2 years or so and love wet shaving!

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I have been a member of shave den for about 2 years or so and love wet shaving!

I shave with a de safety razor once a week or two. I only shave every 2-3 days, and i use a dsc triple blade when I'm strapped for time.

 

When i have the time i use Taylor of old bond street sandalwood, an omega boars hair brush, and either my edwin jagger or 1940s super speed. I use the Gillette silver blues mainly. I do use a derby if i start getting irritated, which does happen sometimes (I've always had sensitive skin, and even a mach 3 can irritate me if i shave daily). I finish with some proraso aftershave for sensitive skin.

 

I take a down pass and an up pass.

I have been a member of shave den for about 2 years or so and love wet shaving!

 

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I normally just use up passes some times 2 but not many. Then on the edge of my jaw I need to make a pass from my ear to my chin on both sides. Wish I had been tought to shave as a kid so I know what I'm doing now as a 30 year old man with 2 kids of my own.

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Last week my dad came back from gatlinburg with small shaving kit box.  it had soap, a handmade bowl, and a cheap brush.  The soap was key lime and bay rum scented, and the bowl is really nice.  I haven't used the brush, but i may keep it as a back-up.  

 

The soap smells nice, but I need a bit more experience with using shaving soap, I couldn't get the nice thick lather I normally get with TOBs.  I didn't break out or anything, and maybe it's fine, just different. I may give it another try this weekend when I have more time.

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Ah man, that sounds like a sweet gift.  I need to get a bowl.  I'm still just using the mug deal that I got with my Van der Hagen starter kit.  It works, but the Mitchell Wool Fat doesn't sit all the way down in the mug.  Try using more water on your soap.  I find that sometimes we try to use too little.

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