Switching to a Safety Razor and double edge blades

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  1. Dunerunner

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    Bought a old style safety razor and 100 double edged blades today. I'm just tired of spending $14 every month for a razor or $23 for blades.

    Those multiple blade razors are too light weight and don't shave as close as the old style razors.....

    100 blades for $7...

    Initial cost -

    Parker 99r heavyweight razor - $68
    Parker silver badger shave brush - $65
    Shaving Soap - $3
    Bay Rum aftershave - $0 made my own!! :)
     
  2. AMproducts

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    I gave up on shaving some time ago, I don't think I've shaved in 2 years.
     
  3. Dunerunner

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    Thought about that, but I look like a scruffy old goat if I don't!
     
  4. CFletch

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    I use an cheap electric, and some disposables when it gets too long for the electric. It does only a mediocre job, but it is required for my part-time job. I also seem to be fine using the same disposable for months, so it isn't expensive.
     
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  5. Dunerunner

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    Disposables are too light and "bounce" when I shave. That causes numerous micro cuts and irritation. Loving the safety razor, but have to be careful at the start! :)
     
  6. CFletch

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    Just switched to a safety to save some money and see what the fuss is about. It worked pretty well.
     
  7. Dunerunner

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    Loving mine. Just have had it a little over three weeks and can now shave without nicking myself. The plastic multi-blade disposables are set at a preset angle, a safety razor isn't. a good shaving brush is nice for a change from the 25 year old boar bristle brush I was using....
     
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    I had a beard for years but gave it up I've used all the various razors but since I shave once a week (when I shower) the cost of the disposables isn't too high
     
  9. Dunerunner

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    I had a beard when I was in my thirties. It attracted food particles and was generally more of a pain to keep looking presentable than shaving. So one morning I got out the barber shears and it was gone forever. Not to say I don't allow myself to get a two week scruffy going once in a while, but mostly I'm clean shaven daily!
     
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    Not exactly great if you don't get the blade locked down. I managed to remove some hide the other day. Took me a half hour to stop the bleeding!
     
  11. Hook686

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    I have a few safety razors and a box of blades from back in the day. For the past 30 years my choice has been an electric razor. Never a nick with an electric, and yes the first few shaves with a new blade have been known to leave a nick, or two. A cheap harbor Freight solar battery charger will keep the little electric razor battery charged and rechargeable batteries can be replaced if you stock them.
     
  12. Swedish K

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    I have been using a straight razor for years now - no buying blades at all. Just a few hones a year and a few laps on the strop daily. I do use disposables on occasion when I don't have the time for enjoying a shave with the straight!
    Lately I've been picking up old straight razors here and there to restore them - amazing how clean of a shave you can get once you learn how to use it without slicing yourself ;)
     
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    Oh, we need pics of those restored straights!! :cool:
     
  14. Swedish K

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    I have to get some nickel silver rod stock to put the latest one back together and I have to order in some greaseless compound to do the final buffing on the blade - still some minor pitting but way better than when I started with it - the current project is a 1920s western cutlery I picked up at a pawn shop for $8
     
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    They sound beautiful. Wish I could see your collection! :rolleyes:
     
  16. AMproducts

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    So looking through the threads list, I saw this one, and kinda got to thinking, I also switched over to a safety razor about a year ago. I bought one of those ones from walmart, apparently it's the "van der hagen", It was like $15, and they also sold a big tube of "shave butter" for a few more bucks. I ended up buying 1000 replacement razor blades for about $12 on amazon. I shave 1-2 per week, and replace the blade about every 3-4 times. Which means this is roughly a 10 year supply of razor blades.

    The shave isn't quite as close as some of the fancier razors, but it's more than adequate, it's quicker, I cut myself less, and it doesn't have problems with my shaving cadence which causes clogging of the multiple-razor blades.
     
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  17. MadDuner

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    When I was younger I didn't shave for awhile and had long hair.
    I looked like Charles Manson, which isn't a good look.
    Now I shave 5 days a week and take the weekends off.
     
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    I need to get better about shaving regularly. If that happens I'm going to look into a safety razor setup :D
     
  19. billdeserthill

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    Ever try a block of alum or a styptic pencil?
     
  20. Joe Link

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    Those styptic pencils are a lifesaver.
     
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