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Basil

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Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« on: June 05, 2011, 12:02:34 pm »
I've started shaving the old chin again.

Before, when I was shaving, I used an electric jobbie for years.  I prefer to wet shave, but had to give up for two reasons.
1)  Every time I bought a razor, I'd not be able to find the correct blades after only a couple of months.
2)  Mrs. B's habit of shaving her legs with my razor and not bothering to tell me meant that I would often rip my face to pieces on an unexpectedly knackered blade.

I can't use bic disposables.  I end up looking like I've fallen through a plate glass window.

Any recommendations for a decent razor that uses blades that tend to be generally available?
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 12:10:52 pm »
The stuff you put on your face to soften the bristles is more important than the blade.

I find Tescos multi blade almost as good as the wilkinsons stuff.

Lidle skin moisturiser (Ciel something) is fantastic for softening bristles. Splash on lots of hot water, run moisturiser in, shave.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2011, 12:16:08 pm »
I use an Edwin Jagger DE89, a Feather blade and some quality soap or cream. I've never had a closer or more comfortable shave.

Scrap any notion of getting a decent shave from a modern multi blade POS, they're only designed to keep emptying your pocket every month for a pack of 8 replacement blades at the best part of £12. I can get 100 of the sharpest double edge razors for £15.

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2011, 12:18:59 pm »
I have ver' sensitive skin and I've found the King of Shaves gel very good.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2011, 12:26:14 pm »
For me, solid shaving soap and a brush is favourite, and nice shavey-stuff is source of potential Christmas ideas for various relatives.

I use a four blade system now, but wouldn''t recommend it to anyone.

LEE

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2011, 12:29:28 pm »
The stuff you put on your face to soften the bristles is more important than the blade.

That's not my experience at all.

I settled on Gilette 3 blade system after trying a multitude of cheaper altermatives (see Basil's plate glass window experience).

Yes, the replacements are expensive but I reckon 8 blades last me a year.

Usually the starter kits (with 2 spare blades) are cheap enough to give it a try.

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2011, 12:34:38 pm »
8 blades a year! do you only shave twice a month? They've lost their edge after about two shaves!!

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2011, 12:36:39 pm »
There's a long thread on shaving here

I use a Merkur razor & Derby blades, you can get 100 of these for a tenner on Ebay.  That should keep you going for quite a while.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2011, 12:41:05 pm »
As someone who could grow a reasonable beard in about 4 days, ten days is about the limit for any blade.  Gillette or Wilkinson Sword refills are horrendously expensive and the own-brand ones seem to be very poor, with weak quality control so you often get a new blade that doesn't shave cleanly.

I'm currently on blue Sainsbury's disposables which seem pretty good for the money.  They last about as long as the "proper" refillable systems.  A bit variable but not as bad as I've had before.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2011, 12:44:48 pm »
I get along fine using a Palmolive shaving stick, brush, and Gillette blue II Plus 'Slalom' disposables.

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2011, 01:00:19 pm »
Best blades I've found for comfort are the gillette quatro titanium ones. Not the cheapest, but seem readliy available, and have been around for years. I bought a pack of 15 blades and they've lasted seemingly for ever.

I also use oil rather than foam/soap/gell for shaving. I started with the stupidly expensive stuff, but now make my own, with a bottle of johnsons baby oil (the green one with aloe vera) and 1 drop of tea tree oil for each 10-20 ml of oil. (so around 20 drops tea tree oil in a 300ml bottle)

Dead cheap this way so you don't have to use it stupidly sparingly. The thing to remember though is that if the razor starts to drag you just add more water to the face - not more oil.

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2011, 01:09:11 pm »
What does 'shave' mean?

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2011, 01:16:51 pm »
I've got a full beard at the moment but when I do shave I use a Merkur 34C safety razor and Derby blades. 100 for £8.00 on eBay when I bought them.

The Boots safety razor works remarkably well for a a cheap bit of kit and I used mine as a travel razor until I got bought a Merkur travel razor one Christmas.
Shaving soap and a badger hair brush is what you need but the cheap Wilkinson sword brush that boots etc sell is OK.  I like Taylors soap but if travelling the Palmolive sticks work fine.
Much sharper shave than a multi-blade but be careful at first. The safety bit in safety razor is a relative term in that all they mean is safer than a cut-throat.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2011, 01:30:30 pm »
I use King of Shaves shaving gel & a Wilkinson twin blade razor.Both seem to be forever available at Tesco's.

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2011, 01:38:34 pm »
Partner is happy with Gillette Mach 3 Turbo. Blades are pricy but he doesn't seem to use that many. He shaves only every other day.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2011, 01:45:38 pm »
Wandering OT:The business model of tying the consumer into expensive consumables, such as ink cartridges, or indeed replaceable razor blades, is sometimesd known as "razor blade marketing". I mentioned this to The Boy the other day.  He suggested that in its simplest form, it would be called "Occam's Razor Blade Marketing".  I worry about him, but not a lot.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2011, 01:52:03 pm »
Wandering OT:The business model of tying the consumer into expensive consumables, such as ink cartridges, or indeed replaceable razor blades, is sometimesd known as "razor blade marketing". I mentioned this to The Boy the other day.  He suggested that in its simplest form, it would be called "Occam's Razor Blade Marketing".  I worry about him, but not a lot.

I think I told my dentist that Oral B was part of Gillette.

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2011, 02:16:28 pm »
1)  Every time I bought a razor, I'd not be able to find the correct blades after only a couple of months.

Yebut it's cheaper to replace your razor every couple of months than to buy fancy major-brand blades.

(Shaving is always expensive for me, however, since my whiskers are like gear cables).
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2011, 02:33:07 pm »
Partner is happy with Gillette Mach 3 Turbo.

+1.  Buy online for cheaper prices.

Body Shop do a great shaving cream and using a shaving brush is a nice part of the ritual too.

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2011, 02:37:17 pm »
Watch out, Gillette Mach 3 blades are one of the most commonly faked items (and shoplifted).
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2011, 02:39:37 pm »
Mrs. B's habit of shaving her legs with my razor and not bothering to tell me meant that I would often rip my face to pieces on an unexpectedly knackered blade.


Knowing that Mrs Cass never changes the blade I always take 'hers' out, use one I know is sharp then put 'hers' (or is that 'hers''?) back in.

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2011, 02:39:43 pm »
Remington electric shaver here - face and head.  Titanium and carbon - like this.
It takes about 14 days to get over the razor buzz.

Waterproof so is good in the shower.

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2011, 02:42:06 pm »
Watch out, Gillette Mach 3 blades are one of the most commonly faked items (and shoplifted).

Really? That's annoying.

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2011, 02:45:14 pm »
Partner is happy with Gillette Mach 3 Turbo.

+1.  Buy online for cheaper prices.

Body Shop do a great shaving cream and using a shaving brush is a nice part of the ritual too.

Neal's Yard does a nice shaving soap that will fit neatly into an empty (bought) crème-brulee ramekin.  Shaving oil is useful for travelling (no brush).

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2011, 02:53:26 pm »
Watch out, Gillette Mach 3 blades are one of the most commonly faked items (and shoplifted).

Really? That's annoying.

Yeah, because it has the magic combination of being a very very popular item that's normally quite expensive and easy enough to fake.  (Seen it mentioned on a number of consumer TV programmes, etc).  So only buy from well reputable sellers.
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