Wet Shaving DE Revival

Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:23 pm

I'm tired of my current Mach 3 and all the other cartridge razors I've tried. I just ordered a DE razor it's called a fatboy and uses double edged razors like your grand pappy use to use. There seems to be a revival of people who swear these razors give an incredible sharp shave with no irritation. I was wondering if anyone here uses them.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:35 pm

traderfjp wrote:There seems to be a revival of people who swear these razors give an incredible sharp shave with no irritation. I was wondering if anyone here uses them.


Now that you mention it, I would agree. I used to use one, but now use the Quattro. Come to think of it, after the last set of cartridges pricing, I know why they went disposable. :mad:

They were exceptional when you had a can of "Hot Lather", any one remember that?
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:00 pm

You can get 100 Derby blades which are very good for about 17.00 with shipping off Amazon. Most of the guys from shavemyface.com say that they are getting 4-7 shaves from one blade. That's very economical compared to the skyrocketing costs of disposables. These vintage razors are selling for 10-200.00. The one I bought like the one in the pic is silver not gold and I paid 40.00 but it's in pristine condition. The razor is circa 1959-1960. It's called a Fatboy and is adjustable. I also bought a badger hair brush for lathering. I figure I would try shaving at night so I'm not rushed.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: e.alleg On: Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:18 pm

Have you tried an electric razor? It takes about 2 weeks for your face to get used to it but it is very economical if you have to shave every day. I have a beard about 10" long so I should be excluded from this conversation, but I do shave my mustache and neck 4 times a week. I sport the "Amish style" beard. I just use my wife's Venus razor, it works fine. A tip is to shave when in the shower, just soap up your face and then shave. The steam helps a lot, when I shave over the sink I get shaving bumps. I use a motorcycle mirror hooked to the top of my shower.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:10 pm

I always shave in the shower. I tried several electric razors but my face would also be extremly raw after using them. I have very sensitive skin. If I didn't push the electric razoe on my face it literally did nothing. I'm going to try some natural shaving soaps and a brush and see if that helps and then switch back and forth between my Mach 3 and the DE razor for a while.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: bksaun On: Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:18 pm

Mug soap is mild, but try rinsing your razor in cold water to help avoid razor bumps.

BK
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:46 pm

e.alleg wrote:Have you tried an electric razor? It takes about 2 weeks for your face to get used to it but it is very economical if you have to shave every day. I have a beard about 10" long so I should be excluded from this conversation, but I do shave my mustache and neck 4 times a week. I sport the "Amish style" beard. I just use my wife's Venus razor, it works fine. A tip is to shave when in the shower, just soap up your face and then shave. The steam helps a lot, when I shave over the sink I get shaving bumps. I use a motorcycle mirror hooked to the top of my shower.



Amish Eh?
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: livefreeordie On: Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:57 pm

e.alleg wrote:I use a motorcycle mirror hooked to the top of my shower.


You know ... that's why I love this web site & the folks who post here. :D
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:11 pm

Once again a topic I can relate to.

I have been using a Gillette double-edge razor since I was old enough to shave. I am satisfied with the results, I'm quite used to it. I think the razor dates back to sometime in the 1950's. It originally was my father's, back in the '70's we got him a razor that used a cartridge that contained a steel band that had a razor edge, you would advance the band with a little lever as needed to the next edge.

I think I used those "new fangled" disposable multi-edged razors a time or two, always go back to the double-edge.

I also have a Schick Flexamatic electric razor that my parents gave me in the late '70's. I use that when I am in a hurry in the morning or really bleary, with the double-edge I would surely inflict some serious wounds.

I always wanted to try a straight razor, also known as a "cut throat" (death wish?).
I buy the local ShopRite supermarket's store brand blades (the only double-edge blades they carry).

Good luck, Trader, with your "new" razor. It might take a little getting used to, no ergonomic handle there!

I'll post a photo of my razor over the weekend.

After shaving I rinse my face with cold water. I heard it closes up the pores and lessens irritation.
And then there's the Aqua-Velva.......
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:16 pm

Single balde razors are for real men. I'm still a girlie boy with a my DE and direct vent. (: On the forum there is no real consensus of what blade is best but there are many to choose from. The one blade that everyone likes is the GIllette blades made in Sweden. They are expensive compared to the other brands. A lot of guys like Derby blades. I look forward to seeing pics of your razor. Today I bought some shaving soap to go with my badger brush. My face has been raw lately with my Mach 3's that is the driving force behind all this. I also love mechanical thingies and these old razors are extremly cool. It's also amazing how well many of them have held up over the years. I'm curious if a pivoting head would work on a DE razor? What are your thoughts on this?
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:45 am

I don't think a pivoting head would work on a DE razor, but I may be wrong.
The current razors available that have multiple blades can cause irritation, shaving with them actually removes some skin from the surface. I have another "vintage" razor picked up at a local shop that sells antiques, with it's case as well. It's kind of dirty, I haven't had a chance to clean it up yet. I'll get a photo of that one up as well.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:45 am

Any edged razor removes skin. Now that you mention it, there is nothing that shaves better than a good sharp straight razor. :)
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:10 am

Straight razors are the most economical but I don't think I'm that adventorous. Would they need to be honed after each shave? I like the ad posted. It's good advertising. You want a barber like shave then you need the right tools. Pretty clever. Is it hard to get a good shave with a straight razor? How does it compare to a DE?
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:48 am

traderfjp wrote:Straight razors are the most economical but I don't think I'm that adventorous. Would they need to be honed after each shave? I like the ad posted. It's good advertising. You want a barber like shave then you need the right tools. Pretty clever. Is it hard to get a good shave with a straight razor? How does it compare to a DE?


I used one back in the '70s for a while when I was adveturesome. :) I only strapped it once or twice a week, a good one will hold its edge a lot longer than a replacement type blade. I would recommend the use of a hot lather and the key is in the angle you hold it to your skin (cutting angle). It is fairly easy to use once you get the feel, just don't start practicing near a major blood vessel. :) You will nick yourself a few times before you get used to it, a stiptic pencil should be handy the first few times. :roll: You could go to the barber for a shave and watch how he handles the blade, angle, direction and of course the proper placement of the pinky finger, that is critical (you want to look good doing it, right?).

You will not get a closer shave than this.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:53 am

Yes, a straight razor has to be honed before each use. I have one somewhere around here.
Here are a few photos of my Gillette DE razor, the one I use.
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