#1 in Shaving products
Use arrows to jump to the previous/next product
Reddit mentions of Merkur Futur MK 23C Long-Handled Traditional Double Edge Safety Razor - Excellent Comfort, Control, and Design - 4.2 Inches, Chrome Finish
Sentiment score: 145
Reddit mentions: 262
We found 262 Reddit mentions of Merkur Futur MK 23C Long-Handled Traditional Double Edge Safety Razor - Excellent Comfort, Control, and Design - 4.2 Inches, Chrome Finish. Here are the top ones.
Buying optionsView on Amazon.com
- merkur 180
- long handle merkur razor
- safety razor
|Number of items||1|
|Size||4.2 Inch (Pack of 1)|
An old school Safety Razor.
I've been using one for about 4 months and already saved a ton of money. Those disposable razors and razor heads are a total scam. Multiblades clog up and offer no benefit to the shave.
Smoother and healthier skin because the blade is always clean and always sharp.
A new blade cost me $0.10 and that is for a two sided blade.
I have only one regret in life. Making it into my 30's before discovering this.
I have a solution.
Double edged safety razor: http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1301803036&amp;sr=8-1 I use that one.
Blades: http://www.amazon.com/SHARK-CHROME-DOUBLE-SAFETY-BLADES/dp/B003BWQX46/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1301803078&amp;sr=1-1 I use those at 17 cents a blade, but you can get much cheaper ones too.
This switch has saved me so much money and gives me a better shave. You will also want some shaving soap or cream with a brush. Enjoy
Tl;Dr OP delivers/is a faggot.
Haha, all right, I'll tell you everything I know. First, get these:
First, shampoo your groin hair with the strongest shampoo you can think off. The drier and fluffier the hair down there, the easier this is going to be.
Second, use the body hair trimmer while in the shower to get all the hair everywhere as short as you possibly can without making yourself uncomfortable. If you want to start above the dick, then start there to get accustomed to how the trimmer works then work your way to all the areas you wish to tame. I also shave my gouche etc, it's up to you. This will make the next part a lot easier.
Get some water and get it boiling hot. Then let it cool until you can touch it without seriously hurting yourself. The hotter the water the better but don't burn yourself. Now take the brush and soak it with the hot water. Then swish it around in the soap until you build up a nice foamy lather.
Lather that shit on there!
Here's the most time consuming part. You want to first go with the grain, shaving wherever you are first comfortable with. You want to use as small of an angle as you possibly can, I shave with the blade almost parallel to the skin. You do NOT push hard! It's a light grazing! LIGHT GRAZING! LIGHT! You use the weight of the head of the razor that is ALLLL the pressure you need! If it isn't enough pressure, increase the angle slightly.
EVERY time you pass by with the razor, you wash the blade in the water and apply new soap with the brush until you're satisfied. This keeps the soap and hair from clogging the blades and cutting something or ripping out a hair.
Always switch sides of the razor with each pass. This ensures near uniform wearing of the edges.
After you have passed by everything going with the grain, do the same against the grain. After you've done that, I go perpendicular to the grain for a grand total of three passes. Always cleaning the blade after every stroke, always re-soaping until you're satisfied.
After you've shaved everywhere, It's supposed to take a long time! Hurrying leads to awful bloody cuts! Then you LIGHTLY apply aftershave. It will always burn some, but not as much as it normally would! You whatever aftershave you have on hand.
For the balls, stretch out the skin as much as you possibly can and DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE! The same goes for the skin on your shaft if you have hair there.
Finally, baby powder that bitch! This will ensure you stay dry and clean and fresh all day!
At first, it will itch. There's no avoiding it. After you've shaved down there maybe 6 times, the itching will reduce until you don't notice it. ALWAYS USE A FRESH RAZOR! They're like less than 8 cents a piece, that's worth not having to worry about bleeding all over the inside of your pants!
And that's how I shave.
For those of you who don't have the time but still want to get the job done, here was an insightful post by reddit user: OftenStupid
Disclaimer: If you wish to ritualize some portion of your life, the above is wonderful and I can see how it would be very satisfying. However, If your goal is to shave your junk:
I'm with SuccumbedtoReddit, the guide reads like it was purposefully written for hipsters. What the fuck, a brush? a FUCKING BRUSH? Old-school decapitate-yourself razor?
Please, just get a decent razor like you would for say another part of your body that you do not wish to mutilate like say....ummm.. your face.
Use some warm water, you're in the fucking shower just turn the knob goddamn it.
Apply some shaving cream. No you won't make it, nor handcraft it nor pick it from the freshest cream-trees growing on the purest mountain tops. You'll go out and buy a can that reads "shaving cream" on the label. Apply cream. Fap, if the mood takes you there, as smearing warm creamy-like substances on your privates might do.
Shave. Apply some pressure. Shit, with most modern razors you can fucking hate-stab yourself with it without drawing blood. If you want to be cautious, start gently and proceed according to how much time you want to invest.
Wash it off, re-apply shaving cream, shave against the grain.
Trim the hair on the border between penis and belly, because no-one likes the "this area has been nuked from orbit" look.
Wash off, endure the itchiness for a day or two.
Play with yourself whenever and however you wish to, without the excuse that it's somehow a necessarry procedure.
You may have more nicks if you rush TOO much, but any nicks you get will be tiny and won't hurt or bleed that much. The above is more or less what I do when I'm in a rush, minus the shaving cream.
Solution: Buy a safety razor.
Blades cost as little as 10 cents each and last for 3-4 shaves. I have some that have lasted up to 20 shaves.
Learn more at /r/wicked_edge
Edit: if you're interested, check this kit out https://www.maggardrazors.com/product/maggard-razors-basic-starter-kit/
When you shave against the grain the razor tugs at the hair in addition to slicing through it, pulling it a bit farther out of the follicle. This makes it much easier to get ingrown hairs and irritation on the skin.
Edit to elaborate on everyone else's experiences by adding my own: Using Mach 3s and all that newer stuff I always broke out on my neck. Switching to a safety razor(a big part of this is also finding the right blade brand for you skin, Feather was way too sharp for me and caused razor burn, I ended up going with Derby), using a badger hair brush and shaving soap and making my own lather, shaving while showering and your hair is moist and skin is warm from the steam, and rinsing with ice cold water after the shave are what I found work the best. Hard to nail down exactly what helped the most cause I switched to doing all that at the same time.
Fogless Shower Mirror
Mug to make lather in
Cold Water ;P (I honestly think rinsing with cold water for at least 15 seconds before putting on after shave is the most important part in avoiding irritation and ingrown hairs.)
Best: Use shaving soap & a shaving cream whipping brush, and use a safety razor. After the initial investment the blades are much cheaper. And the body of the device will last a lifetime, unlike any modern razor. http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_lmf_tit_1
was scrolling down just to find this comment. switching to a safety razor changed my life for the better!
guys; seriously, try using a safety razor. you get a much better shave, and a much cheaper shave as well. you can get sample packs and figure out which blade works best for you too.
a good safety razor only costs $35 or so and will last a lifetime. once you figure out the brand of razor you prefer, you can get several years supply of those as well for very, very cheap.
I got these:
Merkur Long-Handled Safety Razor ($32.70)
Razor Blade Sampler Pack ($6.25)
I have coarse hair. If I shave with cheap disposable razors the same thing happens to me. Look into a safety razor. You can replace the razor itself for like 8$ for 100 razors, it's much easier, cheaper, and more comfortable for me.
My routine- shave in the shower. I bring in a clean cloth that I heat up with hot water, wring it out, and apply to my neck. This softens up your hair a little bit and makes shaving easier. I use some over the counter shaving cream, but Tend Skin Air Shave Gel works amazing, but it is a little pricey. I recommend that you only shave along with the grain of your hair for now, you'll see less irritation that way. Once your irritation has calmed down you can shave against the grain. At the end of my shave I'll shave once against the grain to get a closer shave. Rinse with cool water when you're done shaving.
You need to moisturize after shaving, get an after shave cream to help your skin out. I've been using Marlowe post shave lotion that I got at Target.
I hope this helps. You can try with your current supplies what I recommended and see if it helps. Biggest tips think would be to change your razors frequently, put a hot damp cloth on your neck before shaving, and shaving along the grain. Oh and get an after shave.
PM me if you have any questions. :)
Join the sixty cent shave club
Buy one of these
Then one of these
And for 45 dollars, you will have enough razors to last for two years.
And it is 15 dollars for every two years thereafter.
Some comparison math for those wanting to see the numbers right now:
All from Amazon.com, and the cheapest I could find at a decent quality...
Already, the totals are: Fusion, $51.58 and the safety razor, $44.39.
Now, let's shave.
I'm not including cream or soap, since that's a preference for people, and can change prices drastically for what people use. Personally, I use absolutely nothing; water works just fine and I don't break out at all like I would if I applied some sort of substance on my face prior to scraping it off.
We'll give Fusion the benefit of the doubt as well, by getting THREE shaves out of a single blade. The double-edged razors, we'll toss out after every shave (yup, double-edged or not, resharpened or not, one and done for this experiment). We're going to shave twice a week. That's 104 times a year (I wanted a figure close to 100, because I like that number).
Fusion: One razor, 35 blades (three shaves per blade). That's three packs of replacement blades, totaling out to 38 blades including the two that come in the starter pack...$10.59 + ($40.99 x 3) = $133.56. You can go an additional nine shaves before having to buy another replacement pack.
Safety razor: One razor, 104 blades (one shave per blade). That's two packs of replacement blades, totaling out to 201 blades including the one that comes in the starter pack...$29.85 + ($14.54 x 2) = $58.93. You can go an additional nine...ty-seven shaves before having to buy another replacement pack.
The craziness is that even after giving as much home field advantage to Fusion as I could, they still cost over $70 for the first year. Realistically, you can get a lot more shaves out of the single-blade, double-edged razors which increase the longevity of a single replacement pack. If treated properly, one 100pk can last over three years. Those "moisture" strips on blades today last maybe a shave, and they're just about worthless afterwards; hairs constantly get stuck in between the blades and are difficult as fuck to remove, thus causing frustration or added swipes to get all the hairs off your face; and these added technologies like a swivel head, vibrating shaft, lubrication spitting spout, or rotating super ball does nothing differently than what you've already learned how to do with the contours of your own face and how the products treat your skin, rendering these features completely redundant.
It's a no brainer.
Edit: Oops, messed the links up. FIXED NOW!
Edit edit: I just want to state that I am in now way shunning the use of the pro glide if it works for you. If you have found a way to increase the longevity of those blades, and you prefer them to any other blade, then by all means, continue to shave with what you like best. This price comparison is to show to those one the fence about trying a new method, or are searching for new methods to save a couple bucks, that there is an alternative. This formula is very basic, and doesn't contain all the variables that go with shaving (i.e. sharpening blades, the actual amount of shaves you can get from a single cartridge, a high quality durable electric pre-shave, hair growth and thickness). This is just to show that the single blade product at its most basic level is a much cheaper solution to shaving needs.
After reading about it on reddit, this.
Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor by Merkur http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_xw1jtb079350G
I have this one, and it's great
I am a sweaty person. I have tried all the name brand antiperspirants/deodorants. After years of crusted yellow/white stained shirts, I realized that my body seemed to compensate with more sweat, plugged up under the arms, it surfaced on my back and head. Clinical/prescription strength antiperspirants only added to the problem, and my white tees took the damage. Later I found out people, myself included, actually use too much, you only need a super thin amount applied to your underarms, don't go about it like frosting a cake.
Also thinking about the potential harm of aluminum based antiperspirants (you absorb everything through your skin), I moved on to some natural deodorants (brands like Toms) but they just didn't seem to work so well, but i did notice when I applied less deodorant, or didn't altogether, my sweat began to lessen in severity. Anytime I actually smelled (like after yardwork or a any long day in the sun), it was time for a shower anyways. After I was properly applying a thin coat, I settled on Arm & Hammers Essential Deodorant that began to alleviate my problems, notably with my clothing. No more yellow crusty shirts!
But how about some deodorant that will last you several years? Try a Thai Deodorant Stone, I've had this baby for a year now and I can attest that it works great. Nowadays I apply this to my underarms from time to time and lightly powder my feet and groin with a mix of cornstarch and talc. Life is much better now.
TLDR: Use less antiperspirant and try a deodorant stick without aluminum, like Arm & Hammer Natural Essentials, or try a Thai Deodorant Stone cause it rules. Also try applying talc/cornstarch to areas you get moist
And while we're on the topic of saving money on everyday hygienic activities, consider a safety razor (refill blades are $10 for 100 compared to $20 for 8) some nice sandalwood shave soap (I've had this bowl for a year and it doesn't really look like any is gone) and a nice aftershave (I get lots of compliments on the particular scent of this one from those who get close enough to smell it) I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging...
Before I started shaving like this, I had a bit of an acne problem and some parts of my face where I would get spots of dry skin, it's gone now. My skin is mostly clear. You're gonna get a much better shave that doesn't irritate your skin and save a ton of money when you think about the cost of Gillete Quadruple edged razors, plus how much more badass is it to shave like this? This is how your grandpa shaved. The upfront investment is a badger brush, which I called an investment because a good one will last you a lifetime.
That's my hygiene ramble.
You should start shaving with an old school double edge safety razor. See /r/wicked_edge for more info.
I use a Merkur razor and Feather razor blades.
There are special shaving brushes and shaving soap but I don't use those. I use normal shaving foam.
The price is about 30 cents per razor blade. Each blade lasts me a week. However I don't shave every day.
I use a double-edged safety razor (obligatory r/wicked_edge link). It happens to be this one. I also use coconut oil, which is lovely and moisturizing, instead of shaving cream.
There's an initial investment for the razor and blades (I got a variety pack of 60 blades and have barely made a dent after 7 months, since I only shave my legs once a week), but after that, the replacement blades are incredibly cheap; you can get them for as little as 8 cents apiece (!).
It takes a bit of practice to get good with the thing, but I enjoy shaving so much more now! Bonus: no razor burn, and I rarely cut myself anymore.
I have a very think beard and shaving with a safety razor has greatly reduced irritation and other shaving issues. I did the research a few years ago and here is the exact equipment I've been using since then:
Merkur Long Handled Heavy Classic
Feather Razor Blades
Note though that feather blades are known to be the sharpest ones available and aren't usually recommended for beginners (they are made in Japan and laser cut). The consensus is that a new user should buy a sample pack that includes a variety of blades first. Then after putting them each under a trial shave decide which one is best for you.
If you want to really get into it, I'd recommend searching for wet shaving techniques on youtube and watching some tutorials. I recommend this guy's channel.
Edit: Here is the site that I bought my blade samples from: http://westcoastshaving.com/index.php?main_page=index&amp;cPath=2&amp;zenid=122d4b8441a2cf87676bab4889929f2c
Also, if you don't want to go through the trouble, gillette sells these types of blades at all the major stores. Also, it's worth noting that blades are a lot cheaper if you buy them off ebay. Either way though they are substantially cheaper than buying cartridges.
These are small, cheap(ish) products with a lifetime guarantee and a good track record:
Merkur Safety Razor, $20
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife, $13.39
Leatherman Multi Tools, $20-Infinity
Darn Tough Socks, ~$20
Saddleback Leather Wallets, $40-infinity
Buck 110 Hunter, $30
Safety razor, something like this guy.
I think you make some fair points regarding time.
However, for less than the cost of a decent electric or one of those silly quad blade handles and a few replacements you can have a shaving setup that will last you, literally, your entire life.
Is it for everyone? No. Is it dangerous? Hell no. Hard to use? Only if you don't know how to shave. Can it be expensive? Yes, I have a $100 brush because it feels like angel wings on my face. But my $100 brush does the same thing a $5 brush does. But let's go down the price list of my initial setup.
Merkur Long Handle Safety Razor $18.99
[Proraso Shaving soap] (https://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Shaving-Soap-Refreshing-Toning/dp/B00837YY18/ref=sr_1_5_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1473962086&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=shaving+soap) $10
[Shaving Brush] (https://www.amazon.com/Bassion-Crafted-Shaving-Professional-Engineered/dp/B016I77CJA/ref=sr_1_10_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1473962140&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=shaving+brush) $8.99
[Proraso Aftershave Cream for Sensitive Skin] (https://www.amazon.com/Proraso-After-Shave-Balm-Sensitive/dp/B008654MNM/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1473962214&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=proraso+aftershave+cream) $16.00
[100 Feather Razor Blades] (https://www.amazon.com/FEATHER-HI-STAINLESS-DOUBLE-BLADES-REMOVE/dp/B00BDM0XZG/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1473962281&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=feather+razor+blades) $24.00
That's enough blades to last you years(and those are very nice, very sharp blades, you can get cheaper ones), the aftershave goes a long way, so does the soap. The handle will outlive me, and the brush will be good for a long, long time.
My $.02 (For ease of use everything is linked to Amazon, prices will vary)
Razor: Merkur 180, $32
Brush: Escali 100% Pure Badger, $14
Shaving Cream: Proraso, $11
Blades: Sampler Pack, $20
And then that leaves ~$20 to play with to buy a a nice book on shaving, or a shaving stand, or some aftershave
These awesome popsicle makers. They come and go but should pop up for about $17.
A butter bell... never deal with hard butter again
A probe thermometer... it's changed my cooking accuracy like no one's business
A safety razor and 100 blades... shave like your grandfather and stop paying $8 for shit blades
15 bucks over budget. Maybe skip the popsicles.
As others have noted, AoS shave creams are pretty good stuff. But $150 buys a whole lot of shave cream.
AoS brushes are egregiously overpriced. For example, this silvertip brush is a re-branded Muhle. It sells for $195, while the same knot in a Muhle-branded handle is $55. I wouldn't go that route under any circumstances.
Maybe a new safety razor? Some are a complete rip-off (eg, $60 for a $20 Merkur 23c or $100 for a rosegold R89 that you can get for less than $40), but others aren't so bad. AoS sells the Merkur 510 for $90, which is only $10 above retail.
Many AoS stores have a barber shop. If one near you does, you could always go for a (very expensive) shave and haircut.
But to be honest, if I were in your shoes I'd just sell the card and spend the money elsewhere. Any hit you take on face value will be more than made up for by increased selection and better value.
Watches (Seiko & Omega, net spent is only like $500)
Fountain Pens (although, so far, I've just been browsing -- saving for a Faber Castell to get started, haha). Mostly because I try (and fail) to draw a lot (also I have a douchier, even worse version of that pic here. Don't ask why.). But I need a refill on pencils first.
Photography - Nikon D5200 w/ a couple of lenses - want but can't afford a Sony A7 (I find myself shooting in the dark a lot), and might end up getting a prime lens soon.
Computers (Used to be for gaming, now it's mainly for photography.) For the heck of it, I'll detail my build - I have an EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti Superclocked, 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600mhz RAM, an Intel core i7-4771 (runs base 3.5GHZ, no overclocking needed), and an Asus Sabertooth Z87 mobo. All displayed on a rather mediocre Samsung S27C750P 27" 1080P monitor, but it's done well for being a 'cheap' monitor. This has been my most expensive hobby, thus far, but also probably the most beneficial. In the future, though, I'd rather put the $2k spent building towards getting a 'real' watch.
Headphones (AudioTechnica has my heart, but there are better brands / headphones out there -- I have the M50 model, but the M50x has a detachable cord, and the same audio quality, and is currently on sale for $100. They use regular 3.5mm jacks, with a gold-plated .25" that can screw on over it to use other audio systems. I don't go all out in this area, and don't use any sort of sound-card or box). Plus with soundcloud there's an abundance of free music.
Coffee (Start doing it right, and all the other hobbies will benefit! Except you'll have no more money. Buy fresh, preferably local-roasted beans. Buy a french press if you're on a budget, or a $5000 espresso-handjob machine if you aren't. Or just go support your local coffee shops.).
Someone else mentioned mechanical keyboards, down below, and I got a Das 4 (w/ cherry mx blue's) recently, so I suppose I can list that as well. I do a lot of random writing - that is, I'll have an idea, start writing something, get about 2,500 words in, and then abandon it forever. About like how I draw.
But I really suggest drawing and music. Very therapeutic, and they don't have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Also, I loveCars because of local car-meets - they're great places go and get some pretty neat photos. Look up "[your nearest city] cars and coffee]" and you should be able to find a nice monthly or weekly meet up. There was a great one in Charlotte that I went to pretty often, and the stuff where I am now isn't too bad either. The people are usually pretty cool too.
All that said, can you recommend me any pens?
Edit: Also, just because of your fondness for fountain pens, you might find DE razors to be the preferable way to shave - pick up one of these, a few of these (platinum coated is razor sharp - but that means no cuts, because you use hardly any pressure). And then, of course, a pure/best/super badger brush, depending on your budget, and some proper English shaving product (I use Taylor of Old Bond Street, because of prices, and they do perfectly fine). It's not really a 'hobby', but there's ample room to get into it and it's definitely a more enjoyable way to start your morning.
Actually when you click on the blades link it will show all three things as "frequently bought together." The only thing missing would be a brush: http://www.amazon.com/Escali-100-Badger-Shaving-Brush/dp/B003WR3QSG/ref=pd_sim_hpc_5?ie=UTF8&amp;refRID=1616A06J3C54Z4CXGWHN
Check out a Merkur safety razor (https://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G) and a sample blade pack from amazon.
Get an inexpensive shaving brush to start with to see how you like it, but eventually drop more money on a nice brush. Spend $10-$15 to start then expect to drop $50+ on a nice pure badger hair brush in a few months. The badger brush that I bought for like $70 I still have with me 4-5 years later (although admittedly I don't shave terribly often). Once you get that pricey brush, get a cheap plastic holder for it as well - keep the bristles pointing down instead of up - after using it leaving them facing upwards allows the water to settle around the base and weaken the glue holding in the bristles, ultimately destroying your expensive brush. Not good.
Check out Proraso soaps in a bowl - more convenient than paste or anything else, I've found. They have multiple types, here's my favorite as it makes my face a little tingly: https://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Shaving-Soap-Refreshing-Toning/dp/B00837YY18
If you prefer your own bowl, Proraso makes a paste and you can get a mug or bowl to mix it in - I found I preferred the ready-to-go stuff as it's faster and makes it more likely I'll shave regularly. :)
Then, after you've done all that and realized it's the best shave you've ever done and it's actually way more fun to shave than you ever thought it'd be, go for a straight razor. Don't do an actual blade, strop, and all that stuff right away. Instead, just go get a disposable straight razor blade holder and some blades: https://www.amazon.com/Equinox-Professional-Straight-Single-Blades/dp/B0118BJ0PA and learn how to use that thing. Then if you're like me and shave once every week or two (super lazy!) you can literally take weeks of beard off in a single pass with a straight razor and a fresh blade. I stopped here, personally, didn't go on to a full straight razor as they're pricey and you need to maintain it (oil, strop, etc) - likely something I'd let slide and ultimately wish I hadn't spent the money on...
Also, get a styptic pencil: https://www.amazon.com/Woltra-Styptic-Pencil-Small-0-25/dp/B000EGIEOE - it stings a bit when you cut yourself but almost immediately stops the bleeding. Unlike cuts/nicks with a multiblade razor, cuts with a safety razor or straight razor are actual "cuts" - and they bleed like cuts. Like, "blood trickling down your face" type cuts. They look worse than they are because you have water on your face and it thins the blood and it runs more, but it bleeds. This will stop that bleeding really fast at the expense of a little more pain right up front. I keep one handy.
I've turned several friends on to at least the safety razor. It's way more fun to shave that way, less expensive, and is better for your skin to boot. If you like a really close shave, too, you can get a better shave overall with a 3-pass technique (I don't do that, personally) as you get better. All sorts of options...
edit: mentioned the brush holder
edit2: styptic pencil
Bam! and [Bam!](
Shave for years.
I'm not sure about straight razors, but I switched to double edged safety razors and it is so much better than Gillette crap. I bought this Merkur Safety Razor, 100 Derby Blades, Shaving Soap, And a shaving brush.
I spent a total of $60 and the only thing I've spent money on since is different soap. I bought these things over two or three years ago and I'm not even close to running out of razor blades. I get a closer more refreshing shave and I don't spend anywhere near the money I used to spend on shaving. Also, I thought it would take me longer to shave, but I spend about the same amount of time shaving.
I've never used an old school straight razor, but I'd like to at some point. However, it would be a considerable investment initially. At least $120ish for a nice blade, you gotta buy sharpening stone, probably also on a special strop for finer sharpening. So there is more time in preparation and conditioning before and after shaving. I would imagine that it could be very satisfying if you're willing to spend the time and money.
Use these with it.
Lather up with this.
Shave in the shower using this.
I believe the term you are seeking is "Zero Waste" living, or something close to.
Researching a bit of "zero waste" living products may help you get started with some ideas! I find a lot of material on youtube about zero waste living and am dabbling into the reality of the lifestyle myself. I am not sure if you are a man or woman, or what kinds of products you do use in your bathroom (toiletries, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, etc.) But I figured I would offer a few of my favorite alternatives to common items that you may look into.
Safety razors. Disposable razors/plastic handles with replaceable heads are convenient, yet highly wasteful and overall expensive to maintain. There are lots of stainless steel safety razors on the market with the feature of removable blades (of which you replace and recycle once your current blade has fulfilled it's purpose). Safety razors range from about $25- $50 and can last up to a lifetime. The replaceable razor blades can be found for very cheap (their lifetime lasts according to your usage). Here are amazon links to exemplary items:
Safety Razor: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_boeIybWZE9JXX
Safety Razor Blade Replacements: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QY8QXM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_WoeIybSASAFBK
Homemade deodorant and/or natural sustainable deodorants: These can be tricky to get started with. Most commercial deodorants use aluminum to block your sweaty glands and completely block the process of perspiration. So, I urge you to take on natural deodorants with patience and give different methods a chance to work for themselves.
You can make your own, in a glass jar with ingredients that are less harmful to your body and this may be the best method to find something that aligns with your own body chemistry. A typical recipe for homemade deodorant would be 1 part coconut oil to 1 part bicarbonate soda (baking soda). BICARBONATE SODA MAY IRRITATE YOUR UNDERARMS. For the first couple weeks of usage, you may experience irritation of your glands purging the aluminum blockage and other toxins built up over time. Baking soda may also cause irritation to those who shave quite frequently, however I have found that applying this mixture at least 30 minutes after I shaved armpits in the shower, that I am less likely to get slight itchiness, if any at all. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY IF THIS METHOD IS NOT TOLERABLE FOR YOU.
If you are not keen on the idea of slathering on some good old homemade, Hippie salve, then Piperwai AND Schmidt's are popular brands with minimal packaging that seem to work for majority of people. These two products still contain bicarbonate soda, but will save you the convenience of not making your own. There are plenty of zero waste options that do not contain bicarbonate soda, but I have found luck with this formula and haven't looked beyond to seek anything else. Again, youtube is a good resource for finding such.
Piperwai Deodorant: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011SM7IGM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_FweIyb6Z2E2RM
Schmidt's Deodorant: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018K3HD62/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fxeIybH035978
As for soaps, there are many wonderful body, face, and hair soaps available on the market today. Investing in simple bars with paper packaging or reusable storage may be the best option for avoiding excess packaging. There are lots of options available either on Etsy, at your city Whole Foods, or there are usually natural soap options that can be found quite locally at farmers markets and such hopefully in your hometown. Personal preference will go into certain decision making with soaps but bars are usually the best way to avoid said packaging.
Hopefully this offered a small bit of help and information to help you get started in your journey towards minimalism and green-thumb consciousness! Good luck!
Neither - do yourself a huge favor and get these
This alone will last you a year in blades and refils of more blades are dirt cheap.
1. Aveda Botanical Kinetics™ Hydrating Lotion - Face lotion, applied to face and mustache after shower.
2. Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Soap, MR GLO - Face soap, used before each shave.
3. Proraso Shaving Soap with Eucalyptus Oil and Menthol - Shave soap, whipped up then applied to face for shaving.
4. Proraso Pre and Post Shave Cream - Pre/Post shave cream, massaged into face after washing face with MR GLO. Massaged into face again after shave.
5. Proraso Aftershave Lotion - Aftershave, applied to face either after shave or after shower. My wife likes the smell of this.
6. TABAC ORIGINAL For Men By MAURER & WIRTZ Deodorant Stick - Deodorant, masculine scent of lavender, citrus, and warm florals.
7. Colonel Conk Evernice Model 775 Chrome Safety Razor Stand - Stand, holds DE razor and brush.
8. Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor - DE Razor, great weight and balance used to shave face.
9. Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush - So, so brush used for applying shave soap. Would like a better brush someday.
10. Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades - Razors for DE, my favorite so far.
11. Tweezerman His Moustache Scissors with Comb - Scissors and comb, after movember I decided to keep the mustache so these items help maintain its appearance.
12. Comb - Comb, used for combing hair before and after shower.
13. Aveda Men Pure-Formance™ Grooming Clay - Hair product, used after shower with hair wet or dry. Hair looks natural but styled. I'll use pomade if I want the appearance of having a more polished look.
14. Large Stainless Steel Shaving Soap Bowl from Super Safety Razors - Mug, I'd rather have a porcelain mug for class but this does the trick. I use it to soak my brush and razor before each shave. I also use it for creams when not using Proraso.
Buy this: https://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G
and these: https://www.amazon.com/Personna-Double-Razor-Blades-Count/dp/B0077LAJT2/ref=sr_1_10_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1465613507&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=double+edge+razor
Get your favorite shaving gel/cream and never worry about shaving again.
6 years and counting on this Merkur long handle.
Yup, I used to buy disposables every week completely oblivious. I still look at my razor every day and imagine how much money I could have still been wasting. It blows my mind disposable razor companies are still making money on saps like me back then. Double edge razor companies need to step up their marketing on the 18 year old market.
I have super sensitive skin and used to absolutely hate shaving – which was especially unfortunate because my paleness rivals Jim Gaffigan's and my hair is very dark.
These are tips I've picked up from 2X over time that have made a major difference for me in getting a closer shave without irritation:
Also, you might benefit from reading this thread in r/reddit.com. I imagine men's shaving tips apply equally to us.
tl;dr: use men's razors, men's shave cream or conditioner or lotion, exfoliate beforehand, shave with or at an angle to the grain, witch hazel after, dry off your razor
If you want true buy it for life I would suggest going with a DE razor, especially if you're worried about cost. If you get a cartridge razor, like the gillette sensor, you're going to be paying about $1 per cartridge, at least. Razor blades on the other hand can be less than 10 cents a piece. I bought 100 blades for $9, that's about a two years supply. With the money you save on blades you can afford a top quality razor, which really will last a lifetime. As others suggested, a stainless steel razor is expensive but will last forever. If you don't want to spring for that though look for something like a merkur: http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1463110129&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=merkur
Hey, fellow college student here.
I just picked up a Merkur 180 off Amazon for $30.
Guys, do yourself a favor and get one of these straight razors. You'll be scared as shit when you first use it, but after three or so shaves, it becomes really easy and you'll appreciate that you're spending less than $.25 per razor, you get an awesome shave when you do it right, and you get that cool factor. Bonus points if you graduate to a normal, high quality razor that you strope to keep sharp. Not recommended for a first timer.
Not feeling so bold? Then try a safety razor. Personally I've never used one and they are more expensive for the razors than a straight razor (but a lot cheaper than common razors), but you don't have to be quite as careful.
Your ol' gel/foam will work all the same or you can get shaving soap with a quick search which is a nice addition to the experience of shaving.
I got them so I wouldn't have to buy expensive disposable blades anymore - I also heard that they might cut down on razor burn. I have mixed reviews. I still use a disposable for my armpits because it's just too lumpy in there - you can go a million times faster using a disposable.
For my legs - the razors themselves for a safety razor are INSANELY cheap and come in bulk. The problem is - you need to go very, very slowly, even on straightaways like your legs. Press very lightly - let the movement and sharp edge do the work for you without applying much pressure at all. I learned my lesson by taking a pretty sizable strip of skin off my ankle the second time I was shaving because I tried to go too fast. The shave is very close and leaves you crazy smooth, but I do get razorburn (I have keratosis pilaris though so I don't know if there's any avoiding that). Lotion works. I have trouble with my knees, especially after the cutting incident, I'm scared of cutting myself there. Usually leave some hairs and often go over it with my disposable. And I always do have a couple tiny bloody spots afterwards that I didn't feel when I was shaving, but they're very small and go away quickly.
Bottom line - would I buy it again? Maybe. I think it's better suited for someone who shaves their legs very regularly. I shave maybe once a month or even two months, because I hate it, so making it even more time consuming is bad for me. But if I did it daily I think the safety razor would be awesome because it really cuts down on waste/cost and the shave is SUPER close so you could shave less and still have crazy smooth legs. Works pretty well in the nether regions also, actually. Just go slowly :)
Here is what I bought:
The razor handle is good, but my boyfriend has one that is really easy to replace the blades - you twist the bottom and it opens up the top and you just pull out and plop in the new one. Mine you have to almost completely take it apart, which is dumb. Spend time looking for the one I describe where you can just easily replace the blades.
The blades are good and cheap, I spent some time reading reviews so I believe those are the best quality/price combo.
You are much better off doing this. Disposable blades are a colossal, sucky ripoff.
100 blades - Made in Russia - for $9
The best soap - Made in England - for $15
Merkur razor - Made in Germany - for $32
Badger hair brush - $13
The best aftershave - Made in Italy - $14
So, $83 with money to spare and it's all you need for at least 12 months. The Art of Shaving is neat, but it's grossly overpriced. Clearly they have latched on to the hipster instagrammy nature of society with a price tag to match. I have some of their sandlewood soap and while nice, it's no better than the soap I listed.
It's funny how classic shaving is all of a sudden a trendy thing. All I know is I love it. I came from the 3 NO 4 NO 5 NO a BILLION blade world. It's a joke. Just go old school and take your time. Enjoy the ritual. Baby bottom smooth in 7 minutes. Modern disposable cartridges are a sad scam that society has fallen for. Complete and total scam.
May as well toss this in...especially if you travel. Love mine.
Parker leather razor case - $14
Thats a full year of supplies and a lifetime worth of hardware (minus the badger brush). Think about that for a minute...
I got this razor from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000NL0T1G/ref=mp_s_a_2?qid=1313089770&amp;amp;sr=8-2
It was $30 when I bought it, though. I also bought a stand, brush, and shaving soap at the same time. I think the total was about $70-$80 The soap lasts forever and the stand and brush are 1 time buys.
I just buy blades from CVS. 10 pack is $5 and I've used about 5 in the last month.
Edit: Bad math.
Then: January, 2014
You get yourself a safety razor for ~30$.
Then you spend another 20$ on 100 Feather brand blades.
There you go. Best shaving experience of your life, for the rest of your life, for the price of a few stupid Gillette thingies.
(Get a brush and soap too, if you don't already have them.)
I do the same thing and it works great. I'm a white guy with really straight hair, but I have the skin of an infant and get horrible razor bumps on my neck. This really does help. I figured it out when I had a beard and would shave my neck area then my thick brush would get that area when I shaped the beard. The brush would knock the hairs out of the skin and prevent them from being ingrown.
Another thing I've found that helps a lot is a good razor. I know I'm not in the same exact boat, but as someone prone to skin irritation a nice real safety razor with a good double edged single blade is amazing. I use this safety razor and buy the better blades for it (and they're still really cheap.) Combined with a good shaving soap I barely have any problems compared to what I used to. It's why I grew the beard in the first place.
I really, really recommend you consider buying an old-fashion double-edge safety razor like this one along with a blade sample pack. Once you find the right blade and adjust to the new type of razor, you'll wonder how disposable razors ever became a thing. Even my wife couldn't believe how awesome they are and it took me forever to even get her to try my razor.
If you want an even better shave while saving even more money, consider getting shaving soap + a brush. I've had one of those for like 2 years now.. it's insane how long they last.
There are plenty of sites, forums, and even a subreddit that you can find out much more about DE shaving. Some people really, really get into it so you kind of have to wade through a lot of fanboyism but it's well worth it, I promise.
I use a double edge safety razor like THIS. Most store bought razors can maintain their sharpness for one or two shaves, but this has cheap and changeable blades you buy by the dozens for the same price. It's easy to throw in a new blade and shave away each time. I stress that it is a skill that is learned and you will most likely cut yourself the first few times, but once you get the hang of it, it will outperform any mainstream razors (schick, gillete..etc) you can buy. I get 100 blades for about $24 US and that lasts me all year. I use THESE blades specifically.
Have you ever tried wet shaving with a safety razor? I had the same problem as you for years but I switched and I've had no irritation since. They take a bit of getting used to but you won't look back once you get used to it, honestly.
Try this: http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc
Ok, so I am going to assume (make an ass of both you and me) that you have absolutely no idea what you are doing.
I recommend the following:
IMPROPER HANDLING, EXCESSIVE PRESSURE, OR ALLOWING THE RAZOR TO DRAG LEFT TO RIGHT CAN RESULT IN SEVERE CUTS. DON'T BE A DUMBASS AND TAKE YOUR TIME.
Remember to touch up your side burns and the points where the curves your nose meets your upper lip.
LINKS TO PRODUCTS I USE:
Link to the Razor:
Different people use different razors and blades. I've got a Merkur 180 and a Gillette Super Speed, and Astra blades.
Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce
Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush
100 Astra Superior Premium Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades
And some Jojoba Oil
I am new to this whole world of shaving, and I'm looking to shy away from my cartridge Gillette.
I wish to transition away because:
So, doing some research I found three razors:
Maggards m1,m7,m9,m11 - http://www.maggardrazors.com/product/maggard-razors-basic-starter-kit/
Merkurs - https://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Traditional-Double-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_10_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1525201015&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=safety+razor
Weishi - https://www.amazon.com/WEISHI-Nostalgic-Handle-Butterfly-Double/dp/B00PKHIDRA/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1525201015&amp;sr=1-4&amp;keywords=safety+razor
I'm not looking to spend crazy amounts of money, and the only areas I shave would be my mustache and parts of my facial hair and the facial hair that's on my neck. I style the rest of beard with an electric shaver to so that way I don't look ten years old.. :D
W/ that being said, would the Weishi be the best deal then? I've read that some people found it to be crappy or not cut close enough, and recommended the merkurs and maggards? Would the extra money be worth it? Razors are cheaper, but again, dont wanna spend like 100s on a handle...kinda want something to get the job done and last me a good while.
Is it a requirement to buy shaving soaps, etc or can I just use canned shaving cream?
Thanks for reading!
Have you tried a good safety razor? You can get the blades for $10 per 100 so its cheap even if you only use each blade once. I shave my head and get a super close shave.
I think a great starter safety razor is the Merkur. Check it out here. I also think Merkur makes some great blades.
I'm pretty young too. I started with a Gillette turbo Mach something or other. It didn't work for me, it got clogged with my facial hair and it sucked. Try checking out these two subs, wet shaving is the way to go!
I started with a merkur 180 from Amazon it was like $30 and came with 10 blades it is a kick ass razor and works super well
Good luck and feel free to ask me any more questions
As someone who also struggles from in-grown hairs (very curly facial hair), here is my $0.02.
I think this fits the bill:
I have had a Merkur safety razor for about 5 years now. It's $22 on amazon. You can buy replacement blade packs online as well. I can usually find them in packs of 10-20 blades for roughly a dollar a blade.
Bingo. I'll take this one step further by suggesting that you start shaving with a safety razor, and using a really good, mild shave soap applied with a badger hair brush. The people over at /r/wicked_edge got you covered.
I always had whiteheads and irritation on my chin the day after I shaved. I was using the gilette mach 3, grocery store-bought shaving gel, etc. Every time I shaved, my face would break out the next day where I had shaved. I tried switching to a norelco dry electric shaver, and that helped a bit, but shaving with those things sucks because they don't give you as close a shave, and they are terrible at shaving the neck.
So I read up on /r/wicked_edge, spent a few bucks on amazon on a handle, box of blades (these are RIDICULOUSLY cheap), a badger hair brush, and a mild shave soap and aftershave. Now I'm basically whitehead and irritation-free after every shave. Not to mention I love shaving now, and it's the smoothest, closest shave I've ever had. One really nice bonus is that you won't be dropping $4 per cartridge anymore. Using these old-school blades costs about $0.10 per blade, depending on what brand you get! Be sure to only use the blades once, maybe twice before throwing it out and replacing it. This is key for you specifically, since your face seems really sensitive to dirty / used razors. And at ten cents a pop, you can afford to replace them every other time you shave.
So if you have a few bucks to spend and don't mind trying it out, switch to your grandpa's safety razor-style shaving. I'll include some links (no referral codes, just straight amazon), and some youtube videos that show you how to shave.
One last note: If you do switch to safety razors, watch the youtube videos on how to do it first. You can (and at first, will) cut yourself very easily with these things. You'll learn how to use them, but if you just jump right in and try to shave the same way you did with your mach 3, you'll slice your face up like Edward scissor hands. You have to re-learn how to shave properly.
How-to video: http://youtu.be/HHNHRpWDPvY?list=PL7C10D6F1C8524002
Just finished shaving and had to come here to talk about it! I never knew shaving could be this great! Good bye crappy cartridges and goopy aerosol creams!
Here's the links to the stuff I got:
Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor
Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set
Proraso Ultra Sensitive Pre and Post Shave Cream with Aloe and Green Tea
50 LORD SHARK ASCO BIGBEN CROWN DE Blade Sampler 9E
Any suggestions on other supplies I should pick up to make my shave even better?
Oh and if you're wondering, the basket in the back is something my family's always done. We have a basket of really common toiletries that we keep in the guest bathroom (I shave in the guest bathroom when no one's staying with us so I don't have to fight the missus for counter space) in case our guests forgot to bring something with them.
My safety razor
I went with the Mekur model 180 long handled razor, with Proraso shaving soap. I also got a real badger brush after reading some reviews about how they were better than the synthetic kind.
I am really impressed with the Mekur. It's all metal and really easy to take apart and clean. I would definitely recommend the long-handled version though, because it's not all that long. But I have biggish hands, so that might just be me.
With the badger brush, well... I really like mine now. But when I took that thing out of the box the stank that it produced was prodigious. I soaked it for about two weeks alternately in vinegar and conditioner (both recommendations I found through google). Now it just smells like the shaving soap.
I usually shave after I get out of the shower, because it's easier for me. I fill up the sink with hot water and use that for wetting the brush and cleaning off the razor. Dip the brush to start out, and shake out some of the water. Too much water makes a really loose foam with the shaving soap. Cover however much of your leg you want with the soap (I do by sections, rather than the whole thing at once). Shave one or two passes with the razor, then rinse it. And repeat.
Be extra careful around knees and ankles because, as some of the other ladies have attested, you can cut yourself wicked bad. I have a couple of new scars to prove it. For those areas, you just have to go a little slower and pay attention to what you're doing.
It has definitely helped with my razor burn/bumps problems, in a big way. As an added bonus, my legs are also softer from using the shaving soap.
Depleted uranium core for extra heft.
Hello! I was in your place about 3 months ago, except I have always used an electric razor since I started shaving. If you are worried about skin irritation I would recommend you do not buy an electric razor.
I was trying to nail down what could have been causing irritation in my routine when I googled something like "electric shaver/razor comparison" and came across this image. After seeing that I've gone old school and am shaving with a safety razor. I get 0 irritation after shaving now and my neck is completely clear except for a bit of PIH left behind from my pre-saftey razor days. Plus I picked up a new skill and actually look forward to shaving now, Idk I guess I find the process relaxing now.
You don't need 4! Just 1 sharp one to cut the hair, anything after that is just extra scraping and all that dragging around with all the extra blades is just causing irritation.
here is exactly what I used to shave this morning; about 65$ upfront but after that initial cost buying new blades and soap is something that will happen once every other blue moon as compared to re-upping on cartridges at ~30$ a pack.
*I only have to shave about once every 5 days or so, so honestly I just use a brand new blade everytime I shave. I'm sure I could probably get 2 or 3 shaves a blade but, at ~14c a blade I'm not too worried about being wasteful- I just want them to be sharp as hell and clean
**Wet face and rub this on after you shave to disinfect and close up any nics/cuts
...and if you want to go deeper down the rabbit hole /r/wicked_edge can help you out with that. Videos/links on foaming lather, applying lather, shave angles etc. I just winged it though once I finally had everything- I bleed a little bit the first time but the alum block stops it straight away. I rarely cut myself now
It's hard for me to not mention 4 important items that every man should have in their shaving kit:
merkur 180 long handled razor
feather blades, the sharpest you can buy
For sensitive skin and a close shave, this combo is hard to beat. Bonus items if you really want to shave well:
proraso, numbs the pain
boar bristle brush, really makes the lather
Wet shaving FTW!
Best $33 of my life.
My wife had her first DE shave last night with a Merkur 180 with the blade it came with, a Vie-Long Horse Hair Brush, and Kiss My Face Pomegranate Grapefruit and loved it.
Though she hasn't had anything to compare it to she definitely enjoyed it more than cartridge shaving.
Say you only get 2 shaves out of each blade. (With as cheap as they are it's hard not to feel a fresh blade every time). Say you shave every other day.
So that's 1 blade lasting 4 days. 100 blades lasts 400 days. All for about the same price. Best part is the next 400 days will only cost $14.
I've always heard that safety razors are the best.
50 blades for $35, but in reality since those are double edged blades it's like getting 100 blades because you'll use one side till it dulls then switch to the other. Then once side two is dull you'll put in a new blade. I'm sure you can find cheaper blades as well.
Sure thing. I personally have the Merkur Model 180/23C, but please check /r/wicked_edge's Double Edge Kit Suggestions threads in their sidebar. Can't go wrong with those.
I have a Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor that I like very much. It costs the same as two or three packs of Gilette Mach 3 cartridges.
I'm not sure that it matters much. There are cheap chinese copies that you can get for $3 but I would assume that these are no good.
There is a subreddit called /r/wicked_edge that deals with this stuff. They can probably answer all your questions.
Something like this, http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ buy whichever one you can find that's the cheapest and you like the most
Merkur does a long handle version.
Also, the Lord L6 has a long handle.
If it was me picking between these two... I'd choose the Merkur.
When I used an electric it just pulled all my hairs out.
and cartridge razors all around are way too expensive for replacements. I found a double edge razor (like one of these) was ultimately the best option in value and quality of shave.
The blades are only 10 cents and i never felt like i have to keep using a dull blade because i haven't gotten enough value out of it. Because of that, i could get a more consistent shave. A decent shaving soap helps too.
Multi-blade razor lift and cut the hair under the skin level. That causes bumps, irritation and ingrows. I use a safety razor that has a single blade and it's much better. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G
I don't use any shaving soap down there though.
not OP but trans. I shave in multiple passes. I had laser for about 6 sessions and then lost my job so I couldn't afford more so it wasn't as effective as it could have been, I still have facial hair and shave daily. I also use a safety razor, like this one, http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G. The blades are dirt cheap and do wonders for my legs. You can do well with disposables too, like the cartridge razors. After your first pass going either with or across the grain of the hair, then rinse lather again and shave against. You can get damned smooth (for me about 12 hours worth) and for any visible shadow I just use foundation. Though I've been told that mine isn't near as visible as I think it is. Anyways enough rambling, if you have more questions about shaving, feel free to PM me
This is what I started with:
Below are my suggestions to get you looking around and thinking of options.
Awesome kit - Total: $148.00
Weber DLC razor with Bulldog handle - $70.00
Weber ARC razor - $65.00
Vie-Long Zurito Horsehair Brush - $32.00
Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.
Blade Sampler - $26.00
Great kit - Total: $113.00
Edwin Jagger DE89 Razor - $35.00
Vie-Long Zurito Horsehair Brush - $32.00
Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.
Blade Sampler - $26.00
Decent kit - Total**: $89.00
Merkur 180 Razor - $32.00
Omega Pro 49 Boar Brush - $10.00
Omega Pro 48 Boar Brush - $13.00
Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.
Blade Sampler - $26.00
You should consider switching to a safety razor.
I came here to say make your own coffee and meals, but sounds like you already figured that out. Stunning how much people spend on take-out coffee and food a month. Next up--making your own work lunches. My husband and I cook up larger batches of food than we need, specifically to put up single servings of lunches in the freezer. If you only double a recipe, you both have the next day's lunch, but you can save more cash and time by cooking larger crock pot meals. A surprising money saver for us was getting rid of disposable blade razors and buying a safety razor like this. That paid for itself in no time.
Well there's a bit of up front investment to get a handle like one of these bad boys. Prices range wildly but that's the one I have and I love it. The big savings here is the blades, here's an example of sampler packs, they're dirt cheap and they last a long time, I usually get a month out of one (shaving every 2-3 days) and I've got really coarse whiskers.
You kind of have to change your technique a bit, it's not holding the razor upright and dragging it down, you sort of hold it perpendicular to your face, towards the end of the handle and let gravity pull it down. Takes some getting used to (I butchered my face several times before I got the hang of it) but like I said, savings!
If you want to get reaaaallly into it, you can check out /r/wicked_edge but that place is pretty intense.
edit: Also don't be discouraged if the first blade you try doesn't feel right. I read that there's a big difference between blades but was skeptical (they all look the same right?) it's true though. I really like the Astra and the Feather brand blades, but I couldn't shave worth a damn with the Lords blades.
Time for some gospel... Reddit, please don't use these razors. Use a safety razor, soap, and a badger brush for shaving. I shave my head and face every 3+ days. I go through a small container of soap every 4 months, and I still haven't went through the $10 pack of 100 razor blades I bought almost two years ago. I also get a much closer shave and the soap is not as harsh on my skin as the gel shit. The initial investment is about $70+, but it saves a lot of time and money in the long run and you get a mans shave, close and clean with little irritation. I spent about $15 shaving in 2011. I did cut myself really bad in the first month or two of using razors, but after that I got a styptic pencil to seal up wounds instantly.
Soap: ($10) http://amzn.com/B001RILFDU
Brush: ($14) http://amzn.com/B003WR3QSG
Blades: ($10) http://amzn.com/B003BWQX46
Razor: ($33) http://amzn.com/B000NL0T1G
Styptic: ($1) http://amzn.com/B00112WRB6
Edit: Forgot to mention, I shave my head and face in about 12 minutes. When you have a fresh razor the hair comes right off. I have shaved off 1 weeks worth of growth (think thick irish beard) on one fresh razor in minutes.
Invest in a safety razor.
The initial purchase for the razor itself will run you $30-$40, but after that you only need to buy the blades. I buy Gillette Platinums, which are $6 for a 5-pack at The Art of Shaving.
I use this one. It's nothing special aside from it has a long, textured handle where as my husband uses one with a standard, smoother handle. The longer handle is, for me, better for getting my legs and awkward bikini areas. Look around online and see what looks best. I've seen razors come with cool wooden handles and colored metals!
Keep an eye on it as it can rust and get dirty after a while (like, I don't hardly shave during the winter so come spring I might have some rust from it being in the shower unused). Just pop the blade out and put the razor in the dishwasher to clean it.
Congrats on your new job. Here is a quick and easy intro kit that a lot people start with. there are tons of options so if you dont like this or are looking for something specific just say so.
should be right under $70. Get styptic pencil at grocery for $1 and keep using the after shave you have.
Edit: to say go to youtube lookup matic59 and watch his watch these first playlist. That will give you a great intro to wet shaving. then you can watch the rest of his videos for more specif advice and techniques if you want.
Link to the item: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;smid=A269N201SWOEB6
It can be or it can't be. I started a couple of years ago (maybe 3?) and when I did, I spent about $120 for everything. Since then, I've spent a total of about $50. That includes blades and soap.
Really, to get started all you need is a razor and blades, then you can buy the soaps or creams piecemeal as you go. A lot of manufacturers will give you free (or cheap) samples of their products, so you can try before you buy.
My recommendations for starting out are:
You can get a cheaper razor, but I recommend a longer handle. You can also find nice older ones at antique shops for really cheap if you're willing to clean them up before using them. I'm not that patient, but maybe you are. The blades are a variety pack, so you can get an idea of what you like because they're all a little bit different. The last time I replaced my blades I bought these because they're really cheap (less than 10¢ per blade) and I like them a lot.
Eventually you might want to get a brush and some fancy soap, but I've seen brushes at Walmart for $5 or less.
There's a lot of fancy lingo that goes into wet shaving, but it's really not a whole lot different than using disposables. The only real differences are that you have to take better care of your skin (shucks), you don't have to press as hard with the razor, and you control the angle of the blade (a blessing and a curse.)
If you have any questions, please ask! There's also always the sidebars at /r/ladyshavers and /r/wicked_edge!
I had awful itching after shaving as well since I have super thick hair. What helped me the most has been switching from disposable razors to a safety razor. This is the razor I have and I love it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
I bought a pack of 200 blades for like 10 bucks and I can switch out the blade every other shave. I think it was using razors for a long time that really caused the itching for me since they got dull but they were so expensive I couldn't justify using a new one so frequently. With this I can change out the blade often without feeling bad. Using it is a bit of a learning curve but I prefer it so much to disposable razors and will never go back. It'll save you a ton of money in the long run as well.
If you're using modern razors that might be the problem. I used to be the same as I too have incredibly sensitive skin. Totally changed my life when I was given this razor as a present... they are so much gentler than the manufactured multi-blade razors like gillette, especially since you can control the angle yourself. I even ended up going and splurging on a cutthroat after which while still softer than modern razors I don't think is quite as good as a double-edge safety IMO.
And quite apart from being better, they're so much cheaper to use. A pack of 100 blades for about €8.
Downside is shaving will take a little longer, but IMO it's totally worth it. I'd honestly give it a try.
I hollowed out the entire piece of maple and epoxied it over the original handle.
Here is the original razor
I switched to a Merkur safty razor about 3 months ago (I used the same vibrating nonsense Fusion razor previously). I've been very happy with it. Shaving takes longer, but I get a better shave, and it's more enjoyable. I think I've nicked my face twice since I started. If you go slow you'll be fine.
I'd recommend checking out some of the forums like Badger and Blade and some youtube videos like mantic59's
Keep in mind, especially on the forums, there are some self righteous nuts who take themselves and their shaving method a little too seriously. It's not a big problem, but be aware so you don't get put off by it.
I got all my stuff on amazon (because I have a prime membership), But west coast shaving is a favorite of many. A usual recommendation is to get one of their blade samplers, so you can see what works for you. I like Derby extras, but blades are a personal preference thing. Most people will tell you to stay away from feather blades when you're first starting. I haven't had a problem with them, but my razor isn't super aggressive and my face isn't overly sensitive.
You have to get your technique down before you'll get good shaves, and that takes a while. The most helpful advice I got was to lock your wrist and make all the movement with your upper arm. This helps you to keep a consistent angle, and was really helpful for me.
Is it more economical? It can be, blades are much cheaper than modern cartridges. Especially once you figure out what type of blades you like, you can buy in larger quantities and get a better discount. The initial outlay is higher though, you'll need shaving soap or cream, a razor, blades, and a decent brush.
On the subject of shaving brushes, most people will recommend you get a badger hair brush. I have both a moderate quality badger brush and a cheap boar brush, and really, I like both. One of the good things about using a shave brush is that it scrubs your face, and a boar brush will do this far more aggressively. feels good man. The badger brushes are softer, and hold more water for a nicer lather. So it's something you'll have to try for yourself.
So if you have $100 to spend, I'd probably go:
cream (if you're not opposed to menthol, proraso if very nice)
So it's not super cheap to get into, but the razor will last forever unless you take an angle grinder to it, the brush will last pretty much forever if you treat it right. You get 40 blades for $16 (compare to 4 blades for the same price for a cartridge) and the proraso is a big ass tube that will last you a long time.
Hopefully that was all coherent enough to be useful.
Also, Buying shaving stuff can be addicting. Looking around at this stuff makes me want to spend at least $400,000 on razors and brushes and shaving creams. beware.
I got this one on another redditors suggestion and I've been very happy with it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G It's inexpensive at $30, and it seems to be a quality razor.
For blades, I went ahead and ordered 100 blades that the same redditor recommended. They've been fine, but I've been reading a lot about wet shaving lately I've found that most people recommend trying out a lot of different blades to see what works best for you. I kind of wish I wouldn't have bought 100 of a single brand before trying some others out. No big loss, it was just $17 for the 100 blades. I'd say look for a sampler pack of blades.
I started with this one, it's a standard high-quality safety razor that comes with a few replacement razors. Very nice starter.
/r/wickededge is honestly quite snobby when it comes to their gear. Safety razor shaving is such a cost efficient way to shaving it's ridiculous. A pack of 100 blades will run you 10-12 bucks. I recommend Astros, it's what I use personally and what I use in the shop. I use https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000NL0T1G/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1472843191&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=safety+razor&amp;pi=SY200_QL40 as my safety razor in the mornings. Very well balanced and made to last. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000G647Y8/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1472843342&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=beaver+hair+brush&amp;pi=SY200_QL40 gets the job done and is cheap to replace after a couple years of use. You'll want one of these for drying of the brush and to keep the razor off of the table https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00SA7NVPG/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1472843397&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=razor+brush+stand&amp;pi=SY200_QL40. And a ceramic bowl for lathering https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00TKIW3R6/ref=mp_s_a_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1472843474&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=lather+bowl&amp;pi=SX200_QL40. There are tons of YouTube videos on how to shave properly so watch a few of those to get you starter. Hope this helps!!
I've read from other users on Reddit a few weeks ago that the Merkur Safety Razors are supposed to be extraordinary as long as your willing to slow down and take your time. Haven't tried it myself but I've been 'man razer' curious and getting fed up with the cheap $3 dollar razors myself.
I think I'm one of the few people that switched to safety razors for the financial savings and actually got that savings, because I didn't get sucked into all of the accessories.
Honestly, I use my relatively generic safety razor ($35) and got bulk double-edged blades ($10). I did that....three years ago? And I'm maybe halfway through.
I don't shave every day, but honestly, I'm good shaving a surprisingly many number of times on the same blade. If I had been going through my old standby of Mach 3 (turbo (express (vibrating))) or whatever it is now, God only knows how much money I'd be in for.
The single biggest improvement in my shaving life was when I went to an old school barber and told him that I kept getting massive razor burn under my neck with a safety razor, and he was like, "that's because you're doing it backwards". I was shaving down, from my chin toward my chest. My hair doesn't grow that way - I need to shave from the bottom of my neck up toward my chin. (you may be different).
After I figured that out? Never going back. Also, I use conditioner instead of frothy mugs of soap. It just works better for me.
Electric shavers are a scam lol, get a safety one. You can get a good safety razor for $35, and anyone who tells you that you need more than that is wrong. Replacement blades are cheap as fuck, and you don't need to use the fancy soap, unscented supermarket shaving cream works just as well.
This + this = less $ for P&G
I believe you are correct. I use double-edge razors to shave and those go for about $0.50 a piece. I get them in packs of 10 for $5. Those are freely available at the counter. No need to get anybody to grab a pack for you.
Seriously, I don't know why people use those 5-blade razors that go for $10+ a piece when they can just get a regular razor. You get just as close of a shave.
This is what I use.
> Some kind of universal blade system for razors?
Yes and its amaing. You can use double edge safty razors made 50 years ago and its just as compatible as ones made today.
I think this is the one I use:
Then I buy Derby 100 count blades off ebay or amazon (Make sure they are double edge)
They are literally less than $0.10 each.
Question, since there is some discussion in here about razor use:
Have any of the women here tried using a safety razor, such as this one? I'm always trying to convert my fellow man friends, but not sure if these suit women's needs.
It's crazy inexpensive to refill these things with blades, and they provide a great shave. I can't imagine paying for commercial "Mach 3" type razors.
Double edged razors are a great way to start. You could get a Lord L6 as your basic starter, or an Edwin Jagger DE 89. You can also get a Merkur.
Congrats on getting out of that bad foster situation man. I might have a few tips and tricks I haven't seen getting put out yet for you.
Also, I highly recommend sticking with something like an Old Spice deodorant and no cologne, unless you can ask a girl that you trust what cologne would smell good on you. And then only use a spray or two under your shirt for the day.
Biotene mouthwash (from Wal-Mart again) dissolves the gunk that is left on your teeth after eating, makes brushing your teeth much more effective. It's a bit more expensive than Listerine, but I've only had a couple cavities in my entire life.
A good, comfortable pair of shoes will make you feel and look better. If your feet hurt, then you will hurt all over. My personal favorite for everyday wear is Macbeths (you can find them at Journeys in the mall). Good foot support, they look great, and they're (relatively) inexpensive. I was without a vehicle in California for about 6 months, wore a pair out walking everywhere in them without a single problem.
I know I'm late to the party, but I hope these help!
Razor: I started with this Merkur razor (and I'm still using it after two years). Edwin Jagger is probably equally popular, but I haven't tried them.
Brush/bowl: I was given this bowl/soap/brush/holder kit as a gift and still use it, but the brush broke after about a year (I could probably fix it with some good glue but haven't bothered yet. The holder is nice, but you might be able to find just a brush and bowl separately slightly cheaper if you're on a budget. I didn't use the soap in the kit because:
Soap: Proraso soap was suggested and I ended up liking it a lot. Some people like to buy sampler packs of soap/cream as well, but this was good enough for me, and it would take me forever to get through samples. This Proraso got me through 15 months with an average of one shave per week.
Blades: I started out with a sampler pack of blades from Maggard Razors, and Gillette Silver Blue and Gillette 7 O'Clock (both yellow and green were the same to me) ended up being the easiest on my face. I tried Feather, but they were way too harsh at first, I think because I hadn't really gotten the technique down yet. Gillette was more forgiving, but once I got better at shaving, I was able to use Feathers.
Other: Lastly, I really like using an alum stick after shaving to help close up pores/tiny nicks (weepers), but they're not necessary. I also now use Shave Secret as a first layer when I start my second pass (against the grain). Again, not necessary, but I think it helps me personally a little to have that extra layer of protection to prevent razor burn. It does gunk up your razor a little, though, so just be sure to keep it clean.
I still only shave once a week, and I have a 3 day minimum in between shaves, otherwise I'll still get razor burn. Read up on some info in /r/wicked_edge. /u/Leisureguy has a ton of great comments in that sub. Sort his comment history by top, and you'll get plenty of good advice right off the bat. He also has a blog. My best tips: Make sure you use a shallow angle (as opposed to the perpendicular/90-degree shave you're used to with cartridge razors), and don't let your lather be too dry. Also, if your area has hard water, consider using distilled water to make your lather. Maggard Razors has been really great at shipping fast and having good prices for me and carries everything I mentioned, but there several reputable online shops. I know lots of people prefer to use Amazon, so I linked everything on Amazon except the blade sampler pack.
this + these is ez shaving for pretty cheap, and you can even reuse the blades a couple times. Just make sure your shaving cream isnt poop.
My husband uses a safety razor and is SUPER into it. It's a "thing". We got his handle off Amazon... same one he saw at Art of Shaving but significantly cheaper. The blades are SUPER cheap.
He loves the brush and the soap in the bowl rather than the traditional shave cream because combined with the razor it gives him less ingrown hairs, but that's just preference. He uses Clinique for Men Post Shave Soother and swears by it as well. One little bottle lasts him a good 6 months. I think the combo of his products, liking his handle, and just changing the blade out way more often gives him a better shave and less ingrown hair problems. He's jewish with that super course hair that they tend to have and a LOT of it.
The LORD is a fine super-budget razor to start and get a feel for it, but keep that in mind as you use it. Before you make the judgement to not try a DE shave if it's not going well after you buy this kit, consider getting/trying a better quality razor.
I don't know your budget for this, but the recommended razor around here for beginners is usually the Edwin Jagger DE89.
Personally, I use the Merkur 180 Long Handled Safety Razor.
They are the same price at around $33 each.
I've never used one of the butterfly ones, but I could never figure out the appeal. On the model I have, I could adjust blade angle by tightening the handle, but I never really bother.
This is the model I use (long handle because I have long hands): http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G
I like the weight. It means I use the weight of the handle to do the shaving. I guarantee that any of the people giving bad reviews on this are pressing WAY too hard on their safety razor, which is a huge mistake. The shaving should be due to angle of approach and not pressure.
The reason I'm pointing all this out is that you should NEVER need to use leverage when shaving.
It also worries me slightly to see only one guide for loading the blades. There are probably some edges I'm not noticing that secure the blade better, though.
Never been into a straight razor so I use a metal safety razor instead.
I use a Merkur Model 180, a cheap shaving brush (about $15) and simple shaving soap. (about $2.50 each) I buy 100 Razors and one blade lasts a good 2 weeks on average.
Its about $60 initially, then 2.50 every 3 months for new soap, and $16 around every 3.8 years for blades. (3.8 years is an estimation based off 2 week blade use, haven't reached it yet myself.)
Yeah, its going to be more expensive over time for sure compared to your set up, but it beats $34 for 8 razor heads every 3 months.
I have senestive skin so I always try to get something that helps me not to break out. The cream keeps my face smooth and teh razor best bang for the buck
Cream:Van Der Hagen Shave Butter
Shaving gel with menthol plus a safety razor is the best I've done.
Look into using a safety razor. It's a little old-fashioned, but...
All in all, you spend most of your money up front, and then you're looking at about $3.20 or less per month for an amazing shave, depending on how little cream you use.
Probably these Razor and Blades
Deodorant - Herban Cowboy Dusk Scent.
Body Wash - tea tree oil from Trader Joe's (buy it there and not on Amazon due to price).
May I ask why you will never go back to Dollar Shave Club? Also, I had had good luck with the Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor (MK 23C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ujR4ybKK22DQ5
I also love and use Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor,and the Carbon Steel Straight Razor 6/8" w/ Box
I've come to love this one! http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414821841&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=mercer+razor
Then in that case if you want to up the ante of gift giving, (i ordered all my supplies on Amazon since i have Amazon student and 2 day free shipping) but i also ordered a stand. Like you can build your own kit really nicely and then arrange it for him as a surprise!
Shaving cream, my favorite
And as for a cup to mix the shaving cream? Don't bother buying one just use a short mug it's much easier
Also, think about it this way, when you are using a regular 4 bladed razor you need to go over each spot at least 2 times right? That's as if 8 individual razors went over that spot. With a single blade you usually get every hair in one pass but sometimes you need 2-3 but still, 2-3 is less that the original 4 so you're regardless way less likely to get razor burn
I used men's razors before switching to this safety razor.
Do you have access to Amazon?
I use the Merkur 180 DE razor and I love it! It has a good weight to it and the handle is long (shaving legs with a short handle razor is tough).
Here's an Amazon link for the razor : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_VVfsub1BZRSMF
Definitely this: http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1459122717&amp;sr=8-21&amp;keywords=shaving+kit&amp;refinements=p_72:2661618011&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=addourscom-20&amp;linkId=6d423b293672e355131ea6bfe2cecb14
Merkur is a household name. Here's a pretty cheap one on Amazon.. Most people suggest getting a sampler pack of blades to find what you like. I'm a fan of Derby myself.
I'd recommend this Merkur DE razor for $29.28. I've had mine for 3 years, and absolutely love it.
So I get the shaving cream all mixed up with a brush and then have at it with the shaving razor?
Is this a decent razor to invest in? https://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_wl_huc_item
i just did (better term would be "gone with a more cost-effective solution"):
merkur 180 safety razor: $30
10 merkur double-edged blades: $7
My process. I shave my head in the shower but you may not want to, like to, or feel comfortable doing so.
Bald life protip: If you are going this way get to learn your scalp. Your skull probably has bumps and ridges that you may not know very well yet. Get to know them as most of my early cuts were from trying to rush and the blade catching a little.
Shaving tip: Short, soft strokes with a sharp razor. I can't stress this enough.
Last tip: When beginning to shave your head do it when you have time. Don't do it before school or work do it before bed. Take your time and you will get a better feel for what works best for you.
Parker and Merkur make good razors. They're more expensive than something like you could get from Maggard but if you have free gift cards, what the hell.
Razor - Long handled Merkur
I have this Parker brush and I love it. It is pricy and doesn't really fall under "starter" or "budget" labels but it is a nice, soft brush. If you don't want to spent that much or you want boar there are plenty of other options out there.
Tons of blade samplers out there. Pick the one that fits your budget.
I recommend a cream to start with as opposed to a soap. Creams are super simple to build lather with. TOBS is always a good choice. My favorite from them is Eaton College. but they have SEVERAL scents in their lineup.
That's all you really need and it can all be purchased from Amazon. Happy shaving.
And something like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Z85VJK
Why spend $100 when you can get an excellent razor for less?
An old-school style safety razor, a pack of 200 blades, a good brush and some nice shaving soap.
Total cost: about $70 if you get the cheeper packs of blades. He will probably not need to buy any shaving supplies for at least a couple years, and when he does it'll probably be just another $12 pack of blades.
Plus you can get nice smelling shaving soap, and it all looks classy. Be a little cautious in how you approach your brother about the Hygiene Improval Project; kids that age can be really self-conscious.
As another person said, get a double-edged razor. They're much cheaper than Dollar Shave Club and so much more badass.
This one is a top seller, and I've used it for years. I'm a man who shaves my face 2-3 times/week and sometimes shave my torso, and it'll take me years before I go through my $9 100-pack of Derby razor blades.
Or buy a Merkur and shave like a real man!
do this, no questions asked:
Awesome. Thanks so much. So I'd be set to if I get a kit like this?
Amazon has this brush, this razor, and this soap on package deal.
and this alum block
Does that look like a good start, and am I missing anything?
If you can't find a vintage Lady's Gillette, consider the Merkur 180 (a.k.a. Merkur 23C). The one you'd get wouldn't be vintage, but at least the short handled version has been around for some 80 years. It has a long handle, good weight and grip, and it's all metal.
On the other hand, if you're happy with your Lord, why not wait until you make a nice find? If you convince your friends to get one of their own, maybe one of them would let you try the model they've got, so you could compare.
You can get the Merkur 180 for pretty cheap over at Amazon. This Tweezerman brush is a cheap but capable item that's good for beginners. You'll want some soap or shaving cream, Col Conk/Proraso are popular soaps and Proraso is the go-to cream. Blade preference varies from person to person; some blades irritate some people's skin, some aren't quite sharp enough, etc. You'll have to learn as you go. It's generally agreed that Feather blades are super sharp, so you may want to stay away from those until you're more used to DE shaving. You'll also need a stand because your brush has to hang bristles down while drying; I've got the Col Conk one and it works well, but I've seen ones that work just as well made from wire clothes hangers so that's the way you want to go on a budget.
I got all this awesome stuff being shipped to me at the moment and I can't wait to use it:
Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set - Soap, Bowl, Brush),
100 pack Derby Blades, and Styptic Pencil
Well, maybe not the alum pencil, but everything else I'm pretty amped about. I do need a brush stand though.
I figured I'd start with a decent razor and upgrade everything else as I got more familar with wet shaving.
EDIT: Too early, need coffee.
Merkur SV-05X with Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades.
Thank you for the contest!
My cheapest item is Magic card! This safety razor would be sweet.
You could go that route, reviews seem positive. Or you could tweak it a little.
Here's one option:
With a few bucks left over for [Supplies] (http://theholyblack.com/)
[A safety razor] (http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395519333&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=merkur+safety+razor). Seriously. You'll get a better shave and the blades are dirt cheap compared to the garbage sold by Gillette and Shick. And they last longer.
It could very well be the electric razors, bud. Have you been to r/wicked_edge? I suggest going there and reading the FAQ bar on how to shave with a DE safety razor. I've been doing it for a few months and it's completely transformed my face (although I switched from disposables, not electric). My best friend has been using an electric for years though and complained about irritation. I got him to try the DE safety razor and he really loves it. His face has cleared up and he doesn't get ingrowns anymore.
If you try the safety razor, I recommend these starters:
Or you could try this system which got positive reviews by a user on wicked edge. Bevel
I recommend shaving after a shower, using a thick lather with a brush, and shaving with the grain only. Study your face before you shave. Notice which directions the hair grows on different parts of your face, and be careful to shave with that growth pattern. Use some alum and an after shave with alcohol in it afterwards to reduce redness and ingrown hair.
Feather Double Edge Shaving Razor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003YJ70NY/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_DXoeub1JVDWVW
Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_.Xoeub144MZWE
I have the second one, waiting on feather one as travel item
Does he like star trek? This book is super cool.
Aside from nerdy, maybe he would enjoy something like this. Beers are best enjoyed in the appropriate glassware!
edit- I got this razor and this blade sampler kit for my ex and he said it was the best gift he had ever been given.
How can anyone take shaving advice from a grown-ass man still shaving with a disposable razor? Get a fucking safety razor, you won't regret it.
They are German-made and available in the US, if that is what you're getting at. Couple those with some Col. Conk shave soap (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0071B7XCO/) and you're good to go!
This is the one I settled on: Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor using these blades 100 Astra Superior Premium Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades and I like Col. Conk Bay Rum Soap.
When I switched I watched a YouTube tutorial and never looked back. The few times I've had to use a disposable it's like shaving with a toy.
Grab a double-edged safety razor. It takes a little to get used to, but within a week of switching I got a better shave for a lot cheaper. /r/wicked_edge welcomes you.
Awesome & cheap Merkur. I love mine.
Are you me? I've been thinking about this for a while and tonight I just spent the last few hours (it's now past 2 a.m. local) reading through the wiki here and Leisure Guy's book and some pdfs, etc.
I came here wanting to learn more about SR. I wasn't aware of what DE was, and I spent the first two hours trying to learn the difference between the two.
Ultimately I purchased a Merkur Model 180 Long Handled DE because it came highly recommended from lots of folks here, it was listed in some of the starter kit links, and because of one other key fact: I have a flight coming up in 10 days and I'm hoping not to check my luggage. I'll have to buy blades when I land, but I can carry on a DE razor as long as there aren't any blades in it.
My hope is that I'll get used to shaving again (I've had a beard for the past 6 years and a goatee for five before that) and after that I'll add an SR to my collection. I realize he's a bit of an expert hobbyist, but /u/betelgeux has both, and seems to use both (in his videos anyway) and that gives me hope that one day I'll tackle step two, the SR.
Here you go:
Merkur Long Handled Chrome Safety Razor
Colonel Ichabod Conk Chrome Safety Razor Stand
Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush
Merkur-Razor Double Edge Razor Blades
Proraso Shaving Soap, Eucalyptus & Menthol, 5.2 oz (150 ml), New Formulation
It is a nice set up to being with. My word of advice: take your time on your first shave to get used to this way of shaving.
The first time I shaved with the safety razor I spent about 30 mins. Now I can do it in 10 to 15 mins.
This video helped me get started:
I got my beautiful adjustable merkur for $32 shipped on Amazon.
Hey what do you think of the Merkur 24c? I'm thinking about getting it, but I wanted a second opinion. Thanks!
Well you let me know when you do that, as I've just got my one Merkur 180 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i06) and am wanting to expand my experience.
This $30 that'll change your life.
Also, this and this and this and this and my very first Amazon order placed August 27, 1998 for this
Get a safety razor like this one by Merkur. You can even find kits that come with shaving cream, and a brush. The blades are super cheap too so you end up saving money over time.
So I got this, this and this. I cheeped out on the brush because I'm poor and figured I could always quickly upgrade later. I'm already spending slightly more than I want on this experiment into manliness (I know I know.... in the long run it is much cheaper). I'm gonna get a blade variety pack soon but quite a few places said I should wait on experimenting till I actually know what I'm doing and can make an informed comparison. But I took your advice on the handle and going to DE shaving to begin with! Plus if I mess up I'll blame my cheapness. Unless I die, in which case your username is going on the headstone.
Here's what I used before.
Perhaps we should compare notes. I just started using one. I dry shave, and the first time I got two little cuts under my chin that were barely scrapes. Here's what I'm using.
Merkur Safety Razor
Personna Double Edge Razor Blades
You're supposed to wash all the oils/grease off your face before shaving, but I don't always do that. The only thing I do is take apart the razor afterwards to clean the gunk off with soap.
Amazon; I got this one.
After several comments, I finally got around to looking it up: my razor is this. But what does aggressive really mean? Something to do with the angle of the blade I'm guessing? Isn't that determined by how you hold the razor anyway?
About two weeks ago, I bought a safety razor and shaving kit with badger hair brush for about $65 total. Best shave I've ever had, hands down.
It was a bit of money up front, but I figure I spend $60 a year on disposable blades for my 4 blade razor anyway. 100 blades for this new razor cost about $15, and I get almost no irritation after I'm done shaving (which was a huge issue with all the multi-blade razors I've used, even with buying the cartridges with aloe strips and all that).
If you're looking for more of a one off thing, I know that there's a place on Scholls Ferry called Barbers that offers a shave, but I am not sure if they use a straight razor or not. It's also a bit on the pricey end, at least compared to your normal hole-in-the-wall neighborhood barber. Hope this helps a bit.
I bought one of these after using a friend's. I just got it in the mail today and it shaves better than the Gillette piece of trash that I had before.
I guess the only thing I can recommend is what I use.
I use this body:
I use this shaving soap:
I use a brush that came in a set from walmart back when I started using these 5 years ago.
And for the actual blade, I recommend getting a variety pack and deciding which one works best for you. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038KA5RC) is an example of one.
I personally like stainless steel blades, but that comes down to personal preference and your facial hair type. If you are just starting I recommend getting a cheaper razor body (my first was some set I got for real cheap, thinking under $20, that came with a soap, a bowl for the soap, a brush, some blades, and a body.)
My kit consists of-
Extra blades- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PZEHIK
I am making the switch too. After reading a lot on here and talking with a buddy who uses a DE this is what I ordered (should be arriving today). Total cost was around $125. If anyone knows anything I should add let me know. (Edit formatting)
Double Edge Safety Razor Blade Variety Pack
Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor
Taylor of Old Bond Street St. James Shaving Cream
Nick Relief Styptic Pencil
Colonel Conk Evernice Model 775 Chrome Safety Razor Stand
Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush
Proraso Pre-shave Cream
Wow. I paid ~$40 to ship a Merkur to PR.
I looked at my order receipt from Amazon it actually says it's a 180. So I'm not too entirely sure. Here is the link I have to it; it's the long handle version.
You really don't need to go as far as a straight razor. A double edge will be just as "for life" as a straight razor will be, and will still save you tons of money on blades vs. cartridges.
I shave with a Merkur DE and bought a 50 pack of sample razors so I could find a brand that works really well on my skin.
Geen idee over wat er in Amsterdam te krijgen is, maar in combinatie met de mesjes waar OP om vraagt en die ik zelf ook gebruik, gebruik ik een Mercur long handled safety razor.
^((sorry voor de Amazon links, woonde destijds in de US, bestelde alles via Amazon)^)
Thanks for all the info, I suppose its time to upgrade.
I tried doing some research and your right this handle is rather mild, Im looking for a more aggressive one then would this Merkur work?https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G/
Im looking to get a razor on Amazon due to convenience, any suggestions would be appreciated.
I've had success with both a straight razor and the 'old school' Safety razor.
Blades are dirt cheap and you can afford to toss em away after one use. You can get a pack of 50 for about 5 bucks. Witchhazel as an aftershave as well.
Congratz! I have a Merkur Long Handle one. Been shaving with the same razor handle since 2012. It's been very nice to me and my skin. I actually get less irritation as well. I buy a pack of 100 blades per year from Feather Blades. They cost me about $30 dollars total. That's less than what I would spend on TWO months of shaving. Hair clippers, hair trimmers, double edge safety razor and the savings add up quickly!!!
Bought my grandfather a DE razor as well, he loved it! He didn't know they still sold those. He was so happy! I buy him blades in packs of 100 or sometimes 200 to make the international shipping worth it.
One thing I would suggest is getting a brush with a large knot. I recently got this one and my wife likes it for her legs because it is so soft, holds a ton of lather and is very large so it covers a lot of area space fast.
as for a long handled razor I would highly recommend the merkur 180.
How I shave is detailed below. The most important thing to do is a pre-shave scrub and to 'treat' the skin by putting unscented anti-persperant on the shaved skin, and also not to wear tight clothing for some hours after shaving, although loose cotton underwear should be OK.
Safety razor, good razor blades, soothing shaving cream, shaving brush. See below.
Have a shower. Scrub your crotch with a lemon-sugar scrub to remove all the dead skin and oil.
While you're still in the shower, put a dab of shaving cream on your wet shaving brush and work up a good lather on your crotch. Shave with the grain. Learn to use your razor on your legs before you take it near your clit. This isn't a venus, if you make the wrong movement with this razor you can slice your most sensitive of sensitives wide open.
Watch some tutorial videos. Safety razor shaving isn't difficult and men manage to shave their faces every day using them without incident. Go slow and take your time to learn the techniques.
I've linked some good starting products below. Your mileage may vary.
Well those will do, but that's like saying you're going to buy a Dodge Neon over a Mercedes because hell they both have four rubber tires and that's all that really matters right? So in other words, yes it will work but the weight feel of a nice razor (this is what I use) makes it a big difference.
as others have stated, not every razor refill is expensive, mostly just the Gillette/P&G ones. they just put a lot of money into marketing and capture enough market share that they can get away with their rampant price increases.
here's what you need to do.
buy one of these: Merkur Long Handled Chrome Safety Razor
and a package of these: Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades - 200 Ct
even if you use a new blade every time you shave, that's less than $0.07 a shave
I can only speak from what I've heard from others online, but I'd say yes. It'll take longer to shave with, and there's a transition of learning to use it, but once you have it figured out you'll be glad you made the switch. If you're gonna use a DE, you'll definitely want to do the whole package and get a shaving brush and a real soap or cream. It takes a little longer to use, but it gives a much better shave and is also much healthier for your skin than stuff in a can. Here's a razor I'd personally recommend. If you really do want to try it, you'll have to do a bit of research to figure out what you need. As I said before /r/wicked_edge is a good starting place.
Razor is expensive but this is what they use in the old days and it's what I use. It's pretty good after using this you will wonder what in the heck was the point in all the extra blades on those other razors.
When you need more razors you just buy them for like 3.50 for 10 blades. You can easily change them monthly and keep the razor, well razor sharp.
dollar shave club? or go with the original safety razors https://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G
Smoothest and best shave I've ever had. I've lost 3 of these fucking things to ex girlfriends who started using mine and never stopped.
This is the first real one I bought, with 4000+ reviews. Back then it was like $35, too..Looks like the market is kinda collapsing under its own weight.
As far as the razors thing: go get yourself a double edge safety razor like this. It'll run you about 30 for the razor, 30 for the brush, but the blades are about 10 for $5. It'll save you a lot of money in the long run and give you a much better shave.
Spend $50, lasts like more than a year, also once you get used to it, a more enjoyable and better shave, same amount of time w/ skill
Came here to say exactly this.
Here are some links to the exact handle and blades I use myself:
Mercur Model 180
Derby double edge blades
As someone who just switched from cartridge razors about a month ago:
>The first is it takes a lot more skill and effort to use the safety razor.
I couldn't disagree more. I was terrified at first, and was almost shocked at how easy it was to pick up. I nicked myself once, the very first time - and haven't seriously since. And really, that's why god invented styptic pencils.
>With the safety I might be able to shave the time down to 15 but it's still with much greater effort.
...I don't know how you're shaving that it takes you 15 minutes. I mean, if you're using a brush and everything - yeah, probably - but I don't currently have the money to invest in one, so I've been using regular old shaving cream from a can (I know, blasphemy. I'm sure I'll switch eventually - but seriously, it works just fine.)
You have to make shorter strokes than you would with a cartridge razor, but that's it. It takes maybe a minute longer - but not significantly so, or I wouldn't do it. ~5-7 minutes, max.
>Third thing is cutting yourself is more common but it's not just easier to do, you can also actually leave a scar if you haphazardly use it on your face or rush.
Again, I was terrified of this, and find this to be incredibly misleading. You can nick yourself, but you honestly would have to try pretty damn hard to cut yourself any worse than you could with a cartridge razor. Maybe if you, like, sliced it horizontally across your cheek or something, but why would you do that?
In addition, while it does have a higher intro price - from that point on, your blades are dirt cheap. I mean, seriously cheap. Like, 100 blades for ~$15 cheap, though when first starting, you should spend a little more and get a variety pack to see what blades work best for you. Even still, it pays for itself inside a month or two.
For anyone looking to switch - this is the one /r/wicked_edge recommended me, and I've loved it so far. I'd never switch back, because I honestly haven't found a single downside. Blades are cheap, shaving is quick and close, and most importantly to me - my face doesn't constantly hurt anymore. If you're prone to razor burn, a safety razor will change your life.
Thank you very much for your advice. Using it I was able to make a list of stuff to buy:
[Safety Razor] (http://www.barbershop.no/muhle-r89-twist-tradisjonell-barberhovel) / Considering this one as an alternative
[Sample Blades] (http://www.amazon.com/FEATHER-Oclock-SILVER-Blade-Sampler/dp/B004UIZFQW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1451666031&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=razor+blade+sampler+pack) / Considering to just get these right away
[Shaving Soap] (http://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Shaving-Eucalyptus-Menthol-Formulation/dp/B00837YY18/ref=sr_1_1?s=luxury-beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1451661564&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Proraso+Shaving+Soap)
[Beard Shampo] (http://www.barbershop.no/beardbrand-skjeggsjampo-tree-ranger)
[Beard Conditioner] (http://www.barbershop.no/beardbrand-skjeggbalsam-tree-ranger)
[Beard Oil] (http://www.barbershop.no/beardbrand-skjeggolje-tree-ranger)
[Beard Brush] (http://www.barbershop.no/oak-natural-beard-care-skjeggborste)
[Badger Brush] (http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Safety-Razor-Silvertip-Included/dp/B00LEU3PJS/ref=pd_sim_194_3?ie=UTF8&amp;dpID=51OTe6MleLL&amp;dpSrc=sims&amp;preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&amp;refRID=0540M8DXQ0NG605310NR)
[Lather bowl] (http://www.amazon.com/Edwin-Jagger-Porcelain-Shaving-Handle/dp/B000FIH8XO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1451664550&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=lather+bowl)
[Beard Scissors] (http://www.barbershop.no/seki-edge-skjeggsaks-mustasjesaks)
What do you think?
>Definitely don't shampoo every day,
Why shouldn't I shampoo every day?
>and definitely don't shampoo worth something not meant just for beards.
What do you mean?
Try a safety razor a good shaving brush and a quality shaving soap. Use it one time and you will never use anything else. Unless you wanted to go a step further and use a straight razor. Also, shave after a hot shower (or in one) whenever possible. Using a shaving brush and safety razor has been my favorite part of getting ready for my day for years. It is almost therapeutic for me.
I'm not recommending any of those specific items. They were just the first ones that popped up. Do some research and there are tons of options and accessories out there.
Seriously, buy a safety razor, blades are ~$.12 a piece
The Merkur Long Handle is a relative deal at $20 from amazon with free shipping.
Maggard Razors has a great starter kit with a razor, a few different packs of blades, an excellent brush, and one of their bestselling soaps for $30.
Also look into the Edwin Jagger DE8x series, Parker 24/26c, or Muhle R89.
Click some of the links on the right sidebar for more recommendations.
My preference would be for the Maggard kit. The 3 piece razors (Maggard, Edwin Jagger, Muhle, and many more) have mostly interchangeable heads and handles.
I would also stay clear of Amazon unless it's a seriously good deal (like the Merkur above). There are a bunch of excellent mom & pop vendors with much better customer service, and they really appreciate the business.
20 for the razor
20 for 2 100 ct blades
If you were to shave everyday and swtich out the blade. That set up will last you 200 days. If you were to shave every other day, that set up will last you 400 days.
Price wise you cannot beat DA shaving.
Found this on sale, might help with your neck beard.
I have a three piece DE...
is that not possible for most people? Merkur 180 Long is what I use. I don't wash it so to speak, I just rinse it with hot water.
It's way cheaper. I only do a few times with each blade, maybe 4-5 though you could probably get more. I get like 50 blades for $15 on Amazon.
Feather Double Edge Blades, 50 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGG3MNU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Mshsyb12YQ268
Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ithsybSPNB9Z7
Don't know about the soaps and balms, but I can say you definitely shouldn't buy a razor from them.
For example, they're selling the Merkur 23C which you can get on Amazon for $23, and they're selling the exact same razor for $40.
Oops, I wasn't speaking precisely. Mine's merkur, not gillette; I just meant that the size, shape, cut, and fine style details are the same.
Compare the handle, head, etc.
No issues with it, it works perfectly. If I had to buy it over, I'd get one that didn't require me to put my fingers so close to the blade in order to screw on the head; although several years now and I haven't cut my fingers, so maybe it's not a real danger.
I'll second that recommendation of the Parker 24C or 26C. I have the 24C and it's my third razor (others being a 1954 Gillette Super Speed Flare Tip and a Merkur long handle) and I absolutely love it. They're $29 on Amazon.
I lurked Amazon for the longest time eyeing this Merkur Long Handle safety razor Then I saw this video review and I was sold.
I think you'll be ok, I switched my ex over to a DE and she loved the change. I'd recommend a long handled razor. Gillette used to make something known as the Lady Gillette. Merkur also makes a long handled razor called the 180C, I own one and it's a very nice razor. The longer handle should help you out and both are mild razors so they're perfect for learning.
You don't need to use soap or cream, though it certainly will help. My ex would just lather up with soap if she was in a rush. If she had more time she'd use a can of shaving cream, she had no interest in the more traditional soap and brush method.
Best beginner DE Razor... the Merkur 23c. Feels very similar in the hand to the cartridge razor that you're used to... and not too aggressive of a shave so you shouldn't get too many nicks when you're just starting out. It's also $23, so you might actually save money over a Harry's deal.
I used to use a merkur safety razor like this:
It worked really well, but now that I live in a colder climate it just feels better to use my beard trimmer on the lowest setting when wearing beanies and whatnot.
I have sensitive skin on my face personally, I found a type of razor that actually helps to reduce the irritation. Safety razors (yeah I know kind of old school) But when using them it helps to reduce irritation significantly (at least in my experience) I personally use a Merkur safety razor. You can also get womens safety razors but for whatever reason they cost more. On top of that I use a boar hair brush, but some people prefer badger hair brushes as they are softer and are easier to use on softer soaps. Then go onto r/wicked_edge as they have tutorials on how to use the type of razors. You can also look for shaving soaps that contain aloe or things to soothe the skin during shaving. So look at the links and determine what would be best, you can also look further for other types of soaps, blades, and the razor itself. You will also need some sort of bowl to keep the shaving cream. You will and a stand to keep the soap from ruining the knot inside of the brush itself. This type of set up made it so I don't get ingrown hairs or irritation.
Buy a safety razor.
Replacement blades are 10 cents and will give you a better quality shave at a fraction of the cost. I'll never shave with plastic cartridge razors ever again.
And, you have the bonus of never having it clog with someone's pubic hair, plus the double-bonus of the fear factor most people have. Blade dull from someone else's use? Get a new one, spend only a dime, win at everything.
I know the blades make the biggest difference and I'll be getting some 5 packs to sample.
In your opinion how much of a difference does a safety make all thing considered? Does a quality safety give a noticeably better shave? Or is it mostly about prepping and technique?
Since all things considered the brush, lather, etc is going to cost more, would it be better to get a $30-40 safety like this one - http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1390276531&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=merkur
A safety razor, bought one about 4 years ago and I still love using it. New blades cost about $.10 and I never cut myself with it. It's really nice not having to buy lots of cartridges for razors all the time.
I got this one for like 12 bucks, and you can get a 100pk of blades for 12-15 bucks. It is the only way I can shave, if I use a regular cartridge razor it absolutely destroys my skin and my face is covered in rash. I change my blades every ~4-5 uses, so that 100pk of blades would last you for quite a while. They also give a smoother shave than cartridge razors.
Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_CyM5wbX7B5TBH
For anyone wondering what razor that is. Bought one last year and love it. Initial expense is high, but you come out ahead after about 6 months.
$20 Merkur I got on Amazon
If you've enjoyed that well enough but prefer a longer handle I'd suggest https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_5VRDzb20JA9P7
Pretty much anything by Merkur, Muehle or Edwin Jagger will last you decades. Personally when I'm not using a straight I go for 3-piece DEs bc I can change handles when the mood suits.
Get one of these. Blades are about 20 cents and last a couple of shaves each. It paid off for me in a few months of shaving and will last you many many years.
I have been using a safety razor for a couple years now (Merkur 180 with the Feather blades) and it is the best. I thought about getting the straight, but I am more comfortable with the safety. The blades are super cheap, so I don't mind replacing them.
I can't recommend the Merkur Long Handle MK 23C enough. It's inexpensive, it has a nice weight to it, the metal stays nice and hot while you shave, and the long handle is comfortable to hold (and a nice transition if you've been using disposable/cartridge razors).
As long as you properly dry it out when you're done and not let it get rusty (I just put mine in the windowsill to dry in the sunlight), you should definitely be able to hand it down someday.
While I'd be happy to sell it to you, you should definitely look over the postings by the veterans here on the sidebar as to what to get for a first DE. They recommend getting a non-adjustable to start out, and for around the price I'd be asking you could get a pretty decent (and brand new) Edwin Jagger, Merkur, or vintage Gillette Tech or something on eBay and be off to a fine start. The Slim was my first razor, and trying to figure out the adjustments set me back a good 3-4 weeks filled with consternation fiddling around with the settings, all the while not knowing what the hell I was doing.
Although, as we say around here, YMMV. So what was a flop for me at the start might be a success for you. I still have it, regardless, so you say the word and I'll send a PayPal invoice.
God, I would be the absolute worst salesman. Maybe some other people can weigh in on this situation?
After some careful deliberation and lots of research here on w_e, I bit the bullet and made a $100 purchase (more than I would have liked, but I think I can justify it):
Merkur 180 razor $31 for my large sized hands. Good reviews all around and price seemed comparable to the Edwin Jagger that was recommended.
VDH Men's Luxury Shave Set $32 I went with this set basically because I wanted a shaving mug. Also, I'm not convinced I could purchase each component separately and save more than a few dollars while retaining quality. The soap has great reviews, the brush seems decent (good for a starter brush) and the stand is bonus. If I purchased each component separately I might have been able to save a few dollars, but it's easier to start out with the kit, I think.
[This blade sampler] (http://www.amazon.com/FEATHER-Oclock-BLUEBIRD-Blade-Sampler/dp/B004UIZFQW/ref=sr_1_2?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1331009882&amp;sr=1-2) $16 This was a recommended sampler on one of mpperry's links, I went with it because it's a good variety of brands I recognize from research and gives me more than one or two blades of each brand.
[This alum block] (http://www.amazon.com/Tulumba-Barber-Alum/dp/B000VXELII/ref=sr_1_3?s=hpc&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1331010211&amp;sr=1-3) $8 incl shipping Again, found this through research. Alum block was said to be a non-essential, but I have sensitive skin and it sounds like alum will help me with razor burn and dryness. Plus, I figure, if I'm making the change, might as well go whole-ish hog.
Finally, This nick stick $8 because I know I'll screw up a few times, and I can't be bleeding all over the ladies all the time.
I skipped an aftershave, mostly because I didn't want to pay for shipping. I can probably find a decent one at Walgreens or something.
Although I didn't buy many of the things mpperry recommended in his awesome comment, I plan to use those things in the future when I'm no longer a beginner. Better soaps, better blades and better brushes are in my future, when I'm getting better shaves!
Shipment should arrive over spring break, I figure that's a good time to learn. Can't wait!
This merkur and two orders of these blades have lasted me eight and a half years.
Safety razor, yo!
Here's what I learned that blew my mind and basically turned me off of overpriced plastic multi-bladed razorblades for life; the point of two or more blades is for the first blade to pull the hair out, then the second blade does the cutting, so that you're basically cutting it off at the root. All that tugging is what causes the razorburn. FUCK. THAT. NOISE!!
Get a good safety razor, like this one (the one I use) and learn how to use it. You'll razorburn will drop 80% with a few weeks.
You should switch to something like this Merkur Safety Razor. It is only one blade, and a bit expensive, but the blades last a really long and it is a very close shave.
Also, replacement blades are very cheap (a ten pack costs like $7).
Thanks for the advice, do you think it is worth going a bit more on it if I use this razor and then buy an Omega brush and some soap and anum separately?
Does this blade look good to you? It's the cheapest double edged blade I can get with Prime shipping (unfortunately the Dorco you reccomended wouldn't come in the mail for up to a week)
Alternatively I'm considering their best seller, which is a bit more expensive: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=twister_B00CPCLAL4?_encoding=UTF8&amp;th=1
Hey man in the grand scheme of things, I'm pretty new to wet shaving in general. I went out and bought a Merkur Long Handle on a whim because I wanted to mix it up, and try something new. Plus, I thought it would be manly. Anyway, I discovered three things:
Ultimately you just gotta try it for yourself! It does take some technique to get it down well. However I will say I was shaving well enough to avoid bumps/cuts within a week or two!
safety razors don't tug at the hair like normal throw-away razors, mach-3s and other multi-blade set ups.
http://www.amazon.ca/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ is what I have. Blades are super cheap and last much longer than conventional razors.
As for shaving lady parts, you'll be a-ok. :)
I'm actually not sure, but I think it's this one. My girlfriend got it for me. And yeah, hairs have definitely been falling out of the brush a little too often, but I like it and think it's a great start.
Not creepy! I use this thing http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=pd_sbs_hpc_1?ie=UTF8&amp;refRID=09TG44ZSXJ15GWPXV4GA and I just go really slow. The weight of the razor kind of carries it along.
Safety razor. Blade refils are about 10 cents each. As opposed to the $4 -$5 for cartridges.
Which one are you talking about, exactly? This one?
here ya go.
Now you can have the best shave you've ever had and not need blades for YEARS. Honestly, it takes a few times to get used to it, but just go slow. You're probably used to hacking at your face with multiblade garbage.
I'm serious - try the shaving foams for women, (the sensitive skin versions), such as this one:
You could be allergic to something in the regular shaving foam/paste/cream or could even have issues with the stuff that's on the blades (the green bands on Gillette razors for example)
Consider using an old style safety razor such as this one:
You may cut yourself the first two-three times but once you get some practive, that will be history and you'll actually have better results compared to these modern razor blades.
As user Fleaslayer punted out, shaving too close can result in a hair growing askew, causing inflammation.
Always shave with the grain, not against it. Forget those multiple bladed plastic razors that are dirt cheap but shave way too close. The best shaves are done either with straight razors (which take a lot of time and resources to sharpen and maintain) or with the old double-edge blade safety razors.
The double-edge safety razors can be found used, at flea markets, or new from some sources.
You can find specialty shaving shops. The Art of Shaving is a popular mini-chain but pricey. Here's the razor that I own. I would recommend buying online.
Ah. Interesting. It's funny that you mention that because the following two items were already on my Amazon Wish-List: This and This
I did some research awhile back and learned that I was being totally ripped off by the razor manufacturers, especially in the realm of refills.
I wouldn't need shaving cream recipes, though, as I own a little company that makes the best shaving cream I've ever used. We use an absurd amount of aloe and shea butter in ours. We also make a shaving lotion and a shaving gel, but I prefer the cream.
I'm going to clue you into an amazing thing: The Safety Razor.
Yes, it's $30+ dollars. but it will last you the rest of your days, and unlike cartridge or disposable razors, blades are CHEAP. Like $0.20 a piece cheap, and they last (on average I get a week out of a blade)
There's a learning curve, which basically consists of "You won't get it all in one pass, don't be scared of a second" "let the razor do the work" "no pressure on the razor" and "For the love of god stop pushing on the damned razor! That's why you bleed!"
Once you're there, you'll get a better shave, for less money, and feel better for it (disposable razors fuck up my skin something fierce, safety razors do not 1 blade doesn't irritate as much as 2/3/5/11 blades.)
Parker 99R is a nice gentle shaver if you like long handles. Merkur makes a long handled razor as well. Both have nice grippy handles. The Parker 98R 3-piece razor may also be up your alley if you like the size and weight of the Parker 45R.
My equipment is a long handled Merkur and Astra blades.
I did not use identical prep methods. I used Gillette brand shaving gel for the Mach 3. For the DE, I used Taylor of Old Bond St. Sandalwood Shaving Cream.
If you want to have a better shave and also save a lot of money, buy a safety razor. You can get the handle for around thirty dollars, for example this one, and the razors are dirt cheap, for example, this pack of 100 blades costs $11.
So there you go, a safety razor and 100 blades for $50. That is a whole lot of shaves right there, and if you ever need more blades, you can get 100 more for $11. It is also way easier to shave with a safety razor, because it is so heavy.
Yes, I have a pretty good understand of how my hair grows and which direction.
Normal routine for the DE would be to run some warm water running and add a little bit to the brush. I have this kit. Then I lather up the brush with the soap and then my face. I have a the Mekur Model 180 and [Derby Extra Double Edge blades](
I usually shave the sides of my face first and work my way towards the middle. I end up doing my neck last. I usually always shave the grain, if I don't I feel like I'm not getting close enough of a shave. It seems like some people think you should shave with and some say against but maybe that's part of my problem right there.
Thanks for helping me out!
I had no idea, thanks for the info.
I recorded a video of it opening and closing, as you just need to twist
the handle to make it open/close. Just haven't gotten it uploaded yet.
I had purchased a Merkur about a year ago, but I dislike how you to disassemble the razor to change the blade. I'm going to enjoy this new to me razor.
Safety Razor --- soo much better shave and sooo much cheaper than typical razors.
BUY A SAFETY RAZOR
Seriously. You'll save boatloads of money and you'll give yourself the best shave of your life. The initial start-up is a bit of an investment (~$50), but after that you'll only pay about $20-30 per year.
Buy a safety razor. This is a perfectly good one for $20 on Amazon. They can last your lifetime.
Next, buy these 100-count razor blades for $10 on Amazon. You can get 3-6 excellent shaves out of a blade before needing to change it. If you're not picky about a super close shave, you can get 10+. That's 300-600 excellent shaves for $10. Or 1,000+ okay shaves for $10.
Now of course, if you go the safety razor route, you'll also want to buy a brush and shaving soap. First the brush. Brushes come with either boar hair or badger hair. Badger hair is superior quality, but's naturally more expensive. Boar hair is perfectly sufficient, it's just not quite as smooth or durable. If your want to try this whole straight razor thing out for a while first before investing any more money than necessary, go with a boar hair brush. You can find them pretty easily at Wal-Mart and Target these days for $5-10, but here's one on Amazon for $11. You may be able to find one for cheaper -- I only spent a few seconds searching.
Next we have the soap. Personally, I'm a big fan of Proraso Shaving Soap for $10 on Amazon -- it comes with its own bowl, so no need to buy one. Naturally it depends on how often you shave, but these last quite a while. I shave 2-3 times per week and I probably go through maybe three a year. There are of course many options - you can also consider buying the solid soap bars that go in a little bowl. I feel like these last even longer. I think I once bought a 3-pack for $15. It lasted me almost 2 years.
Alternatively, many vendors and stores sell combo packs that will include all or most of these components. I know I've seen them at Target and Wal-Mart. I can't attest to the quality, but I'm sure they're perfectly acceptable for a newbie that wants to try it out and see if he likes it. If you decide any of the individual components aren't meeting your standards, you can easily buy an upgrade on Amazon.
Switch to a safety razor. I implore you. It's the best and closest shave you'll ever give yourself - and it costs a fraction of what the stupid Gillette, etc., razors cost.
I have this safety razor and these blades. I've had many years of great shaves with these.
lol at using super expensive brush. You make something simple complicated. I use this brush, and it works fantastic. And it is indeed badger. Good for lathering up, and holds plenty.
And all razors are "ridiculously" sharp.
And here's a cheap razor: https://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G
And soap is cheap as hell. Creme is a wallet burner.
This is what I bought to start out. It is a bit of an upfront investment, but I appreciate shaving way more now (and I don't think it takes longer by much like people say).
DE Safety Razor
Now I took the plunge head first but you might want to get a smaller number of blades until you know its for you. I recommend an assortment though as the type of blade make a difference, and there's no way to find out what you like but to try it (for 2 weeks at least).
Read up on /r/wicked_edge for tips, or just the amazon reviews have a lot of tips. It does take some skill/concentration but I'm a clumsy idiot and I figured it out after a week or two.
I will look into using a different razor. When you said straight razor do you mean a safety razor like this (Amazon).
I recently joined the Air Force so I'm not sure how I setup an appointment with a dermatologist, but I'm looking into it now. I'll look into Retinoid and ask the doc about it.
I've also read that jawline acne is hormonal, my diet is pretty healthy. Mainly grilled meats, corn, potatoes, greens, and fruit. I don't drink milk because it makes me break out.
As far as a moisturizer, I figured the sunscreen would help with that, but I guess now.
Thank you for the advice.
I actually went with wet shaving as a way to save money. It's a bit more up-front to buy the old fashioned safety razor, a brush and soap. Once you get going though, the blades are dirt cheap and soap will last a long time before needing replaced.
Those are really nice looking, but you can get a really high-quality razor for MUCH less than that:
Invest in a better razor. The Merkur Long is a great starter and one that will stay with you forever. I actually do own the brush from this kit and don't mind it. There are better brushes out there, but this is fine for travel. Especially if you forget it in a hotel bathroom.
I learned early own that good technique, a decent razor, and the right blades make all the difference in the world. Trial and error until you find what works for you. YMMV is tossed around a lot here for that very reason. I myself use a Bakelite slant (be jealous) with Astra platinum blades.
A new razor and a shaving kit
I love Merkur, I have their LH 180 and am not disappointed.
Antiques are not required.
The 180 is about the same price as the EJ DE89, so it's up to you, really. They're all the same, more or less. There's nothing so outrageously different in a lot of razors in that price range that they'll make a huge difference in shaving.
If your SO is new to it, keep to the 3pc setup. The butterfly isn't necessarily harder, actually it's not harder at all, but someone mentioned the Merkur Futur.
The Futur is an adjustable razor, and that is definitely not in the realm of starting razors. If your SO has been at it for a while, then maybe the futur.
Maggards razor heads are the exact opposite of what a newbie with sensitive skin should be using. Try the merkur 23c/180, it's mild and was the first real razor I owned.
Was leaning towards this guy....
Does your bathroom have adequate lighting for shaving? Can you see what your are doing? Do you drink water? Would you say you are hydrated?
If so, get these supplies from whichever supplier you prefer. You don't need to get them from Amazon, they just tend to have the most product information. You also don't need them all at once, money doesn't grow on trees, but the list below probably costs less than 3 months of Mach 3 blades and it will last you a year or more. You need the first 3 links first. The others are helpful, but you will be able to asses your needs as you go.
This is what everyone used to use to shave before disposables were marketed. You can take it apart to clean it and the razors are cheaper to replace. Also, it has weight to it so you can feel what you're doing while you shave. I recommend them to everyone.
Double edge safety razor and a good shave soap. Will last you forever and give you the best shave of your life. Some things simply don't get upgraded through technology advancement and the razor is one of them.
Shaving cream: just get it from the grocery
You should be good to go!
Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor (MK 23C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_O90CzbSJ0E07Y .
Proraso Shaving Soap in a Bowl, Sensitive Skin, 5.2 oz (150 ml) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JHEY14/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Y-0CzbYSCM0MT .
Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Luxury Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin, 5.3-Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VZPTAC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_bb1CzbP65TJRP .
100 Astra Superior Premium Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades Personal Healthcare / Health Care https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EXPTR0W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_7b1CzbPDNCYAR .
Perfecto 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush-Black Handle- Engineered for the Best Shave of Your Life. For, Safety Razor, Double Edge Razor, Staight Razor or Shaving Razor, Its the Best Badger Brush. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VF1NI5M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_zd1CzbRXDRTVE .
Crown King Victorian/Western Style 12 oz Shaving Scuttle - Durable Porcelain - Hierloom Quality - Dishwasher Safe - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTF145J/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_9e1Czb0XEH37V .
Proraso After Shave Lotion, Refreshing and Toning, 3.4 Fl Oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085UECY2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_4f1Czb32JE3AZ