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Reddit reviews on Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush

Sentiment score: 42
Reddit mentions: 63

We found 63 Reddit mentions of Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush. Here are the top ones.

100% Badger hair bristlesA must have for a close comfortable shaveIdeal for creating and distributing latherGently exfoliates the skin

Found 63 comments on Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush:

u/[deleted] · 145 pointsr/AskReddit

Tl;Dr OP delivers/is a faggot.

Haha, all right, I'll tell you everything I know. First, get these:

http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346053195&sr=8-1&keywords=safety+razor

http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-2801-h-Mens-Shaving-Brush/dp/B000G647Y8/ref=pd_sim_hpc_1

http://www.amazon.com/Derby-Extra-Double-Razor-Blades/dp/B0032Q41LS/ref=sr_1_5?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346053303&sr=1-5&keywords=Derby+double+edge

http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Street-Sandalwood-Shaving-Cream/dp/B0007MW2ZW/ref=pd_sim_hpc_13

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Norelco-BodyGroom-BG2040-34/dp/B0037HP9OA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346053392&sr=8-1&keywords=Body+hair+trimmer

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.

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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.

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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.

u/drexhex · 45 pointsr/reddit.com

A Merkur Safety Razor with a Tweezerman Brush, Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream, and Derby Razor Blades.

It takes a few shaves to get used to it, but it's the closest, freshest shave you'll ever have without going to a skilled barber. 100 replacement blades that last for 7-15 shaves each would last you years, and only costs $15. Initial investment is ~$70, but you'll make it up within the first few months.

u/throwaplay · 32 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Ditch the plastic razor and generic shaving cream. You can get an amazing, stubble free, longer lasting shave for way (WAY) cheaper by switching to a double edge razor.

Here is what I recommend:

DE razor: Merkur 37C Slant HD Safety Razor $40

Razor blades: Persona Israeli, Derby, Kai, Shark (100 Pk. $18) or Feathers. $20-$50 100 Pk.

Brush: Any brush from a local pharmacy. $5-$15

Soap: Wilkinson Sword, Proraso, or Williams. $3-$10

Mug: Any coffee mug is fine.

The razor will last you at least two life times, a 100 pack of razor blades should last you a couple of years, ditto for the brush, and the shaving soap will probably last a couple of months. The shave will be godly once you get the hang of it. Make sure to get a good lather and to shave at a slow pace.

I recommend lurking the Badger & Blade forum and watching the videos by mantic59. B&B is the best shaving resource in the Internet and mantic is a shaving god (and also a redditor!)

Once you are more experienced, I recommend getting a good badger shaving brushing and stepping up to the Feather razor blades. These blades can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Treat it with respect.

Watch this video to get started

u/Lereas · 12 pointsr/AskReddit

I've been shaving with a very similar one (the "hefty classic", it has a shorter, thicker handle but is otherwise the same) for the last 10 years, having learned about them from a youtube video about why they're better.

After that initial investment, I get blades for like 20 bucks for a lot of 100 on ebay or amazon which last me the whole year...with a mach3 or whatever, it's 14 dollars for 4 cartridges, if I'm lucky.

I also have a badger hair brush that I got for pretty cheap...there are super super expensive ones, but this one and a couple similar ones are great if you don't have the disposable income for a 200 dollar vintage restored brush with an ivory handle or something like that.

The shaving soaps and creams smell tons of times better than the aerosol goops you find, and last way way longer.

There is a learning curve, and you will cut yourself at first a little. I highly recommend watching a bunch of videos, and heading over to Badger & Blade and joining the forums. They will answer any and all questions you have, and most of the time won't even tell you to search first...they'll just reanswer them or direct you to the right post without a single complaint.

I've recently bought a straight razor and I'm still working on the technique. When I shave with my DE (double edge, or safety razor) like the one in the link, I can get a baby butt smooth face that I don't have to reshave for two days or so, because the second morning it feels like I just shaved with a regular gillette. With the straight, I can get a pretty good, very close shave...but I still razor burn the crap out of my goatee area cause my technique sucks. Still, drinking a dram of scotch and then shaving with a bare blade against your face makes me feel so goddamn manly.

Edit: the B&B forums are your best bet for questions, but I"m happy to answer anything here if you've got a couple.

u/Lanulus · 11 pointsr/AskReddit

Get a badger hair brush and some good shaving soap. It's night and day compared to the crappy canned gel stuff. The idea is that the brush helps suspend the hair in the lather and the lather itself is much more lubricating than what you get from an aerosol can.

Then if you want to complete the transition, start reading /r/wicked_edge and watch mantic59's videos. Then get a safety razor (or a straight).

u/DerHelm · 10 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Absolutely not true. This is a community of wet shavers that pride themselves on helping out new comers by giving free advice and links to low cost shaving. If you had even gone /r/wicked_edge you would see on the right side under "KIT SUGGESTIONS" they list brushes starting at $7.


I went from shaving once every 2 - 3 days and having neck burns, to happily shaving everyday with no problems at all. I shave with both a straight razor and double edge. And the bush I use most is a $13 tweezerman I got from amazon.

u/VaginaDentata · 9 pointsr/malegrooming

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.

u/RexBearcock · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

I just did this recently.
This razor from amazon gets great reviews, was recommended all around on multiple forums, and has been regarded as a great entry razor. So far I love it.

This shaving soap

This brush

This razor sampler

These are working well for me, then again I'm still relatively new. The brush seams to be a great deal for starting off. Although I obviously haven't tried them all yet, it appears to have a decent representation of some of the most popular blades.

u/yeahbuddy · 5 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

You are much better off doing this. Disposable blades are a colossal, sucky ripoff.

100 blades - Made in Russia - for $9
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QY8QXM

The best soap - Made in England - for $15
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007MW2ZW

Merkur razor - Made in Germany - for $32
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NL0T1G

Badger hair brush - $13
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G647Y8

The best aftershave - Made in Italy - $14
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085UECY2

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
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O8NCI4

Thats a full year of supplies and a lifetime worth of hardware (minus the badger brush). Think about that for a minute...

u/Tadpole_Jackson · 5 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

I got this razor from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000NL0T1G/ref=mp_s_a_2?qid=1313089770&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.

Stand: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001XURHNY/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1313089954&sr=8-1

Soap: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0015UWUFM/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1313090034&sr=8-1

Brush: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000G647Y8/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1313090086&sr=8-1-spell

I just buy blades from CVS. 10 pack is $5 and I've used about 5 in the last month.

Edit: Bad math.

u/RockyMtnAristocrat · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

How about trying a soap and brush first with your Gilette?

Mitchells Wool Fat
- Contains some ingredients that may irritate skin, but many senstitive skin shavers love it.

Mama Bear Soap - Unscented, and a revered sensitive skin soap.

Tweezerman Brush - Cheap, and worth seeing if old-style shave soaps are for you.

If either of these soaps agree with you, pick up a DE or straight, but be warned, some folks have had a rough shave or two when getting started - it gets better, and then, the best shaves you'll have.

u/lord_of_vader · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Alright my child. Let me lay it down again, double-time. The razor I suggested was actually designed to imitate the Gillette-style heads of that era. It provides a pretty comfortable and arguably mild shave compared to it's cousins in the Merkur and Edwin Jagger family, which in my opinion, are a little more on the aggressive side. If you REALLY want a brush and soap, I think the standard for newblets is generally a Tweezerman brush, although depending on your geographical location, there may be an Art of Shaving store near you, which sell special angled brushes just for the ladies. As for soap, you can swing by a Walgreens/CVS/Walmart and pick up a puck for usually under a dollar. It's not the greatest soap, but for your purposes should do quite well. I would suggest using the castile soap as a preshave; it's what I do and found that it cleans the skin very well. And as far as I know, you only have to worry about the femoral artery, which is largest above your kneecap! Great news!

Mantic59 is the go-to around these parts for all things in the way of wet-shaving instruction. He is like the Yoda of Wet Shaving, essentially. You will go to him and on bent knees in reverence, learn all there is to know about our craft.

u/commiecat · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'd suggest getting good stuff for them. Either just the razor, decent soap/brush, or bump up your budget.

Available on Amazon with Prime shipping: Proraso tub @ $9 and Tweezerman brush @ $13 puts you close to your $30. Double your budget and you can go with a nice Merkur 34c @ $37, or a long handle for like $30.

Congrats on getting hitched, btw! You'll hopefully get a nice sum of money for the ceremony if that helps justify spending more on the gift. Otherwise I'd opt for the $30 on a good brush and soap, as those can be used with whatever razor they currently have and can always be a gateway into using a DE or straight.

u/timmojo · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

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.

u/naturalstrike · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Oh, links...
Silvertone double edge razor http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0050HO9MI

Arko shave stick, easy to lather, and a pretty decent smell www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002A5OLHQ

There are all different kinds of brushes, here are a few
www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003BWNR9A/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1377634966&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000G647Y8/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1377635019&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001PDDEVS/ref=mp_s_a_1_13?qid=1377635056&sr=8-13&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

Also, for $26 is a good brush, from Larry at whipped dog.
www.whippeddog.com/products/view/silvertip-badger

Blades, well look on amazon for a sampler pack , or try maggard;
www.maggardrazors.com/index.php/product-category/razor-blades/
Make your own, or choose one of theirs!

u/Levema · 3 pointsr/Frugal

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.

u/BigGuyWhoKills · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I would start with the $10 VDH boar hair set. It sells at my local WalMart for $8.95. If you don't like any of it, at least you aren't out much.

Then upgrade pieces one at a time, and spend some time with each new piece. Decide if it's an upgrade for you or not (a lot of DE shaving comes down to personal preference).

Buy the Tweezerman badger hair brush and see if you prefer that over boar. This brush works well with the VDH bowl listed above. I would also get a brush stand at this point. Some of them are pretty cheap. The wood handle of the Tweezerman may warp if you dry it handle side down (water drains down the bristles and rests on the wood).

Get a blade sampler pack at some point and try out new blades. Shavers that are much more experienced than I swear that the best blade in a particular razor is often different from one person to another.

And the list goes on. I love this hobby, because it makes shaving pleasant and is so very customizable.

u/scubanarc · 3 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

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!

u/bigkegabeer · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Switching to a safety razor literally changed my outlook on the world in the morning. Much better shave, not a lot more time, no ingrown hairs, smells a lot nicer. Here's what I would recommend for starters:



  • Merkur razor. There are many models, so pick one you like the price/look of

  • Tweezerman brush

  • Colonel Conk shaving soap. Again, many kinds but I like this one.

  • Feather blades


    You can shop around and see if anything suits you better, but I highly recommend all of these. Also, this video is a good starter if you've never used a safety razor before. I've never seriously nicked myself, but I have with a Mach 3 (which I still use to shave my head).
u/Zakonichiban · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Thank you!

I ended up with this, this and this. I also got a stand, a ceramic bowl, some different soaps, some Witch Hazel, and some Nivea Sensitive Skin After Shave. I'll be looking to pick up an Alum Block here shortly.

u/leonhart623 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Travel size CO Bigelow Shaving Cream (The same as Proraso cream) - $5

Tweezerman badger hair shaving brush - $13

Concord DE Razor - $10

100 Derby Blades - $8

I don't know if the Concord razor is good, but the price fits. The tweezerman brush is a great entry level brush.


u/Booona · 3 pointsr/funny

Check out this tutorial video, part 1 and part 2. This is the video that got me hooked and excited about trying out a safety razor.

Now, you can keep using shaving cream in a can if absolutely have to. But in the long run, it will save you even more money if you use a coffee mug+round soap bar+lathering brush combo.

Essentially, you will want these three things: http://i.imgur.com/yukqNFg.jpg

  • Round bar of soap (You can find these at Walmart for a buck and a half each. This is the soap I'm using now)

  • Old coffee mug (Any mug will do)

  • Bristle brush (You can go cheap on these at the start. More expensive brushes feel and lather better, but more importantly, they hold together for way longer. Right now I'm using this.)

    It looks like that Van Hagen brand makes a starter kit for 10 bucks.

    If you're really short on funds, and don't have a coffee mug to use, go for that kit. Otherwise, grab that Tweezerman brush from Amazon, use an old mug, and get a bar or two of that soap from Walmart or a pharmacy. Try out that cheap soap first before thinking about buying it in bulk.
u/wicked_VD · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I use the same soap for lather and I ran into the same problem initially. Try the following: Make sure your face is damp, not dripping, but wet, before bringing your lathered brush to your face. Next, spend a good minute or so (like Mantic suggests 100x) swirling the brush, making sure the brush bristles expand on your face. Continue this process and dip the tip of the brush in warm water every now and then.

It may also have something to do with the brush you're using. I find my cheap Tweezerman brush builds up a nice lather on my face with the Proraso ONLY if I make sure the bristles expand on my face while swirling. If you're using a softer brush, like a silvertip, you may not be able to apply this particular soap the way you like.

u/tgjer · 3 pointsr/OneY

If you want to try a cheaper model at first, this one looks good. + 100 blades and a brush and soap for a total of $47, with free shipping.

u/arbarnes · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

There's some good kit info on the sidebar. As far as the brush goes, here are a few of my favorites, in ascending price order:

$10-15: Omega boar brushes. The 10065 and 10066 are generally well regarded, but I prefer the larger Professional Series brushes such as the 10048, 10049, and my favorite, the 20102. Be aware that a boar brush does require some patience; fresh out of the box the best are mediocre and some are downright terrible. But after a dozen or so lathers the tips of the hairs start splitting and the brush begins to get softer and more effective at building and holding lather. And as the brush continues to break in it just keeps getting better.

$15-30: Vie-Long horse hair brushes. The 50/50 mane/tail blend has plenty of backbone and is less scritchy than the 35/65. I like the "blanco" brushes, which are undyed. The 12705b and the 12750b use the same knot, but the 12750 has a much nicer handle if that matters to you.

$20-50+: Muhle synthetic brushes. (Note: I haven't actually tried these [yet], so this is all second-hand info.) For some reason (I suspect US distributor markup) it's much less expensive to have them shipped from the EU. The "Black Fibre" is incredibly soft, while the "Silvertip Fibre" has more backbone and outperforms most natural-fiber brushes.

$30-150+: Badger brushes. Yes, you can get a badger brush for less than $30. Don't. They're terrible. Matter of fact, avoid anything labeled as "pure badger" - it's the coarsest, lowest-grade hair, and worse is often clipped into shape. This results in a very prickly feel on your skin. Whipped Dog silvertip brushes are a fantastic bargain at $30, but are out of stock at the moment. Wet Shaving Products offers good value in the $45-75 range. Savile Row silvertips start around $85 and go up to $200. And top-of-the-line brushes from the big-name manufacturers (Shavemac, Simpsons, Rooney, Plisson, etc.) can go even higher.

u/NutmeggerBarber · 2 pointsr/Watches

/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&qid=1472843191&sr=8-1&keywords=safety+razor&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&qid=1472843342&sr=8-1&keywords=beaver+hair+brush&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&qid=1472843397&sr=8-1&keywords=razor+brush+stand&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&qid=1472843474&sr=8-3&keywords=lather+bowl&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!!

u/unconscionable · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'd like to suggest an alternative list. I don't have a lot of experience with a ton of different safety razors, but I did have a cheapo safety razor I inherited from my grandpa (RIP), and after 3yrs I spent under $40 on an Edwin Jagger and the difference was staggering. I'm not one to suggest unloading a ton of money on anything, but I'd suggest your priorities are a bit skewed when you're spending less on your safety razor than you are on your alum block (which is hardly a necessity, comparatively. Some people don't even like them, although I do)...

Here's my alternative suggestion that adds up to roughly the same amount of upfront $$ (~$50 - 60), but sets your priorities toward getting a fantastic, albeit affordable safety razor that will last you your whole life:

Edwin Jagger ($40)
http://www.amazon.com/Edwin-Jagger-De89bl-Double-Safety/dp/B003LW4L2W/

There are others in this price range that are good as well. I can't speak to those, but I doubt anyone here will argue that the Edwin Jagger is not a top contender for its price point. It's very popular.

I'd hold off on buying blades today (unless you really want to) since the above safety razor comes with 5 which should get you buy for your first 20 shaves or so if you want them to.. but when you do, buying them 100x at a time for ~$10 seems to be the right price point (and it'll last you 5yrs if you're like me), unless you like fancy feather blades or something. I've never noticed a difference between vendors, but others have. YMMV. Here's what I have:
http://www.amazon.com/Derby-Extra-Double-Razor-Blades/dp/B004SGKMA0/

That brush seems like a good price point. over $10 but under $20 seems to be a good price point for a decent quality brush unless you know what you're looking for. Mine has lasted me 3yrs so far and has no visible signs of wear or hairs falling out. I'd expect it to last another 3 at the very least, but probably many more.

Alum block? Skip it if you want for the time being, but I'd get it if I were you since it's just $6. It's the same one I have and it does its job of closing up nicks very well.

Styptic pencil is like $1 (maybe $2) at CVS / Walgreens, IIRC, no need to get on amazon if you don't want. Definitely get one of these, just don't lose the damn thing. Sure beats little bits of toilet paper on your face for hours and hours.

You can also get a puck of William's shave soap at CVS for $2 link which will last you a long time. If you want to spend a few bucks extra on that Palmolive stuff because you know it'll be better for your individual skin, then go for it.

In short: Spend the money on the safety razor, which should last forever. Skimp on everything else, which will not last forever. That's my advice. I spent 3yrs shaving with a razor that I had no idea was as comparatively awful as a good one. I wish I had known better at the time, but unfortunately I did not, and had pretty shitty shaves and got lots of nasty cuts for 3yrs that could have been avoided.

u/bookishboy · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

With regards to shaving: You can get a fantastic shave without relying on the overpriced multi-blade cartridge razors so popular these days. I'd recommend the following as you can acquire them:

  1. A reasonably priced stainless steel old fashioned double-edged razor handle. Here is one example on Amazon that is cheap with good reviews

  2. A brush for lather, especially badger hair. I use this one by Tweezerman, also on Amazon

  3. A decent shaving soap/cream. I use the Bigelowe brand from Bath and Body works, which is often on a Buy 2, Get 1 sale and a $10 tube of this stuff will last you a LONG time. As a matter of fact, I have an extra tube of the stuff at the moment. If you think you're going to spring for the razor and brush, PM me with your address and if you're in the US I'll send it to you. You only need a toothpaste-sided dab of this stuff to work into a lather, and it had an excellent minty feeling against your face.

  4. Double-edged razor-blades, and you can get sampler packs in order to try different ones and see what you like best. Check in at /r/wicked_edge for opinions of different brands. Most are very economical on a per-blade basis compared to the multi-blade cartridges so many people use these days.


    A few additional helpful hints:

  • Shave right after a hot shower, it wets the hair, opens up the hair follicles and removes dirt and debris from your face that otherwise might detract from your shave.

  • The red "bumps" on your face may well be shaving bumps. Quick question: do you have curly, kinky or "nappy" hair? Many seem to be of the opinion that double(or more)-bladed razors exacerbate this, because when you pull the cartridge across your face, the first blade snags many hairs, pulling them out slightly from the follicle, and the next blade cuts the hair, which then drops below the surface of the skin. This results in a seemingly very clean smooth shave.... for the first day. If your hair is tightly curled as it grows out though, some of the hairs will grow into the skin instead of smoothly out the follicle, resulting in shaving bumps during the days after your shave. Using razors with single blades, and shaving right after a hot shower should reduce this.

  • If you're using an old-fashioned shave with lather that you work up with a brush instead of from a can, you don't need a shaving bowl. If you're right handed, use your left hand as a paddle surface to work up a lather on, kind of like Bob Ross and his paint palette.

    Best of luck!
u/magnadoodle · 2 pointsr/Frugal

My setup consists of Edwin Jagger's DE89L razor and Tweezerman's badger brush, both which consistently get great reviews on the shaving forums such as badgerandblade.com (mentioned by lou2ser). Getting these two alone will be saving you about $30 without sacrificing quality. (This is assuming you are buying new since getting a used razor would be even cheaper).

As for blades, the Merkur platinum blades are consistently good, but I never felt they were a good value at $0.50 to $0.71 a blade. There are other brands out there that will give you a better, smoother shave at a fraction of the cost. Although there will be great debate on what blades people prefer, my go to blade are the Astra platinums which you can get as low as $0.15 a blade.

What you should not leave out is the shave soap. If you are using the shaving cream from a can, that can add up quickly. By using shave soap which a decent puck can run between $2 - $6, it can last you for a year or more. Finally, you should wait on getting a stand since it is not really essential for getting a great shave.

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u/engwish · 2 pointsr/videos

Look into using a safety razor. It's a little old-fashioned, but...

  • You buy a $30 razor that you never need to replace - Link
  • Blades cost about $0.17/week - Link
  • Shaving cream lasts you at least 6 months - Link
  • You need to apply using a shaving brush, but they're cheap, too - Link

    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.
u/beerhawk · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I myself am not a fan of parker butterflys. I had one and it had just poor all around construction. It worked, but was not overly enjoyable. Also failed after like 2-3 years (the metal inside that controls the butterfly actions is like cheap pot metal).

I would suggest the similarly priced Edwin Jaggers or possibly a Merkur.

Also, combo blade packs are totally the way to go. I was crazy polarized on blades that I sampled. I personally settled with Astra and Feather, but that is just my preference. Sharks were ok, but IMO there are better blades.

Edit: Also, for $13 [this] (http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-2801-h-Mens-Shaving-Brush/dp/B000G647Y8/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1382624828&sr=1-1&keywords=tweezerman+shaving+brush) shaving brush is amazing. I bought it as a throwaway for a trip I was taking to Thailand. I ended up keeping it as a travel brush. Works fairly well, sheds a little bit. Still, surprisingly good for the price. I have $60 brushes but still don't mind using the Tweezerman.

Also, I personally don't use alum; I almost never cut myself. I shave about ever 2 days (more and I get mild irritation), I stay away from aftershaves with lots of alcohol in them, use a good glycerine soap, and if you need to there are a plethora of face moisturizers out there.

u/qpid · 2 pointsr/videos

Barbasol is fine but all canned goop dries out your skin and costs too much. You'd be better off even with a shaving stick like Arko and a cheap brush but swing over to r/wicked_Edge we're nice

u/M_Stocks · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Merkur 34C - Popular DE - http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Heavy-Double-Razor-Blades/dp/B000QYEK88/

Tweezerman Brush - Popular starter brush - http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-2801-h-Mens-Shaving-Brush/dp/B000G647Y8

Proraso - Popular shaving cream - http://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Shaving-Cream-5-2-147/dp/B000RI8BZQ/

That's all you NEED. A sampler pack of different razors is recommended. If you want to try a cheaper shaving soap, Arko seems to be gaining in popularity. You must not have tried looking very hard...

u/Leisureguy · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Not bad at all. I highly recommend that for the razor you go with one of the Edwin Jagger DE8x series, which come in a variety of handles. Some cost less than the Merkur you picked, and all have the newer and (IMO) better head than the Merkur Classic head.

You might also want to take a look at this low-cost, high-luxury kit suggested by Bruce Everiss.

My one quarrel is with the soap and brush kit. I think you'd be better off with a Tweezerman brush ($12.50) and a Speick shave stick ($6). The brush is adequate for a beginner, and the shave stick will create a fine lather if you have a normal beard: you rub the stick against the grain all over your wet beard, then brush briskly with the wet brush and the lather arises as if by a miracle. The brush holds plenty for subsequent passes. (You lather before each pass, as you probably know.)

The shave stick does require a normal beard to scrape off enough soap. A young man just starting to shave has a sparse, soft beard, and a shave stick may not work with that.

I would recommend a pre-shave wash of the beard at the sink with Musgo Real Glyce Lime Oil soap (MR GLO): wash the beard, rinse with just a splash of water, and start working up the lather over the MR GLO residue, which adds lubricity. I find that really does help my shave. Note that MR GLO is a pre-shave soap, not a shaving soap.

u/Sideshowxela · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

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.

u/eric_md · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Since it hasn't been mentioned, I personally started with a straight edge razor with disposable blades, of the type you usually see in a barber shop. No stropping, no extra equipment. After getting very comfortable with it, I am planning on getting a traditional straight edge as an upgrade.

This razor handle, with this badger brush, and enough blades to last a year would run you about $40. Throw in whatever soap you want, and you've got a very cheap starter kit.

u/hottoddy · 1 pointr/Frugal

I purchased that very same brush/soap/cup combo, and have been pretty happy with it, honestly. I also purchased a few cakes of colonel conk's soap, which I am happier with as a shave soap. The brush is not great, but it works just fine with a quality soapcake or any of the cream-style shave soaps out there. I might be purchasing the tweezerman badger brush soon, as I've read good things, and the price is pretty good.

u/rococobaroque · 1 pointr/TrollXChromosomes

I had this badger brush.

The brush... part... fell off after two years.

u/GreyWalker · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I bought this brush and it has lasted for five years now.

u/sedmeepsy · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

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

u/StrewwelChris · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/pezhore · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Seriously, take a look at Leisureguy's book. It'll help you decide if wet shaving is for you (it's not for everyone).

Bought/read his book?

Good! Now go out and buy some things.

If you're one to go off the beaten path, look on ebay for vintage Gillette razors or check out your local antique shops. You should be able to get a "vintage" razor for between $5-$15 if you look hard enough.

Next get yourself a good, yet cheaper brush, a blade sampler pack, some soap and/or shaving cream, and an alum block. Have a Bath & Body Works nearby? Pick up this.

At this point, going for a pricey brush/soap doesn't make as much sense, IMO - you're just testing the waters here. There will be plenty of time later to buy a fancier brush (*cough*). The trick here will be to see if you like it more than using a multi-blade cartridge/electric razor.

Cheers, and good luck!

u/usarmy973 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I would recommend NOT using feather blades as a first time DE shaver. Use something more forgiving. Feather blades are sharp as fuck, and I think that you may find astras to be more forgiving, or maybe these. That's what I used first time wetshaving and it worked out pretty well. For soaps I would recommend Proraso or Taylor of old bond. Also, if you are looking for a great starter brush, check this out. Hope this all helps!!!

u/hasbridge · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

For the money, you probably can't beat a Tweezerman. I've had mine for two years now, and I love it. I also (unfortunately) have the VDH brush, and I can confirm that it sucks. On the other hand, VDH does make damned good shave soap.

u/sirnoobius · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I use Merkur 33C I got from amazon for $30 and Gillette 7 o'clock double edge blades I got on ebay.

for brush I use edwin jagger super badger (you can use Tweezerman for now. for soap go to riteaid and get vdh shave soap it's $1.30

this is all you need.

u/dakewla · 1 pointr/OneY

I did but I am excited about a new purchase that came in the mail a couple days ago. This and this.

These two items are fantastic and highly recommended. (also a shout-out to r/wicked_edge for leading me to them.)




u/pbourdyk · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I can't seem to find the Omega brush on Amazon. How about this Badger Hair one? It's also 1/2 the price. Any reason you suggested artificial rather than real?


How's this one for a beginner? Here.


Plus, some blades.


The beard is pretty normal, regular thickness, hair tends to curl when growing longer (hence the in-growns, I presume). This looks like a natural choice.


Finally, the pre-shave soap.


Could I get a final "OK" and I'll go ahead an order. Hoping to start finally enjoying shaving rather than just existing through inevitable experience every 2 days.

u/blueliner28 · 1 pointr/army

http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-2801-h-Mens-Shaving-Brush/dp/B000G647Y8

+

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0071B7XCO/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?qid=1463034120&sr=8-1&keywords=shave+soap&pi=SY200_QL40

Oh man, especially after a hot shower, you'll be golden. I also find that moisturizing my face at night helps "toughen" my skin and I bleed less.

I tried the whole safety razor thing, and it honestly just does not get as close as my Gillette Mach 3. Even when I did take the 20 minutes to shave with, then perpendicular, and lastly, against the grain.

My opinion is you make your money with the brush and shave soap. YMMV.

u/thehawk · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I'm using this simple badger brush. I'll experiment some more with various brush wetnesses--it sounds like it's more important to get it exactly right when you're face lathering

u/popepeterjames · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

A nice badger brush is much softer and holds lather better than a boar brush (I have boar, horse, badger and synthetic brushes - and nothing beats badger).

For an inexpensive badger brush the Tweezermanbrush is a decent buy... hard to beat in the sub-$15 range. It might have a strong smell of badger too it, but that will go away after a while.

u/slash178 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

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
http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Long-Handled-Safety-Razor/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410294107&sr=8-1&keywords=merkur+long+handle

http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-2801-h-Mens-Shaving-Brush/dp/B000G647Y8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1410294228&sr=8-4&keywords=badger+brush

http://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Shaving-Eucalyptus-Menthol-Formulation/dp/B00837YY18/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410294249&sr=8-2&keywords=proraso

http://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Pre-shave-Cream-Refresh-Ounce/dp/B0082BYLS6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1410294249&sr=8-4&keywords=proraso

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Safety-Razor-Blade-Variety/dp/B0038KA5RC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410294301&sr=8-1&keywords=double+edge+blades+variety

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.

u/noraajagger · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

walmart caries this set

this is a okay quality badger brush for cheep

u/HoWheelsWork · 0 pointsr/AskReddit

Try wetshaving. It's not any more convenient, and it's certainly much slower than any other form of shaving. However the quality of shave I get from it, the way my skin feels, and even the process itself (which turns my morning routine into an almost meditation-like state), makes it almost addicting. Check this video for an introduction to wetshaving. While it's a bit corny, it's a good place to start. I've been wetshaving for a little over a year. I use a Merkur Futur, Proraso products, and a Tweezerman badger-hair brush.

u/justinsane15 · 0 pointsr/wicked_edge

As an alternative to the boar brush, take a look at this Badger Hair Brush by Tweezerman. It's a little cheaper, and badger hair is generally seen as a "better" brush. I have one myself (just started DE shaving a few weeks ago) and it works much better that the boar brush I had previously acquired.