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Anyone still use a Straight or Safety Razor

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by bigdogtx, Apr 30, 2013.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    I know it's old fashioned and seems to be a lost art,,,,,,just reminds me of a simpler time.......
     
  2. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I use a safety razor - a Gillette Fusion. From my teens through my 30s, for birthdays and Christmases, I've received almost every brand of electric shaver and have used them with and without all the popular pre- and after-shave beard and skin conditioners. The result was always the same - burning skin and a lousy shave.

    But I have friends who use electric shavers and love them. I guess you have to have shaver-friendly facial hair. I sure don't.

    Ed
     
  3. archangel

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    My dad was an old school barber, that's all he used. He used a strap to hone the blade ect. It is a lost art. Mike
     
  4. Old Cowboy

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    Yeah, a double edge safety razor. Being a rancher I don't shave every day (the cows don't notice) ......... an electric shaver doesn't work too good on a 7 day beard.
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

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    A safety razor? A good one runs in the $25 to $65 range. I can buy a lot of cheap disposables for that price. Maybe if I had inherited one I'd use it.

    And in my family the razor strap was used to hone something else.

    As for electric razors, I've had three and hated them. I have a small one but only use it for beard, sideburn and mustache trimming. never for shaving.
     
  6. crusha

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    bigdog, does senior smoke know you're stealing his thread topics?
     
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    I still use a Black Badger hair shaving brush and shaving soap but I use a modern 5 blade razor with it.
     
  8. shadow

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    I learned to shave with a straigr razor and did so for several years. Now use disposable razors. If I tried to shave with old straight razor I would probably bleed to death.
     
  9. bigdogtx

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    Buzz,,,,,,hope he doesn't mind,,,,,,,kids got me a gift certificate and I got my first straight razor shave with it,,,,,,,,,what an experience!!!!
     
  10. Big Dave

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    I started using a straight razor and a mug and brush in 1968. Still use them, only now I have a razor with a replaceable blade. While on the subject, who remembers the slot in the back of the medicine cabinet, for desposing the used blades?
     
  11. Reinar

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    For the vast majority of guys out there who have never tried a double edge safety razor; you really ought to give it serious consideration. The quality of the shave combined with the sweet treatment of your face is hard to believe. Using a quality, heavy, nicely balance razor (something like a Edwin Jagger: the Perazzi/Kreighoff/Kolar of the shaving world) as you remove the lather, having been applied with a good Badger hair brush, your day with begin by putting a smile on your face.

    Gone are the skin irritations caused by contemporary multi-blade razors and electrics. No more growing bacteria between all those blades. Further, the quality/closeness of the shave is simply unattainable with the new multis or electics.

    Finally, while the upfront razor cost is much higher the ongoing cost of using is miniscule. A soap puck in an old coffee cup is just a couple bucks and the blades are very cheap. Blades usually provide optimum performance for 3/4 days.

    If I sound like a bit of a zealot; I am. Using an older style DE Safety razor is transformational. It is like the sublime swing of that Perazzi or the soft perceived recoil of an 1100; it is a beautiful thing. Further, they can't make us younger looking but they can make us/me slightly less ugly.
     
  12. GrandpasArms

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    YES, a straight razor. Concealed Carry is illegal in Illinois.

    Larry
     
  13. wolfram

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    I tried out a straight razor - you have to have your head on straight to do it and a real steady hand. Not the thing for first thing in the morning. I realized why it was that guys would pay fairly steep prices to have a barber do the job.

    Disposables from then on.
     
  14. Tron

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    Straight razor?? I have since switched to a mechanical razor that runs on Kerosine.
     
  15. Bluzman98

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    I use a 1965 Gillette Double Edge Safety Razor, Silver Tip Badger Shaving Brush, and the shaving crème from the Art of Shaving every day.

    I also have a collection of vintage Gillette double edge safety razors.

    Jim C
     
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    What AVE ED said in the 1st reply.
    olde pharte
     
  17. Catpower

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    When I was a GI in Thailand whenever I would get a hair cut I would also get a shave with a straight razor

    It was a good sensation not sure weather it was the shave or the cute little pooying in hot pants and halter top shaving me
     
  18. CharlieAMA

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    I used a Gillette safety razor, with the screw on head until 1981. I brought my future wife home from a date, and her mother gave me a new Gillette Trac-II disposable razor. She told me that if I was going to date her daughter anymore, that I was going to use that Trac-II. I said-'Yes Ma'am'. I've used one ever since. LOL.
     
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    Do they still make the old Wilkenson double edged blades? I used them in the 50's and 60's. I would love to know the name of a great safety razor and where to get one.
    I never had the guts for a straight razor but I got a few from the old barbers who use to wrap your face with a hot towel. Man I am getting old.
     
  20. bigdogtx

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    Looks like this fellow has done this a couple times.......:)
     
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