I Will Never Again Buy an Overpriced; Chew Your Face Up Disposable Razor.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by warwick.hoy, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    Tube Amps and Double Edged Safety Razors.

    I got one of each for my birthday (no happy B-Days necessary it was last week and I don't really make a big deal over the countdown to not being alive anymore).


    There are cons to both,...Tube Amps are heavy but they sound sooooo good. A worthy trade off me thinks. I'm not really here to gloat about my recent SVT-CL acquisition though,...wrong forum.

    I don't know if it truly is a lost art,...but in today's disposable world,...I'm sick of spending way too much on Disposable, Gazillion Bladed, Overpriced, Chew Your Face Up Razors

    I'll admit the cons; Safety Razors take a little bit of time to get the hang of,...I also don't seem to be getting as close a shave as I would with a disposable or cartridge razor. I don't think men should have baby soft skin anyway.

    It also seems to be taking a little bit longer to shave, which adds to the morning routine.

    But I don't care about any of that. I like routines, procedures, and learning lost arts. I think this "I don't have the time" crap is laughable as well (sorry if you are a really busy person. It's cool if it works for you...but I refuse to rush my life). I also like it that I can get 10 blades for 5 bucks and that I have a nice hefty piece of metal and wood in my hand. Disposable this is not.

    So this is the third use of my new Safety Razor and it's safe to say that I'm a convert. Same blade as my first shave and about a weekend's worth of growth (I've got hella thick facial hair) No nicks or cuts this time. My face feels great,...not irritated,...no razor burn. Closest shave I've been able to get.

    I like modern conveniences,...but for some things; I prefer the old ways. I definitely feel more connected to my manliness by shaving with such a device. No wimpy plastic throw away crap for me.

    So who's with me? If you are not,...I encourage you to come along for the ride.

    Learn How to Shave Like Your Grandpa | The Art of Manliness
  2. SolarMan

    SolarMan Guest

    Aug 2, 2011
    Marlborough, MA
    And you got yourself a NICE one!

    I switched to norelco electric about 10 years ago and it takes some time for your technique and even your beard to get used to it - but once you master the electric you will never go back to any kind of razor blades.
  3. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Tis no countdown, but rather a countup, celebrating and honoring another year well spent on this mortal Earth!

    Happy Belated Birthday James.
  4. Subrage


    Oct 30, 2006
    Kansas City

    I like my Murkur Futur. Get some Feather blades and you'll be set.
  5. So why go with the wimpy and relatively modern "safety" razor? Heck, it's barely been around longer than the disposable plastic razors - and the blades are disposable.

    Real old school manly men use straight razors they sharpen themselves.

    Me, I'm a wuss.
  6. nickn


    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hey, that's a nice razor. Who makes it?
  7. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Absolutely, go for it. It's fun!
  8. nickn


    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I got a straight razor shave for the first time in my life last week.

    I stopped into a hole-in-the-wall barber shop for a haircut. It was run by this nice Russian lady and her husband. After the haircut was done I started to get up and she said, "No. You not done. You stay." When she put the hot shaving cream on my face and whipped out a straight razor, my facial expressions progressed like this: :eek::meh::):D:cool: Best shave ever. Felt so good I almost felt naughty about it ;)
  9. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I recently started using the battery powered vibrating Gillette 5 blade ProGlide Fusion. Greatest shave. Don't have to scrape off your beard little by little. Let the blade do it while you slowly move it across your face. I use a cosmetic soap with oils as a lubricant.

    I have sensitive skin buy thick hair and a not so dense beard so I usually ended up with a red lollipop look. Not anymore! I get about 10 shaves per blade. After the 5th shave, just move the blade a bit slower.
  10. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    It takes longer and doesn't give as close of a shave but on the upside you can get on the internet and brag about... hygene??

  11. nickn


    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah man, its like why would ANYBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND play a P-bass anymore when you have lighter and more modern-sounding instruments?


    Not everybody likes to do things the "latest and greatest" way.
  12. gttim


    Dec 12, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I went to a safety razor, Proraso and brush a year ago. Shaving is so much nicer now. Once you get the hang of it, you can get a closer shave than with a multiple blade razor. I shave once with the grain, brush more cream on and shave against the grain- fine after the first pass. I buy 100 blades for $20. Or I did. I still have not used them up.
  13. I used to use a straight razor. That thing cut up my face like nobodies business. Didn't seem to matter how sharp I sharpened/honed it, still cut the crap out of my face. I don't think technique was the issue either.

    Since I joined the navy I've been using nothing but Gilette Fusion razors. Closest shave I have ever had, which is kinda necessary considering it has to last me from around 5am until the early evening. I don't like a rushed life either, but I have a job that requires it and I certainly chose for my life to be that way. I just don't have time in the morning to whip out my handy dandy straight razor and go to town for a proper shave with it. Why bother when I can spend 5 minutes with my Fusion, have a perfect shave, and move on? Doing things the old fashioned way is cool, but modern conveniences have their place.
  14. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    Not just to brag, but to promote. By all accounts the close shave will come with practice as will a reduction in the amount of time it takes.

    Can't remember the name of the razor. It's made from ambrosia maple which I'm pretty sure was hand turned. I'll get back to you on that.
  15. What is a razor? Is that that thing woman use on there legs?

    Click for bigger beard!
  16. I love the gillette fusion. Takes weeks for one of the blades to go dull, cuts close and I rarely if ever cut myself.
  17. After 40+ years of shaving, having tried them all and hacking up my face many times in the process, I have settled on the combination that works for me - Gillette Edge Gel and Gillette Pivoting Twin disposable blades. I have a coarse beard that grows slowly, and because I have curly hair (thanks, Dad!) I'm prone to ingrown hairs. I find that shaving in the shower every three days with this combination works best for me. I never cut myself, and I get a close, smooth shave.

    It's like pick vs fingers, maple vs rosewood, rounds vs flats, etc. Whatever works for you! ;)
  18. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    I use a little Norelco electric as well- it leaves a little fuzz which I always prefer to smooth skin. The less time I spend shaving, the less chance I have of being rushed for everything else :p

    For the rare occasions when I want smooth, I have a backlog of Gillette Fusion razors that Music123 kept sending me with my orders for a month. They sent whole razors too, not just replacement blades :confused:
  19. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Everytime I read a thread on safety razors, I want to try them. Well, I did mess around with one my Dad had years ago, but I never really got on with it. The best razor I've ever used is the Mach 3, but the catridges are just too expensive. And I shave everyday, get razor burn easily, and like a relatively fresh blade (kind of how I like relatively fresh strings on my basses). I may have to give the safety razor a whirl again.

    If I'm not mistaken, one of the tricks with a safety razor is to apply very little pressure when shaving and, rather, let the weight of the razor do the work. Am I correct about this?
  20. correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that one could make a gizmo like that fairly easily. I think I'm going to spend a few days looking at dimensions and such for this device and see if I can make one myself, I've got some VERY nice flame maple that's begging to be made into something nice but functional, or perhaps I'd like the simple and understated but strong grain of oak for something like this.

    Either way, would something like this be doable?