What gear are you picking up this month? The holidays are just around the corner, are you picking anything up for a friend or relative?
Anyone growing out a beard or a 'stache? Show us your progress!
November is Men's Health Month so just a quick reminder about what Men's health is about:
Too many men die each year from prostate, mental health issues, and testicular cancer. Make sure you go for regular checkups and talk to someone when you are having problems. An uncomfortable conversation or examination is a small price to pay for good health!
New wetshaver? This is the perfect place to ask questions.
I have my dad's old DE, and I know it's complete history, with it making it's way through Europe and finally to America post WWII. But I look at the other DEs in my collection and really wonder about all they've been through before they got into my hands. Who was using that Fat Boy to shave in the 60s? What did he do for a living? Did his child possibly inherit the razor?
I want to start shaving with a commonly available oil instead of shaving soap.
What is a good oil for this? My main concern is the oil gumming up the blades and the drain pipe with oily residue mixed with hair. So, I’m looking for something with low viscosity.
I want to describe what I have found so far and ask for any suggestions on how to make my transition smoother (pun intended)
My usual technique is to shave in the shower every 2-3 days using a fogless mirror and Cremo Original Shave Cream from a tube and a Schick Xtreme3 that I toss out every 10 shaves. I go over all surfaces of my face 2-3 times where it doesn't feel smooth using a little lather from the bar soap. I use soap because it's too inconvenient to reopen the tube of creme. I'm not dissatisfied with the result. My goal is to reduce plastic waste and possibly save money. I've been shaving this way for years.
Received Merkur Mk34c and a single Merkur blade. No other supplies but I want to get started.
I was very careful with this first shave, going especially slow and being careful to not press the shaver into my skin like I can do the the disposable razor. The plastic razor is very forgiving. I've read that very little pressure is needed with DE. It felt about the same between wipes with razor. The result was possibly a bit more smooth. I had a little rash on my neck that I don't usually see with the disposable razer. My thought that this is due to the not getting the angle right as I shave my neck.
Using the same blade and creme, this time I have a little more confidence and go a little faster. Again feels a bit more smooth than with the disposable. Feels like there is a bit less drag on my cheeks. Less rash on my neck this time.
A repeat of shave 2. I have increasing confidence so again it goes a little faster and no rash on my neck. I did nick a spot on my cheek near my mouth. I have received an alum block, so I give it a try on the nick and neck after the shower. With a bit of water, it glides smoothly on my skin and leaves a bit of residue, stinging a little on the nick. Wipe my face after about a minute. Again this feels a bit smoother than with the disposable razor.
Sep 19, 2010