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Double edged Razors

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Anybody using these?

Opinions on different brands of razors and blades please.
Cheers.
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I use a Muhle long handles safety razor and Astra Platinum blades.

I use this site for my purchases : http://www.shaving.ie/

I find the shave much better, although you need to find which blade suits your skin best.

The above site sells a combination pack of different blades, and they all do feel different on your skin. The Astras I use are apparently made in Russia for the Turkish market.

the other upside is that blades are cheap - about 5 - 10 cents each depending on pack.
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Cheers, Cammy.

Was reading about the Muhle R89 and the Merkur 34c

Both seem well regarded.

Always like a barber shop shave and already use brush and soap/cream.

Is the grip on the Muhle decent enough?

The reviews seem to state that the Muhle is better made other than the grip.

Are you using DE razors long and was the learning curve sharp?
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Got one of these and it's superb:
http://www.theenglishshavingcompany.com ... ysSearch=1

from memory had great reviews on Amazon.

Got a massive rzblade sampler kit, all the ones I like seemed to be made in the UK

If I brought again I probably would go for the longer handle
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I recently bought a Muhle with a big long heavy handle. I was pretty terrified the first time I used it but once you watch a video or two and have an idea of the technique then you'll be fine. In 2 weeks I've managed to only slightly nick myself twice.

Edit: I think mine is the R89
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Flametop wrote:Anybody using these?

Opinions on different brands of razors and blades please.
Cheers.
I am about 3 years in to DE shaving and don't regret it at all. Cheaper and it does a better job. The main difference is you have to learn not to press too hard and not to rush.

I'm not convinced blades make much difference, only that some last a little longer than others. I mostly use Feathers but have several different types and they all seem to work about the same. The razor will make a bigger difference as some are more aggressive than others (larger gap around the blade) A decent adjustable razor will allow you to find the right level for you.

Using a decent soap is important and there are also lots of different ones to try which is fun. I mostly use Mitchell's Wool Fat, Proraso or Cella these days.

If you want to go full geek on the subject, check out http://www.badgerandblade.com/

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Flametop wrote:Cheers, Cammy.

Was reading about the Muhle R89 and the Merkur 34c

Both seem well regarded.

Always like a barber shop shave and already use brush and soap/cream.

Is the grip on the Muhle decent enough?

The reviews seem to state that the Muhle is better made other than the grip.

Are you using DE razors long and was the learning curve sharp?
No problems with the grip on the Muhle. The shaving action for blades is different and you will nick your self for a couple of weeks. If you decide yes, buy a styptic pencil as well it staunches the blood flow.

I use a shaving gel from 'The Real Shaving Company'. Does the trick for me.
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Always amazes me why more men don`t use old school razors. Fact is, they produce a better shave, at a fraction of the cost, of the fancier mach whatever razors.

Look online for a classic Gillette Fatboy or Slim, order a hundred blades from the multitude of reputable online sellers, and start shaving like a real man.
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Thanks for the replies.
Seems like a better shave with less irritation to face and wallet.
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Plus people will instantly know that you're the right sort of chap when they see this set-up displayed in your bathroom

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Old school razors are NOT good for your head.
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Stevus55 wrote:I recently bought a Muhle with a big long heavy handle. I was pretty terrified the first time I used it but once you watch a video or two and have an idea of the technique then you'll be fine. In 2 weeks I've managed to only slightly nick myself twice.

Edit: I think mine is the R89
The long handled R89 is what I use.
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Stevus55 wrote:Plus people will instantly know that you're the right sort of chap when they see this set-up displayed in your bathroom

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It looks like you shave in the middle of the road from that picture :)

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:thumbup:

Once you have got the technique down, they're great. Close shave and blades last just as long and are cheaper. I dry my blades after every use - I don't disassemble the razor, just wipe the whole thing down - and they retain an edge for longer.

I've found that short, sharp shaving strokes work the best for me. I've got a mantra of "1,2,3,4,5" strokes before turning the blade over and repeating then rinsing.

As has been mentioned before on this thread, get good shaving soap and a good brush. The soap is obvious but a good brush will lift the beard for you making the shave smoother and closer.
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I have been using a Gillette Fat Boy for around 6 months and have run through a few different types of blades.
Nice tool that does a better job that a cartridge system, much cheaper, but does take a bit longer.
Get a good brush and some good shave cream. I quite like the Taylor of old Bond Street creams.

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Bic. Someone gave me an electric for Christmas once. Stopped cutting after about 2 days.
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When you're up at 6am and still half asleep is there not a high chance of a bloodbath?
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I use one of these. Got it around 3 years ago and while it took me a month or so to get used to it, I'd never look back.

Like some, I haven't really seen any difference between blades, I bought a big variety pack when I got the razor and used them all quite happily. I started using an alum block in the last few months after shaving and I think they're well worth getting - sorts out any nicks you might have and seems to do a much better job keeping your skin in decent shape than any of the after shave gels/creams/lotions you might get your hands on.

I started using a DE razor because I was fed up with the prices of the cartridges but it's a vastly superior shave. I get all of my gear from these guys: http://www.executive-shaving.co.uk/ mainly because they're local
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Duff Paddy wrote:When you're up at 6am and still half asleep is there not a high chance of a bloodbath?
Makes life more interesting and sorts the men from the boys
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Duff Paddy wrote:When you're up at 6am and still half asleep is there not a high chance of a bloodbath?
Not when you get used to using it. Before that a styptic pencil is your friend.
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For an extra close shave. ;)
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camroc1 wrote:
Stevus55 wrote:I recently bought a Muhle with a big long heavy handle. I was pretty terrified the first time I used it but once you watch a video or two and have an idea of the technique then you'll be fine. In 2 weeks I've managed to only slightly nick myself twice.

Edit: I think mine is the R89
The long handled R89 is what I use.
Same as me. And Feather blades. After the initial outlay for razor and a good brush you save a fortune. Why anyone uses that Mach 10 type shite is beyond me.
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I bought one on Amazon through their market and received a pair of Babies crawling knee pads :? so I am still using the Mach 3 :(
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so to sum up, it appears to have both favourable and unfavourable consequences ?
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clifton cowboy wrote:so to sum up, it appears to have both favourable and unfavourable consequences ?

sadly only unfavourable :( We have decided against having more kids :P
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Duff Paddy wrote:When you're up at 6am and still half asleep is there not a high chance of a bloodbath?
I've been surprised at how easy it is. I'm still perfecting my technique but no bloodbaths so far.
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Edwin jagged 89L. Got it back in March . Use feather blades. Made a big difference on my neck where I used to get bad razor burn from a mach 3. Cut my face to ribbons the first time I used it.
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get a hunting knife, sharpen on rock, dry shave like a real man.

Or do as I do and grow a fúcking beard like a real real man
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My ultimate plan is to move on to a straight razor. Now that would be manly.
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And what about balls shaving?
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Stevus55 wrote:Plus people will instantly know that you're the right sort of chap when they see this set-up displayed in your bathroom
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My flatmate got a brush and cut-throat razor set as a Secret Santa gift last year. It looks absolutely class, but he's too afraid to use his left hand, which, apparently, you need to do with those razors.
He's never used it.
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Tell him to give it to me
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HighKingLeinster wrote:get a hunting knife, sharpen on rock, dry shave like a real man.

Or do as I do and grow a fúcking beard like a real real man
What about trimming the dreaded neck beard to get a decent line?
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Also thinking of moving to the double edge razor in the near future but:

a) Why do you need special soap instead of normal shaving foam/gel?

b) Why do you need a fancy brush and not just use your hands?
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If you use "special" (old fashioned) shaving soap/cream, the brush is the best way to apply it. If you use modern foam/gel, then use your hands.
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Chur.
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J Man wrote:Also thinking of moving to the double edge razor in the near future but:

a) Why do you need special soap instead of normal shaving foam/gel?

b) Why do you need a fancy brush and not just use your hands?
You don't and you can.

Personally speaking, the improvement in the shave is negligible with a brush and soap. But it completes the ritual and that's the enjoyable part that makes it that much better.
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The Native wrote:
J Man wrote:Also thinking of moving to the double edge razor in the near future but:

a) Why do you need special soap instead of normal shaving foam/gel?

b) Why do you need a fancy brush and not just use your hands?
You don't and you can.

Personally speaking, the improvement in the shave is negligible with a brush and soap. But it completes the ritual and that's the enjoyable part that makes it that much better.
I use both - because I have big sideys and a goatee, it's easier to use modern gel if I'm in a rush.
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The Native wrote:
HighKingLeinster wrote:get a hunting knife, sharpen on rock, dry shave like a real man.

Or do as I do and grow a fúcking beard like a real real man
What about trimming the dreaded neck beard to get a decent line?
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Ok. Thanks for the advise.

Ended up going for the Muhle R89 Grande which is the long handled version. Cheers Cammy.
It came with a Derby blade and I gave it a go, from what I understand it's not the sharpest/aggressive so probably a good place to start.

First pass with the grain was easy enough. I took my time.
Second pass sideways to the grain, couple of nicks here and there, but no disasters.
Again I took my time. Decently close shave. There's a learning curve on the correct amount of pressure/letting the weight of the head do the work.

A lot less of a feeling that you are simultaneously ripping out the hair while cutting it, which was expected. It feels like a barber shave.

All in all happy so far, though taking a bit more time with it till I get used to it.
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