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Old 06-01-2009, 10:17 AM
Location: Washington, DC
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Which do you guys think is better in terms of leaving the least amount of razor burn? (for men's shaving)

1. Shaving w/ an electric shaver.

2. Shaving the "old fashioned" way, w/ a shaving brush, lather, safety razor and a real razor blade.

3. Shaving with one of the 5 blade disposable razors and shaving cream/gel in a can.

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Old 06-01-2009, 10:24 AM
Location: Floribama
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Disposable razor for me. I wish I could use an electric razor, but the "whiskers" around my adam's apple lay down and go different directions and the electric razor just doesn't work for that.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:30 AM
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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Wet shaving with a straight razor. Soap puck, boar's hair brush, warm mug of water, leather strap to strop the blade before shaving. The works. Safety razor... pfft, lol.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:11 PM
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I'm 22, been shaving since I was 18 or so... always with disposable blades against the grain. For a long time I always got razor burn at the crease on my neck, recently that has not been happening as I believe my skin is toughening up a little. I like the disposables because I can cut deep enough where the shaved area is COMPLETELY smooth... not something you can do with electric razor.

I really want to get a straight razor kit and I plan to... I figure if professional barbers use them, they must be the best tool for the job.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:01 PM
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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It is definitely a skill you have to work on. Not like a disposable or cartridge razor where you can pretty much do anything without hurting yourself. It is well worth it though.

The soaps and creams are a hell of a lot better for you than the canned stuff. What you can do right away is start using that. Pretty cheap to switch over and it lasts a lot longer than a can will if used right.

As for straight razor shaving or DE shaving it really is a whole different world. It is more an experience than a chore if you know what I mean. I'm by no means a pro as I've only been doing it a few months but I will never go back.
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:55 PM
Location: North Adams, MA
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I've tried all three methods and use a cartridge and good quality canned shaving foam. I half fill the basin with very warm water and find a good soak with it before proceeding really makes it smoother and lessens the chance of nicking myself.
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:04 PM
Location: New England
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I personally do not like the feel of a close shave. I use the mustache trimmer side of an electric shaver. Gives me a 5 o'clock shadow all the time.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:26 PM
Location: Way beyond the black stump.
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Although I use those plasic disposable things for speed and convenience, without a doubt the straight or 'cut throat' razor shave I had many years ago from the old grandfather was the best, closest and smoothest shave I have ever had, no question for me about that. I shave while having a shower using just plain soap, kills two birds with one stone that way.

With 'imperfections' one tends to get on the skin as one ages it would probably be a bit risky using a cut throat razor now, may whip the tops off those little 'imperfections' <grin>.
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:06 AM
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Never could get use to a electric oir get a close enough sayhve personally. I use can cream and tubo razor as the throwaways dul too quickly and are not as sahrp to start with.If i wasn't afraid of cutting my neck 'I'd use a stright razor but i'm dangerous enough with a safety razor.
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:05 AM
Location: Ohio
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I tried an electric shaver years ago and always got razor burn and little red bumps all over my face and throat area. I used it for a couple months thinking my skin would get used to it or my technique would get better and I wouldn't have a problem. Never happened.
For years I have used the multi blade cartridges. I do take a washrag and soak it in hot water and hold against my face untill it starts cooling off. Then the shaving cream and shave.
The added hot wet washrag thing seems to improve the process quite a bit. I know that it gives me more shaves from each cartridge. Guess it softens up the whiskers more and the blades stay sharp longer.
I hate to think what I might look like if I tried using a straight razor. (If I even survived) I had an Uncle who shaved with mug, hot soap lather, strop, straight razor all his life. But he was a barber and knew what he was doing. I remember the warm lather going on my neck and sideburns and stropping the razor before he trimmed me up after he gave me a haircut. That warm lather felt good. He used hot water to wet the brush to apply the lather.
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