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PostSubject: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:32 am

For anyone that is interested, The Sophisticate's Diary now has full instructions on the care of your straight razor.

Do any of you use straight razors? I know there's less than a handful of chaps on here but maybe some of the more 'dangerous dames' are adept at wielding a cut-throat when seeking silky-smooth legs? I can't say I'd take a straight razor into the shower with me though as life-changing catastrophe would only be a slip away.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:16 am

What part of your anatomy are you shaving in the shower?!!

Difficult to beat a hot towel and cut-throat razor shave round a turkish barbers, but for personal use I'll stick with my mach 3. Gillette, the best a man can get, perhaps not. As Bob Mills once said ' Come off it Gillette, a penthouse suite, a bag of coke and a pair of dirty women- that's the best a man can get!' tongue

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:03 am

I can use one, as I am trained as a Cosmetologist. We had to practice on lathered-up balloons!

the Old Man won't have me near him with one, though...can't figure out why, but he refuses flatly.

Just a block away, has opened a Barber Shop. Its a lovely thing with a pole out front and fancy chairs. I take my son there for his cuts and look at girlie mags while I wait! They have Esquire and GQ on the table, but Playboy and Penthouse are in the rack on the wall!

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:21 am

I always thought the balloon thing was a myth!
I'm yet to treat myself to a good shave at a barbershop. One day.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:18 pm

Mimi wrote:
Playboy and Penthouse are in the rack on the wall!

Pretty tame when you consider what a quick google (goggle?) can bring up on the web.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:33 pm

Yes, it is.

My children do not use the Internet. They do not have IM accounts, MySpace pages or anything of the sort.

They are allowed to research school work, and some recreational surfing, as long as it's supervised.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:37 pm

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Just a block away, has opened a Barber Shop. Its a lovely thing with a pole out front and fancy chairs. I take my son there for his cuts and look at girlie mags while I wait! They have Esquire and GQ on the table, but Playboy and Penthouse are in the rack on the wall!

Really? I'm surprised the PC police (or you local branch of Bible Bashers Inc.) haven't raided the joint and put a stop to it.

And good for you re: the computer restrictions on the rug rats! I fully support old-fashioned parenting.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:49 pm

Well, there's a difference between what you tell your parents and what they allow, and what you actually do.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:10 pm

That may be true, but if they have ZERO access to it, they can't get it done.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:01 pm

My husband has a straight-edge & strop, but rarely uses it these days.

Niiiice shave, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:00 pm

Yeah, there really is nothing like it. But since the Old Man starts his day around 4:30 a.m., I advise against it for him!

Maybe when he retires?

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:00 pm

Anyone (or anyone's chap) ever use alum block as an aftershave? It's the weirdest feeling. As it's an astringent it makes the skin on your face feel very peculiar and is even stranger when it gets in the mouth.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:09 pm

I'm a bay rum man, myself. It seems the only brand I can find locally though is Clubman, and it's not my favorite. Last year, Sarah got me a great bottle of Bigelow Bay Rum Balm. It was a bit milder scent than most Bay Rum, but it felt fantastic after a close shave.


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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:22 pm

I keep the bay rum for the hair now and then. For that I use Pashana brand. We have a bottle (plastic) of clubman and, believe it or not, we use it to soak cotton wool balls and then put them in the hoover for a nice smell around the house.

My old barber was always on a constant search for the Pinaud Clubman bay rum in a glass bottle as he insisted it smelled nicer but I never found any.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:36 pm

I absolutely adore the Clubman!
Ryan uses it after a razor shave, and it makes the whole bathroom and bedroom smell so good!

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:55 am

Lost Soul wrote:
For anyone that is interested, The Sophisticate's Diary now has full instructions on the care of your straight razor.

Wonderful- I will be forwarding that to my roomie. He's always preferred straight razors apparently, and he's been looking all over for one to purchase. We found some nice ones at The Art of Shaving, but he felt the handles were a little weak. So he's still looking.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:29 am

I think that most handles are fairly flimsy anyway, even on top-end razors. Their ony real purpose is to protect the blade when not in use and provide a bit of balance when shaving as you only really grip the shank and tang of the blade when in use.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:24 pm

My local drug store has the Clubman Bay Rum and Lilac, as well as the eponymous version, but all in plastic bottles.

Still, I think I will pick up the Bay Rum and the Lilac--they smell nice.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:32 pm

Lost Soul wrote:
I think that most handles are fairly flimsy anyway, even on top-end razors. Their ony real purpose is to protect the blade when not in use and provide a bit of balance when shaving as you only really grip the shank and tang of the blade when in use.

Glad to know this... in case I decide to buy him one as a gift. I wonder- do you think that is an okay idea, or is a straight razor something you feel should be chosen by the person who is going to use it. I suppose he could always return it if he doesn't like it, if I make sure to buy it from a place with a decent return/exchange policy.

(Although I would rather get him something he can treasure than something he'd have to return!)
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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:04 am

I'd say it would be a very nice gift indeed! They are, after all, very nice to look at as well as to use. If you get him a quality blade (and strop) there's no reason why it shouldn't last for many, many years. You could even get the blade personally engraved I imagine.

There is an entire forum dedicated to wet shaving, www.badgerandblade.com , and I'm sure if you ask a few questions there they would be most helpful.

I've got a Dovo 'Bismarck' razor and I've had no trouble at all.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:44 pm

I am just now returning to using a safety razor, after using the Mach3 for anumber of years - the blades are cheaper, and more fun to use... but you do have be a little more careful.

Only two days in - we'll see how it goes.

I've always wanted a straight razor, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:19 pm

The New York Times has an article on shaving with a straight razor.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:43 am

"Painfully alive."

That article got it just about right, Mina. As I've said - I'm using a safety rather than straight razor, but you've still got to slow it down, and you have to concentrate. I used to use a safety, but many years ago - I had forgotten certain rules... like "go slow, and shave twice (once against the grain)", and "pay attention to what you are doing! (which is holding a very sharp shard of metal against your neck, first thing in the morning)" Also - I had forgotten this: A new blade will shred you unless you are very , very attentive. A blade with a little wear is much better.

All-in-all, I would say that shaving has come a long way - the Mach 3 is an improvement overall. But - BUT - shaving the old fashioned way is a much more serious, manly, and grown-up thing to do.

My whole day's perspective is very different now that I've switched (back). That kind of mortality-facing right away in the a.m. will do that to you.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:14 am

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All-in-all, I would say that shaving has come a long way - the Mach 3 is an improvement overall. But - BUT - shaving the old fashioned way is a much more serious, manly, and grown-up thing to do.

Agreed. I use both in every shave now as I'm too lazy to do my whole face with the straight razor but the Mach3 is no good for the pencil moustache.

Miss R recently bought me a big block of alum for the "painfully alive" experience.

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PostSubject: Re: Shaving   Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:43 am

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Miss R recently bought me a big block of alum for the "painfully alive" experience.

Gawd, yes. Ain't nothin' like it. After a nick and muttered expletive, a dab of styptic results in a wordless keening, often audible only to dogs. Mos' definitely get your attention.
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