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Classic Shaving on a Budget

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  • jaredjared College Station, TX Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    DE blades can often be found for around 49 cents a piece.

    How long does a blade last you?
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    I usually get 5-7 shaves from a blade.
  • jaredjared College Station, TX Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    OK, thanks, I need to make the switch then.

    Paying $20+ for 12 blades that last 3 shaves - granted I have a really thick beard - is breaking the bank. I can use that money else where.

    Not to mention it's not even a good shave. Razor burn like a bitch more often than not and an all around unpleasant experience.

    *sigh*
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    I'm like you.

    Trust me, make the switch. The month or so until you really master it is time well spent. I am SO glad I switched.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    Great article... I have been toying with the idea but had no idea where to start without spending a ton of $$$ to get a razor. Thanks Rob!!
  • Living-Dead-ChildLiving-Dead-Child Detroit New
    edited Aug 2009
    It really does save money. You can find feather blades on ebay for less than $.50 a blade. And if you are like me and super cheap with some obsessive complulseive mixed in you only use one blade a month. And you can get shaveing soap at the CVS for like a dollar.
  • Cliff_ForsterCliff_Forster Baltimore, MD Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    Seriously LDC? I was going to ask, how many shaves can I expect from a blade. Mine wont go a month because my face is just so darn manly, but are they at least as durable as something like a Gillette mach 3 which I usually get about half a dozen or so shaves from before having to swap?
  • Living-Dead-ChildLiving-Dead-Child Detroit New
    edited Aug 2009
    I am serious. I would say my beard is average. I have a Mikuir safty razor that goes for like $70. My friend gavwe it to me as he did not like and he bought even a more expensive one. And for my birthday he gave me a real beaver hair shaving brush. These two things make a diffrence.

    I get a great shave with the feather blades. And you have top remeber that you have two sides to the blade to use.
  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen Giggles Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    I can't wait to get these items to have a go at my manly beard!
  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    You been hitting the 'roids again GQ?

    Maybe I should check the whole classic shaving thing out... right now I just use a 30$ electric I picked up for sheer laziness... Then again my facial hair growth ability is pretty pathetic (especially for a 24 year old). lunchb0x can attest to this as he has seen me full-scraggle.
  • PreacherPreacher Potomac, MD Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    Will these work on "shorn scrotums"?
  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    o_O That's a scary though Preach.
  • PreacherPreacher Potomac, MD Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    Not scary, Ardi...."breathtaking"....

    "Dr. Evil: The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking- I highly suggest you try it."
  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    My googly-eyes are not for the shorn scrotum bit... but rather for attempting it with an old timey razor... seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    The fact that there is a youtube link immediately after that post is absolutely terrifying to me.
  • DareDare SD
    edited Aug 2009
    A. Greed.
    I want to click it... so badly..
    But I have an almost equal aversion to what might possibly lie behind that link...
  • PreacherPreacher Potomac, MD Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    That which does not kill you, scar your brain cells, or sear your eyeballs makes you stronger...including a simple link to Aerosmith's "Living on the Edge."

    Forums aren't as dangerous as IC IRC...DAMN, Blackhawk to hell for tricking me into googling Buck Angel!
  • Gate28Gate28 Orlando, Florida Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    My skin is pretty sensitive and I've only been shaving for about seven months now, but should I invest in a safety razor and a shaving kit?

    I only need to shave every two weeks or so due to the fact that my face hair grows slowly and it's blond so people don't notice it until two weeks or so without shaving.
  • LincLinc Community Instigator Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    Great piece, Rob.
  • GrimnocGrimnoc Marion, IN
    edited Aug 2009
    Great article man, I've been looking at getting in on the whole "shaving like a man" phenomenon that has swept through Icrontic.
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Orange, CA Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    Thanks, fellas.

    Gate28, if you are shaving at all, I think this type of kit is a good option worth trying.
  • McBainMcBain San Clemente, CA Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    Next on the list - The dorky guys guide to buying dress shirts....

    Hell - 90% of us our awkward in terms of shapes - When I get back from my honeymoon I should write a guide on how to find proper fitting dress shirts...
  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen Giggles Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    McBain wrote:
    Next on the list - The dorky guys guide to buying shirts....

    Fixed, write article now, plzkthx
  • McBainMcBain San Clemente, CA Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    ha.

    It's not all in the neck and arms boys.

    :-/
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Orange, CA Icrontian
    edited Aug 2009
    I'm looking forward to your article. :thumbsup:" alt=":thumbsup:" />
  • edited Sep 2009
    Great article! Wonderful to know that more and more men are now into wet shaving. As for me, I use Merkur razors. It permits a close shave while still offering maximum protection from razor burn.
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Orange, CA Icrontian
    edited Sep 2009
    Thanks for the comment, Peter. I use a Merkur at home as well. However, for the purposes of assembling a kit on the cheap, I couldn't recommend a Merkur for that.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Apr 2011
    I bought a sample pack of blades on Amazon for $8 to try a bunch of different brands.

    Today I shaved with the "Trig" brand, which butchered my face. I threw them out. Ouchie.

    In 2-3 days when my face heals, I'll try the Feathers.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    edited Apr 2011
    You can't beat 100 pack of Derby Extra Fine for $8 with free shipping (thank you, student prime). Gone are my days with 4-5 blade razors that only last a few shaves.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Apr 2011
    There is no way to "shave like a man". Everyone knows real men don't shave!

    J/K. Carry on!
  • colacola part legend, part devil... all man Right behind you Icrontian
    edited Apr 2011
    Shaving like a man is similar to fighting like a man, you punch it till it stops living, breathing, and growing.
  • PreacherPreacher Potomac, MD Icrontian
    edited Apr 2011
    Reminds me of what my Marine DI said early in my Navy career:

    Gunny: "Sailor, did you shave?
    Me: "YES, GUNNERY SERGEANT!"
    Gunny: "NO, you didn't. I don't see any blood on your face. Go back and re-shave. This time SHAVE. If you ain't bleedin', then you didn't shave close enough."
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Bump. Dollar Shave Club has a great ad, but man... we've been doing it better for years.
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    I am serious. I would say my beard is average. I have a Mikuir safty razor that goes for like $70. My friend gavwe it to me as he did not like and he bought even a more expensive one. And for my birthday he gave me a real beaver hair shaving brush. These two things make a diffrence.

    I get a great shave with the feather blades. And you have top remeber that you have two sides to the blade to use.

    Beaver? Not badger?

    I've been doing straight-razor wet shaving off and on for a couple years now. My biggest issue has been proper stropping; I just can't seem to get my blade where I want it. Anyone here use a straight razor and have any suggestions?

    And for anyone doing the wet-shaving, I really recommend getting a good scuttle. It may not seem like a big change versus a bowl or mug, but when your soap is lasting twice as long and you're not having to run your brush under hot water, you'll appreciate it.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Gentlemen, last night Perry asked me to teach him how to shave. You will be glad to know one of the very first things I taught him was how to make a good lather.
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    Let it be known by this comment I refrained from comment.
  • Gate28Gate28 Orlando, Florida Icrontian
    Gentlemen, last night Perry asked me to teach him how to shave. You will be glad to know one of the very first things I taught him was how to make a good lather.
    I asked my dad how to shave once. He told me shaving cream was a scam and to just use handsoap. I then proceeded to chop my face up.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    Gentlemen, last night Perry asked me to teach him how to shave. You will be glad to know one of the very first things I taught him was how to make a good lather.


    I asked my dad how to shave once. He told me shaving cream was a scam and to just use handsoap. I then proceeded to chop my face up.
    He must be a troll or have a very, very sparse/fine beard
  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian
    I've found that in a pinch, conditioner works in place of shaving cream.

    Soap though? not so much.
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Orange, CA Icrontian
    Good soap works, actually.

    Whether it be a (real) shaving cream or a soap, the lather produced is designed to both lift and lubricate the beard to facilitate the razor chop. If you produce a good enough lather from a hand soap, it can be used for shaving. I'd still recommend a shaving soap or cream, though.

    Conditioner also works similarly to the non-lathering shaving creams, but provides mostly the necessary lubrication for a shave, but not as much of the lift. I've found I can shave closer with something that lathers, but you can still shave comfortably with either lathering or non-lathering options.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    WE NEED A SESSION AT EPIC... There, I've said it.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    edited Mar 2012
    Shave Q's beard with a straight razor ... There, I've said it.
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