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    Whilst shaving this morning I was pondering the waste of using a five bladed razor and chucking the catridge in the bin when I'd finished with it.

    I was thinking of getting an "old fashioned" double edged safety razor and using a proper shaving brush. My old fella uses a Merkur razor and a badger brush and shaving soap and swears he gets a closer shave than with the usual cartridge razor. It also seems to be a little more environmentally friendly!

    Are there any real men on here who use proper safety razors who can give me a bit of honest advice? Is it worth it or will I end up cutting myself to ribbons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovehr View Post
    Whilst shaving this morning I was pondering the waste of using a five bladed razor and chucking the catridge in the bin when I'd finished with it.

    I was thinking of getting an "old fashioned" double edged safety razor and using a proper shaving brush. My old fella uses a Merkur razor and a badger brush and shaving soap and swears he gets a closer shave than with the usual cartridge razor. It also seems to be a little more environmentally friendly!

    Are there any real men on here who use proper safety razors who can give me a bit of honest advice? Is it worth it or will I end up cutting myself to ribbons?
    Until you get used to it you will cut yourself regularly. Compared to the old style razors the modern ones are a lot more forgiving if you don't get the angle/direction/pressure quite right.

    Not sure about the environmentally friendly side. There is a lot more steel in a traditional razor blade than even the modern 5 blade ones. Does the plastic in the modern ones offset that or not?
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    Oh, you mean one with a razor blade in? Why not go the whole hog and buy a cut throat razor that you have to strop etc? Must be real skill in that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimberWolf View Post
    Oh, you mean one with a razor blade in? Why not go the whole hog and buy a cut throat razor that you have to strop etc? Must be real skill in that.
    I don't mind cutting myself while I unlearn the normal shaving techniques but I draw the line at decapitation!

    I think I'm also looking to re-macho myself and I think that using a big piece of ironmongery to shave with beats using a bit of garishly coloured plastic every morning.

    I also get loads of ingrowing hairs and I'm reliably(?) informed that using a single bladed razor causes less irritation.

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    Yes I also use a Merkur and would agree with your old fella that it shaves smoother and closer than anything else on the market that I have tried. Initially it is a bit pricey, and it does take some careful getting used to after using a Gilette (unfortunately somewhat bloodily as well) and it's definately not a razor that you should rush with whilst using.

    That said, once you get used to it, I would presume that like me you'll never go back to a crappy 5 bladed Gilette or Wilkinson Sword razor.
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    Looks interesting and I'll definately get one now that I've seen the razors. The Parker ones look good too - is there any specific razor (Parker/Merkur or otherwise) that you would recommend?

    The Razorpit sounds like a great idea too.

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    Default This arrived this morning

    Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor Chrome - £ 39.95 - free delivery available

    I managed to shave reasonably successfully despite the nick to the carotid artery and I'm ging to stick with it!

    The badger bristle brush it a thing of beauty too and my wife told me I smelled gorgeous with my Taylors of Old Bond street aftershave!

    I am a man now.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovehr View Post
    Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor Chrome - £ 39.95 - free delivery available

    I managed to shave reasonably successfully despite the nick to the carotid artery and I'm ging to stick with it!

    The badger bristle brush it a thing of beauty too and my wife told me I smelled gorgeous with my Taylors of Old Bond street aftershave!

    I am a man now.....
    Out of interest why did you pick this particular one out of the range available?

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    I learnt to shave with a "proper" razor and it did take some getting used to. I went back to one a few years ago and I found I kept cutting myself as I was so used to a) rushing and b) shaving absent-mindedly - both dangerous things to do. I lasted a fortnight before I started back with my multi-blade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChimpMaster View Post
    Out of interest why did you pick this particular one out of the range available?
    I read somewhere that an adjustable one is better for beginners. If you're used to using a DE razor, you can adjust the pressure and angle instinctively but when you're not, it's easier to adjust the razor. We'll have to see how true that is...

    The only real complaint I have (after using it only the once so far) is that it took me a lot longer to shave this morning. I've no doubt it'll speed up with practice.

    It did make me feel much more manly though!

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