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#41 carbman

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:00 PM

How do you find the razor?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:06 PM

I'm using the Derby Extra blades now.

I'm probably doing it wrong, but I find that I have to apply quite a bit of pressure on the razor to get a clean pass. Everything I've read on the forums and elsewhere says that no pressure should be applied when passing the razor over the skin.

I've ended up with some small cuts from passing the razor over the tiny raised skin bumps (what are they called?) that you get around the hair follicles.

I'm using Truefitt and Hill cream for now since I don't want to change too many variables right now.

Any advice for a cleaner shave?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:45 PM

Been wet shaving for about 6 months now.

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van der hagen premium shave set- includes Stand,Mug, and Soap

Murker HD 34c

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:26 PM

BKT, how's the Merkur? What blades are you using?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:38 PM

I would say a very good starter Razor, very easy to use great grip and the groves on the hilt towards the top helps when changing positions from a WTG to ATG.

When i transferred over from cartridge shaver's to a safety razor was daunting having a razor blade against your neck. But the murker made it such i dint even notice it was there, watched a few vid's prior no tugging no pulling just let the weight of the razor do its work. Great stuff only ever nicked my self when im in a hurry and disregarded the rules.

rotating between blades now from Platinum's, Derby's and feathers. * bought a tester pack*

Feathers beat the crap out of everything they work so well i dont want to try the other 3 testers i have.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:48 PM

Joo, it takes me about 10 minutes to get a really good shave. You have to keep the right blade angle -- if in doubt, cut the tree tops instead of trying to go for the trunkroots. On successive passes, get closer to the trunkroot. You should also start with-the-grain, then across-the-grain and for some areas you can go against-the-grain.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:39 AM

My standard shave session is ATG, Across, and the final "Luxury" latter is ATG

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:13 PM

Getting much better results with the Personna blade now. It seems like the Derby blades are rather blunt? With the Personna blade I can do multiple passes without adding pressure on the razor.

How long does a good shave last for you gents?

And, if you were to pay someone to do a wet-shave for you, what would you expect, and how much would you pay?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:41 AM

How long does a good shave last for you gents? And, if you were to pay someone to do a wet-shave for you, what would you expect, and how much would you pay?


10-15 minutes from start to finish, including lathering time.

Wetshave done outside is risky business......our barbers never sterilize their kit AFAIK, and some even reuse their disposable blades. But in theory, I'd say RM10-15 would be a fair price.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:55 PM

The local barbers but they do charge a low price. For a haircut and a shave RM15 just shave is abt RM10. Personally since i started prepping (i still havent got a DE yet mind you) the shaves are much better than the barbers. They do not use hot water, your stubble are not soft for the shave.

When i was in Vegas, there was shaving shop called The Art of Shaving, the quoted USD 50. Really wanted to try it just for the experience but was pressed for time.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:35 PM

Is there a men's spa around? Not sure if I can afford it as a regular treat, but I'd like to try it out.

I was once witness to an Indian barber shaving a customer. It was horrifying. Very fast, very firm, relatively crude. This was with a straight edge razor.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:39 PM

None that I know of. There is one in Hong Kong though. Gentleman's Tonic, I think. It's a chain.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:17 AM

Is there a men's spa around? Not sure if I can afford it as a regular treat, but I'd like to try it out. I was once witness to an Indian barber shaving a customer. It was horrifying. Very fast, very firm, relatively crude. This was with a straight edge razor.

I assure you that your face will definitely be butchered by those indian barbers. Mine did... several times.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:12 PM

Dudes, seriously for the price we pay we really can't complain. 15 buck its a pittance compared to the USD 50 they're charging overseas. They do the shave all right but i guess in moisturizing n treatment they lack.

I've been toying with the idea of opening up a proper barbershop i.e. Truefitt & Hill outlet, it'll be like a proper gents private club kind of thing. I personally think the market is ready but the problem is the manpower availability. We've got the indian barbers which nobody in their right mind would pay 100 buck for the hair cut and shave and the high end hairstylist who cant do a shave.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:05 PM

Zinzan, ha ha, I had the same thought. I have a solution to the manpower issue, though.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:49 PM

Joonian, I'm curious to hear to hear your solution. I've been thinking about this for quite a while actually.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:53 PM

Was cleaning my gear today, when i took the soap out of my mug i was greatly surprised by how little was used in the 6 months i was wet shaving. I shave about once every 2 days and used about maybe 1-1.5CM of soap, superb stuff that is.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:17 PM

Dudes, seriously for the price we pay we really can't complain. 15 buck its a pittance compared to the USD 50 they're charging overseas. They do the shave all right but i guess in moisturizing n treatment they lack.

I've been toying with the idea of opening up a proper barbershop i.e. Truefitt & Hill outlet, it'll be like a proper gents private club kind of thing. I personally think the market is ready but the problem is the manpower availability. We've got the indian barbers which nobody in their right mind would pay 100 buck for the hair cut and shave and the high end hairstylist who cant do a shave.


I haven't given this much thought, but I asked myself where the solution space would be and I see it in a franchise. That way, you have a business model that has been proven to work elsewhere.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:52 PM

Zinzan, perhaps over a beverage at some point in the future?

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:28 AM

Joonian, that would be cool. Over a couple of single malts.




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