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Razors

Discussion in 'off topic' started by stevec67, Dec 5, 2021.

  1. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Remember the lengthy discussion of razors and shaving a few years back? I was very kindly given a Gillette razor from the 60's by a fishie, and use it still. Thanks again. Anyway, that's been my favourite and I've been using cheap disposables for hotel duties in the week for convenience. Airport security don't like open blade razors. However the dispos I have been using have dried up and I think it's time to buy another DE razor and a pack of Feathers. Any recommendations?
     
  2. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    Are you after a travel set? Or just something different to your Gillette?
     
  3. cutting42

    cutting42 Arrived at B4 Hacker Erg \o/

    vuk, was king of the razor discussions wasn’t he, not seen him about recently, hope all is well. I use Feathers with a Gillette Rocket variant and recommend them both unreservedly. Will need to be a vintage as I don’t think they are made any more sadly.
     
  4. flutteringwow

    flutteringwow Platinum Ears

    Antiquated, and a pollutant (especially disposable ones), use an electric razor, where the blades or handles do not need to be 'recycled (landfilled)' as often.
     
  5. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    I use my Merkur Futur almost daily. I like the ability to adjust exactly how much of your face you wish to slice off.
     
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  6. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    I hated my Futur, from the slippy handle to the oversized, unbalanced head. I had a ‘50s Gillette Fatboy for a while, and that was a nice razor, but I was mostly using it on the most aggressive setting making the adjustability surplus to requirements.

    I use an Ikon OSS most days, with a Mongoose AC single edge to mix it up. I have a nice olive wood Muhle Kosmo for the days when I fancy being cosseted rather than skinned alive.
     
  7. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    I’ve been using the Jagger £20(ish) DE for well over 10 years with Astra Platinum blades.
     
  8. clivem2

    clivem2 pfm Member

  9. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Funny isn’t it how ymmv! I like the weight, and the fact that you can almost let it do it’s own thing. I have the mat finish one. I don’t find it in the least bit slippy!
     
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  10. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    I take it your avatar is the post-shave self-portrait.
     
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  11. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

  12. AllyD

    AllyD ex audio room poster

    Be a caveman and let it grow.
     
  13. Thorn

    Thorn pfm Member

    Steve, it's a shame The Traditional Shaving Company closed their shop in The Grand Arcade in Leeds. I went there and tried the weight and balance of a variety of razors, and chose a Mohle. Check their website and perhaps give them a call. They may let you visit their warehouse on Roseville Road to try a few. They do blades, including Feather, at a good price too.
    I'd been going down the multi-blade route since my wife bought me a fancy shaving set in the 80s, but got fed up with the ever-increasing cost of blades. I found my 1960s Gillette and a pack of Wilkinson Sword blades at the back of a drawer a few years ago, gave it a try and went back to d/e permanently.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2021
  14. clivem2

    clivem2 pfm Member

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    Andrewxyz pfm Member

  16. -alan-

    -alan- pfm Member

    That was a great thread :)

    Suitably inspired at the time, I bought a Merker Futur and latterly one of these little travel-razors. I gave up on the Futur and moved it on rather swiftly. Still have the little travel-razor years later - and have to say I find it pretty close to perfect - gives a good close shave without being aggressive to the point where one wrong move and you bleed like a stuck pig. Contrary to the received wisdom at the time, I've always found whether you cut yourself or not is primarily down to the difference in the razor heads - not the difference in blades.

    https://www.shaving.ie/products/merkur-travel-razor-open-comb.html
     
  17. Barry123

    Barry123 pfm Member

    Feathers aren’t particularly great even allowing for YMMV, awful on first use and done after three.
     
  18. Barry123

    Barry123 pfm Member

    We’re talking Wet Shaving here. No landfill and take the blades down the tip for recycling
     
  19. flutteringwow

    flutteringwow Platinum Ears

    Yes, antiquated.

    1. Do you think the majority of people take their old blades to the tip for recycling?
    2. Do you think everything at the tip is recycled?
     
  20. clivem2

    clivem2 pfm Member

    Personally, electric shavers result in my getting in-grown hairs, this is why I returned to wet shaving.

    Most electrics that people use today are rechargeable. How long do these last (the batteries fade over time) and what happens to the batteries and plastic when the shaver is done? Which process involves more carbon? (I don’t know but it’s not a given that electric is bound to be more environmentally friendly)
     
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