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What razor should I buy?

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Looking to buy a manual razor but have no idea which one to get. I'm looking for one that has long lasting blades (say a month or so), not the ones you throway away after a few uses. Is a plain straig…
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
Looking to buy a manual razor but have no idea which one to get. I'm looking for one that has long lasting blades (say a month or so), not the ones you throway away after a few uses. Is a plain straight razor good? I think theres one called Wilkinson sword titanium razor thats meant to be good, can anyone confirm or name something better? Thanks
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
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#1
king of shaves azor.
#2
I have sensitive skin, and this is my take on things:
- Gillette is grossly over-priced, gives a great shave, but makes my skin sting after a shave. It cuts me up as well.
- Wilkinson sword is very affordable, gives a nice shave, without cutting me, or making my skin sting.
- Avoid other cheaper ones [like Bic], they're not worth it.

So I use Wilkinson Sword one with a trimmer on the other side:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wilkinson-Sword-Quattro-Titanium-Precision/dp/B00153EQB0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=drugstore&qid=1261662522&sr=8-1
You can get it for around £4 from supermarkets, or Boots/Superdrug.

Razors are in the region of £1.20 per blade:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wilkinson-Sword-Quattro-Titanium-Blades/dp/B000ORSZ0Q/ref=pd_sim_d_1
Again buying the blades from the shops will work out cheaper than Amazon. Gillette's blades are almost double this value - although of course that depends where you buy them from, and if they're on offer or not.

Hope that helps.
#3
gillette fusion.

blades last 'upto' 3 months.
#4
froggy*
king of shaves azor.


i will +1 this. blades are cheap enough as well.

You could always get yourself a decent safety razor, then the blades cost a tiny amount.
banned#5
I don't know what kind of shaving you are doing where a blade on a Gilette lasts 3 months! You should really change the blade after 2 or 3 shaves maximum. Any more than that and it has lost its sharpness and it wont' shave as close and you are much more likely to get burn/rash from it.

Consider buying a pre-shave face scrub (this opens up the pores and lifts the hairs giving you a closer shave) Also look at buying a shaving creme rather than a foam or gel.
#6
Jetpac
i will +1 this. blades are cheap enough as well.

You could always get yourself a decent safety razor, then the blades cost a tiny amount.


Tescos and Sainsburys have the azor and 3 blades for £3.25.

Also there small shaving oils 15ml for £1.88 - that will easily last a month.
#7
DanJackson
I don't know what kind of shaving you are doing where a blade on a Gilette lasts 3 months! You should really change the blade after 2 or 3 shaves maximum. Any more than that and it has lost its sharpness and it wont' shave as close and you are much more likely to get burn/rash from it.

Consider buying a pre-shave face scrub (this opens up the pores and lifts the hairs giving you a closer shave) Also look at buying a shaving creme rather than a foam or gel.


its not the blades that i find lose the sharpness its the aloe vera strip when that runs out then it hurts

I use gilette fusion btw yes the blades are quite expensive but i managed to pick up a good deal on amazon before and got 16 for bout 22 quid and ive still got loads of them left, depends how long in between shaves i guess
#8
just buy whichever 1 is on ofer at the time in the supermarket.i dont think ive ever just bought replacement blades.....tried em all and they are all about the same apart from the new 1's with the blade on the end as well, i find it ends up cutting the end of me nose when getting the muzzy
1 Like #9
Get yourself over to [url]www.badgerandblade.com[/url] and have a read of the forums on there.

I use an old fashioned single blade razor and never buy cartridge razors now as replacement blades are such a rip-off. Also, get yourself a decent shaving brush and a good soap too - they will make a massive difference to your shave. Bit more effort but your skin will thank you.
1 Like #10
Evil_monkey
Get yourself over to [url]www.badgerandblade.com[/url] and have a read of the forums on there.

I use an old fashioned single blade razor and never buy cartridge razors now as replacement blades are such a rip-off. Also, get yourself a decent shaving brush and a good soap too - they will make a massive difference to your shave. Bit more effort but your skin will thank you.


Totally agree, I'm using one of these at the moment, far superior to any cartridge razor.
#11
Goonieman
Totally agree, I'm using one of these at the moment, far superior to any cartridge razor.


Excellent choice my friend.
#12
Evil_monkey
Excellent choice my friend.


Thanks :-D I was using the futur but found it a bit to weighty.
banned#13
Goonieman
Totally agree, I'm using one of these at the moment, far superior to any cartridge razor.


I keep meaning to get one of these type of razors and do away with disposables. What's the shave like compared to something like a Gilette Mach 3? I've always been worried that it's easier to cut yourself, is this the case?
#14
DanJackson
I keep meaning to get one of these type of razors and do away with disposables. What's the shave like compared to something like a Gilette Mach 3? I've always been worried that it's easier to cut yourself, is this the case?


Depends how you do it really! I used to get a few little nicks when I first started, and still get the odd one if I'm in a rush but if you take your time and work on your technique it's really a piece of cake. It does take longer than a quick once-over with a Mach 3, Fusion etc, but you get less ingrown hairs and shave rash. There's a lot of variation in blades too - some are really awful, others are brilliant.
Preparation is really the key to a good shave though.

Have a look on Youtube for some videos by a guy called Mantic. They'll tell you everything you need to know.

PM me if you want any info.
#15
I found you have to re-learn the way you shave. Let the weight of the razor and the sharpness of the blade do the work rather than pushing onto the skin. As Evil_monkey says get a brush and some decent soap rather than the gunk in a can. Also a Alum block will sort out any nicks. I used to get a terrible rash on one area of my neck but this has stopped now. Definatly worth the effort.
#16
Evil_monkey


Have a look on Youtube for some videos by a guy called Mantic. They'll tell you everything you need to know.


I'll second this, really useful vids when starting out.
1 Like #17
1 Like #18
Evil_monkey


Might have to get some of that. :-D
Dan you can pick up a starter kit here that will give you everything you need.
#19
evil_monkey and goonieman cant thank you enough you really helped a lot.
banned#20
How long do the blades last on those traditional razors?
#21
DanJackson
How long do the blades last on those traditional razors?


+1
#22
excellent thread i was thinking about one of these type of razors also :-D

so loads of useful knowledge
banned#23
hdizzle
+1


What?
#24
I change my blade every three shaves, could probably get more but i like to keep the blade fresh. Also because the combination of blade and soap is alot more gentle on the skin, i often have two to three passes per shave. The blades can work out at 20p each (30 pack of derbys here ) so not overly expensive.
banned#25
Goonieman
I change my blade every three shaves, could probably get more but i like to keep the blade fresh. Also because the combination of blade and soap is alot more gentle on the skin, i often have two to three passes per shave. The blades can work out at 20p each (30 pack of derbys here ) so not overly expensive.


Excellent. That's what I thought.

Right, I'm giving this a go, will order one of those starter packs,
#26
This the guy on youtube, lots of good advise.
http://www.youtube.com/user/mantic59
#27
DanJackson
Excellent. That's what I thought.

Right, I'm giving this a go, will order one of those starter packs,


Nice one :thumbsup: Be warned though, its turned into a bit of a obsession for me. Let us know how you get on.
#28
DanJackson
What?


I wanted to know how long they lasted as well :thumbsup:
banned#29
hdizzle
I wanted to know how long they lasted as well :thumbsup:


Ha ha. You completely confused me!
#30
some good tips here guys :thumbsup:

Ive been shaving for quite a while but always willing to give new ideas/tips ago.I tend to shave in the shower rather then over a sink, theres always conflicting reports as when to shave, first thing in the morning or evening, i find first thing in the morning is better for me.

I'm lucky in the respect of my job i dont have to shave everyday, i dont know how these guys shave everyday, If i did im sure my face would lool like something out of the latest horror film.
#31
Would you think this razor is appropriate for a beginner?
http://www.shaving-shack.com/parker-model-22-interceptor-metal-safety-razor-with-gunmetal-finish.html

It's quite cheap and has good reviews
#32
t0mm
gillette fusion.

blades last 'upto' 3 months.


You having a laugh, my last 2 weeks if i'm lucky..
#33
acer098
Would you think this razor is appropriate for a beginner?
http://www.shaving-shack.com/parker-model-22-interceptor-metal-safety-razor-with-gunmetal-finish.html

It's quite cheap and has good reviews


Not sure to be honest, i went for this one http://www.shaving-shack.com/merkur-34c-heavy-duty-classic.html on recommendation and have no complaints with it.
#34
so what about going the whole hog and getting a cut-throat and slop/hove thingy?

I occasionally go get 1 done at the barbers for a treat, but may have a trial in the new year coz im sick of them disposables getting all clogged up and i only shave once or twice a week
#36


Possibly a Merkur HD I think. Good razors.
Word to the wise though - Merkur blades have not got a good reputation. Derby are good and the Tesco own brand ones are not too bad. Have a look here and perhaps get a sample pack of blades, that way you'll get to try a variety and find the ones that work best for you
http://www.connaughtshaving.com/samplepack.html. Tip - stay away from the Feather blades until you know what you're doing as they're b####y sharp!

If you're anywhere near a branch of TK Max it's worth having a look around the displays by the tills where they keep bath stuff. I've picked up some cheap soaps, creams and brushes there :thumbsup:
banned#37
soaking your skin with a hot wet flannel can make for an easier shave i find : )
#38
Evil_monkey
Possibly a Merkur HD I think. Good razors.
Word to the wise though - Merkur blades have not got a good reputation. Derby are good and the Tesco own brand ones are not too bad. Have a look here and perhaps get a sample pack of blades, that way you'll get to try a variety and find the ones that work best for you
http://www.connaughtshaving.com/samplepack.html. Tip - stay away from the Feather blades until you know what you're doing as they're b####y sharp!

If you're anywhere near a branch of TK Max it's worth having a look around the displays by the tills where they keep bath stuff. I've picked up some cheap soaps, creams and brushes there :thumbsup:


Its a Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic seems to be known as the 34c or the HD. Its the one i use and linked to earlier. I bought three tubs of the real shaving co cream in poundland for...erm...a pound each :-D worth looking in your local branch to see if theres any left.
#39
just bought a starter pack, alum block and pre shave cream, can't wait to try this out!
#40
this is just one blade so how do these blades compare to say the triple or 4 blades of a fusion ? remember the orange Bic ones just the single blade, my first razor when i started shaving, i must have lost a pint of blood evey time i used to shave with them :-D

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