Getting Another Double Edge (DE) Safety Razor

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    Jan 22, 2015 1:27 PM GMT
    You guys were very helpful with my previous post requesting shaving advice, before I bought a safety razor for the first time in decades. I'm so happy with it (still no nicks or bumps) that I'm buying another, more fancy one.

    This first one will become my travel razor, as I had anticipated if I liked it, why I got it with a head protector so I can throw it in my shaving kit. I'm getting a matching stand for the new one, to be placed on the bathroom counter opposite the one I got my husband the previous Christmas. His bathroom has the better mirror & lights, so that's where I prefer to shave, rather than in my own bathroom.

    I do suggest you guys consider the revival of the DE safety razor. There's a minor rebellion going on, over the increasing cost of cartridge blades, that get more complicated every day without seeming to deliver any real advances in shaving results.
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    Jan 22, 2015 1:55 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI do suggest you guys consider the revival of the DE safety razor.


    Still have my Gillette from 1963. It was a Christmas gift the year I hit puberty. Still treasured and still works great. And BONUS--it's great for shavin' yer balls! Since the jaws that hold the blade can be opened wide, you just swish the head in a cup or a small basin of water to remove all the hairs that accumulate. That keeps the next swipe sharp and scratch free unlike those cartridge blades that get clogged with hair. The waste water from the basin then goes in the toilet so there are no plumbing issues.
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    Jan 22, 2015 2:03 PM GMT
    I just did some checking. Gillette Fusion blades at Target cost $39.99 for 12. That's $3.33 each. I can buy platinum-edged DE blades for just over 1/10th that unit cost.

    Do cartridge blades really perform 10 times better than DE? Or even 8 or 9 times? I can see why cartridge blades are falling out of favor, for all their hi-tech.
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    Jan 22, 2015 2:19 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidI do suggest you guys consider the revival of the DE safety razor.

    Still have my Gillette from 1963. It was a Christmas gift the year I hit puberty. Still treasured and still works great. And BONUS--it's great for shavin' yer balls! Since the jaws that hold the blade can be opened wide, you just swish the head in a cup or a small basin of water to remove all the hairs that accumulate. That keeps the next swipe sharp and scratch free unlike those cartridge blades that get clogged with hair. The waste water from the basin then goes in the toilet so there are no plumbing issues.

    I wish I had my first Gillette! Got mine about the same time as you, around 1962. I had to start shaving daily just as I turned 13.

    But gawd, that thing ripped me up. I'd go to 8th grade in the morning looking like I'd been mauled by a tiger.

    This German Mühle razor I recently got is much kinder. And modern DE blades are better, too. Do you remember Gillette Blue Blades? You might as well have shaved yourself with a hunting knife or an Army bayonet (both of which I've done).

    But the Mühle R89 series has a less aggressive blade angle. You still gotta handle it properly, very light pressure. But this thing hasn't nicked me yet. Why I've ordered another one, the subject of this thread, just something fancier I can keep out on the counter in a holder I'm also getting. Bu there are others, like Merkur, also from Germany. And Parker, and Feather. You've got lots of good choices.
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    Jan 23, 2015 5:17 AM GMT
    This is the shaving stand I'm getting. Oddly, the razor is held inverted. And it doesn't include a holder for a shaving brush, like I got for my husband. Since I'm merely shaping my beard I use a non-foaming cream from a tube, I don't use a brush or a soap mug.

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