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I used one about 10 years ago (a remington) and got fed up with it rather quickly because it was uncomfortable to use. The fast moving cutting blades made the protective foil hot and this caused an unpleasant sensation on the face, causing irritation.
Have shavers progressed since then? are they really a viable alternative to wet shaving?
Be glad to get your opinions.
THE CUT-THROAT RAZOR!
My step father used one back in the days when MEN used the cut-throat and wussies used safety razors.
My first ever attempt at removing teenage fluff involved "borrowing" the cut-throat, soap, shaving mug..... and blood, lots of it.
I ending up looking like a left-over from Halloween 3.
a Wilkinson double edged blade in a decades old "twist-and-drop-in-the-blade" razor handed down to me by my grandfather
Ahh yes... I learned to shave with one of those. I still have a scar on my left shin to show for it. ;) But, those plastic safety razors can't do half the job that old twist model did, once you get the hang of it. (And the skin on the face heals a lot better than the shins... so you guys get off easy that way)
Craziest method I ever tried: Couldn't find the twist handle, so I shaved both legs with a double edged blade by itself. :) If you pinch the two short ends together just so, it curves the blade just perfectly to shave one's legs in half the time...
The drop and twist system sounds tempting, .....
So, I'll repeat the question:
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO SHAVE?
[edit: spelling, again :(]
That includes wetting the face with water, wetting the razor, and shaving.
No need to all that 'foam' or 'gel', which I have bought, have tried, but can't bring myself to spend the extra minute on prep, and minute on clean up. :)
I've never thought to time it. And it's such a relaxing activity I just go into a sort of trance dragging the braun up and down, listening to the weed whacker do its thing. Seems there's always a millimeter left on most of the whiskers no matter how often I go over it and how many contortions I make; puffing out the cheek, stretching the chin. Sometimes it takes all morning. Off and on. Working at the terminal I'll often discover one I missed and... wzzzzzz. Back at it. Takes some discipline to put it away finally.
But alas. The rotten thing just snapped at the foil head the other day and I'll be buying a new one for Christmas. Actually I've been sending out feelers to friends and family. The beard's growing and they're curious. Hehe. We'll see who's worth Toadhall's affection. First one to cough up one of those Panasonic es8003's wins.
Or, it's adventure time. Strap on the 45s, pull on the snake skin Tony Lamas, take the bull whip off the wall, and go buy a Mach 3.
Razor Guard does kept the blade from becoming dull and makes it last
Is this one of those little pyramid things that magically keeps your blades sharp forever? :) The engineer in me wonders how something can keep a blade sharp longer when blades usually lose their edge due to mechanical abrasion during use... And does this stuff affect the little lube strip on the blade holder?
They smell a bit though…
I am quite tempted to get the one you can use in the shower and dispenses some sort of gel I saw it on the TV a couple of days ago I think its from Phillips.
I tried a Remington once. It just wasn't the same.
I recenly replaced my 4 year old Norelco with a new model... less than $50 and rechargeable. And even though it is far from the top model, the improvement in blades alone make a big difference. A very close shave, no irritation... and I don't even use a lotion (thought I have found applying baby oil to my face in the shower does make for a more comfortable shave).
And another improvement... past rechargable models could not be used with a cord. The cord was for recharging only, so if the batteries died before I finished, I had to whip out the dreaded non-powered blade.
My new Norelco can be used with the cord or without. I may never use a standard blade again. :)
May venture into it some day. Though today is a no shave day, as i feel out of my bed a little late, and rushed into work completely dishevelled.
I'm a Mach 3 man, though bic's come in hand if the M3 has turned into a cut throat, and i can't acquire one from the corner shop.
Just got out the masking tape and put it back together. The rash from the foam 'n bare blade was getting too much and the family was avoiding me, blotched, hairy and muttering.
Only regret is I couldn't use duct tape. All out.
Anyway, half shaved and happy.
No gel, cream, or water with the blade. So long as I'm fresh out of the shower my skin is razor burn free. (even shaving against the grain)
<Dashes off to negotiate a Mach 3 affiliate program and make his second million off WebmasterWorld members alone>
I use a blade too. Those electrics just rub me raw in no time. The only thing different I do, is shave in the shower most of the time. Good hand soap works better than that sissy cream stuff any day ;-)
I simply refuse to shave everyday. After getting out of the service I made it a point not to. Now I keep a mustache and a beard and make it a point to keep them trimmed up. Haven't seen my chin in years. :)