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25 minutes ago, Rhys said:

She saw me and said 'Kochania, that's my razor.. but you can use it as I haven't used it in a while'

 

My other half did the same ( he used a new one though - I travelled a lot for work and it was just easier to take those and then if I forgot it somewhere int he world, I did not care) and said it was awsome too - but then he had always been using an electric razor.

I showed him how to shave with a standard razor ( removable double blade), and he loved it, we then moved onto the cutthrout and strangely he was not such a fan, he found it harder to not slice himself up when he did it, so often asked me to do it for him the works, hot towels, pre-oil, fresh lather, me stropping the razor whilst he sipped a drink , and it was a special treat and we both had fun.

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6 minutes ago, Catlady101 said:

 

 

My other half did the same ( he used a new one though - I travelled a lot for work and it was just easier to take those and then if I forgot it somewhere int he world, I did not care) and said it was awsome too - but then he had always been using an electric razor.

I showed him how to shave with a standard razor ( removable double blade), and he loved it, we then moved onto the cutthrout and strangely he was not such a fan, he found it harder to not slice himself up when he did it, so often asked me to do it for him the works, hot towels, pre-oil, fresh lather, me stropping the razor whilst he sipped a drink , and it was a special treat and we both had fun.

My other half won't go near my straights (cut-throats) :classic_rolleyes:

I offered to let her use one of my Thiers Issard round point ones for her legs but she refused..  I use mainly square point ones. She did try one of my Rolls though as she felt a bit safer since it resembled a normal razor and had a little guard across the edge of the blade. She just sticks to her disposables though.

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8 minutes ago, Rhys said:

She just sticks to her disposables though.

If you get a relatively good one ( my other half, although he would never admit it) really like the venus razors- blue ones.

I am fine with blades of all kinds, it is kind of my hobby, and I was just talking to a friend today - who is hopefully going to fix one of my straight razors ( also thiers) as the hinge has given up and my eyes are not so good these days.

Most of my razors are either gifts or things I have bought second hand and refurbished myself, as I am not super wealthy myself, just a regular joe.

I am tempted by, but funds do not presently allow, the IWASAKI KAMISORI ICHOGAKE one, the blade length seems far to short but it looks like a stunning piece - I have only seen it online, not in person - have you come across one before and if so - what do you think?

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2 minutes ago, Catlady101 said:

I am tempted by, but funds do not presently allow, the IWASAKI KAMISORI ICHOGAKE one, the blade length seems far to short but it looks like a stunning piece - I have only seen it online, not in person - have you come across one before and if so - what do you think?

Ooof, that's a special one, with a price to match.  Never actually tried a Japanese Kamisori but I can't say I use the full length of a straight, so it should be easy to use tbh. I think they are one sided razors though like a microtome razor (used to cut sections of skin for analysis) so only for right handed use. Wouldn't mind trying one sometime myself. There are also Kamisori western style straight razors as well.

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Yep - I'm a wet shaver. I got very geeky at first and bought around 20 razors, 50 soaps, 20 brushes etc. Yes, I know, less said the better. Anyway I've now managed to get everything down to around 15 soaps, 4 or 5 brushes and 4 or 5 razors I actually use. So - what's survived the cull.....

Razors: My daily shaver is a Micromatic Clog-Pruf. I find this as close to perfect as I've found. Backups are a Micromatic Open Comb and a couple of Muhle R41s with different handles. Nacet blades. 

Brushes: I still have some boars but they're a faff to prepare. Daily brush is a Yaqi Sagrada Familia which again is pretty close to perfect. 

Soaps: Ah.... long story. I love my Grooming Dept, Fitjar, SV, Pannacrema and Boellis soaps but I frequently use two cheapies - Speick because I love the aroma and Arko because I love the lather. Arko has a strong and rather crude citrus smell but if you leave the top off for a while it improves a lot. 

I only shave every 3 days or so in lockdown so what I have now is pretty future proof. The soaps keep for ages and the hardware is pretty indestructible. No further purchases needed or contemplated. That's in sharp contrast to coffee!!!

 

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Oh well, upgraditus has hit again.

Thankfully it's not as severe when it's shaving gear as if it's coffee machines.  The splurge was only £25, with £10 on 100 Astra Platinum blades and £15 on a River lake adjustable (cheap clone of Futur, also seen as Q shave), could have spent less and got it via China but "want it NOW" meant Amazon premium price. A bit like changing beans, grinder and machine all in one go and wondering why the coffee taste isn't quite right, I used the new blades and new razor on the most aggressive setting, then was left with a face that looked a bit like a polka dot scarf.

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44 minutes ago, AndyDClements said:

Oh well, upgraditus has hit again.

Thankfully it's not as severe when it's shaving gear as if it's coffee machines.  The splurge was only £25, with £10 on 100 Astra Platinum blades and £15 on a River lake adjustable (cheap clone of Futur, also seen as Q shave), could have spent less and got it via China but "want it NOW" meant Amazon premium price. A bit like changing beans, grinder and machine all in one go and wondering why the coffee taste isn't quite right, I used the new blades and new razor on the most aggressive setting, then was left with a face that looked a bit like a polka dot scarf.

Rookie error lol.

 

The futur clone is actually very good and shaves better than the original. The clone is able to be dialed down a bit more.

Try it on a setting of 1 or less. 

I'd never use it on max lol.

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I've just had a call from my brother, to send him the links for blades, the clone, etc. He's had enough of the electric foil thing he uses, giving him horrendous irritation. Really should have added a styptic pencil to the list.😈

To be fair to the clone, I read the reviews and any challenges with build quality seem to be in line with build quality problems on the original. I did see one review (Amazon I think) where the purchaser wouldn't trust how the sprung wires are used to hold the blade, personally I like to look at what I'm doing using a mirror so if the cap had magically dropped off I'd probably not go ahead with that cut.

I went over the face with my existing razor (Menrock) and the same blade just to compare, and it couldn't touch any remaining hair, so yes I probably had gone a bit too aggressive (in the same way that ibrik is a bit more fine than filter grind. Not even as if I need to look presentable, not going anywhere, and anywhere I go I'm hidden behind a mask.

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So, I don’t own one of these, and like a heathen use clippers on my beard. However I used to wet shave with a straight razor when I had the luxury of time. I noticed this blade after googling @Catlady101’s suggestion and can rate the smith (Shigeki Tanaka), as he makes fantastic chefs knives. They are the sharpest I own and very easy to keep that way with the right stones.

https://www.theinvisibleedge.co.uk/straight-razors/japanese-razors/shigeki-tanaka-kamisori-razor

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That looks ace! Aogami is my favourite steel for chef knives, I prefer my Siro Kamo Aogami super to my SG2, it is easier to get an edge on and I kinda like the simple kuro uchi finish more than the Damascus nowadays.

I think I'd be nervous of the almost square point on that. I wonder what the best way to hold one is? Looks like beautiful craftsmanship though, which is one of the things I love about Japanese blades.

My straight is a vintage Fritz Bracht "Tennis" 5/8 from Solingen circa 1940, extra hollow round point. I can't help but wonder how many faces it's shaved, in wartime Germany and now here, what stories it could tell... that's the cool thing about vintage.

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I have been using straights for a few years now. Current line up includes a couple of Koraats, couple of Thiers, Wade and Butcher, Boker Damscus and this lovely Rodgers and sons. Strop with linen and cordovan, hone progression is 1 to 12K Naniwa SS and finish on Suehiro Gukomyo 20k. For soap I use mainly Martin De Candre and TOBS unscented post shave balm.

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And one of my Koraats

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Lelit MaraX, VST 20g competition, IMS screen, Niche Zero

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As I sport a beard and only use a razor for cleaning neck and cheeks I thought I would get away from 'throwaway' razors. I used to use a heavy Gillette butterfly years ago.

Looking at the Barbarossa P1 R8, anyone used or have any feedback on them ? or any other suggestions / recommendations.  Any blade suggestions ? or best to try an assortment pack ?

 

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