Wet Shaving, Shave Like Your Grandfather!
  • scoobscoob
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    A couple years back I was like many others, dreading having to shave, fighting ingrown hairs and red bumps, endless skin irritation, etc.

    Then I discovered wet shaving.

    Wet shaving is a method of shaving that involves all those things I used to see on my grandfathers bathroom shelf, a brush made of badger or boar hair, a selection of fine shave soaps, and of course, a well made razor, not some silly plastic job with a dozen blades, but a real honest to goodness razor, made of metal and built to last a lifetime, or several lifetimes. It uses a double edge razor blade and will out perform the latest hype currently being offered.

    I took a look around eBay and found a 1936 Gillette "Tech" safety razor, I jumped on it and placed my bid. For the princely sum of just under 12 dollars shipped I had a vintage razor ready to get cleaned and polished up.

    I found a badger hair brush at target for 9 dollars and a puck of van der Hagen shave soap for another 3 dollars.

    I went home and dug out a suitable bowl, and proceeded to learn how to properly build some lather, I soaked my face with hot towels to soften up the scruff and lathered up.

    That first shave was amazing, it took longer than I thought, but I couldn't believe how smoothe my face was, my grandpa was right, sometimes the old fashioned ways just work the best!

    There are some things that are important to know: don't push on the razor! The blades are incredibly sharp and the razor is quite heavy, using pressure can result in a cheese slicer effect instead of a close shave.

    Make a pass with the grain, not to get a close shave but rather to knock the stubble down a bit, rinse with hot water, lather up and make a second pass across the grain to get a close shave, rinse, lather and make a final pass against the grain to get that baby butt smoothe face.

    Splash some aftershave on and admire that clean as a whistle feeling, and you shaved like a real man! Men like Teddy Roosevelt, Frank Sinatra, James Dean.

    And my grandfather.
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  • scoobscoob
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    I am up to a dozen or so safety razors, all vintage and all are great shavers, I have a couple straight razors that I break out with on occasion.
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  • scoobscoob
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    I now have a scuttle for building my lather in, and I have several different kinds of shave soaps and creams.

    I have tried many different blades trying to find the perfect combo of blade and razor that works best on my face. So far it is the shark blades loaded in a long comb Gillette NEW.
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  • C_BC_B
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    Wow. Ebay here I come.
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  • C_BC_B
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    I hate shaving. But rockin' out old school might be the ticket.
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  • scoobscoob
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    Some of the tools of the trade
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  • scoobscoob
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    Straight shave.
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  • scoobscoob
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    Straight shave.

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  • scoobscoob
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    SeaBee said:

    I hate shaving. But rockin' out old school might be the ticket.



    I used to hate shaving, now that I shave old school, it's more of a relaxing ritual, weekends I shave with the straight and take my time, weekdays I shave with a safety razor, I can get three passes in and be cleaned up and put away in 7-10 minutes. Not a lot of time to get a good clean shave in
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  • C_BC_B
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    azscoob said:

    Some of the tools of the trade


    That's a wicked cool looking set up. Nice clean package.
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  • scoobscoob
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    It's a pipe rack, where my scuttle is is where the tobacco jar would sit, the brush holder is bent coat hanger screwed to the side
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  • scoobscoob
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    I'm quite a coat hanger craftsman.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    that scuttle is cool lookin. is that a fill hole for a hot water chamber?
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  • scoobscoob
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    that scuttle is cool lookin. is that a fill hole for a hot water chamber?



    Yes it is, keeps the lather nice and warm!
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  • C_BC_B
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    azscoob said:

    that scuttle is cool lookin. is that a fill hole for a hot water chamber?



    Yes it is, keeps the lather nice and warm!


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  • C_BC_B
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    azscoob said:

    It's a pipe rack, where my scuttle is is where the tobacco jar would sit, the brush holder is bent coat hanger screwed to the side



    I would have believed it if you told me it was specifically made for use with these items.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Used a straight razor for years ...... best shave ever .... and the brush and cake soap is the only way to go
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  • scoobscoob
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    I have been using CO Bigelow shave cream from bath and body works. A toothpaste style tube is 5 dollars for the smaller tube, and it gets me a fantastic shave.

    It is made by proraso of Italy for them, has a nice menthol tingle to it, and all you need is an almond sized dollop in your shave bowl.
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  • scoobscoob
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    I also use 4-6 drops of extra virgin olive oil in the shave bowl as well when building lather, it adds a bit of additional lubrication and it helps build a meringue like shave lather.

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  • scoobscoob
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    Not to mention that EVOO is great for your skin, not greasy at all when added to the lather, and is waaaaay cheaper than some fancy pre shave oil.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    The Olive oil sounds great ..... I just use the cake soap ...... 95 cents .... and lasts forever ..... may have to dibble a little olive oil on the cake next time
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  • ceanntceannt
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    The secret to all this is a good brush ..... natural boar bristles is the best
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  • scoobscoob
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    ceannt said:

    The secret to all this is a good brush ..... natural boar bristles is the best



    I feel a good badger brush gets me a better lather over boars hair. I like a softer brush as well, boar tends to be a bit scruffier on my face
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  • scoobscoob
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    After showering today I rolled out the straight, the one I used today is a nice bit of German steel, full hollow ground, 6/8ths wide with a rounded point and nice tight scales.

    I have taken to post shave stopping so the razor is ready to grab and go, one trick I learned that gets me a nice bite from the strop is after is was treated to some neats foot oil I now give it a brushing with the last of my shave lather, this gives the leather a really nice draw and I have been getting a nice finish to the blade.
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  • scoobscoob
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    I'm going to give that blade a good 20 or 30 passes on the oxide paddles to bring up the edge, I haven't done much other than strop it for a year now, starting to pull a little
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  • C_BC_B
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    Apparently there is a lot to sharpening a straight....
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