New Guy and New DE Shaver Checking In (Pics)

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New Guy and New DE Shaver Checking In (Pics)

Post by AKASL » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:02 pm

Hello All,

Just wanted to check in and say I'm a new guy here and new to Double Edge shaving. I looked for a New Guy forum on SMF but didn't see one so I figured I would post here in the General Forum.

I've been using cartridge razors for about 35 years and I got tired of throwing money away every time I replaced a dull blade. I started getting interested in DE shaving about two months ago when I saw a thread in another forum about how great a shave one can get from DE shaving. I started doing my research on it and after watching many videos and finding the Badger & Blade site I decided to purchase an Edwin Jagger DE89 razor.

After I placed the order for my razor I decided to let my whiskers grow until I received the razor from the mail. When the razor did arrive I was excited to try it out on my 5 day beard. I had already purchased a Van Der Hagen Shaving Set from the department store so I was off to the bath room to see what all the hype was about.

I whipped up a lather and spread it out on the white wire that was covering my face and proceeded to scrape the growth from my manly features. I was impressed with the razor and the Wilkinson Blades that I purchased with the shaving set. I was approximately 95% finished with the first pass when I felt the razor starting to tug at the whiskers so instinctively I loaded a new blade into the razor.

Needless to say I was a bloody mess by the time I couldn't feel any more stubble on my now bleeding manly features. So off I went to do more research on how to properly use a DE razor and this time I studied every detail I could possibly glean from any video or forum I could find. I also practiced with an empty razor (no blade installed) with my eyes closed so I could feel if I was putting excess pressure on my face thru the razor. Little by little I discovered there is quite a knack to this form of self mutilation.

Since those first couple of shaves I have gotten crafty and made myself some different razor handles that I felt more comfortable with. see the photos below

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I am currently running the Titanium handle in the first picture as I found that the Titanium is lighter than the original chrome plated brass handle, it is also longer and I managed to get enough of a knurl into the Titanium to give it just enough grip so when my fingers are wet and sloppy with shaving lather I am not apt to drop the razor.

Take Care Gents and feel free to post any hints or tips that you feel this Newbie could put to good use 8)
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Re: New Guy and New DE Shaver Checking In

Post by marsos52 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:26 pm

welcome and I'm sure you'll love our smf forum.

I think you have the best first thread I have ever seen and read here too..

I really enjoyed your post and the pictures of your handles, so impressive,

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Post by AKASL » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:42 pm

Thanks Marc! Got any tips for a new guy to DE shaving??
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Re: New Guy and New DE Shaver Checking In (Pics)

Post by Exapno » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:07 pm

Welcome to SMF! Some really nice handles you've made there. If I had one tip to give it would be to not rush things. If I were to give another, it would be to not rush things.
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Post by Straight Arrow » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:40 pm

Welcome to SMF. Nice handles. Anybody who can make those should not have any trouble learning to shave with a DE. It's really not difficult. You've watched the videos. Millions and millions of men have mastered DE technique without them. Just take your time and watch the angle and the pressure. Don't go for a close shave at first. Go for presentable and comfortable. If you want a close shave later on, have at it. I have come to really appreciate the sensible, not terribly close, but terribly comfortable DE shave.
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Post by Squire » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:33 pm

Welcome aboard and as the others have said take your time and keep it comfortable, get the technique down first and the rest will follow naturally.
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Post by gsgo » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:03 pm

Welcome aboard!
Good shaving,

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Post by Craig_From_Cincy » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:22 pm

Welcome to SMF!!
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Post by ShadowsDad » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:48 pm

Welcome to the forum! Nice first post, nice handles.

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Post by brothers » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:18 am

Hi, as you can see, we're happy you've landed on SMF! Good work on the handles. As you're browsing through the posts, you'll see yourself picking up some valuable information, and as you continue to use your new products, you'll notice a lot of improvement over time. Here's looking forward to your ongoing participation.
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Post by SRD » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:19 am

Welcome to the gang.
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Post by jww » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:29 am

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Post by Jbbmad2 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:58 pm

excellent work on the new handles. i've a piece of ss rod myself and my son has a lathe so i've given some thought to making a few of my own, but you've put a lot more thought and creativity in yours. great job!!


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Re: New Guy and New DE Shaver Checking In (Pics)

Post by JayTrek » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:48 pm

Welcome to the community.

Very impressive handles you have crafted there.

I echo what everyone else has stated. Enjoy your time here. Share your discoveries. Make yourself at home.
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