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New guy here!

Postby djr » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:42 pm

Greetings, gents -

New guy here in Washington state. Fully-immersed into wet shaving for about a year and a half now and never going back to using a cartridge razor - ever. I've settled into a comfort zone as far what products I prefer. I only use one razor - my tried and true Merkur 34C with Gillette 7 O'clock Super Platinum blades (black label). Boring, I know, but I have found that my skin cannot handle experimenting with different razors and DE blades - I've found what works in terms of "hardware" and I'm sticking with it - I don't feel a need to try a bunch of different razors and blades anyway - just not necessary. I also use only 1 brush - my tried and true Savile Row 3824 (24mm silvertip). I've also never felt the need to try a bunch of different brushes. I've found what works and I'm sticking with it. I love my Savile Row 3824 - it's never shed a hair and it's just simply a workhorse. Absolutely awesome brush. Where I do like to kind of mix things up, is when it comes to my soaps. I pretty much exclusively use artisan soaps. My favorites are Cold River Soap Works, Mike's Natural Soaps, Barrister & Mann, and Soap Commander. Oh, and I do have a jar of Martin De Candre Fougere that I love (worth every penny). I don't have a huge collection by any means, but I love the soaps that I do have and it feels good to have settled into what works well for me.

I left a different wet shaving forum to come to this one. I know SMF has been around since the beginning - just seems more "cozy" here - which I really like.

Thanks!
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Re: New guy here!

Postby CMur12 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:32 pm

Hi David, it's a pleasure to have you join us. All the more (for me), to welcome a fellow Washingtonian!

We have often talked about "fidelity" to a single or small number of products, and it looks like you embody that. It used to be that we bought a razor, blades, and whatever else from what was available at the drug store and we learned to make it work. I did a lot of experimenting during my early years here, but I'm largely settled on favorite tools and I have a lifetime supply of favorite expendables, so I don't buy much these days.

If you don't mind my asking, which part of Washington are you from? I grew up on the west side, but I have lived in Moses Lake, in the Columbia Basin, since 1983. Those of us east of the mountains refer to western Washington as "The Coast." ;-)

I look forward to your presence in our little community.

- Murray
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Re: New guy here!

Postby djr » Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:03 pm

CMur12 wrote:Hi David, it's a pleasure to have you join us. All the more (for me), to welcome a fellow Washingtonian!

We have often talked about "fidelity" to a single or small number of products, and it looks like you embody that. It used to be that we bought a razor, blades, and whatever else from what was available at the drug store and we learned to make it work. I did a lot of experimenting during my early years here, but I'm largely settled on favorite tools and I have a lifetime supply of favorite expendables, so I don't buy much these days.

If you don't mind my asking, which part of Washington are you from? I grew up on the west side, but I have lived in Moses Lake, in the Columbia Basin, since 1983. Those of us east of the mountains refer to western Washington as "The Coast." ;-)

I look forward to your presence in our little community.

- Murray


Great to meet you, and thank you for the warm welcome. I'm in Puyallup - not far from Tacoma.

Like you, I'm not buying too much stuff now as I seem to have dialed in what I really like. Definitely settled on my razor of choice and my brush of choice. I might pick up another brush (or several) in the future, just to have a little variety, but for the most part I'm set!

It started out that I would use creams exclusively. I had no interest in soaps at all. Then I discovered and opened my mind to the whole concept of artisan soap makers here in the US and haven't used a cream in months. I enjoy supporting the artisans who's soaps I enjoy.
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Re: New guy here!

Postby brothers » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:07 pm

Hello David. Thanks for joining SMF. Looking forward to your participation.
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Re: New guy here!

Postby djr » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:16 pm

brothers wrote:Hello David. Thanks for joining SMF. Looking forward to your participation.


Thanks, Gary!
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Re: New guy here!

Postby ShadowsDad » Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:38 pm

Welcome to the forum!
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Re: New guy here!

Postby Ouchmychin » Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:36 pm

Welcome and hello David. I live in Eastern Washington too (Pasco). When I first joined about 10 years ago I had an old Gillette DE razor that I hadn't used for years. I got hooked on the posts here and acquired a bunch of razors and hundred packs of various blades as well as half a dozen brushes and more than a dozen aftershaves and cologne/edt's. Your approach is a lot simpler and cheaper, but I still wouldn't trade the long learning experience about equipment. I tend to be nerdy though. :D
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Re: New guy here!

Postby pausted » Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:30 pm

Welcome, David. Glad to have you here.
Best regards,

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Re: New guy here!

Postby TheMonk » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:39 am

Welcome to SMF, David!
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Re: New guy here!

Postby Racso_MS » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:37 am

WELCOME TO THE FORUM

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Remember; It's Not A Race, It's Your Face...
And As Always, Enjoy Your Shave...
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Re: New guy here!

Postby djr » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:18 pm

Thanks, everyone!
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