Older guys and mild razors

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Older guys and mild razors

Post by JarmoP » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:05 am

My fave shaver used to be Merkur 34 C. I was never quite happy with my uncle's aluminium handle Tech. My father says it was his, but I sort of doubt ;)

But lately I have been more liking my Merkur Progress, instead the HD. It is on setting 3, but because it is not properly zeroed, it is most likely something like 1.5.
I'm 61, and I know older shavers like aggressive razors too, like that PaulHFilms in youtube. But he is maybe 10 years younger at least. Just he most times gets a bleed or 2 lol. And so many passes.

Progress with the Iridium Super blade that I managed to get a lot before they went extinct, from that Petersburg russian factory (Proctor & Gamble Surrey) is best for me. Sharp but not irritating unlike Feathers.

I just use always 2 passes with a touch up. My upper lip prefers a mild razor and also my neck.
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Post by fallingwickets » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:43 am

theres something special about finding a blade and razor combo that works! Out of all the blades ive tried (not many i admit, but more than enough to comment :D ) the feathers are the only ones i have no desire to ever use again.

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Post by CMur12 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:09 pm

I can't use Feather blades, either.

In my own idiosyncratic experience, my favorite blades work equally well in all my preferred razors.

I only shave my neck, and the skin there has always been relatively delicate, so a daily scraping with any razor or use of an aggressive razor even infrequently has always resulted in unreasonable irritation. With added time - I'm now 67 - my skin has become even more vulnerable. I have always preferred a mild razor with a sharp blade (but not a Feather) and wet, slick lather with minimal cushion.

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Post by Pauldog » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:35 pm

I have to be careful shaving the back of my neck. It gets irritated easily, especially if I use a Norelco. (I know, sacrilege, but that's what I tried a few times when I was between face shaves.) The easiest razor for that job is an injector razor, using a fairly gentle touch, and as few passes as possible to catch all the hairs.

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Post by JarmoP » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:57 am

Paul, I am so thankful of the Feather Portable I got from you many years ago, It is history to have such a razor, and no guys, it is not a Feather popular plastic, but an all metal razor.

It is a bit too aggressive, more than HD, but I got fine shaves with say red personna or derby blades. The other Paul I mentioned above might like it more than me, I substituded it's handle to my uncle's/father's above mentioned Tech because the original aluminium handle is just ugly and much more balanced with Feather Portable's one. Short it is but I don't mind that at all.

I still have not used the Feather blades that came in it's plastic case, because I stupid once bought 100 of those yellow Feathers. I might put them on Progress in lowest setting and see if I could use them heh.

My suspicion about whose that Tech razor is, is because I have never seen my father shave with anything but his Brown electric. So your Norelco is forgiven use too Paul :)
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Post by Pauldog » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:55 pm

A lot of people here have that Portable. :) I never counted how many I sold, but I know I shipped quite a few. A while back, I saw what they were selling for on eBay after all these years, and got tempted enough to sell mine, since I have so many other razors.

My latest favorite is the Maggard slant head that I bought without a handle. I wonder if the Feather blades would work well with it, since a lot of people liked using them in the Merkur slant.

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Post by slackskin » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:21 pm

At 74 I think I qualify as an "older guy." Some say age is "just a number" but that has not been my experience. The skin on my face does not seem to have become more fragile but I do prefer a mild razor with a blade that remains consistently very sharp. The skin on my forearms and forehead are MUCH more susceptible to bruising or bleeding from what appears to be the mildest bump or scrape -- as compared to a decade or so ago. . Hmmmmmm :?:

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Post by jww » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:11 am

Been using the same setting on my Fatboy for too many years to recount here. Notwithstanding, at 60 yrs old, I don't fine my preferences any different than I did at 40. I'm a dedicated Gillette Silver Blue and Polsilver blade man and have been for at least 4 or 5 years.
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Post by JarmoP » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:06 am

I've now used Feather blade again after many years, and again I'm not happy. Just what I suggested myself in above that I might do. The shave with Progress at lowest setting was ok, no bleed or much irritation. Though I can feel that if shaving everyday some other blade is better for my skin.

What bothers me big way is the sharpness of stubble after it grows back.

Wendell, I have read that your Polsilver and my Iridium Super are quite alike in many peoples opinion.
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Post by jgreenepa » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:11 am

At 72, I qualify as an older guy, but really like Feather blades, as long as they are in my AS-D2. Any other razor, fuhgedabouddit! My regular go-to blade in my other DE's is a Voskhod. That blade is just sharp and smooth enough to deliver perfect shaves for me in my non-Feather razors.

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Post by brothers » Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:31 am

It seems the General SE when loaded with a Schick Proline or Kai Captain gives me some smooth results, and I have learned that a new blade will bite if I get a little careless. After 10 shaves, they both mellow out while the shaves continue as always very smooth and irritation-free.
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Re: Older guys and mild razors

Post by John Rose » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:41 pm

brothers wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:31 am
It seems the General SE when loaded with a Schick Proline or Kai Captain gives me some smooth results, and I have learned that a new blade will bite if I get a little careless. After 10 shaves, they both mellow out while the shaves continue as always very smooth and irritation-free.
Have you tried "corking" the blade before the first use?
I've recently started doing this, and I think there's something to it.

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Post by drmoss_ca » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:17 am

While I can do it happily with a straight, any attempt at going ATG on my neck with a safety razor causes ingrown hairs. Presumably the hair exits the skin at a very small angle, and when the cut end is sharp it tends to dig in. So I stop on my neck after the first downward pass. Perhaps a Mennonite beard would be an option, but "neckbeards" have a bad rep these days thanks to non-Mennonites!
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