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Postby Rob » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:07 pm

Thank you, sir! That's the test, really: If the newbs will find it useful. I hope so. Newbies, let me know if this worked out well for you.

Postby mantic » Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:14 pm

I think Parker razors are worthy of mention too. FWIW.

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Postby Chaps » Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:01 pm

This is great, Rob. You did a superb job :D


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Re: Cheap shaving tools guide for a newbie.

Postby mantic » Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:45 pm

Rob_TN wrote:4. Parker Safety Razor, brand new - around $30 on eBay (may come with blades that are probably of low quality)

More like $20. FYI.

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Postby Rob » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:07 pm

Whoops, you're right, Mark. I was strictly looking at the Buy-It-Now items. List is updated.

Postby MaduroMan_wcp » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:26 pm

you may want to cruise antique shops for razors. I have picked up about 6 guillete DEs and 4 or 5 of the Gem razors. most I paid for any of em was $20 dollars, and that one was in a case.
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Postby frikazoyd » Mon Mar 19, 2007 12:47 pm

Just wanted to say I found this post particularly helpful. The first people I saw who recommended wet shaving with a safety razor linked to the afore mentioned $200 gift sets, and frankly I said "forget it." After looking around various forums though, I stumbled on this post and I've used it to acquire the necessary tools on the cheap.

I'll let you know how it goes, just wanted to say thanks for saving me a bunch of money on starting shaving as a hobby. :)
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Postby Rob » Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:40 am

You're welcome, frikazoyd. I wish you a long and successful DE shaving career! You're right, the $200 shave sets are really not worth it.

Postby gabes_shadow » Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:11 pm

Thanks for the great post Rob!
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Postby Cavman » Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:43 am

Rob, if they are buying a razor at Cotton Blossoms, they also have brushes for $1.50 that are ok. I just got one for a travel brush. Also want to metion the Tweezerman brush, great badger hair for 15 bucks.

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Postby edinindy » Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:19 pm


Thanks a million for the great information for beginners!

With your information, I purchased a Weishi, the DE sample pack, and a Boar brush online. I purchased some Proraso products from Target.

I am still waiting for my online purchases to arrive.

I did purchase a Proraso brush while waiting for my other to arrive. I used the pre shaving cream and shave soap with my MachIII. I made two passes and it was the closest shave I have ever had.

I can't wait for my other products to arrive and try a DE for the first time.

Thanks again guys for all the great information on DE wetshaving.
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Postby Rob » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:32 pm

You're welcome, Gabriel. I wrote it just for you and all the other newbies out there. John, I'll add the Tweezerman to the list in just a moment. I was worried it was a junky brush, but I read several reviews about it here on the forums and it seems to be a good buy for $10 or so.

Ed, you've got all the right tools to get a good start in DE shaving. I'm glad you found Proraso at Target. My Target seems to have trouble keeping the stuff stocked. Good luck and welcome to SMF!

Postby Thundersnow » Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:59 am

Thanks for the info! I had always seen cheap blades at walmart and wondered what they were for. Why was I paying almost $3.00 a blade!?!!
I ordered the DE sample pack from the site listed and oredered a Weishi. I plan on picking up an Old Dominion brush and some willaims mug soap plus a stypic. I really appreciate this list! I mentioned DE's to my dad who then asked why I would want to do that. Then he remembered that he has his grandfathers DE set! He's gonna look for it and I have a new heirloom. What could be more personal than a mans shaving kit (that you aren't buried with!). Thanks again.
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Postby Rob » Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:43 pm

Edited to remove references to Proraso being available at Target. *Grumble*

Added Lumene aftershave to the list. The new Lumene is just as good as the old!

Postby ishidan » Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:46 pm

Hi all, newcomer to wet shaving here, just bought a Weishi.

Just wanted to say:
Major thanks to Cotton Blossom Crafts: they not only shipped it to me via a cheaper method than what their website lists, but when I opened the box, I found not only the razor, the box of Dorcos, and the brush, but two Feather blades. That must be CBC's doing, but having lurked here for a few days, I know where those came from and how dangerous they are!

It sure is a good thing the Weishi came so highly discussed and regarded here, for if I saw it on the shelf on my local Asian imports store, I would not have picked it up. The outer box has some of the worst Engrish I've ever seen. To quote:

--arrow pointing to the TTO knurl: "Needlessly load and unload shaver inimitable rotating handle"
--On the side of the box: "Nobleness: made of noble cuprum metal and apply advanced computer product line proceeding superficies plating disposal"
Noble cuprum? That would be copper, would it not? But this is certainly NOT made of copper.

I also couldn't tell whether I had a silver or gold one judging from the box, since BOTH colors appear on the box (it's silver). The inner box is blue plastic, not the wood or leather you'd get from a high end merchant. From the package alone, it looks for all the world like a low-quality-controlled bargain basement knockoff.

But it's not. It's just had its first go round with me, and it passed with flying colors (especially since the rest of the gear was just drugstore grade: Omega brush, Williams soap, and store brand blades). Not a single nick, and less irritation than I've had with the canned goo and disposable blade circus.

Edit: I have now also bought the Merkur HD, which is one of the other most recommended newbie-tools.

The Merkur HD only comes in a cardboard box.
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Postby Aztecface » Tue May 01, 2007 12:44 pm

Great advice. Thanks.
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Postby scruffy » Thu May 10, 2007 8:30 am

I purchased the Weishi from Cotton Blossom for $18; a travel boar wood brush for $7-$8; and a regular wood brush for $7-$8. It was very reasonable.

Good info.

Dr Bronner liquid soap is also good for shaving. Rub it on full strength. It is all natural oils and reasonably priced.
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Postby Walleij » Sat May 26, 2007 11:38 pm

Great tips! Unfortunately I'm in Sweden and if I were to buy each individual item from different U.S. shops - assuming that they even ship overseas - the total shipping would probably be a pain in the hindquarters. :D

(By the way; it seems like Cotton Blossom is out of Weishi razors.)
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Postby stephen732 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:41 pm

i'm interested in purchasing a gillette classic w/the nov 15, 1904 patent date. how does one find out the year it was made? and what years were they in production?
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Postby Rob » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:31 pm

stephen732 wrote:i'm interested in purchasing a gillette classic w/the nov 15, 1904 patent date. how does one find out the year it was made? and what years were they in production?

I don't know exactly, but these websites should provide you with a start.




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