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Switched from cartridge to DE, and never going back!

Postby Dapper Dad » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:52 pm

Let me start off by saying that it is a priviledge to be posting with you gentlemen. I have been lurking/practicing for three weeks and without this forum I can certainly say I would not be wetshaving with a DE razor.

It has without a doubt changed my quality of life. Any fellow newbies reading this should take the plunge. Odds are you will be glad you did.

I am not your typical target market for this type of shaving. I have 2 daughters still in diapers at home. I work 50 hours a week and my wife has a similar schedule. Time and sleep are at a premium. I previously shaved everyday, as fast as possible. I do a lot of chores everyday as fast as possible. It's not always fun, but that's life. I'm young enough that I was taught and grew up on cartridge style razors. In short I didn't know what I was missing.

For myself, making the switch has turned an everyday chore into a luxury. I could see it quickly progressing to a hobby. Now shaving is something nice that I do for myself that sets the tone for the entire day.
Think of it as breakfast for your face. :D

I want to add that in an odd roll reversal, I'm trying to bring my own Dad back into the fold of DE razors. He learned on one at a young age, but has yet to be enlightened.

Looking forward to future conversations with you all.

-Eric
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Postby Squire » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:12 pm

Welcome aboard Eric, enjoyed your post, look forward to reading more.
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Postby Dapper Dad » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:44 pm

Thanks for the welcome Squire!

Thank you also for your blade research, it was very helpful. I am currently working through a variety pack that includes Sharks, Derby, 7 O'clock's, and Feathers.

I'll be working on my technique before I try out (your favorite) Feathers.

I've got the bug I'm afraid, after one week of reading I've already purchased the Razor Rock XXX based on the SMF buzz. Had my first shave with it today coupled with a Derby. Quite enjoyable. It will be a nice alternate for the Proraso. I can see my tendencies leaning towards the menthol as my journey continues.

I just want to say that I appreciate how you commonly give creedence to products even though they are more common and inexpensive (Shark, Proraso). It makes it less daunting for us rookies. Trumper's skin food sounds awesome, but it would be foolish for me to purchase that in month number one (well at least my wife would think so) .
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Postby Squire » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:55 pm

Regarding wives and shaving stuff I follow the one/one rule; I buy something and she gets something, usually works out.
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Postby werdna » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:30 pm

Dapper Dad wrote:I'll be working on my technique before I try out (your favorite) Feathers.


Certainly work on technique but my only regret thus far is avoiding the Feather blades due to all the talk of how sharp they are. I was thinking I had to wait for some zen like state of masterful shaving before trying them. They are just very good blades. If you aren't nicking yourself with the blades you are using no reason not to try one out.

I wish I'd have tried them sooner than I did.

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Postby Thalay Sagar » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:38 pm

Welcome to SMF, Eric. With two Young Ones I appreciate exactly where you are coming from. And it's not the worst hobby in the world.
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Postby Dapper Dad » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:24 pm

I'll take that to heart Andrew. It's still just a blade right? Since I'm still playing the field with blades I plan to shave twice with each blade and then move on to the next.

The plan is Shark - Derby -7 O'Clock - Feather. Had my first Derby shave today so that means I'll be on Feathers within a week. So far both the Derby and Shark have done well. I give a slight nod to the Derby which seemed to cut down the beard a little better. No complaints either way though.

Never thought I'd be looking forward to future shaves. It's great!
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Postby Dapper Dad » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:27 pm

Agreed Chris. DE shaving is "not the worst hobby," and being a Dad is easily the BEST hobby!
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Postby marsos52 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:07 pm

welcome here dapper dad

many of us here have been shaving with DE and/or straights for decades

i have been a de shaver since the mid 70's

a lot of experiece here to be had

enjoy yourself
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Postby Craig_From_Cincy » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:07 pm

Welcome to SMF Eric!
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Postby Dapper Dad » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:09 pm

Thank you Marc! I certainly respect that experience. I am outgoing in nature, but plan to use my ears quite a bit. I'm reminded of the old saying, "there are those who know, and know they know....listen!"

If I'm lucky a member will have a question about an off topic that I have some experience with and I can return the favor.

Thank you for the kind welcome.
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Postby Dapper Dad » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:22 pm

Hello Craig!

I've been reading the forum for a few weeks to educate myself. I've enjoyed it so much that (despite having no experience) I realized that I wanted to participate and start posting.

With that in mind I liked how you handled the "guest" that was selling some kind of rose soap from Belgium. I'm a big IU basketball fan and it reminded me of fake fans that come to a forum and essentially try to undermine the integrity of the site.

I'm no expert in DE shaving, but I am an expert in Hoosier basketball. I take a similar stern stance with schills. Tip of the cap to you on that.

On the other side of the coin, my wife wants to have a word with you because you've got me thinking that it makes sense to buy a $65 bottle of Trumper's Skin Food after 2 weeks using a DE razor. :wink:
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Postby desertbadger » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:26 am

First off, welcome to SMF! Secondly, glad to have you on board and able to share the positive experience that DE shaving provides.
I've been DE & SE shaving since 1965 and since you're new to it, I can tell you it only gets better.

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Postby Dapper Dad » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:54 am

desertbadger wrote:First off, welcome to SMF! Secondly, glad to have you on board and able to share the positive experience that DE shaving provides.
I've been DE & SE shaving since 1965 and since you're new to it, I can tell you it only gets better.

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Thank you David! What did you start on in 1965?
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Postby fallingwickets » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:17 am

Welcome to smf, Eric. Looking forward to seeing more of you here on the forum and hearing what the wifee thinks of the next visa bill :lol: :lol:

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Postby Squire » Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:26 am

Eric I suggest you try some samples of skin food or aftershave balm before springing for a whole bottle. If you make a post in the Selling & Trading Forum the members may be able to help you out with that.
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Postby desertbadger » Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:00 am

Dapper Dad wrote:
desertbadger wrote:First off, welcome to SMF! Secondly, glad to have you on board and able to share the positive experience that DE shaving provides.
I've been DE & SE shaving since 1965 and since you're new to it, I can tell you it only gets better.

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Thank you David! What did you start on in 1965?


Hi, Eric! Started with a Schick Injector, L model. A short time later, I added a model J1 Injector. A couple of months after that, an uncle gifted me a brand new 49' Gillette Super Speed DE. Since then, I've never looked back.

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Postby Dapper Dad » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:22 pm

Squire wrote:Eric I suggest you try some samples of skin food or aftershave balm before springing for a whole bottle. If you make a post in the Selling & Trading Forum the members may be able to help you out with that.


Thanks Squire that's one part of the forum I haven't really checked out yet.
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Postby Squire » Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:20 pm

That's where we swap stuff among each other, Shopping is for vendors.
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Postby brothers » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:42 pm

Hi Dapper Dad, and welcome among us. :lol: I've found this to be an excellent place to go to get "away" for a few peaceful and informative moments. I've always felt welcome here, and it is my hope that you and others will feel that way too.
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