View Full Version : Long time Lurker, first time poster....
07-18-2011, 07:31 AM
Checking in for the first time here....
My current gear is a recently purchased Merkur 38c HD with Feather Blades. Using a AOS silvertip badger with D.R. Harris Marlborough shaving soap and aftershave.
Did lots of youtube watching for different techniques. I was little intimidated by what I was reading about the Feathers but I figured just "rip off the bandaid" so to speak. Had a few nicks initially. After getting past the first couple of weeks of letting my neck hair repair itself from years of cartridge shaving, I'm now convinced the Feather blades provide the closest shave possible. The difference between a cartridge shave and a DE shave is astounding. My shave is now tighter than 2 coats of paint!
Happy to be here!
07-18-2011, 07:39 AM
Welcome Aboard Cyandie Jenkins!!
07-18-2011, 07:42 AM
Welcome! Feathers do indeed give a wonderful shave. It is my favorite blade at the moment.
07-18-2011, 07:54 AM
Welcome to B&B, and a great kit you have there!:thumbup1:
07-18-2011, 08:30 AM
07-18-2011, 09:23 AM
Welcome to BandB! Have fun!
07-18-2011, 09:25 AM
Greetings and welcome!!
07-18-2011, 09:29 AM
07-18-2011, 09:41 AM
Welcome to B&B
07-18-2011, 11:13 AM
Welcome 2 B&B! Feathers just came up in my sampler pack rotation. Man they are sharp! Been through the first bade and and now on my second, about 6 shaves total so far. I think the feathers may be a little to aggressive for me.
07-18-2011, 11:38 AM
Have fun exploring B&B. There is a wealth of knowledge here. Now after reading your post, I'm gonna have to try Feathers out for myself! Thanks hah
07-18-2011, 11:42 AM
Welcome to B&B! Don't be a stranger. That's a great starter kit you've got going.
All The Best,
Woody / N.E. Alabama
07-18-2011, 11:47 AM
I use feathers in my mule (muhle r89). I find them to be a great blade. Not many shaves per blade though.
07-18-2011, 12:33 PM
Welcome! I have a sampler kit coming in and plan on using the feathers first.
07-18-2011, 12:40 PM
Welcome Aboard Cyanide!
07-18-2011, 02:55 PM
Welcome to B&B !!
07-18-2011, 03:50 PM
Congratulations from one newbie to another :)
07-18-2011, 04:06 PM
Welcome to B&B. Good that you've joined in. :w00t: :001_tongu
07-18-2011, 05:29 PM
07-18-2011, 06:07 PM
Welcome to B&B CJ :badger:
07-18-2011, 06:32 PM
Welcome to the group , Cyanide !!
The Count of Merkur Cristo
07-19-2011, 09:08 AM
Ah-ha!!!. So that's were you've been hiding for the past few weeks or months have you now. But that's OK because now you're with us (another one comes out from the mist). :lol1:
Anyway, welcome to the B & B (besides being enrolled in the fictional, sacred and utopian Order of Shavedom). Please feel free to come up to the sun deck & 'sit-a-spell' and thank you for dis-engaging you're 'lurking device'.
Sounds like your off to a great start (and it's great that you're using a Merkur razor), and yes...this Forum has the knowledge, ideas, and alround 'know-how' to assist in your Wet-Shaving experience. In a nut-shell...your 'gonna' love it here.
Most, if not all of us would say it's very wise and 'sage' advice to purchase a Razor Blade Sampler to see what blade would be a good fit (mild, moderate & aggressive, ect...), for your face and Razor. By the way, I happen to like Shark Chrome with my DE Merkur's 23C & 38C razors.
"Merkur; Solingen quality, Time-tested Tradition with Modern Design". http://www.italianbarber.com/images/merkur%20logo.jpg
If you do get a Sampler, my advice is to try 2,3,4 or 5 blades (however which amount per blade brand), before moving on to the next blade.
Also, long ago when I received my Sampler, I started a Thread entitled "In what Order should I test these Sampler Razor Blades?", and the best advice was from member Optometrist a.k.a David who stated;
"I say jump straight in with the feathers. Yes, they are sharp, but you learn very quickly to let the weight of the razor do the work for you. If you can get the feather right, then it's plain sailing with the others. A few nicks and cuts early on are nothing to worry about and stand you in good stead. Start with a lesser blade and it's a continual learning process as you step up the level of sharpness". :yesnod:
Also, member Npsarros stated, "Keep a spreadsheet with every shave [you], have taken, rating each blade as [you], go along". My spread sheet data ratings reads in columns as follows;
Razor Blade / Country / Type - Sharpness? (Aggressive, Moderate Sharpness or Mild Sharpness), - Closeness of Shave? - Smoothness/Roughness of Shave? - Comfort of Shave? - Overall Rating? (awesome, passable or unpleasant), and Compatible with your Razor(s)?
PM me with your e-mail address and I will send you my workable spread sheet example.
The Thread below entitled "Wet Shaving Instructions and Tutorials", maybe of great interest to you and is very informative.
Although, you may not be additted yet (I think I'm holding up fairly well...with a few exceptions), because we all suffer (gladly and are doomed perhaps), from this shaving complusion (and other Acquisition Disorders), because at times..."Resistance is futile". http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-alien003.gif
"Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it". Sam Levenson
Lastly, please don't forget once you get time....to tell us a little about yourself in the Hall of Fame sub-forum.
Christopher :straight: "Laughter is the [shaving] brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart." Mort Walker
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