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Modern Jess
12-01-2011, 09:16 PM
Hey all, just wanted to check in and say hi.

After idly mentioning that I might like to try shaving with a DE razor, my lovely wife came home the very same day with a gift set from The Art of Shaving. It consisted of a Merkur Futur razor and some Merkur blades, as well as some oils, creams, and lotions. Three weeks in, and so far so good. My technique is still developing, of course, but it hasn't been a blood bath or anything yet.

I'm working through different blades, and have already moved on to other creams and whatnot. I'm still using the Futur razor, though, and really like it.

Cheers,
Jess

mblakele
12-01-2011, 09:21 PM
Welcome to B&B!

Don Shinchan
12-01-2011, 09:21 PM
Greetings from another newbie, Modern Jess. ; )

Man, what a lovely wife you've got. You sure are lukcy!

Out of curiosity, which brands of blades you've used so far? And could you share some experience about each of them?

I'm sure we'll enjoy the journey to the wet shaving, my friend!

Modern Jess
12-01-2011, 10:16 PM
Out of curiosity, which brands of blades you've used so far? And could you share some experience about each of them?

Besides the Merkur blades, I've also tried Shark, Feather, 7:00, and Bluebird. The Shark was reasonable, but it was only the second type of blade I had ever shaved with, so it's hard to say. The Feather was in fact sharp, though I didn't do too much damage with it, just a nick here and there. The 7:00 was blah. Didn't like it. I'm currently on the Bluebird, and so far I actually really like it -- not to sharp, not too dull, fairly smooth shave. I'm sure as I develop technique I'll change my opinion, and some day I may look back on this post and scoff. But today, as a newbie, I liked the Bluebird.

Next up is an Astra SP, which people seem to rave about.

Mad Man
12-02-2011, 12:18 AM
Congrats and salut.

Seems like you've got your stuff in order. Enjoy the Astras.

Artistik
12-02-2011, 03:20 AM
Welcome 2 B&B!

ackvil
12-02-2011, 03:40 AM
Welcome to B&B.

Useless shaver
12-02-2011, 04:32 AM
Welcome aboard!

BTW, your wife doesn't know what she's started!!!

Sledgehammer39
12-02-2011, 04:41 AM
Welcome Aboard!

DOLLARBILL
12-02-2011, 04:52 AM
Welcome and sounds like she is a "Keeper"
Enjoy Your Shave !

demaro
12-02-2011, 05:46 AM
Welcome to the group Jess !!

random-hero
12-02-2011, 06:09 AM
Welcome to B&B

NickCutlip
12-02-2011, 08:07 AM
Welcome to B&B !!

Niles
12-02-2011, 08:12 AM
Welcome, Jess!

incucrash
12-02-2011, 08:16 AM
Welcome aboard!

BTW, your wife doesn't know what she's started!!!

+1

sounds like a good wife ya got there....

I enjoyed bluebird, keep sampling...

My favorite soap so far has been Cella.

Favorite Blades in order: Supermax (green packaging), Gillette 7, navy blue, Bluebird.

Shark and feather were ok.

Not a current fan of Derby

Any advice from one newbie to another, use Garrys sample shop, and support vendors and members here if you plan on purchasing things.

Welcome to B&B

Optometrist
12-02-2011, 11:31 AM
Welcome to B&B, Jess!:thumbup1:

mandoman
12-02-2011, 11:32 AM
Welcome to B&B enjoy

Greyfox
12-02-2011, 12:05 PM
Welcome to B&B.

dpmtherrien
12-02-2011, 01:07 PM
Hello, and welcome.

Banjoman
12-02-2011, 02:24 PM
Welcome to B&B!

Modern Jess
12-04-2011, 04:08 PM
Hey, thanks all for the warm welcome.

I was just looking back on my shaving history, and I realized something: I never really chose the cartridge-and-goop route. I didn't regularly shave until I got to college, and the first thing I was handed when I arrived at the dorm was a "care package", which was really just a bunch of promotional products. In that box were cartridge razors and Edge gel (brand new at the time) and that was what I started with.

I guess the money spent on those promo care packages was well spent by the manufacturers. I was hooked for over twenty years.

DaveNJ74
12-04-2011, 04:12 PM
Welcome to B&B.

Shave A Buck
12-04-2011, 07:03 PM
Hello and welcome.