05-23-2012, 05:57 PM
Hey B&B, I just recently found out about wetshaving and I would really like to try it. I've already found loads of information and everything I have read has been really helpful.
Edit: Just bought a Tweezerman brush and a Lord L6 from Amazon as well as a sample pack of blades from the B/S/T. Hope they serve me well.
05-23-2012, 06:03 PM
Hi Double: Welcome 2 B&B. Enjoy your DE journey.
05-23-2012, 07:09 PM
Greetings and Salutations to B&B!
05-23-2012, 07:13 PM
Try it Sam, and you will see, wet shaving makes you full of glee. Welcome to B&B. (My apologies to Dr. Seuss and Green Eggs and Ham, and to you, DoubleB123.)
05-25-2012, 06:19 PM
Welcome my fellow Tarheel!!
I recommend starting with Edwin jagged 89 razor.
Straight Rasier User
05-26-2012, 06:27 PM
Welcome to B&B.
I use a Tweezerman Brush and just bought another.
I just bought a Lord L6 but have not used it yet.
So I think you are on the right track.
Look at the Mantic59 Viedos and read the wiki.
Then buy a Gillette - 3 Peice, Red Tip or Adjustable.
Your second or third razor should be a Merkur Slant.
After that everything boils down to personal preferences.
A Brush is a Brush and they perform differently and they are different. Boar, Badger, Horsehair, Horsehair/Boar/Badger Combos, or Syns. Get a Boar (cheap or expensive) or a Good Badger Brush.
Soap or Cream or Stick ... Stick or Cream or Soap ... cheap or expensive ... expensive or cheap ... glycerin based, cold processed, tripled milled, or tallow. Get a couple of each and see what works best for you.
Safety Razors ... determine what you want and how much you are willing to spend - Open Comb, Closed Comb, TTOs, 2-Piece, 3-Piece or an adjustable. The Merkur HD or Edwin Jagger 89 are both good beginning Safety Razors. Or get an Old Gillette (SuperSpeed or 3-Piece).
Blades ... Get a Sampler Pack and then ... Good Luck. The differences between whether a Blade is Good or Bad for any individual is because the Hand of God is at work. Maybe it is the shave preparation, or maybe it is the type of hairs being shaven, or maybe it is the patterns on the face being shaven, or the type of Razor being used (different angles or blade gaps are created by the different razor head being used), or the shaving technique being used (wrong angle, too much pressure being used and pushing down on the razor to "cut closer", or even not using multiple-passes to reduce hair growth first and always), or maybe there is one or two Bad Blades in the pack being used, or maybe for whatever reason it is a Bad Blade to you.
At first use only One Razor Blade ... use this blade only for a few weeks ... changing when dull.
The First Razor Blade you use is your “Best Blade.”
Get several of your First Best Blade.
Get down the Basics of Shaving – Preparation, Lathering, Shaving with the Razor – light touch, proper angle and little pressure, Multi-Passes – WTG, XTG, and Reverse-XTG.
Get more information and look at the Mantic59 Youtube videos, the GeoFatBoy videos and read the Wiki.
“Finding Your Best Blade”
After you have everything down ... then use a different blade for a week and see if it becomes your new "Best Blade".
If not go back to the other blade for a week then, use a different blade for a week.
Your Best Blade is your base line blade for your tests. When you find your “Next Best Blade” then, that is your “New Best Blade”. Continue working through your sampler pack looking for a “New Best Blade”.
Please note that Different Safety Razors may have a different “Best Blade” and if you have poor technique then it will also affect your choice of a “New Best Blade”.
“Map Your Face”
Make Sure you have Mapped Your Face because that is the only way to know which way your hair grows.
Also make sure that your preshave preparation is down.
Then shave WTG, XTG and Reverse-XTG.
Rinse, Lather, WTG
Rinse, Lather, XTG
Rinse, Lather, Reverse-XTG
Rinse, Lather, Buffing.
No Rinse, No Lather, No Shave.
For the first few weeks ... Do not do ATG ... Wait until you have your technique down because you could and usually will be holding the safety razor upside down when shaving your neck and this may cause you some problems when trying to maintain the correct blade angle while applying a light pressure.
Be careful of Feather blades as they are super sharp and unforgiving make sure you are confident of your technique before using them.
Have Fun Shaving and May All Your Shaves Be BBS.
05-26-2012, 09:47 PM
Welcome to B&B. Let us know how that first shave makes you feel!
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