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shavemonkey
05-30-2012, 07:23 AM
I'm a newbie to safety razors (having been a slave to Mach 3s for a good number of years) and recently invested in an Edwin Jagger Double Edge which i'm looking forward to using. Looking on their website i notice they've set down a challenge of a 2 minute shave. Just wander if anyones managed to acheive a regular shave in that sort of time using traditional safety razors, it seems impossible to me...although it would be great to think i could acheive a shave quicker than i could with my old Mach 3s. What sort of average times are people acheiving their shaves in (including prep etc)? thanks

StuMcB
05-30-2012, 07:28 AM
As a shower shver I'm down to (inc shower) around 10 to 15mins. For me it's my time. Not for rushing, for me.

jpakstis
05-30-2012, 07:28 AM
I would say I could trim it to 5 minutes. The other day I did teethbrushing, shaving, and hair combing (showered the night before) in 8 minutes, so I figure I was probably around 5 minutes. The caveats: soak the brush in a mug with Valobra soap at the bottom first thing out, so everything is softened and ready to go; and a 2 pass shave. This morning I did a three-pass shave and it added maybe 90 seconds to the routine.

sgtbash999
05-30-2012, 08:00 AM
As a newbie to DE shaving the last thing you should be concerned about is speed!!!! Focussing on speed is only going to end in tears and/or a blood transfusion!! Take it sloooooow to start and concentrate on prep & technique.

DE shaving is poles apart from using a Mach 3. I was a Mach 3/fusion shaver for yrs (head shaver too) and its unreal how much of a light touch is required with a DE compared to a cartridge razor. I used to press quite firmly with a fusion to get the desired level of closeness - if I tried that with my DE I'd probably sever the juggler vein! Take it easy to begin with mate or you'll soon regret it!

jpakstis
05-30-2012, 08:02 AM
As a newbie to DE shaving the last thing you should be concerned about is speed!!!! Focussing on speed is only going to end in tears and/or a blood transfusion!! Take it sloooooow to start and concentrate on prep & technique.

DE shaving is poles apart from using a Mach 3. I was a Mach 3/fusion shaver for yrs (head shaver too) and its unreal how much of a light touch is required with a DE compared to a cartridge razor. I used to press quite firmly with a fusion to get the desired level of closeness - if I tried that with my DE I'd probably sever the juggler vein! Take it easy to begin with mate or you'll soon regret it!

+1 on this! On my first foray, I probably spent at least an hour. I've only gotten it down to a short time because I tend to sleep in and we have two little kids who need to be fed in the AM. Otherwise, on the weekends, I take my time and enjoy it more.

ackvil
05-30-2012, 08:13 AM
My challenge would be to do that with my R.41! :ohmy::scared:

Merkur Massacre
05-30-2012, 12:18 PM
My money to anyone who shaves with a DE in two minutes... using a Merkur blades lol

Krona Kruiser
05-30-2012, 12:40 PM
My money to anyone who shaves with a DE in two minutes... using a Merkur blades lol

You wanna bet?....................maybe 4-5 minutes, not 2, with a boar brush, Arko, Tech with Merkur blade :quickdraw

nannahill
05-30-2012, 12:56 PM
DE shaving is a journey not a race. I map out 10 minutes of my morning for a shave.

Mr.Oak
05-30-2012, 01:34 PM
is this 2min including building a lather and face prep or is it just the act of shaving?

SteveWY
05-30-2012, 02:06 PM
You could do a two minute shave. But you wouldn't like it! Why would you want to? Isn't the whole idea about a DE or traditional or wetshave, to get a BETTER shave and actually ENJOY it? I typically allow for 10 minutes for prep, lather, 3-pass, rinse, and finish. This is my time. Could I do it in less? Sure. Do I want to? NO!

When you read through the "time-stamped" procedure you will see it makes some huge, urealistic demands... 15 secs. to prepare face, 5 secs to load brush, 20 secs to face lather, 35 secs to shave (one pass!), 15 secs to rinse and dry, 15 secs to moisurize. Then.... "Finished. You look, feel and smell great! Have an excellent day!" YEA, RIGHT! That sounds fun.

See http://www.edwinjagger.com/minute.php for "The 2 Minute Shave".

THE 2 MINUTE SHAVE
2. 00 mins Run a basin of hot water to prepare.
1.50 mins Take a steaming flannel with perhaps a dash of your favourite cologne, fold it in half and hold it to your face for about 15 seconds (if the flannel is too hot for comfort open it for a few seconds)
1.45 mins Immerse your Edwin Jagger badger hair shaving brush in the hot water
1.30 mins Shake off excess water and dip the tip of your shaving brush into a favourite Edwin Jagger shaving cream and whip up a rich, creamy lather in your palm or shaving bowl. The shaving cream is very concentrated so only use a little for each shave.
1.25 mins Using a circular motion lather your face building up a rich layer of soft warm cleansing foam
1.05 mins Dip your razor in the hot water and, starting by the sideburns, shave with the growth of your beard. Down on the cheek area, sideways near the top and bottom lip and in the direction of the growth under the chin. With a wet soapy hand feel around the face for any missed hairs and remove with the razor.
30 secs Nearly finished.
25 secs Rinse your face with cooler clean water and gently pat dry with a soft towel.
10 secs Apply a small amount of non-greasy moisturiser or skin food to your face massaging gently into the newly shaven and exfoliated skin. Use a little aftershave lotion or fragrance if desired but be careful not to apply it to the newly shaven areas; behind the ears or further down the neck for example.
Finished You look, feel and smell great. Have an excellent day!

Go West Young Man
05-30-2012, 02:43 PM
Brushless cream, a one-pass CCS shave, sure, it can be done in two minutes.

BlackBard
05-30-2012, 02:51 PM
Sorry. I don't see the point.

Alejandro1969
05-30-2012, 02:54 PM
The 2 minute shave defeats the whole purpose of DE shaving. The world today wants us all to rush, rush, rush and it's all for nothing.
I take as long as possible and I enjoy every minute, in fact I'm in the minute, living in the here and now. When I'm in that bathroom
it's just me my razors and my shaving stuff. The world can wait until I'm done!



A gentleman never rushes as he has already taken the time to make time!

mmack66
05-30-2012, 03:01 PM
Hmmm. A 15-second activity at 1:50, then the next step is at 1:45? :confused1

M80
05-30-2012, 03:03 PM
Brushless cream, a one-pass CCS shave, sure, it can be done in two minutes.

Agreed, although i bet i could do it with a shave stick also.

Krona Kruiser
05-30-2012, 03:05 PM
Sorry. I don't see the point.

There's really no point to it. The majority of us like taking our time but it's fun to consider.

christhach
05-30-2012, 03:07 PM
As other posters have said: it definitely can be done with decent results....but why would you want to?

Here's my method: a smooth and non-aggressive razor such as the Edwin Jagger DE86. A sharp but forgiving blade, like the Gillette Yellow or Dark Blue Platinums. A good brushless cream such as Cremo or Lucky Tiger. Hot shower, rub cream on face. Go for 2 passes and touch-ups. Maybe even one-pass, relather face, then touchups. Cold water rinse followed by a nice balm like Razorock, Proraso or Nivea Sensitive. Bingo, you're done in no time!

I've actually done this a couple of times when I was late for work. Again, it does the job, but completely defeats the purpose of wet shaving for me: enjoyment!!!!

BlackBard
05-30-2012, 03:10 PM
There's really no point to it. The majority of us like taking our time but it's fun to consider.

Some activities are better when they take longer (like making love). Some activities are better when done quickly (like going to the dentist). I still don't see the point to "speed shaving." YMMV, however.

JCinPA
05-30-2012, 03:14 PM
some activities are better when they take longer (like making love). Some activities are better when done quickly (like going to the dentist). I still don't see the point to "speed shaving." ymmv, however.

qft!

Krona Kruiser
05-30-2012, 03:15 PM
Some activities are better when they take longer (like making love). Some activities are better when done quickly (like going to the dentist). I still don't see the point to "speed shaving." YMMV, however.

Touché.

Go West Young Man
05-30-2012, 03:23 PM
The 2 minute shave defeats the whole purpose of DE shaving.!

No, it defeats the purpose the 'shave hobbyist', but it serves 'getting a shave' perfectly well.




Sorry. I don't see the point.

Getting to work on time? Getting ready for unexpected visitors? Touching up before an evening out?

M80
05-30-2012, 03:27 PM
I just gave this a shot. One days growth.

equipment: Krona with a new feather, speick stick, CH2, stopwatch

results: finished 1 min 48 sec. SAS some irritation, small nick by my adam's apple.

conclusion: unenjoyable. will not be attempting this again, even if i am in a hurry.

rwdflynavy
05-30-2012, 03:29 PM
IceMan (the later years) "Had this baby up to Mach 3 yesterday!"
Copilot "You were going Mach 3 in a 737?"
IceMan "I was shaving with a Mach 3! When you're shaving with a Mach 3, there's no time to think! If you think you're dead!!!"

M80
05-30-2012, 03:30 PM
Some activities are better when done quickly (like going to the dentist).

I would rather be in the chair a bit longer than have my dentist rush through my appointment. That is how mistakes are made.

YetiDave
05-30-2012, 04:16 PM
I can shave in under 10 minutes (with a straight, I renounced DE about a year ago) if I'm in a rush, if I don't have that time to spare then I don't bother shaving

shavemonkey
06-05-2012, 06:55 AM
Thanks for all posts & tips guys...as a newbie i will certainly be taking my time to begin with and then hopefully build up to a time/speed im comfortable with. I never realistically thought i could get it down to 2 mins but just wanted put the question out there seeing as the Jagger website seemed to think it was possible

ateace
06-05-2012, 08:45 AM
After four years, my shaves are actually taking a bit longer, strectching from about 15 minutes, to about 20.

Maybe I'm just slowing down as time goes on, or I'm becoming more discerning as to the quality of the shave.

I could probably do a two minute DE shave, but it wouldn't look or feel much different than not shaving at all.

alex2363
06-05-2012, 09:10 AM
i face lather=1 minute

Toggle w Astras blade 1 pass at 8 setting= 30 seconds

xtg at 4 setting = 30

total time=2minutes

deafficianado
06-05-2012, 02:56 PM
+1