View Full Version : First DE Shave
09-23-2008, 08:51 PM
My patience wore thin today, and I tried my first DE shave with inferior products, and it didn't go too badly.
I used my newly acquired 1970 superspeed, and couldn't wait any longer for my Lord and Gillette blades, and my classic sandalwood mug soap from Classic Shaving. I used dollar general blades and williams mug soap from the drug store.
I first set a hot towel on my face for a minute or so, then started working up a decent lather with my soap. I did 1 pass WTG, re-lathered, and did another.
It wasn't the smoothest shave, and my face isn't too happy now, but no nicks or cuts. I used Loreal mens spf 15 aftershave. I figure it will go better fresh out of the shower, with my beard softer, and better blades.
09-23-2008, 08:55 PM
Congrats on getting DE shave #1 out of the way :)
I'm on about number 5 or 6 so I'm no expert either... but it is already getting easier, just waiting for that zen moment when it all comes together.
09-23-2008, 08:56 PM
Yeah, a shower would definitely help the process. I don't know anything about those blades, but better quality should help make a difference. Although I haven't tried it, I know a lot of members here have gotten decent results with Williams.
Anyways, congrats on your first shave. Let's hope you will enjoy many, many more.
09-24-2008, 02:41 AM
Welcome to the mix! Use Kyle's prep - the guide to better shaves bar none!
09-24-2008, 04:41 AM
No nicks on a first DE shave, with generally rated lower quality material (except for the razor) . . . not bad at all. Let us know how it goes when you shave with the new blades, etc. It will be interesting to hear you compare shaves.
+1 on the shower first. I dunno, but for some reason, it sounded like you might've rushed your shave, just the way you wrote it. If you did, slow down a little and see what happens.
09-24-2008, 08:13 AM
Ooh, yeah, I rushed it, I couldn't wait to try out my new toys. It was definatley a "beard reduction" attempt instead of gouing for super smooth.
This morning, I took my time, shaved post shower, 1 pass wtg, 1 pass against. I missed 1 little spot, but cheeks are smooth! I get to cheat, I have a mustcahe and goatee, so I don't have to do the really hard parts!
I am very happy with the razor, I know the blades could be better, and I want to try a cream versus a soap. My 2nd DE shave, still with less than premium products, And it was one of my best shaves ever. No irritation, and I know it will only get better!
Praise the DE and Wetshave!
09-24-2008, 10:27 AM
Sounds like you are doing fine to me. I use cheap blades because of my budget right now, and I'm not having many problems. I have a 1954 Superspeed (40's Style - z1) and a Black Handled Superspeed. I've discovered that good shaving has about as much to do with technique as equipment, not always, but alot of the time. Superspeed's are good razors.
09-24-2008, 11:42 AM
great. Glad its working for you. I'm getting impatient myself waiting on the UPS truck to bring me my toys... You give me hope though!
09-24-2008, 12:10 PM
We hope you keep enjoying the shaves for many years to come!
Have a great shave!
09-24-2008, 05:23 PM
As you learned this morning. It's all about the pre shave. Get that beard nice and soft first. Congrats.
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