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Mackinac
04-06-2009, 06:31 PM
Holy cow! Who knew there was this parallel universe known as wet shaving? I've been using a Gillette Fusion for 2 years. Saturday I tried my first DE--a Merkur 1904 with some Truefitt and Hill pre-shave oil, and a sample of their 1805 shave cream and after shave. (My blade was also Merkur--platinum.)

I showered, then lathered up with an old e-Shave badger brush. Tried 1 pass with WTG. Then another lathering and WTG pass. Youch! Not so good. Some razor burn and a bit of a stinging sensation from the cream.

I've now shaved twice since then, and I hope I'm getting better (although, I'm leaving a lot of stubble on my face as a result). Everything I've studied on B&B has told me to be patient. It just seems so strange to go from what I thought was a good shave with the cartridge Fusion to a not so good shave with better equipment and product. So I guess I'll keep trying to perfect my technique.

Anyway, I'm having fun with this and am glad to be on board

Yushiro
04-06-2009, 06:35 PM
Awesome. Keep plugging away at it and oh, Mantic's videos help a lot in terms of perfecting that technique! Welcome to B&B by the way..

studman46
04-06-2009, 06:37 PM
It will all come together. Be patient and don't look back.

40_Caliber
04-06-2009, 06:43 PM
Howdy! Welcome to the B&B.

How much pressure are you using? Take it easy on the pressure. Let the razor do the work.

What kind of blade are you using in your 1904?

DE7
04-06-2009, 08:13 PM
Welcome! Remember, you'll get better with each shave.

Mike

Teiste
04-06-2009, 08:15 PM
welcome man!

davecmu
04-06-2009, 08:56 PM
We used to spend Labor Day in and around Mackinac, and I have very fond teenage boy memories of summers spent on Mackinac Island with teenage girls. All that to say I dig your username. Welcome to B&B!

Dave

thirdeye
04-06-2009, 08:59 PM
Welcome to B&B, keep up the great job, you'll be glad you did...Enjoy the shave!!!

Mainecanefan
04-06-2009, 09:20 PM
Welcome aboard. nice work.

bokaba
04-06-2009, 09:43 PM
Welcome to B and B!

nrek619
04-07-2009, 01:30 AM
welcome to B&B!!!!

SRock
04-07-2009, 01:43 AM
Over 14,000 of us here at the B&B knew :wink: and now you've joined us! Welcome to the fray.

SilkySmooth
04-07-2009, 01:54 AM
Welcome aboard!

satyr2k2
04-07-2009, 02:19 AM
Welcome! I'm originally from Michigan- spent many a summer vacation up on the Island and surrounding area....

ever been to Pictured Rocks in the tippy-top of the UP?

kzoo1
04-07-2009, 05:56 AM
Welcome!

adamant
04-07-2009, 06:19 AM
Welcome! Try another brand of blade if it doesn't improve.

StGeorge
04-07-2009, 06:23 AM
Holy cow! Who knew there was this parallel universe known as wet shaving? I've been using a Gillette Fusion for 2 years. Saturday I tried my first DE--a Merkur 1904 with some Truefitt and Hill pre-shave oil, and a sample of their 1805 shave cream and after shave. (My blade was also Merkur--platinum.)

I showered, then lathered up with an old e-Shave badger brush. Tried 1 pass with WTG. Then another lathering and WTG pass. Youch! Not so good. Some razor burn and a bit of a stinging sensation from the cream.

I've now shaved twice since then, and I hope I'm getting better (although, I'm leaving a lot of stubble on my face as a result). Everything I've studied on B&B has told me to be patient. It just seems so strange to go from what I thought was a good shave with the cartridge Fusion to a not so good shave with better equipment and product. So I guess I'll keep trying to perfect my technique.

Anyway, I'm having fun with this and am glad to be on board

Ditch the Merkur blade, your face will thank you for it. They are generally acknowledged as the most unpopular blade out there. Any other blade will be an improvement, trust me.

TFrankMac2140
04-07-2009, 06:28 AM
Welcome to B&B! Enjoy!

NickCutlip
04-07-2009, 11:43 AM
Welcome to B&B !!

prophetic_joe
04-07-2009, 11:57 AM
Who knew there was this parallel universe known as wet shaving?

Well the number of people who know keeps growing everyday. Glad you decided to learn as well.

Mackinac
04-07-2009, 07:07 PM
Thanks for all your welcoming words of encouragement. To answer some of the questions asked: I use light pressure and Merkur Super Platinums. If I should ditch, I might try Personnas or Feathers. I've heard a lot about them.

Day 4: A much better shave today! I don't know if it's just that I got better, or that I'm now trying my sample of Truefitt & Hill's Ultimate Comfort. Maybe both.

Last, yes Mackinac Island is a great place. Great adventures there.