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Thread: First Two Weeks of DE Shaving

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    New Jersey

    Default First Two Weeks of DE Shaving

    Hi All,

    Like many, I have been lurking and bought myself some supplies to hopefully start to enjoy shaving and get a better shave. I had been shaving for about 7 years with twin-blade Schick disposable and the cheapest canned gel I could buy. Since I started shaving I had always wanted to learn more about shaving with a soap, brush, and what I thought were cool looking razors (DE's). A couple of weeks ago I picked up the following
    • Merkur 180
    • Col. Conk Bay Rum Soap
    • Tweezerman Brush
    • Art of Shaving Unscented Aftershave Gel
    • Derby and Feather Blades

    So far I have shaved about 10 times and my shaves keep getting better, but I am having a bit of a problem figuring out the grain pattern on my neck. I am looking to pick up a blade sampler to see if anything suits me better than the Derbys, I have been weary of the Feathers and not used them yet since I have been getting a better shave each time with the Derbys because my technique is getting better.

    Just figured I would say hello.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Catasauqua, Pennsylvania , USA


    Welcome to the group Chris !!
    Steward for Safety Razor Forum

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Lanesborough, In the "other" Massachusetts


    Hello Chris, and welcome to the forum.
    Regards, Paul

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2010
    St. Petersburg, FL


    Welcome to B&B, Chris.

    You can use as a guide. Rub your hand over your face when you have some beard growth and then map it by filling in the chart.
    Jim P. - St. Petersburg, FL

    ackvil (at)

    Any questions? Just ask! Since I may not read all of the posts feel free to PM or Email me.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Halifax, NS



  6. #6


    My neck has given me fits forever. DE shaving has finally solved that problem. Whiskers grow in all directions there, so I have to adjust the direction and angle of my razor. Seems so simple, but when I did the same thing with all those cartridges over the years, those stubborn neck hairs stayed uncut. A single edge was what I needed all this time. Amazing. You guys have been keeping this "new" shaving method from the rest of us!
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2012


    I have found that the "fear of the Feather" actually sped up my learning curve in regards to the light touch/no pressure technique. I started with Derby and Astra blades and am now getting great shaves with the Feathers. I fully intend to give the Derby's and Astra's another long and full turn in my rotation and they may be great down the road. I just figured with all the hoopla about the sharpness of the Feathers, I would pratice my beard reduction technique by letting the weight of the razor do the work and that is exactly what has happend. The alum bar is tingling less and less. Maybe the Feather blades are a great training aid :-)

  8. #8


    Hi Chris!

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