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    Default Newbie introduction

    Hello everybody. I've been lurking on these forums and reading reviews here for a few weeks now. While I've posted once before, I thought it was time to introduce myself and actually join the community -- especially since I'm still aglow from this morning's shave, which had to have been one of the best I've ever had.

    Since I began shaving, I switched every now and then from multi-blade cartridges to electric razors. Both had their own special ways of chewing up my face, but eventually, I found a combination of cartridges, shaving cream and technique that allowed me to finish a shave with only a little blood and burn. I stuck with that for years, mostly shaving every other day.

    Then, a few months ago, thinking there still had to be a better way, I stopped in an Art of Shaving store (I live in Denver) and just started asking some questions. I walked out of there with a Merkur Futur and some pre-shave oil. (I've used the oil several times, and while I love the smell, I don't like using it. Feels gross.) I've since bought a vintage Gillette adjustable (not sure what model it is, but it's in great shape), some Feather blades, a pure badger brush and some Col. Conk Bay Rum glycerine soap. I've improved my technique to the point where I can get a shave like this morning -- BBS with absolutely no razor burn and only one or two small nicks that closed up with a little styptic pencil and a splash of witch hazel. And, I've been shaving every day; I no longer have to skip a day to heal between shaves.

    My next purchases will be Tabac soap, which so many here think so highly of, and an alum bar, which sounds like it's a more comfortable way to close nicks than the styptic pencil I use.

    Anyway, I hope to be a relatively frequent contributor here, and I really appreciate the knowledge everybody shares. Seems like a good place to hang out and spend some time.

    One last thought: I came across this thread yesterday ( on the resurgence of old-time ways and I couldn't agree more with the author. Sometimes it's absolutely, totally worth it to spend a bit more time doing something right rather than trying to reinvent the wheel in order to shave a few seconds off. Pun intended. I'm glad to have found DE shaving, and glad to have found Badger & Blade.


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    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Somewhere Between Snook and North Zulch, TX


    Welcome Jon!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Northern Michigan (Under the Bridge)


    Hi Jon,

    Welcome to B&B!

    You think you're having fun now??... just you wait until you get your little brush into that new bowl of TABAC!

    Oh... so good.

    Congrats on your shaves!

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    Welcome Aboard

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Buffalo, WY


    Welcome to B&B!!!!!

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    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Central Texas


    Jon, welcome to the forum! I am new here as well and believe that we have found the right place!

    Last edited by Dustinl; 10-03-2008 at 08:07 AM. Reason: spelling correction

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    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Dallastown, PA/Baltimore, MD


    Welcome to the best wet shaving board on the interwebnets!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    New York


    Welcome Jon. Have a good time with us.
    "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." -Groucho Marx

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    Join Date
    May 2008
    Okinawa, Japan


    Welcome to the mix!
    [SIZE="2"]Latherin' it up in Japan![/SIZE][/COLOR]

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