Hello all. I was recommended this site from a member of Head-fi.com, who goes both there and here by Hayduke.
I currently use a Gillette Sensor cartridge razor. Although it provides a better shave than anything else I have used, I am still not content with the shave I am getting. OE blades cut horribly. Aftermarket blades I've come across cut much better, but they tend to irritate. And I have to apply a lot of pressure to get a good clean shave, thus greatly increasing my chances of cutting and razor burn.
I very much enjoy the ritual of shaving, I find it relaxing. But I want something more from it.
After looking around a lot, I've found that straight razors are said to give the best shave if properly used. Problem is, with my classes beginning at 6:30, I do not have the time to properly prep and care for a real straight.
I will admit, the idea of using a straight is very alluring to me, especially living off campus where having a blade wont be a problem.
So I've decided to get a straight with changeable blades to tide me over until I get out of school and have the time to properly care for a real straight.
I've read that disposable straights are far sharper than most real straights, thus you are more likely to cut yourself with them. I feel this will be to my advantage in learning how to shave with one, as I learn quickest and best under stress.
So its time to start assembling a proper shave kit. What I am using currently is as follows
Dove unscented soap for prewash.
Barbasol aerosol shaving cream with aloe
An oat based lotion, usually Aveeno
Obviously the razor is going, to be replaced with a Sanguine disposable straight. What is a good blade to start with (it uses 1/2 DE blades)? I've heard good things about Derby, so if no other suggestions are made, I will start with them.
Also, I am stuck with the Barbasol until I run out. At that time I will be looking for a good shaving soap, as well as a brush and mug.
Are there any decent synthetic/no kill brushes? I know they won't provide as fine of a lather, but the idea of killing an animal for its hair doesn't sit well with me.
Any good (again, no kill) soaps out there with clove oil in them? I enjoy the feeling of a good kretek cigarette and would think a similar sensation on my skin would be rather nice.
What else can I add/change in my shaving equipment to get a more satisfying shave? I prefer to stay away from aftershaves, as I don't like the way most smell with my cologne (a citrus and juniper scent)
Thanks for any comments. I'm quite glad to find a community dedicated to the art of shaving.