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Old 12-21-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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i'm down to my last gillette fusion cartridge.

i want to switch to electric razor. anyone using one that they highly recommend?

please post the brand and model #.


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Old 12-21-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:01 AM   #3
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Started with a crappy electric razor, then switched to Gillette Fusion Proglide and now I've been using my dad's Braun Series 7 (not sure of the exact model #)... best shaver you will ever buy. A bit pricey though but definitely worth it
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I've been using Philips Coolskin HQ6707 for a couple years now. no complaints

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Just because I happened to stumble across these after seeing this thread...

Apparently ridiculously cheap deals for some top of the line Panasonic shavers...

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc IV Multi Flex Nanotech Rechargeable Shaver, Silver
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002N5MHLU/
$93.70, down from $299.99 (US mail-in-rebate for additional $30 off)

Panasonic ES8103S Pro-Curve Wet/Dry Rechargeable Linear Pivot Action Shaving System, Silver
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-ES8103S-Pro-Curve-Rechargeable-Shaving/dp/B001DNE3KQ/$53.01, down from $149.99 (US mail-in rebate for additional $10 off)
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I use a Philips too, don't know the model number but it has 3 parts instead of the bar that most razors have. I like it better than my Braun one.
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Before I buy an electric razor.. who here has actually used both and can attest to the quality of the electric razor vs the traditional one?

If you've used both before and think that your electric is definitely better, please post which non-electric one you used, and which electric one you are currently using, thanks!
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Traditional gives you a much closer shave. However the time convince of an electric shaver is just unbeatable.
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http://www.theartofshaving.com/shop/product/98057/1
i picked up a kit when i was in NY and the shave u get from there products is fucking unreal man, i shave every day now and my skin is money, the badger brush is sick and the cream and oil u put on b4 is great, the kit will last u close to 6 months
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Before I buy an electric razor.. who here has actually used both and can attest to the quality of the electric razor vs the traditional one?

If you've used both before and think that your electric is definitely better, please post which non-electric one you used, and which electric one you are currently using, thanks!
i got an electric phillips from my dad for xmas after using manual gilette razors my whole adult life. i have to say i dont like it. with the manual razors, if you have a sharp blade, you never have to go over an area more than once or twice. with the electric, i find i have to rub it around a bit to try to cut every hair as it sometimes misses strays, etc... im a big fan of manual razors and will probably go back. it actually doesnt save me time to use an electric. i find i can shave with a manual razor in like 1m, and with an electric i spend 2m or so trying to make sure i didnt miss any spots.

then again, the one he bought me is probably not a high end one. im guessing its in the 50-100 range so i cant speak for the high end electrics out there.
i'd say buy it from costco and return it if you dont like it.
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http://www.theartofshaving.com/shop/product/98057/1
i picked up a kit when i was in NY and the shave u get from there products is fucking unreal man, i shave every day now and my skin is money, the badger brush is sick and the cream and oil u put on b4 is great, the kit will last u close to 6 months
they sell that stuff at sephora in the mens section. i have the aftershave lotion which was like 45 bucks! gf bought it for me. its nice but not 45 dollars nice. i think the 4 piece mini kit is like 55-60 bucks. its great if you have time in the morning to lather up and spend 10 minutes shaving, but for guys who are not so good at managing their morning time its pretty unnecessary.
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I actually started with electric shavers on my face and when I was about 15 I got a free sample of a razor and started doing my boys then I decided that the electric doesn't cut it enough for my face after trying it a couple times so I switched over. I find that with an electric shaver by 10am you will have 12 o'clock shadow and it doesn't make your skin nice and smooth like a razor does. Yes blades might be expensive but in the long run I personally think it's worth it over an electric one.
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I've had bad expierences with the electric ones, I bought a philips one from work for 110$ . Me thinking its so expensive it has to be a descent shaver. First two weeks even though I used shaving cream, a hot towel, I got a lot of ingrown hairs. This shaver has a built in thing that releases its own cream on ur face so I wasn't even suppose to use my own cream. Nothing I did could stop the ingrown hairs. So I just stopped using it and went out and bought a razor.
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Electric razors are too rough and shave too close, which is why you get ingrown hairs.

I just bought one of these:

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modern shavers make those pretty much useless unless you're after the nostalgia factor.
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modern shavers make those pretty much useless unless you're after the nostalgia factor.
Have you tried an old good condition safety razor razor before?
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I'm impartial to electric razors and have found them to be inferior. Using a traditional safety razor is cost-effective and provides a nice clean shave. Personally, I use the following:

Edwin Jagger Best Badger Shave Brush, Prorasso Green tea & Aloe Shave Soap & Truefitt & Hill Pre-shave Oil


Merkur Heavy Duty & Merkur Blades
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^your face better be as soft as a babys ass after all that. or do you just like to be fancy?
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Soft as a baby's ass.

I used to think it was all fancy-schmancy until I got a straight-razor shave from Truefitt & Hill in Toronto. While using a safety razor like the one shown in my setup isn't quite the same, it still provides the nicest, cleanest shave for as little money as possible. I used to be a believer in Gillette's Mach3 and Schick Quattro etc, but this old-skool method trumps them all. By no mean is it fancy. There are a handful of dedicated forums which are dedicated to just the art of shaving for men (and not the sissy gay type neither.)

If it helps, using your typical pharmacy off-the-shelf razor cartridges, I would have to shave every second or third day. Using the safety razor as shown in my setup, I wouldn't have to shave until maybe the 4th or 5th day. The overall result is a much smoother, cleaner shave with no in grown hairs and/or bumps. If you have a lot of facial hair, I would encourage you to purchase a set to try yourself.
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admittedly no, because its a decent sized initial investment.
i could be misinformed about my opinion so im open to some schooling on the matter.

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I used to think it was all fancy-schmancy until I got a straight-razor shave from Truefitt & Hill in Toronto. While using a safety razor like the one shown in my setup isn't quite the same, it still provides the nicest, cleanest shave for as little money as possible. I used to be a believer in Gillette's Mach3 and Schick Quattro etc, but this old-skool method trumps them all. By no mean is it fancy. There are a handful of dedicated forums which are dedicated to just the art of shaving for men (and not the sissy gay type neither.)

If it helps, using your typical pharmacy off-the-shelf razor cartridges, I would have to shave every second or third day. Using the safety razor as shown in my setup, I wouldn't have to shave until maybe the 4th or 5th day. The overall result is a much smoother, cleaner shave with no in grown hairs and/or bumps. If you have a lot of facial hair, I would encourage you to purchase a set to try yourself.
how long do you spend shaving in the morning? i know its called a safety razor but is it as safe as using a modern razor? i use a proglide fusion or whatever, and theres basically zero chance of getting cut even when im not being careful.
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admittedly no, because its a decent sized initial investment.
i could be misinformed about my opinion so im open to some schooling on the matter.

how long do you spend shaving in the morning? i know its called a safety razor but is it as safe as using a modern razor? i use a proglide fusion or whatever, and theres basically zero chance of getting cut even when im not being careful.
First off, it's not that expensive an investment. It's cheaper than a Pro Glide.

Bcrdukes has a nice Merkur, but I find an old school Gillette is great for people wanting to try, but are worried that wet shaving might not be their thing. This way you don't need to spend $50 on a nice razor.

You can find many old safety razors on eBay. They vary in condition, but it's eBay, so you need to spend some time looking for a good post.
I wouldn't worry too about and issues about hygiene with a used razor. The main shaving component is the blade, which you will buy new. The rest of the razor can be disinfected and cleaned.
A nice used razor with shipping will cost you less than $20.

Then you will need some razor blades depending on where you get them they will only be $10-20 for 100 blades. (You can only get 4 Proglide blades for that price)

You will also need to buy a nice brush and shaving soap, but that is something you will need to shave normally anyway. And if you don't like the safety razor, you can still use these with your Pro Glide.

As for safety. It's not like surgery, as long as you don't slide the razor sideways or press hard into your skin, you won't cut yourself.
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how long do you spend shaving in the morning? i know its called a safety razor but is it as safe as using a modern razor? i use a proglide fusion or whatever, and theres basically zero chance of getting cut even when im not being careful.
To be quite honest, not long even compared to when I used the major brands. Mind you, I have a lot of facial hair and I'm sure you've seen it before.

I usually start shaving when I jump out of the shower so that way the skin is still stretched and pores are opened. From there, I'll apply a thin layer of the pre-shave oil (sometimes I don't) then lather up the shaving soap with the brush. While I'm doing all that, my razor is pre-heating in a cup of hot water. From there, apply the shaving soap with my brush and away I go. I think with my full face on after a week of not shaving, it takes me about 10 minutes, give or take 5 minutes here and there. After I'm done, wash my face to get the soap off, splash of cold water, dry and then apply aftershave lotion.

To answer your question about cuts, the first time I ever used it, I had cuts all over my face and neck but after a few weeks, I got used to it - no cuts whatsoever. It takes a bit of time to get used to and to build your own regimen/method to avoid cuts. Regardless, still a much better, cleaner shave than using the generic stuff.

In terms of cost, I did the math over the course of a year. With the initial investment of the razor, blades, soap and brush, you can break even in a year or less, depending on the frequency of shaves per week. The soap goes a long way and so does the brush. A pack of razors are so cheap, like mrks mentioned, 4 Proglides cost as much as 100 single razor blades. Even then, the glades go a long way.
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