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Does anyone use a shaving brush and soap? At the price of disposable blades, I have switched to a double edged razor, the old style. Blades are CHEAP, but there is a learning curve.
There is a good amount of choices, and almost confusing, but I'm liking the results.
 

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I have for years, not so much for price, but because it's the only way I don't get nasty razor burn. The newer multi blade razors tear my face up. I linked the stuff I use. The razor handle I use is an old Gillette that my grandpa bought way before I was born.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JSXA2YY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073XS147V/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XWF9HML/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UY6ZNW0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 
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How many days do you get to a blade? Haven't used a double blades since the 70's and remember cutting my self quite often. I get a month out of my fusion blades (used daily) and about 5 cuts a year.
 

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The secret to getting long life from the old razor blades is to clean and dry them after use.
I still have my gramps Gillette safety razor.
 

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I'm still using an old Atra 2 blade, but I may have to switch soon. They want a fortune for those blades! Obviously, they're trying to get people to switch so they can phase them out.

One thing I did do is switch from the canned shave cream, and use Cremo shave cream in a tube. You can get it at WalMart, and it works great!
 
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I went to the double edge blades after the Sensor Excel (2 blades) started getting harder and harder to find, and became ridiculously expensive. There is a learning curve, and I can share a few hints:

- a shorter handle is better. Since the blade doesn’t pivot, the razor itself must follow the contours of the face, and a shorter handle makes this easier, especially when going from the chin to the neck. The first razor I bought was too long, and made this very challenging with my thick neck leading to a fat head/face
- rinse with hot water before shaving, use hot water to whip your lather, then use ice cold water to rinse after. The cold water will eliminate and razor burn, and help stop the bleeding if you nick yourself.
- blade life is a function of keeping them clean, and I usually get about a month, shaving every second or third day. You can get a few more shaves from a used blade by turning it over in the razor.
- shaving with the grain is way more comfortable. When I wanted a really close shave, I would shave against or across the grain with the Sensor blades, but with the double edge blades, that is extremely uncomfortable for me, and sometimes leaves a rash

All in all, I am happy with the process, and especially the cost. Way less expensive with an outcome on par with more expensive options.
 

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I have for years, not so much for price, but because it's the only way I don't get nasty razor burn. The newer multi blade razors tear my face up. I linked the stuff I use. The razor handle I use is an old Gillette that my grandpa bought way before I was born.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JSXA2YY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073XS147V/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XWF9HML/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UY6ZNW0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I am going to a stone bowl, either marble, or granite. Both have micro grooves inside, this facilitates lathering to thick pillow and not full of bubbles or air. My double edged razor seems a bit heavy, if I can find a shorter handle, I'll get one. This can get a bit expensive up front. But overall well worth it. I have used Williams soap for a while, and didn't know how to actually get a good lather. Until I watched a few YouTube videos, it's pretty easy and makes a huge difference.
 

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I use the old double edge also that belonged to my dad but its adjustable goes from 1-9 settings on it and I use the shaving cup & brush .I don't like those bic razors they plug up to easy and donjt shave .I do have a Fusion but the blades cost to much for me I got in the mail as some kind of sample when I can buy the d-edge for a buck for 5 blades
 

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The secret to getting long life from the old razor blades is to clean and dry them after use.
Yep. Rinse the razor blade with 91% isopropyl alcohol after use.
Witch hazel works great for soothing razor burn.
 

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I use the old double edge also that belonged to my dad but its adjustable goes from 1-9 settings on it and I use the shaving cup & brush .I don't like those bic razors they plug up to easy and donjt shave .I do have a Fusion but the blades cost to much for me I got in the mail as some kind of sample when I can buy the d-edge for a buck for 5 blades
You can get razor blades on Amazon, there good blades, and not expensive at all.
 

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WT,,,,,,,,
Go Electric!
Same one for about 15years! Does nose & ears, trims hair, shortens & trims beard to 3 elevations,,,,,,, OR completely off! (lol, like twice a year!)

Don't NEED a totally 'smooth clean' shave!
I'm Retired! WHO CARES! (blame it on Corona! :>)
 

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I've been using a brush and razor for several years now. My beard is so tough that I don't have to worry about the "grain" of the hair. Or contours of my face. I just lather up and rake it off. Blades are packed 200 in small sleeves @ about $20.00 from Amazon. At this rate, it'll be a lifetime supply.
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Been using a brush and old fashioned shaving foam for years. Went to a safety razor a while back. A much better shave for sure. No idea why they think you need a razor with 5-6 blades!
I had the antique barber's "Sterilizer cabinet" stowed for years, just brought it out.
And, always shave down as mentioned.

 

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Got to be someone on here that uses a straight razor and a strop....
 

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After shaving pour alcohol on the blade. Will last much longer. As for the double edges, does anyone remember resharpening them with a glass of water ? :)
 
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