Discussion in 'The Smoking Lounge' started by Otoolefan, May 1, 2013.
I use a safety razor as well. I was tire of the multi-blade, shave gel, generic swipe. I've enjoyed the change. I haven't used a fountain pen yet though. I do most everything on my computer, and rarely use pens at all when home. At work, everything is computerized or filled out in pencil. Besides that, or perhaps because of it, I have bad penmanship and if I try to write out more than a sentence or two, my hand starts to cramp.
According to the seller I bought a 1959 Gillette DE "clamshell" safety razor a few years ago ( the year I was born) and a silver tipped badger hair brush with a hand turned box elder handle, I don't shave much of my face, just my neck and cheeks but it has changed the process from a dreaded chore to a pleasant ritual. I don't see me ever going back to those goofy eleventyseven blade razors or the canned whip cream soap.
Wow I'm sounding more like an old codger every day...
I wouldn't jump from electric directly to a straight. You might want to get the lathering and prep deal down while switching to a DE and then ease into a straight. btw, you won't want a one swipe shave with a straight. folks over on badger and blade will school you on everything shave related.
Switched to DE safety razors about a year and a half ago and have never gone back. I was sick of paying $30 for a pack of carts that I only got about 3 shaves from. Now I pay about $16 for 100 DE blades. I only get 3 shaves out of them since I shave my head and face every morning but it hurts a lot less to toss a spent blade now. The straight razor intrigues me, but haven't gone that way just yet...
Shows you how much I need to learn about it, then. Thanks for the tip on the Badger & Blade site.
Cool. I just got a 1965 Gillette Slim Adjustable that has the butterfly twist to open head which makes for easy blade changes. I love having a razor that was made the same year as me
I've just ordered a slant bar, this could be interesting.
And a tip about fountain pens: My handwriting is truely shocking so I bought a Pilot 78g with the fine tip. This is equivalent to a western extra fine. It helps keep my writing legible. These are aimed at school kids so are cheap as chips.
I've had the same norelco electric razor for almost a decade because I'm lazy but have considered an old school razor or a straight razor for special occations. Have no idea what makes a fountain pen different than a Walmart pen. This pipe smoking adventure is teaching me more about relaxation than those stupid guided meditation "tapes" ever will. Will have to check out the shaving thread for a how to and Google for the pens.
With a fountain pen the ongoing costs are very low and IMO the feel nicer.
I have just shy of 10,000 posts on a well known wet shaving forum. I took up wet shaving about 5 years ago, when I was PIFed a Gillette Tech DE Razor.
My small (small on purpose) arsenal has 3 DE Razors (the Tech, and two Lords), 2 Schick Injectors, and a Gillette Trac II (one of the best cartridge razors ever made). I also have about 6 brushes (3 boar, 2 badger, 1 horse), and at least a years supply of shaving soap, and shaving cream.
I've went overboard in the wet shaving hobby at one point, having 20+ razors, and 5 years of shaving cream/shaving soap. I have slowly paired it down though.
Wet Shaving is probably what sparked my interest in Pipes, as the wet shaving forum has a quite active area dedicated to pipes, and cigars as well.
Cool. I have a couple of Shick Injectors. They were the first old school razor I used last year before I order a new safety razor. One of them has a bakelite handle and the other ones are molded plastic. I remember seeing one in the American History wing of the Smithsonian and thinking, "Hey, I got one of those." I collected them long before I ever shaved with them because I thought they looked cool. I recently picked up a 1965 (same year I was born) Gillette Slim Adjustable safety razor with the twist to open butterfly top. Great razor! Got it for $4 at a thriftique...