03-31-2012, 05:10 PM
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I had a cold water shave today and it was both refreshing and effective.

What surprised me was finding out in this 1905 book Shaving Made Easy (http://archive.org/details/shavingmadeeasyw0020th) that you are supposed to shave with cold water. I had never heard of it before and thought anybody suggesting it on a shaving forum was nuts.

I have known about it for a couple of years but enjoyed the hot water so much that I more or less ignored the advice. But if anything, you get a better shave doing it, so boy am I going to have some more of these as the weather heats up.

The light bulb went back on! Idea

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 03-31-2012, 06:38 PM
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  • Sully
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I cold water shave as well. I find that I get less irritation and better shaves using cold, or cool water. My face doesn't need a lot of prep, and over prepping my face results in poor shaves.

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 03-31-2012, 07:22 PM
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I use a cool or cold water rinse for much of the year. I do not cold water shave but I never use hot water as I start my shave. I use lukewarm water in between my passes to wet my face before applying the next lather.

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 04-01-2012, 03:03 AM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,

I spent my tour of duty in Vietnam as a U.S. Army combat correspondent, where circumstances often forced me to shave with cold water. I promised myself then that if I ever came out of the war alive, I would never again shave with cold water. I have kept my promise.

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 04-01-2012, 06:55 AM
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I pretty much go with the weather. During the cold months I use warm water. During the Summer it's definitely a cold shave.

Although Obie has a good point.

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 04-01-2012, 07:58 AM
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  • etoyoc
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Cold Water all the way!

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 04-04-2012, 08:46 PM
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  • Brent
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(04-01-2012, 06:55 AM)PanchoVilla Wrote: I pretty much go with the weather. During the cold months I use warm water. During the Summer it's definitely a cold shave.

Although Obie has a good point.

Same here. I typically shave with warm/hot water but on hot days cold water shave and shower is great. From a functional perspective I get great shaves either way but prefer the warm water.

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 04-06-2012, 05:38 PM
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Always open with warm close with cold(ice cubes pm me if you're intrigued).

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 04-09-2012, 03:08 AM
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  • Leon
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(03-31-2012, 05:10 PM)CaliforniaCajun Wrote: I had a cold water shave today and it was both refreshing and effective.

What surprised me was finding out in this 1905 book Shaving Made Easy (http://archive.org/details/shavingmadeeasyw0020th) that you are supposed to shave with cold water. I had never heard of it before and thought anybody suggesting it on a shaving forum was nuts.

I have known about it for a couple of years but enjoyed the hot water so much that I more or less ignored the advice. But if anything, you get a better shave doing it, so boy am I going to have some more of these as the weather heats up.

The light bulb went back on! Idea

That reminds of the movie "The Dirty Dozen". They were told to shave, but the tap water was cold and they were angry and refused to shave. I remember Lee Marvin saying "So, ya wanna stink, hem?" Biggrin

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 04-11-2012, 09:37 PM
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  • Mynorx
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Its gets to be over 100 here in southern california. so I will use cold water those days.

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 04-18-2012, 01:19 PM
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  • Jeltz
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Warm water to make the lather and occasionally I do a cold rinse before the final pass it seems to contract the skin and I get a closer shave.

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 04-18-2012, 03:28 PM
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I did an entirely cold water shave the other day and quite liked it. I might start doing it from now on!

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 04-18-2012, 09:53 PM
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i have been doing it now for one month. i am getting some great results without the irritation on the neck that i was getting with hot water! Can get a bit of a challenge, here, in Vancouver in the cooler months, but beats the irritation.
i doubt i will ever go back!

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 04-22-2012, 10:12 AM
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  • oscar11
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Cold water shaving is the norm for me. I've been doing it for years. I do think I have less irritation that way. BTW, I'm the opposite of Obie, I started cold water shaving when I was in the service and never quit.

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 04-22-2012, 12:42 PM
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Cold water in the summer, warm or hot water the rest of the time. For me, it is about comfort because water temperature has never made any difference in the quality of my shaves. It all seems kind of nitpicky to me, but of course that is merely IMHO.

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 04-25-2012, 10:12 AM
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i love the cold water- closer, more comfortable, better results!

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 04-25-2012, 11:07 PM
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  • Snuff
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Initially cold water shaves where a almost everyday occurrence in the military for me (30+years), nowadays I enjoy hot water sometimes but during the warmer months it's mostly back to cold water.

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 05-17-2012, 07:38 AM
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I started cold water shaving a month or two ago and initially liked it, but found I nicked myself up a little more and went back to the hot water. But if I were in a situation where there was no hot water I'd have no problem with a cold water shave. Once I tried doing it with ice cubes to make the water extra cold and it was just fine.

My shaving skills are constantly evolving even though I've been "retro shaving" for a little more than two years so there's no doubt I'll try it again.

There is a 1905 book online called Shaving Made Easy that teaches cold water is the proper way to shave. Here's the online book (which can be downloaded): http://archive.org/details/shavingmadeeasyw0020th. I'm primarily a straight razor shaver and it has been helpful to read this once in a while. It was particularly helpful to me in presenting honing as doable.

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 05-17-2012, 12:25 PM
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(05-17-2012, 07:38 AM)CaliforniaCajun Wrote: ... There is a 1905 book online called Shaving Made Easy that teaches cold water is the proper way to shave. Here's the online book (which can be downloaded): http://archive.org/details/shavingmadeeasyw0020th

John - Your link works except for the "." at the end.

I'm on my second week of Cold Water Shaving. I like the result, seems like a little closer shave. I don't normally have skin irritation issues, so no problem there. I'm just having a hard time warming up to it! I am going to try to stick with it for another couple of weeks.

~Frank

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 05-17-2012, 05:24 PM
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I have cold water shaved with DE and SE razors for 2 months. My face appreciates the cold. Less irritation.

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