03-30-2013, 07:36 PM
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Hey all,

I have found myself in a bit of a predicament, though one I find slightly exciting because it means I get new toys.

I've been accepted into an anthropology field school in Romania, and in an attempt to pack as lightly as possible, I'm not going to check any bags. Due to this, I cannot bring a safety razor and will have to resort to one of the many single (or double?) blade cartridge razors. I know of some favorites out there, but want to read what others really think. So far I have as options:
  • Gillette Guard
  • Bic Metals
  • Other Bic (Johnny's favorite, whatever they are)
  • Atra

I plan on getting some of each of these to try out before I leave in June so I can find what works best for me. Are there any other suggestions for what to try before I leave?

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 03-30-2013, 07:49 PM
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TSA is allowing swiss army style knives in checked bags now....i would think they should allow DE razor blades in their packaging as well.

but that would be to expect common sense from a government agency.

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 03-30-2013, 07:57 PM
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(03-30-2013, 07:49 PM)willfull04 Wrote: but that would be to expect common sense from a government agency.

Exactly....

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 03-30-2013, 08:30 PM
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Congratulations, Anthony!
Are you going to eventually get your razors sent to you, later on?
Good luck with the experimenting. Biggrin

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 03-30-2013, 08:35 PM
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(03-30-2013, 08:30 PM)celestino Wrote: Congratulations, Anthony!
Are you going to eventually get your razors sent to you, later on?
Good luck with the experimenting. Biggrin

Nah, I think I can last about 2 months without having too heavy of withdrawls Tongue

That does mean that part of experimenting will be seeing how long each razor can last. Part of me wants the Atra to work well, cause there are some neat vintage handles for them.

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 03-30-2013, 08:38 PM
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Congrats Anthony. That's an exciting opportunity.

I can tell you that I have tried the ones Johnny uses, Bic Sensitive, and they work really well. Got DFS's in 2.5 passes consistently.

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 03-30-2013, 08:49 PM
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Anthony, only 2 months? Wow, that sure is a short time!
Well, then, enjoy the short experiment!Biggrin
i would go with the Atra, but the BIC single blade disposables that Johnny uses are made in France!! Not bad shavers, but not for me. Good luck.

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 03-30-2013, 09:00 PM
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I'm a big Gillette Guard fan, but I haven't tried the others.

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 03-30-2013, 09:44 PM
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Back in the dark ages of my cart' shaving years I stopped climbing the steps of shaving evolution with Atra. They didn't suck and I couldn't fault the resulting shave.

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 03-30-2013, 11:26 PM
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My fly razor is Guard! I actually get very good shaves from it consistently.

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 03-31-2013, 01:06 AM
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While I haven't tried tried any of the options you list, I do suspect that DE razors are more common in Eastern Europe - considered buying one while you're there? Or having one shipped there, provided you have a c/o address?

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 03-31-2013, 06:22 AM
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(03-31-2013, 01:06 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: While I haven't tried tried any of the options you list, I do suspect that DE razors are more common in Eastern Europe - considered buying one while you're there? Or having one shipped there, provided you have a c/o address?

I could bring one just in case I find blades

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 03-31-2013, 07:49 AM
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Anthony, if you want to try the BIC Sensitive like I use, let me know and I will send you a couple. Just shoot me a PM.

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 04-01-2013, 03:25 AM
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When I don't check bags I travel with either a Gillette Sensor or Gillette Atra.

Not something you should count on, but I've several times forgot that I had a DE razor and blades in my bag and have never been stopped by TSA.

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 04-03-2013, 09:40 PM
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Hi All,

Great topic Tonality. At first, reading your thread, I was scratching my head, wondering "what are you talking about? Why not just use a DE Safety Razor?"

And then I just checked the TSA Guidelines:

* It's true! We *can't* bring Safety Razors (and Razor Blades) on airplanes via Carry-On Luggage! Sad Angry

Nooo...!!!

So I wanted to ask everyone:

* Does this mean my vow to never buy (and get ripped off) by Gillette Mach 3 Disposable Cartridges has to be broken?! Sad Facepalm

I'm really bummed out right now.

Thanks.

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 04-03-2013, 09:53 PM
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(04-03-2013, 09:40 PM)shave_rookie Wrote: Hi All,

Great topic Tonality. At first, reading your thread, I was scratching my head, wondering "what are you talking about? Why not just use a DE Safety Razor?"

And then I just checked the TSA Guidelines:

* It's true! We *can't* bring Safety Razors (and Razor Blades) on airplanes via Carry-On Luggage! :sad: :angry:

Nooo...!!!

So I wanted to ask everyone:

* Does this mean my vow to never buy (and get ripped off) by Gillette Mach 3 Disposable Cartridges has to be broken?! :sad: :rolleyes:

I'm really bummed out right now.

Thanks.

You can still avoid the multi blade garbage. Lots of folks have commented on how some of the cheap, single blade disposable razors can give good results. I'm going to be testing out a couple BIC models and taking some along with me as well as a DE without any blades in hopes I can find some while in either Budapest or Romania.

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 04-04-2013, 03:20 AM
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Congrats on the acceptance! I've used the Bic Metals and found them really nice to use. The handle is nothing to write home about but it has decent blade exposure and it got closer to my "regular" shave than I expected.

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 04-04-2013, 10:11 AM
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Did a bit of googling for another thread, but it's relevant so I'll post here too:

From the TSA blog, regarding safety and disposable razors - yes, you can bring the razor, but not blades.

From My TSA, on the question "can I bring my safety razor?" - yes, either as checked or carry-on.

From the TSA list on prohibited items - razor blades are not allowed as carry-on.

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 04-04-2013, 10:20 AM
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Those BIC's I sent him can fly in his shirt pocket.

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 04-04-2013, 10:33 AM
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Anthony, I'm excited for you and hope you enjoy your experience! As for a recommendation, I'm no help - under the current restrictions, I always check my bags! Blush

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