07-17-2013, 05:48 AM
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  • ben74
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"For the Ancient Egyptians, a clean shave was a sign of class. They were pioneers of hair removal, using pieces of honed copper or bronze to shave off their whiskers. While Tutankhamun himself is often shown sporting a long, braided goatee, it's also said to have been fake. He did take power at the tender age of nine, after all..."

Started me thinking, what age did you start shaving?

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 07-17-2013, 05:54 AM
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  • tsimmns
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I started around 14 or 15, with no clue of what I was doing. I remember going to get a hair cut, from the lady who still cuts my hair fifteen years later and her saying, "you are getting some facial hair and need to start shaving". She then proceeds to shave one side of my face leaving me with the other to shave when I got home. When I got back I took out the newly introduced Mach 3 (I believe) and went to work. After many cuts and lots of razor burn with lots of different types of multi blade cartridge razors, here I am trying to learn a whole new way of shaving.

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 07-17-2013, 05:57 AM
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  • Agravic
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15 ... I think ... twin-blade razor and canned goo ... Old Spice AS though (the good kind ... made in Canada)! Biggrin

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 07-17-2013, 06:02 AM
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13 or 14. Got a note sent home from school that I needed to "tidy" up.

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 07-17-2013, 06:04 AM
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  • Johnny
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I was 15. Started with a Schick G1 which I still have, Williams Soap, boar brush, and Mennen Skin Bracer. Have not missed more than 4 or 5 shaves since then.

Never used a multi-blade razor, canned foam, or gel in all these years.

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 07-17-2013, 06:23 AM
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I started at age 16

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 07-17-2013, 06:27 AM
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  • Johnny
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Ben, you asked the question so now tell us, when did you start shaving/

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 07-17-2013, 07:54 AM
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14ish I think... only once a week to begin with though, and using an electric.

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 07-17-2013, 08:12 AM
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  • beartrap
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15, my fathers TTO DE and cream out of the tube with no brush, switched to carts a few years latter and been unhappy ever since.
...until I got back on the right track of course Smile

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 07-17-2013, 08:21 AM
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I started at 15, but not daily until 16. I was seduced soon and for a couple years by cartridge razors, after which I had a beard for over 20 years.

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 07-17-2013, 09:01 AM
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  • tsimmns
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(07-17-2013, 06:04 AM)Johnny Wrote: I was 15. Started with a Schick G1 which I still have, Williams Soap, boar brush, and Mennen Skin Bracer. Have not missed more than 4 or 5 shaves since then.

Never used a multi-blade razor, canned foam, or gel in all these years.

Johnny, I give you credit. 50 years of wet shaving and only missing 4 or 5 days without a shave. That is something to be proud of. Can't say I know many men that don't skip a day or two.

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 07-17-2013, 09:20 AM
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I think I started around 14, using a generic drugstore disposable and canned foam. I switched to an electric before the end of high school.

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 07-17-2013, 09:24 AM
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  • vuk
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I was 13 or 14 when I first shaved my peach fuzz mustache off then probably 16 when I started shaving regularly.

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 07-17-2013, 09:46 AM
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About twelve. How old when I actually needed to shave? About fifteen!

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 07-17-2013, 10:44 AM
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  • Howler
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My Dad handed an electric razor at fifteen. No further instructions expect how to keep it clean.

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 07-17-2013, 10:59 AM
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Basketball coach told me I needed to start shaving before our first game when I was fifteen. Back then you had to wear a nice shirt and tie, and slacks on game day along with the nice pull over sweater with the school emblem on it that you recieved the day uniforms were issued. Had to have a nice haircut also. Coach taught us to act and look like gentlemen.

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 07-17-2013, 11:26 AM
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  • Johnny
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(07-17-2013, 09:01 AM)tsimmns Wrote:
(07-17-2013, 06:04 AM)Johnny Wrote: I was 15. Started with a Schick G1 which I still have, Williams Soap, boar brush, and Mennen Skin Bracer. Have not missed more than 4 or 5 shaves since then.

Never used a multi-blade razor, canned foam, or gel in all these years.

Johnny, I give you credit. 50 years of wet shaving and only missing 4 or 5 days without a shave. That is something to be proud of. Can't say I know many men that don't skip a day or two.

Those 4-5 days were due to hospital stays over the years. If I don't shower every night and shave every morning I just cannot function. If I cannot shave in the mornings for some strange reason, I will shave sometime during the day.

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 07-17-2013, 12:14 PM
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I have no idea. I got a mach 3 for my 13th birthday but not sure when I started using it.

I remember when I was 7 or 8 is when I got my first shaving set. It had a brush, shaving cream, a razor that looks like a bic disposable without any blades in it. loved that thing, would "shave" all the time with it. It was Batman themed.

(07-17-2013, 11:26 AM)Johnny Wrote:
(07-17-2013, 09:01 AM)tsimmns Wrote:
(07-17-2013, 06:04 AM)Johnny Wrote: I was 15. Started with a Schick G1 which I still have, Williams Soap, boar brush, and Mennen Skin Bracer. Have not missed more than 4 or 5 shaves since then.

Never used a multi-blade razor, canned foam, or gel in all these years.

Johnny, I give you credit. 50 years of wet shaving and only missing 4 or 5 days without a shave. That is something to be proud of. Can't say I know many men that don't skip a day or two.

Those 4-5 days were due to hospital stays over the years. If I don't shower every night and shave every morning I just cannot function. If I cannot shave in the mornings for some strange reason, I will shave sometime during the day.

And the stuff we have in hospitals for shaving is downright crap. If a patient wants to shave we generally have to give them two or three razors because they find they dull rather quickly.

But I do the mid day shave thing sometimes if I'm not able to get one done before work. I keep an i-injector in my locker with some bigelow.

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 07-17-2013, 12:28 PM
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Around 13 yrs old. I was the second guy in my year at school to start shaving. No guidance. I think I used a Bic or a Gillette twin disposable.

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 07-17-2013, 01:19 PM
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  • Johnny
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Now I was 15 when I started with a Schick Injector, 18 when I first used a DE (some kind of Gillette), and 22 when I first shaved with a straight razor.

I would say over the 50+ years of wet shaving my razor usage would be 60% DE, 25% Injector, and 15% straight razor.

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