10-13-2013, 12:57 PM
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Hello everyone!

With the wealth of information on this forum and the helpful guidance and generosity of the members I completed my first wet-shave with a DE razor.

With some patience and a little luck I was able to score an excellent condition Gillette Super Adjustable in my birth year for my first shave Smile

Here are the details:


Gillette Super Adjustable Razor W1 -1976 model

Personna Platinum - Red box made in Israel

Semogue 820 boar brush

Stirling Soap - Margaritas in the attic

First shave Impressions -

I purposely didn't shave for 3 days and had a nice amount of growth. I started with the gillette at a 3 setting. What I noticed immediately is the angle of the head is very important to successfully removing the beard. There is a very enjoyable sound as the razor glides across the skin.

With this being my first time wetshaving and using a shave soap i wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I warmed up the brush for a couple minutes and than whisked the brush against the soap which was in a big full sized mug. After a few minutes I had some thin lather. I was hoping for a thicker whipped lather but it seemed after more stirring this would be the consistency. I'm sure I need to work on my lathering technique to get fuller thicker lather.

There was a small amount of lather on the brush and I brushed it across my face. I enjoyed the lemon/lime scent and noticed a cooling sensation on my skin very quickly. It felt very refreshing. I really enjoy the sensation of the brush as I sweep it across my face. There is something very satisfying about lathering my face with a brush that I can't entirely express effectively. While the lather was thin, it offered a lot of protection and glided across the skin.

I did 3 passes and a little clean up afterwards. After my first pass I changed the setting to 4. I noticed a slight improvement in cutting. Each pass I re-lathered and felt the cooling sensation of the soap. The razor is noticeably heavier than my cartridge razors and I can feel this increased weight as I shaved.

As I continued shaving I had a few small nicks and cuts. One that I always get on the bottom of my Adam's apple. All the cuts/nicks were very small with minimal bleeding.

I am very impressed with my first wetshave. The shave is very BBS with minimal irritation or razor burn. With continued practice on my technique I believe I can get even better shaves.

I look forward to many enjoyable years wet-shaving. My cartridge razors have now been officially retired Smile

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 10-13-2013, 01:11 PM
  • Agravic
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Congratulations ... you will be pleased with the added rewards of continued practice!

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 10-13-2013, 01:12 PM
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It sounds like you did quite well. It will continue to improve, but the enjoyment never disappears.

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 10-13-2013, 01:29 PM
  • tgutc
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Congrats and welcome to the Nook! I really like your initial set up. I'm a big Semogue fan. Have you picked up any aftershave yet?

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 10-13-2013, 02:55 PM
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Any first shave that you can walk away from was a success. You did fine. But you have a ways to go. I know that you know that.

Go slow grasshopper.

Practice building a rich lather. It's a critical shaving skill. Never shave with terrible lather. Trust me, and don't do it. Dump terrible lather and try again. It's OK to practice making lather. Your skin will thank you for only using thick (as in viscosity) creamy lather.

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 10-13-2013, 03:17 PM
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(10-13-2013, 01:29 PM)tgutc Wrote: Congrats and welcome to the Nook! I really like your initial set up. I'm a big Semogue fan. Have you picked up any aftershave yet?

With my cartridge shaving I have always used Nivea Sensitive Post Shaving Balm. It feels good on the skin but I have always felt that there must be better products out there. While it helps with some soothing it still leaves areas dried out sometimes.

I recently browsed some of the artisan shops on Etsy and found a shop called Wicked Soaps. I ordered and received the other day a 4 oz bottle of Gentleman's Aftershave - Green Irish Tweed.

Here are the ingredients:
Witch hazel, aloe vera juice, vegetable glycerin, polysorbate 20, fragrance oil, calendula oil, st johns wort oil

Looks like a good list of ingredients. I have not used witch hazel before as an aftershave but have read many positive things about it. I will try the aftershave tonight for the first time. It smells good and the price was fair for the size.

Thanks everyone for the kind words!

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 10-13-2013, 06:53 PM
  • freddy
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Welcome to The Shave Nook and enjoy your stay. Smile

You're off to a fine start and things will continue to improve with practice. Just have fun.

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 10-13-2013, 06:59 PM
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Congratulations on the first shave and continued success! Biggrin

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 10-15-2013, 10:16 PM
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The advice Shadow's Dad gave is right on the money.

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 10-16-2013, 04:16 PM
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Congrats! Be prepared to save money! Hahahahahah!

Well...apparently it's possible. So I'm told Smile

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 10-17-2013, 02:31 AM
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Hey guys,

Just a follow-up. I focused on creating lather on my last two shaves. I decided to try one of my other samples of stirling soap. I used orange chill. First I warmed up the brush for a couple minutes in hot water. I shook most of the water out and swirled the brush in my soap mug and as the lather started building I would add a few drops of water and swirl than add more water. Soon enough I had a rich creamy full lather =)

I also used the AS I mentioned earlier and after using it I have to say it is the best my face has felt after a shave. I'm not sure if its the witch hazel as I have never used it before but my skin has never felt as soft and hydrated like this. I think I will be retiring my nivea balm now.

As I continue to wet-shave I feel my lathering skill and shave technique will continue to improve. This is so much fun!

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 10-17-2013, 06:18 AM
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Glad to read that it's going so well. You're doing fine.

One thing to guard against, same as anyone who comes to blades from cartridges is razor pressure against the skin. All of us who used cartridges (BTDT myself) are taught by the very nature of a cartridge to use pressure. If that's done with a bladed razor bad things can happen, and you won't get a very good shave. Do it with the wrong razor and you'll need skin grafts.

It's counter intuitive, but for a closer better shave use just enough pressure to prevent the razor from bouncing over the skin. The razor and blade should just caress the skin and not dent it. This is described as just letting the weight of the razor do the work, or also described as no pressure. If it helps, understand just how sharp a razor blade is and you're putting it directly against the skin.

When I was relearning to use a bladed razor I paid attention in the mirror to make sure of no pressure. Then after I "knew" I was using no pressure I reduced it even more. That may read ridiculous, but I swear it's true. Some folks (that would be me and I consider myself average) think no pressure is one thing and that they "have it", but the pressure can be reduced even more and that latter should be the goal.

OK, do you want to get up to speed really fast? While paying attention to the basics and perfecting them even more, keep everything the same. No more changes to razor settings, use the same brand of blade, same soap, brush, everything. Then once you have technique really nailed down, then change one thing and only one thing and see what it does for your shave. Keep things there for a time to make sure you didn't go backwards. If it's good then change one more item. Always maintain the change for a time and look for a response in the shave. If the change takes you backwards undo it and return to the previous state that worked. It may seem to be a slow way to progress, but within a very short time you'll know what part of technique causes a certain response. At that point you'll have full shave freedom , but more importantly, be fully in control. Approach shaving randomly and that will take a very long time for it to happen.

BTW, some folks will recognize what I suggested as being nothing more than scientific method. It's the fastest way to understand something. I didn't invent it. It just works for shaving too.

Too, some things can be practiced without even shaving. When I was learning to make really good lather I practiced it without even shaving. I still do to this day when I receive a new product. A test lather without a shave is always the first lather.

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 10-17-2013, 01:28 PM
  • GregDR
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Congrats! that's a nice set up you got. Now let the AD's (acquisition disorders) kick in.

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 10-17-2013, 01:59 PM
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First off.. Congratulations !!!

Second - I've been doing this while and still need practice with lathering. ?

I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience and have continued.

There are a lot of aspects to this "hobby" and everyone has preferences. The fun is finding yours! Cheers!

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