04-12-2014, 08:52 AM
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  • Lutebro
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  • Olympia, WA
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I used to be a vintage person. When I first started it's all I used. Something about doing something the "old" way required an "old" tool.

Enter the Mergress razor. I picked this up due to its reputation and fell in love. I found myself using it more and more over my vintage razors. I try and keep my collection to just a few so started selling some of my vantage razors.

Recently I picked up a Weber Polished Head and my world was rocked!!! Even on the first shave this razor blew everything else away! So now I have yet another modern razor and find homes for a few more vintages.

Then I was wanting to try a slant. I researched a lot and ended up with the Ikon. I have yet to use it but I love the design. The stainless, the weight, the grip, all of it.

I then took the ultimate plunge and snagged a Cobra Classic that will be here next week.

Now I'm left with my dad's birth year TV Special and a few SE's for vintages.

Had anyone else gone this route? I was a faithful Mergressian and now am probably going to sell it and I feel horrible.

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 04-12-2014, 08:59 AM
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It's all about finding what works for you Smile
I'm sure you enjoyed the journey.

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 04-12-2014, 09:20 AM
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oh you modernist Smiley_1140

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 04-12-2014, 09:24 AM
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I think the next logical step for you is a straight razor.....

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 04-12-2014, 10:30 AM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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best way...vintage shaving methods but modern razors and blades......that,s my method.....works great!!!!!!(the oldies are Ok but I,d rather look at them than use them)

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 04-12-2014, 10:34 AM
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  • eengler
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My vintage razors are idle as well. I just had my first shave last night with the Ikon Slant and was treated to the closest 2 pass shave ever. I highly recommend you give yours a test before selling.

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 04-12-2014, 10:46 AM
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  • Lutebro
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Oh I'm not selling the slant! Can't wait to use it. Thinking if selling the mergress Smile

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 04-12-2014, 11:03 AM
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  • srgjazz
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I did exactly the opposite. Once I used the 1946 Gillette Milord, it was out with the Weber, Shavecraft, R41, Merkur Slant, Progress. I use the Milord, a 40's SuperSpeed, and a Ranger Tech and get consistently close and smooth shaves. I still have a FaTip that almost feels vintage. Also have my Grandfather's Fat Handle Tech circa 1939 that I use on occasion.
Truly YMMV.

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 04-12-2014, 11:41 AM
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Currently all vintage with 2011 R41, Single Ring, 1940s SS, and the SE razors (OCMM, Clog Pruf, 1924 and 1912 variants).

Who knows? You might be back to vintage again, Dustin. What matters is that you are enjoying your shaves, regardless of vintage.

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 04-12-2014, 12:08 PM
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(04-12-2014, 11:41 AM)kentclark Wrote: What matters is that you are enjoying your shaves, regardless of vintage.

Correct!

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 04-12-2014, 05:03 PM
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  • CMur12
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When I first joined these forums, there were two main camps: Those who used vintage Gillettes and those who used Merkurs. I used a Gillette Tech almost exclusively for over three years.

Then all the new-production DE razors started appearing. I got an early iKon, a Feather AS-D1, several Edwin Jaggers, a couple of Webers, and finally a Mergress. Of all of these, the Mergress is my favorite and could easily become my one-and-only.

The YMMV factor here is unfathomable.

- Murray

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 04-13-2014, 09:58 AM
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No worries Dustin. Keep them around, they might surprise you in the future... This morning I shaved with a LC New Gillette that I hadn't used for a bit - enjoyed the shave more than the last time I used it! Variety is the spice of life - who is the "they" that said this???Biggrin

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 04-14-2014, 05:57 AM
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I did exactly what you did. I used nothing but vintage Gillettes (with a Stahly, etc. thrown in here and there) for several years. The modern razors I tried (Muhle R89) were, in my opinion, no match for the vintage razors. Still feel that way about the EJ and the Muhle 89 razors.

Then I bought a Tradere on an expensive whim. Wow. Following that was a Shavecraft 101 from iKon (which is based on a vintage razor). Now I use the Tradere and the iKon pretty much all the time.

The only vintage razors still getting any use at all are the Stahly head, a Tech head (both on modern handles), and my Fatboy.

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 04-14-2014, 07:47 AM
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(04-12-2014, 09:24 AM)Galhatz Wrote: I think the next logical step for you is a straight razor.....

+1 Then you can use all the vintage ones you want! Biggrin

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