04-26-2014, 05:47 AM
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Greetings all. I'm a new DE/wetshave convert in Knoxville, TN.

First razor was a Braun electric, which ended up getting destroyed in an alcohol-fueled college experiment involving shaving a tennis ball.

Being broke and in college, I couldn't afford a new electric, so I dug around in the "welcome" pail that was provided to new students (by soap, razor, and snack companies) and found a Gillette Sensor and a can of Edge "Sensitive" gel. Well, those pails work. I stuck with those two products for nearly 20 years. Shaving was always a chore, and I fought with ingrown hairs continually.

Two years ago I stumbled into an AOS store in Charlotte, and after the sticker shock, an employee explained how my ingrown hairs could be reduced by shaving with a brush (and still more by an overpriced cartridge razor). I ended up switching to AOS pre-shave oil, AOS shave cream delivered by a $5 Target brush, and a new plastic Mach 3 handle. Shave went from a single pass to a two pass (WTG/ATG) and quality improved. Razor bumps and ingrowns diminished but were still there.

All went well for a while, until I started having problems with the Mach 3 handle - not picking up new cartridges properly. And the price of those cartridges! Even at Costco I balked at buying new cartridges. So over another vacation trip to Charlotte, She Who Must Be Obeyed took me into AOS and "forced" me to buy a DE razor. A Merkur HD, which I overpayed for, but oh well.

Last 3 weeks have been experimenting with the new setup. Shaves have gone from a complete bloodbath to better than I was getting with my old Mach 3. I've already ordered myself 2 new brushes, a small stash of various blades, and I think I'm up to 8 soap/cream products. Currently I'm still using the AOS preshave along with Arlington soap, my old Target brush, the Merkur with a Personna Lab blade (which I think is made locally) and Kiehl's After Shave balm.

Glad to be here!

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 04-26-2014, 05:50 AM
  • Agravic
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Welcome to The Shave Nook.

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 04-26-2014, 05:59 AM
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Welcome. I attended UTK. My daughters live in West Knoxville and my inlaws in South Knoxville. Go have a Litton's burger by the duck pond in Fountain City and make me jealous!

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 04-26-2014, 05:59 AM
  • Johnny
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 04-26-2014, 06:04 AM
  • TheMonk
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Welcome to TSN!

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 04-26-2014, 06:17 AM
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Welcome to TSN

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 04-26-2014, 06:21 AM
  • Arcadies
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  • Greeneville, TN
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Welcome aboard The Nook!
There are quite a few of us Tennessee shavers around here.

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 04-26-2014, 06:30 AM
  • Elendil
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 04-26-2014, 07:24 AM
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greetings from norway and welcome to the shave nook

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 04-26-2014, 07:34 AM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook! Smile

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 04-26-2014, 08:35 AM
  • freddy
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Welcome to The Shave Nook and enjoy your stay. Smile

Tennessee is a well represented place here at The Nook so you should find plenty of neighbors. Also, you are off to an excellent start on your wet shaving adventure.

Once again, welcome.

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 04-26-2014, 09:04 AM
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Welcome to the Nook Biggrin

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 04-26-2014, 03:03 PM
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Hello and welcome.

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 04-26-2014, 03:46 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

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 04-26-2014, 04:18 PM
  • warhawk
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Welcome to TSN.


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 04-26-2014, 07:00 PM
  • ridgerunner
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Welcome to The Shave Nook! Visit often and enjoy the journey.

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 04-26-2014, 07:17 PM
  • beartrap
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Hello and welcome!

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 04-29-2014, 12:30 AM
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Hello, welcome to: " The Shave Nook " Relax & Enjoy.

Charles U.K

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 04-29-2014, 04:22 AM
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Welcome to the TSN!!

Greetings from Portugal!!

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 04-29-2014, 05:01 AM
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Hello and welcome!

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