05-14-2012, 11:48 AM
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Sometime in the 1970's, I quit shaving and grew a full beard and moustache. Seems I didn't have time in the morning before work, and I got tired of wearing little pieces of toilet paper on my face.

After I retired in 1994, I went back to shaving with my Schick L1, and latter tried a Gillette Mach 3, on my son's recommendation. As the cost of cartridges went out of sight, I picked up my old Gillette ball-end Tech from Basic Training in 1961, and some Wilkinson DE blades at Bi-Mart, and my return to wet shaving began! Smile

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 05-14-2012, 11:51 AM
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Excellent story Nick! How long did you use the cartridges before picking up that Tech again?

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 05-14-2012, 11:56 AM
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  • freddy
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Great, Nick! I didn't start traditional wet shaving until after I retired but once I did, I never looked back. Thumbsup

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 05-14-2012, 12:04 PM
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  • slantman
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It seems most of us who started with wet shaving gave it up for some (stupid) reason and then re-discovered it again for a better reason.

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 05-14-2012, 12:20 PM
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(05-14-2012, 11:51 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: Excellent story Nick! How long did you use the cartridges before picking up that Tech again?

I dunno, Brian - several years. I had a period where I used a Braun electric shaver as well, after I got rid of the beard.

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 05-14-2012, 12:33 PM
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  • TexBilly
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Nick, nice story! My journey is similar. Started shaving with a Super Speed and Injector, later did carts, then full cycle to DE, with a full beard era sprinkled in. Glad we landed in the right spot in our "wise" years! Biggrin

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 05-14-2012, 12:50 PM
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(05-14-2012, 12:04 PM)slantman Wrote: It seems most of us who started with wet shaving gave it up for some (stupid) reason and then re-discovered it again for a better reason.

Some of you poor souls just are not as smart as me.Biggrin I started out wet shaving and have never looked back.Smile I don't even want to think about something coming out of a can or plugging something in. As my little grandson would say, yuk.

Oh, by the way Nick, you've never looked better.Tongue

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 05-14-2012, 01:11 PM
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(05-14-2012, 12:50 PM)Johnny Wrote:
(05-14-2012, 12:04 PM)slantman Wrote: It seems most of us who started with wet shaving gave it up for some (stupid) reason and then re-discovered it again for a better reason.

Some of you poor souls just are not as smart as me.Biggrin I started out wet shaving and have never looked back.Smile I don't even want to think about something coming out of a can or plugging something in. As my little grandson would say, yuk.

Oh, by the way Nick, you've never looked better.Tongue

Shoulda seen me with the beard, Johnny! Biggrin

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 05-14-2012, 01:49 PM
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Johnny, I started out blade shaving too, but it was in the days of carbon steel blades and SS was just (maybe) a few years new. I really think that I got micro rusty blades. They were the pits and I still have that pack and they're no better today. I blame Personna for my blade shaving demise. I should've bought SS blades, but I knew squat. All those years wasted! All the pain of ingrowns, all the crappy shaves.

Anyway, nice story WKN! Sounds like a lot of us. Amazing how smart we get in our old age, huh? And I thought I knew everything in my teens.

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 05-14-2012, 04:16 PM
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(05-14-2012, 12:33 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Nick, nice story! My journey is similar. Started shaving with a Super Speed and Injector, later did carts, then full cycle to DE, with a full beard era sprinkled in. Glad we landed in the right spot in our "wise" years! Biggrin

Yeah, I believe we did, Billy! Smile

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 05-15-2012, 03:36 AM
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  • Howler
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Nick, a great story thanks for sharing.

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 05-15-2012, 04:36 AM
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  • ben74
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On behalf of your old Gillette, welcome back Nick!

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 05-15-2012, 05:17 AM
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  • wlmcad
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I remember learning how to shave from my Dad (40+ years ago) using a Gillette Atra, I think. I moved on to various cartridge razors and electrics, finally "settled" with the MACH3 which I used until about 3 weeks ago. Then my birth as a wet shaver began, I got interested in wet shaving because my son-in-law wants to learn to shave with a straight razor. I now enjoy my time standing in front of the mirror and will never look back...

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 05-15-2012, 07:48 AM
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Nick, great story and good to see we can always change our way even whenever we wish to. Congratulations on your return!

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 05-15-2012, 02:18 PM
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  • jss
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Enjoyed this thread Nick..Seems we never tire of another brother's wet shaving journey, and what bring him to the forum....

Best,

Julian

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