05-19-2012, 12:37 AM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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What is the worst shaving advice you have ever had?

Mine (and I'm sure I'm not the only one) was never to shave against the grain! No wonder I never could get a close, lasting shave!

What was your worst shaving advice?

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 05-19-2012, 03:16 AM
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"Buy our latest, greatest vibrating multi-blade horror with our proprietary canned goo!" - from every major multinational shaving company there is.

From actual human beings I gotten plenty of ill advice; mostly because a lot of people honestly believe that your mileage does not vary.

From knowledgeable shavers the worst piece of advice I gotten was to do a ATG pass - horrible, horrible shave bumps resulted. When I read Leisureguy's book on the art of shaving he pointed out that "nordic skin" seldom like an ATG pass.. and I'm as nordic as they come. Oh well Biggrin

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 05-19-2012, 03:38 AM
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  • ben74
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(05-19-2012, 03:16 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: "Buy our latest, greatest vibrating multi-blade horror with our proprietary canned goo!" - from every major multinational shaving company there is.

From actual human beings I gotten plenty of ill advice; mostly because a lot of people honestly believe that your mileage does not vary.

From knowledgeable shavers the worst piece of advice I gotten was to do a ATG pass - horrible, horrible shave bumps resulted. When I read Leisureguy's book on the art of shaving he pointed out that "nordic skin" seldom like an ATG pass.. and I'm as nordic as they come. Oh well Biggrin

Yes, I was advised to try an electric shaver, in hind sight that was probably my worst shaving advice!

Clearly the phenomenon of YMMV exists. ATG works for me, but I must take care as I have sensitive skin prone to burn usually as a result of poor technique or excessive passes.

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 05-19-2012, 05:00 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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To let a barber with parkinson give me a shave.

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 05-19-2012, 06:22 AM
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"Here you go. Just follow the instruction manual & start off with this stuff first (Lectric Shave)."

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 05-19-2012, 06:32 AM
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  • texquill
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Among the very worst advice I've received was, "All razor blades are the same. Buy the cheapest ones you can find!"

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 05-19-2012, 06:33 AM
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(05-19-2012, 05:00 AM)Johnny Wrote: To let a barber with parkinson give me a shave.

Wow, and I thought that the advice was "good luck while you shave until you learn" was bad! That was the advice I got starting out.

Yours was worse. At least I had some control.

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 05-19-2012, 06:40 AM
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I was always told to never go against the grain by everyone who was older than me otherwise I would get ingrowns. Well I proved em wrong. I can use electrics too when I have to with good results. I actually like my Braun Shaver.

Clayton

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 05-19-2012, 06:46 AM
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I have heard a lot of bad advice on shaving , have never taken any. I have bought into product hype, usually realizing that it's just that after the fact. Stopped that after a few times. No product trumps technique.

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 05-19-2012, 07:24 AM
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I don't know that it was the worst advice, "let the weight of the razor do the work, use no pressure".
In my experience, if I didn't use an appropriate amount of pressure, I'd not get a DFS! Smile

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 05-19-2012, 07:32 AM
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I recently went into an Art Of Shaving store to check out their latest scent, Ocean Kelp or something. The kid that worked there took it upon himself to show me how to make lather. Needless to say, his definition and my definition of lather are vastly different.

He also recommended Merkur blades...ouch!

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 05-19-2012, 12:04 PM
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(05-19-2012, 06:40 AM)chevyguy Wrote: I was always told to never go against the grain by everyone who was older than me otherwise I would get ingrowns. Well I proved em wrong. I can use electrics too when I have to with good results. I actually like my Braun Shaver.

Clayton

LOL Clayton, I seldom use it, but I do keep my Braun charged. It comes in handy.

I guess I'd say mine was many years ago. I was told that steel is all pretty much the same for straits. Only the hone really mattered [Image: Face_Palm_by_Mirz123.gif]. Has anyone ever gotten a good shaving edge on scrap metal? I have knives that produce better edges than some of my early razors. What a waste of time, and blood.

Then again, the honer may have had something to do with that.

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 05-19-2012, 03:36 PM
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  • CMur12
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When I was new to the enhanced traditional wetshave advocated in these forums, my thought was to get a really good brush and end the brush purchases there. So, I asked, as so many new members have, what the best brush was. (How often have we heard that question? Blush)

I was told to get a Rooney Finest, as it was, after all, "the finest." ...

It wasn't the brush for me and it is long gone.

- Murray

PS. In all fairness, a different size Finest, such as a 2, might have worked. The 1/1/Finest I got was very prickly and I really wanted a softer brush.

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 05-19-2012, 04:45 PM
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  • Brent
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  • Columbus, OH
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"Boar brushes are cheap pieces of crap! If you can afford a cheap badger get that instead!!"

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 05-19-2012, 05:25 PM
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(05-19-2012, 04:45 PM)Brent Wrote: "Boar brushes are cheap pieces of crap! If you can afford a cheap badger get that instead!!"

Yep, that's true.Dodgy

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 05-19-2012, 05:30 PM
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  • biggiej42
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"I've included a blade, used only once so it's still got a few good shaves left on it, enjoy your razor".

Classic.

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 05-19-2012, 05:30 PM
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(05-19-2012, 04:45 PM)Brent Wrote: "Boar brushes are cheap pieces of crap! If you can afford a cheap badger get that instead!!"

I wasn't told this but I did think it after trying to use a VDH boar. It wasn't until I tried a couple Semogue boars that I understood what the Pig is all about.

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 05-20-2012, 04:19 PM
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  • Brent
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Yeah, is can see how some of the cheapest boars are bad but am saddened when that must mean they all are.

I just saw a random newbie on a board put "I hear a badger brush is alot better than a boar." I used to think the exact same up until a few months ago unfortunately.

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 05-20-2012, 05:20 PM
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  • ben74
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The boars are often referred to as a cheaper alternative to badger, I think this is what leads to the misconception that they are inferior...

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 05-20-2012, 07:21 PM
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(05-19-2012, 04:45 PM)Brent Wrote: "Boar brushes are cheap pieces of crap! If you can afford a cheap badger get that instead!!"

Good thing i did not hear this advice. i picked up a Semogue badger and boar. The badger has long gone, the boars just keep multiplying; i have no idea how they do it!

Worst advice: shaving razors, blades and soaps are all the same!
Don't waste your money!

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