01-02-2015, 01:04 AM
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I have noticed, that quite a lot of gentlemen here on The Shave Nook, have acquired many razors, brushes, creams, etc. I'm curious to know if all of the items are actually purchased over time, borrowed from other members or friends, or even places and them returned if disliked.

I'm not financially equipped to buy or even simply be able to "try out" many things; and as this is a fairly new hobby for me, have only obtained a few products over the past year or so. I've seen so many guys state that they'd tried out some quite expensive products.

I'd love to know if there are ways to try products out as well, or if it's just one of those things that just happen over time. And i know everyone is at different places in their lives, but i figure that I'd pry with the comraderie on the forum.

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 01-02-2015, 04:08 AM
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I think a lot of people just get bit by the hobby aspect of it and enjoy trying a variety of things. It does take some time to narrow down exactly what you do and don't like. Sometimes you can come across razor "tours" where you get a few days to test a razor and I've even seen things like a blade exchange to trade and try different blade types.

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 01-02-2015, 04:09 AM
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There used to be a sample shop run by a member here, but I haven't seen him around in quite a while.. a quick google reveals a couple of places that seems to specialise in selling samples of soaps, creams and aftershaves.

My 'collection' has been built up over time via online vendors, the B/S/T, and a couple of generous PIFs from fellow wetshavers here on the 'nook. I've spent less money since I started wetshaving compared to if I had used carts and canned goo, yet still built up a fairly decent den (16 razors, 8 brushes, 25 soaps and creams (not counting samples), and four aftershaves). Things take time, and if you manage to put away a little now and then you can splurge on a few shaving luxuries on occasion - and still spend less overall than you would spend on carts!

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 01-02-2015, 06:13 AM
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Like Hans, for me it is built up over time, and the BST is good to sell or trade stuff you don't use for stuff you want to try.

For me now though, I no longer get over excited about every new release of anything. I have some fine performing equipment that I don't care if there may be something better.

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 01-02-2015, 06:32 AM
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Take a look at Garry's Sample Shop and Maggard's web site. Plenty of samples available to try things without spending a lot.

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 01-02-2015, 09:35 AM
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In addition to above, sometimes a trade or a borrowing from one member to another occurs to give one or both a chance to try before buying. As with many things, it is the nut behind the wheel (or the hand behind the razor/brush) that matters most for the quality of the shave! Wink

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 01-03-2015, 12:38 AM
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Thanks Shmuel, I'll be checking those out, as I've heard good things about both sites.

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 01-03-2015, 07:28 AM
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  • okok
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A lot of useful and honest responses have been posted here - not sure I can add anything original. But my attitudes have changed gradually over the 20 months that I've been taking shaving seriously. At first I was surprised how much some of the guys spend on equipment and software, but it's each person's choice, of course. And I've haven't come close to spending what some of my friends spend on their hobbies.

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 01-03-2015, 08:42 AM
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When I first started out I had an ebay brush, Merkur 34C HD, and some MWF. Went a couple months and slowly started trying new things. I've gotten to where overtime I built up a nice "stash" so to speak. Items I no longer use or do not care for I have sold on here or else where and have just let that money sit in my paypal until I find something I really want or would like to try. I have also obtained items through trade. I try to be frugal with the money and make it last/count.

With the BST and WTB threads I have not really been out of pocket for a few months now. The price of somethings to me are outrageous such as some brushes and some razors. I'm sure they are great items and probably worth it but I feel if I get great results from what I got then no need to pay the extra $$$.

One thing I started doing is if I find something I'm willing to go out of pocket for knowing I don't really need it I will stop and put that $$ towards a bill. I get the bill paid off then there will be a little extra I can sometimes put towards my shaving!

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 01-03-2015, 09:47 AM
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I've never taken part in one myself, but I've heard about passarounds, which seem best suited to hardware.

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 01-03-2015, 02:24 PM
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  • okok
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You can do shave cream passarounds, with the understanding that all will use a teaspoon to remove the cream from the tub. Tubes present no sanitation problem.

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 01-04-2015, 01:58 AM
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I like that idea, Gary?!

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 01-04-2015, 06:16 AM
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Aside from the above mentioned ways, I have traded with friends. I had a buddy in Russia that wanted to try Williams and some other things, I sent him a box of stuff and he sent me a nice big box of Russian creams and balms.

For the most part, I end up getting my stuff over time on used on BST.

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 01-04-2015, 07:37 AM
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  • savagejoerude
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BST, PIF's, passarounds, E-bay, drug stores, antique shops/flea markets/garage sales, and even an estate sale.... You have to save a little cash and then search. You never know what you will find! Some items out there are very affordable. I'm not a rich man by far but have built up a nice collection over time. I have concentrated on affordable items for purchase, but have benefited greatly from some very generous members here... Not only on advice but also hardware. I have several nice and valuable SE razors given to me and a really nice UFO handle that I won in a PIF. Also some nice blades and soaps. Stuff I could never afford. I got to shave with a Cobra Classic and am next in line to try a Mongoose next week. I've got to sample some great creams too. All due to passarounds.... I also believe that you get back what you give and have passed on lots of things to others. Don't worry. Good things will come your way over time. If you message me your address, I will send you a DE blade assortment to try out. HAPPY SHAVES !!!

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 01-04-2015, 01:42 PM
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(01-04-2015, 07:37 AM)savagejoerude Wrote: BST, PIF's, passarounds, E-bay, drug stores, antique shops/flea markets/garage sales, and even an estate sale.... You have to save a little cash and then search. You never know what you will find! Some items out there are very affordable. I'm not a rich man by far but have built up a nice collection over time. I have concentrated on affordable items for purchase, but have benefited greatly from some very generous members here... Not only on advice but also hardware. I have several nice and valuable SE razors given to me and a really nice UFO handle that I won in a PIF. Also some nice blades and soaps. Stuff I could never afford. I got to shave with a Cobra Classic and am next in line to try a Mongoose next week. I've got to sample some great creams too. All due to passarounds.... I also believe that you get back what you give and have passed on lots of things to others. Don't worry. Good things will come your way over time. If you message me your address, I will send you a DE blade assortment to try out. HAPPY SHAVES !!!
That is very considerate of you, Joe. I truly love the goodness of men on this site. There hasn't been anything like it for me at all.

I can't wait to be able to purchase a lot of the more expensive things for shaving, that really works and are worth the cost. I'll be doing more pif's and getting involved with the pass arounds if I'm able too. I have a pretty good antique store that i was able to buy a couple of old Gillettes from.

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 01-04-2015, 07:48 PM
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I have accumulated my stash, over time, and I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to do it. Smile

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 01-05-2015, 04:44 PM
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Almost all of my razors have been acquired "in the wild". Flea markets, antique stores, thrift stores ranging in price from $1 to $25 with most being had under $10. Last week I saw 6 razors for $5 each at my favorite antique shop. A fat handled tech, a NEW, a TV special, a 50s flare tip, a very brassy Milord and a black handle SS. All were in decent working order. Scrubbing bubbles, metal polish, a little elbow grease and you're good to go. Every now and then you get an amazing score on ebay as well ($18 + shipping for '49 Aristocrat Jr.).

Same thing with brushes. I buy old brushes for <$10, remove the knot and replace with either TGN badger knots or Omega boar knots. It's a bit more work than the razors, but the sweat equity adds to the whole experience.

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 01-05-2015, 05:28 PM
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And some folks hit on a brush/razor/blade quickly. Now I spend most on software

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 01-06-2015, 02:33 AM
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BST is good place to check. Ebay can be hit or miss, but my overall experience has been positive. I think a lot of the fun is in the pursuit of good deals.

What kinds of stuff are you looking to try?

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 01-06-2015, 08:14 AM
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(01-06-2015, 02:33 AM)Lando Wrote: BST is good place to check. Ebay can be hit or miss, but my overall experience has been positive. I think a lot of the fun is in the pursuit of good deals.

What kinds of stuff are you looking to try?
Honestly, everything, but i know it will take time. The biggest thing that i can think of are soaps. I want to really become acquainted with good ones like a lot of what i see here and hear about on the forum. The are a lot of artisan soaps and even some commercial ones that seem very interesting but i have only been able to use a few creams. I know that they'll be a lot more useful than the stuff I've tried.

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