02-18-2015, 08:43 PM
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On Sunday, my 14-year-old son survived his first shave with no cuts or weepers - he was so pleased afterward that he had to go show his mother and sister!

It was a great experience, and one I am glad to share with my son. I am hopeful all of you can experience something like this with a son, son-in-law, grandson, etc. because it was a neat rite of passage moment. I never had this with my own father, but I hope it will be something my son remembers sharing with me some day.

I dug out all my shave gear this afternoon, and we talked about the various razors, brushes, soaps, and aftershaves. He picked up all the hardware items, and he sniffed all the software products, after which he commented most of them smelled "planty". I guess I do have several fougere, sandalwood, spice, and bay rum scents.

We both grabbed a brush, soap, and bowl and whipped up a lather. I showed him how to apply it, and then I used a Super Speed with no blade in it to give him a general idea of what to do. My son chose his Grandad's 1966 Gillette Slim because he liked the adjustable aspect. He started on a '1', but he didn't think that was getting the job done, so he bumped up to a '2'.

He was pretty tentative at first, and we ended up doing a WTG and two XTG passes since he missed quite a few spots. He was attempting to shave over spots where he already removed the lather, so we just did a third pass instead.

He opted for the following:

Razor: 1966 Gillette Slim - this was one of my father's razor, and it was neat my son chose a family heirloom
Blade: Astra SP - I wasn't sure where to start with him, but this seemed like a safe choice
Brush: Muhle 33K256 - he liked the super soft tips
Soap: Caties Bubles La Terre Verte - he thought this smelled the best
Aftershave: Aqua Velva Musk - he liked this one the best because it smelled different than all the others that are more essential oil based

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 02-18-2015, 08:45 PM
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How awesome is that!

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 02-18-2015, 08:47 PM
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I can't wait for the day to be able to do this with my son. It is a rite of passage for all men in my opinion.

Congrats to your son and to you for starting him off on the good foot with wet shaving!

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 02-18-2015, 08:47 PM
  • cnj01
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He will have great memories of dad

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 02-18-2015, 09:14 PM
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Congratulations to you and your son, Kyle!  Thumbup

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 02-18-2015, 09:42 PM
  • freddy
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That's great, Kyle.  Creating memories is what it's all about and your son and you have one to treasure.  Congratulations to you both. Thumbsup

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 02-19-2015, 03:50 AM
  • Johnny
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I liked how you went through different products with him and let him choose what he wanted to use.  When I turned 15 my Dad gave me a Schick Injector, a puck of Colgate Soap, a cheap boar brush, and a bottle of Mennen After Shave.  Of course when I turned 15 there was not a lot to choose from.

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 02-19-2015, 04:14 AM
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I'm looking forward to starting my almost 13 year old son down this road in a couple of years.  I passed a '62 Super Speed and a tuck of blades to my youngest daughter a couple of years ago and she's never gone back to carts/disposables.

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 02-19-2015, 05:13 AM
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Hey Kyle, that is a great story.  I missed my son, but maybe I can be there when my grandson starts shaving.  I've set aside a couple of shaving items for him already.

Thanks for a good read.

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 02-19-2015, 05:17 AM
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That's awesome! I never got to do that, but our grown son does use proper shave gear now.
I am saving some Gillettes to give our grandsons one day.

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 02-19-2015, 05:24 AM
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That is wonderful, thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to my sons first shave (in 12 yrs or so) as I already have quite a few things saved for him--at least that's what I tell myself when I buy something Tongue.

Congrats to both of you Biggrin

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 02-19-2015, 10:48 AM
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(02-18-2015, 08:43 PM)kansaskyle Wrote: On Sunday, my 14-year-old son survived his first shave with no cuts or weepers - he was so pleased afterward that he had to go show his mother and sister...


I'm currently in the planing stage of sharing a similar experience with Alpha (probably sometime within the next few weeks), so great to hear your experience with your son went so well, and you both ended up with such a fantastic memory...

Take care, Mike

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 02-19-2015, 12:11 PM
  • v4257
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Great story - thanks for sharing

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 02-19-2015, 12:26 PM
  • Bony
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I will never forget my first shave and the lesson my father gave me! Now I have to wait another seven years to share my knowledge with my son ! Thank you for sharing with as this important moment of your son journey!


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 02-19-2015, 01:28 PM
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i readily admit that when reading the headline of this thread, i first steered away - in fact feeling somewhat uneasy: i had a non existent relationship with a distanced and cruel father, so i had to walk a circle before i took a peek: and what wonderful things you could tell! i'm mighty impressed and i wish i had a dad with a good common sense like you show here.

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 02-19-2015, 04:12 PM
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Very cool! It's such a richer experience than grabbing a Gilette disposable with a can of shaving foam!

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 02-22-2015, 07:12 AM
  • chazt
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Kyle, it must have been a real thrill for you and your son to share this moment. What a great memory it will be for him when he's a father and grandfather. He'll probably do the same, don't you agree? Good job, Dad! Clap

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 02-22-2015, 08:00 AM
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Good story! Thanks!

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 02-22-2015, 08:46 AM
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Imagine the size of your son's shave den in 20 years!  Eeeeek

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 02-23-2015, 11:23 AM
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Congratulations, very cool!

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