05-25-2015, 04:55 PM
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Howdy,

I just joined the forum and posted an intro in the introduction portion of the forum. I am glad to be here.

I have been using a DE safety razor, a Merkur Futur, for two years. Great razor. I love the weight of it and it does a fabulous job on 98% of my face. The 2% of my face where it falls short is directly under my nose. I have to use a Fusion in that area. I love the whole experience of using my safety razor - from prepping the soap, to brushing the soap on my face to the actual act of shaving with the safety razor. I am a traditional guy and this just plays into that aspect of my being...except for the Fusion. So, I have to find an additional razor - one with a shaving head that is less bulky (thick).

Two questions:

1. Can you recommend a razor that fills the need I expressed above?
2. How many razors do you own - one that is "THE ONE" or multiple razors that serve different functions?

Thanks and, again, it is good to be here.

Rob

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 05-25-2015, 05:46 PM
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I go back and forth from anywhere between 6 and 15 razors at one time. I like to change up. I great razor for those tight areas would be a Schick Injector IMO. Great shaves and perfect for detail. Can be found for little to nothing. 

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 05-25-2015, 05:50 PM
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I've not used a Futur, so I don't have a great basis for comparison, but certainly one of the things that stuck out to me upon switching from carts was that DEs can be harder to maneuver under the nose. Thinner profile razors have helped me there, but I also realized that I could yank my nose out of the way pretty effectively. It's not especially elegant, but it works - for me anyway.

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 05-25-2015, 07:41 PM
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  • chazt
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Try a Tech, they're easy to maneuver.

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 05-25-2015, 07:53 PM
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I would look at the Ikon standard bar. Low profile head with good blade exposure. A great performer for tight spots. Just my opinion. I have 2 DE's and 1 SE that I use..

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 05-25-2015, 08:00 PM
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Got eighteen and probably still going to pick up more if I spot something interesting  Biggrin

As far as razors with thin heads I own and can recommend Gillette Old Type (mine is in a khaki set) and a Merkur 25C open comb, both of which have rather slim heads. Off course there is also the YUMA, which has a very slim head, which I rather enjoy despite being a cheap pot metal razor.

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 05-25-2015, 08:34 PM
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As has been mentioned, a DE razor with a thinner head would assist you with your issue under the nose. Many of the vintage Gillette Open-Comb razors and even the Gillette Tech would be great for this area and you might find that you like the way they shave. 
Good luck. 

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 05-25-2015, 09:33 PM
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I cut the crap out of myself with my futur on 6 under my nose earlier. I came it at an angle and the blade dug right in. I reached for a de89 which I haven't shaved with in a long time, threw a permasharp in it ,with a short brass handle and BBS perfection. I love the futur but for reasons you stated I always haft to shave my moustache area with another razor. Depending on what setting you use would factor in a good next razor. The 39c slant is close in length and weight to the futur,shaves smoother IMO and gets in those tight places just fine. I have a dozen razors, and I had pretty much written the de89 off as being too mild, however the heavier handle and the permasharp blade have made me want to Mae it my new daily driver for a little while,however the 39c and r41 won't be to happy about that. I really started to like my futur,however the size of the head is making me rethink that as I have too many other good razors that shave just as good and don't require another razor just to get under my nose.

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 05-26-2015, 09:01 AM
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(05-25-2015, 07:41 PM)chazt Wrote: Try a Tech, they're easy to maneuver.

+1

My dad recently gifted me a fat handle model.  I used it this morning.  Very easy to use under my nose, though I still had to push my nose out of the way a bit.

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 05-26-2015, 10:33 AM
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Try them all! And do not discriminate against SE. Like Freddie I too think an inyector might be the right tool but you won't know until you try and nail the how-to's of each. 

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 05-26-2015, 05:59 PM
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I had the same complaint when I started wet shaving. If you like an aggressive razor the r41 works well around the schnoz. My weber pH is void all around razor that works great under the nose. Most of the 3 piece gillettes as well.

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 05-27-2015, 01:24 PM
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I agree with a Tech or a NEW.

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 05-27-2015, 02:07 PM
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  • dajmacd
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I have... many razors.  I will echo the recommendations for the Schick injectors and Gillette Old Type razors.  The New Improved head razors are quite nimble and the Schick Krona is probably the lowest profile TTO around.  Of my GEM-type SE razors, I find the Damaskeene OC to be the most maneuverable and efficient of the bunch.

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 05-28-2015, 12:47 PM
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  • 01HDFXD
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(05-25-2015, 05:46 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: I go back and forth from anywhere between 6 and 15 razors at one time. I like to change up. I great razor for those tight areas would be a Schick Injector IMO. Great shaves and perfect for detail. Can be found for little to nothing. 
+1.  A great alternative to the Schick is the Pal injector razor.  Both use the same kind of blades.

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 05-28-2015, 01:00 PM
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(05-25-2015, 07:41 PM)chazt Wrote: Try a Tech, they're easy to maneuver.

That is all I use.  In fact, I have 5 of them (4 pre-war triangle slots-my favorite and 1 late 1940s oval slots).  They are dirt cheap, but used to be even cheaper and shave wonderfully.  As far as I'm concerned, the DE razor was perfected when they made the Tech way back then!

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 05-28-2015, 01:04 PM
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You obviously aren't afraid of dropping some coin to get the razor that fits your needs. So, I enthusiastically recommend the Feather AS-D2.

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 05-28-2015, 02:51 PM
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At one point the Futur was my daily razor. I have found the one for me since then, the Muhle R41 (2013). It may suit your needs because this razor can get into tighter spaces. Most razors need to be angled to a certain degree making it tough to get directly below the nose. The R41 head can be used almost perpendicular to the skin.

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 05-28-2015, 05:13 PM
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I used to have many DE's.  Then I settled on the Weber Bulldog PH, and sold all my other DE's.  I'm very happy with just one DE razor.  However, this minimalist approach has not extended to brushes.

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 05-28-2015, 05:25 PM
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Another vote for the an Injector. I would be cautious though, you might experience how much better SEs are and sell your Futur. Even though my vote goes to an injector I have no problem shaving under the nose even with my GEMs. I just use diagonal strokes and horizontal strokes.

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 05-28-2015, 08:48 PM
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  • josephd
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Two razors, I'll suggest a Muhle R41 to get those tough spots. I use it daily and for head shaves a couple days a week.

Great for tough spots.

The other razor is a lousy Weishi that never seems to get everything.

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