06-11-2015, 04:43 AM
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4 years ago today I had my first traditional shave. So thankful to enjoy my shave now.

How long have you been a proper shaver?

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 06-11-2015, 04:53 AM
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My first wet shave with a brush and traditional razor was Jan 01, 2011.

A guy at work made the switch a couple weeks before and was raving about it.  I searched, found a few forums, got a 38C, some KMF, Proraso, Wilkinson Boar from WM while I waited for my LiJun and Omega 49 and have never looked back.  All the initial items from my first shave are now long gone.  When he showed me the prices of some of the razors that were $35, I thought he was nuts.  My first real badger brush was a Duke 2 in Best.  I sold it off shortly after for a Colonel and couldn't believe I had spent $65-70 for a brush to lather my face.

I guess I was 37-38 at the time and wish I had started when I was 16 or at least in my early 20s.

Maybe I'll venture into straights when I'm 60 and again look back wishing I had started that when I was 40.

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 06-11-2015, 04:58 AM
  • kwsher
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  • Austin, TX - USA
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9 years ago now, although I can't recall the exact date but do remember the circumstances. My wife and I were traveling, she reading a magazine which was extolling the virtue of wet shaving both personally and for the environment. I remember specifically the article stating that each year in the US 6 billion razor cartridges end up in landfills and that the plastic/blade cannot be separated making them ineligible for recycling.

They had a pic of a Merkur 38C HD and she said this is right up your alley.

Received that and a Van der Hagen brush, soap, bowl for my birthday a few weeks later in June and began wet shaving shortly thereafter. Prior, shaving was a chore for me and I would avoid it at all cost on the weekends and also constructed a "No-shave November" as an excuse to spend an entire month not shaving. Still have the razor, brush and bowl actually!

Now I love it and find it a relaxing experience as well as get better shaves by far than ever prior.

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 06-11-2015, 05:05 AM
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6 years ago now. I was home on paternity leave with our first daughter and a little bored. I had always been "restless" with my shaving setups, switching from electric to whatever newest Gillette model came out, to older carts, back to electrics and on and on. And none of them have me a satisfying experience.

I read Corey Greenberg's article on the Today site and got intrigued. I pretty much went with what he recommended: a Vulfix brush, 34C, and Proraso.

It's strange to say but it's been a life-changing experience. As a result of taking "ownership" of my mornings, I have become more involved in cooking, being more handy, brewing my own beer, and just being more inquisitive in general.

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 06-11-2015, 05:12 AM
  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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I started wet shaving with a Gillette Fat Boy in 1962, purchased new at the pharmacy for $1.50. I used it with either Old Spice shave soap, and a synthetic brush, or Mennen's shave cream.

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 06-11-2015, 07:49 AM
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Since September 2011 and still excited as a little kid every morning waiting for my morning shave, every day! No need for Santa in my house! Biggrin

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 06-11-2015, 07:51 AM
  • chazt
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  • Queens, NY
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"Wet" shaving for over 40 years, but trad DE for only about a year and a half. Its without question one of the top half dozen best decisions I've made in my life. As with most folks here it's the best part of my day (with the exception being, holding hands with my bride in the evening while we sit on the couch. I don't think she knows I enjoy that)  Rolleyes

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 06-11-2015, 07:54 AM
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A relative rookie, I've been DE/SE shaving since April 2014 after 40 years of electrics. I'll never go back.

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 06-11-2015, 08:00 AM
  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I have always wet shaved.  Started 54 years ago in 1961.

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 06-11-2015, 09:02 AM
  • Mouser
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I crept into it slowly. I used an Omega brush and a puck of Lightfoot's Pine shaving soap I saw at one of our favorite gift stores at the quaint little tourist town 20 minutes up the road from us for a year r two with my usual three blade disposable before I finally pulled the trigger on a Fat Boy with the case and everything in the spring of 2013. Months later my brother found two of my Dad's old razors ( a Gillette 1958 T.V. Special and a Schick Krona) and one of grandpa's ( another T.V. Special ) and after having them refurbished at Razor Emporium they're a part of my none razor rotation.

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 06-11-2015, 09:06 AM
  • Snuff
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That would be 43 years and still loving it!

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 06-11-2015, 12:58 PM
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Used electric and carts. Up until about this time last year.

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 06-11-2015, 01:10 PM
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This time it's been 4 years give or take. but I first started in '70 near as I can remember. It didn't last long at all in '70. I got my hands on a pack of carbon steel blades that were the pits and that was all it took. I moved to the "cartridge" of the day, I don't even remember what it was. 40 years later here I am sort of back where I started.

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 06-11-2015, 01:13 PM
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Just over 2 years. First setup was MWF in a wood bowl, a Merkur 34C, Aqua Velva Ice Blue, and a Tweezerman brush. Still remember that first shave. Good memories!

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 06-11-2015, 01:18 PM
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4-5 years.

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 06-11-2015, 01:40 PM
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Am I?

Trying to be for a long time. I was watching my dad when I was in kindergarden and now am middle aged...Wink

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 06-11-2015, 02:54 PM
  • Mel S Meles
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(06-11-2015, 04:43 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: 4 years ago today I had my first traditional shave. So thankful to enjoy my shave now.

How long have you been a proper shaver?

Since 1968:   August 14, to be exact, aboard P&O Orient Lines’s Orsova, somewhere east of Yokohama, headed for San Francisco, a two week journey across the Pacific Ocean

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 06-11-2015, 04:02 PM
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About 2 years and I started to save money. ..but have about put us in the poor house instead.

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 06-11-2015, 04:08 PM
  • kav
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I started proper shaving in a bathrobe after Pyewacket pushed the door open just as my mother opened the front door to some missionaries.

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 06-11-2015, 04:47 PM
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(06-11-2015, 04:08 PM)kav Wrote: I started proper shaving in a bathrobe after Pyewacket pushed the door open just as my mother opened the front door to some missionaries.

LOL!!  They either covered there eyes or said bless you kind sir!  Biggrin

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