05-25-2016, 06:46 PM
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Hi guys,

My names is Tom and I'm from Houston, Texas. I'm new to wet shaving. Like most guys we've seen our father's and grandfather's DES and said those won't work in modern times. I was also afraid of slicing my throat open only with DEs, not multiple blades. I like a lot of guys own almost ten multiblades from over the years. But, they all just seem to find their way to the back of a drawer or box-still finding handles and those oh, so expense blades. I actually have been dealing with irritation for my whole shaving life. So, I've regressed to older more established manly arts, with the use of a single BIC disposable.

I arrived here by watching videos on wet shaving. I got to wet shaving from being on a cigar forum (also a newbie there 5 mths) when one of the members was giving away a razor/toothbrush stand. He sent the stand, a few DE blades and some cigars. I realized that the offer of the blades was his mistaken impression that I was a wet shaver. The key turning point was when I mentioned I was interested in how wet shaving worked and what would I need to do to experiment with wet shaving. He gave me a fistful of good advice and I decided to move forward. The only issue was I knew as much about wet shaving as a Martian. So, I went to YouTube and watched 20+ videos on wet shaving and it demystified it by watching guys hold detailed engaging conversations into a camera while wet shaving like a banshee. I was like ok, I know they are vets, and out of all of these "just do it" videos, only one guy nicked himself twice-I was sold.

So, being a college student I honestly could not afford a blade over $20. I was also warned not to get my razor from a drug store, Target, Walmart or As Seen On TV. Suprisingly, it was hard finding a new razor in my city. I went online and even the scratch and dent stuff was out of my price range. So I had to go local and nobody but Target had a razor-truth. A Van Der Hagen, which I wasn't sold on due to the short handle and how common it was. I also wanted options, but finding nothing locally, I had to reassess my plan for attack. I actually watched more videos, did online research (badgerandblade always came up when I requested reviews) to find bargin razor. I passed on ordering any thing from Asia. I had seen countless DE razors in thrift/resale stores over the last few years and passed over them because they were relics.

So, I found out that Sally's Beauty Supply carried a Shave Factory DE Safety razor. Which, when I compared side by side with the VDH, did look much different. It was $12.99 which was under my price point-hooray, and it wasn't reviewed to badly-remember, this is just an experiment. I have had brushes and pucks over the years, but they seemed pretentious using a Gillette 6 blade razor, so I tossed them-I was so lost, maybe even bat shit crazy. I actually want to go and shave, but after watching more videos I'm going to wait a few days to watch more videos and will pick up a discount brush and soap set I saw at Burlington that was under $8. I then will have the necessary basics, except for a syptic stick or alum block. I'm always a value shopper, so wet shaving like cigars can be expensive endeavor, but like golf (which I gave up after 2 weeks) I realized, this wet shaving experiment could be done in a week after starting-so not trying to break the bank with expensive or pricey products.

I hope you guys don't judge me adversely for being a value shopper when it comes to my wet shaving experience, so far. But, I actually would like to graduate to a straight razor eventually, but baby steps.

I look forward to learning more about wet shaving and meeting great people on this journey, along with a better shaving experience than I had so far.

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 05-25-2016, 07:14 PM
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Welcome, Tom. Hello

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 05-25-2016, 07:30 PM
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Welcome to TSN.

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Paul Bryan

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 05-25-2016, 07:33 PM
  • eengler
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Enjoy the Forum Tom! Good luck putting together your kit.

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 05-26-2016, 12:14 AM
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Hello Tom, welcome to: " The Shave Nook "  Relax & Enjoy.

Charles  U.K

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 05-26-2016, 01:51 AM
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Welcome to the forum

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 05-26-2016, 04:44 AM
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Greetings Tom, welcome to the Nook.

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 05-26-2016, 09:43 AM
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Welcome to TSN Tom.  You'll find much knowledge and friendship here.   We look forward to your participation.

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 05-26-2016, 11:34 AM
  • TheMonk
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Welcome to TSN, Tom!

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 05-26-2016, 11:39 AM
  • evnpar
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Hello Tom, welcome to The Shave Net.

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 05-26-2016, 05:36 PM
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Welcome to TSN!!!

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 05-26-2016, 05:41 PM
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Welcome, Tom! People here don't tend to judge. Whether you use a $15 razor or a $150 razor, it's fine as long as you enjoy your shaves.

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 05-27-2016, 03:47 AM
  • Johnny
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Tom, welcome to TSN.

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 05-27-2016, 06:14 AM
  • racebmx
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Welcome aboard!

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 05-27-2016, 08:51 AM
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 05-27-2016, 08:54 AM
  • Snuff
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Welcome to the forum, it's not how much your stuff costs but the pleasure you get from it that counts.

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 05-28-2016, 05:11 AM
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Welcome to TSN Tom.  And no, nothing wrong about being a value shopper - nothing at all.  

One can purchase the latest gizmo blade for the latest plastic multicolored gizmo razor for about $4.50 (give or take) and, according to their ads shave with it for a full month.  

That's $0.15 a shave...

...for a blade you can't clean, will cause in-grown stubble, and won't shave that close anyway.  (And ewwww - 30 days with one blade???). 

Or, you can purchase one of the most expensive, highest quality DE blades there are (e.g. Polsilver, Personna Med Prep, Feather, or similar) for about $0.32 a blade and get on average between 4 to 5 vastly superior shaves than with a filthy-after-one-week gizmo blade.

And that's at just $0.08 a shave...

Nothing wrong with being a value shopper... Nothing at all.  Smile

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 06-24-2016, 05:35 PM
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Tom Welcome


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 06-24-2016, 07:07 PM
  • kav
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 07-05-2016, 04:24 PM
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Welcome bro!

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