05-11-2017, 04:02 PM
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Hi all,

I hail from the SF Bay Area, and have only just come around to wet shaving in the past few months. I'm fairly value-minded, so I wince at the thought of the money I've wasted on decades worth of cartridges!  Having a blast trying DE blades & products while dialing in my technique.

A few details about the other interests in my topic title...
  • Daddy: my wife and I have a 10yr old daughter and an 8yr old son... they're fun, kind, smart, and (like me) fully bilingual & bi-literate (English/Spanish).  I've known since I was ~10 myself that I wanted to be a daddy, and am thankful for a job that leaves plenty of time to hang out with my family.
  • Cyclist: we're a one car family, and I commute to work on my road bike every day, rain or shine, about 25 to 35 miles a day depending on the route.  I'm also part of a friendly riding group that hits the foothills and trails around the Bay Area once a week.  A typical group ride is ~30 miles with 1,500ft of climbing, followed by beers & laughs at a restaurant.
  • Photographer: a hobby for ~7 years, I do landscape photography and casual portraits, including a handful of paid gigs and a ton of volunteer work for our kids' school and our church.  I use a Sony "mirrorless" camera and have a few vintage, manual lenses in my kit, which I prefer for certain types of work.  I enjoy the creative aspects of photography *and* editing.
  • Singer: I've sung for as long as I can remember... church, college a cappella, and spontaneously in nearly any situation.  I'm known among my cycling buddies for bursting into song in the middle of a ride, with selections ranging from hammed-up show tunes (ex. "Climb Every Mountain") to ballads in English or Spanish.
  • Cuber: more a quirky side interest than a defining passion.  When my son asked for help solving his new Rubik's cube after Christmas, I took to YouTube and learned the Roux Method, an approach used by some "speedcubers," and taught it to him. Turns out cubing was really fun to learn together, and has proved to be a fun non-electronic brain teaser, stress reliever & distraction for fidgety fingers.  My son & I would certainly be decimated in any serious competition, but are nevertheless pleased with our current top times of 52 seconds & 42 seconds, respectively.
On to the shaving stuff!  Very minimal gear thus far...
  • Maggard MR3 handle -- started with a Maggard v3 head and switched to a Maggard Slant. The slant makes the blades stiffer & gives me a longer-lasting shave, justifying the minimal extra effort involved in getting new blades aligned.  To their credit, Maggard has been up very front about the fact slant owners may need to manually aligning blades... a task easily done by nudging the blade's side tab(s) with a fingernail before you fully tighten the head.
  • Maggard 22mm Synthetic brush (black fibers, bronze handle) -- better loading than the generic boar brush I tried first, quick cleaning & drying.
  • SimplyBeautiful black brush/razor stand.
Consumables...
  • Blades: Polsilver Super Iridium trounced a field of ~20 blades... the runners-up were Rapira Platinum Lux (closer than the PSI but too harsh for daily use) and Gillette Silver Blue (mild enough for comfortable daily use, but not as close as the PSI).  I tried some of the lauded favorites (like Feather and Astra SP) several times, and they just didn't agree with my skin & beard.
  • Cream/Soap: Started with Proraso blue tube (Aloe/VitE) cream and no brush, but I was going through it at an alarming rate.  I'm now loading my brush with Cella, which seems to work a little better, and is lasting longer.  Will probably try out a couple of others before settling on one... seems there should be something a little thicker & slicker.  Recommendations welcome, especially if you've tried Cella... I'm partial to light on the fragrance so it doesn't conflict with my cologne.
  • Aftershave: I really like Fine Snake Bite... I was using it up really quickly, though, so I'm now making my own version with vodka, Thayer Witch Hazel, and menthol crystals.  Still tweaking the proportions a bit, but IMO it's already at least as good as the original.  I use it after applying alum, a dab of Proraso cream (smooths out the gritty feel after the alum's rinsed off, then allows for some final cleanup shaving if needed) and coconut oil.
Looking forward to chatting with and learning from this community!

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 05-11-2017, 04:08 PM
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Welcome to TSN and thanks for a very thorough and interesting introductory post.  We're glad you joined our special community.  You'll find much knowledge and friendship here, and we look forward to your participation.

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 05-11-2017, 04:15 PM
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Welcome from the 510!

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 05-11-2017, 04:39 PM
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Welcome! I came in this thread to see what the heck cubing was. Ive never completed a Rubik's cube, but after reading this I think that will be my next purchase.

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 05-11-2017, 05:00 PM
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Welcome and Enjoy the Forum! Great IntroSmile

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 05-11-2017, 05:06 PM
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Welcome!  Lived in Redwood City for a long time.

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 05-11-2017, 05:17 PM
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(05-11-2017, 04:39 PM)Safelysimpson Wrote: Welcome! I came in this thread to see what the heck cubing was. Ive never completed a Rubik's cube, but after reading this I think that will be my next purchase.
Cool! Smile FWIW, my favorite "speed cube" is under $4... and I've tried several of the most popular ones that can cost up to $20. http://cubezz.com/goods.php?id=5245 - - takes a long time to ship from China, though.

If you don't mind paying more for quicker shipping, get it on Amazon for $8 (http://tinyurl.com/k9prwrj). Another great cube is the stickerless version of the Valk3... order from thecubicle.us or Amazon.

Here's what we used to learn Roux: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL754ADDA2E38A21AA

And finally, a handy quick reference I made to help us memorize the 9 algorithms (way easier than it sounds, and only required for one section of the solve):

http://tinyurl.com/l75rwgj


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 05-12-2017, 01:44 AM
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Welcome to TSN

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 05-12-2017, 01:22 PM
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Welcome from the Garden State.... Smile

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 05-13-2017, 06:25 PM
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Welcome from Va.
I have a PIF for some Feather blades if you are interested in trying.


Troy

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 05-14-2017, 03:59 AM
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Hello, welcome to: " The Shave Nook "  Relax & Enjoy.


Charles  U.K

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 05-14-2017, 04:17 AM
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Welcome from the Gem State.

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 05-14-2017, 08:29 AM
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Welcome! Give Nancy Boy in Hayes Valley (SF) a shot for their shaving cream. It is wonderful. Don't be put off by the name-- it is a great store in a nice neighborhood.


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 05-17-2017, 12:10 PM
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(05-13-2017, 06:25 PM)Spin240 Wrote: Welcome from Va.
I have a PIF for some Feather blades if you are interested in trying.


Troy

Hi Troy,

Sorry, I somehow missed this post.  Forgive the newbie question, but what is a PIF?  Looks like some sort of format for a giveaway?

More interested in understanding the concept than in the blades, I've already tried Feathers.

My first experience with them was not good (harsh shave followed by razor burn)... since they have such a high reputation, I returned to them a couple of times, wondering if the problem was my technique.  Experience was the same with a Maggard v3 as it was with a Maggard slant.

After trying well over a dozen blades, the definitive winner for me was Polsilver Super Iridiums.

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 05-20-2017, 07:22 PM
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(05-17-2017, 12:10 PM)Razor Mackham Wrote:
(05-13-2017, 06:25 PM)Spin240 Wrote: Welcome from Va.
I have a PIF for some Feather blades if you are interested in trying.


Troy

Hi Troy,

Sorry, I somehow missed this post.  Forgive the newbie question, but what is a PIF?  Looks like some sort of format for a giveaway?

More interested in understanding the concept than in the blades, I've already tried Feathers.

My first experience with them was not good (harsh shave followed by razor burn)... since they have such a high reputation, I returned to them a couple of times, wondering if the problem was my technique.  Experience was the same with a Maggard v3 as it was with a Maggard slant.

After trying well over a dozen blades, the definitive winner for me was Polsilver Super Iridiums.

I had no idea, there was wikipedia page for Pif Smile
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_it_forward

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 05-21-2017, 04:36 PM
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Welcome and have fun!

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