Poll: How old are you?
 09-04-2012, 07:57 AM
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Not sure if this has been done before, but I couldn't find any other polls. Also not sure how to post a poll, so...

I feel like I may be slightly out of place with my own generation, as I shave with single-bladed razors made decades ago out of metal and not plastic, and I'd rather have a nice fragrance about me than some noxious canned fumes. At 25, I should be using the newest vibrating 12-bladed razor that runs on diesel. Does anyone else feel the same as I do, disgusted at some of the habits of our peers? I have a feeling that I'm in a smaller group at my age. So, if you care to share, add to the poll how old you are, and maybe let us know how long you've been wet shaving.

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 09-04-2012, 08:03 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I'm 66 and I have never used one of those plastic razors or a can of anything on my face. I have had a few cans of beer in my lifetime though.

I started shaving when I was 15 and I shave 7-days a week. You can do the math.

Never start the day without a good shave.

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 09-04-2012, 08:15 AM
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(09-04-2012, 08:03 AM)Johnny Wrote: Never start the day without a good shave.

Excellent!

Also, I forgot to add my own gritty details... I started shaving around the end of middle school, beginning of high school. My facial hair grew faster and thicker than most of my classmates (that trait still shows).

I started with a Mach 3 that I received in the mail, I believe for my birthday, and a can of shave gel. I tried gels, I tried foams, eventually settling on Barbasol as it was cheap and I never really got a better shave from one product to the other.

For years, I shaved once or twice a week, the days in between spent recovering from the blood loss. I used the Mach 3, the Schick Quattro, the Mach 3 Power, and the Fusion ProGlide, spending hundreds of dollars on cartridges and trying to make them last more than three shaves (in vain).

Sometime in February, a friend of mine (dontodd) introduced me to the world of the traditional wet shave, giving me a detailed list of what I needed to get started, and some general information. I've been at it ever since, and each day, my technique improves. I've got the beginning of a nicely sized soap hoard, a few brushes, and I've just tried my first open comb DE. I now shave daily, with very little or no blood loss, and I enjoy every minute of it.

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 09-04-2012, 08:17 AM
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  • Triad
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  • Texas
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31 for another month

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 09-04-2012, 08:18 AM
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  • Dave
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I started last year at age 37. I'm now 38 and really enjoy it. I wish I'd done it sooner but was never exposed to it before.

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 09-04-2012, 08:44 AM
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Young blood here as well. Started about six months ago. My obsession began after reading about a straight razor sale on some other forum, which led to others discussing DE razors, which led to the purchase of my Merkur from Amazon. I've been hooked since.

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 09-04-2012, 08:56 AM
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I'm 34 and only been a traditional shaver now for about 15 months (yes, I'm counting). I'd rather not remember what I did all those other years of shaving. Things that stand out though are irritation, jamming an electric, more irritation, jamming an electric and irritation from heat off the electric razor (a foreshadowing that I'd be a cold water shaver I guess), lots of blood from cartridges.

Oh the horror! At least I can enjoy my shaves now daily or at least every other day. I would only endure a shave 2-3 days per week before.

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 09-04-2012, 09:08 AM
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39 years old in body, about 13 in my sense of humour and roughly 500 years old in cynicism...

Started traditional wetshaving in July 2010 - so a bit more than two years by now. Never given any though of going back to cartridges... but then, I never had a truly good shave until I went DE Biggrin

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 09-04-2012, 09:15 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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(09-04-2012, 08:18 AM)Dave Wrote: I started last year at age 37. I'm now 38 and really enjoy it. I wish I'd done it sooner but was never exposed to it before.

You can be my very young sonSmile

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 09-04-2012, 09:17 AM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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(09-04-2012, 09:15 AM)slantman Wrote:
(09-04-2012, 08:18 AM)Dave Wrote: I started last year at age 37. I'm now 38 and really enjoy it. I wish I'd done it sooner but was never exposed to it before.

You can be my very young sonSmile

And I forgot Freddy and Johnny can be your unclesSmile

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 09-04-2012, 09:25 AM
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Initially I used whatever razor was cheapest, with canned foam. Then for a number of years (my hippie time) I had a beard and didn't shave at all. When I went back to school at age 30, I started shaving again, using a cartridge and canned stuff again. Finally, about 15 years ago, I discovered traditional wet shaving with a brush and double edge, and I've been enjoying it since.

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 09-04-2012, 09:40 AM
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  • Howler
  • A calamophile and vintage razor lover
  • Fort Smith AR
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I'm proud to be 60, I sincerely believe that this is the best chapter in my life.

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 09-04-2012, 09:56 AM
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  • MickToley
  • Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a shave soap addict
  • Brooklyn, NY
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Twenty seven

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 09-04-2012, 10:30 AM
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I'm turning 25 again. Wink

Started shaving at 15 or 16 with a plastic POS. Bought a straight at 18. Never looked back.

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 09-04-2012, 10:39 AM
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I'm pretty sure I win the award for the youngest one here. I'm 21, started wet shaving at 20. Originally, I started shaving with whatever cartridge razor I could get my hands on. You name it, I've probably wasted money buying either the razors, or canned caca.

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 09-04-2012, 10:39 AM
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i am 45.

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 09-04-2012, 03:27 PM
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  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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At age 66, I have been wet shaving for seven years. I, too, went through all the latest gimmicks but while on vacation with a friend in Chicago we were in Marshall-Field in the Loop and we passed the men's grooming department. There were brushes on display and I mentioned to my friend that I'd really like to try that. She said that her late husband enjoyed using a brush so we went over to the counter and I picked out a no-name silver-tip badger, not knowing what I was picking up. I also got a shave soap and, a couple of weeks later, a pre-shave oil. My first lather, even with my inexperience, was an absolute eye opener. A little after that I discovered the shaving forums and DE and SE razors. To say I never looked back is an understatement. Best of all, my friend gifted me with her late husband's shaving brush. I still have and use it as well as that first brush I purchased in Chicago. Smile

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 09-04-2012, 03:31 PM
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  • biggiej42
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  • Stony Point, NY
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I'm 31, but still act like an 18yr old Wink. I've been wet shaving for about 5 months now, and love it. I'll never go back to cartridge!

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 09-08-2012, 02:58 PM
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  • syngent
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  • Oshawa, Canada
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We are one big diverse group here

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 09-08-2012, 03:03 PM
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  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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(09-08-2012, 02:58 PM)syngent Wrote: We are one big diverse group here

And The Shave Nook is all the richer for that diversity. Smile

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