05-20-2018, 11:39 AM
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Hello friends
After many months of experimentation I have just had the best shave I've ever had. Then it hit me : on the assumption this was not a fluke, is my journey to my shaving holy grail now over, have I arrived or can it get better and what would better look like? I suppose my question is this : when does the functional activity of shaving become a hobby? If it works stick with it, or try to improve on the whole experience? What is our motivation?
As an engineer, my motivation is efficiency, looking for ways of doing more with less, and thereby is born a hobby, at least that's my story.
What motivates you?

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 05-20-2018, 11:44 AM
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Mental illness......... A6 Sisi1

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 05-20-2018, 12:11 PM
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(05-20-2018, 11:44 AM)zipper Wrote: Mental illness......... A6 Sisi1
That prospect haunts many of us, I suspect

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 05-20-2018, 01:57 PM
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You’ve got to share which SE razor gives you the best shaves! What drives me to continue buying more SE razors is the possibility of a better shave from a razor I haven’t tried and I enjoy learning new razors and mastering them.

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 05-20-2018, 02:32 PM
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(05-20-2018, 01:57 PM)SweetReason Wrote: You’ve got to share which SE razor gives you the best shaves! What drives me to continue buying more SE razors is the possibility of a better shave from a razor I haven’t tried and I enjoy learning new razors and mastering them.
Sure, and at the moment that combo is my SS Mongoose with A Proline blade. Contemplating purchasing the new Asylum Rx for the very reason you mentioned , but should I reasonably expect a noticeably different result given that I'd like to stick with the Prolines?

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 05-20-2018, 03:28 PM
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In my experience, the Asylum Rx is a completely different animal from any other, and the Proline is the perfect blade for it.  It's more like shaving with a Wextoblade razor (or other disposable blade straight razor) with a better blade and a hoe-handle.  Treat it with respect, and you'll get great shaves.  But it demands good technique and eats shaving hubris for lunch.

I consider the Asylum Rx a "bracket razor" in the sense that it shows you how blade-forward a modern safety razor can be, bracketing one end of the mild-aggressive spectrum.

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 05-21-2018, 02:53 AM
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(05-20-2018, 03:28 PM)BrickHud Wrote: In my experience, the Asylum Rx is a completely different animal from any other, and the Proline is the perfect blade for it.  It's more like shaving with a Wextoblade razor (or other disposable blade straight razor) with a better blade and a hoe-handle.  Treat it with respect, and you'll get great shaves.  But it demands good technique and eats shaving hubris for lunch.

I consider the Asylum Rx a "bracket razor" in the sense that it shows you how blade-forward a modern safety razor can be, bracketing one end of the mild-aggressive spectrum.

Yes, I see what you're saying. I think I'll give it a go, with due care and attention!!

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 05-21-2018, 12:54 PM
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if we were mentally in order we wouldn't collect razors at this age LOL

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 05-24-2018, 01:10 PM
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I just ordered an Asylum RX that was polished yesterday! I am really looking forward to receiving it, and giving it a whirl!

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 05-24-2018, 01:53 PM
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(05-24-2018, 01:10 PM)Ols67 Wrote: I just ordered an Asylum RX that was polished yesterday! I am really looking forward to receiving it, and giving it a whirl!

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And I am looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it!!

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 05-24-2018, 01:56 PM
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(05-24-2018, 01:10 PM)Ols67 Wrote: I just ordered an Asylum RX that was polished yesterday!  I am really looking forward to receiving it, and giving it a whirl!

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Matt

Great choice Matt!

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 05-24-2018, 05:48 PM
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I had a flash back to many years ago when my sister used to watch Sex and the City and I would listen in the distance to Jessica something-something Parker typing a reflective question for here column ... 

Oh yeah, about the process. To me this is all about the perfect shave: perfect bbs, no blood, no irritation.

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 05-26-2018, 06:43 AM
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Thanks guys! I will definitely put a post up after I use it a few times! I have been using that oneblade genesis V2 lately, and boy is that a sweet shaver! I let the pivot do the work, and love it. That Asylum RX is just beautiful though so I figured I would give it a whirl! Someone posted that it was essentially a straight razor with a handle, and that was enough for me to take the plunge!

I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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 05-26-2018, 08:40 AM
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For me, this thing started when my wife got me a membership to Dollar Shave Club for Christmas. I decided that if I was going to consider changing from the Mach 3 setup I’d used for the last several decades, I’d include a DE.in the mix. Then it became the challenge and zen focus required to develop good technique. Then new soaps, new brushes, etc. I then moved on to SEs and straight for the same challenge & concentration, using DE’s for a fast, comfortable shave. Now I’m starting to mess with honing. Where will I land if I master these & find no further challenges? Dunno. I still prefer stylish mechanical watches to digital, so I’ll probably prefer classic razors to carts; soaps and brushes to canned goo, but will it be a “hobby” when those challenges cease? Only time will tell, I guess... I’m interested in others’ thoughts and experiences, though.

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 05-26-2018, 10:44 AM
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(05-26-2018, 08:40 AM)Baylorgator Wrote: For me, this thing started when my wife got me a membership to Dollar Shave Club for Christmas. I decided that if I was going to consider changing from the Mach 3 setup I’d used for the last several decades, I’d include a DE.in the mix. Then it became the challenge and zen focus required to develop good technique. Then new soaps, new brushes, etc. I then moved on to SEs and straight for the same challenge & concentration, using DE’s for a fast, comfortable shave. Now I’m starting to mess with honing. Where will I land if I master these & find no further challenges? Dunno. I still prefer stylish mechanical watches to digital, so I’ll probably prefer classic razors to carts; soaps and brushes to canned goo, but will it be a “hobby” when those challenges cease? Only time will tell, I guess... I’m interested in others’ thoughts and experiences, though.

That's the thing, I don't think they will ever cease. I like you prefer mechanical watches, and look how far they have come. It will always be in our dna to strive to do things better, and I for one will welcome that.

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 05-26-2018, 11:09 AM
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And as an engineer myself, the incremental improvements will be worth it and the developers will have, in me, a willing tester!!

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