10-06-2012, 10:59 AM
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Hi everyone, great forum you have here!

I just had my first DE shave this morning. Not a super great job, but I know I'll get better with practice. I probably need to work on getting the angle and pressure correct.

My kit arrived yesterday, a birthday gift from my wife (with some heavy hinting).
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First shave was using:
Van Der Hagen Luxury kit (with boar brush)
Van Der Hagen soap
Edwin Jagger DE89
Crystal Blade
Nivea Energy AS balm

-John

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 10-06-2012, 11:02 AM
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  • beartrap
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  • Southern California
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Great start! Welcome!

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 10-06-2012, 11:03 AM
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  • Johan
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  • Sweden
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Hi and welcome! It will only get better with time. :-)

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 10-06-2012, 11:03 AM
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Thank you!

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 10-06-2012, 11:08 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum. It looks like you have a good start, and you have a whole world of experimentation ahead of you.

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 10-06-2012, 11:13 AM
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Welcome aboard, and let me say that you seem to have a decent setup there... it'll will bring you lots of joy Smile

My first shave was a bloodbath... good thing I had a styptic pencil around. You might want to consider getting a block of alum; not only does it take care of any minor nicks and weepers, but you get a good, stinging feedback as to what spots you were a little heavy on.

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 10-06-2012, 11:20 AM
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Heh I've actually got a weird heard start on experimenting...
I didn't really think much about shaving, but about a month ago I saw the Dollar Shave Club viral video. I realized that yes, I did want to save money over the Fusion I've been using for about 5 years (and electric before that).

But I did some research, and found the DSC blades are rebranded Dorco Pace razors, and I could get them cheaper in bulk directly from Dorco. So that's what I did, ordered a 6 month supply.

But fortunately (unfortunately?) I keep researching, and found Mantic's videos on youtube, and lurked on this site. Now I really wanted to give wet shaving a shot, but I had this whole new stockpile of carts.

At first my wife wanted me to wait till the cart supply ran out before trying something now. But she saw how excited I was getting about this, so she relented and agree to make this my early birthday present. She even offered to use up the carts! Am I lucky or what?

(10-06-2012, 11:13 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Welcome aboard, and let me say that you seem to have a decent setup there... it'll will bring you lots of joy Smile

My first shave was a bloodbath... good thing I had a styptic pencil around. You might want to consider getting a block of alum; not only does it take care of any minor nicks and weepers, but you get a good, stinging feedback as to what spots you were a little heavy on.

Yeah I think an alum block will be my next purchase. I'll see if I can find anything local, otherwise I'll put it on my next online order (in which case I'll have to pick some other things to go with it to save on shipping, naturally Biggrin )

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 10-06-2012, 11:31 AM
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  • Teiste
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Welcome!

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 10-06-2012, 11:32 AM
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A lot of us are lucky I think... having Significant Others who're willing to put up with us reclaiming our half of the bath room and filling it up with soaps, brushes, razors and aftershaves...

My Better Half got my surplus carts and handle just as yours did - she swears the Sensor Excel is heads and shoulders over anything Gillette ever made for the ladies... even if I keep trying to tempt her into trying a proper safety razor Tongue

(10-06-2012, 11:20 AM)taborcarn Wrote: ...(in which case I'll have to pick some other things to go with it to save on shipping, naturally Biggrin )

And so it begins... observe Gents, the start of a case of AD BiggrinTongue

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 10-06-2012, 11:46 AM
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  • bullgoose
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Jump on in, the water's fine!

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 10-06-2012, 12:02 PM
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  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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Hello and welcome to the Nook. You are off to a great start wishing you the best on your shave journey.

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 10-06-2012, 12:17 PM
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  • tgutc
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  • Michigan
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Welcome to the Nook!

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 10-06-2012, 12:20 PM
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  • slantman
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  • Leesburg, Florida
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Welcome John to The Shave Nook. Nice equipment and picture.

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 10-06-2012, 01:32 PM
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  • gijames
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  • TN, USA
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Welcome Aboard the Nook!
Biggrin
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 10-06-2012, 02:51 PM
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John, welcome to the Shave Nook and great set-up and happy belated birthday!

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 10-06-2012, 02:58 PM
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Actually it's an early present, my birthday's on Friday. Thank you though!

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 10-06-2012, 07:20 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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John, welcome to The Shave Nook.

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 10-07-2012, 12:25 AM
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Hello John, and welcome to: The Shave Nook. Relax & Enjoy.


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 10-07-2012, 09:14 AM
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  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, John, and enjoy your stay. Smile You're off to a grand start with that setup.

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 10-07-2012, 10:00 AM
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I ended up picking up a stick of Crystal deodorant, since I read that's the same thing as an alum block. But the package says it's ammonia alum instead of potassium alum. Does anyone know the difference?

With the number of weepers I've gotten the past two days I figure I will need something like this.

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