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Best "cheap" shave
09-16-2013, 11:43 AM
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Best "cheap" shave
Today I found an unused Derby blade in my den and decided to load it up into RazoRock OC. I have not used a Derby in quite some time because I have decided early on that they are kind of not so great. Not too sharp and not too smooth and there are others for about the same cost that are better (Astra SP was one of my first "better" blades). Well, I got an incredibly good shave from Derby/RR OC combo. I was amazed (but not surprised) that a cheapo blade and an equally cheapo razor can produce such great results. So I am starting a thread asking what people think their cheapest, but uncompromising great shave is. It can be theoretical or something you practice with some regularity.

At this point mine will be somewhat theoretical, but I intend to make it actual in near future.

Razor: RazoRock/Cadet open comb ($20)
Blade: Dorco ST-300 ($0.06)
Soap: Palmolive stick (hard to put a price, but a $2 stick lasts forever)
Brush: Stanley Home Products restored with Omega boar ($15)
bowl: Artisan bowl bought at a crafts fair ($5)
Post: Alum ($7) and Thayers Witch Hazel ($8)

Total: $57.06

This is just for fun, of course and it's really hard to calculate per shave cost, but this shave would be something I could live with every day.
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09-16-2013, 12:04 PM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
Best economy shave (utilizing items currently in my den) :

razor : Cadet OC ($20)
blade : Astra SP ($.08)
soap : Mike's or MW ($10)
brush : Semogue boar ($18)
post : Thayers WH ($8) unrefined shea butter ($12)

Total : $68.08
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09-16-2013, 12:23 PM (This post was last modified: 09-16-2013 12:31 PM by Coyote.)
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
The Cheap Shave
$16.00-Maggard MR1 Razor
$ 9.00-Omega 10066 Boar Brush
$ 2.00-Dalan D-Men Shave Cream
$ 0.20-Gillette 7 O'Clock Yellow SE
$ 2.00-Barbasol Brisk
$29.20

The Preferred Inexpensive Shave
$16.00-Maggard MR1 Razor
$ 9.00-Omega 10066 Boar Brush
$ 5.00-Stirling Soap
$ 0.25-Gillette Blue
$15.00-Krampert's Bay Rum Acadian Spice
$42.25
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09-16-2013, 01:23 PM (This post was last modified: 09-16-2013 01:29 PM by Deco.)
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
Razor: $8.00 - GEM Micromatic Bullet-tip
Blade: $0.18 - GEM Stainless Coated Single Edge Blade
Soap: $8.99 - Cella Shave Cream (150g)
Brush: $13.99 - Omega PRO 48 Boar
Bowl: $0.00 - coffee cup from house
Post: $5.99 - RazoRock Alum Stick (60g)
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$37.15
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09-16-2013, 02:04 PM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
Today
Pre: Hot Shower & Towel : ZERO+
Soap: Una Salvia 4 by Opus Ruri brushless : $9/half year
Brush: less Biggrin
Razor: Gillette Fusio Proglide Power : $8,5/life (as vendor)
Blade: Gillette Fusio Proglide Power : $2,5/month (as vendor)
Method: Fingertip Face Lathering : ZERO
Post: Hot & Cald Water : ZERO+

How much for THIS shave ... maybe an espresso in Italy?? Tongue
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09-16-2013, 02:07 PM (This post was last modified: 09-16-2013 02:10 PM by Jabberwock.)
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
I've explored this subject before...it can actually get people's aggressive side up. Some folks really get upset when you suggest that low cost goods can be just as effective as expensive stuff.


(All prices include shipping costs or taxes if purchased locally.)
Pre: Shave Secret ($3.27)
Razor: RiMei ($2.25)
Blade: Dorco ST-301 ($0.09)
Brush: Chinese mixed loft boar/badger ($8.84)
Soap: VDH Deluxe ($1.75)
Post: SAL Alum ($3.25)

Total: $19.45

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09-16-2013, 03:31 PM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
(09-16-2013 02:07 PM)Jabberwock Wrote:  I've explored this subject before...it can actually get people's aggressive side up. Some folks really get upset when you suggest that low cost goods can be just as effective as expensive stuff.


(All prices include shipping costs or taxes if purchased locally.)
Pre: Shave Secret ($3.27)
Razor: RiMei ($2.25)
Blade: Dorco ST-301 ($0.09)
Brush: Chinese mixed loft boar/badger ($8.84)
Soap: VDH Deluxe ($1.75)
Post: SAL Alum ($3.25)

Total: $19.45

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I hope no one gets aggressive here. This is just for fun. We all love our shaving stuff, cheap and expensive alike. I just wanted to see the cheap shaves that people enjoy because the expensive shaves BETTER be enjoyable or else why bother with them. However, the whole "you'll save money with wet shaving" thing CAN be very true and very enjoyable to boot. This is what this thread is about. Not a competition, just a statement of how little it really takes to get a great shave every day (or every other day as some of us do). I also stated that the shave should have no compromises. Use what you really like and see if it's a cheap shave. Most of us are probably capable of being way under the budget of "normal" canned goo and cartridges shavers. We just choose to indulge in our shaving stuff. That's fine and that's why we are all here. I'll be the first to support folks in their indulgences. I just wanted to see how inexpensive a good shave can be.

I need to think about some sort of way to distribute the cost of non-consumables over a period of time (say a year) and maybe all other products as well. So maybe we can figure out a per-year cost of a particular shave. We can say a year of shaves is 200 shaves or 300, doesn't matter as long as we agree on the number. So if your razor cost you $20, we can say this is a cost per year of shaves with it.

So my shave will look like this:

Razor: RR/Cadet OC $20
Brush: Omega $15
Blade: Dorco ST-300 ($0.06 / 3 * 300 = $6/year based on 3 shaves/blade)
Soap: Cella $9 (150ml tub lasts at least a year)
Bowl: $5
Alum: $7 (last at least a year)
Witch Hazel $8 (lasts at least a year)

Total: $70/year including the $40 of non-consumables. That's $30/year of recurring costs. I think I spent that much in a month on carts alone. Also, more expensive products won't really raise the price all that much.
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09-16-2013, 04:00 PM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
(09-16-2013 02:07 PM)Jabberwock Wrote:  I've explored this subject before...it can actually get people's aggressive side up. Some folks really get upset when you suggest that low cost goods can be just as effective as expensive stuff.
Sounds like a case of defensive devaluation on the aggressor's part. You know, devaluing "low cost goods" to defend the $$$ they spent. No reason for that. Everyone has preferences. The only person we have to satisfy is ourselves.
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09-16-2013, 04:07 PM (This post was last modified: 09-16-2013 04:10 PM by PanChango.)
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
Gillette NEW Long Comb ($6 at a flea market)
Voskhod ($.10 per blade)
Omega Boar 80265 ($5 off BST)
Klar Kabinett (About $4 for a 3.5oz puck/$20 for 500grams)
Alum ($4 block)
Superior 70 ($2.25 bottle)

This is probably my favorite cheap shave. The NEW isn't the prettiest, but all the teeth are there and straight. I am probably at roughly 350 shaves per year. My hardware was only $11 total on the used market. It is my travel gear and has been replaced a couple times.

I use about 120 blades per year, 250 grams of KK (I have used it as a daily driver prior to it being discontinued and have been through about a kilo of it.) The Alum block lasts forever if I manage not to drop it and have it shatter into a number of pieces. I have been using little pieces for the last 2 years and don't really know how much I use. I would guess a full block per year. Superior 70 is 2 bottles per year. My overall cost of software is $30.50 or about eight and a half cents a shave.
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09-16-2013, 04:07 PM
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Best "cheap" shave
For me things like the Cadet/RR OC razor or my personal favorite Barbon shaving cream , aren't cheap! They are simply a great value :))
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09-16-2013, 04:23 PM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
I agree, this should be a fun subject to highlight some good, low cost stuff. I was quite surprised when I was pretty thoroughly attacked for advocating low cost alternatives, I had no idea that anyone would object. I love my D.R. Harris, T&H, and SuperMax Titaniums, but it doesn't stop me from also loving VDH Deluxe, a nice Chinese brush, and Dorco ST-301s. There's plenty of room for products from every cost range! :D

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09-16-2013, 06:35 PM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
(09-16-2013 04:07 PM)Nickadermis Wrote:  For me things like the Cadet/RR OC razor or my personal favorite Barbon shaving cream , aren't cheap! They are simply a great value :))

Very well put. My choice of words was a bit provocative, I guess. I am continually amazed at how good a razor RR/Cadet OC is for $20. Also, the handle on my RR Little Bastone is excellent and well suited to the head. The finish on the head is less than perfect, but the plating is better than Merkur and the shave is outstanding. Great value indeed.
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09-16-2013, 09:28 PM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
How cheap can one go, eh? I'm game... In the past I gotten a couple of great shaves with this setup:

Pre-shave: hotel soap (free)
Lather: Arko (1.95$)
Brush: Tuskish No6 (2.45$)
Blade: Don't recall (pennies either way)
Razor: YUMA (2.98$, but I see it's now on sale for 1.99$)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse (free)

Note that the QC on both the razor and brush can be spotty... and the YUMA can take time to tame.

The point is that you can get great shaves from cheap gear - but you'll usually get more consistent shaves from gear that's a bit costlier, because the extra cost buys you Quality Control at the manufacturer.
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09-16-2013, 11:43 PM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
Schick Adj. Injector (M-2)- $20
Personna Comfort Coated- 10 cents
Semogue 1305-$18
MWF SS- $10
Clubman AS- $6.99

The Clubman, and the MWF, prices were for a replacement bottle and soap refill so I've got a lot of shaves to get out of them. Same goes for the razor. Not bad though for $55.09.

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09-17-2013, 05:22 AM (This post was last modified: 09-17-2013 05:22 AM by NSmalls.)
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
These are some of my best shaves!

Razor - Feather Popular
Blade - Personna Lab Blue
Soap - Cella off the brick
Brush - Vintage C&E Boar
Alum - Crystal
Aftershave - Vintage Skin Bracer
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09-17-2013, 05:24 AM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
(09-16-2013 09:28 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote:  How cheap can one go, eh? I'm game... In the past I gotten a couple of great shaves with this setup:

Pre-shave: hotel soap (free)
Lather: Arko (1.95$)
Brush: Tuskish No6 (2.45$)
Blade: Don't recall (pennies either way)
Razor: YUMA (2.98$, but I see it's now on sale for 1.99$)
Post-shave: Cold water rinse (free)

Note that the QC on both the razor and brush can be spotty... and the YUMA can take time to tame.

The point is that you can get great shaves from cheap gear - but you'll usually get more consistent shaves from gear that's a bit costlier, because the extra cost buys you Quality Control at the manufacturer.
Love the smell of Arko! :D
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09-17-2013, 06:13 AM
Post: #17
RE: Best "cheap" shave
My normal travel kit is cheap:

Razor: Lord L6, ~$13
Blade: Derby, <$8/100
Soap: Arko stick, 15 sticks for $16
Brush: Omega Synthetic, $26 (my boar is cheaper but this is what I actually use for travel)
AS: Aquavelva blue, free (gift)

I can get as good a shave with this kit as any combo I use at home. The only difference would be aesthetics, i.e., scent, feel of brush, etc.

BTW, this combination is also very good for speed. Arko, face lathering with a synthetic brush, yields creamy lather very quickly. The fairly mild razor/blade combo allows for a quick shave without worrying about cuts.
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09-17-2013, 06:39 AM
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RE: Best "cheap" shave
It's not so much about 'How cheap can you go?' as it is about getting a good quality shave using low cost gear. The point is this: just because a product or set up does not cost much does not man that it's bad or that it's inferior to a more costly alternative. The thread is basically saying: 'Good shaves don't have to be expensive, so what's your favorite low cost set up?'

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09-17-2013, 02:11 PM
Post: #19
RE: Best "cheap" shave
Clearly Natural glycerin soap for Pre Shave. $1.99 (20 face washes)
Shave Secret PSO $4.99 (100 + shaves) Only need 4 drops.
Gem Featherweight $9
Gem SS blade .40¢ (8-10 shaves per blade)
Burma-Shave boar brush $4.99
Ugly fish mug .50¢ yard sale
VdH soap $2.50 a puck. (Good for at least 30+ shaves)
Witch Hazel $3 (50 shaves worth at least)
Pinaud Clubman $6.75 for a 20oz bottle (Geez 100 shaves per).

Call me cheap but all of these are in my regular rotation. And I WILL get a BBS with this set-up. In fact THIS will be my SOTD for Thursday. I figure around .41¢ per shave in product/blades. $14.50 in gear and that will depreciate each shave. So when I'm at 100 shaves with this rig it will be $1.45. 200 shaves .70¢ etc....

HAPPY CHEAP SHAVES !!!
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