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May 22, 2022 - 4:34:32 PM

donc

Canada

6926 posts since 2/9/2010

For a vast number of years I used a twin or triple blade safety manual razor. I still think they give the best results. Over my lifetime I can only recall having a couple of electric razors which were great if I was in a hurry but the shave only lasts a few hours. I did have at least one with a foil head and a couple with rotary blades. I'm not sure which was better. Any advice I could give myself is probably outdated. A few weeks ago the barber trimmed my sideburns with an 'Andis' with a foil blade. I was surprised how well it cut . For over $100 it has to be good [I suspect]. Recently I picked up a $38 Philips but the power charger croaked in about a year. The shaver itself was nothing impressive. If you have been shaving longer than you can remember and you have purchased a good shaver recently tell us what you have. The internet has good advice but you guys are more honest. .. Thanks.. [do not suggest a straight razor . I've never enjoyed the sight of blood]

Edited by - donc on 05/22/2022 16:36:07

May 22, 2022 - 5:05:23 PM
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11145 posts since 8/22/2006

Norelco is what I use triple floating head.

May 22, 2022 - 5:18:07 PM
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Owen

Canada

11221 posts since 6/5/2011

.... not a "shaver" per se, I suppose, but for me it's dollar store disposables.... in retirement it's about twice a week whether I need it or not.   A bag [10? 12?] lasts a couple of years. yes

'Way back I had a Philishave triple .... I think it wore the whiskers off more so than cutting them.

May 22, 2022 - 5:26:11 PM

STUD

USA

35829 posts since 3/5/2008

Hair buzzers...

May 22, 2022 - 6:00:07 PM

kww

USA

1723 posts since 6/21/2008

Gillette Mach 3 razor. Never have liked electrics.

May 22, 2022 - 7:39:29 PM

Brian T

Canada

19249 posts since 6/5/2008

Most of mine are Philips, with or without the trimmer (useful).
Cordless is convenient.
The triple cutter heads need tune-up which I suppose the razor company does not want you to make. Just be brave. The whole head is a lot easier to take apart and reassemble than I thought.
Fuzz, lint and whisker dust packs up in ever unseen corner and crevice.

I used my wood carving tool sharpening strop to scrub the cutters a little. CrOx/AlOx compound same as for all my carving gouges.
The strop itself is high-tech cereal box cardboard taped to a bit of 2x4.

There's cleaning that can be done only after disassembly.
The cutter steel is poor ( sharpens very easily = not hard).
Remington are probably the easiest to take apart.

May 22, 2022 - 8:43:15 PM

2331 posts since 1/16/2010

Ya…electrics are junk…never found one that cut worth a hoot.

A single blade razor is the best you could ever use…not a cheap throw away, but something like a safety razor, or an injector razor. And…a quality shave soap instead of foam from a can.

Talk about baby bottom smooth…a single blade with good soap is where it’s at. And…much less irritation.

I used a Mach 3 for years and thought it was great. But the way it works, the first blade grips the hair, the second pulls it up, and the third cut it, then it sinks back down below the skin line, and creates irritation.

Straight razors are the absolute best…they just take a little getting used to.

May 22, 2022 - 9:47:31 PM
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11145 posts since 8/22/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

Most of mine are Philips, with or without the trimmer (useful).
Cordless is convenient.
The triple cutter heads need tune-up which I suppose the razor company does not want you to make. Just be brave. The whole head is a lot easier to take apart and reassemble than I thought.
Fuzz, lint and whisker dust packs up in ever unseen corner and crevice.

I used my wood carving tool sharpening strop to scrub the cutters a little. CrOx/AlOx compound same as for all my carving gouges.
The strop itself is high-tech cereal box cardboard taped to a bit of 2x4.

There's cleaning that can be done only after disassembly.
The cutter steel is poor ( sharpens very easily = not hard).
Remington are probably the easiest to take apart.


I take my blades out and sharpen on a Arkansas WhetStone a couple of drops of cutting oil and a cleaning in Dawn Dish soap after and they cut better than new.

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 05/22/2022 21:48:30

May 22, 2022 - 10:19:54 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26044 posts since 6/25/2005

I’ve never shaved with a blade to speak of—just enough to learn that I get nasty ingrown whiskers, which I don’t care to deal with. My beard is tough and wiry. For the past few years I’ve mostly used the Wahl “Lifeproof” foil shaver, arguably the best I’ve ever tried. Sixty bucks at Amazon, a lot less than other name brands.

https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Lifeproof-Lithium-Foil-Shaver/dp/B01MRNR3VE/ref=asc_df_B01MRNR3VE/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312134278243&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1544390493353159245&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032224&hvtargid=pla-521511121099&psc=1

May 23, 2022 - 12:17:23 AM

199 posts since 3/25/2016

Dear old Dad used a German Braun shaver with a 20,000-rpm motor and liked it better than any other razor. The motor vibrated the blade and allowed a smoother cut. Expensive then (that was Dad's way: costly gadgets) and still top-shelf. Lots of entries on a quick Google search.

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May 23, 2022 - 3:29:22 AM

4120 posts since 4/29/2012

Never had an electric that did the job. You can't beat a good cuthroat. These are mine (not that I ever use them). My grandpa was a barber and wouldn't use anything else. Best shave I have nowadays is if I treat myself at the barbers, where they use a similar setup with a disposable single blade.


May 23, 2022 - 4:06:57 AM

m06

England

11186 posts since 10/5/2006

I’ve never sported facial hair. I prefer a smooth, close shave. For closeness electric shavers just can’t compete with a sharp razor blade. TV- advertised disposable razor 'systems' (with their daft, out-dated 'macho' branding) are costly and add to the plastic waste problem. I use simple replaceable Wilkinson Sword double-edged razor blades in a metal safety handle.

An old technology that’s hard to improve on except by using a cut-throat razor and sharpening on a leather strop. That’s just a bit Sweeney Todd for my skill level.

Edited by - m06 on 05/23/2022 04:13:30

May 23, 2022 - 5:04:08 AM
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wizofos

USA

6294 posts since 8/19/2012

I have not had a 'full shave' in over 40+ years but I do shave under my chin and throat. I have used several different brands and models but recently bought a 'kit' of Harry's from Costco. Has nice comfortable handle and a box of blades with a travel cover that goes over the blade and is perforated to keep it dry. Kinda spendy but the blades seem to last a long time.

May 23, 2022 - 5:17:22 AM

350 posts since 11/9/2021

I wish I had the balls to try a straight edge "cut throat" razor. My beard is unusually tough and I only get 4-5 good shaves from a 3 blade comm'l razor. HEnce, these days I only shave 1X a week. I have a Norelco 3 head 'lectric, but that does a halfassed job and is useless with a week old beard.

May 23, 2022 - 5:54:37 AM
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Mike76

USA

22 posts since 9/2/2021

I use an electric shaver when we’re out on the road. I’ve tried most of the brands and the best is Wahl.

May 23, 2022 - 7:02:13 AM
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Ron C

USA

1525 posts since 3/17/2004

I shave my face and head every day (except for my goatee).

A razor, whatever the brand (Gillette, Schick, etc.) gives me a close shave that no electric can. The penalty is that it isn't long before a real razor irritates my skin, so I use an electric most days and a razor when I need a particularly close shave.

I have a Braun electric shaver (pricey), and have had Panasonics. I also have an inexpensive Remington. The $35 Remington gives the closest of all the electrics I have used. However, I check the head over carefully on a regular basis as they have deteriorated over time and exposed sharp edges that scratched me all over my head. I change the head out regularly.

The Braun, with all its price and hoopla, has been a disappointment. It give a shave no where near as close as the Remington. I have to go over and over the same spot to get a decent shave.

I gave up on the Panasonic for the same issue I had with the Braun.

The rotaries? Let's just say that I haven't tried one that could shave my head.

So, I use the Braun if I need a quick, but not close shave. I use the Remington daily. Now and again, I use a multiple blade safety razor.

May 23, 2022 - 3:37:34 PM

2331 posts since 1/16/2010

I’ve heard some folks say that they get irritation from a blade.

Please…try a quality single blade with a quality shave soap…and you will never have irritation again after a shave. Multiple blades cause irritation, as do spray foams from a can full of all sorts of nasty chemicals. A major ingredient in spray shaving cream is monoethanolamine…that’s a very corrosive chemical that we used on submarines in our O2 scrubbers….it doesn’t belong on your facial skin.

May 23, 2022 - 5:00:26 PM
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434 posts since 10/3/2012

If I shave Sunday morning, I start developing 5 o'clock shadow right around 5 o'clock on Thursday., My opinion may not count for much

May 24, 2022 - 10:05 AM
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raybob

USA

13564 posts since 12/11/2003

I started shaving last year after having a full beard for as long as I can remember. I still have a mustache and whiskers on my chin, but what to shave with was also a question for me. I decided not to go with the blades and soap / lather which I'd used when when I was much younger. My dad used an electric, and it seemed to be a lot less hassle and ceremony involved with the process.
I did some research and opted for the Andis, being recommended by barbers said a lot to me because they need a tool that will perform well when they're working without a lot of fuss. I got mine for $60, and I like it. It shaves dry, not wet. I does a good job and gives me no trouble. Rechargeable battery lasts a long time, cleaning it is easy, lightweight, and new blades and foil are available.
It doesn't have a sideburn trimmer or things like that. I have a trimmer that will do that stuff that I used with my beard. It just shaves your beard and does a pretty good job.

May 24, 2022 - 6:31:03 PM

morrich

Canada

30 posts since 10/13/2014

I have used electrics for decades, and currently use a Philips Series 1000. I don't obsess about having a super close shave; a little stubble at the end, or even the beginning of the day doesn't rot my socks, and even more importantly my wife has never complained!

May 25, 2022 - 1:31:21 AM

4120 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by wrench13

I wish I had the balls to try a straight edge "cut throat" razor. My beard is unusually tough and I only get 4-5 good shaves from a 3 blade comm'l razor. HEnce, these days I only shave 1X a week. I have a Norelco 3 head 'lectric, but that does a halfassed job and is useless with a week old beard.


I tried that set of antique cut-throats I pictured above precisely once. They gave a fantastic shave. But having to worry about the possibility of a slight slip producing a bathroom floor covered in blood took some of the satisfaction away. 

Retired now so only shave when the stubble get itchy or my wife says I must smarten up as we're going out. 

Only grown a beard once. early eighties. Got rid of it when they found and arrested the Yorkshire Ripper and it turned out that my beard was very similar to his.

May 25, 2022 - 1:41:54 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26044 posts since 6/25/2005

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 05/25/2022 01:42:50

May 25, 2022 - 3:25:21 PM

2543 posts since 7/20/2004

I’ve used Norelco/Phillips triple-headers for the past 40 years or so. I replace the cutting heads about every five years, which run about half the cost of a whole new shaver.

May 25, 2022 - 6:04:15 PM

128 posts since 1/28/2017

Norelco S1560 has worked well for me. New blades once a year. 6 weeks on a charge. My wife insisted because I use to cut myself all the time. I still have a bunch of blades for the single blade razor.

May 26, 2022 - 4:35:15 AM
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rinemb

USA

14624 posts since 5/24/2005

I have not blade shaved on a regular basis for decades. Always used Braun. No old one from a decade ago was a bit better than my new one. But my old was their top of the line. My new one not. So, perhaps motors etc are better in their TOL models, I thought it was just the added features.
With patience, I do get a smooth face. However, I don’t have a very manly beard. Brad

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