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1. DE or Double edge SAFETY razor blade and razor/holder is the best kind of wet shaving. It doesn't mean you can't also use a mix or other ways or grow a beard. DE is NOT a straight razor unguarded shaving! And DE is not grandpa shaving; just because it's not new. All this stuff is a known/unchanging standard and better (time per resuluts) shaving way; just not known by most.

2, Your face does have to acclimate, you have to add to SOME new muscle memory and the point is not instant. Once you realize a fear of DE shaving is silly; new users tend to then get over confident, a little nick, and swear the thing is the devil. Assuming you're are not disabled related to shaving or crazy then all this is a very small thing; that requires a small amount of maturity and patience. My advice is don't go your own way and follow (do see Internet vids) know directions/methods for a few short days. DO NOT experiment here.

3. There's numerous "tools" (creams, blades, holders, brushes and ZERO reason to buy any one of the expensive versions. This stuff is the slick deal and can NOT be beat) So there you can experiment. Not with the actual shaving strokes. SIMPLY angle the DE razor out/up, in the direction where it shave LESS close (within the SAFETY GUARD closeness level gap) for a very patient week or so. The whole point of this is UNBELIEVABLY closer shaves (even on old tough stubble) are possible (due to much less friction than overpriced acne causing cartridges and across the face by closeness levels; from YOUR angle in the range/gap). Very custom, better. HOWEVER; NOT during your first acclimation (week? month?) to shaving this close.

4. So; it you are not willing to shave less close, for a week or so then forget it. You will never get to unfathomable close.

5. Never shave for the available, baby smooth closeness; even after your skin gets used to it. ALWAYS shave for absolutely zero nick or even weepers or even any lasting redness. The point being: You have to let the crazy closeness happen, in it's own time; with YOUR perfect and always improving technique. You will naturally learn minor shaving angle differences; such how to go over tough tiny areas with one side of the blade and to shave rounded areas in sections with a flat blade and LIGHTER buffing stokes closer each one. So while you control the angle of depth (maybe closer on your chin and not so close; but visually clean on any neck areas that would break out with razor bumps).

6. People are different and age matters. However DE is CUSTOM. A new preteen shaver can get a tight/mild less deep holder gap (and other angles) and a dull (but smooth) Derby blade and be absolutely thrilled. You can even set up for the stubble look; with less acne this way. However the old grey, dense copper wire like beard stubble could get a huge gap (less safety so only after practice) and the sharpest Feather blade and be blown away with levels of clean shave (sometimes) the never could even dream were possible.

7. If pressed for time then you can shave faster with much DEEPER RESULTS FOR YOUR LESS TIME. For example: NOT close but looks perfect shaved; before the busy work day. And you can start on your days off. Or with 5 more minutes (after practice technique) otherwise so crazy close, that you only need shave every other day! Yes even tough ones. Of course; also the Goldilocks 'middle of the road' setups too. 30 somethings generally.

8. Some things are (way) different for people and somethings are not. DE fits whoever. Customization. More choices (blade sharpness and razor/holder range dept of cut), numerous styles $2 and up.

There's no way to be a slicker shaving deal than DE blades. The holder cost is insignificant; because you can get one for $2 you use you entire lifetime and pass to your kids and grand-kids for theirs.

Everyone should START with mild; and old tough guys will have to plan on getting a more aggressive (wider deeper cutting gap mainly) AFTER an acclimation period. Else you start pushing to hard to get closer. DO NOT SHAVE HARDER; SHAVE MUCH MORE LIGHTLY than cartridges require (very bad and make the bad habit). Rather and instead: Adjust your holder gap closeness and also blade sharpness, post acclimation.

You can find a bunch of stuff I wrote here on slick-deals such and product recommendations. Mainly there's no reason to buy any expensive parts.

Remember face washing is a necessity anyway. So for the times you want smooth shaven (and DE blades are not for privates; that 's not the shaving I'm writing about. I mean face or legs.) Then you might as well use a synthetic (due to low cost and maintenance alone) shaving brush and so 'kill two bird with one stone'. A brush is better and yet optional for any kind of shaving. So technically not DE specific.

And get a good shave cream. It can be CHEAPER than using non-shave specific soaps. A good one gives slickness, cushion, and staying power to stop redness. As well as cleaning and hydration retention etc...

After shave NON-ALCOHOL lotion matched to you is recommended.

Putting up your rinsed razor blade (4 to 7 shaves each double side blade) with a quick squirt of alcohol along the blade stop rust and keep the sharpness.

Yes you can shave (good) for months with one blade; but that's wrong. Because it ever so slowly encourages you to push to harder and harder and not shave with almost zero friction. And the blades are 7 cents. Come on. You could change it every single day; if you wish.

There is no reason for my to lie about my tests of now going back and giving the best cartridges a FAIR try. There's no freaking way I'd go back to just carts now. I'm like; did I actually use these???? We just can't know until we know. Ya know? Smilie

Get a blade sampler. They are that different and you have to try them. Change only one thing at a time and AFTER acclimation. Simply shave after shower (heat hydration for softer stubble). This will vary you optimal post acclimation custom setup choice. Effectively allowing zero errors. If you get ANY errors then please remember, You did something wrong. Don't tolerate ANY kind of even minor error. Such as you likely had with carts.

Way easier to just do than to write about. But with DE you CAN NOT wing it. And I hope I gave you all you need to know FIRST. Technique is king. YOURS.

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I used these Astra blades for about six years and they were great. Then they changed something on newer batches (newer ones only have printing on one side of the blade) about a year ago or so and suddenly I was getting awful in-grown hairs with every shave. Switched to the Feather brand and haven't had a problem.

You might have better luck but I'll never use these again.
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I've been using double edge blades for over 7 years and can't imagine ever going back to electric or those multi blade disposables. With that said I'm not a fan of Astras. Feathers are my favorite although a bit more but well worth the sharpness. My next favorite would be the Personnas which are similar in price to these Astras.
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You only use these blades for two shaves? I change the blade every Monday.
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Never tried a DE/safety razor. Is there one or two that would be considered the mildest to try first and inexpensive?
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Never tried a DE/safety razor. Is there one or two that would be considered the mildest to try first and inexpensive?
This is a really good blade and the first I ever used. I switched to parkers brand but I don't like it as much, so I'm jumping on this deal. I just flip the blade after the first shave and get a second shave out of it. You can't beat 200 shaves for less than $8 in blades!!
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This is a really good blade and the first I ever used. I switched to parkers brand but I don't like it as much, so I'm jumping on this deal. I just flip the blade after the first shave and get a second shave out of it. You can't beat 200 shaves for less than $8 in blades!!
Cool. But what about an actual razor to buy for first time? What is the mildest razor? (not blades)
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I've been using double edge blades for over 7 years and can't imagine ever going back to electric or those multi blade disposables. With that said I'm not a fan of Astras. Feathers are my favorite although a bit more but well worth the sharpness. My next favorite would be the Personnas which are similar in price to these Astras.
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Cool. But what about an actual razor to buy for first time? What is the mildest razor? (not blades)
I guess it depends on your price point. My merkur was $40 and it's awesome but I've also never tried anything else...so not much to go off of.
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Wow, I haven't seen so many bad reviews for a highly rated item. I'll pass.
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Cool. But what about an actual razor to buy for first time? What is the mildest razor? (not blades)
You can adjust it with a Rockwell razor.
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Cool. But what about an actual razor to buy for first time? What is the mildest razor? (not blades)
Handles, as blades, are a matter of personal preference. I like these Astra blades and a nice heavy handle. You can easily get a variety pack of blades on Amazon by searching "double edge blade sampler". I would avoid spending too much on your first handle until you decide safety razors are for you and go from there.
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Never tried a DE/safety razor. Is there one or two that would be considered the mildest to try first and inexpensive?
I went with a Merkur adjustable. It was $55. I leave it on 2. Theres copies on amazon for $15.."Qshave"

The key to these blades is not applying anymore pressure than it takes to pull the razor across your skin. You will cut yourself until you master this, which for me was atleast 4 shaves.

I've been shaving my entire head and face for almost 20 years.

It's the cheapest way to shave even if you switch the blade out every shave. With the amount I shave I feel it's just all around better to use a new blade every time. You could get away with 3 shaves per blade, but you will notice the difference.

I use these blades, because they are still cheap and very decent. I've tried many blades that were cheaper and many that cost more. These are usually about $25 for 300.
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Cool. But what about an actual razor to buy for first time? What is the mildest razor? (not blades)
I would buy this razor and see if you like using a safety razor before spending a lot of money on a razor.

https://www.amazon.com/Wilkinson-...458&sr=8-3

I switched over in January and bought this, which shaved OK. Just I didn't like having to take it apart to clean it and change the blade.

https://www.amazon.com/Wilkinson-...60&sr=8-15

In August I bought a Rockwell Model T, which I like a lot and would say to buy, if you can find one. It has the wings that open to put in the blade and is adjustable. Now you could go old school and buy a Gillette Fatboy razor off Ebay. The idea of buying a 50 year old razor didn't appeal to me.

I have been using the Astra blades since I started and I'm OK with them. From what I recall 100 blades was still only around $8.00 when I bought them in January.

So you are going to need a razor, blades, soap, brush, aftershave, and a styptic pencil.

This is a great brush. I first bought a brush with real hair, but I got tired of having hairs on my face, so I bought this one.

https://www.westcoastshaving.com/...-and-white

Since I was trying to save money on shaving it didn't make sense to buy high dollar stuff. So I have been using Proraso soap and aftershave, which I'm OK with.

https://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Af...55&sr=8-10

https://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Sh...55&sr=8-14
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This is a really good blade and the first I ever used. I switched to parkers brand but I don't like it as much, so I'm jumping on this deal. I just flip the blade after the first shave and get a second shave out of it. You can't beat 200 shaves for less than $8 in blades!!
You only use these blades for two shaves? I change the blade every Monday.
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I used these Astra blades for about six years and they were great. Then they changed something on newer batches (newer ones only have printing on one side of the blade) about a year ago or so and suddenly I was getting awful in-grown hairs with every shave. Switched to the Feather brand and haven't had a problem.

You might have better luck but I'll never use these again.
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