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I'm one of those blokes who has never had any issues with shaving. No rash, burn or bumps.

The only reason I stumbled into the shaving forums 10 years ago was through Googling Blenheim Bouquet and the demise of Noxzema foam.

I've gone through all the various stages as most forum members, tried pretty much all the modern and vintage DE razors and blades, straight razors and disposable straight razors. Tried bristle and badger brushes and all sorts of soaps and creams. I've tried collecting and hunting for rarities.

After a few years of that I just went back to the convenience of the cartridge system. I can pick up a handle and blades and a can of foam literally anywhere on the planet and have exactly the same result as with a Damascus straight razor, Yardley soap and ivory-handled brush.

It's (shaving's) only ever been about looking presentable when I need to with the least amount of faff.

The fact I drive a £200 banger may also go some way to explaining my philosophy. I can sit at traffic lights next to a £100k Aston Martin without even a twinge of envy. If it gets the job done, I'm happy enough.

Horses. Courses.



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Southern Ontario, Canada
I went back to cartridges (Mach3 & Sensor) several years ago and haven’t looked back. I get better shaves with these two cartridges than I ever did in all my years of shaving with a DE or SE. My face is irritation free with no nicks, weepers or ingrown hairs, and I shave every day. In my opinion the quality and satisfaction of the shaves I get from the Mach3 and Sensor cartridges far outweigh their (exorbitant) cost. One thing I’ll never do is trade in my badger brushes and shaving cream for canned foam or gel.
 
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Glasgow
for the non-jock amongst us, skelped is slapped. Happy to help on this dreich day. :)
Lol I'm a kiwi...but have lived far too long north of the border yes ;)

Back on topic I think cartridge satisfaction might be related to skin/hair type, I've got wirey hair and soft skin that will ingrow just by thinking it, not a good combo for the multi-blade setup
 
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London
I wonder how much what are now vintage Gillettes would have cost relatively when they were what the majority used ... Also the relative cost of blades, etc.? I would not be surprised if at the time blades were quite costly as carts are now. Of course I may be completely wrong, but my initial googling hasn’t revealed much.

I think a lot of it is down to not having been tutored in shaving right from the beginning, so when we start we chop ourselves up with the basic carts and goo. If we had the right technique to begin with we wouldn’t have got into this whole business of spending large sums of moolah.

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Birmingham.
I wonder how much what are now vintage Gillettes would have cost relatively when they were what the majority used ... Also the relative cost of blades, etc.? I would not be surprised if at the time blades were quite costly as carts are now. Of course I may be completely wrong, but my initial googling hasn’t revealed much.

I think a lot of it is down to not having been tutored in shaving right from the beginning, so when we start we chop ourselves up with the basic carts and goo. If we had the right technique to begin with we wouldn’t have got into this whole business of spending large sums of moolah.

:)
I think you have a very good point there as I remember my late father in law telling me that he used to buy one blade at a time and use it until it was almost ripping your face off.

Dave.
 
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Wigan, Lancashire
Randomangle said:
I think a lot of it is down to not having been tutored in shaving right from the beginning,
You have a good point there. My father wasn't around to teach me how to shave, and my older brother had long flown the nest by the time I had to start, so I had to work it out for myself, and made plenty of mistakes. Of course now I've made the move to DE, I have to learn a whole new technique...

Interestingly, to me anyway, I was having a rummage around at my mum's house the other day and found one of my first razors, a Remington Lektroblade, a fixed head twin blade thing with a vibrating handle. It looks like a horrific cheap piece of crap! I can't believe I ever put that thing near my face! I Soon made the move to a Contour...
 
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