Just starting, what do you think?

Discussion in 'Shave Clinic & Newbie Check-In' started by browngd, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. I have decided to take up the art of classic wet shaving. I did tons of research and below is what I have purchased to get started. Let me know what you think and any tips that might help me on my quest to the perfect shave!

    Razors
    1959 Gillette Fatboy (Great Condition) $34.85 at the bay
    Gillette Old Style #102 (Great Condition) $8.50 at the bay

    Blades
    West Coast Shaving Sampler Pack Choice $10.00 at West Coast Shaving

    Brush
    Edwin Jagger Best Badger (Size Medium) $28.00 at The English Shaving Co.

    Soaps/Creams/After Shaves
    Tabac with bowl $15.58 at Amazon
    Col. Conk - Lime $3.25 at West Coast Shaving
    Speick Shaving Cream $6.50 at West Coast Shaving
    Witch Hazel - Rose Petal $11.00 at Amazon

    I hope that's enough to get me started. My wife already started raising her eyebrows! Let me know what you think.

    Thanks!

    Greg
    Petersburg, WV
     
  2. Nice start up kit!
     
  3. The sample pack is your most important item. It can make your shaves radically different, for better or for worse, depending on the blade. Also, I never take a razor to my face until I touch my fingertips to my whiskers and they feel smooth and fuzzy instead of hard and stubbly (proper prep will get you there, I've found it's as simple as washing my face with a glycerine body bar and letting it sit for a few minutes before lathering)

    :thumbup1:

    P.S. - A lot of beginners, myself included, had trouble with Merkur blades. I'd suggest avoiding them till you have a little experience under your belt. My favorites are the Israeli Personna blades in the red pack
     
  4. good set up. start low on the fatboy settings and gradually work up until its close and comfortable. also if you havent already then you should check out mantics youtube videos on wet shaving.
     
  5. That's a GREAT way to start! Have fun, good luck and welcome to the B&B.
     
  6. Looks good to me!

    (Be sure to start with the Tabac!)
     
  7. That's exactly what got me to this point! :biggrin:

    I saw the video linked on Lifehacker and I was sold. I actually haven't shaved very much in many years because of my frustrations on getting a shave I am happy with. Every time a new cartridge razor would come out I would run out and get it to only be disappointed.

    I am also looking for creative ways to build a morning routine that will work for me. I have a very hard time waking up in the morning and so I am hoping this will help by giving me something to look forward to when I get up and start my routine.

    Thanks, for the advice thus far! :thumbup1:
     
  8. :thumbup1: and welcome
     
  9. just dont give up on DE shaving too soon, it will take a little while to get used to but it'll be well worth it when you get the hang of it and can start perfecting it.:001_smile
     
  10. Welcome =)

    Here are some of my recommendations...

    Alum Block - Get it from an Indian Grocery store/market $1 - $2
    Styptic Pencil - Its like an Alum block but more for cuts $2 - $5 Walgreens etc...
    Hotpot - to heat water $10 - Wallymart etc
    Assorted mugs for soap - get from the kitchen / goodwill / antique stores etc or buy cool ones online
    Thayers Witch hazel - The best WH Ive used =) I like the lavender GNC / Health Food Stores
    Cheese Grater - If you want to mill down your soaps (grab from kitchen / goodwill etc)
    Brush Stand - $2 or DIY one out of a metal hanger etc
    Barbicide / Alcohol to keep everything clean $5 - $6 from Beauty Supply Store -- alcohol you probably have =)
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2009
  11. Welcome to B&B !!

    I think you're hooked :biggrin:
     
  12. Expensive startup kit. Good choices.
     

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