My closest shaves are with an SE

Discussion in 'General Shaving Discussion' started by maxman, May 8, 2012.

  1. maxman

    maxman Moderator Emeritus

    I've had just about every vintage safety razor around at one time or another.
    I rotate through DE,SE and straights.
    Of all the blades, of all the razors I've tried, the SE razors give me the closest shave.

    Im putting in a plug here for the SE.
    If you haven't tried one, give it a shot.
  2. I as well get my best shaves with my GEM 1912. I am a SE convert.
  3. I'm happy for you.

    I, on the other hand, have tried almost every SE razor on the planet and I can't get a satisfactory shave with any of them. Furthermore, I don't enjoy the razors or the shaves anywhere near as much as I do with a DE. (Just to present a dissenting opinion; I know that many people love SEs.)
  4. Yep. I get just as close a shave with my SE razors as I do with my DE and my straight razors.

    I have not found a razor yet that I can't get a closes shave with.
  5. I'm singing the same song. SEs are king shavers.
  6. How can it be better than a straight? Do you get the same soft face feel from a SE that the straight produces? I can get a great shave from a DE but it is just not the same as a straight.
  7. maxman

    maxman Moderator Emeritus

    The feedback from a straight is amazing. You have 100% total control over what you are doing. That is why I love a straight.
    Nothing will top that feel when you are shaving.

    For whatever reason (and I'm sure there are many) I just can't get as close a shave with a straight.
  8. I have one single-edge so far, a GEM "G-Bar". It's a nice little shaver, and I get a better shave each time I use it. I am not far enough along with it to know if it will become a preferred razor, but it's a good one for sure.

    Reminds me of the deep-frying episode of Good Eats. "The best thing about deep frying in a dutch oven on the stove is that you have total control of your oil temperature. The worst thing about deep frying in a dutch oven on the stove is that you have total control of your oil temperature."
  9. Congrats on finding your best razor, glad its worked out well for you. While I don't use a SE razor, I'm able to get really good shaves with any razor I use, be it a DE, slant, straight, or whatever. I believe that technique decides how the shave will turn out, but I'm glad that you've found your own ideal. :thumbup1:

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