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    Travel gear thread

    I used to use a Gillette Mach 3 or sensor, I prefer as few blades as possible and only used the m3 when I was out of fresh sensor cartridges. More recently I’ve been using the new Gillette skin guard and despite the astronomically high price of replacement carts (I only buy them when on offer)...
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    Travel gear thread

    This is quite a timeley thread as I’m travelling at the moment. Only a 2/3 day trip to London and travelling by rail so decided to scale down my shaving kit. The razor is a merkur travel safety bar, brush is a Simpson Wee Scot in its own travel tube. Soap is Palmolive and blades are Rapira...
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    Mail call! 3 new toys 😊

    Oddly enough I decided to start with the Vulfix, as boar/bristle seems to take the longest to break in IMO. Strangely it was very soft straight out of the box, unlike any other Vulfix I've tried in the past. Most likely will move onto the Berkley in a couple of weeks to start breaking that in..
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    Think I've found my 'go-to' blade

    Yes its the 10-pack version, although I heard mention that they are essentially the same blade - can anyone confirm?
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    What did you use today? +Rate the shave 1-10 (10 best)

    Certainly not as fancy as some of you guys shaves, but here was my effort for today: Pre: Hot shower and Nivea deep cleaning face wash Cream: Palmolive shave cream Brush: Vulfix #28 pure bristle Razor: Merkur Progress, setting 2 (WTG & ATG) Blade: Rapira Super Stainless, 4th use Post: T-Zone...
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    Think I've found my 'go-to' blade

    Funny you should make that comparison, I have just gone through about 30 Astra SP's (100 packs of both SP and SS) and I'd say these are of a similar sharpness level to the Rapira, however the Rapira SS is a whole lot more forgiving. If I take my time with the Astras then there's no issues, but...
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    Think I've found my 'go-to' blade

    Hi all, Been working my way through the lockdown stockpile of blades (around 600 of mostly Russian origin) and finally got round to trying out the first of the Rapira line. Decided to start with the super stainless because these were the only ones I've had previous experience with, and I must...
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    Mail call! 3 new toys 😊

    Just received a package from London, and as you can see they are quite an attractive bunch! From left to right I got a Vulfix #28 Pure Bristle (boar?), and Simpsons 46 Berkeley and Special both in pure badger. I haven’t owned a Simpson brush since my last one (Duke 2 pure) got destroyed by...
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    Adventures with a Gillette Tech

    Interesting, I currently have a Feather loaded in a Merkur 1904 open comb, which is one of the mildest razors I have(ignoring vintage gillettes etc). I think I'll just leave the blade in the razor for a while to see how long it lasts...
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    Adventures with a Gillette Tech

    Exactly this, Feathers for me are for when I have more than 24 hours of growth and want a quick, effortless shave. Using them this way means I usually only get 2 or 3 good shaves out of them, any more is asking for nicks and irritation. The only blades that last for at least 5 shaves have been...
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    Adventures with a Gillette Tech

    Yes I have found the Ikon stainless handle to throw the balance off ever so slightly, though not enough to effect the overall outcome of the shave. In terms of angle, I've found moving the handle closer to the face to be more effective than lifting it up away from the face, is this sort of...
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    What razor/blade did you use today

    1960's Gillette Tech with an Ikon Stainless heavyweight handle and an Astra Superior Platinum blade on its first use.
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    Adventures with a Gillette Tech

    Finally got round to experimenting with my first tech I've had since February. It's a 1960's NOS model (no date code that I can see) with an aluminium handle. Initially I used a couple of Rapira Super Stainless blades, which have been working really well for me in just about any razor I've put...
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    Went back to the superlite slant

    After a long cycle this afternoon I decided to experiment with some stuff I haven’t used in a while. The Fine Superlite Slant was top of the list as I’ve been having trouble with a patch of really resistant flat hairs on my chin. Pre was a hot shower, Nivea face wash and proraso pre/post...
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    Proraso white, what a load of....

    I picked up a proraso triple pack of green, white and red soap. After a glorious 3-4 months of shaving with the green I decided to try the white because I had an older tub of the red (which was great) that I finished before the green. I must say that I’m very unimpressed with the performance of...
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