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  1. Umma2gumma

    R41... not as aggressive as I expected.

    So, my last purchase came here - ordered it on Friday and it was in my mail box on Monday, kudos to Maggard‘s for super quick turnaround. Of course, I had to try it right away. I’ve already shaved this morning, but I usually have a visible stubble by 8pm. So, I hopped in the shower, then loaded...
  2. Umma2gumma

    I get mild irritation using sharp blades in mild razors

    I have no issues using sharp blades like Feather in moderately aggressive razors (Parker Variant at 3.5, Maggard V3A) However, the last couple of times I used a Feather in a mild Baili 176 or TTO, I’d get itchy afterwards. No irritation right away, no redness, but in a few hours I start wanting...
  3. Umma2gumma

    Razorock German 37 Slant is very picky about its blades

    Ever since getting the razor I've been kind of disappointed with it. I can get an effortless 3-pass BBS with any of my other most liked razors, Parker Variant and Yanli Bronze / Maggard V3A. With Razorock, using Astra SP or even Feather always seemed to result in a comfortable shave that was...
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    What do you use to store your loaded razors in ?

    There's plenty of razor storage cases on the eBay and Amazon. The problem is, I store my razors with blades in them, ready to use. Most of the flap-closure cases I've tried are so tight, the flap ends up resting firmly against the blade, and this I believe will have a significant dulling...
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    Maggard V3A

    Yesterday I had a meeting in Toledo, and figured that I might as well take a detour on the way home and stop by Maggard's store in Adrian. Wanted to visit it ever since I got into wet shaving. It's a cool place, the best selection of shaving related stuff I've ever seen, and their customer...
  6. Umma2gumma

    What’s the next step?

    So, I’ve had several great shaves with my newly acquired Ever-Ready 1912, and I am already looking for another SE razor to add to my collection. Would like to stay with old razors rather than modern ones. What I’d like to get is a razor that uses the same blades, and is just a shade more...
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    Re-discovering my 1st razor, Baili TTO

    When I just started wet shaving back in February, I bought a Baili TTO razor, after a little internet search. It was less than $10 before shipping, if I recall. On the very first shave with it, I just tore up my face, everything was done wrong. For the first two weeks, I was in constant...
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    First shave with a 86 + year old razor. Wow.

    I have been interested in SE razors ever since I first read about them, but this seemed like a whole new game and a little overwhelming given how I only started wet shaving this year. Then, one of the members here posted a few of his razors for sale (thank you cpool222), and I figured what the...
  9. Umma2gumma

    Sorry Crystal, it wasn't a good date...

    Should've known that. Crystal is a name fit for a stripper. This is the first blade in a long time that I am not even going to try and stick with for the 2nd shave. Shaving was not very pleasant - felt tuggy and not very sharp - and now hours later, I still feel mild irritation. Haven't had...
  10. Umma2gumma

    Ready to try something new - OC or Slant, and which ?

    So, I started DE shaving with a Baili TTO in February. Bought an even milder 179 a week later. Then got a Parker Variant in March or early April, and never looked back, getting a reliable BBS quality 3-pass shave with it. So, I feel like I am ready to branch out into something different...
  11. Umma2gumma

    Used a Feather for the first time... not what I expected at all.

    That blade has such a fearsome reputation, I was afraid to use it even though I ordered them with my very first sample pack. Finally, I felt adventurous enough that I decided to try it two weekends ago. Updated my will, kissed wife and kids goodbye, took a really hot shower, put the blade in my...
  12. Umma2gumma

    BBS in under 10 minutes :)

    I have been on a very busy schedule lately, and was trying to get out as quickly as possible every morning. Got to the point where I can get BBS in under 10 minutes. Well under 10 minutes - the shaving itself takes perhaps 5 min, the rest is aftershave care & cleaning. After a hot shower, rub...
  13. Umma2gumma

    Any inflatable kayak owners ?

    Bought a couple of inflatable kayaks last summer hoping to take family trips around the numerous lakes and waterways we have here. Didn't want to deal with storage and loading issues associated with "proper" rigid kayaks. So far, my daughter is the only one interested in it, so one kayak...
  14. Umma2gumma

    Variant / Progress users, need some help...

    OK so I have been trying to get better at using my Variant for the past week but I feel that at low settings, I still can't get the same efficiency with it as I get with my mild Baili 176 (both are loaded with Astra SP). I do get BBS - but it takes longer and requires more passes than I...
  15. Umma2gumma

    $11 Baili vs $57 Parker

    Left side of the face, Baili BD176. Right side, Variant set to 1.5 (I find it a little too aggressive for me). Both loaded with new Astra SP blades. Skipped WTG and did two passes with each. Both gave me a BBS quality shave. The cheap Baili provided very little audible feedback and took a...
  16. Umma2gumma

    Parker Platinum - opinions ?

    It was the time to toss the Astra SP loaded into my new Parker Variant, and I decided to try a Parker Platinum blade that came with it. Did neck and throat on 1.5 (I got a bit too adventurous when I first got Variant and aggravated these areas a bit), face on 3. Nicked an old scab, but...
  17. Umma2gumma

    Recommend me a case for Parker Variant

    I am looking for a case to store my new Parker Variant in. Something that is protective, portable, not too expensive, not too ugly ;), and won't be damaged by water or alcohol. I wash my razors and spray a little rubbing alcohol on them after each use, and I can't leave them drying on the...
  18. Umma2gumma

    Parker Variant Graphite

    Just received my Parker Variant with a Graphite handle... literally 20 minutes after finishing my morning shave :) So, no review of it's action until tomorrow... but here's what I think so far. My razors up until now were Baili 179 TTO (a clone of Viking Chieftain) and 176DE (same as Razorock...
  19. Umma2gumma

    What is the best adjustable razor to get with a long term aim ?

    I think I am ready to start very slowly trying a little more aggressive shaving setup. Tried to shim my Baili 176 today by cutting the edges off old blades, but it's a royal pain and only good for setting it once, not for experimenting with different levels of aggressiveness. What modern...
  20. Umma2gumma

    Is lather reallysupposed to be in thick foamy clumps ?

    I have my one and only brush, the Maggard 26mm synthetic with granite handle. I am using it with Arko soap. I used to rub the soap stick on my face and then face lather with a wet brush, but for the past week or so I keep the soap grated up in a glass jar & load the brush there, apply to face...
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