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  1. Mark1977

    Horrible Astra SS

    Hi Guys Recently purchased a tuck of Astra SS (Blue). The Superior Platinum is one of my favorite blades. But this stainless one feels just horrible. Lots of tugging, very rough on the skin etc. It barely cuts any hairs on my face. 3-4 strokes and I swapped it out for an Astra SP and it was...
  2. Mark1977

    New Voskhod Blades?

    The only Voskhod blades I've used had Teflon Coated printed on the packaging. I've since finished those and planning to order a few tucks. These do not have Teflon Coated printed. I've yet to receive them. Does anyone have any experience with both types? Same blade, different packaging? Voskhod...
  3. Mark1977

    New Voskhod Blades?

    The only Voskhod blades I've used had Teflon Coated printed on the packaging. I've since finished those and planning to order a few tucks. These do not have Teflon Coated printed. I've yet to receive them. Does anyone have any experience with both types? Same blade, different packaging? Voskhod...
  4. Mark1977

    Captain's Choice Cat I'm Nine Tails

    I've always loved aftershaves that give a nice burn. Been wanting to get this particular aftershave for a while. Does it really burn as much as claimed? What others would you recommend that provides that nice burn and how do they compare to this Captain's Choice? Sent from my CPH1969 using...
  5. Mark1977

    First Shave With The Merkur Progress

    Hi Gents Just wanted to share my experience of shaving with the Progress for the first time. I've been eyeing this razor for a while. I first heard of it almost 20 years ago when I started wet shaving. But it was just too expensive to purchase from here in Malaysia. Fast forward 20 years, I...
  6. Mark1977

    Efficient Shave - Mantic59

    Hi Gents Hope y'all had a good weekend. Like many of you, I learned so much from watching YouTube videos from guys like Nick Shaves, Kevy Shaves, Geofatboy, Paul H etc. My technique has gotten a lot better since. I've not had a single nick, razor burns in over a year. Another good video I found...
  7. Mark1977

    My Favorite Indian Shaving Creams

    Not sure if anyone of you are familiar with Indian made shaving creams. I've been wet shaving for over 20 years and I've tried lots of soaps and creams. But I keep coming back to these Indian made ones every now and then. They are great. Especially the Vi John ones. In terms of performance...
  8. Mark1977

    Proraso Pro Boar Brush. Broken In???

    Hi Gents I've had this Proraso boar brush for about a couple of months. But I've used it no more than 10 times as I usually use a different brush for each daily shave. I just love variety so I usually rotate my brushes along with razors, blades, soaps etc. I love this particular brush. Yes it's...
  9. Mark1977

    What Razor Would You Replace Immediately If You Lost/Broke It?

    Hi Gents Most of us have multiple razors in our collection/rotation. I have been wet shaving for over 20 years and I have collected a few myself over the years. While they all shave differently, I like them all. I rotate them all. But I keep coming back to my Merkur 34C more often than any...
  10. Mark1977

    What Makes A Good Brush??

    I have been wet shaving for a long time, but never really went crazy in terms of buying brushes. I usually can't stop myself from getting blades and soaps. Off late I started getting more interested in brushes. So I decided to get a Proraso boar brush. The others I have are pretty cheap...
  11. Mark1977

    Proraso Boar Brush Question

    Recently picked up a Proraso boar brush. It's a little stiff but I'm sure it'll soften up after a week or so of use. However I am having trouble lathering. I might be removing more water from the brush than I should, but I really have no idea. When I want to reapply lather for my second and...
  12. Mark1977

    Gillette London Bridge Blades

    About to get a few tucks of these blades later today from my usual blade supplier. Never heard or even seen this blade before. Anyone tried this before? I'll post pics of the packaging and blade once I have them. I'll also provide my daily feedback after I've completed my shave with it. I'll...
  13. Mark1977

    Arko Shaving Creams ... Excellent!

    Many of us wet shavers have used the Arko soaps and sticks. But many are not aware of the awesome creams they manufacture. These creams are excellent. Easy to lather up, very slick and scent is really nice too. Many have complained about the scent of the soap but the creams are a good...
  14. Mark1977

    Gatsby After Shave Water

    Been using this after shave every now and then. It come from Japan and is pretty cheap here in Malaysia (USD 2.80) for a bottle. This product and claims to have a "Fresh Citrus Fragrance". Ingredients worth mentioning are Menthol, Camphor, and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (aka Aloe Vera). The...
  15. Mark1977

    Gillette Super Nacet From China

    Anyone tried these China made Super Nacet blades before? Easily available in Malaysia and pretty cheap as well. Would love to hear your thoughts. I haven't use these for a long time. I remember them being pretty aggressive. But I was still new to wet shaving and along with bad technique, I was...
  16. Mark1977

    Plastic Gillette DE Razor

    I started shaving a little more than 23 years ago. This platic Gillette DE razor was what I used for more than 15 years. Every shave was bad. Yes it got the job done. But there was never a comfortable shave. Always had razor burns and nicks no matter what I did or what blade I used. Hated my...
  17. Mark1977

    Merkur 34C More Aggressive Than Edwin Jagger DE89?

    Hi guys. I have been using an Edwin Jagger DE89 and Parker Variant Adjustable for some time. I recently started using the Merkur 34C again and regardless of what blade I use, the 34C does seem a little more aggressive than the DE89. I also find that the shave is more efficient and I'm able to...
  18. Mark1977

    Arko Shaving Creams - Any Fans?

    Hi Gents I've been using Arko Shaving Soaps for a while. Absolutely love it. I recently bought some Arko creams from a super here in Malaysia. Each tube costs only USD 1.50 which is a very fine deal. They just arrived so I've not used it as yet. Has anyone tried these creams? Care to provide...
  19. Mark1977

    Israeli Personna Blades

    Hi Gents Not sure if the blades in my picture are the Personna Reds that people are raving about. I did some reading and these that are packed in blue and white are said to be the same blades as the ones that are packed in red boxes. The white and blue packing is said to be for the UK market...
  20. Mark1977

    Really Starting To Love My Parker Variant Adjustable

    I bought my Parker Variant almost 2 months ago after using only my Edwin Jagger DE89 for a very long time. At first, I found the Variant to be too aggressive from setting 2.5 and above. I really wanted to love this razor but I kept getting lots of irritation and some weepers every time I used...
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