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I shave every day (because I need to) and wouldn't begin to find the time to use a blade every morning.

My shaver's battery no longer holds a charge and I need a new shaver. This is my second shaver: the first was a mid-range Braun Foil that couldn't cut very well and never held a charge longer than a couple days. The current one is a Mid-high range Remington Foil that, when new, would cut "as close as a blade" and the battery would last over a month.

Now that I have to run the shaver plugged in all the time and I think it needs new blades I felt is time for a replacement. Maybe a rotary shaver?

Thought I'd come here to get some feedback on what you find works best...
 

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I went old school I shave with either a Safety razor especially when I'm out to sea or a straight razor when I'm home...and yes I use shaving soap and a brush for lather
 

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See...the problem is that during the week, I use my 10 year old (And still going strong, I might add) cheapo electric razor (Foil). But when I have a few days off, and shave again, I use a blade. I can't shave with a blade every day or I get razor burn like a mo-fo. :crazy:

But I do like razors...the closest shave you can get. Period. :waytogo:
 

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I use a triple-head, rotary Norelco that I got a couple years ago. Up to that point, I used a safety razor and it was the better shave. Electric just doesn't get as close and I spend just as much time trying, since I have to hit the same spot a couple times, even with new blades.

So, why do I keep using it? It was an expensive birthday present from the wife and she was really excited about it. Ladies, if you bought one as a surprise Christmas present, keep the receipt.
 

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yeah I had the same problem with my Braun years ago...it was one of the first gifts my then new wife gave me...I used it religiously for 6-7 years until it died...then I switched. My face has cleared up and I don't get razor burn anymore...of course my wife now gets to buy stranger things like strop rouge (cheap but hard to find really good stuff) and badger hair shaving brushes (neither cheap nor easy to find). I have two safety razors (one at home and one on the ship) and one "beginers" straight razor(at home cant't be having a weapon on the ship). There are days when I can't shave with the straght razor putting 4" of steel to your own throat required a lot of nerve and time (slow and steady is the only way to go) but I rarely nick myself with the safety razor and never with the straight.
 

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mikev7 said:
I'm black, i can't use razors, etc. I get razor bumps. I use my hair clippers.

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While I'm not black, I used to get a lot of them too. It was a question of technique.

1. Wash face.
2. Put on shave gel - scent free ideal. Let it sit for a while (couple of minutes at least).
3. Shave with the grain - NOT against it. That's critical.
4. Use a sharp razor (I use Mach 3) and little pressue. Just firm enough to keep contact with skin.
5. Rinse face off and use an after-treatment (I use Neutrogena).

Tips: Use warm or cool water - NOT hot.

It has made a big difference for me. Big time. :waytogo:
 

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I voted rotary, mines getting a little old so sometimes i have to make more than just a few passes but it still gets the job done with ease. A straight blade may cut it closer or leave your face feeling smoother but I don't think I could notice it, and the electric can litterally be done in 20 seconds with no mirror and just a splash of water.
 
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mikev7 said:
I'm black, i can't use razors, etc. I get razor bumps. I use my hair clippers.

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While I'm not black, I used to get a lot of them too. It was a question of technique.

1. Wash face.
2. Put on shave gel - scent free ideal. Let it sit for a while (couple of minutes at least).
3. Shave with the grain - NOT against it. That's critical.
4. Use a sharp razor (I use Mach 3) and little pressue. Just firm enough to keep contact with skin.
5. Rinse face off and use an after-treatment (I use Neutrogena).

Tips: Use warm or cool water - NOT hot.

It has made a big difference for me. Big time. :waytogo:

[/ QUOTE ]I also don't have a full beard :frown:, only hair on/under my chin, REAL PISSY sideburns, and a mustache. I want a full thick beard like the Iraqi people :rolling:.
 

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My shaver's battery no longer holds a charge and I need a new shaver.

[/ QUOTE ]You don't need a new shaver!

The battery in my shaver died so I took the old battery out and replaced it for a fraction of what a new shaver costs.

Just remove the battery (very easy to do), take it to a place like Batteries Plus or a store that specializes in batteries and have them solder up a new one for you.

I think it cost me something like $22.00.
 

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A. I use only blades.
B. Enjoy this absolute GEM from The Onion.

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F-ck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades




By James M. Kilts
CEO and President,
The Gillette Company

Would someone tell me how this happened? We were the f-cking vanguard of shaving in this country. The Gillette Mach3 was the razor to own. Then the other guy came out with a three-blade razor. Were we scared? Hell, no. Because we hit back with a little thing called the Mach3Turbo. That's three blades and an aloe strip. For moisture. But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened—the bastards went to four blades. Now we're standing around with our cocks in our hands, selling three blades and a strip. Moisture or no, suddenly we're the chumps. Well, f-ck it. We're going to five blades.

Sure, we could go to four blades next, like the competition. That seems like the logical thing to do. After all, three worked out pretty well, and four is the next number after three. So let's play it safe. Let's make a thicker aloe strip and call it the Mach3SuperTurbo. Why innovate when we can follow? Oh, I know why: Because we're a business, that's why!

You think it's crazy? It is crazy. But I don't give a f-ck. From now on, we're the ones who have the edge in the multi-blade game. Are they the best a man can get? F-ck, no. Gillette is the best a man can get.

What part of this don't you understand? If two blades is good, and three blades is better, obviously five blades would make us the best f-cking razor that ever existed. Comprende? We didn't claw our way to the top of the razor game by clinging to the two-blade industry standard. We got here by taking chances. Well, five blades is the biggest chance of all.

Here's the report from Engineering. Someone put it in the bathroom: I want to wipe my ass with it. They don't tell me what to invent—I tell them. And I'm telling them to stick two more blades in there. I don't care how. Make the blades so thin they're invisible. Put some on the handle. I don't care if they have to cram the fifth blade in perpendicular to the other four, just do it!

You're taking the "safety" part of "safety razor" too literally, grandma. Cut the strings and soar. Let's hit it. Let's roll. This is our chance to make razor history. Let's dream big. All you have to do is say that five blades can happen, and it will happen. If you aren't on board, then f-ck you. And if you're on the board, then f-ck you and your father. Hey, if I'm the only one who'll take risks, I'm sure as hell happy to hog all the glory when the five-blade razor becomes the shaving tool for the U.S. of "this is how we shave now" A.

People said we couldn't go to three. It'll cost a fortune to manufacture, they said. Well, we did it. Now some egghead in a lab is screaming "Five's crazy?" Well, perhaps he'd be more comfortable in the labs at Norelco, working on f-cking electrics. Rotary blades, my white ass!

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe we should just ride in Bic's wake and make pens. Ha! Not on your f-cking life! The day I shadow a penny-ante outfit like Bic is the day I leave the razor game for good, and that won't happen until the day I die!

The market? Listen, we make the market. All we have to do is put her out there with a little jingle. It's as easy as, "Hey, shaving with anything less than five blades is like scraping your beard off with a dull hatchet." Or "You'll be so smooth, I could snort lines off of your chin." Try "Your neck is going to be so friggin' soft, someone's gonna walk up and tie a goddamn Cub Scout kerchief under it."

I know what you're thinking now: What'll people say? Mew mew mew. Oh, no, what will people say?! Grow the f-ck up. When you're on top, people talk. That's the price you pay for being on top. Which Gillette is, always has been, and forever shall be, Amen, five blades, sweet Jesus in heaven.

Stop. I just had a stroke of genius. Are you ready? Open your mouth, baby birds, cause Mama's about to drop you one sweet, fat nightcrawler. Here she comes: Put another aloe strip on that fucker, too. That's right. Five blades, two strips, and make the second one lather. You heard me—the second strip lathers. It's a whole new way to think about shaving. Don't question it. Don't say a word. Just key the music, and call the chorus girls, because we're on the edge—the razor's edge—and I feel like dancing.

The Onion, February 18, 2004

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I hear ya on the whole shaving thing. I have course thick hair and it grows fast.

Here is what did/do:

- Got that hair under my jaw line removed. Did laser hair removal on it. The process hurts in places like adam's apple and along the jaw line (close to the bone) and I've been in for 4 sessions. I have fair skin and thick dark hair (which is the ideal situation for laser removal, the down side is I can fell every hair get zapped) The upside is, the pain goes away quickly and shaving in that area is super easy. I still have very lite growth, but it is a fraction of what it used to be.
- Shave right after showering in the mornings with a sharpe/new razor. I found that a disposible 3 blade razor works the best and is cheaper than razors that just replace the blades (the blades only cost more than disposible razors)
- Shave with the grain

Don't know about 'letric razors. I tried one years ago, it hurt, it did not do a good job and I have not gone back.
 

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Still shaving electric; It's not as close as a blade, more like a lawnmower, just keeps it at a respectable level.
I've had remingtons, a braun, norelcos. Currently using Norelco and it works pretty well, keeps a charge for weeks and I'm done faster than waiting for the water to warm up from the faucet. Faces may vary, but the current electric is the best I've had so far.
 
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