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A Wet Shaving list (for Safety Razors)

Nicolas "The Cinephile"
The list author says: "Most people now a days only know about shaving using cartridge razors(Like the Mach 3 or Fusion) with multiple blades.

For most, Shaving is a chore and these new razors are very forgivable to clumsy/inexperienced shavers. The head pivots so you don't need to compensate for the razor head's angle. The rubber bottom helps stretch the skin for a closer shave. And there's a strip to lube the skin for you. Not terrible but not fun either.

A return to old traditions and shaving rituals is actually a very nice experience. Shaving with a straight razor or a double edge safety razor is a different experience. And using a shaving brush to make your lather is a 100 times better then the canned goop that smells like deodorant. Spoil yourself with some nice smelling products.

Do some research first if you are interested in returning to old shaving methods. Badgerandblade.com is an excellent place to start and a great way to converse with other shavers. You can do a google search and find others too(Like the Shaving Den).

Also, on youtube there's a guy named Mantic59 who has some great, fun videos worth checking out(Informative too). Up front it'll cost more, but in the long run, you'll save LOTS of money. The razor blades are way cheaper then cartridges. The brushes and razors themselves can last a lifetime."
Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor
Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor
"Merkur makes great razors.  This is the 23c.  My first razor.  Its long handle is good for beginners.  A nice weight and looks great."
Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set (2.5 oz. Soap, Bowl, Brush)
Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set (2.5 oz. Soap, Bowl, Brush)
"I bought this when i started because it was cheap.  The brush is boars hair and OK.  Boars hair is stiff(I don't prefer it).  The soap is excellent.  The bowl is too small, not recommended for mixing lather.  I'd recommend microwaving the soap into the bowl and finding a mug to mix the lather in."
Proraso Shaving Cream, Eucalyptus & Menthol, 150 ml, New Formulation
Proraso Shaving Cream, Eucalyptus & Menthol, 150 ml, New Formulation
"I love this cream.  A nice eucalyptus scent, and cooling menthol feeling.  Good price and lathers excellently.  Italian Barbers have been using it a long time now"
Merkur-Razor Double Edge Razor Blades
Merkur-Razor Double Edge Razor Blades
"I bought these for my Merkur razor.  Good middle of the road blades.  Expensive.  I wish i started with a sample pack first.  You'll need to to find your perfect blade.  These aren't mine, but I'd use them again probably."
4 Pack - 24 ounce Cobalt Blue Seattle Jumbo Mug
4 Pack - 24 ounce Cobalt Blue Seattle Jumbo Mug
"A soup mug is excellent for making your lather.  You probably have a spare one in your own house.  Its wide enough to allow you good whipping room.  Later you may want to upgrade to a Scuttle.  Tutorial for Lathering: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=21136"
Clubman Styptic Pencil, Travel Size - 0.33 Oz
Clubman Styptic Pencil, Travel Size - 0.33 Oz
"These are great for the little nicks when you cut yourself.  It'll sting but clean the cut and stop the bleeding."
Nivea for Men Post Shave Replenishing Balm, 3.3-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4)
Nivea for Men Post Shave Replenishing Balm, 3.3-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4)
"I love this aftershave, and you can find it in your local supermarket.  Avoid aftershave with alcohol(bad for your skin).  Alcohol is good for cleaning, for cuts, and in the pores.  But it'll dry and age your skin something horrible."
Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner 16 oz
Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner 16 oz
"A nice substitute for alcohol and can be used alone for an aftershave."
Clubman Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum, 12 Ounce
Clubman Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum, 12 Ounce
"An aftershave with alcohol.  I like the scent and despite the alcohol, will use it once and a while.  Also try Original Clubman aftershave.  Many find it nostalgic, reminding them of barbershops of yore."
20 FEATHER BLUEBIRD 7 O'clock & BIC Double Edge Blade Sampler FBGB
20 FEATHER BLUEBIRD 7 O'clock & BIC Double Edge Blade Sampler FBGB
"My first sample pack.  Wanted to try Feather blades(The sharpest but not for everyone).  Derby, Bluebird, and Gillette 7 O'clock are all considered good.  Try different blades to find your perfect one."
Colonel Conk Classic Shave Stand Model 775 Chrome
Colonel Conk Classic Shave Stand Model 775 Chrome
"Bought this off westcoastshaving.com(it was $15 cheaper).  Very nice looking, matches my Merkur 23c, BUT I have yet to find a brush whose handle fits it.  I usually have to fit it with the bristles to hold the brush.  Not as nice looking with the brush handle sitting above the arm."
Merkur Progress Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor with Pack of 10 Blades-#570- Made in Germany
Merkur Progress Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor with Pack of 10 Blades-#570- Made in Germany
"My second razor and my GO TO razor.  I like being able to adjust for my shave.  Great weight to it.  I even like the ugly knob.  Some don't like the non-textured handle also.  I don't have a problem with its fluted grip."
Merkur Long Handle Progress Razor
Merkur Long Handle Progress Razor
"Some prefer the longer handle, gives it more weight.  If the knob bothers you, Try looking online for a Mergress.  Its a modified Merkur with a beautiful metal knob.  Never heard a complaint about it."
Edwin Jagger Best Badger Shaving Brush with Drip Stand, Imitation Ebony, Medium
Edwin Jagger Best Badger Shaving Brush with Drip Stand, Imitation Ebony, Medium
"my second brush.  LOVE IT.  Inexpensive. Best badger hair is better then pure, but lower then silvertip.  A great shaving brush.  I use it everyday.  Amazon.com doesn't have a great selection of brushes to be honest."
Merkur "Futur" Safety Razor, Satin Finish
Merkur "Futur" Safety Razor, Satin Finish
"Another adjustable Merkur.  Nice look, many fans of the shave.  The head is bulky(hard for under nose).  And its a lot cheaper then the Merkur Vision razor (which needs a lot of maintenance to last)."
Merkur Model 38 Hd Classic "Barber Pole" Long Safety Razor
Merkur Model 38 Hd Classic "Barber Pole" Long Safety Razor
"Lots of people love this one.  Nice weight and cool retro look."
Merkur HD 34C, Chrome Plated
Merkur HD 34C, Chrome Plated
"The standard for safety razors.  Perfect for beginners and most use it for life they love it so much.  A must try"
Parker 89R Super Heavy Weight Double Edge Safety Razor & 5 Pack of 7AM Platinum Blades!
Parker 89R Super Heavy Weight Double Edge Safety Razor & 5 Pack of 7AM Platinum Blades!
"Most people say stay away from Parker razors(bad quality, bad weight, finish flaws, don't last, etc).  This one i heard good things about and its cheap.  Be wary of Parker items."
Tabac Original By Maurer & Wirtz For Men. Shaving Soap Bowl 4.4 Ounces
Tabac Original By Maurer & Wirtz For Men. Shaving Soap Bowl 4.4 Ounces
"A great shaving soap.  Lathers beautifully (if you know what you're doing) and last a long time.  Many fans.  a classic."
Col. Conk Worlds Famous Shaving Soap, Bay Rum (Net Weight 2.25 Oz)
Col. Conk Worlds Famous Shaving Soap, Bay Rum (Net Weight 2.25 Oz)
"A nice scent.  I like this.  It has its detractors but at this price, give it a shot for yourself."
The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream, Lemon for All Skin Types 5 oz (150 g)150ml.
The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream, Lemon for All Skin Types 5 oz (150 g)150ml.
"My favorite of all the creams.  Expensive but last(making its price worth it and its 5.3oz!).  Art of shaving makes some great products.  Try them."
The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil, Sandalwood, 2 fl. oz.
The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil, Sandalwood, 2 fl. oz.
"I don't use pre-shave oils but many love them.  Adds an extra layer of lubrication to your skin.  Sandalwood is a favorite scent for many shavers."
Proraso Pre-shave Cream, Refresh, 3.6 Ounce
Proraso Pre-shave Cream, Refresh, 3.6 Ounce
"Another pre-shave oil.  Also, like it says good for the post shave too."
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce
"On the shaving forums, you'll hear about the 3 Ts.  First T Taylor of old Bond Street."
Truefitt & Hill 1805 Shave Cream Jar
Truefitt & Hill 1805 Shave Cream Jar
"Second T Truefitt & Hill"
Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood Soft Shaving Cream 200 g cream
Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood Soft Shaving Cream 200 g cream
"Third T Geo. F. Trumper"
Merkur Eyebrow/ Moustache Razor- Silver-Plated - #907- Made in Germany
Merkur Eyebrow/ Moustache Razor- Silver-Plated - #907- Made in Germany
"Sometimes its hard for people to shave the nose area or by eyebrows.  Whether its not being able to get a proper angle or your razor's head is too bulky, this is the answer to your problems."
Merkur HD Slant Safety Razor 37C
Merkur HD Slant Safety Razor 37C
"The slant head.  Many swear by it.  The slant head slices as it cuts."
Merkur 1904 Classic Safety Razor
Merkur 1904 Classic Safety Razor
"Good price, retro look.  Its 3 piece head can be shared with the 23c.  This has an open comb head which allows some cream to reach the blade."
Parker Safety Razor SYNTHETIC Bristle Shaving Brush with Blue Wood Handle & Free Stand
Parker Safety Razor SYNTHETIC Bristle Shaving Brush with Blue Wood Handle & Free Stand
"Besides boars hair and Badger, they now make synthetic bristles.  Never tried one.  Can't say much."
Palmolive for Men Shaving Cream Refreshing Lemon 70g (Pack of 2)
Palmolive for Men Shaving Cream Refreshing Lemon 70g (Pack of 2)
Men's Shaving Stick 1.75 oz by Speick
Men's Shaving Stick 1.75 oz by Speick
Feather 10 Razor Blades New Hi-Stainless Double Edge
Feather 10 Razor Blades New Hi-Stainless Double Edge
"Feathers are known by everyone as the SHARPEST blades.  Not for everyone, especially if you're just starting out.  Many Swear by these, but they can be blood thirsty."
L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm For Men, 2.5 fl. oz.
L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm For Men, 2.5 fl. oz.
"L'Occitane makes a good product"
Clubman Club Mend, 4 Fluid Ounce
Clubman Club Mend, 4 Fluid Ounce
"If you have ingrown hair problems and nothing else helps, worth a try. Can't vouch for it personally"
Merkur Replacement Blades for Moustache Eyebrow Razor- Pack of 10 Blades- Made in Germany
Merkur Replacement Blades for Moustache Eyebrow Razor- Pack of 10 Blades- Made in Germany
"Special blades made just for the Merkur eyebrow/moustache Razor."
Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades - 25 Ct
Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades - 25 Ct
"Many love them.  Some find them similar to Bluebirds."
Detailsformen De Razor Blade Sample Pack #2 - 40 Blades
Detailsformen De Razor Blade Sample Pack #2 - 40 Blades
"sample pack"
Chef's Choice 677 Cordless Electric 1-3/4-Quart Teakettle
Chef's Choice 677 Cordless Electric 1-3/4-Quart Teakettle
"Some use electric tea kettles because they love HOT HOT water with their shaves.  Great to use with a scuttle and to get warm lather( And i mean WARM)."
8 Pack Extra Soft Muslin Facial Cloths for Massage Professionals
8 Pack Extra Soft Muslin Facial Cloths for Massage Professionals
"I like to use a warm face cloth(like the barbers) before shaving.  Its a nice experience whether you're using warm water from the tap(or kettle) or microwaving you cloth.  Will open up your pores for a more comfortable shave."