I've bounced back and forth between sporting a full beard and being clean shaven several times.  Right now, I'm looking to make a career move, and the beard has a lot of gray in it now, so I'm going smooth.  Shaving has always been just a chore for me:  something I either had to or didn't have to do.  I've used Trac 2s, Bics, Fusions, and the gamut of disposable razors, with varying degrees of success.  Depending on the quality of the blades, I'll get from one to three shaves, tops, out of a blade.  I'll usually use a gel for lathering up.

I don't have a safety razor (yet), but the other day, on a lark, I picked up a bar of Williams Shaving Soap.  Don't even have a brush (also yet).

I used it yesterday and this morning, just breaking off a little chunk in my wet hands and working it into my face.  It didn't lather up quite like I thought it would, but again, no brush.

The first time, I used a disposable that I had already used once before.  As I started to pass it across my face, I was surprised how much the soap reduced the drag.  I got a better shave with the same razor on its second use than I did the day before when I broke it out of the package!  I finished my first time through, and was still able to relather without adding any more soap: just working my hands across my face some more.  All I needed to do then was pick off a couple of the typical problem areas, like right under the jaw line and around the chin.

This morning I did the same thing with a new Fusion pro-glide that I'd had sitting around for a while.  Closest shave I've ever had, by far.

Now I can't wait to get a safety razor and some new blades, which I understand last a lot longer than any of the cartridge blades, and a badger brush.

AoM has, if nothing else, given me some excellent advice on shaving.

 

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They didn't have any brushes at the Walmart where I usually shop (or safety razors).  I have to keep looking.

No guarantees as I haven't received it yet but I just ordered this off amazon for the price it was worth a shot.

Nice.  May the Force be with you, so say we all, live long and prosper, and all that.

for $3 including shipping figure it wasn't much of a risk for my first safety razor

I'll have to check Target.

Amazon hasa entire shave kit (bowl, brush, razor, and 100 blades) for about 30 bucks

 

One of the great things about shaving soap is that it lasts much longer, as you learn how much to use.  I have a bar of Williams Shaving soap that I have had for almost two years and I have used a bit more than half the bar.

DE blades don't necessarily last longer than cartridges. I use them for four or five shaves, then toss them. But they are so much less expensive and give a more comfortable shave than cartridges.

My current favorite for blades are Feather blades.  Sharpest I have found out there.

I like shark brand

My favorite is Wilkinson. I have a beard but still shave cheeks and neck every day (except Saturday). So I guess I have the best of both worlds. : ) You can order a box of 100 Wilkinson blades from Amazon for $25.  That's 25 cents a blade--and they last a couple- three weeks for me.

I have a trimmed beard, so I shave my neck & cheeks (almost up to my eye sockets!)

What I kind of accidentally discovered is that when I shampoo my hair, I do my beard as well. Same with conditioner. After I have applied conditioner to my beard, I can shave my cheeks & neck and its super smooth.  I have not purchased shaving cream for years.

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