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The RFD traditional wet shaving thread (Double edge and straight razor talk)

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Pottertons don't fear the XTG ("across the grain") pass. It is only marginally more risky than a WTG ("with the grain") pass. It is apparent to me that you are getting ingrown hairs because of ATG ("against the grain") passes.

ATG passes are notorious for causing ingrown hairs, due to how close they sever the whisker. In essence, the whisker is severed so close to the skin that it actually recedes below the skin line and is prone to getting trapped in there. The general consensus is that, if you are getting ingrown hairs, don't do ATG passes.
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derekmcl wrote:
Dec 5th, 2017 11:58 pm
Pottertons don't fear the XTG ("across the grain") pass. It is only marginally more risky than a WTG ("with the grain") pass. It is apparent to me that you are getting ingrown hairs because of ATG ("against the grain") passes.

ATG passes are notorious for causing ingrown hairs, due to how close they sever the whisker. In essence, the whisker is severed so close to the skin that it actually recedes below the skin line and is prone to getting trapped in there. The general consensus is that, if you are getting ingrown hairs, don't do ATG passes.
Wow. I really ought to proof read my posts before submitting them.
I completely twisted things. ATG and XTG have to be replaced with one another in my previous post.

Going from an WTG straight to an ATG would most definitely be asking for irritation.
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Not sure if this has been mentioned but there's some Rockwell 6C's kicking around at Winners. I doubt that they're heavily stocked, but I did spot one at the Oshawa, Ontario location.
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Can't go wrong for 30 bucks.
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Pottertons wrote:
Dec 8th, 2017 7:20 pm
Not sure if this has been mentioned but there's some Rockwell 6C's kicking around at Winners. I doubt that they're heavily stocked, but I did spot one at the Oshawa, Ontario location.

20171208_103530.jpg

Can't go wrong for 30 bucks.

If someone comes across one of these in the Montreal area, let me know!
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Pottertons wrote:
Dec 8th, 2017 7:20 pm
Not sure if this has been mentioned but there's some Rockwell 6C's kicking around at Winners. I doubt that they're heavily stocked, but I did spot one at the Oshawa, Ontario location.

20171208_103530.jpg

Can't go wrong for 30 bucks.
Excellent thanks for the heads up, if anyone sees these in the GTA west please post back
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Pottertons wrote:
Dec 8th, 2017 7:20 pm
Not sure if this has been mentioned but there's some Rockwell 6C's kicking around at Winners. I doubt that they're heavily stocked, but I did spot one at the Oshawa, Ontario location.

20171208_103530.jpg

Can't go wrong for 30 bucks.
Interesting find!
I have noticed some generic DE shave sets with bowls and brushes, but a rockwell...I gotta go look again :)
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Dec 15th, 2017 2:02 am
Interesting find!
I have noticed some generic DE shave sets with bowls and brushes, but a rockwell...I gotta go look again :)
yep. Unfortunately, they were very sparse throughout Canada. I imagine that word did catch on pretty quickly though because I went back the next day and it was gone. Plus a few members of the 'Canadian Wetshavers" facebook group were also able to pick some up.
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Pottertons wrote:
Dec 8th, 2017 7:20 pm
Not sure if this has been mentioned but there's some Rockwell 6C's kicking around at Winners. I doubt that they're heavily stocked, but I did spot one at the Oshawa, Ontario location.

20171208_103530.jpg

Can't go wrong for 30 bucks.
True!
Missed this deal but got my 6C in the mail yesterday and shaved this morning with it.
Hopefully not a post purchase rationalization but I like it very much compared to the cheapy Lord I was using until now.
I also purchased the synthetic brush from them. I like it.
Rockwell has a 10% off discount code: PAINFREE
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New user to safety razors, a family member got me a cheap handle and a razor so I can try n see if I really like it and want to get into it. I do like it...but I guess my technique is so horrible that it's putting me off, not to mention the blade is rusting like nothin....so, what is the best and recommended handle for a beginner?
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Apr 25th, 2018 2:42 pm
New user to safety razors, a family member got me a cheap handle and a razor so I can try n see if I really like it and want to get into it. I do like it...but I guess my technique is so horrible that it's putting me off, not to mention the blade is rusting like nothin....so, what is the best and recommended handle for a beginner?
get yourself a Merkur 34C HD and read up on the 3 pass method for shaving with a double edge razor
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blexann wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 2:48 pm
get yourself a Merkur 34C HD and read up on the 3 pass method for shaving with a double edge razor
Thanks! I got up the point of Merkur 34C, I actually keep a trimmed beard and only clean the neck n line up the cheeks...is it still worth it? I suppose I can't use the ol' gel based foaming to shave right?
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Thanks! I got up the point of Merkur 34C, I actually keep a trimmed beard and only clean the neck n line up the cheeks...is it still worth it? I suppose I can't use the ol' gel based foaming to shave right?
In that case it may not be worth the effort if your only doing the neck line but I find those Mach 3's ...etc extremely expensive when your compare to DE shaving - like not even close so I guess in your case it would depend how far you can go with 1 cartridge. ...and yes you can use gel based cream to shave with a DE. DE shaving is more to do with prep and technique any way so you could use any type of shaving gel/cream and still get a good shave.
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A rusty blade you say? YIKES! get rid of that for starters. :)

The merkur 34c and the Edwin Jagger DE89 will no doubt be the most suggested razor to consider.
Personally, I would recommend a Rockwell 2C or a 6c.
Roughly the same price but they have interchangeable plates which will allow you to find your own personal sweet spot for a great shave.

Also, the Rockwell razor's performance is exceptional and very user friendly. It shaves smoothly, is easy to find the right angle and has less blade feel in comparison to other razors; which comes in very handy when you're just learning the trade.

There's a million reviews and YouTube videos that you can check out and you'll be very hard pressed to find any with a negative opinion.

Soap/cream wise.....to keep things simple for a beginner, stop by a local shoppers drug mart and grab a tube (the cream) or tub (the soap) of Proraso. They're around the $10 mark.
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blexann wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 3:10 pm

In that case it may not be worth the effort if your only doing the neck line but I find those Mach 3's ...etc extremely expensive when your compare to DE shaving - like not even close so I guess in your case it would depend how far you can go with 1 cartridge. ...and yes you can use gel based cream to shave with a DE. DE shaving is more to do with prep and technique any way so you could use any type of shaving gel/cream and still get a good shave.
Thanks! Yeah no I have stretched as much as I can lol. I just picked up a Rockwell 2C....wish me luck!
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Apr 25th, 2018 3:46 pm
A rusty blade you say? YIKES! get rid of that for starters. :)

The merkur 34c and the Edwin Jagger DE89 will no doubt be the most suggested razor to consider.
Personally, I would recommend a Rockwell 2C or a 6c.
Roughly the same price but they have interchangeable plates which will allow you to find your own personal sweet spot for a great shave.

Also, the Rockwell razor's performance is exceptional and very user friendly. It shaves smoothly, is easy to find the right angle and has less blade feel in comparison to other razors; which comes in very handy when you're just learning the trade.

There's a million reviews and YouTube videos that you can check out and you'll be very hard pressed to find any with a negative opinion.

Soap/cream wise.....to keep things simple for a beginner, stop by a local shoppers drug mart and grab a tube (the cream) or tub (the soap) of Proraso. They're around the $10 mark.
Thanks! I ended up going with the Rockwell 2C! I have done some research in terms of use, traditionally with a catridge razor I have always shaved against the grain on my neck...but I guess that is not the method to begin with in DE? something to do with WTG then ATG (XTG being optional?)...I guess baby steps for me. :)
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freetrade wrote:
May 15th, 2018 8:57 am
something to do with WTG then ATG (XTG being optional?)...I guess baby steps for me. :)
For what it's worth I almost always do a three pass shave. If I just want a two pass I just go WTG and the XTG, I never go WTG and then ATG without doing XTG first, to much irritation for me otherwise.

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