The RFD traditional wet shaving thread (Double edge and straight razor talk)
Was pleasantly surprised to see so many traditional wet shavers on the forums as well. Wet shaving is like a lost artform that young people today have forgotten due to the abundance and availability of insanely high priced disposable cartridge blades like the Fusion and Mach 3's and so on.. I haven't been at the hobby terribly long, under a year, but I am so glad I discovered it thanks to an online buddy who talked me into taking the plunge.
The main selling point for me was the awesome ability to be able to use a brand new blade with EVERY shave if I wanted to without having to use a cartridge that cost several dollars, but rather only a few cents per blade. When you are paying so much for those stupid cartridge blades like a Fusion, they are so expensive that you can't help but want to use that razor to the point of extremity simply because you know how much money the damn things cost you..
I guess I will start off with a few pics of my humble but steadily growing collection.. The problem with the hobby is once you start, and try a few things, you suddenly want to try EVERYTHING. I've probably got enough soap to last me a year or two and yet I still find myself buying more! It just becomes that enjoyable..
Crappy low resolution photo's from my phone but whatever..
My apothecary mug for lathering, after I whip up my lather I like to place it in a sink filled with hot water so it keeps my lather toasty.
Alum Block for post shave closing of pores
Castle Forbes Lime shaving cream (my absolute favorite.. Pricey, but amazing.)
Castle Forbes Pre-Shave Balm
Balla Powder (received this as a practical joke gift but it's actually pretty awesome. It's mentholated talcum powder you put on your BALLS after taking a shower. Google it, it's legit!)
Castle Forbes Lime Aftershave Balm
Badger & Blade official Boar Brush (smoke handle), inside brush holder
Kent BLK4 Silvertip Badger Brush (The brush that came with my starter kit, it's amazing)
DR Harris Marlborough Shaving soap in wooden bowl
Proraso green shaving cream
Merkur Progress Razor
Edwin Jagger DE89 Gold Plated Razor
Razor blade packs, from left to right:
Precision Reds (Israel), PolSilver Super Iridiums (My personal favorites, Poland), Wilkinson Sword (USA), Astra Superior Platinum (Russia), Derby Extra (Turkey), Lord Platinum Class (Egypt), Astra Superior Stainless (Russia), Gillette 7'o clock Yellow (Russia), Gillette 7'o Clock Black (India), and in the front in the plastic case are medical grade Personna Lab Blue's (USA)
These were also in the closet, I don't have them out since I'm still trying to work through the stuff I've already got open:
RazoRock Zi' Peppino Green Tobacco shaving soap
Col. Conk Bay Rum shaving soap in showerproof container
So there you have it, my collection in full. Next purchase is the Klar Kabinett rose soap that I keep hearing so much about.. Problem is that I need more soap like I need a hole in the head.
Feel free to post your questions, comments, or even your collections in the thread. And I look forward to discussing the hobby with more users on the forums!