"Well, sir, the razor blades are $29.99 to begin with."
"Oh... I guess you're right," I said handing over another twenty.
On the way out, I was galled to think that a package of five razor cartridges was thirty bucks!... six dollars each! And I typically got six shaves out of each. I was paying a dollar a shave just for blades! I decided to find an alternative.
My interest in DE shaving is just that. I want to find the one way for me to get a great shave for a low price. I just want one razor, one brush, one brand of blades, one brand of soap. To find that, I have had to do some investigation. I thought I had it all "dialed in" until TGQ's closure sent me back to the drawing board on soap.
I am happy to report that while I have a few other brands to try, D.R. Harris soap can fill the bill and put me back to having successfully dialed in a new shaving approach which saves me over a dollar per day.
i'd have to say you're a hobbyist shaver as well. it was an interesting journey reading this thread. have to admit i had no idea men talked about soaps and smells and such. all new to me, but then again i've never owned a real razor or shaved for a hobby or out of daily necessity. learned something new today.
But, three times he won the title of Fastest Man in Florence. He competed favorably in local "strong man" competitions. He was well-respected and competitive as a wrestler. He was also reputed as a good boxer. He was a sought-after military commander and tactician. And he designed and built many of the most advanced weapons of his day. All-around athlete, power lifter, mixed martial artist, military man, armorer... he sounds pretty manly to me.
He was also a botanist, an anatomist, an engineer, an architect, a traveler and an explorer. Oh, and he also dabbled in perfumery.
So Leonardo was the inspiration for this guy then
Sorry I had to
Was meant to be, More of a good old fashioned learned something new today. Should have tossed a thanks in that post. I need to remember my manners.
All that said, I think ill keep my beard. thank you Sir for the follow up.
Yesterday was my 118th shave from this cake of DR Harris and I had to decide to cut off the DR Harris experiment. The remaining soap has broken into several bits and it's difficult to lather with that way. If I had a new cake of DR Harris, I'd just put it into the bowl and put the old scraps on top of it and they'd blend right in. But, I don't have another cake of DR Harris. What I do have is my weight measurements. Based on those, I'm sure that I threw away four -- if not five -- shaves worth. So, a single cake of DR Harris is good for over 120 shaves. That's just amazing and entirely cost-justifies the $15 price.
In doing this experiment, I have not tried to be at all "miserly" with the soap; I've used plenty of soap to get a good lather and a great shave each day. I should note that I do not go for an inch-thick, "Santa's Beard" lather. No. There's a corollary to an old truism for shaving lather: whatever goes on must come off. The thicker the laye'r of lather you put on, the longer it will take to get it off and the messier your shave will be. I seek just enough lather to give the necessary slick and cushion and to preserver moisture. I find that about 1/8 to 3/16 inch is plenty.
My conclusion about the DR Harris soap is that it is simply excellent, well worth the price, my new favorite soap.
With the DR Harris trial finally concluded, I'm moving on to Golddashs Sandlewood.
This cake is sold at 75g. I tilted my scale at 76.4g.
Today's shave with it was excellent. It loaded onto the brush quickly, lathered up quickly, provided good slick and lubrication, stayed moist, and rinsed clean off of the brush and my skin. The sandlewood fragrance is light, pleasant, and does not linger after rinsing.
Man, with 118 shaves to the cake, this IS going to be a long saga You don't fancy sampling a few other soaps before finishing the current one??
But, it proves both how cost-effective and user-effective 'real' lather shaving is
It sounds like you have enough soap to last for a while but having used a lot of those mentioned, (Everything from Penhaligans to Catle Forbs to Kiehls) for inexpensive creams Musgo Real and Proraso are my favorites. You can get nearly the same product often on sale here: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/prod...431697.4191892
Also re: razor blades I love the value of the Bic Platinums and have found that corking them gives me a much more reliable shave.
My skin type is the opposite of yours though I think, as its dry, sensative, very uneven (lots of bumbs), and my hair is wicked curly and thick.
This morning was my 24th shave with Golddashs soap. So, I think I'm ready to make some comments.
Golddashs lathers quickly and easily for me using my face-lathering technique. The lather is long-lasting; you don't have to rush for fear of your lather breaking. A second lather for a second pass is equally fast and easy. I do a two-pass shave, but I have tried to make a third lather for a hypothetical third pass and had no problem.
The Golddashs lather is very rich and thicker than the DR Harris lather. By "thicker" I mean viscosity, not dimensional thickness. Golddashs lather works great. Excellent lubricity Good cushioning. It traps the stubble just fine. And it rinses off quickly and cleanly.
In short, I'm perfectly pleased with Golddashs soap. This cake cost $15 which is the same as the DR Harris puck cost. Based on weight measurements, I expect to get 70-80 shaves from this puck of Golddashs, a far cry from the 120+ shaves that a cake of DR Harris will give. It's 20 cents per shave which is still cost-competitive with canned lather.
WOW, This has been an interesting read! I guess you can make a hobby out of anything.
My dad was a bowl and brush guy (don't even know what else to call it). I started using this method a few years ago and found that it was worlds away better than the can stuff. I have only tried a few soaps and cant remember the names of most of them. What I use now is a bar I found at a whole foods type market. It is called "Theraneem" and it lasts quite a while for me. Most of the stuff I tried made my face dry or just felt uncomfortable after the shave. As far as razors, the one that works best for me is (Oh Lord you guys might choke on this) the single blade Bic with the yellow handle. A friend at work, a fellow knife guy, sent me to this forum(Excellent knife stuff here too!). He suggests that I get a double edge type razor and some blades to try out. Sounds like a good idea to me! I am going to read up on the subject because it certainly sounds like it will make one of our little daily drills much more comfortable.
Switching to a DE razor was the best thing I could do for my face, I say give it a try.
Here's an addition to my soap opera.
Rooting around in a cupboard the other day for some Christmas thing, came across a small plastic bowl wrapped in cellophane. It was something I bought on a motoring holiday to France back in 07 maybe earlier...I jumped for joy as it was a shaving-soap I'd completely forgotten about 'Monsavon Bol a raser' I unwrapped it and was dismayed to find the cake had shrunk in the dry cupboard, was originally 125g, but a bit of hot water and a brush got it going! This stuff is incredible, it's one of those soaps that's traditional and ultra low cost - like Akro from Turkey. It costs about 1.20 Euro a bowl and produces lather that is most impressive, wonderful scent bit like pipe tobacco and delivers a satisfying trouble free shave. I had overlooked this soap because at the time I was in the Dark Ages of Cartridge 'shaving' I have to get more but it may be tricky as I live in another part of Europe and this is a very local, French product that is in no way snobby or 'exclusive'. It may well be the Opinel of shaving-soaps!! Do try this Monsavon if you can get hold of it or know someone going to France on a trip, you can get it in supermarkets no problem. Maybe it can be got in Quebec amongst French-Canadians?
Great New Year to All, this is a very nice corner of Bladeforums: interesting exchange of experiences, polite and no need for Moderation either.
mon savon is an amazing soap.
I forgot my soap when i went on vacation in paris a few years ago and picked some up. A great buy for sure.
Yesterday was my 50th shave with the Golddashs. We're coming to the end of it. Weight data and visual observation now predict maybe 65 shaves from this cake.
The Golddashs lather is rich with a thick texture. It's very good and works well.
Today was the 60th and last shave with Golddashs. I'm afraid the piece broke apart and so it would be difficult to impossible to lather with again. If I had a new piece of the same soap, I would just press the bits into the new cake and end up using it all. But, I have no new cake of Golddashs. I do, however, have my weight data. Based on those data, I am sure that I threw away four or manybe five shaves worth of soap. So, 65 is a reasonable estimate of how many shaves one might get from a cake of Golddashs. That's about half of what I got out of the DR Harris cake which cost the exact same amount.
The Golddashs soap gave excellent lather; I have no complaint there. It gives a thicker-texture, richer lather.
But, my overall conclusion is that I, myself, prefer the value of the DR Harris.
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