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#1 Posted by Jrinswand (1692 posts) -
#2 Edited by Jrinswand (1692 posts) -

Now that I've grown a circle beard and started shaving regularly (25 is a good time to start, right?), I've needed to get a really close shave. To that end, I bought one of these suckers:
 

It should come in the mail tomorrow. We'll see if I chop my face off. 
 
What do you guys use? And why?
#3 Edited by RandomInternetUser (6788 posts) -

Usually just a beard trimmer because I like the stubble look (and also it takes like less than a minute.) Every now and then I use a razor with multiple blades if I wanna look clean shaven.

#4 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I use a Gillette Fusion. I feel like a complete retard, because I know how phenomenally overprices the blades are. Evidently being properly shaved is more important to me than my dignity.

EDIT: Let me know how that is though, I'm open to new horizons.

#5 Posted by Brodehouse (9370 posts) -

Dollar shave club bitches!

#6 Posted by mlarrabee (2760 posts) -

Mutli-blade.

My three hundred dollar electric sits in the drawer. Stelar use of that money.

#7 Posted by Jrinswand (1692 posts) -
@nintendoeats said:

I use a Gillette Fusion. I feel like a complete retard, because I know how phenomenally overprices the blades are. Evidently being properly shaved is more important to me than my dignity.

EDIT: Let me know how that is though, I'm open to new horizons.

Yeah, I'm hoping that the whole safety razor thing works out. I don't really see why it wouldn't, other than the fact that I'm going to be scraping a sharp-as-fuck razor across my face.
 
One of the things I've heard about shaving with a safety razor, though, is that it's much less expensive in the long run. Once you buy the razor, you really only have to pay for blades, a brush, and the occasional shaving products. Razor blades are like $0.09 instead of $20, like the disposal multi-blade packs.
#8 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

Hammer

#9 Posted by mustachioeugene (483 posts) -

@Jrinswand:

get ready for an awesome shave, just make sure you don't skimp on the quality of your shave cream. I found a really great non-aerosol cream by Florena which works up to a nice lather with a hog hair brush and cup.

#10 Posted by Jams (2956 posts) -

man I really need to trim my mustache. It's grown over my upper lip completely and I just end up chewing on it.... maybe I'll do that later....

#11 Posted by Patman99 (1544 posts) -

Electric Razor because I am a lazy bastard. However, it never really does the best job, so I generally do a quick once over with a disposable.

#12 Edited by Butler (376 posts) -

@Jams said:

man I really need to trim my mustache. It's grown over my upper lip completely and I just end up chewing on it.... maybe I'll do that later....

Don't! You're getting one of the greatest gifts a man can attain. A handlebar mustache! I have harnessed the power of this mighty beast with my facial fists of hair and let me tell you from atop of Man Mountain "The view is great!"

On a related note.

Scissors and a comb.

#13 Edited by Neonie (336 posts) -

I have an electric razor but it's to slow as shit so I use multi-blade and save the electric one for getting rid of side-burns and shit. I don't want to be spending more then a minute or two shaving. I wish the hair just wouldn't grow it's gross.

#14 Posted by aurahack (2229 posts) -

Disposable. I grow a really shitty beard, so it's pretty easy to shave when I need to. I used multi-blades for the longest time until I realised there wasn't any benefit at all versus a disposable blade. Been sticking with that for a couple months now and it's worked wonderfully. Super cheap, too.

#15 Posted by wafflez (519 posts) -

Its both fortunate and a shame that I cannot grow a manly beard of my own. But I shave probably once a week. I use a safety razor and a brush with shaving soap. I've used cartridge based razors which are hella expensive. Electric razors are just a waste of my time. And disposables I only use for my neck. Safety razors are ridiculously cheap (I paid.. 15$ for a 100 blade count.. each blade lasts a handful of shaves) and I get a nice clean shave. It takes a few passes, so if you're in a constant hurry, it might not be for you. I'm interested in a straight razor, but I dunno, the danger factor seems a bit more than I want to deal with.

#16 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5750 posts) -

Disposable.

I only have to shave about once a month though (don't laugh, my inability to grow a beard is something I am sorely ashamed of).

I see no need to get anything fancy.

#17 Edited by Jrinswand (1692 posts) -
@mustachioeugene said:

@Jrinswand:

get ready for an awesome shave, just make sure you don't skimp on the quality of your shave cream. I found a really great non-aerosol cream by Florena which works up to a nice lather with a hog hair brush and cup.

Yeah, I got one of theseto go along with my razor. I'm sure all this stuff will get the job done.
 
I spent years trying to grow a beard but it doesn't grow in thick enough on my cheeks and I'm not a huge fan of having a neckbeard, so I decided to grow a circle beard. I think the look really suits me, but now I have to shave almost every day. Nobody ever told me that having facial hair is so much work.
 
Edit: For reference, until now I haven't ever shaved more than once a month since I was probably about 18, or whenever I graduated high school. It's not that I don't grow thick facial hair, it's just that I've never really given a fuck. LOL.
#18 Posted by frankfartmouth (1016 posts) -

I use clippers and just buzz it down to a shadow every week or so. I hate fucking shaving.

#19 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4281 posts) -

@xobballox said:

Usually just a beard trimmer because I like the stubble look (and also it takes like less than a minute.)

#20 Posted by Bane122 (763 posts) -

If I don't feel like messing with it too much I'll use my beard trimmer, if I want to get it good I have a Gillete multiblade. I don't have to shave very often at all so I can get one razor, which comes with two blades, and that'll last me a year or so. I then just get a new razor when the second blade is done. Fuck buying replacement blades.

#21 Edited by Trilogy (2569 posts) -

Schick Hydro razor. I was really tired of my face hurting after every shave so I started using it and the matching shaving gel. The razor has this strip above the blades that secretes aloe which soothes the skin.

Yea, I realize I sound like a pansy, but whatever, no more burn and irritation.

#22 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

Some cheap ass trimmer.

#23 Posted by Jams (2956 posts) -

@Butler said:

@Jams said:

man I really need to trim my mustache. It's grown over my upper lip completely and I just end up chewing on it.... maybe I'll do that later....

Don't! You're getting one of the greatest gifts a man can attain. A handlebar mustache! I have harnessed the power of this mighty beast with my facial fists of hair and let me tell you from atop of Man Mountain "The view is great!"

On a related note.

Scissors and a comb.

I'm too scared I'm going to mess it up! My dad messed his up once and he looked like john waters. Then he had to shave it off to fix it and he looked like my aunt. I CAN'T TAKE THE PRESSURE MAN! I DON'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE MY AUNT!

#24 Posted by Jrinswand (1692 posts) -
@Jams said:

@Butler said:

@Jams said:

man I really need to trim my mustache. It's grown over my upper lip completely and I just end up chewing on it.... maybe I'll do that later....

Don't! You're getting one of the greatest gifts a man can attain. A handlebar mustache! I have harnessed the power of this mighty beast with my facial fists of hair and let me tell you from atop of Man Mountain "The view is great!"

On a related note.

Scissors and a comb.

I'm too scared I'm going to mess it up! My dad messed his up once and he looked like john waters. Then he had to shave it off to fix it and he looked like my aunt. I CAN'T TAKE THE PRESSURE MAN! I DON'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE MY AUNT!

How can you mess up a mustache so badly that you look like John Waters? That doesn't even make sense.
 
On another related note, I have never seen my dad without a mustache. The only picture I've even seen of him without a mustache was from his high school yearbook or something.
#25 Posted by Jams (2956 posts) -

@Jrinswand said:

@Jams said:

@Butler said:

@Jams said:

man I really need to trim my mustache. It's grown over my upper lip completely and I just end up chewing on it.... maybe I'll do that later....

Don't! You're getting one of the greatest gifts a man can attain. A handlebar mustache! I have harnessed the power of this mighty beast with my facial fists of hair and let me tell you from atop of Man Mountain "The view is great!"

On a related note.

Scissors and a comb.

I'm too scared I'm going to mess it up! My dad messed his up once and he looked like john waters. Then he had to shave it off to fix it and he looked like my aunt. I CAN'T TAKE THE PRESSURE MAN! I DON'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE MY AUNT!

How can you mess up a mustache so badly that you look like John Waters? That doesn't even make sense. On another related note, I have never seen my dad without a mustache. The only picture I've even seen of him without a mustache was from his high school yearbook or something.

You just keep trimming it until oh shit I think I trimmed it too much.

then

weirdville population, your face

#26 Posted by Flappy (2034 posts) -

I'm a young dude with a young-lookin' face, so it's only natural that I keep my facial hair to a minimum. Disposable razors help keep the pedostache away!

#27 Posted by Stonyman65 (2406 posts) -

I use some little Norelco beard trimmer that I got in walgreens for like $20. Had it for like 5 years now. Probably the best $20 I spent.

I have a really thick beard, so I can't shave it off unless I trim it down to stubble first. I usually use the trimmer, and then take off whats left with a disposable 3-blade Gillette.

I've tried pretty much every electric shaver there is, and most of your name-brand razor out there. The only thing I've used that works was the Gillette Mach 3.

#28 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1522 posts) -

Right now I'm using a Gillette multi-blade razer/trimmer hybrid... thing. It's just really convenient to use in the shower, but I've also got a safety razor and badger brush that I'd use every day if I had the time. Safety razors are ill!

#29 Posted by mandude (2667 posts) -

A terribly overpriced Gillette Fusion Stealth Power Deadly Virility Masculine.

No wait; a chainsaw.

#30 Posted by Xerxes8933A (225 posts) -

What if I use a multi-blade disposable? I pick them up from Costco, cost like a buck each and have 3 blades. Each lasts about a week.

#31 Posted by Jrinswand (1692 posts) -
@Xerxes8933A said:

What if I use a multi-blade disposable? I pick them up from Costco, cost like a buck each and have 3 blades. Each lasts about a week.

That counts as "disposable" in this case. The "multi-blade" option up there refers to razors like the Gillette Fusion, where you have to continually buy a bunch of replacement cartridges.
#32 Posted by mikeeegeee (1534 posts) -

I use a safety razor and a beard trimmer.

#33 Posted by KirePDX (65 posts) -

@Jrinswand: I switched to a safety razor a month ago, based on this article from The Wirecutter, and have been really enjoying the experience. Previously, I used the Gilette 3-blade disposables with a brush, soap and handle kit from Art of Shaving; but I got fed up with the cost. I'm really excited that I was able to make a $35 investment that could save me money for the rest of my life...oh, and I like the shave I get with my Merkur.

I'm still working on my technique, so I can't say the safety razor gives me a better shave than the cartridges did; but it's just as good. One resource I found useful were videos from Mantic59 on YouTube. He's a kind of weird looking dude, and the videos are over-produced, but he has good advice on how to shave with a safety razor (don't put pressure on the head of the razor, let the blade do the work; find the right angle by pressing the top of the razor against your, then angling down until you feel the blade 'catch' (about 30 degrees)), etc.).

One other thing I've been doing is just using some baby oil on my face before I apply the lather. I don't know if it actually helps, because i haven't shaved without it, but it seems like a good idea in general.

The most important thing I've learned so far, though, is that you don't have to be totally gentle. The blade won't cut you just by touching your skin. Just, you know, don't do lateral movements...that will cut you. But segment your face by the areas where you can go straight up or down with the razor and you're good.

#34 Posted by LikeaSsur (1430 posts) -

I wish I could be as manly as Vinny and use a straight razor, but alas, I am only manly enough to use a multi-blade. Also? Shave your whole beard or don't. I can't stand this "peach fuzz" look that seems to be all the rage.

#35 Posted by Ghost_Cat (1295 posts) -

If you are talking about broken glass and shards of rusty metal, then disposable razors.

#36 Posted by Jrinswand (1692 posts) -
@KirePDX said:

@Jrinswand: I switched to a safety razor a month ago, based on this article from The Wirecutter, and have been really enjoying the experience. Previously, I used the Gilette 3-blade disposables with a brush, soap and handle kit from Art of Shaving; but I got fed up with the cost. I'm really excited that I was able to make a $35 investment that could save me money for the rest of my life...oh, and I like the shave I get with my Merkur.

I'm still working on my technique, so I can't say the safety razor gives me a better shave than the cartridges did; but it's just as good. One resource I found useful were videos from Mantic59 on YouTube. He's a kind of weird looking dude, and the videos are over-produced, but he has good advice on how to shave with a safety razor (don't put pressure on the head of the razor, let the blade do the work; find the right angle by pressing the top of the razor against your, then angling down until you feel the blade 'catch' (about 30 degrees)), etc.).

One other thing I've been doing is just using some baby oil on my face before I apply the lather. I don't know if it actually helps, because i haven't shaved without it, but it seems like a good idea in general.

The most important thing I've learned so far, though, is that you don't have to be totally gentle. The blade won't cut you just by touching your skin. Just, you know, don't do lateral movements...that will cut you. But segment your face by the areas where you can go straight up or down with the razor and you're good.

I did all that research as well. LOL. The reason I opted for the Edwin Jagger razor over a Merkur is simply because I liked the look of the black handle over the Merkur's chrome. One of the reasons that I wanted to switch over to a safety razor is that I've never really been able to get a good shave on my neck using a multi-blade or electric razor. I'm hoping that I'll learn to get a really close shave with a safety razor. 
 
@LikeaSsur said:

I wish I could be as manly as Vinny and use a straight razor, but alas, I am only manly enough to use a multi-blade. Also? Shave your whole beard or don't. I can't stand this "peach fuzz" look that seems to be all the rage.

While "peach fuzz," as you put it, looks stupid, you're excluding a wide variety of facial hair styles. What about circle beards? Mustaches? Goatees? Chinstraps? Van Dykes?
#37 Posted by ManU_Fan10ne (662 posts) -

@xobballox said:

Usually just a beard trimmer because I like the stubble look (and also it takes like less than a minute.) Every now and then I use a razor with multiple blades if I wanna look clean shaven.

This. I don't have the time to shave, and the stubble does look nice sometimes.

#38 Posted by Branthog (7332 posts) -

None, usually. My schedule is too unpredictable and complicated to make a point of shaving every day, so I've resigned myself to a beard and just shaving it all off a couple times per year.

#39 Edited by GregisPurple (16 posts) -

@Jrinswand: You are about to start doing things right. Get yourself a good cake of soap. DON'T RUSH THE PROCESS. It is not like using a multi-blade razor there is no pulling of the hairs. I have three cakes of Col. Conk shaving soap I ordered coming in tomorrow.

I have the best girlfriend.
#40 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (601 posts) -

Since not having a job for over a year requires me to not have to shave with a razor (gone over a year without having to buy any razors!) I tend to just use a beard trimmer since I have to trim the facial hair that I do have from time to time anyways. Sometimes I'll use a multiblade razor or a electric razor, but that's on rare occasions that I want to look nice.

#41 Posted by beeftothetaco (418 posts) -

You forgot to add "Knife" to the choices,

#42 Posted by Miketakon (512 posts) -
#43 Posted by Demoskinos (13869 posts) -

When I do shave I use a good ol' multi-blade Gillette razor. However the things are so damn expensive and I actually likes my beard that shaving is a rare occurance.

#44 Edited by bybeach (4605 posts) -

Use a beard trimmer. Keep it close to my face. It satisfies my laziness, and I use a disposable (multi) blade razor for the neck and under the jaw every 2-3 days. That's been my pattern forever.

#45 Posted by hedfone (1748 posts) -

No beard trimmer?! /shame

#46 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (560 posts) -

Scissors, because super sparse facial hair.

#47 Posted by FoxMulder (1568 posts) -

Multi-blade, though I have trouble getting the underside of my chin as smooth as the rest of my face so I was looking for alternatives.

#48 Posted by Aetheldod (3342 posts) -

E) because I dont shave really ... only reduce the length of the hair :D

#50 Edited by Branthog (7332 posts) -

THIS THREAD IS PREJUDICED AGAINST US NECKBEARDS