What Do You Shave With?

What Do You Shave With?I've been shaving with a Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power razor and it's amazing. It's a very clean shave and it's got some weight to it so it does feel like it has some power.

Prior to switching to the Fusion ProGlide, I shaved with a Gillette Mach3 for about 15 years. My buddy Mark bought it for me back in '99 to thank me for driving him to work and back every day. At the time I remember thinking "three blades... that's crazy... why would you need three blades?" I think the Fusion has five.

That's my recent shaving history. What do you shave with?

Update: The folks at Gillette found this entry and want to send 3 of you Gillette grooming packs. So three commenters on this entry will be selected at random tomorrow morning to get these gifts. So comment, yo!


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Detlef

Sometimes, the old ways are the best ways. I use a straight razor.

September 3, 2014 @ 9:32 AM

Ben Vidal

I used to use an electric shaver and realized I don't have 20 minutes to dedicate to that. It also used to cause a lot of ingrown hairs.

Now I too use the Gillete Fusion ProGlide. It's a phenomenal shave. only problem is the blades don't last nearly as long as P&G would have you believe.

The back blade for trimming side burns and getting right under your nose is a big bonus.

September 3, 2014 @ 9:38 AM

Ryan G

Mach 3 is my go to product, but one time I needed razors in a jiffy so I bought one of those mega zillion packs of cheap-ass razors from Canadian Tire. The result rivaled Linda Blair's possessed face from The Exorcist.

September 3, 2014 @ 9:48 AM


519 Rob

Ahh yes, love this topic.
I shave not only my face, but my head and my arm pits (seriously, if you don't do your pits, start now).
I use Gillete for all.
Ben's right, the back blade is the best.

Now I am seriously considering the Dollar Shave Club. Not only cause they had a great f'n ad. But since I shave a lot, and I like a sharp blade when I do my head, shaving can be awfully expensive.
I'd love to know if anyone's tried Dollar Shave Club, and what their experience was like.

September 3, 2014 @ 9:51 AM

markosaar

I use a safety razor ... double-edged blade.

I used to use Mach3s, but got fed up with how expensive the cartridges were when I was a student. I started doing some research into electric shavers thinking it might be worth the investment, but came across this older style instead.

Pretty cheap to get started, and I bought 200 premium blades for $70. I'm set for 5+ years.

The experience of using a silvertip badger hair brush with nice products is fantastic too. Really enjoyed going through various creams and soaps over the years, but I'm pretty set with Taylor of Old Bond Street creams, or Kent woolfat soap.

@Detlef,

I keep eyeing straight-razors, but they appear to be a bit of a pain/expense to maintain. Confirm/deny?

September 3, 2014 @ 9:54 AM

Ryan G

@Anonymous. Thank you.

September 3, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

Detlef

@markosaar

I get by fine with my strop and send it out to get honed every couple of years. The honing is about $25.

September 3, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Argie

I haven't started shaving yet - I'm only 12.

September 3, 2014 @ 10:25 AM

Roshan

I used SuperMax 4 blade disposable razors for regular use. They last a long time and are worth the money for it. I'd love to keep using Gillete but the ones that I like have ridiculous prices for the cartridges in India and you have to go to specified shops that may not always have them in stock.
I also keep a single blade razor for when I grow my beard out - best option for thick beards/stubble.

September 3, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

Broni

@ Mike
We are shaving twins. I used a Mach 3 forever until one day it broke apart in my hands. Switched to the Fusion ProGlide because I got a coupon for a free one. I've been using it ever since but I have to agree that the blades don't last as long as you might hope for.....however, I love the awesome shave it gives that first week after changing the blade.

September 3, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

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@Broni

My brother Steve still uses the old Gillette Sensor Excel.

September 3, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

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@Detlef

I totally get the allure of the straight razor.

My mom just got a fancy coffee machine with those cartridges. I think it's a keurig, but it could be the other company. It's a small cup, and not cheap, but she has her coffee in no time flat.

Personally, I have no interest. I love the process of making my morning coffee in the French Press as much as I love the taste. It takes a little longer and isn't nearly as convenient, but it's how I prefer to make my coffee.

Same with mowing my lawn... it would be much faster and easier with an electric mower, but I enjoy mowing the lawns with my manual push mower. I have no interest in changing that up.

So I totally get the straight razor allure...

September 3, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

Al Reda

@519 Rob

I've never shaved my armpits. Convince me it's a good thing and I'll consider it.

September 3, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

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Update: Gillette just wrote me and wants to send 3 of you Gillette grooming packs. Tomorrow (September 4) at 9am ET I'll randomly pick the winners and write you an email to get your shipping address. Good luck - tell all your friends!

September 3, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

Max

I'll be honest: I don't even know the brand name of my shaver. All I know is it's not very good. My "clean shave" looks like I let it grow for a couple days.

September 3, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

Argie

@Mike
Now's a good time as any to start shaving.

September 3, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

markosaar

@Toronto Mike,

I highly recommend you check out a shaving brush and soap. It gets you most of the way toward the appeal of straight-razor shaving, but you can continue with your current razor. It just upgrades the lathering portion.

Fendrihan.com, for which I see ads on your site often, is a great inexpensive place to buy brushes and creams or soaps

September 3, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

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@markosaar

But do you click those ads often? :)

September 3, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

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@Argie

You're my son's age.... I'm pretty sure I noticed some peach fuzz on his upper lip this summer.

September 3, 2014 @ 11:14 AM

Rick2

I use Gillette Fusion .. works well with my daily shave !

September 3, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

markosaar

@Toronto Mike,

I have! Most recently bought a Taylor of Old Bond Street sampler pack. The general go-to recommended cream to start with (to learn to lather) is Proraso, also available at Shopper's.

September 3, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

Douglas

I started using a Braun electric shaver pretty soon after I started shaving, as I discovered that I was not getting any better at hacking my face with pretty much all of the blade razors on the market at the time. I am on my third (?) Braun now, having had it for...a long time. I am getting the impression that it is not doing as good a job as it used to, whether or not the foil and cutter block are new or not. Every now and then, I will go couple-few days without shaving, use the Braun, which seems to work better when I have more facial hair, then carefully do a closer/finer shave with a blade razor (Schick something with four blades). That combination makes for great results. I've seen the TV commercials for the new Gilette razors and think, "Really?", but haven't bothered trying one, likely because of the price point.

September 3, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Rob

Gillette Fusion.

September 3, 2014 @ 12:06 PM

TheSweaterTuck

I've done a lot of research into this and tried a number of different razors. I have the awful combination of thick beard and sensitive skin and have learned that the best thing is to just learn how to shave properly. Electric razors just don't get close enough for me and irritate my skin. There's a decent reference of razor performances, for what that's worth, here:

http://www.razorpedia.com/blog/razor-performance-rankings

I've used Mach3, Fusion, Fusion ProGlide, Dollar Shave Club's Humble Twin and the 4x, and Harry's razors (Truman and Winston are just the handle names). My favourite is Harry's. The ProGlide is another favourite, but Harry's is way cheaper.

September 3, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

Guelphite

I recently switched to buying Dorco razors online. If you use a good shave oil it's just as good a shave as Gillette pro glide and much cheaper. It's a better buying system than Dollar Shave Club where you don't have to buy from them every month to truly save.

September 3, 2014 @ 12:38 PM

joel

I also use a Gillete Fusion ProGlide. I'm pretty lucky I only have to shave once maybe twice a week. Like 519Rob if anyone has used dollar shave club I would also like to hear about you experience.

September 3, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

Eekan Boo

I'm using a Schick Hydro 5. I recived one as a promo hndout at Union Station and have stayed with it. These razors are Expensive! I'll try the Gillete if I win.

September 3, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

TheSweaterTuck

@joel @519Rob I used the Humble Twin and the 4x. The twin was really rough on my skin, but my skin is sensitive. The 4x was better, but I had the part on the cartridge that attaches to the handle break a few times. Not sure if that was a freak accident or what, but the shave was fine otherwise. I never tried their highest tier razor cause it really stretches the "Dollar Shave Club" name by that point. Their customer service was awesome and you can cancel whenever you want. I had no issues cancelling; I think I was able to do it online. I think you can even go every other month with them.

I think that's all I have to say about them.

September 3, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

McNulty

I hate shaving. I need to shave a lot but it's a routine that I hate.

I use the Pro-Glide right now. But I find it doesn't last that long. Three or four shaves and I'm getting little cuts.

I'd love to find the right blade.

September 3, 2014 @ 1:02 PM

Kenny

After a life time of shaving misery about 2 years ago I change the way I shave.

Moved to the wet shave, lather, brush, prepare my face prior to shaving with a double edge razor. Too bad I didn't discover this 30 years ago.


My skin feels great and I no longer try to avoid shaving

September 3, 2014 @ 1:29 PM

519 Rob

@Al reda

The number one reason I shave my pits is that I find deodorant works better.
Its on your skin, not stuck in the hair.

As a result, I have also found that I don't get deodorant stains/marks on my shirts.

I also find it 'cleaner' and certainly more comfortable.

If you do try, I totally recommend using scissors or an electric razor to trim it first. ESPECIALLY if you're a hairy dude.

Try it once, you'll like it!

September 3, 2014 @ 2:05 PM

Ben Vidal

@519 Rob: You are correct. I shave my armpits too, because I find my antiperspirant/deodorant work better and don't stain my shirts.

It's weird the first time you do it, like a trip back in time. However if you have to wear business casual or full suit to work the lack of sweat stains is reason enough.

September 3, 2014 @ 3:29 PM

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I must admit, I've never, ever shaved my armpits. I've never even thought about it, although now I'm curious as to what it would be like.

The biggest reason I have for not doing it is that it's one more thing to maintain and I'd prefer not to complicate and bloat my regular hygiene efforts.

September 3, 2014 @ 3:37 PM

Ben Vidal

@ toronto mike: you wouldn't have to shave your arm pits as often as you do your face. I'm not a guy that waxes his chest or worries about arm hair or leg hair. So this isn't about me being overly concerned with manscaping, give it a whirl you won't be upset.

September 3, 2014 @ 3:54 PM

Philly-bob

I'm with Rob on this one...shave your pits boys...looks better...smells better...and fewer stains on your shirt!!!

September 3, 2014 @ 4:22 PM

Corey

I'm shaver-agnostic. I'll use whatever brand is offering the best deal. For instance right now I'm using the latest advancement: Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall (!) technology, because Costco was offering them with a bunch of extra blades at a price that was cheaper than buying a pack of refill blades for whatever I was using before. It also has a battery, but I haven't bothered using the power feature. Shaves just fine as is - I'm skeptical that the battery will add much benefit.

September 3, 2014 @ 5:45 PM

Matt

Fusion proglide, ever since I switched from electric a few years ago. Just recently switched to the fusion proglide with flex ball. It does do better on the neck in my experience.

Also quite happy with the fusion pro glide styler.

September 3, 2014 @ 8:22 PM

Dan

Whatever disposables Dollarama sells. Nasty nicks the first few uses. Definitely not for use on the pubes until "broken in" on the face!

September 4, 2014 @ 12:54 AM

Cambo

I must admit I've been using the disposable Gillete Twin's for YEARS and never really thought about higher-end blades like the ProGlide. I'd be happy to give it a go. I used a Mach3 years ago however gave it up because of the cost at the time. Starving students can't afford super-clean shaves.

September 4, 2014 @ 8:24 AM

519 Rob

Its nice to know I'm not the only guy shaving the pits.

@Mike,
Ben is right. You won't need to shave the pits regularly at all. I probably do them once every 2 weeks, and I do it in the shower usually just with soap as the 'lather'.
Takes 5 mins max.

@Dan
I wondered when the conversation would get to shaving 'down south'.
I'll contribute here...
I trim, but razors get NOWHERE near my junk.

September 4, 2014 @ 8:37 AM

mrmojorisinca

too late?
I wonder why these things cost so much..
also I prefer the Mach 3 to the new 5 blades.

September 4, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

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I'm reaching out to three randomly selected winners now:

Argie
Al Reda
Douglas

September 4, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

Argie

@Mike
Thanks a lot!

September 4, 2014 @ 3:44 PM

David

Get a Karmin

September 3, 2015 @ 12:45 AM

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