Hi everyone

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Jun 20, 2020
Location
Canberra
Hi everyone,

Saying hi as a new member after lurking for a while. I'm in my 40s and am pretty new to wet shaving - started about four months ago. I had tried a whole bunch of different cartridge razors over the years, and kept getting bumps and irritation, no matter what I did, so I thought I'd do something different.

My daily driver is a Parker Variant - 3 on the face and 1.5 on the neck. I've only tried a couple of soaps so far, and Tabac is my favourite (though I'm sure I should be able to lather it better than I can). My one real indugence is a Phoenix Moonscape scuttle - warm lather on a crisp morning is a beautiful feeling.

Shaving my face is going well so far. The neck is trickier - I mapped my neck hair, and it grows in some strange patterns. I get the best combination of smoothness and a lack of irritation by doing four passes (WTG, 2 x roughly XTG and 1 ATG) on a fairly mild setting.

I'm mostly holding out against RAD, but I did order an old GEM Clog-Pruf SE - should arrive in a few weeks. Looking forward to trying it out!

Have a good day,

Mal
 

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Feb 7, 2019
Location
Darwin
I'm mostly holding out against RAD, but I did order an old GEM Clog-Pruf SE - should arrive in a few weeks. Looking forward to trying it out!
Welcome @malgonquin, you do realise resistance is futile and you have just unlocked the door by joining P&C :)
Interested to hear how you get on with the SE, a rabbit hole I have avoided to date, but I hear good things and am intrigued.
 
Joined
Apr 18, 2020
Location
Huskisson
Hello @malgonquin welcome to the forum, there’s plenty of comrades to help you with your blossoming RAD here, though in all seriousness this art is so much more enjoyable than canned foam/gel and $40 for eight Mach 3 blades, your skin will love you for it and if you have a misses she will love the BBS nights almost as much as you will!
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2020
Location
Canberra
Thanks, everyone, seems like a friendly place to be.

there’s plenty of comrades to help you with your blossoming RAD here, though in all seriousness this art is so much more enjoyable than canned foam/gel and $40 for eight Mach 3 blades
There is way, way too much tempting stuff out there. DE, SE, AC, all these brass and stainless steel razors... You could do some serious wallet damage pretty quickly. It's all too tempting!

And you're right - it's been a long time since I actually looked forward to shaving, rather than seeing it as a chore to get over and done with as soon as possible. So far, so good.
 
Joined
Jun 26, 2020
Location
Sandringham
Hi everyone,

Saying hi as a new member after lurking for a while. I'm in my 40s and am pretty new to wet shaving - started about four months ago. I had tried a whole bunch of different cartridge razors over the years, and kept getting bumps and irritation, no matter what I did, so I thought I'd do something different.

My daily driver is a Parker Variant - 3 on the face and 1.5 on the neck. I've only tried a couple of soaps so far, and Tabac is my favourite (though I'm sure I should be able to lather it better than I can). My one real indugence is a Phoenix Moonscape scuttle - warm lather on a crisp morning is a beautiful feeling.

Shaving my face is going well so far. The neck is trickier - I mapped my neck hair, and it grows in some strange patterns. I get the best combination of smoothness and a lack of irritation by doing four passes (WTG, 2 x roughly XTG and 1 ATG) on a fairly mild setting.

I'm mostly holding out against RAD, but I did order an old GEM Clog-Pruf SE - should arrive in a few weeks. Looking forward to trying it out!

Have a good day,

Mal
Very interested in the Variant, did you buy it locally? I see them for around $75.

I just started and I get a bit of a rash on the neck area, so thought that an adjustable would be good. Pleased to see that is working for you.
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2020
Location
Canberra
Very interested in the Variant, did you buy it locally? I see them for around $75.
Thanks, talisker63. I got the Variant at Beard and Blade, which I think has an EOFY sale on at the moment.

I like it a lot. It has a good range of aggression. The low end is mild enough for my neck, and even the middle of the range is efficient enough for my face (my hair is fairly thick).

There's also a lot of audible feedback - you can really hear if you are cutting anything or not. I find this helpful, because I am still working on my technique.

The only other DE I've used is a DE89. Not sure what the standard weight is, but the Variant is quite a bit heavier. Also, the head is fairly bulky and has a bit of weight in it - you get used to it, but it can be a bit of a squeeze fitting it under the top lip.

I found it easier to nick myself with the Variant than the DE89, but this is much less of an issue now than when I started.
 
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