Complete and Utter Newb

#1
As the title says I am a completely new to using a double edge safety razor, that from here on out I'm just going to say DE for convenience ;), I have always been a cartridge shaver, just for ease of finding product? I've been fed up with a few things about shaving:
First, who though the pulling thing of adding extra blades was a good thing? I thought adding more blades was supposed to make a shave more comfortable and closer??
Second, what is with the cost of those blades? how are they so expensive??

Ok maybe you guys already know about these things and will be laughing at the comments of a greenhorn but seriously what's up with that!

So I found my first shave with my new Parker 99R such a relieving experience, it's maybe?? not the greatest shaver around, but it beat my Mach3 and Fusion hands down I must say I really enjoyed it. I'm just using Standard Wilkinson Sword Blades they seem good, but I have no source of reference. I soon will though, I have a selection pack on the way!

So here are a few things I have noticed, Technique is key, I have so many bad habits from cartridge shaving, that I think I will need to unlearn, I did end up with a few nicks from my first try which was three passes, and I didn't shave evenly, but the areas I got right are perfectly smooth!

Ok another thing I'm used to shaving in the shower, I would definitely not advise doing that as a newb, I think you need a mirror (have one in the shower, but steams up of course) and you need patience, a shower just isn't the right shaving location?? but I'm gonna miss that.

Finally I had to use shave gel in a can, and I wonder does using a brush and shave soap make a lot of difference with DE shaving? I got the kit on the way, but couldn't wait to try it out.
 
#4
Welcome to TSR, Steve. This was posted recently and should be of interest to you in terms of shaving cream vs gel / foam and why using stuff out of a pressurised can is not a good idea.

https://shavercheck.com/best-shaving-cream/

One of the main advantages I think with shaving brushes as opposed to squirting canned stuff into your palm then rubbing it in, is that as you apply the cream (or soap) lather with the brush, it lifts the stubble into the lather, thus preparing it for cutting. The lather from a good cream or soap will hydrate your face much better than a cheapo can gel will. Then your razor should glide through the lather with minimal effort if your skin is better prepared first. You may find that lathering cream / soap seems like a pain in the arse to begin with if you’re used to slapping gel on, but you’ll soon get used to do it and find it strangely satisfying doing so. Which is why after a while you may well end up with multiple brushes ! Good luck. Plenty of good articles & Youtube vids about.

Any questions please ask away, plenty of good products out there without breaking the bank. Be aware that many come into DE shaving to save money from buying rip off cartridges. It CAN be the case that you do, but once you encounter some of the great creams / soaps, brushes, razors etc, you can end up spending more. Still, taking the cost of blades alone, yes you most certainly will save money from cartridges. Whether you save on the other stuff is another matter. But if you’re enjoying your shave more, who cares ?!
 
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#5
Welcome to TSR, Steve. This was posted recently and should be of interest to you in terms of shaving cream vs gel / foam and why using stuff out of a pressurised can is not a good idea.

https://shavercheck.com/best-shaving-cream/

One of the main advantages I think with shaving brushes as opposed to squirting canned stuff into your palm then rubbing it in, is that as you apply the cream (or soap) lather with the brush, it lifts the stubble into the lather, thus preparing it for cutting. The lather from a good cream or soap will hydrate your face much better than a cheapo can gel will. Then your razor should glide through the lather with minimal effort if your skin is better prepared first. You may find that lathering cream / soap seems like a pain in the arse to begin with if you’re used to slapping gel on, but you’ll soon get used to do it and find it strangely satisfying doing so. Which is why after a while you may well end up with multiple brushes ! Good luck. Plenty of good articles & Youtube vids about.

Any questions please ask away, plenty of good products out there without breaking the bank. Be aware that many come into DE shaving to save money from buying rip off cartridges. It CAN be the case that you do, but once you encounter some of the great creams / soaps, brushes, razors etc, you can end up spending more. Still, taking the cost of blades alone, yes you most certainly will save money from cartridges. Whether you save on the other stuff is another matter. But if you’re enjoying your shave more, who cares ?!
I do enjoy shaving more, but I thats not hard I never enjoyed it before, with cartridges it just felt like a chore, I think I got some nice stuff on the way, nothing too elaborate or expensive yet, but I'm looking forward to the sandalwood shaving cream and after-shave I've got coming

I'm having some trouble getting in close under the nose so don't know if there are some tips on that? Also I'm sure people have already done this, but I'm curious, what qualities do you most seek in your razor and how much is influenced by blade choice
 
#6
Different DE razors provide differing levels of efficiency / aggression (whatever term you prefer). A mild razor will take more passes, touch-ups, etc than a more efficient one. I don’t have experience with your Parker though I shaved with an Edwin Jagger DE89 for a good 6 months before trying anything else. A year in I still only have this and one other razor, though I’ve tried a few others too. Don’t be in a huge hurry to swap gear in and out, learn your technique and take your time. Conventional wisdom says to stick with the same type of blade for a month to begin with before trying others out. Good idea on the sampler blade pack though.
 
#11
Welcome to the asylum !

You may get lucky and not get lost down a rabbit hole - (there are many in traditional wet shaving)

You can, however, get yourself set up with some good products for very little outlay . . .

Body Shop Maca Root Shaving Cream around £6

(Even cheaper - Palmolive Shave Stick 49P !)

Body Shop Synthetic Shaving Brush around £6

Any Boots own brand aftershave less than £3
Nivea 2 Phase Aftershave is on offer at the moment - under £3

Try to stick to one pass (in the direction of your beard growth) at first - it's not a smoothness contest !
You'll likely find that the growth is in every direction in the neck area, so be more careful there.
Don't use the razor in an area where there is no lather - you WILL get irritation if you do

The shower is where you wash. . . The basin is where you shave . . .you have more control over your shaving gear at the basin

Whereas you could really push your cartridge razor into your face and get good results, doing this with your Parker razor will incur damage.
Learn to let the weight of the razor do the work and use your hand to guide it

As mentioned already, there are many good YouTube videos that can help you learn good technique.
Mantic59 makes some good tutorial videos.

Most importantly . . . Enjoy your shaves !
 
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