#1

Member
Greenville, SC USA
so there I was at the barber shop. I was the first customer and had 15 minutes to wait before my choice of barber showed up. While waiting, the owner strolled in and with no one waiting, he proceeded to walk over to the mirror and faceturbated for several seconds. He's clean shaven except for a rather long goatee (4 or 5 inches) below his chin. I thought, hot dog, he's gonna shave, and he was. But to my chagrin, he pulled an electric razor out of a drawer and shaved around the goatee and the rest of his face. I was thinking he would surely whip out a straight razor and even with the hot lather from the electric machine turn in a professional shave.

What a disappointment! I was all set to be entertained! Sad

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#2

Chazz Reinhold HOF
That's funny, but practical. The guy is in his place of business, so I guess whipping out a straight and the preparation it requires, it would be kind of hard to do.

Nevertheless, you should have intervene immediately and saved him from a possible electrical shock, lol......

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#3

Member
Ferndale, MI
Bummer! I would have expected him to use a straight too, but electric razor? Really?

I've never had the displeasure of using one of those. When I started shaving, it was canned foam and Mach 3s because that's what my Dad used. He still does actually. He's one of those types that doesn't understand why anyone would want to use older technology to shave with. I think he views shaving as a daily chore to get done as quickly as possible like we all did at one point. Maybe I can get him to see the light some day...

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#4

Member
Austin, TX
Long ago I used to travel with an electric razor. Never was able to coax even a half decent shave out of it and by end of day would look like a hobo. No offense to any hobos.

Went to Goodwill and became somebody else's dead weight Smile

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Kevin
#5

Member
Ontario
I started out with electric razors, but with a rather annoying allergy to nickel(which almost everything is coated in I have found out Mad) that didn't last too long, plus sensitive skin it tore my face apart. Switched to canned crap and Mach (insert number here) until I finally made the switch to wet shaving.

But my father of 67, I'll add, uses those BIC razors with the one tiny blade. He must have skin of leather to use one of those, I tried one before, nearly needed a blood transfusion by the time I was done Sick (since I was stupid enough to keep going after I cut myself the first three times Rolleyes )

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#6

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
My parents actually got me an electric shaver for my thirteenth or fourteenth birthday and I never got a close shave, even with the minimal amount of facial hair at that age, and there was always a mild irritation. I tried one, again, many years later with the same result. For me, about the only thing worse than a Fusion/Mach 3 shave is an electric shave.

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#7

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
(This post was last modified: 02-11-2016, 07:23 PM by BadDad.)
(02-11-2016, 01:16 AM)Freddy Wrote: My parents actually got me an electric shaver for my thirteenth or fourteenth birthday and I never got a close shave, even with the minimal amount of facial hair at that age, and there was always a mild irritation. I tried one, again, many years later with the same result. For me, about the only thing worse than a Fusion/Mach 3 shave is an electric shave.

+1 on that! I have never gotten a clean shave from an electric.

I was at my favorite barbershop the other day, while my daughter was getting her hair cut. Her(our) barber is bald and clean shaven. So I asked him what he used, expecting him to say straight razor or something really cool, but he replied that he uses a Mach 3 and canned goo on his head and face. Both of the other 2 barbers replied they use Mach 3 for their faces as well.

I was disappointed, BUT...I walked out of there with a GEM Featherweight in mint condition, so not too awfully disappointed...Wink

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-Chris~Head Shaver~
#8

Member
Austin, TX
(02-11-2016, 07:22 PM)BadDad Wrote: I was disappointed, BUT...I walked out of there with a GEM Featherweight in mint condition, so not too awfully disappointed...Wink
Sounds like there's a story there that need to be told...

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Kevin
#9

That Bald Guy with the Big Beard
Bishop, CA
(02-11-2016, 07:44 PM)kwsher Wrote:
(02-11-2016, 07:22 PM)BadDad Wrote: I was disappointed, BUT...I walked out of there with a GEM Featherweight in mint condition, so not too awfully disappointed...Wink
Sounds like there's a story there that need to be told...

Not really. The shop is decorated with vintage manual clippers, and other old gear, so I inquired as to their knowledge of any vintage DE razors around town. They didn't know about DE, but one of the guys went into a back room and came out with the SE. He offered it to me for a good price, so I took it home.

I tried to shave with it a couple times and simply did not enjoy it. I have been told my blades were "wrong", as I was using GEM carbon steel Blue Star blades, instead of PTFE coated stainless blades, but truthfully, I enjoy my DE shaves so much...I've stopped being concerned. There will come a time in the very near future when it will be traded or given away to someone that is more interested in SE shaving than I am at the moment...

It's a very nice looking razor, and is in absolutely pristine condition...it just isn't my cup of joe...
-Chris~Head Shaver~
#10

Member
Austin, TX
(02-11-2016, 08:36 PM)BadDad Wrote: It's a very nice looking razor, and is in absolutely pristine condition...it just isn't my cup of joe...
Cool find nonetheless.

There are several members here that use GEM blades a lot and seems like the PTFE blades are the hot ticket based on their info.
Kevin


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